Inside DDP’s workflow on MIFF-opener The Death and Life of Otto Bloom
The Death and Life of Otto Bloom is the feature debut of Melbourne writer-director Cris Jones. The film stars Xavier Samuel as a man who experiences time in reverse.
The script required different time periods to be represented through interviews, dramatizations and archival footage, a process spearheaded by DDP Studios' Melbourne office.
“This was a technically ambitious film to make given the diversity of media utilised in the production process," said DDP General Manager Caroline Pitcher.
"It was both a treat and a challenge for the team to manage and work with retro media like Super 8 and analogue.”
DDP's challenge was to seamlessly mix differing framerates and formats. Their work included pre-visualisation testing, workflow design and in-house dailies with colour management.
The film was graded on Autodesk’s Lustre in DDP’s premier theatre by colourist Ian Letcher. DI Mastering was completed by DDP’s onliner John Kerron.
As well as Otto Bloom, DDP also did post on Joe Cinque’s Consultation and On Richard’s Side, both screening at this year’s MIFF. The company also worked on last year's festival opener, the late Paul Cox's Force of Destiny.
Pitcher said she was "thrilled once again to have undertaken the post production on another film premiering at MIFF’s opening night."
MIFF runs from July 28 to August 14.