LOS ANGELES — Chimney Group (www.chimneygroup.com), the European post production company with locations in Stockholm, Berlin, Singapore, Sydney and Los Angeles, has standardized its entire finishing workflow around Blackmagic Design’s Resolve Studio nonlinear editor and color correction platform. Founded by producer Henric Larsson in 1995, Chimney initially started in Stockholm, and today boasts a global footprint that spans more than 400 employees across 14 offices in nine different countries.
“We have used a variety of finishing tools in the past, but nothing comes close to Resolve’s speed and efficiency,” says Larsson. “It’s a killer solution for us. We see ourselves as a creative factory, and with ever decreasing timelines required to get a project to market, using it ensures a more efficient workflow from onset DIT through to conform, color, and delivery. Not only can we support ACES color management, IMF delivery, and HDR mastering from one box, but the NLE toolset opens up some interesting options in the future.”
Chimney recently opened a 6,000-square-foot office in New York, with eight suites for editing and grading, as well as a visual effects pen. The new studio’s client roster includes Unilever, ESPN and Microsoft.
“With multi-platform support, it has become an industry standard for finishing, which means we find it much easier acquiring the right creative and technical talent,” Larsson continues. “Also, we can use Resolve’s remote grading capabilities to access existing talent within our international footprint and deploy those capabilities wherever our clients need it.”
Chimney Group is a strong proponent of what Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicdesign.com) is doing to make creative tools such as DaVinci Resolve more accessible.
“Being freely available means more and more creatives are cutting their teeth on DaVinci Resolve who might not have done so otherwise,” adds Larsson. “The more accessible the paintbrush is, the more talent our clients and we will have access to in the future. Everybody wins.”