LONDON — Boutique VFX and finishing house Stone Dogs (https://stonedogs.co.uk) has launched its new color operation following the expansion of its studio earlier this year. The Stone Dogs space has evolved from an open plan to three client-focused rooms alongside a central production and quality control area. This includes a dedicated Flame suite, a multi-purpose Flame/Flame assist/grading/MGFX suite, and a grading suite equipped with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve software.
In addition to the Resolve software, the suite features a new 31-inch Eizo Prominence monitor and a DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel. The studio also has a Mac M1 Ultra workstation to run it all. Stone Dogs acquired Flanders Scientific reference monitors for the Flame systems, and had a color scientist calibrate all of the screens for continuity from grade to online. The new studio has been fully operational since August 1st, and has already completed grading and full post on three projects.
“We are looking to offer a friendly, relaxed, and above all, creative space, where directors and agencies can collaborate with like-minded people to produce the content they had imagined when crafting the creative,” says Brian Carbin, co-founder and Flame artist at Stone Dogs. “We can’t wait to work on the new and different projects this expansion will bring in, spanning commercials, episodic programming, TV promos and sponsorship idents.”
“We’d always planned to introduce grading at Stone Dogs, having even set out to incorporate it into our offering at the start of 2020 - but we were struck back by the pandemic,” adds Dave Kiddie, co-founder and VFX artist. “Following the full lifting of restrictions and the premises’ move to Lincoln House earlier this year, the pieces have finally fallen into place to see our ambition come to life, and we are delighted for its long-anticipated debut!”