• Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
Baselight Makes The Grade For Artjail
Clinton Homuth
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Independent VFX boutique Artjail has added a Baselight grading suite in each of its locations: one in its New York studio, and one in Toronto. Bringing grading and VFX together will strengthen the studio’s workflow for complex effects projects, including ad projects and longform fare.

Since Artjail was founded in 2008, color was always a requirement for the business, but there was an opportunity to up the stakes and introduce Baselight into the pipeline. Sr. colorist Clinton Homuth explained the positive attractions of Baselight. “Being an overwhelmingly visual person, Baselight’s user interface is a real positive for me,” he said. “I find myself moving a lot faster, which means more time to explore. I’m a really big fan of using Baselight’s tools in combination with one another – using blending modes to smash a bunch of various looks together is a large part of my experimentation and look development process.”

While NY and Toronto operate largely as self-contained facilities with their own projects, Artjail is enthused over having tighter integration between grading and various VFX pipelines. The FilmLight BLG render-free workflow--based on the small and portable OpenEXR BLG file that can be used to share looks between Baselight and NUKE, Flame or Avid--allows editors and compositors to access the full grade, in real time, by exchanging the compact BLG.

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