Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Malaysian World War II Drama Graded and Edited with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design has announced that the Malaysian feature film “Pagari Bulan” was completed using DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, grading, visual effects (VFX) and audio post-production software. Industry veterans Nikhil Bhide and Nik Johan of Roh Screen Productions used a number of DaVinci Resolve Studio’s Neural Engine AI features, including voice isolation and speed warp.

“Pagari Bulan” is set during the Japanese invasion of Malaya during World War II, and tells the story of a local Malay girl, Bulan, who along with her Chinese friend has been captured by the Japanese army to be a servant to the general.

Post-production for the film was completed by Kuala Lumpur’s Roh Screen Productions, with editing, audio and colour correction by Nik Johan and grading by Nikhil, both using DaVinci Resolve Studio, along with a DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G capture and playback card to handle video output. The two industry veterans have worked on dozens of films, TV shows and short form productions and have been using DaVinci Resolve Studio for years.

Nikhil Bhide of Roh Screen Productions.

“We chose Resolve for editing and grading because the workflow is very simple. It is so easy to bring in and work with any camera footage, which lets the DP use any camera they want. And features like Resolve’s use of proxies helps save so much time with myself and Nik sharing media,” Nikhil said.

“Pagari Bulan” is set in the 1940s and is a mix of night and other low light scenes, such as a dark jungle, as well as beautiful natural daylight scenes that show off the amazing Malaysian coastline. The film also included many action scenes. Nikhil relied on DaVinci Resolve Studio’s powerful colour correction tools to handle the mix of emotions and the look and feel needed for the film.

DaVinci Resolve Studio was also used by Johan for audio work. This included extensive use of the software’s Neural Engine voice isolation feature, a powerful recently added AI driven tool.

Nik Johan explained how DaVinci Resolve Studio helped him focus on story development while being incredibly efficient: “On top of professional editing features, Resolve also gives me the ability to easily work with any type of media. And because Resolve includes all aspects of post, we saved so much time, in particular with Fusion. First, we worked with the raw footage, then Fusion for compositing and then back to colour. Really amazing how much time and effort is saved using Resolve.”

Following the completion of post-production, both Nikhil and Nik Johan used DaVinci Resolve Studio to prepare the film for a variety of formats, including HDR and Rec 709 for TV delivery in Malaysia.

Nik Johan explained: “One thing in Malaysia is how different formats are required to be TV friendly and for delivering material to the station. With DaVinci Resolve I can worry less about delivery formats. Once I export it, I can reformat it.”

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