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'Hotel Transylvania' graded at Colorworks

November 5, 2012
'Hotel Transylvania' graded at Colorworks
LONDON — Sony Pictures Animation’s new feature film Hotel Transylvania underwent final color grading and stereo finishing in full 3D on a Baselight system at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. DI colorist John Persichetti used Baselight to apply the finishing touches to the film prior to its worldwide release. 

The project marks the second stereo 3D animated feature that Persichetti has graded on Baselight, having also graded Sony Pictures Animation’s 2009 film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Cloudy was the first film finished at Colorworks.

Animation, lighting, effects and stereography for Hotel Transylvania were completed by Sony Pictures Imageworks (www.imageworks.com), which then delivered high-resolution image files to Colorworks via direct fibre link for color grading and stereo finishing.

Persichetti, who worked in collaboration with director Genndy Tartakovsky, VFX supervisor Daniel Kramer and 3D stereoscopic supervisor Von Williams, was challenged with ensuring scene-to-scene consistency. He also had to finesse details that only became apparent when the film was projected onto a big screen in Colorworks’ DI theatre.

“The majority of our work involved fine adjustments,” he notes, “making a character appear lighter or darker relative to the background, or adjusting the color of a face.”