“The story of evolutionary flight is one I’ve always wanted to tell… It’s our most ambitious yet.” David Attenborough
The spellbinding visual account of how flying animals evolved into the familiar species we see today, became a reality in stunning documentary series David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, produced by Atlantic Productions with the help of SGO’s powerful and cutting-edge Mistika technology at ONSIGHT. As well as winning a 2014 BAFTA, the landmark series was recently nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects. The results are announced at the ceremony in London on Sunday 26 April.
The award-winning post division at ONSIGHT used Mistika once again on its seventh Attenborough project for Colossus Productions, which depicted complex flight skills with creative ingenuity. Formats used included 4K, HD, 3D and 2D including a bespoke 4K workflow design built by the ONSIGHT Post division. After also providing R&D and camera solutions for the project, the facility worked with massive amounts of data amounting to approximately 50 terrabytes and a variety of camera formats such as RED Epic. In post, ONSIGHT provided plate preparations, DI, VFX, conform, QC, mastering and deliverables in 3D and 2D across its numerous high-tech suites at its London facility. This included the ability to screen 4K masters, combining 5K live action with 4K VFX and CGI.
ONSIGHT’s Senior Colourist Andy Lee benefited from Mistika’s real-time speed and flexibility which enabled him to freely alternate between the colour and depth grades, as well as the VFX conform. Furthermore, Mistika’s wide spectrum of grading toolsets equipped him with a vivid and colourful array to enhance the remarkable features of winged creatures ranging from birds to butterflies, with eye-catching colour. In addition, he graded subtle tones to convey the changing landscapes filmed in places such as Ecuador to the grey palettes of Scottish skies.
Andy Lee has graded many of the award-winning Attenborough projects from Atlantic and Colossus Productions. He said, “Mistika allows me to work with ease across multiple formats, frame sizes and deliverables. David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies is an example of one of our extensive and innovative projects in 3D and 2D, which requires that level of flexibility, benefiting us and the production team.” VFX Stereo Artist Miguel Camaño Riveiro supported the project with stereo corrections and compositing work.
Anthony Geffen, Producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions commented, “Conquest of the Skies builds on all the storytelling and technology that we have been developing on these programmes with David over the last 5 years. ONSIGHT has played an integral role in this journey, creating solutions and delivering our productions, using SGO Mistika, to the highest standard.”
Previous Attenborough productions in collaboration with Atlantic Productions and Sky that also involved Mistika include David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive and Flying Monsters, both of which have won the BAFTA for Specialist Factual, as well as acclaimed Micro Monsters, Galapagos, Kingdom of Plants and The Bachelor King. David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies’ three episodes aired at the beginning of this year, followed by a special, The Making of David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies on Sky 1 HD. Visit the official website here www.conquestoftheskies.com
Creative Week has now drawn to a successful end. Thursday’s HD and Beyond sessions opened interesting debates about 4K and once again SGO was in the spotlight at a key London event about a hot topic within the creative community.
Geoff Mills, Director of Global Sales and Operations of the SGO Group spoke on the Post Perspective panel yesterday, where he made salient points about 4K positively impacting the market and how Mistika is already streets ahead of the resolution revolution. With Will Strauss as Chair, Geoff shared the discussion with ONSIGHT’s Post Production Supervisor Rik Tester and The Farm’s Technical Director and MD Dave Klafkowski. The topic covered how both The Farm and ONSIGHT have already embraced 4K a while back using Mistika. The Farm had worked the Kudos/C4 drama Utopia in 5K and ONSIGHT completed many 4K projects that include Walking With Dinosaurs, Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front and David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, all with Mistika’s advanced 4K capabilities. “We find solutions for our customers that they can use, not only for today, but also for tomorrow.” Geoff stated and reaffirmed that Mistika’s diverse and versatile creative toolset is not restricted to 4K and is already able to provide for 8K post production pipelines. A session dedicated to David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, which recently won a BAFTA award, followed the panel.
With Mistika technology at the helm, SGO’s Senior Product Application Specialist Sam Sheppard was also present at the event in a prime position to discuss the future and Mistika to delegates throughout the day.
Sir David Attenborough is the only person to have received a BAFTA in five formats, black and white, colour, HD, 3D and now 4K.
SGO’s Mistika was used at London’s ONSIGHT in David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (3D) which has just reaped a coveted BAFTA TV Award in the Specialist Factual Category. Produced by Colossus Productions, a joint venture between Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D, Mistika technology played a major role in post at ONSIGHT in the exceptional project.
The Precision Grading Panel for SGO Mistika has proven to be a big hit at the National Association of Broadcaster’s Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas this April. Within hours of the show opening, pioneering London facilities company ONSIGHT placed an order for two Precision Panels to help drive their state-of-the-art Mistika grading and finishing suites in 4K, 3D and HD. They will be installed at the company’s stunning new WC2 premises by St Martins Lane, which also includes 4K projection.
The Precision Panel from Digital Vision provides a high-end grading control surface to match Mistika’s market-leading post production features.
Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT said, “With our dedication to new techniques, the ONSIGHT team quickly recognised that the Precision Panels will complement our existing Mistika offering and the skills of our creatives. Mistika clearly continues to advance its toolset and offer reliability, further cementing our long-term partnership with SGO.”
Geoff Mills, Director of SGO’s Global Sales and Operations confirmed, “Mistika already plays a major role in ONSIGHT’s entire production pipeline. Their decision to order the Precision Panels to enhance their high-end Mistika suites is an indication of their commitment to SGO, as they expand and continue to provide cutting-edge post production services for their clients.”
ONSIGHT’s recent credits include Peter Gabriel’s Back to Front in 4K (for Done and Dusted/Real World/Eagle Rock Entertainment) and BAFTA-nominated David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D (for Colossus Productions). One of the team’s current projects is Walking With Dinosaurs (for BBC Earth).
ONSIGHT is a pioneering facilities company, providing production and post production services for film and television. With 25 years’ experience, the team has developed a unique end-to-end solution, comprising the latest in cameras and equipment rental through to full post production. From Shepperton Studios, the camera division supplies bespoke packages, involving digital cameras, lenses, accessories and guidance. While the award-winning post department, based in London, provides digital film, TV, Giant Screen and editing solutions, fully supported. The ONSIGHT team helps clients design, execute and ultimately, create stunning content for any screen in HD, 3D, 4K and beyond.
Visit them at www.onsight.co.uk
Press Release Date: 30 April 2014, London, UK
Mistika is a 3D Vision at Vision3
“Our reason for purchasing a Mistika system is to improve our ability to supervise the stereo on the Native, VFX and Conversion 3D projects that we work on, particularly studio productions such as “Gravity” which I recently finished supervising for Warner Brothers and which premièred at the Venice Film Festival. The film is an indication of the sort of high-end calibre projects we will be putting Mistika to work on, doing the Stereo 3D format full justice.”
Chris Parks, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Stereo Supervisor
“It is important that Stereo 3D can be handled as efficiently as possible in post, to encourage programme makers to embrace the medium. Mistika is an important tool when it comes to making this a reality.”
Angus Cameron, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Post Stereographer
Soho, London, 21 October 2013 – In a move to further expand their capabilities, Vision3 has invested in a Mistika post production system from SGO to offer clients an advanced 3D post production pipeline for high level cinema productions in London. Vision3 now hosts a state-of-the-art cinema suite with Mistika and their bespoke shot management and workflow system integrated with SGO’s technology. This will enable Vision3 to further develop the creative and narrative set-up that is the hallmark of their approach. Vision3 specialises in stereography within numerous fields of expertise such as studio and independent feature films, high-end natural history documentaries, IMAX, unique special events and commercials.Chris Parks, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Stereo Supervisor possesses both technical and creative stereoscopic experience spanning more than 20 years, with skills that encompass the full range of 3D expertise including direction, production, specialist film and special visual effects, from storyboarding through to production, post production and delivery. Chris states “Our reason for purchasing a Mistika system is to improve our ability to supervise the stereo on the Native, VFX and Conversion 3D projects that we work on, particularly studio productions such as Gravity which I recently finished supervising for Warner Brothers and which premièred at the Venice Film Festival. The film is an indication of the sort of high-end calibre projects we will be putting Mistika to work on, doing the Stereo 3D format full justice.”
Founding Partner and Post Stereographer Angus Cameron founded Vision3 with Chris Parks in 2008 and has over 20 years of industry experience in VFX supervision, project management, digital pipeline development and creative and technical consultancy.
He says “I have always been impressed with Mistika’s stereo capabilities. Vision3 embracing Mistika makes sense allowing us to better interface with the numerous VFX and DI companies that we work with.”Angus expands further with recent Mistika-related project examples “We recently worked on Inside the Mind of Leonardo an IWC Media feature documentary for Sky, as well as the BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters with David Attenborough a key 3D programme for BSkyB that had to be produced to the highest possible standard. Vision3 are again working with Colossus Productions, supervising the stereo on the upcoming David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive where the Vision3 team will again be working closely with ONSIGHT. The toolset Mistika provides, in particular the Stereo 3D options, makes it the most powerful and interactive tool on the market when it comes to tackling high quality projects. It is important that Stereo 3D can be handled as efficiently as possible in post, to encourage programme makers to embrace the medium. Mistika is an important tool when it comes to making this a reality.”
SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations, Geoff Mills confirms “The team at Vision3 demand the very best leading-edge solutions and Mistika is the perfect fit for them. Mistika provides not only a system they can tailor to their specific pipeline and toolset needs, but it also strengthens further the relationship with SGO, required as their business expands into new areas. With their well-respected presence in London, Vision3 set a great example of native and converted Stereo 3D excellence, and we are delighted that they have invested in our award winning technology.”
The landscape of shooting in 3D is rapidly changing and evolving, and Vision3 are leaders of intelligent 3D methodologies and productions. Vision3 acts as the bridge between emerging stereoscopic technology and film and television productions shooting in 3D. Vision3’s vision is that shooting in 3D should be idea-led, embracing the innovative set of narrative tools now available to directors and creative teams. Vision3 plays an integral role in pre-production where the company’s stereographers and producers work closely with productions from the early concept stage, ensuring 3D is used to create original, exciting and fully immersive 3D productions. Vision3’s stereographers and stereo teams have years of on-set practical experience working seamlessly alongside traditional 2D camera teams with a dynamic “tools for the job” philosophy ensuring the project and production schedules are not compromised by technology and that creativity is not stifled in the process. Vision3 holds a firm belief in the value of carrying a stereographers vision from set, into post production ensuring quality of the final product. They also offer bespoke and unbiased advice on suitable equipment, providing efficient and individually designed production workflow.
Other high profile projects Vision3 have worked on include ‘Jack The Giant Slayer‘ (Warner Bros.), ‘‘World War Z’ (Paramount) and ‘John Carter’ (Disney). Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Warner Bros. production Gravity is due for cinema release in the UK on 8th November 2013. The ambitious, edge-of-your-seat Sci-Fi thriller features Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, with over 80% of audiences choosing to see it in 3D, the highest percentage ever, beating both Avatar and Life of Pi. Vision3’s Chris Parks acted as the film’s Stereo Supervisor overseeing stereo work from Framestore, with additional Post Conversion Sequences at Prime Focus. “Alfonso wanted to ensure 3D remained at the heart of the project from its inception. Throughout the production process we were able to use 3D in new and innovative ways, to take audiences to a place that they have never been before. In this film, we were really able to utilise 3D to change the audience’s emotions and draw them deep into the experience of the lead characters,” states Chris.
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“We have been users of Mistika for a long time. It continues to help us meet increasing and complex requirements in DI and Stereo 3D productions with impressive and importantly, real-time results. …Updating our Mistika facilities was vital for the benefit of our creative and technical teams, in order to keep delivering high quality and time sensitive material.”
Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT