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Three new episodes of the third and final series of the BAFTA nominated drama ‘My Mat Fat Diary’ air on E4 this June.View Details
July 02, 2015
Three new episodes of the third and final series of the BAFTA nominated drama ‘My Mat Fat Diary’ air on E4 this June.
Three new episodes of the third and final series of the BAFTA nominated drama ‘My Mat Fat Diary’ air on E4 this June.
Sharon Rooney returns as Rachel ‘Rae’ Earl, the year is 1998 and post-college the gang are facing the challenges of life in the real world with Rae struggling with university applications, Chloe (Jodie Comer) aiming for a place at business school and Finn (Nico Mirallegro) just wanting to settle down.
Encore London is delighted to have been chosen to work on the production again with Senior Post Producer Alice Greenland supervising the project throughout.
Series 3 of My Mad Fat Diary is set several years after the previous outing meaning that Colourist Paul Staples needed to find a single unifying look to bond the three series together as he explains:
“I've always tried to achieve a pseudo photochemical style grade to set the films in their period and feel that series 3 of ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ reflects this approach successfully”.
As with previous series, some high speed Phantom footage was included, the Digital Vision Nucoda allowed Paul to fit the scenes seamlessly into the Arri Alexa timeline. Other key challenges included the need to highlight the self-harm injuries, this required keying inside tracked shapes to enhance the production makeup and adding another layer that helped to reinforce the storytelling.
DS editor Nick Timms, who had on-lined the previous two series, had the opportunity to work on the signature graphics for the latest series. The graphics combine words and cartoon pictures which are scrawled over live action in a spontaneous style that reflects Rae’s experiences. Often rude, and very funny these visual observations from Rae’s life highlight her love and hate moments, sometimes filling the frame as her mood blackens.
Working closely with Director Alex Winckler and with Series Producer Jules Hussey’s blessing, Nick gave an anarchic feel to the graphics.
He worked closely with Encore’s Nuke Compositor Charlie Bedwell on the doodles, compositing Charlie’s drawings over final pictures in the DS suite with impeccable timing and humour.
The collaboration required close understanding and communication between Editorial and Production, and was a lot of fun – Charlie doesn’t often get asked to draw “less well” - but in providing a visual representation of Rae’s diary, it was important to inhabit her space, in her style, as the Mad Fat graphics have always done
Senior Re-recording mixer Mathew Knights shaped the tracks in Encore’s Studio 2, using the new Avid S6. “I really enjoy working with the team on 'My Mad Fat Diary’” says Mathew. “It’s entertaining, funny, sometimes outrageous but at the same time deals with some very serious issues. Working with the sound design to support the VFX representing Rae’s thoughts and perspectives offer some great creative opportunities in the mix, without shifting the balance away from the drama.”
“‘My Mad Fat Diary’ has always been a great show to be involved with,” adds Encore’s Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts. “Being set in the ’90’s, it’s a period piece - which makes me feel old! We did have to make sure the soundtrack reflected that. No mobile phone rings, a slightly more analogue feel to any electronic effects, and of course remembering to leave space for the great music.”
Dialogue and ADR duties were handled by Chris with Encore Sound’s Sam Baker and Joe Fletcher cutting Sound Effects. The team was supported by freelance Sound Designer Blair Jollands.
Adapted from Rae Earl’s real-life diaries, and subsequent book My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, the new series is written by George Kay and produced by Tiger Aspect for Channel 4.
My Mad Fat Diary series 3 premieres Monday 22nd June at 10pm on E4.
Encore London has provided picture post-production services for Channel 4’s eagerly awaited eight part drama HumanView Details
June 18, 2015
Encore London has provided picture post-production services for Channel 4’s eagerly awaited eight part drama Human
With award-winning colourist Paul Staples grading, Adam Eddy providing the online and additional VFX and Max Caswell project managing
From the makers of Utopia and Broadchurch, Humans is set in a parallel present and looks at the introduction of robot servants known as Synths into the home. It raises questions about artificial intelligence and in a thrilling tale set across 8 episodes asks exactly what it is that sets a synthetic creation apart from the human race.
The creative and technical challenges of the project were apparent from the outset, when Paul sat down with Producer Chris Fry and Director Sam Donovan for preliminary discussions and set about establishing the grade and look they desired on his Nucoda grading system.
The Synths are defined both by their subtly choreographed movements and their striking green eyes – it was critical to the storytelling and important to both Chris and Sam that the eyes were consistently at the right level and following the main grade a secondary pass was made on the eyes to maintain rhythm.
As an effects-driven project, Online and VFX Editor Adam Eddy worked mainly inside NUKE, using the AVID DS to assemble the programme and perform the more procedural tasks. There were numerous computer screens and interfaces to adapt and animate together with sky replacements, the addition of atmosphere and dust, the enhancement of the Synth’s eyes to make them a more startling white and the removal of human breath thus making the individual a synthetic creation.
There were numerous assets to the production, put together into the final timeline at various stages of the project pipeline. Many of these came from a third party both pre and post conform necessitating additional work in the online stage. Additional media was managed across Encore’s network utilising their asset tracking software, ensuring all of the shots were readily available and made it into the right timeline.
Channel 4’s first international co-production, Humans is written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), and based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama “Real Humans”. The series (8 x 60’) is produced by Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch) in association with Matador Films (Real Humans). Directed by Sam Donovan (Utopia), executive producers are Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Utopia) and Derek Wax (The Hour, Occupation) for Kudos with Chris Fry (The Smoke) producing for Kudos, and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films.
The talented cast includes William Hurt (A History of Violence,), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William).
Humans premieres in the UK on the 14th June at 9pm (Channel 4) and in the US 28th June (AMC).
The Interceptor is a gripping eight-part crime drama about a dedicated surveillance team tasked with tracking down some of country’s most prolific and dangerous criminals.View Details
June 05, 2015
The Interceptor is a gripping eight-part crime drama about a dedicated surveillance team tasked with tracking down some of country’s most prolific and dangerous criminals.
O-T Fagbenle (Looking) stars as Ash, a recent recruit to the team that is known as UNIT with Eastenders’ Jo Joyner cast as feisty wife Lorna. Robert Lonsdale, Anna Skellern, Charlie De Melo, Ewan Stewart and Lorraine Ashbourne complete the team whilst Trevor Eve, Gary Beadle and Lee Boardman all form part of the criminal underworld.
Encore London provided picture post-production services for the series with Jet Omoshebi grading, Andrew Cave conforming, Simon Brook onlining and Harriet Dale supervising.
The Interceptor was shot in 4K on the Red Dragon and whilst initial tests were anamorphic it was decided to shoot on spherical lenses, cropped at 2:40 to create a filmic look reminiscent of the cop shows from the 70’s that creator Tony Saint had grown up with. Together with DoP Sam McCurdy BSC, Jet created a unique identity for this urban story, set and filmed in London.
Co-produced by BBC Drama Production and BBC Worldwide Productions for BBC One, The Interceptor is created, written and exec produced by Tony Saint (Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley) and Sarah Brown (Oliver Twist) with Patrick Schweitzer (Doctor Who) producing and Farren Blackburn (Luther) directing.
The Interceptor is an 8-part weekly series premiering on BBC One Wednesday June 10th at 9pm.
Martin Clunes set out on an international journey to investigate the extraordinary relationship between man and beast.View Details
May 31, 2015
Martin Clunes set out on an international journey to investigate the extraordinary relationship between man and beast.
Posted at Encore London, the 2 x 60 minute documentary series was graded by Paul Ensby and onlined by Rob Cooper with Karl Mainzer providing the sound design and mix and Harriet Dale producing.
From birds to bears, and from pets to primates, involving ancient and modern techniques and partnerships, Martin observes humans and animals working side by side in ways that have existed and evolved during hundreds of millennia.
Bringing alive Martin Clunes’ adventures in Man & Beasts was a dream for sound mixer Karl. Locations as far and wide as Japan, Alaska, India and Nepal made for a spectacularly lush and multi layered soundscape. Full foley was added throughout the series to help give each animal more presence and character and authentic animal vocals recorded on location were post dubbed to personalise each animal, culminating in a rich and dramatic experience for the viewer of this fascinating series.
Sound Editor, Laurence Williamson commented:
"I watched the films on tx at home. Normally when I do this there are some aspects of the post that I am dissatisfied with. However on this occasion I was sitting at home thinking 'this mix is really good.' Everything was very well balanced with a fantastic richness of extra sounds added in. Genuinely, this was the first time in a long time that I wasn't disappointed, wishing that I'd intervened more at the time. I didn't need to, you did a really great job. The picture finishing was also first class, so your facility is well named!"
Encore and Deluxe Media have created a seamless workflow that encompasses the conform, grade, online edit and deliveryView Details
May 01, 2015
Encore and Deluxe Media have created a seamless workflow that encompasses the conform, grade, online edit and delivery
Deluxe’s leading broadcast facility Encore and global content management business Deluxe Media are collaborating to provide the post production and content management work on Thunderbirds Are Go, ITV’s major new reinvention of the iconic Thunderbirds series .
Working in unison, Encore and Deluxe Media have created a seamless workflow that encompasses the conform, grade, online edit and delivery of a master pro-res file, which is being undertaken by Encore for ITV Studios, and the creation of multi-version DPP files by Deluxe Media on behalf of ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Supervised by Head of Production Harriet Dale, Encore’s creative team is comprised of award-winning colourist Paul Staples, who is grading all 26 episodes of the new series on the Nucoda, together with Online and VFX Editor Simon Brook who is providing animation enhancements and worked on the complex end credit sequence on the DS Nitris and Andrew Cave and Will Coker who are both conforming, again on the Nucoda.
Paul was delighted to be selected to grade the iconic series saying:
"I was very excited about the opportunity to work on Thunderbirds Are Go. I, like many others, have been a massive fan since my childhood and didn’t know what to expect upon entering into the project.
We at Encore were treated to some tantalising short pre vis sequences that gave a hint of what we were to expect.
However, I for one was completely unprepared for what was to come. Each episode is in fact a mini feature film that feels wholly cinematic and full of jeopardy.
As the project colourist, it was clear from the outset that expectation was high. Inevitably there is a challenge in managing continuity across a very new and evolving workflow. This workflow brings in material from all around the world, however this isn’t simply a shot to shot match grade. Whilst one may imagine the work is completed at the FX stage, this is in fact just the starting point and the full gamut of tools, bells and whistles have a place in the grade to tighten the drama and push the sense of light and shade.
I have been working extremely closely with Director David Scott who has provided me with detailed notes and stills, which has made life much easier and really helps me get inside the project. With a clear understanding of the intent, I can offer input from my own experience that has been met with great aplomb.
The films are treated in the grade as if they had been shot like a live action feature film, not an animated TV show. We work into the material to bring out the drama, building tension where the story requires and generally adding to the sense of atmosphere.
My favourite scenes are the exteriors of Tracy Island that are graded to point to their geographic location. David Scott tells me that it is actually based on an island that he has visited and that the light is perfectly reproduced!
I find the grading process on these films fascinating. A large part of my experience in the industry is film laboratory based and its fair to say that Thunderbirds Are Go is quite different from anything I’ve ever worked on before. The passion brought to it in every department is quite staggering, and shows how popular the Tracy family still is.
It will come as little surprise for those that are interested that my favourite machine is the awesome Thunderbird 2, though Thunderbird 3 comes a close second!"
Upon completion of the picture post-production by Encore a master pro-res file is delivered into Deluxe Media who subsequently create multi-version DPP files for broadcast, including a subtitled version for the deaf and hard of hearing and audio description for the blind and partially sighted as Margaret Lazenby, Head of Media Access Services explains:
“It is wonderful to be working on this updated classic show and this version, unlike the original when subtitling for children’s programming was not considered a priority, is accessible to the widest possible audience. Our aim with both the subtitles and audio described versions is to maximise the entertainment value for the younger viewer, ensuring we retain and reflect all the action and pace, and hopefully contribute to its success.”
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture and sound post-production services for ITV’s new wartime drama Home Fires,View Details
May 01, 2015
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture and sound post-production services for ITV’s new wartime drama Home Fires,
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture and sound post-production services for ITV’s new wartime drama Home Fires, which premieres on ITV this Spring.
Set in the fictional town of Great Paxford in rural Cheshire, the story follows the interwoven lives of members of the local women’s institute in wartime Britain, a remarkable collective facing extraordinary pressures having been separated from the male members of their families during the conflict.
Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond lead an all-star ensemble cast that includes
Ruth Gemmell (Utopia), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Claire Rushbrook (My Mad Fat Diary), Mark Bazeley (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), Frances Grey (The Widower) and Ed Stoppard (Cilla).
Supervised by Senior Post Producer Max Caswell, Encore’s creative team comprised of RTS award-winning Colourist Paul Staples, Online and VFX Editor Simon Brook, BAFTA award-winning Sound Designer/Mixer Karl Mainzer, Sound Editor Joe Fletcher and Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts.
Colourist Paul Staples met with Director Bruce Goodison and Director of Photography Joel Devlin during pre-production to test grade some short sequences. Joel selected Kowa lenses to give the series an authenticity and to lend the era feel a sense of truth whilst Paul focused on creating the perfect period grade as he explains:
“I love the early colour film stocks, especially Eastman Kodak’s Kodachrome colour reversal and felt that the way we managed the colour in the grade was central to selling the production’s overall identity. For me the ‘film stock’ background that one sets the production against should envelope and embrace the production design, tying together the elements and placing them into a time without overstating or creating an overly obvious look”.
Given that each episode is set some months apart from the last, the six episodes move through various seasons, this journey is reflected in the grade and serves to underpin the dramatic arc of the story.
Impressive VFX, some of which were created in-house by Online and VFX Editor Simon Brook, who also created the opening titles, sit seamlessly within the production, adding to the beautiful and authentic feel of a show that brims with emotion.
Sound Editor Joe Fletcher crafted audio that perfectly reflected the era. The use of the exact cars, trucks and planes from that period authenticated the piece and original radio announcements were sourced to bed through the scenes. Joe’s sound design, together with Samuel Sim’s emblematic score and Karl Mainzer’s rich, multi-layered and authentic sound mix helped drive home the emotions of each character and give a very real sense of what life was like in wartime Britain.
Inspired by the Julie Summers book, Jambusters, Home Fires is created by Simon Block (Lewis) who shares writing duties with Mart Burt (Coronation Street) and Tina Pepler (Downton).
Directed by Bruce Goodison (My Murder) and Robert Quinn (Death in Paradise), the series is produced by ITV Studios. Francis Hopkinson (Chasing Shadows) and Catherine Oldfield (Fingersmith) exec produce with Sue De Beauvoir (Merlin) producing episodes 1-3 and Jeremy Gwilt (Foyle’s War) episodes 4 - 6.
Home Fires premieres on ITV on Sunday 3rd May at 9pm and will be shown as 6 x 1 hour episodes over consecutive weeks.
Jet Omoshebi is voted the UK’s top TV and Film Colourist in the March edition of Televisual.View Details
March 20, 2015
Jet Omoshebi is voted the UK’s top TV and Film Colourist in the March edition of Televisual.
Huge congratulations to Encore’s Jet Omoshebi, voted the UK’s top TV and Film Colourist in the March edition of Televisual.
Televisual’s annual poll singles out the colourists that have had the biggest creative impact over the last year with rankings devised by a combination of votes by fellow grading artists and producers together with colourist award nominations and wins.
Jet is credited with creating some of the most visually stunning and unique looking television programming in recent years, as one of her voting peers says: “What’s great about Jet is that she avoids grading clichés, everything she does has a fresh look about it.”
Jet’s recent credits include Fortitude, Arthur and George, Da Vinci’s Demons, Mapp and Lucia and Death in Paradise.
Encore London were thrilled to see Murdered by my Boyfriend scoop best single drama at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards.View Details
March 20, 2015
Encore London were thrilled to see Murdered by my Boyfriend scoop best single drama at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards.
Described as “bold and exceptional” by the awarding jury, the harrowing BBC Three drama is based on true events and chronicles the heart-breaking tale of a young girl unable to escape the years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her partner.
First broadcast in summer 2014, Encore London provided picture and sound post-production services for this emotive drama with the creative team comprising Paul Staples (colourist), Adam Eddy (Online Editor and VFX) and Srdjan Kurpjel (Sound Designer and Mixer).
In an email to Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore London, Producer Pier Wilkie said to the team: “ Many thanks again for your wonderful contribution to this film, well done on an award we all share.”
Encore London were thrilled to see Murdered by my Boyfriend scoop best single drama at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards, held at Grosvenor Hall in London on the evening of March 17th.
Encore London provided picture and sound post-production services for The Royals - supervised by Alice GreenlandView Details
March 19, 2015
Encore London provided picture and sound post-production services for The Royals - supervised by Alice Greenland
Lionsgate’s first scripted drama, a gloriously trashy portrayal of a fictional British Royal Family hit screens this March.
The Royals shows the British Monarchy as it’s never been seen before, unashamedly riotous and embroiled in a scandalous series of decadent and debauched events that include bed-hopping and drug taking.
Starring Elizabeth Hurley as the seductive Queen Helena, Vincent Regan co-stars as her husband, King Simon whilst the legendary Joan Collins camps it up as the Queen’s Mother, the Grand Duchess of Oxfordshire.
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture and sound post-production services for The Royals. Supervised by Alice Greenland, the creative team comprised of Paul Staples (Colourist), Chris Roberts (Supervising Sound Editor), Michele Woods (Dialogue Editor), Sue Lenny (Sound Effects Editor), Joe Fletcher and Sam Baker (Assistant Sound Editors) and Mathew Knights (Sound Re-recording Mixer).
Filmed on location at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and at 3 Mills Studios, Encore were on-site at 3 Mills providing a complete near-set dailies service that was overseen by Encore Dailies Producers John Bush and Alex Parrett. The footage was loaded into Encores Mobilab Dailies system where audio was synched, QC’d and rendered out to Avid Media for editorial, DAX files for Lionsgate and DVD’s for production.
Encore’s award-winning Colourist Paul Staples provided the grade, supporting the storytelling by establishing a polished, glossy look whilst giving the face that is usually unseen by the public a grittier, more realistic feel.
“It's been a lot of fun working on this series,’” says Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts, “The show’s creator Mark Schwahn had a very clear idea of how he wanted The Royals to sound. Once we had his brief it was very easy for Michele, Sue and I to deliver tracks that we knew would work for the show and that our Re-recording Mixer Mat Knights could shape with Mark into some hugely entertaining episodes."
Mark’s availability and schedule meant that the second half of the final mix took place remotely using Source Connect with the Encore team working night shifts in London and Mark holed up at sister company Chase Audio in LA. Whilst still a fairly unconventional way to mix and review, the sessions ran very smoothly and the technology worked well which led to a seamless experience for all concerned.
Created and directed by One Tree Hill’s Mark Schwahn, the series has been re-commissioned for a second series ahead of the first even airing.
The Royals premieres on the E! channel in the US on March 15th and in the UK on Wednesday 25th March at 9pm.
Supervised by Encore London’s Head of Production, Harriet Dale, Arthur and George was graded by Colourist Jet Omoshebi and mixed by Sound Mixer Mat Knights with Rob Cooper providing the online editView Details
February 26, 2015
Supervised by Encore London’s Head of Production, Harriet Dale, Arthur and George was graded by Colourist Jet Omoshebi and mixed by Sound Mixer Mat Knights with Rob Cooper providing the online edit
Arthur and George, a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel of the same name premieres on ITV this March.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as the celebrated novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating Sherlock Holmes, one of history’s most revered fictional detectives.
In a screenplay by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Waking the Dead), the drama is set in 1906 and focuses on a true life mystery known as ‘The Great Wyrley Outrages’ documenting Conan Doyle’s pursuit of one of history’s most notorious miscarriages of justice.
Together with his trusted secretary Alfred ‘Woodie’ Wood, played by Charles Edward, Conan Doyle examines the case of a young Indian solicitor; George Edalji (Arsher Ali) whom he believes has been wrongly convicted of writing obscene letters and mutilating horses and cattle in a Staffordshire mining village.
Supervised by Encore London’s Head of Production, Harriet Dale, Arthur and George was graded by Colourist Jet Omoshebi and mixed by Sound Mixer Mat Knights with Rob Cooper providing the online edit, Charlie Bedwell some VFX and Darren Jennings ADR recordings.
Shot on the Arri Alexa by Cinematographer Suzie Lavelle, the lighting had a soft and filtered look that Colourist Jet Omoshebi took one step further by applying a fine texture together with a subtle, gentle vignette in the grade.
For Mat Knights, who mixed the series, it was an enjoyable return to the early twentieth century, “It is always nice to work on period dramas as it brings with it the sounds of steam and horse powered vehicles and machines which are always great to play around with,” he explains.
“I welcomed the sound team of John Downer and Sarah Morton back into Encore’s studio 1 for Arthur and George. We mixed the series on the AMS DFC desk with a combination of Protools and Waveframe feeding in the sound and recording the mixes back into Protools. The Waveframe is a great old work horse of the digital editing systems, by utilising studio 1 and the physical inputs of the DFC and our outboard reverb units and FX processors we were afforded as much flexibility with the sound as possible”, he adds.
Produced by Philippa Braithwaite and Trevor Hopkins for Buffalo Pictures, the series is directed by Stuart Orme.
Arthur and George premieres on ITV Monday 2nd March at 9pm and will be shown as three consecutive hour-long weekly episodes.
Encore were delighted to welcome the production back for a third time with Paul Staples returning to grade and Nick Timms providing online editing and VFX duties.View Details
February 10, 2015
Encore were delighted to welcome the production back for a third time with Paul Staples returning to grade and Nick Timms providing online editing and VFX duties.
Emmy award-winning actor Jeremy Pivens returns as the charismatic American entrepreneur Harry Selfridge for a third season of the popular drama Mr Selfridge.
The series opens in 1919 at the end of the First World War, with Harry in mourning following the passing of his beloved wife Rose. The viewer is then catapulted forward nine months, to the day of eldest daughter Rosalie Selfridge’s wedding to a Russian prince, one Serge de Bolatoff, played by Kara Tointon and Leon Ockenden respectively.
Newcomers to the cast include the fantastic Zoe Wannamaker as Russian princess Marie de Bolatoff, the mother of the playboy Prince Serge, whilst Kara Tointon’s real-life sister Hannah is introduced as Rosalie’s younger sister Violette.
Produced by ITV Studios for ITV, the series is produced by Dominic Barlow (The Mill, The Crash, Garrow’s Law), and executive produced by Kate Lewis (Lightfields, Vera, Marchlands) for ITV Studios alongside Kate Brooke and Kate O’Riordan.
Mr Selfridge premiered on Sunday 25th January and will be shown as 10 hour-long weekly episodes on ITV at 9pm.
Encore is thrilled to have worked extensively on the production completing picture and sound post-productionView Details
January 30, 2015
Encore is thrilled to have worked extensively on the production completing picture and sound post-production
Fortitude, Sky Atlantic’s most ambitious drama to date premieres this Thursday at 9pm. With a budget rumoured to be around the £25m mark, the series promises to be one of the most impressive of 2015.
Set in the fictional town of Fortitude, a small settling in the Artic Circle where polar bears outnumber humans by three to one, the community is stunned when a violent crime, the first in their history, threatens to tear their very existence apart.
An international, award-winning cast includes Sir Michael Gambon as terminally ill wildlife photographer Henry Tyson, Sofie Grabol as the town’s governor Hildur Odegard, Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Richard Dormer as the local Chief of Police, Sheriff Dan Andersson and Christopher Eccleston as the British scientist who heads up the Arctic Biology department at the Fortitude Arctic Research Centre.
Encore London is thrilled to have worked extensively on the production, with both picture and sound post-production services completed at their Wardour Street facility, all supervised by Alice Greenland, one of Encore’s Senior Post Producers.
The picture creative team comprises Colourist Jet Omoshebi who helped create the atmospheric and unsettling frozen landscape together with Online Editors Nick Timms, Simon Brook and Adam Eddy.
Mixed by Associate Sound Mixer Howard Bargroff, Encore’s Chris Roberts was the Supervising Sound Editor. Long-standing Encore collaborators Blair Jollands (Sound Effects Editor/Sound Designer) and Phil Barnes (Dialogue Editor) together with Encore’s Assistant Sound Editor Joe Fletcher complete the team.
'Fortitude' is an exciting and ambitious show for Encore Sound to be involved with," says Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts. "It was immediately apparent from reading the scripts that the series represented some really bold storytelling and offered some great creative opportunities.”
With such an ambitious narrative, and shooting taking place in various locations across Iceland and the UK, establishing clear lines of communication and workflows was essential. Before shooting began, key production and post-production personnel came together to discuss practical and creative approaches meaning that they were able to identify and resolve any issues before they became problems.
Once shooting was under way, one of the first things to do was capture the unique sounds of the Icelandic locations. Sound Designer Blair Jollands took his recording kit and flew out to join the production crew in Reyðarfjörður, in the glacial east of Iceland. "I was able to record the bitter cold winds, the ice and the space that was to become part of our sound pallet," says Blair. "I was also able to record full "sound kits" of all the vehicles from the Skidoos to the patrol boats, the huskie sleds and the helicopters and the very particular sound of the snow tyres."
Encore’s Chris Roberts initially had concerns about shooting dialogue scenes in such extreme locations, but his fears proved to be unfounded. "The Production Sound Mixer, Rudi Buckle, and his team, did an amazing job of capturing great dialogue, an exceptional achievement when you see just where they were shooting!" says Chris. "I was expecting the bleak, windy exteriors and rustling Arctic Parka coats to make a lot of the dialogue unusable, but we were more than happy with the wonderfully clear recordings provided."
"We had one of the lowest ADR counts I have ever worked with, " says Dialogue Editor Phil Barnes. "It helps keep everything real. The many different accents in this show are part of what makes Fortitude such a fascinating and unusual place. We could go from four nationalities chatting atop a windy glacier to the hush of an interview room. It was very important that none of the dialogue in these scenes would be an issue in the sound mix and would just ‘be there’."
Phil, a freelance sound editor, was also impressed with the Encore Sound workflow. "Creating seamless and clear dialogue tracks in many accents that everyone can hear takes time," says Phil. "The best way to create that time is with a seamless workflow of data from location sound to the cutting room to me through all the soft locks, final locks and recuts. This is what Encore delivered in the most efficient way possible."
The creative challenge for the Encore Sound team was to realise a rich sound for the epic look of the film that also offered an equally odd air to writer Simon Donald’s labyrinth of cryptic characters. "We were tasked with creating the Fortitude environment as a de-stabilised and isolated world," says Associate Re-recording Mixer Howard Bargroff. "With all this great source material we had a huge sonic palette with which to really hone a detailed and sympathetic mix; tightly coiled in with and supportive of the narrative."
Blair Jollands, with help from Encore's Joe Fletcher, provided carefully constructed sound effects tracks. "Our brief was to keep the sound raw and organic and avoid predictability," says Blair. "Attention to detail was important - for example, the sounds of the lighting units and the morgue refrigeration were mixed with out of tune versions of themselves to give an uncomfortable and edgy element to the location. Our ice recordings of glacial carving were mixed together with sub frequency tones to give voice to one of the key narrative sounds."
"The unsung heroes in creating great soundtracks are often the foley crew." says Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts. "We’ve collaborated with the team at Universal Sound for many years, and yet again they delivered some really beautiful, detailed work. If we couldn't record sound out in the field or find it in the library, we knew it would be there in the foley tracks, which meant we could create some really wonderful, subtly focused sound moments when the story needed it."
The final element to add to the Fortitude soundtrack, via Music Editors Laurence Love Greed and Joe Rubel, was composer Ben Frost's brilliantly bizarre mix of choral music and electronic ambience.
"This show was always going to be great fun to work on," says Encore’s Associate Re-recording Mixer Howard Bargroff. "With such a wonderfully weird world in which Fortitude exists, having such a depth and variety of sound to chose from made the mixing process an absolute pleasure. As the series progresses the soundtrack builds, changes and augments the constantly evolving characters and story. As you'll see and hear over the next few months, it's a rollercoaster of a show!"
Produced by Fifty Fathoms (Tiger Aspect/Endemol) Fortitude is created and written by Simon Donald (Low Winter Sun), Executive Producers are Patrick Spence, Simon Donald and Frith Tiplady for Fifty Fathoms, and Anne Mensah and Cameron Roach for Sky. The twelve episodes are variously directed by Sam Miller, Richard Laxton, Hettie MacDonald and Nick Hurran and produced by Matthew Bird and Trevor Hopkins.
Fortitude is the first Sky original programme to premiere simultaneously across the UK, US, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. A Sky Atlantic/Pivot co-production, episode one will be unveiled this Thursday 29th February at 9pm on Sky Atlantic in the UK and 10pm ET on Pivot TV in the US with 11 further weekly hour-long episodes subsequently scheduled.
BBC One’s popular light-hearted detective drama series Death in Paradise, returns to screens on Thursday 8th January for a fourth season.View Details
January 09, 2015
BBC One’s popular light-hearted detective drama series Death in Paradise, returns to screens on Thursday 8th January for a fourth season.
The new series opens with the death of a businessman mysteriously killed during a séance. Whilst the family suspects a ghost that is said haunt the rum distillery he owned, DI Humphrey Goodman seeks to find a more logical explanation.
Kris Marshall leads as DI Humprey Goodman, reprising his role as the English detective charged with solving a series of murder puzzles on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie. Sara Martins also returns, in the role of DS Camille Bordey, whilst guest stars for this series include Men Behaving Badly’s Neil Morrissey, Broadchurch’s Will Mellor, Eastenders’ Hetti Bywater and Coronation Street’s Natalie Gumede.
Encore London are delighted to again provide picture and sound post production services for this show, with the team comprising Jet Omoshebi (Colourist), Adam Eddy (Online Editor), David Old (Sound Mixer), Joe Fletcher (SFX Editor), Chris Roberts (Supervising Sound Editor) and Ben Brazier (Dialogue Editor). Senior Post Producer Max Caswell supervised throughout.
Death in Paradise is shot on location, on the stunning Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Whilst a beautiful environment in which to work, there have been some very real challenges faced historically from an audio perspective as David Old, Head of Audio at Encore London, explains:
“Because of some of the sound issues that we encountered last year, we took extra care this year to have advance meetings with the production sound crew, led this year by Barry O’Sullivan, to try and head-off as many potential issues as possible before the shoot began. These days there is much to discuss, not least how to deal with the vital metadata, all of which can make the road through post as smooth as possible.
Thanks to this advance planning, we achieved a significantly reduced ADR count compared to last year. This pattern was maintained into the second block when Keith Nixon took over. It should be noted that we were also luckier with the weather this year – in that part of the world it isn’t all unbroken sunshine, and wind is often a significant problem“ adds David.
The sound team was able to work closely with both the offline cutting rooms and online editor to update pictures quickly and accommodate any last-minute changes that often needed to be made whilst Sound Mixer David Old was able to exercise one of Encore’s new Avid S6 desks alongside Pro Tools Version 11. Together they provided easy mixing of the whole show in the newly refurbished Studio 2 in Encore’s Wardour Street facility.
Death in Paradise premieres on BBC One Thursday 8th January at 9pm and will be shown as eight consecutive weekly episodes.
The second series of Broadchurch with award-winning Colourist Paul Staples grading and Adam Eddy providing the online edit and VFX.View Details
January 07, 2015
The second series of Broadchurch with award-winning Colourist Paul Staples grading and Adam Eddy providing the online edit and VFX.
Broadchurch, the most talked about show of 2013 and winner of numerous awards including a best actress BAFTA for Olivia Colman, returns to ITV this January.
Set in a picturesque coastal town in Dorset, David Tennant and Olivia Colman reprise their roles as investigating detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller. Also returning are the victims’ parents from the first series played by Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan together with Arthur Darvill and Jonathan Bailey who star as the Reverend Paul Coates and local reporter Olly Stevens respectively. New faces include Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James D’arcy and Charlotte Rampling whose characters are yet to be revealed.
Shrouded in secrecy, with no advance press screenings and cast and crew all locked into non-disclosure agreements, Chris Chibnall’s Broadchurch is THE most eagerly anticipated television show in recent memory.
Encore London were thrilled to again provide picture post-production services for this, the second series, of Broadchurch with award-winning Colourist Paul Staples grading and Adam Eddy providing the online edit and VFX. Max Caswell, Senior Post Producer at Encore, supervised throughout.
“I was very excited to have the opportunity to grade season two of Broadchurch” says colourist Paul Staples, “Obviously, following the massive success of season one, it was important to manage the visual expectation of the audience. Mindful of this, the grade shows a very linear, progressive aesthetic that viewers will at once recognise and at the same time find refreshing”, he adds.
Online and VFX Editor Adam Eddy elaborates:
“Series 2 of Broadchurch carries on where the first left off, much of my work, which was largely completed on the Avid DS, was concentrated on areas where continuity needed addressing including a number of sky replacements.
I also utilized Nuke to complete some of the more complex tracking shots in addition to 3D work.”
Written by Chris Chibhall, who also exec produces for Imaginary Friends together with Jane Featherstone for Kudos, the series is produced by Richard Stokes. James Strong who directed five episodes for the first series returns to direct episodes one and two of this new season.
Broadchurch premieres Monday 5th January at 9pm on ITV and will be shown across 8 consecutive weeks.
BBC One’s eagerly awaited three-part adaptation of E F Benson’s much-loved ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels premieres this December on BBC One.View Details
December 22, 2014
BBC One’s eagerly awaited three-part adaptation of E F Benson’s much-loved ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels premieres this December on BBC One.
Set in the summer of 1930, in the fictional town of Tilling –actually the quaint medieval town of Rye, as reimagined by E.F. Benson - this comedy of manners is beautifully brought to life in Steve Pemberton’s adaptation of the comic drama.
An impressive cast includes Academy award nominee Miranda Richardson (Belle) and Anna Chancellor (The Hour) as the small-town rivals Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Mrs Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas, whilst an impressive all-star supporting cast includes Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen) as Georgie Pillson, Lucia’s devoted chief courtier and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) as Raj Army veteran Major Benjy.
Encore London is thrilled to have provided complete picture post-production services for this flagship drama with the creative team comprising Jet Omoshebi (grade) and Nick Timms (VFX). Encore’s VFX Exec Producer Meg Guidon, together with Senior Post Producer Max Caswell, supervised the project throughout.
Encore’s Nick Timms went on set earlier in the year to supervise a green screen shoot with the two title characters Miranda Richardson (Mapp) and Anna Chancellor (Lucia). The VFX work required the green screen footage of the actors to be composited against a digital matte painting of the river estuary – the glorious ‘bella vista’ referred to by Lucia.
The geography of the DMP, was created by Nick, and is based upon photographic reference of the estuary at Rye. The 2D elements of which were created in Photoshop and composited in Nuke X by VFX Supervisor Garrett Honn.
In order to create an authentic 1930’s era Tilling, all signs of modernity and 21st century living were removed from the footage of present day Rye, using Avid DS.
Other VFX work included creating a wintry scene at Tilling church for a Christmas service. As principal photography took place in high summer, this was quite a challenge and involved hiding a lot of leafy green foliage both on set and in post.
To complete the wintry feel a scattering of practical snow on set was enhanced in Nuke and DS, using CG to create an atmospheric, ice-frosted shot of the church and the appearance of light snowfall.
The grade was also instrumental in creating the Christmas look, with a de-spill of the green colour elements creating a more wintry feel to scenes that in actuality were really verdant!
The VFX for this project were realised using a combination of Nuke X, Avid DS, After Effects, Mocha, and Photoshop.
Made by BBC Drama Production for BBC One, ‘Mapp and Lucia is a three-part mini-series directed by Diarmuid Lawrence (Quirke: The Silver Swan) and written by Steve Pemberton (Psychoville) with Susie Liggat (The Café) producing and Lisa Osborne (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) exec producing.
‘Mapp and Lucia’ premieres on BBC One on Monday 29th December and will be shown across 3 consecutive evenings.
Senior Dubbing Mixer at Encore London has been nominated as part of the sound team for his work on Our World War,View Details
December 01, 2014
Senior Dubbing Mixer at Encore London has been nominated as part of the sound team for his work on Our World War,
The RTS Craft and Design Awards take place this Monday 1st December at the London Hilton on Park Lane in London.
Chaired by Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC and hosted by Comedienne Jennifer Saunders, the awards span 25 categories and honour the behind-the-scenes professionals in television production.
Karl Mainzer, Senior Dubbing Mixer at Encore London has been nominated as part of the sound team in the category of Sound - Drama for his work on Our World War, a BBC Factual Production for BBC Three.
Based on the first-hand experiences of young British soldiers, engaged in war some 100 years ago, Our World War is an immersive and innovative representation of life on the battlefield that uses body and gun barrel mounted cameras, overhead battle scene animations, thermal imaging and a very modern soundtrack in its storytelling.
The sound design and mixing were completed by Karl who explains:
“The director, producer, Production Sound Mixer Nigel Albermaniche and I believed capturing a more user-generated / documentary sound on set and designing a unique period accurate documentary-style soundscape, together with a full-bodied mix was key to bringing the sensation of WW1 to a modern audience.
Given that this is a BBC Three production, it was important to engage a young audience used to the depiction of modern combat from programmes such as the BAFTA winning documentary series ‘Our War’ (mixed at Encore Post), where user-generated sound can support more of the narrative story, than the sometimes whipping and scratchy picture and overly post sunk sound.
To achieve a realistic soundtrack, all gunshot, tank and aircraft sound effects are authentic recordings of WW1 machinery and weaponry. Actors wore earpieces on set - and gunshots, tanks, and sound effects of the war were played in their ear live, to give them the real feel of constant barrage and maximise the authenticity of their performance.”
Written by Joe Barton and directed by Bruce Goodison and Ben Chanan, Our World War is produced by Sue Horth and executive produced by Colin Barr. The series was first shown in August 2014 to mark the centenary of the Great War.
The popular detective drama, Ripper Street, returns on Amazon Prime Instant Video this November as one of the most hotly anticipated series of the yearView Details
November 14, 2014
The popular detective drama, Ripper Street, returns on Amazon Prime Instant Video this November as one of the most hotly anticipated series of the year
Set in Victorian London’s East End in the aftermath of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders, the show returns in 1894, four years after the last series left off. Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks) reprises his role as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid, whilst Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) stars as the recently promoted Detective Inspector Bennet Drake and both Adam Rothenberg (The Divide) and MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey) return as Cpt. Homer Jackson and Long Susan Hart respectively.
Amazon’s commissioning of Ripper Street sets a precedent for British television drama, as it is the first time that a Video on Demand provider has jumped in to fund a drama previously axed by one of our staple broadcasters, the BBC.
Encore London is delighted to be providing picture and sound post-production services for this gripping crime thriller with the creative team comprising Paul Staples (Colourist), Nick Timms (Online Editor) and David Old (Sound Mixer). Encore London’s Head of Production, Harriet Dale, supervised the project throughout.
Picking up the story four years after the last series ended, life in Whitechapel has not improved. For the audio, top of the list of requirements was the sound of ‘bleak’ as Sound Mixer David Old explains:
“Even market traders needed to sound anything but cheerful, of course, much of this atmosphere was provided by Dominik Scherrer’s imaginative score, complemented by Phil Freudenfeld’s FX. Jussi Honka took on the task of making the dialogue sound clear, and I completed the mix in the newly refurbished Encore Studio 2, complete with Avid S6 Console and Pro Tools 11 supplied by Scrub”.
Encore’s award-wining colourist Paul Staples says of the grade, “The primary aim for grading Ripper Street was to draw the audience into an all encompassing world, where they can almost touch and smell the characters, where the costumes sing against a backdrop of decay and poverty”.
Created by Richard Warlow, writer of episodes 1,4,5 and 6 in the new series, Ripper Street is produced by Tiger Aspect with Will Gould exec producing on their behalf. The series is directed by Andy Wilson (Ep, 1,2 and 4), Anthony Byrne (Ep. 3,5 and 6) and Saul Metzstein (Ep. 7 and 8) with Lucy Dyke producing.
Ripper Street premieres on Amazon Prime Instant Video on Friday 14th November at 9pm, with new episodes streamed weekly until the series finale on Boxing Day. With no restrictions on content or length, the Amazon series promises to contain exclusive and extended scenes that will not feature in the BBC One and BBC America broadcasts, scheduled for early 2015.
Encore London is proud to sponsor this year’s Televisual Factual Festival.View Details
November 10, 2014
Encore London is proud to sponsor this year’s Televisual Factual Festival.
Now in its eighth year, it is a must event for anyone and everyone involved in the business of factual television.
With over 50 of the leading voices in factual television getting to the heart of business and content issues at 14 panel sessions across the two days, further opportunities include 2 ‘Meet the Commissioners’ lunches where commissioners from terrestrial, digital and international channels are on hand for one-to-one discussions and a ‘Pitch for Cash’ competition where pitch finalists will battle it out for a £5,000 prize fund.
Taking place at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th November, tickets are priced at £325+VAT for a two day pass, £225 + VAT for a one day pass and just £55 + VAT for an individual session. They can be purchased through the festival website:
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night, is an hour long documentary that focuses on one of Gothic History’s most important milestones.View Details
October 31, 2014
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night, is an hour long documentary that focuses on one of Gothic History’s most important milestones.
BBC Two and BBC Four, together with the British Library, will be exploring all things Gothic this autumn in a season that celebrates the very best of artistic and architectural work in our cultural history.
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night, is an hour long documentary that focuses on one of Gothic History’s most important milestones written and directed by Philip Smith. When, in the summer of 1816 during an evening of ghost story-telling by Mary Shelley and Lord Byron, Frankenstein was born.
A host of prolific art historians, together with some of the world’s most revered Gothic horror and science fiction writers explore what happened on that night, drawing on British Library manuscripts and delving into the archives to uncover how and why one evening’s events has had such a significant impact on modern culture.
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture and sound post-production services for this fascinating documentary with the creative team comprising BAFTA award-winning Karl Mainzer (sound design and mix) and Rob Cooper (Online Editor). Harriet Dale, Head of Production supervised for Encore.
“This is a spooky affair; deathly silences, eerie echoes and heart pounding crescendos, were the order of the day”, explains Karl, Sound Mixer.
“Unceasing creepy undercurrents give our narrator and contributors an atmospheric bed to tell their story from - immersing fact seamlessly into fiction. Intimate first-hand accounts of this fearful night and stirring dramatic performances, coupled with Paul Moessl’s spectral score, make for a spine chilling soundtrack”, he adds.
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night is executive produced by Steve Condie for Oxford Scientific Films and Greg Sanderson for the BBC and will be shown on BBC Two on Saturday 1st November at 9pm as part of the BBC’s Gothic Season.
the creative team comprises of Will Coker and Adam Eddy. Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore supervised throughout.View Details
October 27, 2014
the creative team comprises of Will Coker and Adam Eddy. Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore supervised throughout.
Psychobitches is back! The acclaimed comedy show returns to Sky Arts HD this Autumn for a second series. Psychobitches first emerged as a one-off for the ‘Playhouse Presents’ strand back in 2012 before being commissioned for a first series last year. Now back for a second run, the new season sees a return to psychiatrist’s couch where the brilliant Rebecca Front (In The Thick of It) psychoanalyses some of history’s most iconic (dead!) faces.
With a host of new faces and a number of old favourites from series 1 being reprised, the all-star sketch show features some of comedy’s most celebrated talents including Sam Spiro, Sharon Horgan, Morgana Robinson, Michelle Gomez, Katy Brand, Doon MacKichan, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, Meera Syal, Cardinal Burns, Sheila Reid, Selina Griffiths, Zawe Ashton, Jack Whitehall and Frances Barber.
With picture post-production services proudly provided by Encore London, the creative team comprises of Will Coker (Colourist) and Adam Eddy (Online Editor and VFX). Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore supervised throughout.
Psychobitches was shot on the Arri Alexa and graded on the Nucoda Film Master. Colourist Will Coker was thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Director Jeremy Dyson, of whom he is long-term fan. Together with producer Pippa Brown they established the pallet and tones for the show.
“The nature of the programme’s premise meant we had a lot of scope and some great fun creating varied looks and themes to suit each sketch or historical heroine featured in it”, says Will, “We applied a warm and friendly pallet as the general overall theme but with scenes as varied as film homages and musical set pieces there were plenty of opportunities to really play around with the grade to help enhance the comedy”, he adds.
Online/VFX Editor Adam’s tasks, somewhat interestingly, included using AfterEffects to create the lasers responsible for bringing Medusa to life!
Produced by Tiger Aspect, Psychobitches is written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentleman) with Pippa Brown producing.
The 6 x 30 minute episodes will air on Sky Arts HD from Tuesday 25th November.
The Broadcast Production and Post Forum takes place on the 5th and 6th of November and will be held at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly.View Details
October 23, 2014
The Broadcast Production and Post Forum takes place on the 5th and 6th of November and will be held at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly.
The Broadcast Production and Post Forum takes place on the 5th and 6th of November and will be held at BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly. It is a unique two-day event for content-makers that explores the talent and technology behind the major shows on British television today.
Encore’s Jet Omoshebi, who is credited with creating many of the most visually stunning and unique looking television programming of recent years has been asked to join as a guest speaker at this year’s event. Together with Aiden Farrell (The Farm) and Thomas Urbye (The Look), she will discuss her craft in a session entitled ‘Making the Grade’, which is one of the sessions featured in the Craft Studio and will be held on the morning of Wednesday 5th November.
An award-winning colourist with numerous nominations and awards that include the Women in Film and Television Craft Award, Jet’s recent credits include Chasing Shadow, In the Flesh, Da Vinci’s Demons, Luther and Line of Duty.
Tickets are still available for this year’s event – go to http://www.broadcast-forums.com/ for further details.
The classic film’s restoration marks the fifth occasion that Deluxe has restored the BFI’s London Film Festival Archive Gala film since its inception in 2010.View Details
October 21, 2014
The classic film’s restoration marks the fifth occasion that Deluxe has restored the BFI’s London Film Festival Archive Gala film since its inception in 2010.
The 1927 silent film, “The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands,” premiered at BFI London Film Festival’s Archive Gala at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Oct. 16, following extensive restoration by Deluxe in association with the BFI National Archive.
Directed by Walter Summers, this epic film recreates war on the ocean and presents the two key battles in which the Royal Navy were engaged at the beginning of the First World War—the Battle of Coronel on 1 Nov., 1914, and the Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 Dec., 1914.
Presented with a stirring new score by award-winning composer Simon Dobson, the piece will be performed by 24 members of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, who play in honour of the 24 members of the band who lost their lives with the sinking of HMS Monmouth at the Battle of Coronel.
The classic film’s restoration marks the fifth occasion that Deluxe has restored the BFI’s London Film Festival Archive Gala film since its inception in 2010. Previous titles included Anthony Asquith’s “Underground,” Herbert Ponting’s “The Great White Silence,” Alfred Hitchock’s “The Manxman” and Captain John Noel’s “The Epic of Everest.”
“Deluxe Restoration is proud to have collaborated with the BFI on another silent film restoration,” said Mark Bonnici, head of restoration at Deluxe. “When one considers that 90 percent of silent movies are lost, to be chosen to restore films of such significant cultural importance is an outstanding endorsement of the Deluxe Restoration team and its work.
“We have worked to re-master classics to a first-screening standard for close to a decade and are immensely proud to have played our part in restoring all of the BFI London Film Festival Archive Gala titles to date,” Bonnici added.
All film elements for “The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands”, including preservation masters and original nitrate prints, were examined, compared and repaired for scanning by the team at the BFI National Archive, for delivery to Deluxe as 4K DPX files. Months of digital restoration and grading by Deluxe followed, whilst the soundtrack itself was mixed at Deluxe’s Encore London.
“The first stage of the digital restoration process was a stabilization pass of the graded material on Phoenix to smooth out some of the unwanted film movements and instabilities,” said Anthony Cleasby of Deluxe’s restoration team. “These often occur due to film shrinkage over the years and affect the travel of the film through the scanner mechanisms. This was particularly challenging, as so much of the footage consisted of sea shots filmed from a ship. So much care had to be taken not to compromise the motion of the sea.”
“A further pass on Phoenix eliminated film flicker and density fluctuations, thus ensuring that with the semi-automated dirt pass the software was able to successfully detect and remove dirt and debris as well as interpolate images to fill any gaps left by the process,” Cleasby added. “As always, due care and attention was necessary to avoid automated dirt trackers attacking the edges during fast-moving scenes—the manual application of masks over sections with movement was implemented accordingly.”
Other challenges included the intensity of de-spotting required on optical sequences, many of which included actual archive war footage. This was needed to ensure consistency with the studio shot material.
“From a grading perspective, the multiple film sources—together with the inclusion of archive World War 1 footage—made matching the shots scene to scene quite challenging,” Deluxe colourist Stephen Bearman said. “This was due to the inherent differences in quality.”
Encore’s Mathew Knights and Darren Jennings supported mix engineer Andy Deacon and BFI project producer Hannah Partington in the creation of the 5.1 theatrical mix
Parts of the ensemble had been recorded in two different locations. Together with sections of programed sound, all these elements were carefully blended with the subtle use of surround channels to help create an engaging mix that maintained the feel of a live performance. By placing the instruments around the 5.1 image the sound team were able to create the impression of being amongst the band rather than listening from across a room.
Given that the film is entirely composed of a music sound track with little in the way of sound FX, elements of the battle scenes were enhanced by channeling the orchestral bass drum and timpani to the sub bass to generate the experience of the ship’s guns discharging.
Final deliverables from Deluxe include digital and 35mm film screening elements, as well as new 35mm negative and digital masters that will be created as a permanent preservation solution.
“Full restoration of a silent era feature is an incredibly complex endeavor, and our decision to work with Deluxe Restoration was made knowing that their expertise would dovetail productively and creatively with that of the BFI’s Conservation teams,” said Kieron Webb, film conservation manager at BFI National Archive. “Restoration work is based on the fundamental combination of thorough historical research and innovative technical capabilities. For ‘The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands,’ that combination has produced the closest reproduction of film-making from nearly ninety years ago in a form truly fit for the biggest of screens.”
The festival premiere of “The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands” will be followed by a nationwide release in cinemas and a simultaneous release on BFI Player. A release on BFI DVD will follow.
Encore London is delighted to have provided sound post services for this project with Mathew Knights completing the theatrical mix.View Details
October 13, 2014
Encore London is delighted to have provided sound post services for this project with Mathew Knights completing the theatrical mix.
Sean Spencer’s debut feature film Panic received its World Premiere at this year’s Raindance Film Festival in London where it was nominated in the category of ‘Best British Feature’.
The Raindance Film Festival has a reputation for showcasing some of the world’s hottest emerging filmmakers with the aim of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.
Panic is a story about an agoraphobic journalist named Deeley, his obsession with female neighbour, Kem and his struggle to overcome his fears of the outside world after witnessing her violent kidnapping.
Starring David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas) as Deeley and Yennis Cheung (Skyfall) as Kem, Encore London is delighted to have provided sound post services for this project with Mathew Knights completing the theatrical mix.
“Panic was a great project to work on with sound designer Jay Price who I have collaborated with on a couple of projects now,” says Mathew, Sound Mixer at Encore London. “Jay came to us for a final mix on the film after completing the tracklay and sound design. I had to do a little cleaning up on the dialogues which were generally very well recorded and then create a 5.1 soundscape with Jay’s sound FX and the great music tracks.”
Watch the trailer here:
Encore is delighted to unveil a compete upgrade of the Sound Department at their Soho facility.View Details
September 29, 2014
Encore is delighted to unveil a compete upgrade of the Sound Department at their Soho facility.
The substantial investment includes the upgrading of all Pro Tools systems in all 5 studios to HDX2 and the latest Pro Tools 11 software along with a compete refurbishment of two rooms.
Substantial improvements were made to Studios 2 and 3, with the installation of new AKA furniture that houses the latest Avid S6 consoles supplied by Scrub. The desks create an impressive visual impact and are a stunning combination of walnut, leather and aluminum.
David Old, Head of Sound says:
“The combination of Pro Tools 11 and HDX 2 is like having a turbo-charged V12 engine under the bonnet which is little more than ticking over most of the time. That simple fact gives me complete creative freedom to mix in the box. The S6 then provides an elegant way to make it all happen”
The spaces have also undergone substantial structural alterations which take advantage of the small footprint of these amazing new surfaces together with the removal of racks of old outboard gear that is no longer required. The rooms were already fully floating and boasted excellent sound isolation so all alterations made were entirely internal. The studios now feel much more spacious and are immensely more capable than their previous incarnation.
Johnny Whitehead, Director of Operations says:
“We are really excited about the addition of the Avid S6 consoles as they effectively redefine the mixing desk. They are incredibly ergonomic and enable the mixer to work in a highly efficient and intelligent fashion which will ultimately help us deliver outstanding mixes”.
“All of the Encore Sound Studios are incredibly well built and have served us well but we wanted to take this opportunity to completely revamp Studios 2 and 3. The result is that these rooms have had a complete refit and are now more contemporary in style with extended client space and improved comfort”.
The investment comes just weeks after the announcement that Karl Mainzer, this year’s winner in the ‘Sound – Factual’ category at the BAFTA Television Craft joined Encore’s sound team in the capacity of Senior Sound Designer/Mixer and illustrates Encore’s ongoing commitment to remaining a leading facility in a creative space.
Projects worked on at the facility span all genres of television programming with recent highlights that include Tiger Aspect’s Ripper Street (mixed by Encore’s David Old for Amazon), Lionsgate’s first scripted drama, The Royals (mixed by Encore’s Mat Knights for E! in the US), The BBC’s Inside Number 9 (mixed by Encore’s Adam Davidson for BBC Two) and Tiger Aspect’s Fortitude for Sky (mixed by Howard Bargroff, a long term collaborator and associate mixer at Encore).
David Bowie – Five years nominated at the 2014 Grierson Awards – mixed by Encore’s Karl MainzerView Details
September 26, 2014
David Bowie – Five years nominated at the 2014 Grierson Awards – mixed by Encore’s Karl Mainzer
The recent unveiling of this year’s nominations for the Grierson Awards saw BBC Two’s David Bowie – Five Years named as a contender for Best Arts Documentary, which is awarded to a single documentary, or an episode from a strand or series, on an arts subject.
Francis Whately’s David Bowie – Five Years, for which Karl was awarded a BAFTA in the category of Sound – Factual at this year’s Craft Awards first aired on BBC Two in May 2013. It is an intimate documentary with a wealth of ‘never seen before’ footage covering what is considered to be the five most important years in David Bowie’s musical career.
The Grierson Awards itself was established back in 1972 and rewards both domestic and International documentaries that have made a significant contribution to the genre in which they have been nominated. This year’s awards will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on Monday, 3 November and will honour documentaries in categories that include Arts, History, Science and Contemporary Theme, as well as first time and student filmmakers.
Encore London and Rushes team up to provide picture post production services for BBC Two’s MarvellousView Details
September 25, 2014
Encore London and Rushes team up to provide picture post production services for BBC Two’s Marvellous
BBC Two’s 90-minute drama Marvellous premieres this Thursday 25th September at 9pm.
Described as ‘part biopic, part musical and part fantasy’ Marvellous stars Toby Jones as Neil Baldwin, an unassuming man who defies expectations. Having been labeled at an early age as suffering from ‘learning difficulties’ he went on to lead a colourful life that included stints as a circus clown, a lay preacher and the kit man at Stoke City. Most recently became the recipient of an honorary degree at Keele University.
Simon Brook at Encore London was the Online Editor for Marvellous, which was graded at sister facility Rushes by Simone Grattarola.
A Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect co-production, Marvellous is a heartwarming and funny true story. Written by Peter Bowker (From There To Here) and directed by Julian Farino (Occupation), Katie Swinden (Luther) produces.
The popular Mount Pleasant series returns to Sky Living HD this Tuesday 16th September for a fourth series.View Details
September 18, 2014
The popular Mount Pleasant series returns to Sky Living HD this Tuesday 16th September for a fourth series.
Starring Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan as Lisa and Dan Johnson, episode one opens with the pair awaiting the birth of their first baby, an event which is somewhat marred by the unexpected arrival of Dan’s wayward younger brother Robbie.
Familiar faces Bradley (Nigel Harman), Greg (Adrian Bower), Tanya (Samantha Womack), Ella (Nicola Millbank) and Fergus (Neil Fitzmaurice) are joined by Daniel Ings (Psychoville) who plays Robbie and Naomi Bentley (Primeval) who stars as Angie, Fergus and Lisa's new PA.
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture post production services for this fourth series with the creative team comprising Paul Staples (colourist) and Rob Cooper (Online and VFX Editor) with Max Caswell project managing.
Rob Cooper, Online and VFX Editor says:
“This is the third series I have on-lined and Paul's second as colourist. For this series, Serena, the producer, wanted to give the overall style a bit of a makeover. This years title sequence and bumpers had been given a sleek and stylish look, which I then complemented with the text elements in the show itself”.
“The main challenges in the online were to keep an eye out for any items with obvious brand names, phones with phone numbers or dates on screen which needed either removing or replacing. In one scene there were labels in the bar on show and two of the bar pumps had very large and obvious branding on them which needed replacing. This involved a lot of tracking, rotoscoping and replacing shadows and matching lighting. I also had to rebuild the front of two phones which had had large pieces of gaffer tape over the screen to cover the brand name”.
Written by Mark Brotherhood, together with Amy Roberts and Loren McLaughlan, Tiger Aspect’s Mount Pleasant is produced by Serena Cullen and directed by Ian Barnes and Dermot Boyd.
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise executive produces for Tiger Aspect Productions and Jon Mountague for Sky.
Mount Pleasant premieres on Sky Living HD Tuesday 16th September at 9pm and will be shown as 8 weekly episodes.
Encore provide Picture Post Production Services for ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ – Beyond The Pale and The Ties That BindView Details
September 09, 2014
Encore provide Picture Post Production Services for ‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ – Beyond The Pale and The Ties That Bind
‘The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ returns to ITV this autumn with two new stories – Beyond the Pale and The Ties That Bind.
Set in Victorian England, Paddy Considine reprises his role as Mr Whicher, a character based on the real life Scotland Yard Detective Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher.
Returning not as an Inspector with the Metropolitan Police but as a Private Investigator, following a personal breakdown and his subsequent departure from the force, Whicher embarks on two new investigations – a high stakes case involving the former home secretary and one of infidelity and divorce.
Encore London are delighted to have again provided picture post production services for this popular series with the creative team comprising Jet Omoshebi who graded ‘Beyond the Pale’ and Paul Staples who graded ‘The Ties That Bind’. Adam Eddy was the Online Editor for both films, with Alice Greenland project managing throughout.
Award-winning playwright Helen Edmundson penned both feature length episodes of the series with David Blair (Accused) and Geoffrey Sax (Tipping the Velvet) directing.
A Hat Trick production for ITV, Beyond The Pale premieres Sunday 7th September at 9:00pm. The Ties That Bind will air in the same slot on ITV Sunday 14th September.
ITV’s thrilling new four-part crime drama, Chasing Shadows, centres around a team in the missing person’s bureau whose purpose is to track serial killers preying on the weak and vunerable.View Details
September 03, 2014
ITV’s thrilling new four-part crime drama, Chasing Shadows, centres around a team in the missing person’s bureau whose purpose is to track serial killers preying on the weak and vunerable.
Starring Reece Shearsmith as DS Sean Stone, recently sidelined into the department after an inappropriate suggestion at a press conference, Alex Kingston stars as his partner, analyst Ruth Hattersley, with Noel Clarke assuming the role of DI Prior.
Senior Post Producer for Encore London Alice Greenland supervised the project throughout the process. As the first DPP file based delivery for both Encore and ITV, Chasing Shadows was always going to be an interesting and demanding project as she explains:
“Chasing Shadows was an exciting challenge from a deliverables point of view, allowing us to test the workflows and capabilities of master file delivery. The most important aspect of the process proved to be making sure client sign off was absolute at online stage. It was essential to ensure that once the DPP file was run no editorial updates were needed, as this would involve a full re-run of the master file (unlike a tape delivery where fiddling can sometimes happen right up until the day of broadcast!). We created a detailed sign off form for all the key players involved - producer, PPS, online editor and mixer – which proved invaluable.”
The Encore creative team consisted of Jet Omoshebi (Colourist), Nick Timms (Online Editor and VFX), David Old (Sound Mixer) and Darren Jennings (ADR) with Colin Chapman and Simon Gershon onboard as freelance Sound Designers.
With sound playing a pivotal role in the storytelling, David Old, Head of Sound at Encore London elaborates on the department’s work:
“Each story is told over two one-hour episodes, with the first taking us to a variety of locations where Production Sound Mixer Glen Marullo captured beautifully clean original sound, ably edited by Dialogue Editor Colin Chapman. The soundscape was painstakingly built up by Sound Designer Simon Gershon and much of the fun of mixing the show was in creating the acoustics and character of the different situations that the story took us to. With a stunning soundtrack supplied by composer Samuel Sim, I undertook the re-recording in Encore Post Sound Studio 2 on a Pro Tools HDX2 whilst ADR was recorded in Encore Post Sound Studios 1 and 4 by Darren Jennings.”
Chasing Shadows is written and created by Rob Williams (Holby City) and directed by Chris Menaul (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) and Jim O’Hanlon (In The Flesh). Produced by the ITV Studios drama team, Francis Hopkinson (Lucan) executive produced with Rob Bullock (Legacy) producing.
The series premieres on Thursday 4th September at 9:00pm and will be shown across four consecutive weeks on ITV.
Still the Enemy Within, the crowd-funded feature length documentary from Bad Bonobo Films has scooped the prestigious audience award at this year’s International Sheffield Documentary Festival.View Details
September 02, 2014
Still the Enemy Within, the crowd-funded feature length documentary from Bad Bonobo Films has scooped the prestigious audience award at this year’s International Sheffield Documentary Festival.
Providing a unique insight into the dramatic events that unfolded during the 1984-85 British miner’s strike, Still the Enemy Within tells the story of the miners and their supporters who were on the frontline of the strike during that tumultuous year and features interviews and a wealth of rare and never before seen archive footage.
Mixed by Encore London's Mathew Knights, the project was pre-mixed in studio 2 and final mixed in studio 1. Post Producer Robyn Cannon managed the project on Encore's behalf.
Directed by Owen Gower, with Sinead Kirwan and Mark Lacey producing on behalf of Bonobo Films, Still the Enemy Within played to sold-out rooms throughout its festival run, enjoyed a special showing at the Durham Miner’s Gala and has a full cinematic release scheduled for this Autumn.
Many congratulations to all involved on this innovative documentary!
Guidon’s appointment marks the first step in Encore London’s expansion to include in-house VFX capabilitiesView Details
August 12, 2014
Guidon’s appointment marks the first step in Encore London’s expansion to include in-house VFX capabilities
Encore is delighted to welcome Meg Guidon to the London team as Executive Producer of VFX. Guidon will head up Encore’s newly established VFX department at the Wardour Street Facility, reporting to Tom Kendall, SVP of VFX for Encore worldwide. In addition to handling VFX bidding/pitch document creation, Guidon will oversee VFX projects in-house and serve as the local contact for all Encore facilities.
“As we grow our global footprint, we want to ensure that clients have access to a high level of service and talent anywhere in the world. Having the right people in place is key to achieving this synergy and we are thrilled to have Meg on board in London,” said Encore Executive Vice President Bill Romeo.
“Meg’s wealth of expertise across genres is matched only by her unrelenting commitment and positive attitude,” added Kendall. “She has deep connections within the VFX community, knows how to assemble expert teams tailored to each project and will undoubtedly be instrumental in guiding our London-based VFX operations.”
Guidon’s appointment marks the first step in Encore London’s expansion to include in-house VFX capabilities, a natural progression for the facility given Encore’s rising reputation for creating some of the most respected CG work in television today. Already a leading provider of picture and sound post-production services, Encore London has built an international portfolio of recent work that includes “24: Live Another Day” and “Da Vinci’s Demons.”
Beginning her career as a producer at Rushes, Deluxe’s award winning international commercial VFX and grading house, Guidon commands more than twenty years of experience in the industry. Her previous facility experience includes Mill Film, Cinesite and Passion Pictures working on productions such as the Academy Award-winning film “Gladiator” and independent features including “The Invisible Woman” directed by Ralph Fiennes.
Johnny Whitehead, director of operations at Encore London said, “Meg has an enormous amount of experience in the world of VFX and will spearhead our expansion into VFX at the Soho facility. Adding VFX capabilities is an exciting step forward in our quest to offer clients the very best possible service across all areas of post-production, under one roof. Being able to offer a full VFX package alongside our award winning grading, editing and sound services is a natural progression for Encore, and clients will benefit from a high degree of creative collaboration across these departments.”
Noted Guidon, “Encore is trusted by some of the most prestigious studios to handle everything from dailies through to delivery. Here in the UK, we may presently seem to be a small team, but we have the mighty support of Encore Hollywood’s Emmy-winning VFX department behind us. We can share projects, software tools and even on-set supervision talent to approach jobs of any scale and maximize tax incentives on international productions shooting here in the UK.”
Encore London are thrilled to have provided picture and sound post production services for this pilot episodeView Details
August 11, 2014
Encore London are thrilled to have provided picture and sound post production services for this pilot episode
Adrian Dunbar stars as DI Walter Gambon in BBC One’s one-off comedy drama pilot Walter.
A modern police drama with a twist of nostalgia, Walter boasts a strong supporting cast that includes Alexandra Roach (Utopia) who stars as DC Hopkins, Gambon’s young and enthusiastic sidekick.
With the threat of bankruptcy weighing heavily on his shoulders and a precocious teenage daughter keeping him on his toes, his personal life is as complicated as his professional one where the appointment of a new young Chief Superintendent and the dramatic death of a former colleague coincide.
Encore London are thrilled to have provided picture and sound post production services for this pilot episode with the creative team comprising Paul Staples (Colourist), Simon Brook (Online Editor and VFX), Mathew Knights (Re-recording Mixer), Chris Roberts (Supervising Sound Editor) and Joe Fletcher and Sam Baker (Sound Editors). Max Caswell, Senior Post Producer at Encore London supervised the project throughout the process.
Whilst Walter is set in an undefined time period, the production design quite clearly references the 1970’s and 80’s shows which was reflected in the grade. Using the Digital Vision Nucoda allowed him to bring a softness to the high and low lights emoting the mood and feel of old US cop shows from that era.
Online and VFX Editor Simon Brook had some fun with green screens with tasks that included simulating an actor falling on the track in front of a tube train. He was also required to replace the head of a stunt motorcyclist for continuity’s sake, enhance make-up effects such as the cracking of an actress’ facemask and add animated audio waveforms to a computer screen.
Walter was mixed in Sound Studio 1 at Encore London and the team were tasked with supporting the humorous aspect of the show without compromising the naturalistic feel that the drama of a police investigation requires. The provision of good production dialogue tracks meant that there was a relatively small amount of ADR recorded and this allowed the original performances from the great cast to sit easily in the mix.
Walter premieres on BBC One at 9:00pm on Friday August 8th.
Encore Sound is delighted to welcome Karl Mainzer to the London team.View Details
June 30, 2014
Encore Sound is delighted to welcome Karl Mainzer to the London team.
Karl, winner in the ‘Sound – Factual’ category at this year’s BAFTA Television Craft Awards for his work on ‘David Bowie – Five Years’ will start with Encore on 7th July in the capacity of Senior Sound Designer/Mixer.
A graduate of the School of Audio Engineering in 1995, Karl started out as an Assistant Dubbing Mixer, working his way up the ranks to the position of Senior Dubbing Mixer by 2001. He subsequently helped create boutique audio post facility ‘The Sound Monsters’ before opening two audio post facilities of his own, ‘Noise London’ in 2004 and ‘United Audio Project’ in 2008.
Karl has a wealth of experience both within the specialist factual community and across the drama documentary and feature markets. His portfolio of work includes the BBC’s BAFTA award-winning documentary series ‘Our War’, Dragonfly Productions’ BAFTA nominated and Bulldog Award winning documentary ‘The Plane Crash’ (for which Karl himself was also BAFTA nominated), BBC Three’s RTS award-winning drama ‘My Murder’ and ‘Leave to Remain’, the provocative feature film debut from BAFTA winning Bruce Goodison.
Johnny Whitehead, Director of Operations at Encore London says:
“I am delighted to announce that Karl Mainzer is joining the Sound team here at Encore. We have worked with Karl on many occasions in the past and have always admired his talent, creativity and ability to consistently deliver mixes of exceptional quality. He has a well-established client base with an impressive list of credits that include Nutopia’s ‘The Hunt For Bin Laden’ and the BBC’s ‘My Murder’, both of which were mixed here at Encore.”
“This is a really exciting development for Encore and forms part of our on-going strategy to provide the top talent and the best possible service to all clients, for all productions. Karl’s recent BAFTA for 'Five Years' highlights how highly regarded he is as a mixer and we look forward to his arrival”.
A leading provider of both picture and sound post-production services, Encore has seven sound studios equipped with the latest Pro Tools hardware with sound services spanning mixing, editing, ADR, V/O, re-versioning and laybacks.
Karl’s appointment complements the existing team of award winning mixers that include David Old, Mathew Knights and Adam Davidson, ADR recordist Darren Jennings and sound editors Chris Roberts and Joe Fletcher. Collectively their recent credits include ‘In The Flesh 2’, ‘My Mad Fat Diary’, ‘Luther’, ‘The Sound and The Fury’ and ‘Shut Up And Play The Hits’.
Of his recent appointment Karl says:
“Client experience is my number one priority. Being part of Encore’s renowned creative team with the support from in-house supervising sound editors and producers means I can get on with what I do best – mix and deliver the quality service my clients have come to expect. Furthermore, Encore’s sound studios are amongst the most impressive sonic spaces in the UK – I have produced mixes there before, and my clients were overwhelmed by the dynamism and power I achieved”.
He adds: “I’m excited about building a strong rapport with Harriet Dale, Encore’s Head of Production and her team of producers. Harriet has steered a handful of projects I’ve mixed at Encore. My clients commented on her personal touch and her ability to simplify workflow”.
“What’s really important for my clients, now that I’m part of full service post facility, is the ability to offer sound and picture post under one roof, and know they’re grading with the best colourists in town”. “I rate Encore’s grading team enormously – their list of credits is unsurpassed and I’m tremendously excited about connecting Encore’s picture team with my clients and sparking new creative relationships”.
Encore London provided picture and sound post-production service for this harrowing true storyView Details
June 23, 2014
Encore London provided picture and sound post-production service for this harrowing true story
‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ is the dramatisation of a true story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a seemingly charming and handsome young man but whose own insecurities and jealously see his behavior escalate from enquiring and possessive to intensely violent as their relationship deepens.
Based on true events, with identities changed at the request of the victim’s family, ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ chronicles the heartbreaking tale of a young girl unable to escape the years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her partner. With one in four women in the UK estimated to have experienced domestic abuse and an average of two women a week dying at the hands of their partners in Britain, this story is an un-nerving reflection of what is happening behind closed doors in today’s society.
Encore London provided picture and sound post-production service for this harrowing true story with the creative team comprising Paul Staples (colourist), Adam Eddy (Online Editor and VFX) and Srdjan Kurpelc (Sound Designer and Mixer). Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore London supervised the project throughout the process.
The film was shot on Arri Alexa with anamorphic, low contrast lenses. Colourist Paul Staples created a grade that he describes as “a look of beauty that was in stark contrast to the subject matter. In the final scenes of the programme, the dying of the light mirrors the final loss of hope”.
In a particularly violent scene where there was a little too much bruising to maintain continuity Online and VFX Editor Adam Eddy used NUKE to track the difficult facial surface and replace texture as needed. Numerous other fixes such as crew removal were cleaned up with Mocha and After Effects. All work from online to graphics and title cards was completed on the Avid DS.
Written by Regina Moriaty, winner of the Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Arts Foundation Awards ‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ is directed by Paul Andrew Williams (Song For Marion) and produced by Pier Wilkie for Steelmill Pictures.
‘Murdered By My Boyfriend’ stars Georgina Campbell and Royce Pierrson and will be shown on BBC Three on Monday 23rd June at 9pm.
Mixed At Encore Sound in London and Restored By Deluxe part of the Digital Cinema business.View Details
June 06, 2014
Mixed At Encore Sound in London and Restored By Deluxe part of the Digital Cinema business.
The 59th Ivor Novello Awards took place on Thursday 22nd May at Grosvenor House in London. Affectionately known as ‘The Ivors’, the awards celebrate and reward excellence in British music songwriting and composing.
The Ivor for ‘Best Original Film Score’ was awarded to Simon Fisher Turner for the mesmerizing score he created for the BFI’s restoration of ‘The Epic of Everest’, which was mixed by Mathew Knights in Encore’s Dolby licensed studio 1 in London.
‘The Epic of Everest’ is an extraordinary record of the legendary attempt to conquer Everest by two of the most revered climbers of their time – George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. Captain John Noel’s 1924 film is a documentary of notable historic importance with scenes that include some of the very earliest recorded images of the Tibetan people and their culture. Simon’s award winning score cleverly blends electronic music and found sounds together with both western and Nepalese instruments and vocals.
Mathew Knights, Senior Re-recording Mixer at Encore London elaborates on his work for this prestigious project:
“It was a great privilege to work on this historic footage which quite remarkably was all shot on a hand cranked 16mm camera. My main role was to remix Simon’s stereo elements into a 5.1 sound track with the use of panning, reverbs and sub bass. The overall effect of the created soundscape is, at times, haunting but leaves you with a feeling of the great majesty of Everest”.
‘The Epic of Everest’ was restored by Deluxe in partnership with the BFI. The film had to be completely reconstructed using a combination of available elements that were brittle and suffered from continuous physical scratching in addition to high levels of dirt and deterioration caused by mould and the breakdown of image toning.
The film elements were physically inspected, selected, repaired and cleaned at the BFI ‘s conservation centre who also undertook the digital restoration, film-out and printing of the inter-titles and scanned the nitrate prints in 4K. The subsequent digital intermediate restoration was carried out by the restoration team at Deluxe, this included image repair, grading and colour restoration and the production of all deliverables.
Our congratulations to Simon for a well deserved win. ‘The Epic of Everest’ is now available to by on DVD/Blu-Ray via the BFI:
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture post-production services for this flagship drama.View Details
May 22, 2014
Encore London is delighted to have provided picture post-production services for this flagship drama.
‘From There To Here’, the latest drama from Kudos Film and Television, premieres on BBC ONE May 22nd at 9pm. Encore London is delighted to have provided picture post-production services for this flagship drama with Max Caswell, Senior Post Producer at Encore London supervising the project throughout the process.
The story unfolds on June 15th 1996 with the bombing of the Arndale Centre in Manchester, and tells the comic yet moving tale of two very different families and how they were affected during the aftermath of the blast.
The story spans a four-year period from 1996 to the year 2000 and is set against a backdrop of events that shaped not only Manchester, but the country as a whole - the Euro 96 football tournament, New Labour coming to power and the turn of the Millennium.
Starring Philip Glenister (Life On Mars) and Bernard Hill (Lord Of The Rings) as Daniel and Samuel Cotton, the supporting cast includes Steven Mackintosh (Inside Men), Saskia Reeves (Luther), Liz White (The Woman In Black), Daniel Rigby (Big Eric And Ernie) and Morven Christie (Hunted).
‘From There To Here’ was shot on the Arri Alexa and graded by Encore London’s Paul Staples on the Digital Vision Nucoda. The brief was to create ‘a love letter to Manchester’ and so, where possible, the focus was to accentuate all that was beautiful about the city, avoiding too much of the grittiness that is so often used to define the area.
Paul was thrilled to be involved in the project as he explains:
“As a fan of the Manchester music scene, I was extremely excited to be involved with the grading of ‘From There To Here’, an outstanding soundtrack most definitely adds to both the originality and humour of the piece”.
Adam Eddy, Online Editor and VFX, faced challenges that included compositing in numerous television screens of archive football matches from the 1990's and earlier. Whilst some were relatively straightforward others had a lot of motion and foreground action to contend with. He also had to brighten up numerous scenes/shots with sky replacements to help with continuity - some of which were extremely challenging due the 3D camera movement. He utilised a number of tools, such as Mocha, After Effects and NUKE to achieve the desired results and put everything together on the Avid DS.
‘From There To Here’ was mixed by Re-recording Mixer Howard Bargroff in Studio 3 at Encore Sound in London.
Written by Peter Bowker and directed by James Strong, ‘From There To Here’ is a 3x60-minute mini-series produced by Tim Bricknell and executive produced by both Derek Wax and Peter Bowker for Kudos Film & Television and by Stephen Wright, Head of Drama BBC Northern Ireland.
The series premieres on Thursday 22nd May 2014 and will be shown as three weekly episodes.
The BAFTA Television Awards celebrate the very best of television that has broadcast on British screens in the last year with awards spanning 26 categories.View Details
May 20, 2014
The BAFTA Television Awards celebrate the very best of television that has broadcast on British screens in the last year with awards spanning 26 categories.
The BAFTA Television Awards celebrate the very best of television that has broadcast on British screens in the last year with awards spanning 26 categories.
Held at London’s Theatre Royal on the evening of Sunday 18th May, this year’s awards were again hosted by Graham Norton and we were thrilled to see so many Encore posted projects nominated with ‘Broadchurch', ‘Southcliffe' and 'In The Flesh' going on to win in their respective categories.
Once again ‘Broadchurch' was the big winner of the evening, scooping a hat trick of awards that included Best Drama Series, Best Actress (Olivia Colman) and Best Supporting Actor (David Bradley).
‘Broadchurch', which was first broadcast as 8 x 60 min episodes in March of 2013, charts the change within a small community in Dorset that suddenly finds itself in the media spotlight following the mysterious death of a young boy.
Encore London were delighted to have had the opportunity to work on the production, having provided full picture post production services.
Produced by Kudos Film and Television for ITV1, ‘Broadchurch’ was written and created by Chris Chibnall. Directing duties were shared between James Strong and Euros Lyn. The series was produced by Richard Stokes with Jane Featherstone and Chris Chibnall sharing exec producer credits.
Sean Harris won Best Actor for his role as Stephen Morton in Channel 4's 'Southcliffe', a harrowing drama set in a typical English market town that is devastated by the actions of a loner ex-soldier who embarks on a killing spree after being persecuted by local community.
Encore London provided picture post-production services for this powerful four part drama which was first shown in August 2013.
Produced by Warp Films for Channel 4. ‘Southcliffe' was written by Tony Grisoni and directed by Sean Durkin with Peter Carlton and Derrin Schlesinger producing for Warp Films and Sophie Gardiner for Channel 4.
Our congratulations also go to the 'In The Flesh' production team who collected the award for Best Mini Series. Series 2 of the popular and critically acclaimed zombie drama is currently showing on BBC Three in the UK and BBC America in the US with Encore London having provided both picture and sound post services.
The popular ‘Playhouse Presents’ series returned to the Sky Arts 1 HD channel on May 1st.View Details
May 09, 2014
The popular ‘Playhouse Presents’ series returned to the Sky Arts 1 HD channel on May 1st.
Encore London is thrilled to have provided picture and audio post-production services for two of the eight episodes - ‘The Dog Thrower’ and ‘Space Age’ with Harriet Dale, Head of Production at Encore London, supervising both projects throughout the process.
‘Playhouse Presents’ is a season of thirty-minute comedy and drama one-offs show-casing some of the very best global talent both on and off screen.
This season opened on May 1st with ‘The Dog Thrower’, starring Matthew Perry in what is his UK television debut. Together with comedian Tim Key and ‘Fresh Meat’s’ Kimberley Nixon, the trio come together in a tale that follows a shy and nervous man whose life is transformed when he starts to mimic the ‘art’ of dog throwing with his own pet dog ‘Floppy’.
Adam Davidson, Sound Designer and Mixer at Encore was brought onboard in the early stages of production - he liaised with Director Jon Ronson via Skype as to how best sound could be used creatively in a project that was to contain very little or no dialogue. With a soundtrack produced by Scottish indie stars ‘Belle and Sebastian’, music together with sound effects are cleverly interspersed to effectively tell the story. To quote Adam – “It’s a film that doesn’t conform to any of the classic television conventions, and is all the better for it”.
In terms of the grade, which was completed by Will Coker, the Director didn't want to detract too much from the action. Given that there is very little dialogue it was decided to adopt a lower contrast and slightly softer, less saturated, pallet to let the story tell itself. The main challenge of the grade was matching all the outdoor scenes, which were shot over several days in a park with very variable light.
‘Space Age’ which is scheduled to air on June 5th sees Ralf Little and Nick Moran team up as the screenwriters of a drama set in the future starring Richard Wilson and Simon Callow as a pair of ageing astronauts embarking on one final and perilous journey to a distant planet.
Colourist Paul Staples graded the film on the Digital Vision Nucoda, allowing him to bring a very cinematic look to the images. As a fan of the ‘Alien’ films he was very excited to have the opportunity to grade this project which boasts H.R Giger inspired sets that had been lit by DoP Rob Kitzmann in a beautiful, low key and ominous way that gave a very true sense of the characters travelling through space. It also offered the opportunity to explore new ground from a technical point of view as the project was shot on the new Sony F65.
Senior Re-recording Mixer Mathew Knights also found his work on ‘Space Age’ to be immensely satisfying. Having previously worked with the writers Nick Moran and Ralf Little on a number of separate projects, he was delighted to be able to work on a film they had written together and completed all of the sound post work, from track laying through to sound design and final mixing.
Whilst the Playhouse series had a very tight fixed budget, both the Production Team and the Director wanted to stretch that as far as they could and try to get a big budget feature feel to the show.
Mat created a soundscape for the spaceship and all of its different rooms. The brief was to make it sound big and empty in certain areas and busy with computers in others; given that the ship itself is very old, the overall feel needed to be dated.
As a huge fan of sci-fi, Mat describes the experience as being “like a kid in a sweetshop” as he had the opportunity to create the whole sound scape from scratch, this included old sounding computer beeps and whirls, life support machines, alarms, engine noises, explosions, creaks and groans, speeding things up, slowing them down, playing them backwards and generally manipulating sound by whatever means possible.
‘The Dog Thrower’ was first shown on Sky Arts 1 HD on Thursday May 1st and is now available to view via Sky On Demand. ‘The Dog Thrower’ is written and directed by Jon Ronson and produced by Runaway Fridge.
‘Space Age’ premieres on Sky Arts 1 on Thursday 5th June at 9pm, written by Nick Moran and Ralph Little, it is directed by Lawrence Gough and is a co-production between Hillbilly Television, Different Pictures and Fremantle Media UK.
The second season of BBC Three’s zombie drama ‘In The Flesh’ premiered on Sunday May 4th with picture and audio post-production services provided by Encore London.View Details
May 05, 2014
The second season of BBC Three’s zombie drama ‘In The Flesh’ premiered on Sunday May 4th with picture and audio post-production services provided by Encore London.
The creation of critically acclaimed writer Dominic Mitchell, the six episode long second series of ‘In The Flesh’ returns to the fictional small town of Roarton in the north west of England some ten months after the events of season one. Both the living and the un-dead appear to have finally found peace but PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferer Kieren Walker continues to struggle with his identity in this new world.
Luke Newberry reprises his role as Kieran Walker with a supporting cast that includes Emily Bevan, Harriet Cains and Stephen Thompson, from series one as well as newcomers, Wunmi Mosaku (‘I am Slave’) who stars as local MP Maxine Martin and Emmett J Scanlan (‘The Fall’) who plays a charismatic disciple of The Undead Prophet, Simon.
Encore London are thrilled to have provided picture and sound post production service for this series with the creative team comprising Jet Omoshebi (colourist), Simon Brook (Online Editor and VFX), Chris Roberts and Joe Fletcher (Sound Editors) and David Old (Dubbing Mixer). Harriet Dale, Head of Production at Encore London supervised the project throughout the process.
Although the show was primarily shot 16:9 on the ARRI Alexa, pro-res 4:4:4, the final output for BBC Three is 2:40 which lends itself perfectly to the bleak atmosphere of Roarton, the ‘Village of the Damned’, where the second installment of the zombie drama is set. In keeping with the last series, Jet de-saturated the images, paying close attention to the skin tones of the living and partially deceased. Nucoder's tracking software was put through its paces as nearly all the skin tones were individually treated to reflect the various stages of undead.
The sound team were charged with creating a soundtrack that complemented the very cinematic look and feel of the series without losing the sense of place and scale portrayed by the small fictional village.
The brief was to create a lifeless, uneasy setting for the story that didn't necessarily follow the established sound cues of the zombie genre. This was achieved by crafting a soundscape that was often bleak, but punctuated by moments of hyper-realism in the sound design.
Encore's Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts handled the dialogue and ADR duties. "Good production sound makes my job all the more enjoyable, and Nick Steer's location sound meant that any ADR we had to do was kept to minimum." said Chris. "When ADR was required, the first class recordings made by Encore in London and Sumners in Manchester dropped into the mixes with very little help."
Sound effects and design elements were provided by Encore's Joe Fletcher. Joe went to great lengths to capture and create the right sounds for the series, embarking on a trip to his home county of Suffolk to make original recordings of rural atmospheres. To create the sound of a zombie (or "rabid" as they are called in the series) on the wrong end of a Black and Decker drill, Joe reached for his toolbox after a trip to the local butchers and switched on his recorder!
” ‘In The Flesh' was a great series to be involved with, " said Joe. " There was a lot to sink my teeth into on my own, but I really enjoyed collaborating with my colleagues and all three directors in the mix sessions."
Encore's Head of Sound David Old had his fingers on the faders for all six episodes. "The challenge for me was to remove as much evidence of twenty-first century life from the location recordings as possible, to follow the bleakness of the brief” said David "Being presented with such good tracks from Chris and Joe, and wonderful score from Edmund Butt, meant that I was able to spend my time in the studio really concentrating on the creative balance and produce a really effective, dynamic mix."
Written and created by Dominic Mitchell who won a BAFTA for season one, the second series of ‘In The Flesh’ is a co-production between BBC Drama Production North and BBC America. ‘In the Flesh’ is directed by Jim O’Hanlon (‘Quirke’), Damon Thomas (‘Prisoner’s Wives’) and Alice Troughton (‘Merlin’), produced by John Rushton (‘Hunderby’) and executive produced by Hilary Martin (‘The Secret Of Crickley Hall’), Katie McAleese (‘Ripper Street’) and Ann Harrison Baxter (‘Waterloo Road’).
‘In The Flesh’ premieres on BBC Three on Sunday 4th May at 10pm and in BBC America on Saturday May 10th and will be shown as six hour long weekly episodes.
David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci's Demons returns to UK screens for a second series on 4th April.View Details
April 05, 2014
David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci's Demons returns to UK screens for a second series on 4th April.
David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci's Demons returns to UK screens for a second series on 4th April and Encore London were once again engaged to complete the picture post production for this flagship historical fantasy drama set in Renaissance Florence.
The dramatic series one finale saw Florence under siege and Leonardo Da Vinci in the midst of an environment fraught with danger, facing a very real threat to his own life. The second series of Da Vinci’s Demons is both darker and bloodier, with the series’ hero continuing his search for the fabled ‘Book of Leaves’ and quest to uncover the truth about his mother.
With an all-star British cast that includes Tom Riley (Lewis), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Laura Haddock (Honest), Elliot Cowan (Luther) and Blake Ritson (World Without End), Series 2 of Da Vinci’s Demons is once again produced as part of the multi-year agreement between Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions. The post team at Encore is comprised of Jet Omoshebi (Colourist) and Nick Timms (Online Editor and additional VFX). Alice Greenland, Senior Post Producer at Encore London, supervised the project throughout the process.
David S. Goyer’s Da Vinci’s Demons premieres in the UK on Fox at 10pm on Friday 4th April and will be shown as 10 weekly episodes.
March’s issue of Televisual profiles the UK’s top 15 colourists and we were thrilled to see Encore’s talented Jet Omoshebi ranked second.View Details
April 05, 2014
March’s issue of Televisual profiles the UK’s top 15 colourists and we were thrilled to see Encore’s talented Jet Omoshebi ranked second.
March’s issue of Televisual profiles the UK’s top 15 colourists and we were thrilled to see Encore’s talented Jet Omoshebi ranked second.
Jet, whose recent credits include Da Vinci’s Demons, Death in Paradise, The Whale, Fresh Meat, Luther and Line of Duty is credited with creating some of the most visually stunning and unique looking television programming in recent years.
Televisual’s annual poll singles out the colourists that have had the biggest creative impact over the last 12 months and is formed of votes cast by fellow colourists, producers and grading kit makers together with award nominations and wins from the RTS craft awards, the British Arrow Craft Awards and the UK Music and Video Awards.
Many congratulations Jet.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards celebrate the best of television that was broadcast on British screens in 2013.View Details
March 31, 2014
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards celebrate the best of television that was broadcast on British screens in 2013.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards celebrate the best of television that was broadcast on British screens in 2013. Encompassing both national and regional output with programming that includes the genres of drama, documentary, light entertainment, children’s, history and the arts, the awards recognise the achievements of writers, producers and production teams, actors, presenters and of course, the programmes themselves.
Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London on the evening of Tuesday 18th March, this year’s awards were hosted by Comedian Tim Vine. We were thrilled to see Broadchurch win ‘Best Drama Serial’ with Olivia Coleman securing ‘Best Actor Female’ for her performance in the flagship ITV series, Idris Elba walking away with the award for ‘Best Actor Male’ for his role in the ever popular Luther and criminal drama Peaky Blinders awarded ‘Best Drama Series’.
Broadchurch, which was first broadcast as 8 x 60 min episodes in March of 2013, charts the change within a small community in Dorset that suddenly finds itself in the media spotlight following the mysterious death of a young boy. Encore were delighted to have had the opportunity to work on the production, having provided full picture post production services with the team comprising Paul Staples (Colourist) and Adam Eddy (VFX and Online Editor). Max Caswell, Senior Post Producer at Encore, supervised the project throughout the process.
Produced by Kudos Film and Television for ITV1, Broadchurch was written and created by Chris Chibnall. Directing duties were shared between James Strong and Euros Lyn. The series was produced by Richard Stokes with Jane Featherstone and Chris Chibnall sharing exec producer credits.
BBC One's Golden Globe winning psychological crime drama Luther was shown in July last year as 4 x 60 minute episodes and starred Idris Elba as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther who headed up an investigation into two very distinctive murders that individually unfolded over the four episodes. Encore provided full picture and audio post production services for the series with Jet Omoshebi grading, Nick Timms working as the VFX and Online Editor and Howard Bargroff/ Mathew Knights mixing. Harriet Dale, Head of Production at Encore, supervised on this occasion.
Luther was a BBC in-house drama production and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide. Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning and Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, Luther was written by Neil Cross and directed by Sam Miller and Farren Blackburn .The series was produced by Claire Bennett with Phillippa Giles exec producing.
Six-part gangster family epic Peaky Blinders premiered on BBC Two on the 12th September 2013, set in post-war Birmingham in 1919 the series tells the story of returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fighting for survival. Encore worked in collaboration with sister company Rushes to provide the online (Simon Brook) and grade (Simona Grattarola) respectively.
Peaky Blinders was written and created by Stephen Knight for BBC Two Drama. Directed by Otto Bathurst and Tom Harper, it was a Tiger Aspect and Caryn Mandabach co-production with Katie Swinden producing and Caryn Mandabach, Greg Brenman, Jamie Glazebrook and Frith Tiplady exec producing.
Our congratulations to all nominees and winners.
Discovery’s first-ever scripted mini series Klondike premieres in the UK on Thursday March 27th at 9pm.View Details
March 31, 2014
Discovery’s first-ever scripted mini series Klondike premieres in the UK on Thursday March 27th at 9pm.
Discovery’s first-ever scripted mini series Klondike premieres in the UK on Thursday March 27th at 9pm.
Klondike charts the perilous journey that is made by two life long friends, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, as they seek their fortunes in the gold rush capital of the wild and unpredictable Yukon territory, north-western Canada, during the late 1890’s.
Based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, the series stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and Augustus Prew (Kick Ass 2) as Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein with a talented supporting cast that includes Tim Roth, Abbey Cornish and Sam Shepard.
Encore were delighted to provide full picture post production for the series having completed the grade, online edit (Rob Cooper), online vfx (Nick Timms) and conform (Andy Cave).
Directed by Simon Cellan Jones, Klondike is a Discovery, Entertainment One (eOne) and Nomadic Pictures co-production in association with Scott Free Productions. The series’ Executive Producers are Ridley Scott and David W.Zucker for Scott Free, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenbery for eOne, Eileen O’Neill and Dolores Gavin for Discovery and Writer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break).
Klondike premieres on Discovery UK at 9pm on Thursday 27th March, and will be shown as 5 weekly episodes.
ITV’s hit detective drama Broadchurch has triumped once more, securing 3 awards at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.View Details
March 31, 2014
ITV’s hit detective drama Broadchurch has triumped once more, securing 3 awards at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
ITV’s hit detective drama Broadchurch has triumped once more, securing 3 awards at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
In a ceremony held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on the afternoon of Friday 28th March, Broadchurch was named ‘Best Drama Series’ with Olivia Coleman picking up another ‘Best Actress’ award for her role as DS Ellie Miller and creator Chris Chibnall securing the writer prize.
Broadchurch, which first aired in spring of last year, has been a runaway success for ITV with a second series already commissioned, and a novel and US remake planned. Encore were delighted to have had the opportunity to work on the production, having provided full picture post production services with the team comprising Paul Staples (Colourist) and Adam Eddy (VFX and Online Editor). Max Caswell, Senior Post Producer at Encore, supervised the project throughout the process.
Produced by Kudos Film and Television for ITV1, Broadchurch was written and created by Chris Chibnall. Directing duties were shared between James Strong and Euros Lyn. The series was produced by Richard Stokes with Jane Featherstone and Chris Chibnall sharing exec producer credits.
Encore’s Sound Editorial Supervisor, Chris Roberts was thrilled to be awarded ‘Fellowship of the Association of Motion Picture Sound’ (AMPS) at their recent Annual General Meeting.View Details
March 27, 2014
Encore’s Sound Editorial Supervisor, Chris Roberts was thrilled to be awarded ‘Fellowship of the Association of Motion Picture Sound’ (AMPS) at their recent Annual General Meeting.
Encore’s Sound Editorial Supervisor, Chris Roberts was thrilled to be awarded ‘Fellowship of the Association of Motion Picture Sound’ (AMPS) at their recent Annual General Meeting, held at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
Chris, whose recent credits include Death in Paradise, The Whale and By Any Means was awarded the fellowship “in recognition of his achievements in the craft of sound, and in gratitude for his strong and enthusiastic contribution to the running of the association”.
AMPS, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, boasts a membership of over 400 of the most creative and skilled recording and sound-editing talent working in the British cinema and television industries. Established in 1989, the organisation is actively engaged in information sharing and problem solving in a rapidly evolving technological environment, hosting monthly technical meetings and manufacturer presentations and additionally establishing and implementing recommended craft standards and practice.
Many congratulations Chris.
Encore have just completed full picture and sound post production on the latest series of Death in Paradise.View Details
January 22, 2014
Encore have just completed full picture and sound post production on the latest series of Death in Paradise.
The grade for the BBC primetime show was carried out by Jet Omoshebi with Adam Eddy taking care of the online Edit. David Old worked his mixing magic and Chris Roberts took the helm as Supervising Sound Editor - all under the watchful eye of Encoreâ€™s Senior Post Producer, Max Caswell.
Now in its 3rd series, the Drama is about a detective who is assigned to investigate a murder on a paradise island. Filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Death In Paradise, has gone from strength to strength over the past two series, bringing in an average of almost eight million viewers each episode of the second series.
The 8 part series airs every week from 14th January 2014 on BBC One.
One of the greatest stories of survival at sea will be shown on BBC One this Christmas.View Details
December 20, 2013
One of the greatest stories of survival at sea will be shown on BBC One this Christmas.
One of the greatest stories of survival at sea will be shown on BBC One this Christmas. The Whale recalls the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship The Essex as seen through the eyes of teenage cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, the youngest of just eight survivors of the shipwreck who spent three long months at sea before being rescued.
Martin Sheen leads the cast starring as the elder Tom Nickerson. Jonas Armstrong (Robin Hood, The Street) appears as First Mate Owen Chase and newcomer Charles Furness plays the part of the young Tom Nickerson. A talented supporting cast includes Adam Rayner (The Hunted) as Captain Pollard; Paul Kaye (Game of Thrones, Stella) as Joy; David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas, War Horse) as Peterson and Jolyon Coy (The Hollow Crown) as Lawrence.
Encore were delighted to have the opportunity to provide complete picture and audio post production services for this breath-taking BBC drama with the team comprising Jet Omoshebi (Colourist), Nick Timms (VFX and Online Editor), David Old (Dubbing Mixer), Chris Roberts (Supervising Sound Editor) and Joe Fletcher, Jay Price and Phil Freudenfeld (Sound Editors). Harriet Dale, Head of Production at Encore, supervised the project throughout the process.
From the optimism and light of a new journey to the dark desperation of being shipwrecked and alone at sea, Jet Omoshebi’s grade very much mirrors the journey as it is seen through the eyes of Thomas Nickerson. A bright, hopeful and colourful ‘Technicolor’ inspired look is slowly graded out to a more sombre but equally beautiful bleach bypass effect. By the end of the film the only colour left is the blue of the cruel sea.
Working on the Avid DS and using After Effects and Mocha, Online Editor Nick Timms worked closely with the Producers and Director to enhance scenes with atmospheric elements such as sea and sky replacements. As a large proportion of the feature was shot on water there were a number of complex water/ship compositions that were required in addition to a considerable amount of work that was undertaken to remove wires, people, microphones and a other on set baggage that should have not be visible within any given shot or scene.
On the sound side Encore were very much a part of the creative process from the outset and a strong relationship with both the Producers and the Director meant that the team helped mould their vision from day one.
Authenticity was key to creating a successful soundtrack and the team worked hard to achieve this. Assistant sound editors Joe Fletcher and Jay Price went to great lengths to capture the raw sound of the sea – not only setting sail on a yacht but also undertaking some of the manoeuvres The Essex itself would have performed at sea. Recreating the sound of a whale was however a more creative process as Joe explains: “I put a bin bag inside a BBQ and filled it with water, and then I put a hydrophone in the water and rubbed the BBQ with rubber band balls.” Meanwhile Supervising Sound Editor Chris Roberts gathered native Nantucket voices for crowd ADR, explaining: “Background voices make the ship come alive, we wanted authentic Nantucket voices and whaling terminology of this period to come through the background.”
David Old, Head of Sound at Encore, provided his award winning skills to create the mix and had the pleasure of recording the legendary Martin Sheen who, as well as being a consummate professional, also showcased a pretty exceptional repertoire of jokes!
Made by BBC History with Animal Planet, The Whale is written by Terry Cafolla (Messiah), directed by Alrick Riley (Death In Paradise), executive produced by Eamon Hardy (Who Bombed Omagh) and Ruth Caleb (Bullet Boy) and produced by Mike Dormer (Clocking Off) and John Chapman (The Lost Prince).
‘The Whale’ premieres on BBC One this Sunday 22nd December at 9pm and will be shown on Animal Planet Summer 2014.
Encore Dailies department’s Jon Gray went over to Bydgoszcz, Poland for Camerimage 2013.View Details
October 29, 2013
Encore Dailies department’s Jon Gray went over to Bydgoszcz, Poland for Camerimage 2013.
142 Dailies department’s Jon Gray went over to Bydgoszcz, Poland for Camerimage 2013.
For one week, professional cinematographers, students and other film industry types from far and wide are brought together in a small city in northern Poland, for an awards ceremony (The Golden Frogs) and numerous seminars and workshops on cameras, film stocks, lighting and techniques.
Deluxe Entertainment Group today announced the re-branding of its leading UK Broadcast Post Production Facility, Encore, which will re-launch as Encore with immediate effect.View Details
October 29, 2013
Deluxe Entertainment Group today announced the re-branding of its leading UK Broadcast Post Production Facility, Encore, which will re-launch as Encore with immediate effect.
LONDON: 2nd December 2013. Deluxe Entertainment Group today announced the re-branding of its leading UK Broadcast Post Production Facility, Deluxe 142, which will re-launch as Encore with immediate effect.
Deluxe has recently restructured into three distinct business units, with the re-branding of Deluxe 142 as Encore being the final piece of the creative jigsaw in the UK whose brands also include Company 3, Rushes, Method and Editpool. Encore is Deluxe’s Global Broadcast Post Production brand, offering the full range of creative post production services across facilities in Hollywood, New York, Vancouver and now London. Working with some of the world’s most prestigious production companies and broadcasters, Encore has provided post production on numerous top television series, including Fox's ‘Glee’, HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ and ABC's ‘Castle’. Whilst Encore VFX has provided shots for productions that include ‘Under The Dome’ for CBS, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Ray Donovan’ for Showtime, and recently won an EMMY for their work on ‘Banshee’ for Cinemax.
Bill Romeo Encore's Executive Vice President commented on the rebranding saying, "I am very excited to integrate Deluxe 142 into our Encore family and to begin working with the talented crew in London". He believes the alignment of the UK Facility with those based in the US and Canada is a natural progression for the London based operation that already has an unrivalled reputation for its work on high-end UK drama projects. Some of these dramas include: ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Mr Selfridge’ and ‘Luther’ in addition to its portfolio of work that includes comedy, factual and light entertainment projects such as ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The Sound + The Fury’ and ‘Fresh Meat’.
The work of Encore in London will continue to be resolutely creative with services that encompass the full range of sound and picture post production from initial pre-production consultation to final delivery. By linking up its operations, Encore will extend the level of international collaboration which has already been used to good effect on recent co- productions such as Starz’s ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ and Hattrick’s ‘Episodes’. Sharing technology and resources enables Encore to deliver a global service offering that includes high speed file deliveries and remote grading to help accommodate the demands of today’s productions.
Encore in London will continue under the leadership of Director of Operations Johnny Whitehead with the global Encore operation led Deluxe’s Executive Vice President for Television Bill Romeo. The team and current structure will remain as is with further growth and investment planned for 2014.
Johnny Whitehead quotes….
The name change is purely a rebrand and we are proud to be linking up with the rest of the Encore TV group. With the increase in co-productions and buoyancy of the TV market the timing for this exciting development is perfect. The key to the success of Deluxe 142 has been down to the fact that we have outstanding creative talent complemented with specialist project management. The team blends experience, expertise and enthusiasm which combine to help make every show we work on special – this will continue under the new name of Encore.
We have an outstanding reputation for post-production services and the calibre of our credit list reflects this. We are proud to have worked on some of the most talked about and beautifully finished shows of 2013 including ‘Broadchurch’, ‘Mr Selfridge’, ‘Luther’, ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ and look forward to more of the same as Encore in 2014.
By sharing expertise and resources we can ensure our place at the top in terms of technical support and infrastructure. This is essential with the forthcoming implementation of DPP file deliveries for UK broadcasters and other technologies such as 4k starting to make an impact.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., is the leading provider of a broad range of entertainment industry services and technologies to the worldwide entertainment industry including the Hollywood studios, broadcast/cable/ satellite providers, digital distribution, gaming as well as content owners and creators. Services for content creation in features, television and commercials are offered in production, post production, digital distribution, marketing services and asset management.
Encore was thrilled to have provided picture post for the BBC One drama and worked closely with EndorView Details
October 29, 2013
Encore was thrilled to have provided picture post for the BBC One drama and worked closely with Endor
Deluxe 142 was thrilled to have provided picture post for the BBC One drama and worked closely with Endor
The Escape Artist is a three-part 60 minute suspense thriller set in the world of criminal law. David Tennant plays Will Burton, a talented junior barrister who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners, hence his nickname of “The Escape Artist”. Deluxe 142 was thrilled to have provided picture post for the BBC One drama and worked closely with Endor to ensure that The Escape Artist kept its gripping tone; the show was produced by Hillary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift and written by David Wolstencroft (Spooks). Matthew Read, Executive producer for the BBC, said: “After the incredible response we got for William Boyd’s Restless, it’s fantastic to be working with Hilary Bevan Jones again on an original drama that brings together the very best of British talent.” The Escape Artist will be broadcast on BBC1 Tuesday October 29th at 9pm.
Youtube link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1QaSIaTag
The new series of Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat will be premiered online a week before broadcast.View Details
October 29, 2013
The new series of Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat will be premiered online a week before broadcast.
The new series of Channel 4 comedy-drama Fresh Meat will be premiered online a week before broadcast
Series 3 will see all our favourite characters returning to Manchester for their second year at university. Judy Counihan from Objective Productions comments: “Our fabulous gang of six returns to navigate their second year; no longer freshers, but eager as ever to experience uni life to the full and beyond…” The show, written by Peep Show creators Sam Baines and Jesse Armstrong, stars some of the UK’s finest up and coming comedy talent including Jack Whitehall (Bad Education), Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) and Zawe Ashton (Dreams of a Life).
Deluxe 142 completed the conform, grade and full sound post on the new series of Fresh Meat. Senior Post Producer Alice Greenland assembled the talented Deluxe team for the third time with Rob Cooper conforming, Jet Omoshebi & Paul Staples grading and Matthew Knights sound mixing. Fresh Meat Series 3 will premiere on 4od on Monday October 28 at 10pm and will air on Channel 4 on Monday November 4 at 10pm.
Chris Roberts, Encore’s supervising sound editor, was on the Sound in Post Production Panel at the Broadcast’s Production and Post ForumView Details
October 29, 2013
Chris Roberts, Encore’s supervising sound editor, was on the Sound in Post Production Panel at the Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum
Chris Roberts, Deluxe 142’s supervising sound editor, was on the Sound in Post Production Panel at the Broadcast’s Production and Post Forum
The two day event brought together the top names in production and post-production to the BFI Southbank. Broadcast’s event was developed from market research which suggests that television professionals wish to network and learn more from their peers. Chris was invited to speak on the post production sound session, which was centred on the logistics of post-production sound and an insight into the processes of it from key members of television sound community. The delegates at the forum were keen to hear about Chris’ years of experience at Deluxe, along with the challenges he has faced and how the technology has transformed over the years.
The hour long session was never going to be enough time for Chris to convey his immense knowledge, but what he could fit into that time had the crowd enthused and captivated.
Encore completes Full picture & sound post production on Sky Living pilots “Psychopath Next Door” and “Lawless”.View Details
October 03, 2013
Encore completes Full picture & sound post production on Sky Living pilots “Psychopath Next Door” and “Lawless”.
Deluxe 142 completes Full picture & sound post production on Sky Living pilots “Psychopath Next Door” and “Lawless”.
Two pilots for Sky Living’s Drama Matters Season have completed full picture & sound post production at Deluxe 142: ITV Studios’ The Psychopath Next Door and Twenty Twenty’s Lawless. The pilots are part of a brand new season of original programming for Sky Living that celebrates the best in British female writing, acting and directing.
Lawless offers a backstage pass to the inner workings of a modern court, Suranne Jones (A Touch of Cloth) stars as a fiercely ambitious judge determined to dispense real justice. Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) stars in the creepy drama The Psychopath Next Door, Friel plays a glamorous psychiatrist who is determined to be queen bee of her neighbourhood no matter what it takes.
The Psychopath Next Door airs October 1st at 9pm and Lawless airs Thursday 3rd October at 9pm, both are on Sky Living HD.
Encore are delighted to have completed full post production on Red Planet Pictures newest drama, By Any Means. The six-part BBC drama focuses on a crack undercover police unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game.View Details
September 30, 2013
Encore are delighted to have completed full post production on Red Planet Pictures newest drama, By Any Means. The six-part BBC drama focuses on a crack undercover police unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game.
Deluxe 142 are delighted to have completed full post production on Red Planet Pictures newest drama, By Any Means. The six-part BBC drama focuses on a crack undercover police unit living on the edge and playing the criminal elite at their own game. By Any Means is currently airing on BBC1 9pm on Sundays.
Period gangster drama Peaky Blinders broadcast on BBC2 to rave reviews, post production on the gripping British drama was a joint effort between Encore and our sister company Rushes.View Details
September 30, 2013
Period gangster drama Peaky Blinders broadcast on BBC2 to rave reviews, post production on the gripping British drama was a joint effort between Encore and our sister company Rushes.
Period gangster drama Peaky Blinders broadcast on BBC2 to rave reviews, post production on the gripping British drama was a joint effort between Deluxe 142 and our sister company Rushes. Peaky Blinders is currently airing from Thursday 9pm on BBC2.
We offer the full range of sound and picture post production services in our first class facility in Soho. Our talented team of operators is backed up by experienced project managers and technical knowhow.
During your visit you will be looked after by our client services team who will cater for your every need from the comfort of your suite. In addition you have a large choice of speciality teas and coffees in one of the numerous clients areas or our large coffee bar.
Encore London's sound department combines a collection of award winning in house re-recording mixers, sound editors and recordists with a pool of highly talented freelancers. Their combined experience covers all areas and genres of sound post production for both television and feature film. The high standard of their work has been recognised with awards from BAFTA, RTS, UK Screen and MPSE.
Offering sound editorial and design, mixing, ADR and voice over facilities, as well as supervising sound editors for projects starting from any point in the production or post production process, Encore London can provide creative sound services to projects of any size and scale. Encore London's seven state of the art studios all run Pro Tools HD, including our Dolby certified Studio 1. All rooms are connected by our DDP server for a seamless workflow between sound studios and editorial areas, and to other post production areas via the 10GB production network SAN.
In addition to our sound mix and editorial services we also provide full ADR and V/O facilities. Our talented team of ADR recordists are extremely efficient and will help ensure that all session runs smoothly. Domestic and global connectivity is provided via ISDN and Source Connect.See credits
Our team of award winning colourists combine experience with innovation and work on some of the most prestigious and talked about productions.
Our luxurious grading rooms feature the latest 42” dolby grading monitors, start of the art grading systems which are supported by a SAN and assist station.
Our online team blends cutting edge technology with imagination, collaborating with productions, from pre- visualisation through to final delivery to ensure the client brief is fulfilled.
Our Avid DS Nitris and Symphony suites are complemented by Nuke and After Effects and provide powerful online and VFX capabilities. Suites are engineered to maximise creative working and technical excellence.
From title sequences and clean-up work to complex VFX, Encore have the tools and talent to realise your vision.
Encore has 25+ Offline Avid Suites that provide our clients with the flexibility and tools they need for even the most challenging of projects. Our suites are available for dry or wet hire. All suites are supported by our skilled support engineers and our wonderful client services team.
All our edit systems are connected to our Avid ISIS shared storage network. We have a Data I/O team who provide fast and secure file transfers and data management.
Encore’s approach to feature film and TV post production begins with the dailies process. We have unparalleled experience providing a variety of bespoke dailies services for a wide range of feature films, broadcast TV series, commercials, documentaries, music videos and award-winning short films.
The Encore Dailies team engage with cinematographers, film makers and producers early in the pre-production stages to discuss the myriad of acquisition and delivery options available, ensuring that the optimum workflow is in place for each individual project. We offer a full overnight dailies service for both 16mm and 35mm film as well as all digital camera formats and work closely with DPs to ensure that the intended look is maintained from capture to cutting room.
Encore’s range of bespoke on and near set dailies solutions for digitally acquired projects offer increased flexibility in terms of collaborative creativity, viewing and speed of delivery. With the entire data management process managed on or near set, dailies can be ingested, QC’d, sound synched, graded, transcoded, streamed and backed up in an enviable timeframe.
Editorial quality digital files can be delivered worldwide via Aspera and for the viewing of dailies, we can convert and upload to streaming sites such as PIX, DAX or our bespoke viewing platform Screen142. Our bespoke workflows, experienced Producers and talented team of creatives ensure reliability and technical support to ensure the creative vision is maintained throughout and projects are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standards.
Our TV credits include : ATLANTIS, THE CAFE, MERLIN, DOC MARTIN, FAMILY TREE and ANY HUMAN HEART
Our Feature credits include : CINDERELLA, DRACULA UNTOLD, RED2, LES MISERABLES, JACK RYAN SHADOW RECRUIT, SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMEN and THE WORLD’S END among others...
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