Blackmagic Design - The Good Doctor (Foto: ABC)

A number Blackmagic Design solutions, including cameras, software and other solutions, have been used to create more than 60 series released in the fall of 2021.

These include Ghosts, which used URSA Mini Pro 12K and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K units to shoot the pilot; Station 19, which based its entire virtual production on Blackmagic Design; and other household names such as Succession, The Simpsons and Billions, which were color corrected with DaVinci Resolve Studio. In addition, solutions such as ATEM Mini Pro mixers have facilitated various remote workflows, such as the one used by Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.‘s special effects team.

Among the series for the fall 2021 season made with Blackmagic Design cameras are:

  • Blue Bloods: visual effects supervisor Mike Warren (Filmworks/FX NY) used Blackmagic Production Camera 4K units for the special effects shots
  • The Equalizer: cinematographer Stefan Czapsky used Pocket Cinema Camera 4K units for the supplemental shots.
  • Ghosts: DP Judd Overton used URSA Mini Pro 12K and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K units for some of the pilot episode shots.
  • Nancy Drew: DP Shamus Whiting-Hewlett used Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro units for some shots.
  • NCIS and The Neighborhood: visual effects supervisors John Gross and Fred Pienkos (Muse VFX) used URSA Mini Pro 12K units to shoot the visual effects elements and base images.
  • Puppy Place: cinematographer Steve Gainer (ASC, ASK) used the URSA Mini Pro 12K model.
  • Succession: visual effects supervisor Aaron Raff (Phosphene) used the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to shoot the visual effects elements and base images.

Blackmagic Design - A Million Little Things (Foto: ABC)

Visual effects and virtual productions

DaVinci Resolve Studio has been another indispensable mainstay for the creatives and technicians who have shaped the visual effects for a number of important series. Some of the most notable names include:

  • 9-1-1: visual effects supervisor Bert Poole (SpinVFX) used DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • American Rust: visual effects supervisors Greg Radcliffe and Christian Lowe (Phosphene) used DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Blue Bloods: visual effects supervisor Mike Warren (Filmworks/FX NY) used DaVinci Resolve Studio as well as Intensity Shuttle devices for image playback
  • Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.: visual effects artist Mike Gaines (InvisEffects) used DaVinci Resolve Studio, as well as an ATEM Mini Pro mixer to collaborate remotely with production
  • Insecure, Liza on Demand, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Neighborhood, One of Us Is Lying, Queens and Y: The Last Man: visual effects supervisors John Gross and Fred Pienkos (Muse VFX) used Fusion Studio for compositing, as well as DaVinci Resolve Studio to edit effects on different shows
  • Station 19: Visual effects supervisor Sam Nicholson (Stargate Studios) used DaVinci Resolve Studio, DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel devices, UltraStudio and DeckLink capture and playback cards, and other equipment for virtual production.

Blackmagic Design - Station 19 (Foto: ABC)

Color correction with DaVinci Resolve

While DaVinci Resolve Studio is used in visual effects contexts, it is in color grading that it really shines. The selection of fictions in this area are:

  • All American and Batwoman: colorized by Matt Lear (Mad Old Nut Productions).
  • American Horror Story: Double Feature and Truth Be Told: color-keyed by Jeremy Sawyer (Light Iron)
  • B Positive and Bob Hearts Abishola: color-keyed by Sparkle (Picture Shop)
  • The Big Leap and South Side: color-keyed by Aidan Stanford (Arsenal)
  • Big Sky (episodes 114, 115 and 116) and The Cleaning Lady (pilot): color-keyed by Paul Allia (Picture Shop)
  • Billions: colorized by Joe Gawler (HARBOR)
  • Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.: graded by Frederik Bokkenheuser (Picture Shop)
  • Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond: graded by Chris Boyer (Picture Shop)
  • The Game, The Girl in the Woods, The Next Thing You Eat and Sacrifice: graded by Scott Klein (Light Iron)
  • The Good Doctor and New Amsterdam: graded by Larry Field (Arsenal)
  • Gossip Girl, Scenes from a Marriage, Station Eleven and Succession: graded by Sam Daley (Light Iron)
  • Home Economics: graded by Shaley Brooks (Iris Digital Post), with Dolby Vision mastering by Thomas Galyon, CSI (DigitalFilm Tree)
  • Insiders and Money Heist: graded by Fernando M. Cos-Gayón, David González and Pepe Abellán (PICNIC)
  • The L Word: Generation Q: graded by Nicholas Hasson (Light Iron)
  • Legacies and Roswell, New Mexico: graded by Charlie Tucker (Point 360)
  • A Million Little Things and Ordinary Joe: graded by Russell Lynch (ColorTime)
  • Mr. Corman: graded by Phil Beckner (FotoKem)
  • Murdoch Mysteries and Slasher: Flesh and Blood: graded by Michael Dobroski (Picture Shop)
  • NCIS: graded by George Delaney (Picture Shop)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: graded by Thomas Galyon (DigitalFilm Tree)
  • NYC Epicenters 9/11 2021 ½: graded by Roman Hankewycz (HARBOR)
  • Only Murders in the Building: graded by Nat Jencks (PostWorks New York)
  • Our Kind of People: graded by Aurora Gordon (Arsenal)
  • Penn and Teller: Fool Us: graded by Jeff Jacobson
  • Queens and Station 19: graded by Roy Vasich (Picture Shop)
  • The Simpsons: graded by Jason Fabbro (Picture Shop)
  • Tough As Nails: graded by Crash Carlucci (Baked Studios)
  • Walker: graded by Tony D’Amore (Picture Shop)
  • Yellowjackets: graded by Patrick Woodard (Point.360)

Blackmagic Design - Queens - (Foto: ABC)

Other Blackmagic solutions

Blackmagic, beyond its capture devices and post production software, has a wide range of products that span across all production workflows. The following series have benefited from some of these products:

  • Bull: digital imaging technician Keith Putnam used DaVinci Resolve Studio and various Smart Videohub 20×20, UltraStudio HD Mini and Mini Converters SDI Distribution devices.
  • Dopesick: digital imaging technician Daniele Colombera used DaVinci Resolve and various SmartScope Duo, Smart Videohub, UltraStudio Mini Monitor, DeckLink and Mini Converter devices.
  • The Goldbergs: digital imaging technician Kevin Mills used DaVinci Resolve and various devices Smart Videohub 16×16, Smart Videohub CleanSwitch 12×12, SmartView Duo monitor, Mini Converter SDI Distribution, DeckLink Mini Monitor and DeckLink Mini Recorder
  • Nancy Drew: digital imaging technician Michael Sangalong used DaVinci Resolve Studio and various devices Smart Videohub 12×12, UltraStudio 4K, MultiView 4, Mini Converter SDI Distribution and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI.
  • Riverdale: digital imaging technician Elmer Ventura used DaVinci Resolve Studio and various devices Smart Videohub 20×20, Smart Videohub 12×12, Mini Converter SDI Distribution 4K, Micro Converter BiDirectional SDI/HDMI, UltraStudio Monitor 3G and SmartScope Duo 4K
  • Slasher: Flesh and Blood: digital imaging technician Mehran Jabbari used DaVinci Resolve to evaluate and apply LUTs to daily shoots

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