Codex recording and workflow technologies have been embraced by Marvel Studios to streamline the capture-to-post workflow on several of the studio’s productions, including director Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, shot native 3D using dual ARRI Alexa M cameras, Codex recorders, and 3ality Technica’s TS-35 and SIP, with Codex recording up to 60 fps in ARRIRAW for each channel.
Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets his older self (Patrick Stewart) in the future in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Photo by Alan Markfield.
Sigel says that using the Codex/ARRIRAW workflow “helps in terms of color correction and image quality because you’re getting the highest resolution possible. I like the look of Alexa very much. It’s a kind of softer look, with more half-tones, more variations of color, and it’s a better look for this project.”
The color grade for X-Men: Days of Future Past was completed at Company 3 Santa Monica by Stephen Nakamura. Siegel adds, “In post, starting from scratch with the ARRIRAW image gives you the greatest range and the maximum ability to manipulate and make subtle adjustments.”