Post Logic Studios, a division of Prime Focus Group, has completed DI and VFX services for HighRoad Entertainmentâ€™s â€œThe Perfect Game.â€? The inspirational feature will be released theatrically by Lionsgate Entertainment August 8, 2008. â€œThe Perfect Gameâ€? was directed by William Dear and filmed by DP Bryan Greenberg from a script by W. William Winokur.
â€œThe Perfect Gameâ€? centers on the 1957 Little League World Series Champions, a barefooted, rag-tag team of boys from poverty-stricken Monterrey, Mexico who defied extraordinary odds to become the first foreign team to win Little League World Seriesâ€”doing so in a perfect game, the only one in championship history. Based on a true story, â€œThe Perfect Gameâ€? tells the tale of how their miracle changed not only their lives, but also an entire cityâ€™s destiny.
The filmâ€™s cast includes Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Lou Gossett Jr., Emilie de Ravin, Patricia Manterola and Bruce McGill, along with Disney stars Jake Austin, Moises Arias, Jansen Panettiere and Ryan Ochoa.
Shot on 35mm 3-perf film, the movie underwent a digital intermediate and finishing on a Baselight 8 system, with colorist Doug Delaney working out of one of Post Logicâ€™s DI theaters. Delaney worked closely with the projectâ€™s director and DP to create separate looks for the dry, dusty scenes located in Mexico and the more colorful, saturated scenes located north of the border.
â€œIn a vacuum, itâ€™s relatively simple to come up with an idea and a look for how Mexico should look, or how the U.S. should look, and your ideas might look really cool by themselves, but the challenge is to make them work well together,â€? Delaney said. â€œYou want to come up with something interesting and unique, but not something over the top that is calling attention to itself.â€?
Besides creating the separate looks for scenes in the two countries, Delaney also worked to ensure that visual effects were consistently integrated with live action footage. â€œThere were over 200 VFX shots from three separate facilities, including Post Logic,â€? Delaney explained. â€œEach facility tends to have its own stamp on things, and we had to make sure that all the material appeared to be seamless.â€?
â€œIt was great working with Bill and Bryan,â€? Delaney concluded. â€œTheyâ€™ve worked on projects together for years, and have really developed their own shorthand for talking about visual concepts. Bill really vocalizes his thoughts and wants to experiment with scenes. So it was critical for me and, by extension, the color corrector to respond and contribute to this back-and-forth process as quickly as the thoughts would come.â€?
Post Logic Studios also provided visual effects on over 80 shots for the film, including green screen work, cleanup and restoration of stock footage, and crowd replication for the large stadium scenes during the playoff and World Series games in the latter half of the film. Post Logicâ€™s visual effects supervisor Bill Coffin identified the crowd replication scenes as particularly challenging because of the large amount of tracking and rotoscope work involved.
â€œThe crowd scenes werenâ€™t shot on plates, so we had to develop our own continuity scheme,â€? Coffin explained. â€œWe built sub-plates to fit in with the real plates, and made them larger by cloning people into them. We would look at the dynamics of each section, and then track and rotoscope in the people required to fill the stands.â€?
â€œThe Perfect Gameâ€? was produced by HighRoad Entertainment, Prelude Pictures and Lone Runner Entertainment.
About Post Logic Studios
A leader in digital intermediate and feature film restoration, Post Logic Studios is a part of the Prime Focus Group family, an integrated global network of visual effects and post-production companies servicing clientele around the world with technologically advanced facilities in Hollywood, New York, London and India. With access to hundreds of talented visual effects and 3D artists from within Prime Focus Group, Post Logic has continued to expand into new and emerging arenas within the post-production realm, providing unmatched digital intermediate, digital mastering, editorial assembly, restoration, visual effects and audio post production services to feature film and television clients from its flagship Hollywood facility and Manhattan-based satellite, Post Logic Studios N.Y. For more information, please visit
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About HighRoad Entertainment
The HighRoad Entertainment Group (HREG) is based at Universal City, California. HREG is a full-service entertainment company that produces, distributes, markets, and supports entertainment content in all mediums worldwide. HREG’s Principals have produced a number of films, over one hundred episodes of original television content, as well as creating and developing world-wide brand marketing and advertising campaigns. They also have built a number of multi-tiered entertainment products that are designed for released in all mediums, including new media. The content they have produced has been distributed theatrically and aired on NBC, ABC, TBS, TNT, Fox, USA Network, Fox Sports Net, ABC Family, Telemundo, ESPN, PAX, Animal Planet, as well as more than 20 networks in over 70 countries internationally.