Martin Zeichner graded the dark comedy set in Northern California and starring Patricia Clarkson.
NEW YORK—August 20, 2013— Technicolor – PostWorks New York recently completed final post-production work for Last Weekend, a dark comedy from first-time directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams. Martin Zeichner applied the final grade to the film, the story of an upscale family’s Labor Day holiday at their estate in Northern California. Zeichner worked under the supervision of Dolby, Williams and cinematographer Paula Huidobro, who captured principal photography with an ARRI Alexa. Last Weekend stars Patricia Clarkson and Zachary Booth.
Zeichner took a naturalistic approach in finalizing the film’s look. The principal location was a stone-and-beam house built in 1929 on Lake Tahoe’s toney Hurricane Bay with superb views of the lake. The home also served as a location for the 1951 movie A Place in the Sun.
“The house itself is a character; it shapes the human characters,” notes Zeichner. “The film’s color tones are subtle and we use them to suggest the relationship between the characters and the landscapes. The environment is breathtaking and there are many wonderful, intimate moments between the characters. It’s all part of the cinematography.”
Zeichner applied customized color treatments to certain nighttime interiors to accentuate narrative points. “We made judicious use of windows on characters’ faces, bodies and hands to indicate their motivations,” he explains. “It’s subtle, but important in emphasizing plot details.”
Dolby and Williams plan to begin screening Last Weekend in film festivals in 2014.