Visual Effects, Post Production Sound and
Colorworks work as one team.


CULVER CITY,
Calif.— Columbia Pictures’ THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™ marks not only
the return of the world’s greatest superhero but also the culmination of a
groundbreaking collaboration between visual effects, sound and post production
teams from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Academy Award®-winning Sony Pictures Imageworks crafted
over 1000  visual effects shots, Sony
Pictures Post Production provided sound, in its first project in Dolby® Atmos™, and Colorworks performed film
scanning, conforming and color
grading all in 4K. An innovative workflow provided the teams with unprecedented
access to data associated with the production, enabling them to work together
in close and simultaneous collaboration. The result was improved
efficiency and a more
spectacular cinematic experience for audiences around the world.


“Our
groups have developed a close, creative partnership, aided by remarkable new
technologies that allowed them to work across disciplines as one team,” said
Randy Lake, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Production
Services. “The results are clearly evident in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2  which established new standards for technical
innovation.”
Working under the supervision of senior visual effects supervisor
Jerome Chen, Sony Pictures Imageworks created a stunning variety of visual
effects that blend seamlessly with live action stunts and performances. Artists
created three new villains—Electro, Rhino and Goblin—and developed
fully-digital CG environments representing New York’s Times Square, Manhattan skyscrapers,
a next generation hydroelectric plant and an art deco-era clock tower among
many other one-off effects seen throughout the film.

The film’s sound team was led by sound supervisors/designers Addison
Teague and Eric Norris, and re-recording mixers Paul Massey and David
Giammarco. Working in the newly-renovated William Holden Theater on the Sony
Pictures Entertainment lot, Massey and Giammarco mixed the soundtrack natively
in Dolby® Atmos™
and finished in Atmos, Auro 11.1 by Barco and 5.1
formats. At Colorworks, film
dailies—amounting to more than 1.5 million feet of 35mm film—were scanned to 4K
digital format prior to editorial. The film later returned to Colorworks for
conforming, final color grading (in 4K) and mastering in 2D and stereoscopic
3D.
Collaboration
between the teams was facilitated by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Production Backbone, the
studio’s unique shared storage environment. Original production elements, along
with associated metadata—cumulatively amounting to more than 2.4
Petabytes—were stored on the backbone’s shared-storage environment where it was
accessible to sound and picture editors, visual effects artists and others, as needed and
in appropriate file formats. The backbone also simplified delivery of elements to external visual
effects vendors, who were able to access the backbone through secure,
high-speed connections.

“Scanning
all of the original film elements at 4K allowed us to work at the highest
quality and implement a true digital workflow to the production,” explained
Bill Baggelaar, Senior Vice President of Technology for Colorworks and Post
Production. “That saved significant time. The backbone not only provided access
to data, it also tracked progress. If an editor or a visual effects artist made
a change, it was quickly available to all the other members of the team,
increasingly important for quick turn around on a dynamic film like THE AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN 2
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2  is currently in theaters worldwide.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony
Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a
subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass
motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production,
acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and
distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new
entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information,
go to http://www.sonypictures.com.
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