The HPA Award nominations are out and Deluxe is proud to share that several of its creative talents have earned nods for their work across features and episodics. EFILM Senior Colorist Natasha Leonnet received Outstanding Color Grading in feature film nominations for her work on “First Man” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” while EFILM Senior Colorist Walter Volpatto was recognized for his work on “Green Book.” In the television category, Deluxe Toronto Senior Colorist Bill Ferwerda received an Outstanding Color Grading nomination for his work on “The Handmaid’s Tale” season three, with episode 11, “Liars,” scoring the nod. Encore VFX was recognized for Outstanding Visual Effects for the studio’s work on “The Flash” episode “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd;” the nominated team includes Armen V. Kevorkian, Joshua Spivack, Andranik Taranyan, Shirak Agresta and Jason Shulman.
For “First Man,” Leonnet re-teamed with Director Damien Chazelle and Cinematographer Linus Sandgren, helping to capture a 1960s filmic look and get the audience to share in astronaut Neil Armstrong’s visceral experience. With a groundbreaking visual style, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” prompted Leonnet to utilize hue shifting tools usually reserved for music videos as she further amplified bold color choices, working closely with Production Designer Justin K. Thompson, VFX Supervisor Danny Dimian, and Art Director Dean Gordon to underscore story points and provide a distinct, cohesive look.
“Green Book” tells the story of an Italian-American bouncer and an African-American world-class pianist navigating the Jim Crow era and racially-segregated Deep South. To convey the essence of the 1960s as intended by the Director Peter Farrelly and DP Sean Porter, Volpatto developed a custom digital grain and halation model, and applied it to the digitally shot footage, resulting in an authentic grain that didn’t feel overly noisy.
Having handled the previous two seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Ferwerda built on established looks for season three and developed new ones as the story takes the characters to locales outside the totalitarian state of Gilead.
“The Flash” episode “King Shark vs. Gorilla Grodd” brings together two supersized, fan favorite characters – a telepathic gorilla and muscle-bound humanoid shark, both full CG creations – for an epic showdown. Kevorkian roughly laid out in pre-vis what would become the episode’s two major fight sequences, drawing from his experience as a director and VFX supervisor to suggest scene settings and choreography that would play well visually and were achievable on the show’s production schedule. Both sequences feature a handheld camera feel similar to how a live action fight would have been shot. Along with the Grodd and King Shark battles, the episode also features the transformation of King Shark from human form, something that had yet to be shown on the series. Encore artists achieved the final look after significant R&D to determine how human skin would give way to the shark texture.
2019 HPA Award winners will be announced November 21, 2019 at the Awards Gala Event being held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The full list of HPA Award nominees can be found here.