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‘House of Cards’ Gets 4K Finish

Encore handled postproduction for the second season of Netflix’s House of Cards, with lead colorist Laura Jans-Fazio grading in uncompressed 4K using a FilmLight Baselight TWO system and Blackboard control surface. The drama was captured with RED cameras, some using HDR functionality for extended contrast and color dynamic range. The overall look of the series has a slightly moody cast reflecting the story’s tense, internal political intrigue. The grade avoids oversaturated colors, maintaining the palette throughout, which was director David Fincher’s vision for the show.

The floating-point processing in Baselight gave Jans-Fazio new creative options. Windows that appeared blown out, for example, could be graded to show detail, then composited into the rest of the scene. Baselight was able to deliver this color and composite control in real time so the House of Cards team could see results immediately.