The set-up for U2’s The Joshua Tree 2017 tour, marking the 30th anniversary of the band’s era-defining album, features a main stage with a 200 x 45 foot high-resolution screen – the biggest ever used in a touring production. The band will play through the double Grammy-winning album in its entirety live for the first time, each of the 11 tracks paired with an accompanying film from long-time collaborator Anton Corbijn. Cut+Run and Jogger Studios London have been a part of this creative journey throughout every step of the post-production process.
Cut+Run Managing Director Toby Abbott says of the project, “Anton’s attention to detail and incredible imagery is truly stunning on this scale. With an album’s worth of 6k material and only a small window of opportunity to assess and finesse the films on screen during the final rehearsals in Vancouver proved the biggest challenge.” James Rose, Jack Singer and Nick Armstrong at Cut+Run handled the edit on the films, which will play to a total of 1.7 million people over the course of the 33-date tour. With James and Jack travelling to Vancouver to see the project over the line, our team was a part of the process from the first stages of the offline edit to the films’ debut on opening night of the tour.
Having Jogger’s studios located upstairs meant we were able to complete all the work on this enormous project entirely in-house, with VFX by Jogger and a grade by our resident colourist Yoomin Lee. “As a still photographer and director, Anton had a clear, consistent vision of what he wanted to achieve, which helped a lot,” says Yoomin. “Still, the process wasn’t without its difficulties: grading and delivering at 6K for something that’s going to be shown on such a massive screen and dealing with enormous amounts of data proved to be quite a challenge. However, just being involved with U2 and Anton was a rewarding experience in and of itself – it’s always great to work with someone for whom you have great respect.”