Colorist Bryan
McMahan applies 4K grade to film set to debut at Berlin International Film Festival.

Calif.—Modern VideoFilm
recently provided digital intermediate color grading and finishing services for
Director Terrence Malick’s Knight of
The new film, whose large, all-star cast includes Christian Bale,
Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, will make its world premiere on February 8th
at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Captured by Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki on 35mm and
65mm film, and a variety of digital formats, Knight of Cups was finished in 4K at Modern VideoFilm. Bryan
McMahan was the Digital Intermediate Colorist in his fourth collaboration with
Malick dating back to the director’s 2005 film The New World. Modern’s services also included film scanning (in
4K), editorial finishing and deliverables (including 35mm film out).
McMahan, who also colored the dailies, worked closely with
Malick and Lubezki throughout the months-long process of finalizing the film’s
look. He notes that the finished film, which centers on a Los Angeles
screenwriter, appears unadulterated and natural, and that considerable effort
was applied to achieve seamlessness between elements captured with different
camera systems.
“It’s beautifully shot,” says McMahan. “Terry prefers a ‘no
look’ look, as if you’re looking out a window. He has a very sensitive eye and
is very trusting with his collaborators regarding color.”
The Berlin International Film Festival runs February 5th
to 15th.
About Modern
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distribution services to the film, television and media content industries for more
than 33 years.  Its clients include all of the major movie and television
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