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Keeping standards high

24th April, 2008

Distributors are finding that they need to keep a closer eye on the quality of masters in a world of HD production.

There’s little doubt that the business of programme distribution has gotten more complicated over the last few years. While on the one hand high quality HD formats are becoming standard, delivery requirements are anything but, differing not just from territory to territory but from client to client. The result has been a surge in demand for technical advice about HD by programme distribution companies.

Leon Jean Marie P2 promo

07th April, 2008

Expert advice was what Bikini film director Andy Soup needed when he decided to use Panasonic’s P2 tapeless system for the first time, on a music video shoot for artist Leon Jean Marie.

“The concept was to get all the props and furniture in Leon’s studio to move in time to the music Fantasia-style, switching between locked off live action shots and stop frame animation, using P2’s ability to switch between individual frames and live action,” says Soup, who visited Onsight with several members of his production team to discuss the workings of the Panasonic HVX200 cameras, storage and inputting onto MacBook and editing on Final Cut Pro.

Make Believe. Not War.

04th April, 2008

Son of Rambow is a project that Hammer & Tongs (Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith) worked on for some years. Its development was interrupted when they were asked to make The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and is their second major feature film. 

The story is set during a long English summer in the early 80's where two boys are about to form an unlikely friendship. Will Proudfoot has been brought up in a strictly religious household, forbidden to watch TV or listen to music. But after Lee Carter, the school trouble-maker blows Will's mind with a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood, Will is easily persuaded to act in Lee's home-made movie sequel. Armed with only a camera 'borrowed' from Lee's brother and their limitless imagination, the pair plot stunt after stunt, dodging teachers and family all the way, as they do whatever it takes to finish their masterpiece in time to enter it into the national Screen Test competition.

Sony to launch the PDW-700 camera

16th March, 2008

High definition solutions provider On Sight is to become the first hire company in the UK to take delivery of the new Sony XDCAM HD PDW-700 camcorder.

Billed as one of the best cameras ever produced by Sony, the latest XDCAM camcorder is set to cause quite a stir when it arrives. 

First UK Live Transmission in 3D

12th March, 2008

The first live-by-satellite 3D sports broadcast - of Scotland versus England from Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon - was a small but significant critical triumph in the history of moving pictures with rugby players in them. I have seen the future of big-event sports broadcasting and it wears funny plastic glasses and sits in the dark with its mouth wide open.

BBC Resources, in collaboration with a consortium including Axis Films, chose last weekend to trial a televisual experience intended to be several notches more immersive than you might get at home over a mug of tea and a hazelnut Boaster.