Once again Massive Clouds has teamed up with master storyteller and documentarian Robert Stone to cover on-line and film color correction services.  This time for his latest film “Taken Hostage”.  A two part, four hour Documentary airing on PBS American Experience. The film is a deep dive into the Iran hostage crisis during the late 1970’s and the Carter administration.  


If there are through lines to Stone’s films, one of them is his passion for context.  He continuously casts a wide net on his subject matter,  rewinding enough into the past to inform the circumstances of the main events.  This makes his films engaging as well as informative.  “Taken Hostage” is no different.  Going back to the west’s animosity towards Mohammed Mosaddegh.  The CIA’s overthrow of his government and the US involvement of installing the  Shah.  


TAKEN HOSTAGE – Directed by Robert Stone Color Correction and Finishing

Unfolding like a political thriller, Taken Hostage tells the story of the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats, Marines and civilians were held hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. For the next 444 days, the world watched as the United States received a daily barrage of humiliation, vitriol and hatred from a country that had long been one of our closest allies. Told through the candid, personal testimony of those whose lives were upended by the action, the crisis would transform both the U.S. and Iran and forever upend the focus and direction of American foreign policy.

The film is told largely through the lens of the exceptional love story of former hostage Barry Rosen and his wife Barbara, who was suddenly thrust into the public eye as the crisis dragged on. Other key figures are Hilary Brown and Carole Jerome, two pioneering female foreign correspondents who risked their lives to uncover the truth of what was happening in Iran; Gary Sick, a senior member of President Carter’s national security team and longtime Iran expert; and Colonel James Q. Roberts, a member of the top-secret American commando unit, who recounts details of the failed attempt to rescue the hostages in a daring Special Forces operation. Taken Hostage uses their candid, personal testimonies to tell the story of these dramatic, history-making events.

Color correction for documentary film can be a challenge.  However the rewards can look really great and elevate a film to the next level.  All color correction and video archival remastering was done here at Massive Clouds with DaVinci Resolve Studio and other tools.



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