High-quality post production in Costa Rica

Leo Fallas wanted to bring color to Costa Rica a "tropical" manner, providing color correction high quality and affordable to customers. And he achieve it.

By Blackmagic Design

When Leo Fallas Chángula postproduction founded in 2002, he wanted to provide a bridge between the film industry in the US and Latin countries like Costa Rica, who were developing their local film industries with an identity. At that time, there was the need for an accessible room NLE in Costa Rica, so Leo decided to take matters into their own hands.

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"Because there was that kind of room where I lived, I decided to build one myself. I built a suite based on a new editing system with the entire team of post production needed. And the business took off quickly," recalls Fallas.

Leo immersion in the industry post-production began in the early 2000. With a growing list of projects to his name, Leo received a scholarship to attend the prestigious and creative Film Training Center, based in Mexico City. Seizing the opportunity to learn, Leo attended college in order to meet the workflow and the science behind color, to have a broader view of the post-production process.

Rather than learn the basics of color and light, the opportunity also allowed him to learn how to handle new codecs, and formats of new chambers at the time that digital formats began to gain ground.

Leo took several courses color correction as part of their academic program, using a suite of professional colorization; I was very excited about the possibility of bringing their new knowledge to the company. However, he found a problem.
 
"When I returned, I started looking for a color system for my company, but soon I realized prices. The cost is not aligned with the market of Costa Rica and felt hit a wall. Then suddenly, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve it was released. it was the technological solution I was looking for. "
 
Leo Fallas wanted to bring color to Costa Rica a "tropical" manner, providing color correction high quality and affordable to customers. And he succeeded with the system of Blackmagic Design. Each month, the busy office Changula postproduction juggles three or four advertising projects, and documentary films, independent films and feature films. Until today, Leo continues to expand their knowledge through frequent trips to the United States, where he attends conferences, such as the exclusive Editors Retreat, and returns with new ideas for Costa Rica and for the classes they teach.
 
This Prisoners
One of the most successful projects that Leo has worked to date is the film Prisoners. Directed by Esteban Ramirez and color correction by Leo in a study DaVinci Resolve, the film focuses on a girl who unleashes a family drama to start a secret relationship with an inmate.
 
Leo's main challenge was to create a film through color contrast between the individual worlds of the girl and the prisoner. I wanted to keep the feel of two different realities, but ensuring that they track in a consistent manner.


 
"For scenes in prison, we try to get over-saturated and with higher contrast than other images, to reflect a darker atmosphere. All other scenes are very bright and colorful imitating the life of the girl with her family "says Leo.

To help better contrast the difference between the two worlds, Leo used the split screen feature of Resolve, which allowed him to simultaneously compare the color monitor subtle differences in three planes in prison and three outside it. It was the perfect way to mark the transition from one scene to the next, and show the director and cinematographer not just a single plane, but each level in the context of the scene.
 
Leo also made use of various functions of secondary color correction, particularly the curve hue vs hue. He enjoyed the ability to make big changes with small clicks and simple movements, streamlining their work.
 
"I was able to change from one color to another with two clicks in one of the most characteristic curves Resolve, hue vs hue. We achieve very smooth changes that loved us all."
 
During the start of the project, Resolve helped Leo to work closely with the cinematographer of the film, who appreciated quite their views.
 
"I love using power windows super soft and masks that are so subtle that the viewer does not notice they are there. At first, the DP was against these windows and masks. By using Resolve, I could show changes real-time and get approval,. the final correction uses a lot of masks to perfect the color, especially in heaven we both agreed that the results were perfect, "Leo says.

Documenting the future
Currently, Leo is working on a documentary project called First Lady of the Revolution (The First Lady of the Revolution), the American director Andrea Kalin of Spark Media. The documentary details the life of Henrietta Boggs, the first wife of the president of Costa Rica Jose Maria Figueres Ferrer. Recounts his youth in Alabama, the history of Costa Rican revolution and how he finally came to know the beloved president.

The film was shot in Alabama, Washington and Costa Rica. When the director Kalin asked a colleague Leo if he knew a good artist color correction, Leo's name came up immediately. Because Andrea had seen and remembered his previous project, Prisoners, he decided to hire Leo right there as the expert colorist for the documentary.

Leo used the 12 version of DaVinci Resolve Studio coloring and grading the project in just 15 days. He concluded that "With so many different formats and textures, I had to use a large number of plugins as part of the tools, so having OpenFX within Resolve helped me to level out some of the scenes. We also face a lot of noisy images , so that the noise reduction tools were absolutely critical for this project. "
 
The entire project will be released in September 2016 during the Independence Day of Costa Rica.

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