COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Another Round, which won the Oscar for International Feature Film, was graded by Emil Eriksson of Zentropa Post in Copenhagen using Blackmagic Design’s (www.blackmagicdesign.com) DaVinci Resolve Studio. The feature, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, was also nominated in the Best Director category.
DP Sturla Brandth Grøvlen shot Another Round using a handheld camera style and relied on vintage Canon K35 lenses to help counter the digital cinematography. Eriksson then used DaVinci Resolve's stabilizer tool to correct any extreme shot movement while also blending movement back when something felt too static.
"Some shots were too static and felt out of context with the rest of the scene,” says Eriksson. “These were primarily wide shots that Sturla had filmed on a tripod. To address that, we'd then reintroduce some shake. I would go into a clip that we liked, track that movement and then place it on to the static shot. It's not a camera shake plug-in, as that would feel wrong. Instead, I take a tracker window, invert the tracking data and paste it on in the stabilizer.”
Eriksson adds that there were some inconsistency with skin tones, which he remedied using the logarithmic tools.
“I could keep the exposure in the faces. Sturla shot the film with a beautiful contrast quality and it allowed me to use the contrast boost controls and the Contrast Pop plug-in, which with you can change the contrast in the blacks, for instance, and also match the contrast you have elsewhere.”
Eriksson graded the film with Grøvlen and Vinterberg in attendance over a two-week stretch prior to the COVID lockdown.
"The Dogme style of not too much lighting and a lot of freedom to change things around made the film perhaps not the easiest to grade in terms of continuity,” notes Grøvlen. "I also went into the grade intending to reinvent the look, perhaps a little too much.
“We went too far on our first pass in terms of boosting the color a lot. There was a little too much green and cyan. Thomas wanted it to look honest, truthful and intimate, which is the path we found.”