Fletcher's helming debut adopts new workflow for dailies

“Violet & Daisy,” an upcoming film from Magic Violet Films and GreeneStreet Films, marks the directorial debut of Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar for writing “Precious.” Fletcher also wrote the script.

When producer/casting director Bonnie Timmermann pitched Fletcher’s script to GreeneStreet principal John Penotti, his immediate reaction was enthusiastic. “The script was powerful and polished, and I was convinced Geoffrey was more than ready to make his feature directorial debut,” she said.

The film attracted a cast that includes James Gandolfini, Saoirse Ronan, Danny Trejo and Alexis Bledel.

Cinematographer Vanja Cernjul became attached after an initial Skype conference with Fletcher, who was already familiar with his work on “City Island.” He then flew to New York for a meeting, and quickly signed on.

“Geoffrey leans towards the classical look in terms of lighting and composition,” Cernjul said.”We screened ‘Last Tango in Paris’ and other films to establish style references. We were shooting in a traditional 35mm anamorphic style and we spoke, not entirely in jest, of a ‘Kubrickian’ feel in terms of lighting and composition.”

“Violet & Daisy” is the first feature to take advantage of Mega Playground’s new dailies workflow.

Penotti set up editorial space at the facility’s West Village location, where he had housed a number of earlier GreeneStreet projects. After topper Eitan Hakami demoed the company’s 2K DP Dailies workflow for the film, Penotti and Cernjul decided to adopt the technology.

“We’re always open to new processes, but there’s great security in using proven methods, so you’ve got to be careful. Pioneers can be the guys with arrows in their backs,” Penotti said. But he added, Playground’s history with dailies, “combined with the concept of having our negative scanned, stored and backed up at 2K resolution at the dailies point all made tremendous sense.”

The DP Dailies workflow enabled the producers, Fletcher and Cernjul to review any portion of their dailies projected at a 2K resolution the day after principal photography, facilitating their collaboration on final color at the Dailies stage without waiting for the DI.

“DP Dailies stands to save GreeneStreet close to six figures between their dailies and post-production process,” said Hakimi.

Shot on location in New York, “Violet & Daisy” was co-produced by Bonnie Timmermann Productions, GreeneStreet Films and Magic Violet. The story of a pair of teenage assassins is being readied for screenings in the fall.

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