It was nice to have a chat with Phil Sandberg from Content and Technology regarding the role of a colourist and how the process went with this feature film in particular. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears is a movie that has come about because of the incredible popularity of the series. Crowd funded in part by the thousands of fans world-wide it did really well at the box office but the run was short lived due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is available to purchase on DVD/BluRay and streaming on Acorn TV.
As it was shot in Morocco (as well as Melbourne), there were some tricky logistics regarding getting the rushes from Morocco to Uk to be checked, backed up and sent to the editor in Melbourne in the quickest possible time.
There were a lot of stories about how the producers had to deal with the locals in Morocco to ensure that the crew could get what they wanted, where they wanted and within the time frame. In the movie there is a terrific scene with a sandstorm in the desert; it seems there were a lot of them, but not necessarily on the right days, so the sand storm scene in the movie is all VFX generated.
Here is the article if you’re interested in some of the processes that occur after the shoot and the edit; the final polish done in the colour grading theatre.
The publicity image of Phyrne and Jack in this article is actually not from a shot from the movie – and for an article all about the colour, it was a shame that they chose a image that is practically black and white! There are so many glorious images full of rich colour in the movie. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it soon.