Ridley Scott's 'Robin Hood' Film Made Possible with Linux

by Developer.com Staff

Linux powered the coloring of Ridley Scott's new "Robin Hood" film. The open source operating system provided the flexibility for the colorist to produce the effect Scott wanted for the film.

The colorist working on Ridley Scott's new film "Robin Hood" said he couldn't have done what Scott wanted without open source Linux - at least not as efficiently.

"The grading of Robin Hood was a very exacting process," Colorist Stephen Nakamura of Santa Monica-based Company 3 explained, "and Resolve" running on Linux "gave us the power and feature set that we needed. I could not have done the work the way I did it by using any other system."

Scott wanted a gritty feel throughout the film.

"Ridley was looking for an overcast, old English feel for 'Robin Hood,' and that would only work if every shot maintained that vision," Nakamura explained. "This meant that every link in a suit of chain mail had to be adjusted and every sword needed to be sharpened and made to look menacing."

DaVinci Resolve is the industry standard for color correction and 3D grading. While Linux is free and open source software, a Linux license of Resolve costs $19,995, then tack on another $29,995 for Resolve Control Surface.

This article was originally published on Thursday May 20th 2010
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