Gaining An Edge


FutureWorks was roped in as the post-production and camera rental partner for India’s first Amazon Original, Inside Edge

mazon Prime’s announcement of its first innings of original content for Indian viewers with Inside Edge made a buzz. After all, it had all the necessary elements that appealed to the country’s audience–cricket, glamour, and crime.
To package this dramatic feature film format for a web series, Mumbai-based FutureWorks was roped in. The post-production-cum-rental house provided DoP Sanjay Kapoor with RED Weapon 6K camera with Cooke S4i Lenses to shoot the season. The series was then graded by its senior colourist Rahul Purav, who has worked on Bollywood blockbusters such as Sultan, Roy, and Shootout at Wadala. Purav graded Inside Edge on the latest Baselight 2 system with multiple GPUs and finished and delivered it in 4K UHD.
Talking about the challenges faced while colour grading for the project, Purav said, “This is the first time I am doing a show for Amazon Prime’s streaming platform and I had to take some things into consideration during the process. The first one was that viewers could watch it several times, so we needed to be extra cautious in terms of how the content was presented. Also, a very high degree of quality control in the workflow was implemented.”

Another important aspect was that as Amazon Prime viewers would be streaming this web series on various different devices and of various sizes, FutureWorks had to ensure that the minutest details were preserved while retaining the image’s structure. To meet this challenge, it invested in an OLED 4K HDR professional monitoring solution from Sony that ensured that it could always see the accurate 4K resolution, without any colour shift in monitoring. Once that was done, it was smooth sailing.
“When we sat down with Kapoor, we agreed on keeping the grading as realistic as possible. The idea was to not make it unnatural, not to go beyond a certain level of stylising. Keeping it real, it turns out, is more challenging as stylising would mean we would have options to cover up various areas,” stated Purav.

Sharing his experience about working with FutureWorks, Kapoor said that when his team first went to the company, they were looking for a post house that could process and deliver in 4K Raw and UHD, especially since they were also testing delivery in HDR. “We needed a post house that could back up its technology with flair and creativity. Fortunately, for us, we found that perfect combination in Purav who is a colourist par excellence,” he said. “FutureWorks’ head of production Kailash Khadav and his team provided a perfect pipeline and round-the-clock support. The results are out there for everyone to see. We have started pre-production on our new project and I can’t wait to finish shooting and be back at FutureWorks to post it.”
Inside Edge was launched in over 200 countries worldwide on July 17, 2017.

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