The new feature, Porto, which was colored at Company 3 Chicago by Senior Colorist Tyler Roth, is receiving enormous praise on the festival circuit. The film, which stars the late Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the Star Trek features) was directed by Gabe Klinger (the highly regarded doc, Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater) and shot by Wyatt Garfield (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Roth, who has been actively building the feature DI business at Company 3’s Chicago location with projects such the mystery thriller, Uncle John, got together Porto‘s filmmakers nearly two years ago when he colored a two-minute demo piece they’d created for prospective investors. The results were so impressive, they returned to Roth for final color.
Porto, Roth explains, was particularly interesting from a color grading POV. “They shot different parts of the film on different kinds of film stock – each look representing different aspects of the story,” he says. “The audience has to piece together the narrative. The immediate story is in crisp 35 but as we go into flashbacks, it gets grittier with the 16 and then in scenes that pull back further, examining the arc of these characters’ lives, the images were shot on Super 8.”
Roth allowed the organic looks of the three film gauges to declare themselves but fine-tuned the look with touches of grain, contrast and other enhancements to ensure just the right flow of the images.
“I love mixing features in with my commercial work,” says Roth. “On commercials, I can experiment a lot and I like the fast turnaround but on features you can really work on subtle looks and you can develop them with the arc of the story.”
Variety‘s Guy Lodge says Porto was “ravishingly shot.” You can read the rest of his glowing review here: