Deluxe Sails the High Seas with Pirates

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    June 15, 2017
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The enormous box office draw of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales shows that Disney's Johnny Depp-led franchise continues to build loyal fans. As with previous installments, Deluxe and its brands were closely involved in facets of the film, from production through post and to audiences worldwide.

Directorial duties on Dead Men were handled by Norwegian duo Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg and the cinematographer was Paul Cameron, ASC. Most of the shoot happened in and around the Village Roadshow stages in Australia's Gold Coast, where enormous pirate ships were anchored in massive outdoor blue screen arenas. Deluxe's EC3 dailies team was stationed nearby to ingest and transcode all camera-original material, color grade and project dailies for key cast and crewmembers.

As soon as production would turn over data from the many cameras in multiple formats, EC3 technicians would create backups and prep the material for EC3's dailies colorist, stationed near the location. A similar setup was provided in Vancouver, BC for additional photography. Company 3 Senior Colorist Stefan Sonnenfeld handled final color duties in Los Angeles, finishing all versions of the film -- including 2D, multiple flavors of 3D, including Dolby Cinema, a flat Dolby Cinema version and full SMPTE versions for US home video.

Deluxe Localization translated the film into 51 languages for the global day-and-date release, and Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema (DTDC) had its locations in the US, UK, Spain and Australia mastering the 410 different versions of the film (and more than 600 thousand individual DCP keys) necessary for the worldwide release.