Writing design

Resolution needed to “write with fire”

write with fire, nominated for this year’s Best Documentary Feature Oscar, completed post-production using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio editing, grading, visual effects (VFX) and audio post-production software and DaVinci Resolve advanced panels. This included color correction, in-line editing and managing the various film delivery needs.

Directed by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas, write with fire tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women. The film shows how, in a crowded male-dominated media landscape, Khabar Lahariya’s chief reporter and her two fellow reporters broke traditions and redefined what it means to be powerful.

Mumbai-based Bridge PostWorks provided post-production for the film. Industry vet Sidharth Meer assessed and provided online editing and compliance.

The film was mostly shot over four years in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian region that has extreme climates and incredibly colorful paintwork for the interiors and exteriors of homes. The shots for the film were a mix of talking head interviews and footage of the three reporters in action. DaVinci Resolve Studio was able to adjust each shot to maintain a look that was focused on the subjects and not on the intense color and lighting of the backgrounds.

Beyond color correction, Meer relied heavily on DaVinci Resolve Studio’s editing and delivery tools. The film had a lot of conforming work, which included examples of superimposed titles and graphics, separate looks for material from smartphones, and clips that were to look like YouTube web pages with a video playing, which had their own subtitles.

write with fire has been shown in cinemas and at dozens of online film festivals, in addition to having to be delivered to the Motion Picture Academy for Oscar consideration. Solve the accommodated delivery of all these versions.