The Magic Happens for 'Shape of Water' at Deluxe Toronto

When the time came for filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to post his Cold War period fantasy/drama The Shape of Water, he returned to Deluxe's all-inclusive post facility in Toronto.
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When the time came for filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to post his Cold War period fantasy/drama The Shape of Water, he returned to Deluxe's all-inclusive post facility in Toronto, where he'd previously completed projects including Crimson Peak and multiple-Academy Award-winner Pan's Labyrinth. The Shape of Water was shot by Dan Laustsen.

Deluxe Toronto provides the infrastructure and artistry necessary to offer end-to-end post services: dailies, conform, final color and a full sound mixing stage. "Post workflows are changing rapidly, and schedules are always tightening. Our setup allows filmmakers to work on all aspects of post under one roof," says Nick Iannelli, senior vice president, postproduction.

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The director says of Deluxe Toronto, "They are perfect for the way I like to work. I can sit in with the mixers and check in on the color grading, as the rooms are next door to each other. It's like being at home. They're our partners."

Deluxe colorist Chris Wallace handled final color (for D-cinema and an HDR-10 home video pass) based on specific looks Laustsen had built during principal photography. Mixers Christian T. Cooke and Brad Zoern worked on one of the company's hybrid Avid/Harrison mixing consoles, Mix One, which is also the largest Dolby Atmos setup in all of Canada.

"The experience was very positive," recalls producer J. Miles Dale. "Having all these services together allowed postproduction to happen more quickly and, most importantly, it let Guillermo focus more of his time and attention on being creative."

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