Blackmagic Design Case Study: Marvel Studios “Ms. Marvel” – PRONEWS : Digital Video Production Web Magazine

Blackmagic Design uses editing, grading, VFX and sound production software DaVinci Resolve Studio to grade and finish Ms. Marvel, one of the latest series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) It is said to be done.

The original Marvel Studios series “Ms. Marvel” stars Kamala Khan (Iman Verrani), a Muslim American girl from Jersey City, New Jersey. An avid gamer and fan fiction writer, Kamala loves fantasy superheroes, especially Captain Marvel. However, Kamala did not fit in at school and sometimes felt isolated at home. Such a life changes completely when Kamala got the super power as the hero she always admired.

The series was created for television by Bisha K. Ali and features Ali, Kevin Feige, Luis Desposito, Victoria Alonzo, Brad Winderbaum, Adil El Albi and Bilal. Produced by Farah and Sana Amanat.

To create a unique look for the new show, Marvel Creative Finishing Supervisor Evan Jacobs said he worked with other staff to bring in a colorful style. Jacobs said:

Jacobs Mr.The creative team for this game pushed for very vibrant, saturated colors. It looks very different while still being within the MCU framework, and I’m very pleased with the end result.

Using DaVinci Resolve Studio, colorist Matt Watson was involved in VFX from the early stages.

Mr Watson:At Marvel, we spend a lot of time with the VFX department as early as possible in post-production. As soon as we have an initial plan for VFX, we will invite a Digital Intermediate to see how the VFX works, and also consider what methods should be used to make the plate and the VFX work. good together.


Working with VFX Supervisor Sandra Barley, Watson and Jacobs created a dynamic yet subdued look to showcase the entire show and Khan’s power.

Jacobs Mr.Working closely with Sandra and the VFX team, we have created a workflow that allows for tight integration between graphics suppliers and digital intermediates. I wanted the ability to control the color of the plates without negatively affecting the graphics. We achieved this by doing a lot of compositing using the live grading capabilities of DaVinci Resolve. We relied heavily on DaVinci’s compositing capabilities for this project.

Mr Watson:We built it as best we could with DaVinci Resolve. All split screen overlays and graphics were composed in DaVinci Resolve to maintain a high level of flexibility. The first chapter’s graphics montage was a 14-layer compositing track and graphics overlays, and although each layer required careful grading, it was extremely flexible in the final Digital Intermediate stage.

The early AvengerCon scenes used a combination of lots of VFX and colorful art. Getting the balance right in the scene where Khan first showed his power was very important.

Jacobs Mr.We went through a lot of trial and error with VFX and Digital Intermediate on how to show Kamala’s energy. The light is called “hard light” on the show, but it quickly looks like ice or crystal.

Watson focused his work on clarifying the images so that they were not cluttered and unclear.

Mr Watson:The AvengerCon scene spent a lot of time with Sandra and the VFX team to ensure that the two colorful worlds were distinct from each other and emphasized the power of “hard light”. Many mats were used to subtly differentiate between the two worlds.


Using the DaVinci Resolve API, Marvel’s post-production department further integrated DaVinci Resolve Studio into Marvel’s future and created custom tools to aid in the workflow.

Jacobs Mr.We have built our own set of tools called JARVIS to automate many front end processes. For example, by using the take selector, all versions of each shot’s VFX and the basic VFX plate can be placed on the timeline without spending much time of a compliant editor. This allows you to not only compare older versions, but also change VFX versions on the fly without having to reformat. This is a great time saver for jobs with tight deadlines.


Watson also likes some of the features included in DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Mr Watson:Magic Mask is a revolutionary tool. You can do a lot more with your graduation. Resolve is also very compatible with Sapphire, which we use frequently. We also used a lot of multi-user collaboration features, with multiple users working on the same project at the same time. As I worked on that episode, I was able to update the VFX shots in the background and perform scaling fixes. This made the confirmation process with the client very smooth and efficient.

From compliance to final export, Jacobs and Watson utilized the full capabilities of DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Jacobs:He gets creative and uses the DaVinci Resolve toolset in new ways to push the boundaries of what is possible in post-production. By building and automating highly efficient workflows, we spend more time scaling creatively and less time waiting for the groundwork to finish.

“Ms. Marvel” is now streaming on Disney+.

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