Filmmore becomes first EclairColor-certified grading theater
January 5, 2018

Filmmore becomes first EclairColor-certified grading theater

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — On December 15th, Filmmore’s grading cinema in Amsterdam officially got certified for EclairColor. The studio now offers the high dynamic range (HDR) color technology that achieves high quality image projection.

Eclair’s VP of technology and innovation, Cédric Lejeune, and EclairColor project engineer, Najib Riegert, visited Filmmore to perform the final measurements and install the certification plaque at the entrance of the room. With this, Filmmore is the first independent post production facility other than Eclair to provide grading services for this new HDR standard in cinema exhibition. In addition to a fully optimized color pipeline, the room features Filmlight/Truelight technology.

Filmmore’s DI technical director and color management specialist, Miga Bär says, “Just over a year ago, we got wind of EclairColor, a new HDR standard for cinema, at that point still in development. The unique selling point immediately seemed to be the fact that the system is based on existing DCI projection systems and doesn’t need extreme investments for exhibitors to integrate in their cinema. Once our senior colorist Martin Klein had seen the technique with his own eyes, while overseeing the EclairColor trim pass on Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone in Paris [in] early 2017. We were convinced this amazing new technology would be the way forward for us.”

Eclair and Filmmore have been working towards the certification over the last year, during which the amount of cinema screens equipped with a compatible system raised to 126 across Europe. During the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January, Lucrecia Martel’s highly anticipated feature film Zama will be shown in EclairColor, specifically mastered for this purpose by colorist Wouter Suyderhoud. These screenings are hosted by the IFFR, Filmmore, Eclair, CinemaNext and Lantaren Venster.

Filmmore’s grading room features an EclairColor certified Sony SRX-R515P 4K projector, operating at 30ftL/103nits with integrated media block; 5.5 meters wide woven cinemascope screen, gain 1.0; Truelight certified Baselight Two system, running both Baselight 4.4m1 and Baselight 5.0, operated through the Filmlight Blackboard; and JBL 7.1 cinema PA, powered by Dolby CP750 processor and LabGruppen amplifiers.