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Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Finished at Modern VideoFilm

Shot by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC, on a mix of digital formats and film, director Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups was finished in 4K at Modern VideoFilm. Modern’s services also included film scanning, editorial finishing and deliverables.

Bryan McMahan served as the digital intermediate colorist (and also colored the film’s dailies). McMahan worked with Malick and Lubezki throughout the process of finalizing the film’s look. He notes that the finished film appears unadulterated and natural, and that considerable effort was applied to achieve seamlessness between elements captured with different camera systems. “It’s beautifully shot,” says McMahan. “Terry prefers a ‘no look’ look, as if you’re looking out a window. He has a very sensitive eye and is very trusting with his collaborators regarding color.”

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