Burbank, CA, October 19, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- In today’s fast-paced digital world with machine learning just beginning to emerge into the mainstream, it certainly begs the question on where the future will take us in the 21st Century. Are we all destined to become cyborgs in one form or another to remain relevant in a world that’s been taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence?
In the new cyberpunk musical thriller Danger Diva, written, directed and produced by Robert McGinley (award-winning filmmaker of Jimmy Zip/Shredder Opheus), audiences are taken on a journey into the near future with hard rock singer Devi Danger as she is coerced into becoming an electronically enhanced new-music diva. Her singing voice is used to control and energize the brains of indoctrinated employees (also known as “Brain Cattle”) that are being used as external processors for the advancement of corporate high tech clients. Operating in a digital sweatshop, these “Brain Cattle” process binary algorithms that serve as a chorus for Devi Danger. Devi is played by the indomitable Molly Sides, lead singer of the all girl grunge/pop band, Thunderpussy.
McGinley’s influences for the film came mainly from cyberpunk literature and films. In particular, William Gibson’s Neuromancer and the science-fiction classic, Blade Runner. Also inspired by the Ella Fitzgerald “Is it live, or is it Memorex” commercial, Danger Diva explores the conflict between high tech vs. high touch, and what it means to be human in a digitally enhanced bio-tech future. Music anchors these themes with an eclectic rocking score with songs by Seattle-based rock band Thunderpussy and composer Regan Remy. McGinley explains, “In the midst of this rock ‘n roll saga, the audience will have an opportunity ponder future technology nightmares like the use of enslaved human brains as external hard drive processors, or employing human offspring as vehicles for life extension.”
Post-Production was completed at Burbank based AlphaDogs, Inc with lead colorist and founder Terence Curren creating the look for the film that was shot entirely in 5K. McGinley comments, “The most important thing was getting the look we wanted with color and contrast. Terry was in tune with the DP and myself to achieve consistency with tone and mood and in getting the look we desired.” A 25-year veteran in the industry, Curren was able to accomplish this with his many years of experience using color-correction to add to the storytelling. In addition, shooting in 5K can be so unforgiving, many of the actors’ faces needed “beautification.” This was accomplished by utilizing the Boris FX Beauty Studio plugin to smooth out some of the issues that show in the extreme clarity of 5K.
AlphaDogs VP of Design, Sean Williams headed up the graphics and VFX that included composition of a car into a new background, fixing monitor insert shots and creating the opening and end titles. Williams primary design and compositing tool was Adobe After Effects with work on many of the shots being done before color-correction had been completed. “I prefer to work on shots that have been color-corrected, but this was not the case with the workflow on Danger Diva, said Williams. “This did not slow things down, as I was able to work with the ungraded shots and swap them out later with the color-corrected version and re-render with minimal adjustments. Having color and VFX under the same roof makes these sort of quick collaborations very easy.”
Danger Diva editor, Howard Flaer, suggested AlphaDogs high end boutique style process to accomplish the many demanding goals of this visually complex feature film. McGinley comments, “I was extremely pleased with the final delivery. The AlphaDogs approach to post-production comes with care and clarity. The team was a one-stop-shop for color correction and VFX with great meticulous work. I would highly recommend their services.”
Exclusive private screenings of Danger Diva will be held at 4:00 pm Sunday, October 23rd at the Ocean Screening Room, 1401 Ocean Ave, Ste 110, Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.oceanscreening.com and 4:00 pm on Monday, October 24 at the Sunset Screening Room, 8730 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 http://www.sunsetscreeningrooms.com
Seating is limited. RSVP at Robert@danger-diva.com or call 310.399.1768.
To watch the Danger Diva trailer visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdQjByrg0jk
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About AlphaDogs: Founded in 2002, AlphaDogs is an independently owned full service post-production facility located in the center of Burbank’s media district. AlphaDogs gifted team brings a combination of both creative talent and technical expertise paying extra attention to detail in delivering projects with a personal touch. State of the art editing bays, color correction, audio mixing, visual effects, production offices and equipment rentals are available. To learn more http://www.alphadogs.tv