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DP Denson Baker ACS NZCS used RotoLight Titans to help create a period look on The Colour Room

Nov 13, 2021

Leading British LED lighting company Rotolight, provided award-winning cinematographer, Denson Baker (Ophelia, The Luminaries, Victoria, Get Out, Dominia), with an arsenal of Titan cinematic lights for the production of The Colour Room, starring Phoebe Dynevor (Bridgerton), and Matthew Goode (The Crown, The Imitation Game).

The Colour Room is a period film set in the 1920’s, that tells the story of talented and ambitious ceramicist, Clarice Cliff, and her time as an apprentice to the renowned art designer, Fred Ridgeway, and how she became a household name.

The film was lit extensively throughout with the award-winning Rotolight Titans X1 and X2s. Thanks to their industry-first touchscreen interface, versatile RGBWW capabilities and library of 2500 digital filters, Baker could precisely dial in tones from his colour palette. The film’s unique artistic direction also saw Denson utilise the ARRI Alexa Mini paired with vintage Zeiss Super Speed lenses to create beautiful lens flares and colour blooms.

I’ve really loved working with the Rotolight Titan’s, we’ve been able to achieve every look we hoped for and to achieve every nuance of colour that we wanted. The success we’ve had from creating a visual style and a very unique colour palette with the Rotolight Titans has been absolutely fantastic. said Baker.

Featuring industry-first SmartSoft Baker was able to adjust the Titan’s diffusion, focus and spread without the need for gels to create their unique visual style. The ability to dial in the diffusion has been really very advantageous to us.”  Like a 216 diffusion on an adjustable dial, SmartSoft provides the flexibility of a beautiful soft output and a harder light source all-in-one.

The Colour Room

The team also used the lights to create window lighting, candlelight and gas lights as well as using the award winning CineSFX suite of effects on the Titan X2, such as fire to create the effect of burning kilns. Designed in conjunction with Stefan Lange, Visual FX veteran (Batman, James Bond ‘Skyfall’, TombRaider), the patented CineSFX suite utilises Titan’s RGB colour engine to deliver realistic full colour lighting effects.

Gaffer, Howard Davidson (Ray & Liz, The Score, Detectorists) was also able to control the Titans seamlessly via the Blackout app on his iPad without any extra hardware thanks to their built-in CRMX capabilities. “The Rotolight Titans have been a workhorse, it just slid into my workflow on set seamlessly for the team as well as myself and that was really important. Their CRMX implementation is fantastic, and the user interface is also really terrific, and very easy for people to use for the first time,” said Davidson. “I’m super satisfied with it. The Titans punch above their weight, it’s a great bit of kit.”

The Colour Room

The Colour Room is premiering on Sky Cinema and in UK theatres on the 12th of November 2021. The Rotolight Titan X2 and X1 are available to hire in the UK from leading rental house Pixipixel for your next production.

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