And the Award Goes to…the HP DreamColor Display!

The Oscars are always an exciting time of the year. While most viewers tune in for the glitz, the glamour and to cheer on their favorite films, they may not think about how many of those nominated films came to be. In modern filmmaking, it takes much more than just a skilled director and talented actors to transform a film from concept to reality. More than ever, incredible technology is now assisting filmmakers in achieving what they envision. In fact, one piece of technology has become so influential that it has been used on no less than eight Oscar nominated films and now has received the prestigious Scientific and Engineering Academy Award. The proud recipient is the highly sought after HP DreamColor Display.

The HP DreamColor Display was first introduced in 2008 and quickly became the standard by which all other color accuracy displays were measured. The DreamColor Display’s creation was the result of collaboration between DreamWorks Animation, and several other major film studios. Its initial purpose was to fill the critical need for a highly accurate LCD display at an affordable price. Its affordability and high quality allowed visual effects studios to install these displays with artists throughout the film production process.

In 2015, HP DreamColor Displays were used in a number of films nominated for Best Visual Effects, and Best Animated Film including Weta Digital’s work on “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and Dreamworks Animations, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”. The difference between the tone and colors in these two films alone shows the versatility of the DreamColor Display providing both dark, subtle contrasts and bright, crisp vibrant colors.

The HP DreamColor, like all high end displays, benefit from regular adjustments or calibrations to perform at its very best. Konica Minolta Sensing’s CS-200 Chroma Meter and CA-310 Display Color Analyzer are two instruments that can be used to maintain the accuracy that visual effects directors and film studios require.

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