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Cinelab further invests in post production capabilities

UK's only full-service film laboratory and digital dailies facility invests further in DaVinci Resolve

Following its rebrand last year, Cinelab Film & Digital has further invested in its post production workflows with Blackmagic Design.

The company covers all areas, from initial negative processing to finishing and delivery and can process, scan and grade from S8mm,16mm, 35mm, to 65mm.

Cinelab chose to invest in DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic to form the backbone of its workflow.

“DaVinci Resolve’s toolset allows a level of collaboration between our departments that ensures the creative intent is realised throughout every step of the chain, whether working in the most remote of locations or the highest spec grading suite,” said Cinelab CTO and colourist, Joshua Callis-Smith.

“Advanced colour management and ACES integration provide unrivalled control over our colour pipelines, ensuring colour consistency throughout the entire process.” 

He added: “Additionally, tools such as colour trace, gallery/look management and DRX sidecars provide dedicated and flexible interfaces for organising grades and moving colour information between set, our dailies colourists and post.”

Cinelab also uses DaVinci Resolve’s shared databases and project collaboration features across its facility to create fluidity between its teams. “This allows us to organise multiple projects running over long periods whilst creating an environment that allows both our dailies teams and colourist to work simultaneously,” said Callis-Smith. 

DaVinci’s remote rendering also enables the Cinelab team to move renders to multiple machines, allowing it to utilise all the equipment in the facility when needed.

According to Callis-Smith, the decision to invest further in DaVinci Resolve was made to enhance Cinelab’s grading capabilities. 

“We wanted to offer more flexibility and increase the productivity of our colourists when it comes to collaborating with creatives,” he added. “The advanced panel streamlines the grading process, putting more control and unrivalled precision in our colourists’ hands, allowing them to create the best images possible.”

Cinelab’s recent projects include Last Night in Soho and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.