Blackmagic Design has announced that 2021 HPA Tech Retreat Supersession short film ‘La Inquilina’ was posted in DaVinci Resolve Studio, including editing, grading, audio editing and delivery. For editing the film, they used DaVinci Resolve Studio running on Amazon’s EC2 G4 instances in conjunction with Amazon FSx for shared file storage.
The film is part of the retreat’s ‘The Found Lederhosen’ multi film project, which brought filmmakers from around the globe together using cloud technology to create several short films all centred around the theme of surviving the COVID-19 lockdown, with the innovative workflows and productions then highlighted at the two day Supersession.
‘La Inquilina’ is a thriller following two women who are forced to stay together in the same house during the pandemic. Their communication is poor as one speaks French and the other one Spanish. Even though they are pushed to understand each other, one of them holds a secret that could have dire consequences.
“I thought the project was really interesting as it’s something we all are experiencing at the moment,” said DP and Producer Sandra De Silva De La Torre. “When I was asked if I wanted to do a short film for the HPA, I thought it was a great chance to explore how to work in a completely remote way.”
With De Silva De La Torre based in Mexico City, Editor and Colourist Diego Yhamá based in Bogotá, Colombia, and additional editing and grading, along with audio editing, taking place in Los Angeles, the team relied heavily on DaVinci Resolve Studio’s collaboration tools running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
DaVinci Resolve Studio’s bin and timeline locking, built in chat, notes and shared markers were essential tools for the team. “We communicated a lot with notes and markers, especially when it came to approvals from Sandra and Director Bernardo Mota Careaga,” explained Yhamá. “With differing time zones, we could leave notes for each other, so the work was always continuous and never held up. If we were working simultaneously, DaVinci Resolve Studio’s stacked timelines provided two levels of editing, allowing us to enter and modify scenes, syncing with the main timeline when necessary.”
DaVinci Resolve Studio allows collaborators to perform typical assistant editor tasks in media management, dual system sound synchronisation and per scene timeline organisation on the media and edit pages, all while the editor maintains control of the master sequence.
“Editing in DaVinci Resolve Studio is already fast and easy, and adding the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard and DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor only further streamlined the process,” said Yhamá. “I love the search dial, and the tools for trimming and inserting clips made the process so much easier. Having these keyboards in the cloud was very beneficial for the edit.”
He continued, “Working in the cloud, the speed is incredible because we have a computer designed for heavy post workflows, and I can access the VM (virtual machine) from anywhere. For this project, I was mostly at my house, but sometimes I was in the office or even outside of Bogotá. Regardless of location, I had a seamless experience, and the workflow could be customised to our specific requirements and adjusted easily if our needs increased.”
De Silva De La Torre concluded, “Being able to connect virtually to collaborate and provide guidance during post was an extremely powerful way to work. I was very happy for this workflow as even if there was no pandemic, travelling to Colombia or bringing everyone to Mexico would have added major costs to the production. Remotely collaborating not only lowers costs but also allows you to work with very talented people across the globe. It has been incredible to meet many brilliant filmmakers around the world thanks to this project and all the HPA’s and its sponsors’ efforts.”