Blackmagic Design tools employed on 20+ Oscar-nominated films
March 16, 2023

Blackmagic Design tools employed on 20+ Oscar-nominated films

FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design’s ( tools were used on a range of films that were recognized at the recent 95th Academy Awards. The company’s digital film cameras and DaVinci Resolve editing, grading, visual effects and audio post software are among the tools that touched more than 20 films across the technical, documentary, short film, international feature film and animation categories.
Some of the Oscar-nominated films that used Blackmagic Design gear during production included Argentina, 1985, with DIT Martin Bendersky using DaVinci Resolve Studio for on-set grading, and Avatar: The Way of Water, which completed production using the company’s Teranex AV, Smart Videohub 12G 40x40, DeckLink 8K Pro, UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3 and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K products.

For The Banshees of Inisherin, DP Ben Davis, BSC, used Blackmagic’s Ursa Mini Pro 12K for select shots. 

DIT Mathew Conrad used DaVinci Resolve Studio for on-set grading of Everything Everywhere All at Once. The film won numerous catagories, including Best Picture, and was graded by Alex Bickel of Color Collective.

Nominees that used DaVinci Resolve Studio during post production included All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, graded by Nat Jencks of PostWorks New York; Argentina, 1985, graded by Luisa Cavanagh of Quanta Post; and Avatar: The Way of Water, graded by Tashi Trieu of Lightstorm Entertainment.

The Banshees of Inisherin was graded by Adam Glasman and onlined by Guilhem Coulibaly at Goldcrest Post, with on-set work and dailies color by Cinelab Film and Digital.

The Batman was graded by Dave Cole of Fotokem.

Colorists Kim Rene Bjørge and Kali Bateman, along with supervising colorist Brett Manson, graded Elvis.

And Company 3 worked on a number of films that were nominated for awards, including Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Tom Poole); Empire of Light (James Slattery); Living (Joseph Bicknell); Stranger at the Gate (Kath Raisch); Tar (Tim Masick); The Whale (Timothy Stipan); and Top Gun: Maverick (Stefan Sonnenfeld, Adam Nazarenko). Additionally, Babylon, was graded at the studio by Matt Wallach, with assistant editor Ryan Chavez using DaVinci Resolve Studio for title treatment and early color passes.