TORONTO — The Vanity, which specializes in VFX, has added a FilmLight Baselight Two color grading system and Blackboard 2 control surface. The grading tools allow The Vanity to offer end-to-end boutique finishing services, in addition to its existing Autodesk-based graphics, effects and editing services.
“In the past we have worked with a separate color grading facility, sometimes getting the final grade on the elements, sometimes on the finished spot,” explains Naveen Srivastava, one of the founders of The Vanity. “We wanted grading to be a more collaborative, more intimate experience for us and for our clients, so we made the decision to add our own suite. We started by finding a great colourist, Loren White. He has experience with Baselight, and was adamant that it was the best tool on the market. This was soon backed-up with our own research as we visited and talked to a number of post houses and colorists in the US. Baselight was hands down the most highly recommended system we came across.”
White has worked on most available systems and in numerous locations across the world, including Istanbul, China, India, Canada and the US.
“Baselight has such an impressive toolset and there are a number of key features I love,” he explains. “I like the way the cursors are utilized and how there are so many routes to the same outcome, adding to the overall efficiency. The strip/layer approach allows me to apply one layer to multiple shots, making groups of changes very quick and simple to complete.”