424 Post & Harbor partner to launch Culver Post
February 27, 2024

424 Post & Harbor partner to launch Culver Post

LOS ANGELES — 424 Post (www.424post.com) and Harbor (https://harborpicturecompany.com) have entered into a collaboration that resulted in the launch of Culver Post, a full-service post production studio with future-centric 4K theatrical HDR mastering capabilities. The partnership was announced by 424 Post’s VP of operations Richard Burnette and Harbor’s CEO Zak Tucker, and combines the two companies’ decades of industry expertise and talent across picture and sound post for cinema, streaming, broadcast and advertising.

The new Culver Post (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) offers five stages for theatrical color grading and sound mixing. According to Harbor color scientist Matthew Tomlinson, one stage features a 34-foot, 8K Samsung IWA LED cinema display and a Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex cinema sound system with Dolby Atmos for mastering projects in 4K HDR in a theatrical setting. Able to accommodate more than 50 people, the stage provides a true cinema-style environment for HDR or SDR color grading and immersive sound mixing. 

A second theater, also with seating for 50-plus, features a DCI-certified 4K Samsung Onyx LED display and a Meyer Sound Ultra Reflex cinema sound system with Dolby Atmos. Both LED displays are well suited for HDR color grading and mastering, as they far exceed standard digital cinema projection systems for detail, contrast and brightness. 

The IWA display peaks at 1,000 nits, while the Onyx display peaks at 300 nits. Both stages are supported by Sony X310 HDR reference displays. The facility’s three other stages feature Christie 4K CP4420-XE cinema projection systems and Dolby Atmos sound.

Culver Post is integrated into the existing network of 424 Post Hollywood stages and Harbor’s studios across New York, Santa Monica, Chicago, Atlanta, London, enabling multi-geography and cross-discipline collaboration, granting clients total creative control. The studio’s LED stages are designed to support emerging demand for HDR cinema and streaming content while providing a true cinematic working environment for directors, cinematographers, editors, colorists and other professionals. 

“The size of the displays and the theaters themselves greatly enhance the color grading and review experience,” explains Burnette. “The entire production and post production team can be part of the process and watch the same image. It turns mastering into a communal creative experience.”

“Samsung is committed to using innovative display technology to revolutionize the way that content is both created and consumed,” adds David Phelps, head of the display division at Samsung Electronics America. “The new Culver Post post production studio marks a tangible milestone in the future of cinema and post production. Filmmakers and creators can now edit and experience video content as it would be seen and heard on the big screen to enable immersive storytelling that leaves a lasting impact on audiences.”