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Artisan DCP

DIGITAL CINEMA PACKAGES BY ZAK FORSMAN

Get in touch so I can begin the process of delivering your new DCP. My rates are very indie-friendly because, like you, I’m a filmmaker who wanted to exhibit his movies theatrically in the best possible format without overpaying for the service. All DCPs are made to Academy specs to ensure universal compatibility.

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DCP CONVERSION RATES
  • 2K – running time over 30 minutes – $6/min
  • 4K – running time over 30 minutes – $12/min
  • 2K – running time under 30 minutes – $180 flat rate
  • 4K – running time under 30 minutes – $360 flat rate
DRIVE OPTIONS
  • USB Drive – $70
  • CRU Drive w/ Pelican Case – $250
QUALITY CONTROL
  • Desktop Computer QC – Free
  • Theatrical QC Spot Check (30mins) – $100
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Additional Copies – $30, plus cost of the drive
  • USPS Flat Rate Priority Shipping – $18
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What specs should my source file be?

PICTURE: I prefer whichever flavor of ProRes or DNxHD/HR you mastered your movie in. If you finished in 4K or 2K, I want that. Movies delivered in 1080p HD will require a mild blow-up to 2K.

AUDIO: A six-channel 5.1 mix is preferred but stereo will suffice. Audio should be embedded in the QuickTime file with picture or delivered as individual mono WAVs that match picture length exactly. Audio should be 24 bit, 48kHz and laid out as follows: L R C LFE Ls Rs.

My movie is 95 minutes long. How much will a 2K DCP cost?

The rate is based on your exact running time. At 95 minutes you are looking at $570 plus the cost of the CRU ($250) or USB drive ($70). Above that, there is an $18 shipping charge to send your source drive and new DCP drive to you via Flat Rate USPS Priority.

What’s the difference between a CRU drive and a USB drive?

The standard CRU drive (shown below, on the right) comes packed in a pelican case and is designed to slot directly into the cinema server. Your DCP will ingest much faster with a CRU drive and also gives the projectionist the option to play directly from the drive. USB drives (below, on the left) lack these advantages but are less expensive and more convenient to transport.

USBvsCRU

Do you check the DCP for problems?

I will verify an accurate conversion of your source’s image to the XYZ color space and confirm that your audio plays identically to your source. While I often catch errors within the content of a movie (errant black frames, soft sync, etc), and will alert you to this, no one will know your movie as intimately as you do. So I always recommend you review your master export before sending it to me.

What if I need more than one DCP of my movie?

Extra copies/clones of a DCP are $30 plus the cost of the additional drive.

What if I need more copies of my DCP at a later date?

I keep your DCP archived for six months. Within that time, just email me and I can have your DCP shipped to you on the following day.

What if I updated my movie? Can you update the DCP?

This is taken on a case by case basis. New audio mixes are easy to swap out as long as the duration of the movie hasn’t changed. Same with small changes to picture, like a revised VFX shot or new credits. When the movie’s duration is not affected, these are an easy fix and would fall into the “under 30 minutes of content” flat rate category: $180 for 2K, $360 for 4K. Any changes that affect the whole movie, or any new cut that changes the duration of the movie, requires an entirely new DCP conversion.

What is the difference between 4K, 2K, and 1080p?

4K and 2K are cinema standards that can have two aspect ratios: Flat (1.85:1) or Scope (2.39:1). 1080p is a broadcast standard in the 16×9 aspect ratio. This chart shows the differences in size/resolution.

2Kvs4K

Most theaters are only capable of projecting 2K at this time. Even if you have a 4K DCP these venues will be down-converting to 2K on-the-fly. For this reason I often recommend a 2K conversion unless you know the venue can truly exhibit a 4K DCP. Also, unless your movie was mastered in 4K, there’s no point in blowing up a 1080p or 2K movie to full 4K. It’s a waste of money. 🙂

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