Encore Hollywood provided post production services to TNT for two 1-hour episodes of its limited series Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. Colorist Laura Jans performed final color correction for Umney Last Case and The Fifth Quarter, both directed by Rob Bowman (THE X-FILES). The former stars William H. Macy as a mystery writer who attempts to switch identities with his prized creation. Jeremy Sisto stars in the latter as a newly-freed convict in search of lost loot.
Jans worked directly with Bowman in setting the films’s final look, employing a Spirit 2K Datacine and a Da Vinci 2K color corrector. Both films were shot in Australia with cinematography by John Stokes.
For Umney Last Case, Jans and Bowman used color to draw a sharp contrast between the mystery writer real world and the fantasy world of his fiction. ‘The fictional environment is very soft, warm and appealing,’ recalled Jans. ‘It a world out of a book. It looks set up?‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇHollywood. The ?‚àö√ë‚àö‚â§real’s world is drab and flat. You can understand why the writer is trying to escape.’
The look Bowman wanted for The Fifth Quarter is bolder and more contemporary. ‘We Slamdanced it,’ said Jans. ‘It heavy, inky, black and contrasty. We kept the skin tones so that the talent looks great.’
Jans added that the goal for both films was to avoid looks that appeared contrived or manipulated. ‘We wanted to preserve the integrity of the film that the director and the DP captured on location,’ she observed.
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