SANTA MONICA — Dick Clark Productions Screening Room (DCPSR) and Riverbed Post (www.riverbedpost.com) are now co-located, allowing them to jointly provide a range of services for feature film post production and presentation. DCPSR contributes its 21-seat theater and associated rooms at Lantana, as well as the newly-installed Christie CP-4220 4K digital cinema projector and other 4K upgrades. Riverbed’s Chris F. Woods will manage dailies processing, VFX, title design & production, color grading, and mastering.
DCPSR and Riverbed Post began working together on an ad hoc basis last June, when Woods moved his equipment to DCPSR. Before the digital equipment was even in the DCPSR building, DCPSR manager, David Garonzik, had booked sessions for The Revenant and Point Break. Within 24 hours, visual effects and editorial screenings on The Revenant, Point Break, and later, The Huntsman Winter’s War, as well as post work for several independent features, were underway. That initial level of demand led them to expand the relationship.
Woods notes that the co-location provides a unique solution for major studio productions and their filmmakers by allowing them to “stress test” complex visual effects sequences in numerous ways. The work is screened (most recently as DPX frames, though it can be virtually any format) with 2K (and now 4K) digital cinema quality, aided by a colorist with deep VFX experience. This realtime, temporary digital intermediate work allows the filmmakers, including the VFX department, to optimize the final VFX imagery and saves time with the VFX vendors, and/or the final DI.
“The screening room at DCPSR offers privacy, security, easy parking, and lots of amenities,” says Garonzik. “And the Lantana Center location in Santa Monica is within walking distance of EPS-Cineworks, Tribeca West, and other production and post production offices. That all adds up to a lot of convenience.”