Latest Marvel Studios’ epic graded on Baselight
Technicolor colourist Maxine Gervais discusses her latest project, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.
One of 2018’s most talked about, and most appreciated, movies, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is the latest from the Marvel stable – and a huge box office success. T’Challa, first encountered in Captain America: Civil War, returns home to take the throne of the fantastical nation of Wakanda, an isolated yet technologically advanced country in Africa.
Given that the story features the first predominant black Marvel Super Hero and sees a majority black cast, it is fitting that it was visualised by African-American director Ryan Coogler. It also features a number of strong female characters, both on screen and behind the camera: the movie was shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison, while Victoria Alonso was executive producer and closely involved in the post-production.
Women were strongly represented throughout the crew, with the finishing team led by colourist Maxine Gervais of Technicolor Los Angeles; to handle the huge workload, her team utilised a network of six or more Baselight colour grading workstations simultaneously. Gervais worked particularly closely with cinematographer Morrison to add her distinctive touch to the movie.
“We knew that this was a movie with big themes and a strong story – we knew it was going to be epic,” Gervais said. “Approaching it was exciting: it was not an established franchise but a completely new departure, so it gave us all more creative freedom.”
“We knew that this was a movie with big themes and a strong story – we knew it was going to be epic.
Approaching it was exciting: it was not an established franchise but a completely new departure, so it gave us all more creative freedom.”