thriller becomes the first film finished in facility’s new DI theater.
HOLLYWOOD— Marauders, a tense, noir-ish thriller released
by Lionsgate Premiere and director Steven C. Miller, recently became the first
feature finished in Cognition’s new 4K digital intermediate theater. Senior
colorist Mike Eaves collaborated with Miller and award-winning cinematographer
Brandon Cox to finalize the look of the film with editorial and color grading
completed on an SGO Mistika platform using an ACES workflow.

Starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni and
Adrian Grenier, Marauders centers on
a series of brutal Cincinnati bank robberies that turn out to be part of much
broader conspiracy involving the city’s moneyed elite. The atmosphere is dark
and moody throughout, a feeling intensified by nearly continuous rainfall. Rain
is a brooding presence even in interiors, where it relentlessly batters windows
and doors.
“We wanted to capture the feel and tone of
Cincinnati, which becomes almost another character in the film,” explains Cox.
“Steven Miller came up with the idea of adding rainfall during pre-production
and it was a great decision. It added another texture to the story.”
All of the rain was produced artificially on
the set. Cox made subtle use of backlighting to create contrast between the
falling drops and background elements. The look was further enhanced during
post-production grading sessions with Eaves at Cognition.
“Rain is tricky,” says Cox. “You have to work
in rain gear and cover the cameras; our special effects coordinator, Kenny
Gorrell, did an amazing job corralling the rain. By the time it got to Mike
Eaves, the footage was flat and milky. Mike added contrast and color
separation, and was able to bring out the rich textures of architecture and
skin tones.”
Visually and stylistically, the finished look
recalls classic crime dramas and portrays a world that is raw and real. “All of
the exteriors are cold and bluish,” notes Eaves. “The look beautifully complements
the sound and visual aspects of the rain. It’s a bold look.”
Cognition’s new 12-seat, 4K DI
theater, built as part of the facility’s current multi-million dollar
expansion, offers state-of-the-art color grading and finishing features. Along
with the SGO’s Mistika platform it is equipped with a Barco DP4K-P
post-production projector, a 21-foot Stewart Filmscreen reference screen, and a
7.1 surround sound system.
employed ACES from color
through delivery. “It was exciting to be the first film in the new theater,”
says Cox. “It’s a fabulous space and the results Cognition delivered were great.
They rolled out the red carpet for us.”
Rating:  Rated
R for strong violence, language, brief drug use and nudity
U.S. Release
Date: July 1,
2016 (In Theaters and On Demand)           
Time: 107
Cast:   Christopher
Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier, Johnathon Schaech, Lydia
Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Texas Battle
Directed by:   Steven C.
Written by: Michael
Cody and Chris Sivertson
Produced by: Randall
Emmett, p.g.a.; George Furla, p.g.a.; Joshua Harris; Rosie Charbonneau, Mark
Credits Not Contractual
When a bank is
hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his
high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave
Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists
continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play. MARAUDERS
stars Christopher Meloni, Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista and Adrian
Grenier. Lionsgate Premiere will release the film in theaters and On Demand
July 1.
Premiere, Grindstone Entertainment and Emmett Furla Oasis Films present an
Emmett Furla Oasis Films production in association with Aperture Media
Partners, The Fyzz Facility and 4th Wall Entertainment.
Cognition is located at 900 N Cahuenga Blvd.,
Suite B, Los Angeles, CA 90038. [323] 874.4487
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