360° Video is a unique, thrilling and immersive viewing experience. This incredible new medium provides a first-person enveloping point-of-view to virtually any type of experience.
When creating 360° Videos, every viewing direction is recorded simultaneously with special cameras. When played back, the viewer is surrounded by the sights and sounds of the subject matter and has complete control over the viewing direction. Most 360° Video is monoscopic but there are cameras that can record in Stereoscopic Video for an even more spectacular viewing experience.
Viewers can enjoy 360° Videos a number of different ways. On a viewer’s desktop, the camera is rotated by clicking and dragging around on the screen. On a mobile device, the viewer can rotate and turn the device to change perspective, or the device can be placed inside a viewer like the Google Daydream or Samsung VR. For the most impressive experience, the 360° Video can be run off of a PC and viewed through an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive Virtual Reality headset.
From the Beginning
Our on-set retouching department provides clients with fully trained, experienced retouchers who will be there for your shoot day providing instant gratification. The best in the industry, we can arrange composites in real time, or add “pre-retouching” for celebrities and editors so that they can visualize the final product. Whether you’d prefer a retouching digital tech or a full-blown senior level retoucher on set with you the full spectrum is available, and we will customize to your needs. Our equipment is state of the art: calibrated monitors, light booths, and printers, our studio becomes yours. All together, our on-set retouching service increases your productivity, impresses your clients, and reduces your post-production time by achieving results more efficiently than ever before.
At BLANK, still retouching is at our core, and was one of services BLANK was founded upon. Our dynamic and disciplined team of retouchers ensures a client experience that is consistent, collaborative, and above all seamless. We work with magazines, ad agencies, digital media, you name it – anything and everything is within our ability to focus on the details while still maintaining a view of the big picture. We unite your unique vision with our unwavering standards of quality, timelessness, style, and art resulting in images that draw the eye and are full of rich color and exciting, inspiring style. This is basic to us, let’s go from there.
AD PREPARATION & VENDOR RELEASE
What Meets the Eye
We were there with you on set, we took your files from raw to retouched – now it’s time to deliver a final product. Ad Prep & Vendor Release is the process by which we ensure that your final images look as clear, as beautiful, as compelling on the side of a bus, in the pages of a magazine, on a 50 foot billboard as it did through the photographer’s viewfinder, or on our calibrated state-of-the-art monitors. Whether it’s one image, or 500, Blank is equipped for a project volume of any size.
Our entire staff is G7 certified and we will work with you and your printers on everything necessary for the screen-to-print process. That can mean anything from creating custom color or paper profiles to producing mechanical build-outs to working directly with publications to ensure deadlines work for you. Whether you’re working with a magazine, paper, billboards, etc we have relationships with the teams at print house titans like Sandy Alexander, Quad Graphics, and RR Donnelly and are ready to put these to use for you.
One of the most recent developments here at BLANK, is our use of CGI (computer generated imagery), 3D modeling technologies and interactive design. As seasoned retouchers, we know what looks real, how light reflects, and how to make something tactile translate to a 2D image. In collaboration with our sister company Alice Blue, we’ve honed these skills and are taking our post-production to a new level: CGI can be used to create visual elements that were either too difficult to photograph or unavailable at the time of the shoot. BLANK and Alice Blue provide our clients with hyper-realistic examples of unrealized product designs and concepts. Our joint creative teams are imaginative artists and experienced technicians – there are no limits to the style and scope of content we produce.
MOTION GRAPHICS / VFX
Motion Graphics and VFX allow a photographer to take something purely imaginative and make it real on video. This high-level production value is realized through the use of animation: text, titles and graphics. Our Motion Graphics/VFX specialists use subtle motion illustration to bring your company logo to life, or conjure 3D images from nothing to enhance the distinctiveness of your project or insert something that just wasn’t possible to include on set. Provocative, and cutting-edge – this creative range in our arsenal is truly exciting and unique.
Streamlining the Cut
We take pride in our ability to work with our clients in the ways that work for them. Reviewing captured footage, creating a selects reel, we can do all of this with you without requiring you to actually be present with us in our office. You already have to be in 2 places at once, sitting with us for hours in front of a monitor does not have to be the 3rd (but the doors to our editing suite are always open if you prefer to be in on the action).
As our core motion post-production service, video editing provides the narrative and visual expression of our client’s specific needs. Our editors are versed in a wide variety of editing styles, from traditional, narrative edits where a great “match cut” is key, to the non-linear, time ramping and jump-cut style prevalent in the developing genre of fashion film. Whether for a short film, a feature length motion picture, music video or high-fashion advertising campaign, BLANK’s editing team can realize your creative vision frame by frame, cut by cut.
Engaging the Emotional Spectrum
Color grading is the technical process by which a color “look” is applied to a completed video or photo edit, giving it a consistency of color and contrast. The process also provides your image with tone, emotion, and that final feeling, the one you want the viewer to feel with you. Our color experts are using 10-bit color broadcast monitors, element control boards, and the latest versions of professional color management software. The importance of color is in its innateness – it’s the color of her lips, depth of the water, and the shadows beneath the eye – we make sure that the color shows up exactly how you want it, where you want, everywhere.
Motion retouching is the absolute in beauty and fashion motion advertising. Our extensive experience in still retouching is an undeniable advantage – we know what to look for and how to make it absolutely work. Using the most advanced retouching software available, we retouch your high-res digital video, as multiple still images, and then reintegrate each into your seamless video edit using proprietary motion tracking techniques. Furthermore, we’ve developed a way to do this faster, more efficiently, and more cost-effectively than other methods of video retouching. Our process ensures faithful and realistic translation of skin’s detail, texture, and movement with a result that merely enhances your original product, without obscuring it.
Analog meets digital
Drum scanning is the most effective way to digitize film negatives and transparencies. Our drum scanner is capable of reproducing film highlights, shadow detail, smooth gradients and fine grain. All scans are spotted for dust and scratches on the film and quality checked to ensure the best scan possible.
Coupled with drum scanning, our Digital Asset Management capabilities allow clients to keep image archives organized and remotely searchable from anywhere.