There’s nothing small about the bicoastal post production workflow provided by FotoKem for Universal Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ film Little, shot in Atlanta.
FotoKem’s Atlanta and Burbank facilities supported the production from digital dailies through finishing with a full Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) finish for this fantasy comedy.
From blockbuster producer Will Packer (Girls Trip, Night School, the Ride Along franchise) and director and co-writer Tina Gordon (Peeples, Drumline), Little tells the story of a tech mogul (Girls Trip’s Regina Hall) who is transformed into a 13-year-old version of herself (Marsai Martin) and must rely on her long-suffering assistant (Insecure’s Issa Rae) just as the future of her company is on the line. Martin, who stars on the TV series Black-ish, had the idea for the film when she was 10 and acts as an executive producer on the film. She is the youngest person to hold that title on a major Hollywood production.
Principal photography for Little took place last summer in the Atlanta area. FotoKem’s Atlanta location provided digital dailies with looks developed by FotoKem colorist Alastor Arnold alongside cinematographer Greg Gardiner (Girls Trip, Night School) who shot with Sony F55 cameras.
“Greg likes a super-clean look, which we based on Sony color science, with a warm and cool variant and a standard hero Look Up Tables (LUT),” says Arnold. “He creates the style of every scene with his lighting and photography. We wanted to maximize his out-ofthe- camera look and pass it through to the grading process.” Arnold continues, “The film has a punchy, crisp chromatic look, but it’s not too contemporary in style or hyper-pushed. It’s clean and naturalistic with an extra chroma punch.”
Gordon was also a key part of the collaboration, playing an active role working in the digital intermediate suite (DI), working closely with Gardiner to craft the images. “She really got into the color aspect of the workflow,” notes Arnold. “Of course, she had a vision for the movie and fully embraced the way that color impacts the story during the DI process.”
FotoKem responded to the sharp growth of production in Georgia and entered the Atlanta market five years ago to offer on-theground support for creatives. “FotoKem Atlanta is an extension of our Burbank team with colorists and operations staff to provide the upfront workflow required for file-based dailies,” says senior vice president, Tom Vice of FotoKem’s Creative Services Division. “Atlanta is an exciting place to be, and we’re thrilled to be part of that community.”