The Book of Negroes
The highly anticipated mini-series, The Book of Negroes, has its Canadian broadcast debut January 7th on CBC and it will air on the BET network in February. Based on the bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill, the smallscreen version, co-written and helmed by Clement Virgo, spans three continents over the course of 50 years, and stars Aunjanue Ellis (as Aminata Diallo) and Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lou Gossett Jr. The six part mini-series depicts Diallo’s extraordinary life journey through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
Technicolor Toronto worked closely with director Clement Virgo and executive producer, Damon D’Oliveira for two years on the project, from inception to final delivery. “Working with Technicolor on The Book of Negroes provided a one-stop shop of world class professionals. This was by far the most challenging project Clement and I have worked on and Grace and her team have done an excellent job of hitting all of our milestones to the highest standard”, said Damon D’Oliveira, Executive Producer – Conquering Lion Pictures. Filmed in South Africa, Nova Scotia and Hamilton, The Book of Negroes was shot on the Arri Alexa and Technicolor Toronto housed the complete post process, including dailies, offline editorial, final colour, VFX, sound mixing and deliverables. Final color was completed by Brett Trider, working with Cinematographer Giulio Biccari to set the look on the beautifully shot footage. To accommodate Biccari’s schedule, two of the final episodes were screened at Technicolor Soho in London to ensure his creative vision was achieved. The beautiful images were brought to life by Re-recording Mixers Frank Morrone and Scott Shepherd, creating a soundscape that complimented the actors performances that were emotionally reinforced by the fabulous score.
Technicolor’s Creative Director, Kevin Chandoo, was an integral member of the post production team, providing preproduction collaboration and consultation from the earliest days of the project. Kevin’s team delivered more than 200 VFX shots for the miniseries, including digital matte paintings, green screen compositing and the removal of non-period landmarks. “Collaborating with Clement throughout the project was a gratifying experience. His eye for detail encouraged us to strive for the authenticity that will truly transport the viewer into Aminata’s world”, said Chandoo. “The challenge of The Book of Negroes was to develop creative VFX solutions that were both cost effective and worked within a period piece. A lot of satisfaction came from the transformation of footage from present day to period accurate. Perhaps most notably, a Halifax dock was transformed to a bustling late 1700s Manhattan harbor. It was extremely rewarding for myself and for the entire team who worked on the project”.
The Book of Negroes is produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, eOne and Idelewild Films. In Canada it will air January 7th at 9pm on CBC and will continue on each subsequent Wednesday at 9pm with the final episode on February 11th.
Meet Technicolor – Toronto’s Creative Director, Kevin Chandoo
Creative Director Kevin Chandoo is the lead behind Technicolor Toronto’s Visual Effects and Broadcast Design department. Kevin has garnered numerous awards and nominations for his work, including a Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Main Title Design. The list goes on to include Gold, Silver and Bronze PromaxBDA's and eight Applied Arts Awards. He has a profound understanding of the nuances involved in communicating ideas and bringing them to the screen.
What was your path to becoming Creative Director?
After studying film and new media in university, I was compelled to find a job in the film and television industry, so I offered my services as a telecine assistant/tape operator. My role later transitioned to a designer/compositor, where I worked with many talented artists on feature and commercial content. It is during this time I experimented with my craft. Fifteen years later, I am still learning and exploring.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
When I have the opportunity to develop original creative that I can take from concept to final delivery. Creating imagery that evokes imagination and tells a story, motivates my process. All the while engaging the client and getting them excited about end result.
Any advice you would give to someone coming into the business?
Expose yourself to all areas of visual effects/design and learn about the pipeline process. Somewhere along that line is a place for you. Be patient, ask questions and be proactive by always striving to learn things outside your comfort zone.
What’s been one of your highlights from the last 12 months?
It has been an extremely busy year, one full of successes and challenges. A notable highlight for me this past year was the opportunity to be heavily involved working with the director and producer in the miniseries – The Book of Negroes. This is an inspirational piece with deep roots and history. I was proud to collaborate in the telling of this story. We were chosen as the lead house for the visual effects. With our great team of artists and producers, I supervised over 200 hundred shots, ranging from the removal of anachronisms, to the creation of sea vessels and digital matte paintings. Our team worked tirelessly this past year to create the period backdrop for the series. I expect that this project will be immensely successful in the coming year.
If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?
If I were to take another path in my life, it would involve a lot more schooling in the study of the human mind and its functions. Leading me to become a psychologist, I would love to contribute to the mental health and well being of those in need.
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Technicolor, Official Partner of Ciné-Québec
Technicolor is proud to be the official sponsor of Ciné- Québec for the seventh year in January 2015. It is a memorable year for both Ciné- Québec and Technicolor, with Ciné-Québec celebrating its 10th anniversary and Technicolor beginning a yearlong celebration of its 100th Anniversary. Ciné Québec is the most anticipated conference in the Quebec film industry attracting over 500 delegates uniting producers, distributors, theatre owners and broadcasters under one roof.
The conference opens on January 27th with the official Technicolor dinner and a tribute to Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club, Café de Flore, C.R.A.Z.Y.).
“Technicolor’s participation at Ciné-Québec is a testimonial of our support of the Quebec film industry and reiterates our tenacity to support it”, reveals Jean Ducharme, Vice-President of Operations at Technicolor Montreal.
Join us on January 27th-29th at Manoir St-Sauveur in the Quebec Laurentians to experience Ciné-Québec.
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Post Services for The Girl King
Technicolor Montreal is proud to have provided post services for the feature film The Girl King. Directed by Mika Kaurismäki, produced by Galafilm and distributed by Equinoxe, The Girl King is the story of Kristina of Sweden, a strong Scandinavian icon who was named King of Sweden by her father who didn’t have a male heir. This German co-production was shot in Germany, Sweden and Finland and is the first feature film on Kristina of Sweden since 1933. (Queen Christina).
This is a historical film that was shot on locations that reflect the authenticity of the period in which the film takes place. "All withdrawal of contemporary element was necessary to ensure an authentic sound atmosphere that corresponded exactly with the time of Queen Christina of Sweden.” reveals Stephane Bergeron, Technicolor Montreal’s re-recording mixer on the project.
Last November, Technicolor Montreal welcomed Tapio Suomalainen of Finland’s national broadcasting channel YLE to participate in the shooting of a documentary on director Mika Kaurismäki. The film crew shot in numerous suites at our facility at 2101 St. Catherine street.
Technicolor Montreal has provided complete sound and picture services on the project including, sound mixing, conform, colour grading, additional dialog recording and will provide versioning services in 2015.
Meet Technicolor -Montreal's Sales VP, Nicolas Savoie
Nicolas was named Vice-President of Sales for the Montreal office of Technicolor in August 2014. In this capacity, he leads the local sales team, developing both the broadcast and feature markets. Nicolas has had a somewhat eclectic career, having first worked in corporate finance before doing an MBA abroad and coming back to work as a management consultant in Montreal. More recently he has worked for Astral Media and Stingray Digital, two Montreal-based media companies, in Executive-level positions. Being an avid traveler has led to his love of languages, speaking fluent French, English and Spanish.
Were you always involved in the Film and Television industry?
I have been in media for close to 10 years. At Astral Media, I was in charge of business development for the French TV channels, many of which are our clients today (Canal Vie, D, Vrak, etc…). I also was the general manager of MusiquePlus & MusiMax (Quebec’s equivalent to MTV and VH1) when Astral acquired these channels. At Stingray, I was in a role similar to mine here, except on the content side. I was responsible for distributing Stingray’s music content to TV operators around the world, in a somewhat similar fashion to what eOne, one of our key clients, does with movies. So I understand the changing dynamics of our industry, and how it’s affecting our clients.
What’s the best part of your job at Technicolor?
Meeting clients. I always find it the most stimulating aspect of a job in sales. That’s why we’re here, to meet our clients’ needs.
What’s been one of your highlights since joining Technicolor Montreal?
The team. I’m discovering great people who are passionate about helping our clients realize their dream – making the best movie or the best TV show, and making it available to viewers around the world.
If you had to choose another profession, what would that be?
When I was younger, I thought of going into politics. With the recent scandals having plagued Quebec politics, I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t!