Facility handles
DI for the first American film from Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Calif.—In a project spanning many months and two
continents, Modern VideoFilm provided final post production services for Broken Horses, the new Western thriller
from Indian producer/director Vidhu Vinod Chopra in his Hollywood debut.  The
Burbank-based facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, visual
effects production and integration, DCP mastering and deliverables for the
film, which makes its U.S. theatrical premiere this month from Reliance

Producer of 3 Idiots
(the highest grossing film in Indian history until recently surpassed by
Vinod’s latest release PK) and an
Academy Award nominee, Chopra assembled an all-American cast and production
team for his first English-language film. Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane and
Anton Yelchin star in the tale of orphaned brothers and their ill-fated reunion
in a town near the Mexican border. Tom Stern (The Hunger Games) is the director of photography; Todd E. Miller (Transformers) is the editor; and Toby
Corbett (Bad Lieutenant) is the
production designer. The film, which Stern captured on anamorphic 35mm film,
was shot primarily in California’s Death Valley and Mojave Desert.

Post production at Modern VideoFilm’s Burbank facility
spanned several months and involved intensive collaboration with Chopra, his
production team, the film’s editorial department, and Prana Studios in Mumbai,
where most of the extensive visual effects were produced. Modern VideoFilm
account executive Amber Taylor notes that VFX elements were exchanged between
Burbank and Mumbai on an almost daily basis. “We worked very closely with
Vinod, his post production coordinator Pratik Basu, and the VFX house in
India,” Taylor says.

Editorial conforming and final color grading were completed
in 2K at Modern’s facility in Burbank. “We helped to guide Vinod and his Indian
production team through our DI process, as it is a different way of filmmaking
from what they were used to,” recalls Modern VideoFilm DI producer Carl Moore.
“We helped them understand how things are done in Hollywood, while respecting
their approach. We arrived at a good balance that enabled us to deliver the
project successfully.”
Integrating effects elements arriving from India posed
significant creative and technical challenges. “We added hundreds of effects
and editorial revisions in preparing the master,” notes Modern VideoFilm
conforming editor Roger Berger who used the Quantel Rio on the show, “We also
produced a lot of additional effects in the edit bay including opticals, split
screens, blended performances and digital camera moves.”
Berger was
impressed with the results. “It is beautifully photographed by Tom Stern, very
cinematic,” he says. “It features wonderful performances and tells a classic
Western story from a fresh perspective.”
Chopra says that working with Modern VideoFilm was a
wonderful experience. “Coming from India where things are done quite
differently, I did not know quite what to expect,” he observes. “Modern made
the process smooth and painless and I knew I was in capable hands. My DP Tom
Stern and I enjoyed our time at Modern. We established a collaborative rhythm
with both the creative and technical teams. Working closely together, we were
able to come up with the beautiful final look of the movie. While we were on a
tight schedule and limited budget, no effort was spared to make my Hollywood
debut look as timeless and classic as I had envisioned from the very beginning.”

About Modern VideoFilm
Modern VideoFilm has been providing post-production and
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
studios, as well as leading on-demand streaming services, online digital media
retailers, ecommerce sites, interactive entertainment companies, and other
commercial entities across the United States and around the world. The
company’s staff comprises more than 400 dedicated and talented artists,
technicians, engineers, producers, client representatives and support
Modern VideoFilm’s Creative Services division offers
complete, end-to-end resources for the production of original motion picture,
television and media content. Its Content Management division provides comprehensive
solutions for the management, repurposing, distribution and archiving of
entertainment content.
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