'Suspects' Newman Street Productions for Channel 5
Online Editor - Avid
Created by Paul Marquess and his team, Suspects is a new procedural crime drama, starring Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey. Set in London, Suspects focuses on a team of three detectives and their distinctive approaches to the job of policing. Each of the ten episodes tells a self-contained crime story – starting with a news report about the crime. We then follow the team of detectives as they investigate the circumstances of the crime, forensicate the crime scene, collate and analyse the evidence, and interview their suspects – until they finally identify and charge the perpetrator.
Such a revolutionary editorial approach has by its nature demanded some very unique and original thinking when it comes to technical work flows on set and in facility based post production.
Sequence Post was contracted to provide the entire post solution, with Post Supervisor Ben Foakes taking care of on-set post infrastructure and titles design, whilst overseeing the finishing process at the Fitzrovia based facility.
Core story footage was acquired predominantly using Sony F5 and F55 camera units, recording directly in 25p HD, 50Mb/s broadcast quality to SxS cards. Although this approach did not utilise the full 4k capabilities of Sony’s latest cameras, it was perfectly suited to the fluid nature of filming and the immense volume of quick turnaround data management that took place on set.
Bespoke camera rigs were designed and built on location in Bethnal Green to allow the live multi-camera recording of menacing, voyeuristic Interview Room scenes. Using a combination of GoPro Hero mini cameras and an HD Q-Ball camera, up to 6 streams of HD were fed to a specially built AJA KiPro recording rack. This material, which was deliberately framed and acquired to look like ‘in-station circuit cameras’, was recorded directly to Avid’s DnXHD 120 codec, before being shuttled to an on-location team of Data Wranglers.
To deal with the intense, 24/7 on set post-production demands, Sequence worked with location hire supplier Hireworks to build a remote edit facility on location. Six Avid MC suites shared an ISIS storage system, whilst 2 MacPro ingest stations were used by Sequence Data Wranglers to copy, transcode and edit prep all material on a rota system. DaVinci Resolve provided the ingest and transcode platform, freeing up Avid to be used simultaneously for sync pulling and edit assemblies.
Following a 6-week period of on-set Offline Editing, the team decamped to Sequence Post’s central London boutique at Middleton Place to continue fine cutting, grading and Onlines. Finishing was handled by Colourist William Read, Online Editor Robert Bates and Dubbing Mixer John York, with music score composed remotely by Justine Barker.
Working in partnership with our audio specialists Wise Buddah Studios, Sequence were able to facilitate dry hire ADR sessions and final mix sessions for each episode.
The series was finally mastered to DPP spec AS-11 files, Quality Checked by the in-house Sequence technical team and delivered over high-speed fibre using Aspera directly to Deluxe on behalf of Channel 5 for transmission.
“This has been a benchmark programme for Sequence in 2013/14. It has been hugely exciting to get involved from the very start of such an innovative production, where ideas, content, technology and teams are all evolving as the series took place. I believe Sequence Post’s cross-platform background in doc, drama, film and live television was of huge importance here. The team were able to adapt to tighter turnarounds and challenging processes without compromising the beautiful look and feel of each film. I am very proud of the achievements of everyone involved with SUSPECTS and would like to personally congratulate Paul, Mary, Kara and the entire Newman Street and FIVE team on breaking genuinely new ground with the show.” Ben Foakes, Sequence Founder and series Post Supervisor.
Watch the trailer here
'Features Editor Rally Cross RX' Artifex Media for IMG
Offline/Online Editor/Colourist - FCP
The 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy will be the first edition of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The season consist of twelve rounds and will start on 3 May with the Portuguese round at Montalegre. The season will end on 23 November, at San Luis, Argentina.
'Plan B - The Grindhouse Tour' JJ Stereo
Colourist - Davinci Resolve
This ground-breaking multi-camera live performance was produced by JJ Stereo and directed by Paul Caslin, to show-case the creative mind of UK talent Plan B during his 2013 live at the 02 arena performance.
Using multiple Arri Alexa cameras, including a specific rig for high-motion close up shots of the artist, footage was acquired in ‘Log C’ and approached more like a high-end music video than a more traditional multi-camera live program.
The in-depth, complex cuts were edited by Tom Watson, creating a different pace, mood and energy for each individual song of the performance.
Hundreds of multi-layered composited effects were used to enhance the riotous Ill Manors performance, which used harrowing colours, distortion effects and dynamic onboard camera angles to add to the feeling of danger and anarchy in the track.
Sequence Post looked after the entire finishing workflow, taking the locked cut from FCP7, conforming the original Alexa footage into DaVinci Resolve and performing the detailed grade of the entire 90 minute film.
Grading was performed across 1 long weekend by 2 artists, Rob Bates and Will Read, who carefully divided the music tracks between them based on preferred aesthetics, pacing and visual style.
Graded footage was online in FCP with additional overlaid, composited effects and graphics being added.
A full 5.1 audio mix was performed remotely and synced with picture before being delivered for both broadcast and HD Bluray distribution.
Ibiza Rocks - Various' JJ Stereo for MTV
Online/Colourist - FCP/Resolve
The 8 part series, featuring huge acts including Tinie Tempah, Dizzie Rascal, Biffy Clyro and Ellie Goulding is being directed by Paul Caslin and put together by a virtual army of production teams working between on-location and London based offices.
Sequence is taking care of everything from data management and ingest right through to final DaVinci Resolve grading, FCP Online editing and final mxf file delivery for broadcast. The first programs of the series, featuring Chase & Status and Biffy Clyro, among other compilation edits will air in August.
Check out www.ibizarocks.com for more details
“Live bands, hot weather and cool accommodation… It can only be Ibiza Rocks!”
'Tich - Breathe in Breathe Out' Music Video
Colourist - DaVinci Resolve
Tich (born Rachel Furner, 1 July 1993) is a British singer. She originally performed under her real name 'Rachel Furner' and was signed to Mercury Records in the UK having had huge success as a YouTube artist. After performing at events such as the iTunes Festival and releasing a few singles it was decided that the current incarnation wasn't working out.
'Tich' emerged two years later and under her new guise released an EP titled Candelight, which was released on 20 December 2012 via Gravity Digital. Tich later signed a record deal with AATW and began working on her debut album. She released her debut single "Dumb" on 12 May 2013 and it reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart. Her second single "Obsession" was released on 19 August 2013 and peaked at nunber 56 in the UK. Her second EP Candlelight IIwas released on 8 December. She has also had some small success with her personal YouTube channel, iamtichmusic, which has 3.9 million views and 45,000 subscribers as of 1 January 2014.
'Waiting for Dawn' Brother Brother Films
Colourist - DaVinci Resolve
A young soldier and his experiences in the First World War. It highlights the hardships and horrors faced by many young men who served in the Army during that time. Based on true events.
'Raise Your Game' with Aurora Media
Online Editor/Colourist - Avid
GUINNESS RAISE YOUR GAME explores all the colour, character and conversation surrounding football and fan passion for the game as seen from two continents - Europe and Africa. From the UK, the show will include inserts and discussions of international leagues including the English Premier League with footballer interviews and studio-based football skill challenges. In Africa the show travels through Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon, meeting and challenging football communities in a number of specially created entertainment strands.
'Goodwood Cars of the Future' Aurora Media for ITV2
Offline/Online Editor - FCP 7
Craig Doyle and Nicki Shields explore all things high tech, high spec and futuristic in the world of cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex. Plus, they uncover some of the greatest advancements in auto technology.
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Client: Lemonade Money
Spec: for Channel 4 (Random Acts)
Description: Directed by Jeremy Cole this stylish short film was offline edited by music video editor Tom Watson in FCP, with the online, mix and grade by Sequence Post’s Rob Bates. Delivered as an AS-11 spec file, directly to Red Bee Media for broadcast on Channel 4.
A reflection on adolescence and belonging, set in the small but real multi-cultural world of Edinburgh and featuring Young Fathers.
Young Fathers' Tape Two is available on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/young-fathers/id579287538
Director / Producer: by Jeremy Cole
Writer / Narrator: Tim Brinkhurst
Music: Young Fathers
DoP: Johnnie Ford
Editor: Tom Watson
Online: Robert Bates (at Sequence Post)
Production Manager: Tammy McKendrick
Exec Producers: Phil Wilson & James Payne
Embarking on a solo career, UK pop group Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh is set to debut her first single from the album Centre Stage. The music video is full of glitz and glamour, with foggy dance dream sequences, golden 1940’s-esque gowns, fiery pyrotechnics and features Kimberley’s real life dance partner from the hit show Strictly Come Dancing.
Rob Bates, senior colorist at Sequence Post, collaborated with director, Paul Caslin from JJ Stereo, to deliver the grade on “One Day I’ll Fly Away."
“Even though I’ve been a colorist for more than three years, I was pretty excited to be working on my first music video,” reveals Bates. “Adding to the excitement was the fact that I’d be working with Paul, who I’d previously collaborated with on the DVD of Cheryl Cole’s Million Lights Tour Concert. It was great to have the opportunity to try something new which has a very different look and feel to a concert DVD.”
The music video was shot in 2K on an ARRI Alexa at Pinewood Studios. That meant we were working with very high quality raw footage and there was no need to fix anything,” he adds. “Our aim was to simply enhance the shots by giving them an artsy feel.”
In the “One Day I’ll Fly Away” video, Kimberley is featured dancing with a man who seems to appear and disappear throughout the story, leaving the audience to wonder whether or not she might be dreaming, or even experiencing an hallucination. To achieve the right mood and to convey the video’s story line, Sequence was given a very specific brief.
“We had to create a disillusioned feeling, and that meant crushing the video’s colors' and giving the dance sequences a cold blue hue while also adding a warm glow to some of the close up shots,” continues Bates. “The contrast between cold and warm worked well and helped us achieve the ‘Black Swan’ effect, which the director specifically asked us to channel with the grading process.”
The pressure was on to deliver the finished video within a 48 hour window in order to sync up with the album’s promotional activity.
“Despite the normal challenges a deadline will bring, we were pretty relaxed because we’d recently moved over to the new version of DaVinci Resolve,” explains Bates.
He adds: “The new streamlined interface gave us the ability to work much smarter, allowing us to access an effect or add a node far more easily without the need to jump around between menus. We were actually able to deliver the final grade well ahead of the agreed deadline.”
Sequence was working with ungraded Alexa 2K exports and EDLs straight from the studio shoot; therefore the majority of the shots simply needed enhancing to make Kimberley really pop.
“I found the tracking and auto keying function particularly useful when adjusting the lighting on Kimberley and making sure she stood out from a dark background or evening out her skin tones’ against the harsh light thrown off from the pyro pit. “
“DaVinci Resolve was already an incredibly powerful piece of software, but with the redesigned interface, and the addition of new features such as Lightbox and the contrast and pivot tool, means we can really push the creative boundaries and deliver a finished product well ahead of the agreed deadline,” concludes Bates.
(Article courtesy of Blackmagic Design)
Client: Waddell Media
Spec: Channel 4
Description: Sequence Senior Editor and Colourist Rob Bates performed the DaVinci grade and Symphony Online of this one-off special directed by Luke Campbell.
Nick Hewer makes a hazardous 5000-mile journey to Sierra Leone to deliver a one-and-a-half-tonne industrial saw and generator to a young man who inspired him three years ago
Client: Fresh One
Spec: for ITV
Description: Complete post management, creative editing, finishing, audio and delivery for one-off special documentary following Cheryl Cole’s first ever live tour.
Client: Arrow Media
Spec: 1 x 60 min for NatGeo
Description: Sequence provided full post for this one-off documentary produced by the Arrow team charting the construction of the world’s most ambitious penguin attraction at Sea World Orlando. The production incorporated behind the scenes footage with cutting edge computer-generated images.
Building Penguin Paradise tells the incredible story of SeaWorld Orlando’s daring attempt to build the most ambitious penguin attraction in the world.
With incredible behind the scenes footage and cutting-edge Computer Generated Images, it will bring to light the audacious feats of SeaWorld’s largest ever expansion: freezing Antarctic conditions in Florida, 45 feet high ice cliffs, closer-than-ever animal encounters and a palatial home for 245 penguins.
But they have 18 months to finish it and no room for error: can they pull it off before the grand opening day?
More info HERE
Spec: Channel 4 (Dispatches)
Description: Perform end-to-end finishing, house the fine cut, graphics artist and full production team for this one-off current affairs Channel Dispatches Special, using 2 edit suits working simultaneously from the Editshare.
An investigation into the tricks used by advertisers to promote brands on websites, from celebrity endorsements to the purchasing of fake Facebook likes and YouTube views. Film-maker Chris Atkins travels to Bangladesh in search of backstreet `click farms' where workers are paid to manipulate social media statistics for the benefit of Western companies.