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Earth: One Amazing Day coming to a cinema near you Date: 6th September, 2017

Earth: One Amazing Day celebrates our planet for all its wonders, beauty and dangers. Over the course of one day, the film follows the lives of different animal species, starting with the sun rising over the mountains and going to different locations until the sun sets on a remote island. The film highlights how every day on Earth is filled with more amazing events than we can possibly imagine.


Capturing nature and its inhabitants in their natural habitats, Earth: One Amazing Day uses the perfect combination of storytelling and cutting-edge technology. The film uses 4k resolution, creating sharp and…

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Existence - The true story of how an ordinary Chinese boy became a superstar Date: 1st September, 2017

Existence tells the story of how Chinese pop star Wang Feng rose to the top of the Chinese musical charts and became a pop-rock sensation in his home country. His 2009 album Belief Flies in the Wind won him an award as the Most Popular Male Singer on the Chinese Mainland.


The director, Maxwell Sanderson, met the Chinese musician three years ago when Sanderson’s team was hired by Wang to record his 2014 concert tour. Wang and Sanderson discussed the idea for Existence after seeing all the extra footage the director had shot while spending time with…

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Wild Africa 3D and Amazon Adventure are finalists at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Date: 16th August, 2017

Wild Africa 3D is up for Best Theatrical Film and Amazon Adventure is nominated for Best Original Score at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Missouri, USA. The festival, which happens once every two years during a 6-day summit at the Jackson Lake Lodge, awards excellence amongst wildlife films. More than 150 preliminary judges reviewed over 600 submissions to determine the 2017 finalists.


Amazon Adventure tells the epic story of explorer Henry Bates 11-years journey through the amazing Amazon rainforest as a young man, while Wild Africa 3D takes the audience on a spectacular journey across,…

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Into the Inferno has been shortlisted for the Grierson Awards Date: 4th August, 2017

Into the Inferno is nominated for the prestigious Grierson Awards in the category of Best Natural History Documentary. The Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The event focuses on recognising documentaries from Britain and other countries that demonstrate quality, integrity, and originality.


Into the inferno, a documentary about active volcanoes around the world was directed by Werner Herzog and premiered in September of 2016 at the Telluride Film Festival. The film is now available for streaming on Netflix.  


Onsight contributed to the offline preparation of this documentary, providing services in…

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition - Their Mortal Remains Date: 25th May, 2017

Onsight is proud to have been working alongside the One Fifteen and Hipgnosis teams to assist with the successful unveiling of Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, which is on exhibition at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.


It is the first major international retrospective of Pink Floyd, one of the world’s most pioneering and influential bands. To mark 50 years since the band released their first single Arnold Layne over 200 million record sales ago. The Pink Floyd experience is a spectacular and unparalleled audio-visual journey through Pink Floyd’s unique and extraordinary worlds; chronicling the music, design, and staging…

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Pear Cider and Cigarettes nominated for Best Animated Short Oscar Date: 24th January, 2017

From Passion Pictures and Executive Producer Cara Speller comes the first animated short from acclaimed graphic novelist Robert Valley. It tells the tale of a charismatic but self-destructive friend living on the edge. The brutally honest story of Robert’s turbulent relationship with a friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home. This is a 32 minutes animated film that takes place over the course of 25 years. The following excerpt from the film best explains what the story is about.


“Drink and…

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Amazing World of Gumball BAFTA Success Date: 9th January, 2017

The Amazing World of Gumball was the big winner at the Children's BAFTAs where the TV show took home two awards.

The animated series about a cat named Gumball Watterson won Best Writer and Best Animation.


It brought the Cartoon Network series to an all-time total to eight BAFTAs - having won four times in both categories.

Rapper Doc Brown hosted the ceremony, which took place at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London.

The Amazing World of Gumball is onlined by editors Matt Pamplin and Maggie Maciejczek at Onsight.

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Into The Inferno - A Netflix Original Date: 10th December, 2016

With stunning views of eruptions and lava flows, Werner Herzog captures the raw power of volcanoes and their ties to indigenous spiritual practices. Andre Singers’ Spring Films produced the film and Onsight contributed to the offline preparation for this documentary, providing services in data wrangling, audio synching and a remote rushes logging system.


Into The Inferno is a Netflix Original that is available to view now on the streaming service. Viewers have been awed by Herzog’s unusual style and the stunning 4K shots of active volcanoes, accumulating several five star reviews, including those quoted below:


“Excellent, thought provoking…

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XV - Beyond the Tryline Date: 29th November, 2016

XV Beyond The Tryline takes you behind the scenes to understand what the sport of Rugby means to everyone who touches the game.


With the backdrop and access point of the Rugby World Cup, it's a unique look at the big sport that's built around a big family of characters; from player, coach, referee, fan, groundsman, physio, parent, and even a Prince. What is it about the sport that unites us? What is it about the sport that drives such passion?


With captivating and rare insight from the likes of Prince Harry, Jonny Wilkinson, Dan Carter and Eddie…

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Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1965-1972 Date: 9th November, 2016

Over the last year ONSIGHT has collaboration with Pink Floyd Music Ltd in the creation of The Early Years 1965–1972 compilation box set released on 11 November 2016.

The set includes seven volumes with CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, vinyl, and memorabilia. It contains early non-album singles plus unreleased studio and live recordings. 11+ hours of Audio (130+ tracks) & 14+ hours of Audio/Visual material including 20+ previously unreleased songs, 7+ hours of previously unreleased live audio performances, 5+ hours of rare concert footage, along with 5 7” singles in replica sleeves, collectable memorabilia, feature films & 
new sound mixes. BBC Radio…

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Feature Film 'Alleycats' Starring Eleanor Tomlinson, posted at ONSIGHT Date: 5th October, 2016

A fast paced thriller from Elephant Gun Films and Fyzz Facility, Alleycats is a story of murder and blackmail set against the underground world of illegal bike racing on the streets of London. When bike courier Chris stumbles upon the illicit affairs of a corrupt politician (John Hannah), his first instinct is to run. But he and his friends are soon drawn back into a world of power and corruption that puts them all in danger.


The story for Alleycats first appeared seven years ago in the first draft of a script by director Ian Bonhote and writer Max…

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Satisfaction guaranteed with ONSIGHT and Rolling Stones Exhibitionism Date: 22nd April, 2016

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism

Saatchi Gallery, London

April 5th – September 4th 2016

An exciting addition to London’s museum scene this summer is Rolling Stones Exhibitionism. This fully immersive multimedia experience celebrates the 50 year career of one of the greatest bands of all time. Onsight is delighted to be contributing to this piece of music history.


Spread across nine galleries and two floors, Exhibitionism contains memorabilia from the band’s own archive, as well as contributions from private collectors and recreations of significant places in Rolling Stones history.


Onsight’s contribution comes as the exhibition’s finale. After…

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'Dogs Might Fly' with the help of ONSIGHT Date: 22nd February, 2016

A brand new factual series is coming to Sky, examining the extraordinary ability of canines to delight dog lovers and viewers alike.  ONSIGHT is the facility provider for full post production and camera rental, helping the team to ask the ultimate question: could a dog fly a plane?


Produced by award-winning natural history specialist Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) and Group M Entertainment, Dogs Might Fly sees experts and scientists put breathtaking challenges to twelve carefully selected rescue dogs from Britain.  They reveal results that cover communication and reasoning to memory and intelligence.  ONSIGHT is pleased to be…

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Critically acclaimed 'Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini' reaches cinemas Date: 1st February, 2016

In 2015, operatic star Jonas Kaufmann received five encores and over 40 minutes of applause for his highly revered Puccini recital at Milan’s La Scala, the home of Italian opera.  Cinema audiences worldwide can now experience this major event as a concert film and documentary, posted at ONSIGHT.

Directed by Brian Large and produced by Arts Alliance, Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini showcases Puccini classics, such as ‘Nessun Dorma’, Kaufmann himself on the famed composer and rare archive footage. ONSIGHT performed picture post with Senior Colourist Max Horton, adding to the team’s ever increasing music credits.

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ONSIGHT projects rewarded at Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards Date: 28th January, 2016

Last night in Hollywood, the Advanced Imaging Society honoured a number of ONSIGHT clients and projects at its Creative Arts Awards from Warner Bros. Studios.  The team congratulates everyone involved!


The prestigious Sir Charles Wheatstone Award went to BBC Earth for its 3D natural history feature films and giant screen productions.  As a leader in stereoscopuc 3D and 4K/giant screen, ONSIGHT has been a key collaborator on many BBC projects, including Tiny Giants, Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistorc Planet and most recently, Wild Africa. Read the full news here


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Tracey Ullman returns to BBC Date: 11th January, 2016

Tracey Ullman's Show is a brand new series and marks the award-winning entertainer's return to the BBC after many years in the US.  ONSIGHT's Cameras reunites with BBC Comedy and DoP Martin Hawkins, providing full cameras and equipment.


The six-parter showcases Tracey Ullman's unique sense of comedy, based on well recognised people such as Dame Judi Dench and Angela Merkel.  Plus, there are guest star appearances, starting with Rupert Grint.  "It's a privilege to be doing this," said Ullman about the BBC One series. "I still feel as inspired to inhabit people as I did when I was six,…

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ONSIGHT goes 'Wild Africa' for giant screen & dome formats Date: 4th January, 2016

One of our latest ventures into 4K and giant screen filmmaking is Wild Africa, now out in cinemas worldwide.  The Post division teamed up again with BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films to help deliver the immersive 3D experience.

The considerable services included digital remastering and deliverables for the giant screen theatrical version, in addition to reformatting for the 15/70 dome filmout.


Narrated by Helen Bonham Carter, audiences are taken on a spectacular ride across the dramatic landscapes and habitats of Africa.  Click here to watch the trailer and find out more.

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ONSIGHT is part of the 'Legacy - The 2015 Rugby World Cup' Date: 18th December, 2015

World Rugby declared England 2015 the biggest and best Rugby World Cup ever.  This new film captures and examines the record-breaking tournament with archive footage, special sequences and interviews.


The ONSIGHT team has been providing picture post, including the grade by Senior Colourist Max Horton, as well as the AMIRA camera and equipment for Finite Films.  It will be prime-time viewing over the festive season on Sunday 27 December at 8PM, ITV4.




The story of the tournament, as told through the eyes of a number of different people including Eddie Jones, Jonny Wilkinson, Sean Fitzpatrick,…

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'FlySpy', a hybrid VR experience Date: 17th December, 2015

FlySpy is a dark, innovative short from Flat Cap Films, Talesmith and BAFTA-winning Director Daniel M. Smith. It is a hybrid VR experience, combining 2D live action with 360 capture. ONSIGHT is delighted to have supported the unique project from shoot to post.


In the film, a young genius deviant uses a radio controlled fly with a camera in its head to spy on his ex-girlfriend. 2D and 360-degree camera equipment plus picture post was provided by the ONSIGHT team, including Senior Colourist Max Horton.


Two versions were delivered - a traditional theatrical delivery and one for viewing…

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Festive programmes with kit from ONSIGHT Date: 17th December, 2015

After ongoing suppport on Toast of London, the camera team continues to provide camera, lenses and equipments on various high profile comedies with the latest scheduled to TX during the festive period.  Here's a few to get you in the spirit!


Professor Branestawm Returns

BBC Comedy

DoP Nick Dance BSC

ARRI Alexas with Cooke S4s - a full camera and grip package

Christmas Eve at 5.20PM, BBC1


Tez Ilyas’s Christmas

Baby Cow Productions

DoP Nicola Daley

ARRI AMIRA and Ultra Primes

Christmas Day at 10PM, Sky Arts


Still Open All Hours

BBC Comedy

DoP Pete Edwards

Sony F55s…

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Award-winning 'Toast of London' uses ONSIGHT Cameras once more Date: 18th November, 2015

BAFTA-winning Toast of London is back with Series 3 and since the pilot days, Production continues to use cameras and equipment from ONSIGHT.


The team has been working with Objective Productions and DoP Pete Edwards to capture Steven Toast’s (played by Matt Berry) next comedy moments, as he handles being a middle aged actor with a chequered past.  With some welcome faces new and old, including Jon Hamm and Doon Mackichan respectively, Channel 4’s latest series promises to be full of surprises starts Wednesday 18 November at 10.30PM.

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'The Martian' sky rockets to top of box office Date: 8th October, 2015

Ridley Scott’s The Martian was always going to be hotly anticipated, but now it has also made the top of the international box office. The ONSIGHT team is delighted to have worked with 20th Century Fox to support both production and post production.


Based on Andy Weir’s much praised novel, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after he is left behind during a manned mission to Mars that goes wrong. Watney’s strength and ingenuity enables him to signal to Earth, where NASA and international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crew plots an…

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ONSIGHT wins Hollywood award for VR Date: 1st October, 2015

ONSIGHT has been awarded a Hollywood award by the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) for its virtual reality (VR) system. The 6th Annual 2015 Technology and New Products Awards took place at Paramount Pictures Studios on 30 September and acknowledges high technical achievement in the industry.


“This year’s honorees reflected the changing nature of media and entertainment,” said Society Awards Chair, Buzz Hays, Studio Chief, True Image Company. “Virtual Reality, light field image capture, faster software and game platform advancements are taking VR into the market quickly,” he stated.


The team received a Lumiere statuette…

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ONSIGHT nominated for VR at AIS' Technology & New Product Awards Date: 18th September, 2015

ONSIGHT is thrilled to be nominated at the 6th annual Technology & New Product Awards by the Advanced Imaging Society.  We are being recognised for technology in virtual reality - a natural addition to our services, following the team's innovations in stereo 3D and 4K.

The Lumiere Award nomination covers ONSIGHT's Compact High Resolution 360-degree Live Action Capture System.  The Society's President Jim Chabin remarked, "These awards are our industry’s opportunity to shine the spotlight on game-changing and disruptive technologies which are changing the entertainment industry’s content creation landscape, including High Dynamic Range, VR, UHD, 3D, and…

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ONSIGHT agrees VariCam deal at IBC'15 Date: 14th September, 2015

Our long-standing relationship with Panasonic and the VariCam continues.  See the latest in Panasonic's press release below.






ONSIGHT’s camera division has agreed a deal at IBC 2015 to take shipment of the Panasonic VariCam 35, for a forthcoming feature film project.

The camera was bought from WTS Broadcast and financed by Five Arrows Media Finance Limited.

Simon Craddock, ONSIGHT’s CEO, said, “As the company that bought the first tape VariCam many years ago, we are proud to see the legacy continue with the purchase of a VariCam 35.

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BBC's 'Girls Can Code' facilitated by ONSIGHT from shoot to post Date: 14th September, 2015

As part of BBC's Make It Digital season comes a new talent show, Girls Can Code.  Radio 1's Alice Levine and millionaire entrepreneur Alex Depledge follow five selfie-taking girls as they develop their skillsets in a male dominated digital world.  ONSIGHT provided camera and equipment services as well as picture and sound post.


The extensive post production has consisted of the offline, online, grade by Andy Lee, audio and AS-11 delivery for Nutshell TV. 


See the girls pitch a tech business idea to the best of the UK tech industry.  Episode 1 airs tonight on BBC Three at 9PM and…

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ONSIGHT plays a part in 'Building Jerusalem' Date: 25th August, 2015

Updated: 18th September, 2015


Alongside this year's Rugby World Cup comes Building Jerusalem, a new feature documentary that revisits the England rugby team's glorious campaign in 2003.  New Black Films tells the extraordinary story through never before seen material, match footage and special interviews with Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward and the likes, using picture and sound post from ONSIGHT.

The film is directed by James Erskine (The Battle of the Sexes) and produced by Victoria Gregory (Senna).  "We had a very positive experience at ONSIGHT and continue to work together with good reason."  James, also…

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New feature 'Two Down' rewarded at festivals Date: 17th August, 2015

Dark comedy thriller Two Down is a new acclaimed feature from Fizz and Ginger Films, involving Executive Producers Stephen Fry and Derek Jacobi, with cameras and post from ONSIGHT.


It tells the story of a hit man in London, inspired by films of the 1970s, revealing deception and unlikely friendships in his final hours.  Working with director Matthew Butler and Producer/Actress Tori Hart, the ONSIGHT team provided Sony cameras, the online, the grade in Resolve by Matt Pamplin as well as deliverables.


This summer, the film was awarded Best UK Film at the Manchester International Film…

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ONSIGHT appoints Marie Valentino as Senior Post Producer Date: 10th August, 2015

We are pleased to welcome Marie Valentino as Senior Post Producer.  She brings over 15 years of post production experience to the role, predominantly within feature film deliveries and operations.


Some of her high profile projects include the recently completed The Man Who Knew Infinity (Animus Films/Edward R. Pressman Film/Firecracker Entertainment), Vampire Academy (The Weinstein Company), The March (Smoking Dogs Films) and currently at ONSIGHT, she is involved in Ten Billion (Oxford Film and Television).


Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT, remarks, “Marie joining the team reinforces our commitment to providing clients with a seamless and welcoming service. Her…

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BBC Proms, in its 120th year, chooses ONSIGHT's Edit Rental again Date: 3rd August, 2015

Celebrating its 120th year, the BBC Proms is back for 8 weeks of concerts and events for all ages and it comes to a crescendo with the Last Night of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall on 12 September.  ONSIGHT is present at this globally esteemed classical music festival for a second year, working alongside our long-time collaborator OB company NEP Visions.


The Edit Rental team has provided pre production planning to meet the logistical challenges, a full install and continues with 24 hour support, revolving around Avid systems with Interplay and ISIS.


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'Swilly Girl', one of the first UK dramas shot on Panasonic's VariCam 35 & posted in 4K at ONSIGHT Date: 27th July, 2015

Given our long history with the VariCam cameras as well as our shoot to post experience in 4K, we were only too happy to be involved in one of the first UK dramas to be filmed on Panasonic's new VariCam 35 - Swilly Girl. ONSIGHT was one of the first facility companies to test and supply this anticipated 4K camera.

The crime thriller in development is written and directed from BAFTA-Award Winner Peter Nicholson, working alongside his long-time collaborator, BAFTA nominated DoP Nick Dance BSC.  Peter Nicholson describes it as, "a Plymouth based crime thriller about a girl,…

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Idris Elba's 'King For A Term' premieres this summer Date: 5th June, 2015

Updated: 10th July, 2015


Idris Elba returns to the small screen with a poignant story he has written and directed - King For A Term. Produced by Sprout Pictures, the Playhouse Presents will now air 9 July on Sky Arts. ONSIGHT is the picture and audio post provider.


Described as, “funny, playful, personal and yet wholly accessible to anyone who has ever felt like a bit of an outsider”, the new comedy/drama is based on Elba’s childhood in Hackney, following a young boy who suddenly starts at a school that includes kids with learning difficulties.


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'Ballot Monkeys' gets ONSIGHT's vote Date: 27th April, 2015

Described as ‘a darkly satirical look at the general election’, Ballot Monkeys is a new Channel 4 sitcom from Hat Trick Productions and the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey. ONSIGHT is the chosen camera facilities provider on this exciting show that includes filming on the day of transmission to guarantee up to the minute jokes.


The 5 x 30 minute series revolves around the various campaign buses of the main parties, Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP, drawing on the real antics and developments reported during this election year.  Celebrated writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin’s…

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ONSIGHT facilitates BAFTA nominated & award-winning work Date: 8th April, 2015

Updated: 11th May, 2015


Today saw the nominations announced for the BAFTA Television Awards, recognising the best programmes from the small screen in 2014. ONSIGHT is the proud facility provider on 2 of the shortlisted titles.


David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies 3D is nominated for the prestigious Huw Wheldon Award - Best Specialist Factual.  For this landmark series, ONSIGHT partnered with Colossus Productions on the shoot through to post, making it the company's seventh Attenborough collaboration with Atlantic Productions and Sky.  The team has now gained 3 nominations in this category over the last five years…

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'Draw on Sweet Night' uses ONSIGHT from shoot to post & opens in cinemas Date: 23rd March, 2015

Updated: 19th July, 2015


Capriol Films’ new feature Draw on Sweet Night chronicles the intriguing life of composer John Wilbye, overlayed by his music and cutting to singers in the present day.  After supporting the Alexa shoot, ONSIGHT is the picture post provider and delighted to hear it opens in cinemas from 7 September.


The team's newest Senior Colourist Max Horton has been liaising with Director Tony Britten and DoP Phil Wood throughout the grade to reflect the different periods, involving a 16th century country setting to…

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ONSIGHT returns to GSCA's next international event - 2015 Film Expo & Filmmaker Symposium Date: 2nd March, 2015

The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is holding its next international Film Expo on 9-10 March in Los Angeles. ONSIGHT will be present as a member of the organisation and having facilitated several of the featured new films from shoot to post.

These consist of Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D and Tiny Giants 3D for BBC Earth as well as Museum Alive! (working title), Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland and Penguins 3D for Atlantic Productions.


With ONSIGHT's reputation as the go-to company in the UK for giant…

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Award-winning 'Earth A New Wild' comes to the UK this March as 'Man And The Wild' Date: 27th February, 2015

Earth A New Wild is a new natural history series, combining spectacular wildlife images with compelling human stories.   In March, it premieres to UK audiences on Nat Geo Wild as Man And The Wild.  ONSIGHT provided extensive post production services throughout.   


Working with Passion Planet and Series Producer David Allen, ONSIGHT managed the picture post over several months from offline Mac Avid facilities to the online in FCP and the grade in Mistika. The ONSIGHT team also provided HD reversionings for PBS and National Geographic. 


In the episodes, Dr. M. Sanjayan takes us to the frontiers…

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Max Horton joins ONSIGHT as Senior Colourist Date: 4th February, 2015

ONSIGHT adds to its creative team by hiring colourist Max Horton. Joining as Senior Colourist, Max’s industry renowned grading skills make him an exciting addition to the company.


Max has recently collaborated with ONSIGHT on AC/DC: Rock or Bust for Serpent Productions and the upcoming Elaine Paige I'm Still Here 50th Anniversary Concert Live from Royal Albert Hall (picture inset) for Nineteen Fifteen. His credits include Effie Gray, Gravity, Black Mirror, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Shaun of the Dead and Pride & Prejudice.


CEO of ONSIGHT Simon Craddock says, “We are thrilled to have Max on board. His talent…

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ONSIGHT provides shoot to post facilities on its 7th Attenborough project, the new 'Conquest of the Skies' Date: 31st December, 2014

Updated 8th January, 2015


ONSIGHT is the proud provider of cameras and picture post in 4K, HD, 3D and 2D for Colossus Productions’ new landmark series Conquest of the Skies (3D) - the facility’s seventh David Attenborough collaboration with Atlantic Productions and Sky.


The Post division designed a 4K workflow and oversaw the media management, based on a variety of camera formats, including the Epic as provided by ONSIGHT's camera team.  There was also a mixture of shooting techniques, such as a 3D-Epic equipped Octocopter by Digital Cinema Films with R&D from ONSIGHT. This captured incredible aerial footage in…

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ONSIGHT works on 'The Queen's Garden' from shoot to post Date: 12th December, 2014

ONSIGHT is the provider of cameras and picture post for Oxford Scientific Films’ new ITV series The Queen’s Garden. Alan Titchmarsh spends a whole year exploring a royal treasure, the Buckingham Palace Garden.

The film uses a variety of cutting edge camera methods for natural history. These include timelapse photography and infrared, overseen by lead DoP Robin Cox.  ONSIGHT supplied the principal camera, the RED Epic, with E mount lenses.


In post, the ONSIGHT team managed all of the media.  It involved a large amount of data when the shoot spanned a year, in order to…

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ONSIGHT is 'Marked' for Playhouse Presents' new film, starring Kiefer Sutherland Date: 10th December, 2014

Marked is a new Christmas Special, part of the successful Playhouse Presents strand from Sky Arts. Produced by Sprout Pictures, ONSIGHT provided the post production.


After hosting the offline, involving Avid kit from our Edit Rental team, ONSIGHT continued with the online and grade. Senior Colourist Andy Lee created a unique filmic look, in discussing the approach with established DoP Rodney Charters who chose the Alexa and Anamorphic lenses.  Lee particularly emphasised the reds and greens to help evoke the festive feel.  As Dubbing Mixer, Andy Coles performed the sound design, final mix and layback.



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Toast of London is back with kit from ONSIGHT Date: 3rd November, 2014

Rose D’or Award Winner Toast of London for Best Sitcom 2014 returns to Channel 4 for a second series this week. Produced by Objective Productions, it sees Steven Toast (Matt Berry) back in the heart of Soho’s theatre-land, doing his utmost to succeed as an actor with all his eccentricities. ONSIGHT has provided the cameras and equipment from the beginning.


The ONSIGHT team collaborated with DoP Pete Edwards again to capture the successful look and feel of the BAFTA and RTS-nominated comedy. Shot on location, the Canon C300 was selected for its mobility and dependability,…

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ONSIGHT supports GSCA's 2014 International Conference & Tradeshow Date: 17th September, 2014

As a leader in facilities for giant screen cinema, ONSIGHT is sponsoring the GSCA 2014 International Conference and Trade Show on September 20-23 in Toronto, Canada.


The 4-day event showcases new and developing projects as well as offering advice, demos and discussions for the industry. The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) advances the business of producing and presenting educational giant screen and immersive cinema experiences globally.


The ONSIGHT team is delighted to have provided shoot and post facilities for 3 films, featured at next week's event. They are Pandas: The Journey Home, Tiny Giants 3D and Walking…

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'Our World War' comes to ONSIGHT for camera solutions & starts this week Date: 7th August, 2014

Our World War is a new drama series for BBC Three, starting 7 August.  It is based on real stories of British soldiers during the First World War.  ONSIGHT is proud to have been involved by providing the camera facilities on this unique project, as part of the BBC's programming to commemorate the war's centenary.

Produced by BBC Productions, each episode reveals the conflicts faced by the soldiers, often from their perspectives. To achieve this, different camera methods were used, including POV shooting, to bring audiences closer to the action than ever before. ONSIGHT supplied varied…

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ONSIGHT is 'Here and Now' Date: 2nd July, 2014

Here and Now is a new British feature from Wrapt Films with a UK and Ireland film release of 4 July. ONSIGHT provided facilities from the shoot through to post.


This Alexa-shot coming of age drama is written and directed by Lisle Turner and stars two up and coming young actors, Lauren Johns and Andy Rush. The supporting cast includes Susan Lynch.




Loud Inner-city girl Grace doesn't want to spend a week in the country helping her parents save their marriage. Quiet country boy Say finds Grace both obnoxious and attractive. In the scenic grandeur of…

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Facilities company ONSIGHT appointed Official Partner to the Endure 6 Challenge Date: 15th June, 2014

ONSIGHT is pleased to be collaborating with the adventure lifestyle company Endure for six great causes. Find out more in the announcement below.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of award-winning facilities company ONSIGHT as Endure’s Official Partner to the Endure 6 Challenge.


The pioneering provider offers production and post production services for film and television. Based in Shepperton Studios and central London, the company supplies everything from the latest in cameras and equipment rental to full post production, all supported by their creative and technical teams.


With 25 years’ experience, ONSIGHT remain at the…

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ONSIGHT works on back to back documentaries for ITV Date: 2nd June, 2014

Updated: 29 July, 2015


Congratulations is added to Oxford Scientific Films and Director Barny Revill for Secret Life of Babies!  It made The Griersons' Shortlist 2015, the illustrious British Documentary Awards, for Best Science or Natural History Documentary.  See the full line-up so far and timetable of key announcements here.


Continuing our work on documentary projects, the ONSIGHT team has supplied the cameras, lenses and equipment on two back to back projects for Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) – the award-winning producer of contemporary factual, natural history, science and history production.


Secret Life of Cats…

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David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D wins a BAFTA for best Specialist Factual Date: 19th May, 2014

BAFTA’s Specialist Factual category has been won by David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive (3D) at last night’s esteemed Television Awards in London. ONSIGHT congratulates Colossus Productions and is proud to have played a substantial role in the extraordinary project from cameras through to post.


The film marks ONSIGHT’s sixth 3D Attenborough title with Atlantic Productions and Sky. The first collaboration was Flying Monsters 3D, which won the same award in 2011, making it the first 3D programme to win a BAFTA.


For Sir David Attenborough, it also signifies a first - he is the only person to…

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Borneo Shoot for 3D Flight Film Date: 12th May, 2014

Kit List Red Epics, Phantom Flex4K, Element Technica and PS Freestyle rigs, Octocopter


Atlantic's 3D production arm Colossus (Galapagos in 3D, pictured) has continued its partnership with facilities company ONSIGHT on David Attenborough's latest 3D special Conquest of the Skies.  The 11-month shoot for Sky and IMAX, which investigates the evolution of flight in insects and birds, started at the end of last year and has been in Borneo with ONSIGHT's Red Epics shooting in 5K paired with Element Technica Atom and PS Freestyle rigs.  High speed camera work has been with Phantom Flex4K cameras.


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ONSIGHT drives its Mistika Colour and Finishing Suites with Precision Grading Panels Date: 30th April, 2014

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.

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ONSIGHT relocates its post facility with a first in 4K projection Date: 16th April, 2014

Updated 22nd April, 2014

The ONSIGHT team moves from its home of almost 20 years in Berners Street, W1 to a central London facility off St Martin's Lane, WC2. The new "state-of-the-art" post production facility features both 4K and 3D projection suites.


With the team’s commitment to technologies and techniques, ONSIGHT will now offer clients a true 4K cinema viewing experience. This complements its existing creative and technical end-to-end solutions in the format.


ONSIGHT’s 4K projection room is being built around a new BARCO DP 4K projector, supplied by Sound Associates, the first of its kind…

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BAFTA Award nominations for projects facilitated by ONSIGHT, including 'David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive' Date: 7th April, 2014

We are proud to see a number ONSIGHT projects nominated in both the prestigious BAFTA Television Awards and Television Craft Awards 2014.

As announced on 7 April, David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive has been shortlisted in the category for Best Specialist Factual.  We congratulate Colossus Productions, Anthony Geffen and the team, including our staff involved from our camera and post production divisions.  This high profile film follows a successful run of productions with Sir David Attenborough, Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D.  ONSIGHT has been a part of their groundbreaking 3D journey from the beginning, starting with…

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ONSIGHT's CEO talks 4K at MIPtv Date: 10th March, 2014

Known for innovation and audience engagement, MIPtv in Cannes is taking place on 7-10 April 2014 and ONSIGHT is thrilled to be involved.


The team's CEO, Simon Craddock, will be speaking on two panels, focusing on 4K.  ONSIGHT offers the infrastructure required for 4K results, having been working in the format across cameras and post for a number of years.  


Session info:


'4K: The Proven Experts' on 7 April


'Screening: Live Events' on 9 April


Stay tuned for more info and visit the event's website above.

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'Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland' lands on the big screen Date: 3rd March, 2014

ONSIGHT continues its specialist work in the Giant Screen format with Galapagos 3D: Nature's Wonderland. Distributed by nWave Pictures in Europe and North America, it is a presentation from Colossus Productions in association with Sky 3D, written by the revered naturalist David Attenborough.


This is the first time the Galapagos archipelago has been shot in 4K 3D, using revolutionary technology.  ONSIGHT provided the camera solutions as well as post production.  The team is delighted to be involved from shoot to post and see the title featured at the 2014 GSCA Film Expo on Monday 24…

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ONSIGHT sponsors 3D Creative Summit for the second year Date: 24th February, 2014

The 3D Creative Summit returns to London and ONSIGHT is a proud sponsor again. On 12 and 13 March, the team is also involved in various sessions to share experiences, creating high-end 3D from production through to post production.


In its second year at the BFI Southbank, the event boasts prominent names in 3D film and television from around the world. They will provide an in-depth look at a selection of productions that set the bar and examine the 3D field and its place in the industry.


Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT, remarks, “With…

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British award-winning 'The Patrol' opens in cinemas from 7 February Date: 3rd February, 2014

Winner of the prestigious Film of the Festival (Feature) at Raindance 2013, The Patrol tells the story of a British Army patrol around 2006/7 in Afghanistan.  It is the first British feature to depict this war, opening in UK cinemas from 7 February.  ONSIGHT is delighted to be the project's facility provider for both cameras and post.


Tom Petch wrote and directed the film, focusing on the soldiers' point of views.  It is inpired by Petch's own army career and accompanying research.  The film has been praised for its authenticity and thought-provoking nature, highlighting real issues.  TOTAL FILM described…

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ONSIGHT helps to reveal BBC's 'Hidden Kingdoms' Date: 15th January, 2014

Hidden Kingdoms is the revealing, new series from the BBC Natural History Unit, which explores the worlds of tiny creatures across continents.  With the first episode airing on Thursday 16 January, ONSIGHT is thrilled to have provided 4K camera facilities.


The 3-part BBC One series demonstrates a new approach to natural history filmmaking, by adding drama and comedy to this educational format.  Based on real behaviour, some sequences involve reconstruction and camera solutions that shoot from the perspective of mice, beetles and the likes, in order to capture these tiny and fast lives.  The filming was extensive and logistically…

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ONSIGHT heads to CES and joins '2014: The Big Picture' Date: 6th January, 2014

The International CES tradeshow began today, presenting the latest consumer electronics and technology.  Given the team's commitment to innovation, including 3D development and 4K services, ONSIGHT is delighted to attend this year's event. Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT, joins a panel alongside industry colleagues and friends.         


Session details:


'2014: The Big Picture'

January 9, 2014, 10-10:50AM at LVCC, North Hall N264


Nine of the top 10 box office revenue giants in 2013 were 3D movies. How do billions in box office revenues translate into sales of CE products?…

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'David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive' receives a Royal Premiere & breathes its way to Sky on New Year's Day Date: 19th December, 2013

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive is the new groundbreaking film from Colossus Productions, a collaboration between Sky 3D and Atlantic Productions to produce innovative 3D projects. ONSIGHT is a proud facility partner, providing cameras and post for the project that sees the iconic presenter explore the museum, locked in at night to reveal a fascinating selection of extinct creatures brought back to life through CGI.


As part of the film's launch, London's landmark Natural History Museum hosted the world premiere on 11 December. The special night was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,…

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ONSIGHT looks after 'Topsy and Tim' on set Date: 19th December, 2013

Updated January 2014.


Topsy and Tim is the CBeebies’ first live action drama, produced by Darrall Macqueen. As the series’ camera facilitator, ONSIGHT congratulates Production on wrapping the shoot these past few days.


The production team wanted to make a show that would engage such a young audience and focus on the lead characters - five year-old twins. They therefore opted for a point-of-view filming style done from the children’s level. Everything was shot at a metre height and from a set especially built at Twickenham Studios, reflecting a real house location. ONSIGHT’s camera department supplied…

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ONSIGHT's CEO is a Keynote speaker at 3D Stereo MEDIA Summit 2013 Date: 29th November, 2013

The 3D Stereo MEDIA Summit (3DSM) is in its fifth year, running from 3 December 2013 in Liege, Belgium. As part of the Professional Conference (PCON), ONSIGHT is delighted that our CEO Simon Craddock is holding a Keynote speech on '3D For The Big Screen & Small Screen'.


With our reliable track record for 3D, the Keynote focuses on the team's experiences delivering results for Giant Screen and television. ONSIGHT has worked on a number of projects that push the boundaries of storytelling and technology. Simon looks at a selection of work from not only…

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'Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson' kicks off in cinemas, post produced at ONSIGHT Date: 20th November, 2013

Based on the hit stage play, Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson is a new film that revisits the memorable day when England took on Australia in the Rugby World Cup 2003.  Its theatrical release marks the 10-year anniversary of England’s victory on 22 November 2013.


ONSIGHT provided full post production on the project for Breakfast Films Limited, directed by Simon Sprackling and produced by Rob Perren. The team managed the data captured in South London, supplying DIT equipment and offline facilities. DoP Jonathan Iles says, “The film was shot using the RED Epic, giving us the ability to shoot 5K…

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ONSIGHT goes to 'Yonderland', Sky's new comedy from 10 November Date: 4th November, 2013

Yonderland is the new original comedy series, premiering on Sky 1 HD from Sunday 10 November. The fantasy adventure is from the stars of Horrible Histories and involves a host of puppets.  Produced by Working Title TV, ONSIGHT supplied the camera package to meet the filming requirements.




The story begins with Debbie dropping her five year old twins off for their first day of school. For the first time in five long years, she has her days entirely to herself, and by the time she’s cleaned the house from top…

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Channel 4's new British comedy is the 'Toast of London' Date: 31st October, 2013

New comedy Toast of London is currently showing on Channel 4, produced by Objective Productions. Having supplied the cameras for the successful pilot, seen as part of the broadcaster’s Funny Fortnight season in 2012, ONSIGHT also became the equipment provider for the commissioned series.


It follows Steven Toast, an aging actor that finds himself in a number of challenging situations both on and off the stage.


Liaising with DoP Pete Edwards and Objective Production’s Carla McGilchrist, ONSIGHT’s camera department provided Canon C300s with Zeiss Ultra Primes and ARRI Alura zooms plus accessories for the location based shoot.


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'Hercules: The Legend Begins' Official Trailer is released Date: 25th October, 2013

The official trailer has arrived this month for Hercules: The Legend Begins, formerly Hercules 3D (working title).  ONSIGHT is thrilled to see the full length trailer released, following our services on the project.


Our team provided a 3D shooting package for Miilennium Films.  Starring Kellan Lutz, the feature is directed by Renny Harlin and is planned for a release in 2014. 


For now, more info can be found here


Watch Hercules: The Legend Begins official trailer below.


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ONSIGHT is on 'The Patrol', a new feature premiering this week at Raindance Film Festival Date: 4th October, 2013

A new and exciting feature film, The Patrol, makes its world premiere on 4 October, having been selected for this year's 21st annual Raindance Film Festival. ONSIGHT provided both production and post production facilities and is thrilled to see the military action drama has secured a nomination at the festival for 'Best UK Film'.


Raindance Festival is one of the largest independent film festivals in Europe, running in London from 26 September to 6 October 2013. It highlights the best independent films and filmmakers from the UK.


The Patrol is written and directed by Tom Petch, concerning the conflict in Afghanistan…

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'Yonderland' coming soon Date: 27th September, 2013

Working Title TV is behind a new fantasy series called Yonderland, coming this autumn to Sky 1 HD. ONSIGHT is delighted to have supplied the camera solution.  


Written by and starring the lead cast of Horrible Histories, this eight-part comedy is already attracting attention.


Yonderland follows 33-year old mum Debbie Maddox who unexpectedly finds herself in an extraordinary world inhabited by a collection of eccentric (and usually idiotic) characters, some of whom happen to be puppets, with only an Elf by her side.


For a first look, visit http://sky1.sky.com/yonderland/yonderland-sneak-peek.  

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'Orbit Ever After' wins Grand Prix at Encounters, supported by ONSIGHT Date: 25th September, 2013

Orbit Ever After is the award-winning new short, written and directed by Jamie Stone. Having provided the film with a shooting package, we pass on a big congratulations to the team for receiving the Brief Encounters Grand Prix Award on 22 September at this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival. The project is produced through the BFI Shorts Scheme, managed by Lighthouse.


Our camera department worked closely with DoP Robin Whenary to provide the best set of equipment for the job. The Alexa and Ultra Prime lenses were selected for filmic quality…

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ONSIGHT is back to the wild with Pandas 3D in 4K Date: 9th September, 2013

Pandas 3D: Back To The Wild is the new film from Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) for Sky in association with CWCA & Wolong Panda Conservation Centre, National Geographic Channels, National Geographic Entertainment and CCTV9.  The ONSIGHT team is the proud facility provider for both cameras and post, following numerous collaborations with OSF.

Sky commissioned the 3D documentary film and it is the first film OSF has produced in the 4K format.  With ONSIGHT's experience in both 3D and 4K, we were on hand to manage the significant equipment and data throughout the entire production process.  Our camera…

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ONSIGHT's Colourist David Gonzalez Lozano selected for Broadcast 2013 Hot Shots Date: 22nd August, 2013

Congratulations to our Colourist and Online Editor, David Gonzalez Lozano, for being named one of the Broadcast 2013 Hot Shots!  It is terrific news for him and our post production team in Soho.


The entries focus on talented under-30s working in TV with established work to their name. Read the comments from this week's Broadcast magazine below.



David Gonzalez Lozano 28

Colourist and Online Editor, ONSIGHT


Following the colour grade of First, The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Director Caroline Rowland praised David for having "the rare ability to…

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New British feature 'Last Passenger' pulls into cinemas this autumn Date: 19th August, 2013

Last Passenger is a new suspense thriller, now due for release in cinemas from 18 October.  The British film revolves around a man and his young son, travelling home on the last train of the day when the journey takes a sudden turn for the worst.  It stars Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon. 


Shot at Shepperton Studios, where ONSIGHT's camera department is based, the team supplied Alex Plus equipment and editing solutions.  Here is our story at the time the shoot wrapped.


The project came together in a unique manner, led by the film's Writer and Director…

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ONSIGHT hits the road with The Hairy Bikers for a brand new show Date: 16th August, 2013

Recognised for their culinary ventures, the Hairy Bikers are back with a new special series. For the first time ever, they’re focus is not on food, but industrial heritage in The Hairy Bikers' Restoration Road Trip.


To capture the action, ONSIGHT’s camera department provided Canon EOS C300s over a number of weeks, using the EF Mount zoom lenses. The 3 x 60 episodes are produced by Arrow Media for the BBC.


Episode 1: The Bikers visit a Derbyshire coal mine and celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.


Episode 2: Dave and Si help to…

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Penguins 3D for Giant Screen, delivered by ONSIGHT Date: 12th August, 2013

Penguins 3D is a new film, produced by Atlantic Productions in association with Sky and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment. ONSIGHT provided full production facilities.  The film is available as 40- and 20-minute versions in 3D and 2D, 15-perf./70-mm, and digital in 4K and 2K.


Written and narrated by renowned naturalist and filmmaker David Attenborough, the film depicts the fortunes of a young male King Penguin on the sub-Antarctic island, known as Penguin City. Among six million penguins, he must earn his place, find a mate and raise a family.


It was shot in 4K 3D on location over…

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ONSIGHT provides shoot to post facilities for a special film, starring Ray Winstone Date: 5th August, 2013

Leading Hollywood and British actors, including Ray Winstone, Charles Dance, John Simm, Neil Stuke and Tamzin Outhwaite, have come together to be part of a short film with a twist. ONSIGHT was proud to support the unique project by providing cameras and equipment through to full post production.


The gripping drama is Father’s Day, which connects a group of characters in something big, to reveal just how they know each other - through prostate cancer.


An impressive line up of people was secured both behind and in front of the camera. The 18-minute film was co-produced by Neil…

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More award recognition across ONSIGHT projects Date: 3rd August, 2013

Last week saw a whole raft of award nominations announced for film and television. ONSIGHT is thrilled to have contributed to a number of the successful productions.


Meerkats 3D is an award-winning film, produced by Oxford Scientific Films in association with Principal Large Format for National Geographic and Sky.  It's latest accolade comes from the GSCA 2013 Film Awards, where the title is nominated for not one, but five of the possible categories - Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Film-Short Subject.  ONSIGHT provided full cameras, equipment and…

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ONSIGHT is riding high with major events this summer Date: 2nd August, 2013

The inaugural Prudential RideLondon is a two-day cycling festival on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August. ONSIGHT is delighted to be involved in this mass sports event, deemed a legacy of the 2012 Games and a celebration of cycling in the UK.


The ONSIGHT team is providing Avid solutions, in addition to a number of Sony XDCAM decks, including the PDW-U2. To ensure the kit is monitored on such a time critical job, one of our Engineers is on hand to offer technical support throughout. This sees us collaborate once more with one of the leading outside broadcast companies,…

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ONSIGHT holds a session at 3D Bootcamp Date: 22nd July, 2013

ONSIGHT is delighted to be supporting the 3D Bootcamp, which starts this week. Ravensbourne College has introduced the training, taking place at their premises after the success of the 3D Creative Summit in March.  


As a sponsor and speaker at the Summit, ONSIGHT was invited to hold a session at the Bootcamp to discuss high end 3D workflows in post production.  Our COO, Andy Shelley, is providing an overview of the critical planning, following his experience in steering many of our 3D projects from the shoot through to post.  Other leading contributors to the field are involved in…

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Micro Monsters 3D marks ONSIGHT's fifth project with Atlantic Productions & Colossus for Sky Date: 8th July, 2013

Micro Monsters 3D with David Attenborough is the astonishing new 3D series about the complex world of insects, premiering in Europe this month. ONSIGHT provided full production facilities for this revolutionary show. The team at ONSIGHT is proud to have been chosen as a partner by Atlantic Productions and Sky on each of their 3D collaborations with the legendary natural history broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough. Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT, says, “To be working on our fifth production with the team behind Colossus Productions is fantastic and a testament to our services. We have invested in camera and post solutions…

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ONSIGHT captures Helen Mirren in the official trailer for The Audience in lead up to the National Theatre Live broadcast Date: 12th June, 2013

National Theatre Live will broadcast The Audience, the highly revered stage production, live from London’s Gielgud Theatre to cinemas around the world on 13 June.  ONSIGHT is proud to have supported the show by supplying equipment and post production on the official trailer for Playful Productions, working together with Left Bank Pictures.


ONSIGHT’s camera team provided an ARRI Alexa package with Angenieux Optimo 24 – 290 mm lenses and Cooke Mini S4/i‘s to shoot excerpts from the new play by Peter Morgan. The Alexa guaranteed the filmic look to reflect and promote the calibre of…

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Micro Monsters 3D with David Attenborough wraps Date: 15th May, 2013

Micro Monsters 3D is the brand new series from Colossus Productions, revealing the complex and intriguing world of insects.  ONSIGHT is providing cameras and post on this next 3D venture written and presented by the legendary natural history broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.


We congratulate Production on recently completing the shoot, which involved pioneering macroscopic 3D techniques.  Post production is now taking place at our Soho facility with our team of creatives.


The six part series will examine the adaptability and behaviour of creatures such as the praying mantis, bettles and killer ants for the first time in 3D.…

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4K at ONSIGHT Date: 26th April, 2013

Bringing you the future (again) at ONSIGHT...

Our team is known for delivering productions in SD, HD, more recently 3D and now everyone is talking about 4K.


Did you know we have also been working in 4K across a number of projects already?  This work includes Galapagos with David Attenborough, Red Dwarf X, Penguins for Giant Screen, AC / DC Live at River Plate, BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters 3D back in 2011 and Pandas 3D currently in production.


At ONSIGHT, we pride ourselves in staying at the forefront of digital technology and have worked hard to build a comprehensive set of services…

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Mr Stink and The London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isle of Wonder nominated for BAFTA Television Awards Date: 9th April, 2013

Congratulations to our clients at the BBC and Done & Dusted! Both companies are in the running for a British Academy Television Award.

Mr Stink, based on David Walliams' best-selling children's book, has been nominated for Best Comedy Programme - BBC Productions / BBC One.  ONSIGHT is proud to have provided full 3D and 2D camera and post production solutions, particularly as the commission was the BBC's first 3D scripted programme. This adaptation first aired as part of the festive season in December 2012. More on our 5K workflow and services can be seen here

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ONSIGHT presents The Pavement Psychologist from Sprout Pictures Date: 8th April, 2013

The second season of Playhouse Presents starts this month and The Pavement Psychologist is one of the new plays in this acclaimed comedy and drama strand.


It is written by leading actor Idris Elba and is also his directorial debut.  ONSIGHT was thrilled to support Production, led by Sprout Pictures, through the entire production process from the cameras through to post.


The British talent taking starring roles are Anna Friel, Nonso Anozie, Steven Mackintosh as well as Reggie Yates.  


The synopsis:

The Pavement Psychologist is a taught and sexy drama about Jenny (Anna Friel)…

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ONSIGHT helps show you How To Win The Grand National Date: 4th April, 2013

Ahead of this year's Grand National on Saturday 6 April, Channel 4 is broadcasting a special programme on what it takes to win this ultimate challenge in horse racing - How To Win The Grand National.

Marc Evans explores what sets the winner apart from the rest, referring to both the jockeys' experiences and the biology of the horses.  Directed by Tom Mustill, this scientific look includes demonstrations, such as horses leaping over cars, while documenting the event's history.


In getting up close to the mechanics of the race, the RED Epic camera was used and provided…

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Jonathan Creek and ONSIGHT reunite Date: 4th April, 2013

This week saw Jonathan Creek return to our screens.  The Clue of The Savant’s Thumb was a feature-length special, broadcasted on BBC One during the Easter Bank Holiday.  The murder mystery pulled in an impressive 7 million viewers in the 9PM slot.


Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith reprised their well known roles, this time investigating how a body vanished from a room without a trace with incidents surrounding a secret society and a girls' boarding school.  Special guest appearances were made by Nigel Planer, Joanna Lumley and Rik Mayall.


ONSIGHT was the camera facility provider, having worked on…

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Kingdom of Plants 3D nominated for BAFTA Craft Award & Televisual's Bulldog Awards Date: 25th March, 2013

ONSIGHT is delighted to learn that Kingdom of Plants 3D has been nominated as part of the British Academy Television Craft Awards 2013. They recognise television’s top technical and behind-the-scenes talent.


Kingdom of Plants 3D is in the Best Photography – Factual category going to Tim Cragg, Robert Hollingworth and Tim Shepherd.  Produced by Atlantic Productions, the groundbreaking natural history documentary series is written and presented by David Attenborough for Sky.  ONSIGHT played an integral role by providing both the camera and post production facilities.  Our story can be read here.


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OSF to film pandas in 3D for Sky Date: 11th March, 2013

Another exciting project has been commissioned by Sky and ONSIGHT is delighted to be involved again.  Having worked with Oxford Scientific Films on the successful Meerkats 3D, the team is now mid production on a new one-off natural history film, focusing on pandas in China. ONSIGHT is providing full production facilities from the shoot through to post production.


Read more below, as announced in Broadcast.  Watch this space for details of our work.


Sky has ordered a 3D documentary from Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) about China’s endangered giant pandas, which will be shot in 4K.



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3D Creative Summit Date: 11th March, 2013

Galapagos with David Attenborough, Mr Stink and Little Crackers are some of the well known productions, featured at the inaugural 3D Creative Summit (3D CS).  ONSIGHT has worked on each of those titles and is a proud sponsor of this inaugural event.

Produced by Ravensbourne and the 3D International Society, the event takes place on 27 and 28 March at the BFI Southbank.  It celebrates the best 3D films and television programmes of the past year through exclusive screenings and in-depth Q&As from behind the scenes with some of the industry's leading contributors.


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ONSIGHT reaches further than ever in 3D for Galapagos with David Attenborough Date: 18th February, 2013

Galapagos with David Attenborough is the new groundbreaking 3D series, produced by Colossus Productions – the joint venture between Atlantic Productions and BSkyB. This production is their first 3D project and ONSIGHT is proud to have provided the full camera and post production service.  Our team has collaborated with Atlantic Productions for Sky 3D on a number of successful documentaries, including BAFTA-Award winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough and the acclaimed Kingdom of Plants 3D. In addition to this, Galapagos with David Attenborough is ONSIGHT’s fourth project with the celebrated broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough.


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ONSIGHT's in on the Secret Life of Dogs Date: 28th January, 2013

A new one hour documentary examines the canine mind and body to reveal the behaviour of man’s best friend like never before.


The film follows various breeds, looking at puppies from birth, training for a Guide Dog and experiences from owners, demonstrating how dogs have impacted their lives in extraordinary ways.


Having collaborated on the successful Meerkats 3D, ONSIGHT was delighted to work again with Oxford Scientific Films, the company behind this project. Our camera department supplied a RED Epic package with Zeiss Super Speed lenses. Shot on location around the UK and in a studio…

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ONSIGHT's fourth adventure with David Attenborough - Galapagos 3D... Date: 21st December, 2012

ONSIGHT is proud to be providing full camera and post production solutions on Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough.  This new three-part series captures the inhabitants of this remote part of the world, like never seen before.


It is produced by Colossus Productions, the joint venture between Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D.  This latest project follows the success of our collaborative work on Atlantic Productions' Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough, The Bachelor King 3D and Kingdom of Plants 3D with David Attenborough. Written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, Galapagos 3D will feature extraordinary creatures and environments,…

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ONSIGHT and Mr Stink Date: 19th December, 2012

Mr. Stink sees David Walliams' bestselling children's book come to life on the small screen, produced by BBC Comedy.  ONSIGHT is delighted to have provided full cameras and stereoscopic post production on the BBC's first narrative programme in 3D, as well as delivering the 2D versioning.


Shot over serveral weeks, our camera department supplied 3ality Technica Atom and P+S Technik Freestyle rigs with RED Epic cameras and Angenieux Optimo matched lenses.  On-set DIT services included data back ups and transcoding.  The 2D rushes were taken from one of the eyes filmed to capture the 3D.


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ONSIGHT helps pull Little Crackers together Date: 17th December, 2012

The award-winning Little Crackers is back with a third series for Sky.  The autobiographical shorts feature a new line-up of top British names, including Alison Steadman, Caroline Quentin and Paul O'Grady.  These comedy dramas are ideal for the festive season and ONSIGHT is pleased to be involved in the production facilities.


Working with a number of established production companies, the ONSIGHT team provided shoot to post services on five out of the twelve films.  The 3D offering introduced this year applied to three projects, carefully selected by recognising what story would be truly enhanced by the added dimension.  Sony…

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Doors wide open for ONSIGHT Date: 13th December, 2012

The camera and post production teams at ONSIGHT are proud to have facilitated and delivered the upcoming drama, Doors Open, for Sprout Pictures.


Starring Stephen Fry, Douglas Henshall and Lenora Critchlow, the story is a dramatisation of Ian Rankin’s novel of the same name. Published in 2008, the book revolves around Mike Mackenzie, a wealthy man who instigates a thrilling art heist set against the backdrop of Edinburgh, targeting the National Gallery of Scotland. ONSIGHT’s Colourist Andy Lee graded the show in their DI Reference Suite, working closely with DoP George Steel.


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ONSIGHT supplies winning camera & post production solutions to 'First' Date: 20th November, 2012

The summer was dominated by the success of London 2012 and this month sees the release of First, The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The story focuses on the experiences of twelve international athletes, competing in the Olympics for the very first time. ONSIGHT is proud to have provided full production facilities to help capture this sporting history like never seen before.


First is written, produced and directed by Caroline Rowland, Founder and Executive Creative Director of New Moon. The film is independently financed but is supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the London…

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Wildscreen Festival 2012 is here Date: 15th October, 2012

The Bristol-based biannual event is back and in its 30th year, celebrating and supporting the wildlife and environmental film-making industry.  With a wide variety of festival programming, one of the many highlights is the 2012 Wildscreen Panda Awards on Thursday 18 October.  The team at ONSIGHT is extremely delighted to see three of our projects shortlisted, in which we provided groundbreaking camera and post solutions.

Congratulations to our clients Atlantic Productions for Flying Monsters 3D (Sky) and Oxford Scientific Films in association with Principal Large Format (National Geographic Channels) for Meerkats 3D.  Both have been nominated for the 'Best 3D Award'…

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ONSIGHT to give BBC's Mr Stink the 3D treatment Date: 11th October, 2012

The team is thrilled to facilitate the BBC's Mr. Stink in both 3D and 2D.  The new project is shooting in the UK, starring Hugh Bonneville, Sheridan Smith and Johnny Vegas.  From this week's Broadcast Magazine, details of our involvement are announced as seen here.


ONSIGHT is providing cameras and stereoscopic post-production services for Mr Stink, the BBC’s first scripted 3D programme.


The facilities provider is supplying 3ality Technica Atom and P+S Technik Freestyle rigs, with Red Epic cameras and Angenieux Optimo matched lenses for the adaptation of David Walliams’ children’s book, which started shooting this week.


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3ality Technica expands European presence through formal agreement with ONSIGHT Date: 11th October, 2012

ONSIGHT is proud to have strengthened our ongoing relationship with 3ality Technica.  For more info, our joint press release is below.


U.S-based 3ality Technica, the world’s leading 3D production technology innovator and provider, has formalized its long-term relationship with its European service partner ONSIGHT, with ONSIGHT acting as an independent 3ality Technica service contractor for all of Europe.  ONSIGHT joins existing service partner Arri-Media to enhance the level of service offered across 3ality Technica's product lines.


ONSIGHT is best known for its 3D documentary films, dramas, and sports, utilizing 3ality Technica systems and technology in productions…

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ONSIGHT provides shoot to post services for the new Epic series of Red Dwarf Date: 3rd October, 2012

Red Dwarf returns to television with its tenth series, Red Dwarf X. Produced by Grant Naylor Productions, ONSIGHT was awarded the contract for cameras and post. Writer and Director Doug Naylor of Grant Naylor Productions remarked, “Using ONSIGHT worked really well for us. Their expert ability to provide not only a shoot solution, but also full post production, has allowed us to use top end cameras and post tools on a TV budget.”


The sci-fi comedy’s brand new installment sees the classic characters, Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten, back on their ship and facing fresh…

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Edit Rental supports Wimbledon & London 2012 Date: 12th September, 2012

Our rental facilities have been busy with a number of post production jobs for major sporting competitions in the UK.

Live event specialists Done & Dusted produced coverage of the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, directed by Danny Boyle. The ONSIGHT team provided Final Cut Pro systems using Avid Unity in lead up to 27 July and offered installation and technical support for the various requirements that followed. ONSIGHT was equally thrilled to supply a similar set up for the same client during the 2012 Paralympic Games, which has now come to…

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ONSIGHT presents at REDucation UK Open House Date: 3rd September, 2012

Given our close working relationship with RED, ONSIGHT is delighted to be joining the line up for their next UK Open House.  Our team's Chief Technical Officer, Richard Mills, will be talking through clips from some of our key projects, which use RED camera technology.


REDUCATION OPEN HOUSE is a rare and not to be missed event hosted by RED Europe Ltd. at Pinewood Studios. The night will be filled with opportunities for attendees to view new RED centric products, learn RED best practices, hear the latest buzz in filmmaking and meet with other industry professionals.


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'First' place for ONSIGHT Date: 30th August, 2012

With the great anticipation and success of London 2012, the team at ONSIGHT is thrilled to be involved in First, the Official Film of the XXXth Olympic Games.


The story focuses on the experiences of twelve international athletes, competing in the Olympics for the very first time.


First is written, produced and directed by Caroline Rowland, Founder and Creative Director of New Moon. The film is independently financed but is supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).


ONSIGHT’s camera department has been working closely with Production, supplying a…

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ONSIGHT leads the BBC 3D Olympic Idents Date: 6th August, 2012

As the official UK broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC’s coverage includes 3D throughout the 17-day competition. London 2012 is the first Olympics to feature live 3D broadcasts. To accompany these television firsts, the BBC has unveiled specially commissioned idents in stereoscopic 3D. With ONSIGHT’s extensive experience working in this format, the team provided both camera equipment and post production.

The BBC Olympic idents highlight eight selected events, consisting of hurdling, pommel, long jump, beam gymnastics, hammer throwing, pole vault, taekwondo and sprinting. Shot at Sutton Arena by BBC Directors Alex Freeman and Jacqui Farnham,…

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Flight of the Butterflies reaches ONSIGHT Date: 10th July, 2012

The upcoming natural history film highlights the incredible migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to the mountainous areas of Mexico – the longest known insect migration on earth. Through extensive research and planning, the award-winning production team captured this annual cycle over a year-long period.


ONSIGHT is proud to be involved in this project, assisting with the stereoscopic finishing for Giant Screen/IMAX. With our extensive experience working in S3D and wildlife filmmaking, it is a great fit for our London based team. The Lab & Post department is also supporting the digital effects work.


Internationally co-produced and led…

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Tektronix teams up with ONSIGHT for London 2012 Date: 6th July, 2012


Tektronix, the market leader in broadcast video test, monitoring and analysis solutions, today announced a comprehensive Sales and Support programme for customers during the London 2012 Olympics.  Aware that normal logistics will be challenged throughout the Games by traffic congestion, access and delivery issues, Tektronix have also enlisted the expertise and logistics support of Rental Partner ONSIGHT.


Tektronix Sales Director Nicki Fisher said; “Our customers will be offered a dedicated contact number for Technical and Warranty Support, immediate shipment of new purchases, and short-term rental solutions from ONSIGHT for the duration of the Olympics. Despite the best planning…

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ONSIGHT's Colourist Andy Lee makes Broadcast Hot 100 2012 Date: 5th July, 2012

We are thrilled our principal Colourist, Andy Lee, has been voted into Broadcast's Hot 100 2012.  Congratulations to Andy and ONSIGHT's Lab & Post!


Here's the entry, as seen in Broadcast's supplement.



No. 7


Andy Lee, Colourist, ONSIGHT

Credits include Kingdom of Plants 3D With David Attenborough, The Bachelor King 3D


Over the course of a year, director of photography Tim Cragg and director Martin Williams captured the secret world of plants at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. As well as supplying cameras and equipment, ONSIGHT provided post production services, from conforming…

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Taking 'Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson' Date: 25th June, 2012

The Lab & Post team is working on the full post production for the feature film, Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson. Produced by Breakfast Films Limited with Rob Perren, the comedy is adapted from the successful play by the same name.  The story focuses on a group of people watching the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final between England and Australia at their local Rugby Club.

We have been managing the data, captured in South London by Director Simon Sprackling. DoP Jonathan Iles says, “The film was shot using the RED Epic, giving us the ability to shoot 5K but…

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A Picture of London Date: 25th May, 2012

With the upcoming Jubilee celebrations and London 2012 fast approaching, what better time than now to feature a documentary on the capital’s colourful history and some of its key figures. A Picture of London is for the BBC (HD), examining the inspiration the streets and structures have brought to artists through both their beauty and grime.


ONSIGHT’s Camera Rental department supplied an ARRI ALEXA and Alura zoom lenses for last year’s shoot, filmed on location in London and featuring landmarks such as the River Thames and The Shard.  This took place just before the recognised growth and popularity of…

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Kingdom of Plants is ready to bloom Date: 24th May, 2012

Produced by Atlantic Productions for Sky 3D, Kingdom of Plants 3D With David Attenborough starts this Saturday, presented by the multi-award winning natural history broadcaster.


The ambitious project reveals the secret world of plants at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, over the course of a year. Shot by DoP Tim Cragg and directed by Martin Williams, the programme showcases plants’ amazing ability to adapt and survive throughout the changing seasons, in different and sometimes harsh environments.


ONSIGHT’s camera rental facilities supplied a wide range of equipment, including 3Ality Technica rigs and both ARRI ALEXA and RED Epic…

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Look out for Dark Shadows Date: 9th May, 2012

Based on the cult TV series, Dark Shadows comes to the big screen this week on 11 May. ONSIGHT is excited about the release, especially having supported the VFX department.


Our camera team, conveniently located at Shepperton Studios, provided essential equipment and services for CGI, which included filming Johnny Depp and other leading cast.


Shot at Pinewood Studios, the production team built an extensive set to create the unique vision we have to come to expect from Director Tim Burton.


Situated in 1972 America, this comedy fantasy sees the return of Barnabus Collins, having been transformed into…

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'Red Dwarf X' coming soon... Date: 30th April, 2012

Produced by Grant Naylor Productions, the new series of Red Dwarf is well and truly underway.  The main characters are back revealing their new looks and a glimpse of the set.  The first image shown here was recently released sparking significant interest, particularly from devoted fans.   

ONSIGHT's rental facilities completed the shoot at Shepperton Studios, using RED Epic cameras.  The team also supplied accessories, DIT and editing services.  ONSIGHT continues the job, taking over the full post production from VFX management to mastering in the Mistika suites at our Soho facility.



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Edit Rental is on The Agenda with Tom Bradby Date: 23rd April, 2012

New eight-part series The Agenda focuses on current affairs in front of a studio audience. ITV News’ Political Editor Tom Bradby, also well known as their Royal Correspondent, hosts the weekly programme with a panel of guests.


Produced by ITN Productions, our rental facilities have been providing critical editing equipment for compliance purposes. Every Monday one of our Engineers installs an Avid MCO DX system, as well as a legaliser, HD waveform monitor and other accessories at The Hospital Club’s TV studio in central London. The Avid system delivers a quick edit and turn around for broadcast,…

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Elfie Hopkins has arrived Date: 20th April, 2012

New film Elfie Hopkins (and the Gammons) opens in cinemas today and stars established UK actors, such as Ray Winstone, Jaime Winstone and Steven Mackintosh.  The British horror tells the story of a hopeful teen detective, unearthing the truth behind the new family in town, the Gammons, and the mysterious disappearances of local people.


Shot in rural Wales, ONSIGHT's Camera Rental department supplied RED One Cam MX and accessories, as well as support on set.  Our team worked with Line Producer Adrian Kelly.  This independent project was directed and written by Ryan Andrews for Tweed Films with the backing of…

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Kingdom of Plants 3D coming soon Date: 14th March, 2012

Kingdom of Plants 3D takes an intriguing look at the secret lives of plants. This new major 3-part series, as previously announced by Atlantic Productions and Sky 3D, will be broadcasted in May 2012. ONSIGHT is delighted to have been working with both companies on a third project, presented again by Sir David Attenborough.


Filmed over a year at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, ONSIGHT’s rental facilities provided cutting-edge technology, including 3D time-lapse and macro photography. The project was later passed to ONSIGHT’s Lab & Post team for stereoscopic finishing.


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3D Storytelling Date: 13th March, 2012

As experts in 3D, we understand the essential planning and importance of quality footage to help bring our clients’ stories to life. The 3D Storytelling Conference showcases this growing format, examining the developments both technically and creatively. With this in mind, it was an easy decision for us to get involved.

ONSIGHT is pleased to be an Event Sponsor alongside the likes of RealD 3D, Sony, Sky 3D and SGO Mistika. Our Chief Technical Officer, Producer and Editor are also speaking across 5 sessions.


3D Post Evolution with Richard Mills & John Myers – Thursday 22 March

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Madam Butterfly spreads her wings in 3D Date: 5th March, 2012

ONSIGHT provides the stereoscopic 3D post production on ‘Madam Butterfly 3D’, a co-production from RealD and the Royal Opera House, theatrically released worldwide from spring 2012.


ONSIGHT completed the post production on the new Madam Butterfly 3D, a co-production from RealD and the Royal Opera House and produced by Principal Large Format (PLF). The film is directed for cinema by Julian Napier and opens in the UK on 5 March 2012, followed by a global release, exclusively in RealD-equipped theatres. ONSIGHT’s Lab & Post department supported the vision, which brings this celebrated story to the big screen for the…

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ONSIGHT has Got to Dance Date: 2nd March, 2012

The third series of Got to Dance is very much underway on Sky 1 HD.


Working with Princess Productions, ONSIGHT’s Edit Rental team is pleased to be supporting the show for another season. The long term job has involved the supply and installation of 4 Avids (Media Composer for Nitris DX with HD monitoring) and a number of VTR decks, integrated into their existing post production system.


Filmed in London, Davina McCall presents this national dance competition, inviting dancers of all ages and styles to audition in front of the well known panel of judges – Ashley Banjo,…

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ONSIGHT completes work on feature films for Cinesite Date: 10th February, 2012

ONSIGHT is delighted to have supported Cinesite on two major feature films.


The work consisted of us providing 3D VFX shoots and 3D Plates Processing for the current blockbuster John Carter and 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, both productions from Walt Disney Pictures.


With John Carter now showing in cinemas, our Camera Rental department offered a 3D 4K shooting package with the RED MX at Shepperton Studios, where we are conveniently based.  The commission from Cinesite also included 3D playback and pre-vis for the VFX elements. ONSIGHT's data Lab team in Soho later prepared and delivered…

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BSkyB has commissioned ONSIGHT to manage and build its first Stereoscopic 3D Flypack System Date: 27th January, 2012

ONSIGHT has been awarded a contract for operating the Flypack that will make use of three dedicated 3D camera rigs from 3ality Technica. The equipment will be used to produce live and recorded coverage of entertainment and sport events for Sky’s 3D channel.


ONSIGHT’s CTO Richard Mills designed the System in conjunction with Chris Johns, BSkyB Chief Engineer, supported by Sony’s Professional Services division. This is the first commissioned 3D Flyaway constructed by Sony.


Richard Mills explains: “Sony P1 cameras, mounted on 3ality Technica Pulsar 3D rigs, will provide a flexible solution for both standalone documentary and multi-camera…

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The BSC Show is back Date: 25th January, 2012

ONSIGHT welcomes back The BSC Show, returning to the George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios on 3 and 4 February. Our stand will consist of the latest kit, showreel material and a team of staff to discuss our unique services.  From Camera Rental to Lab & Post, we can guide a project in both 2D and 3D through the entire production process. 


Two years since their last show, The British Society of Cinematographers’ new equipment and technology event continues to focus on the art of cinematography through high-end kit, facilities and services for the UK production community.  There was no doubt we…

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Bear Grylls hits our screens with a new show & look Date: 19th January, 2012

Bear Grylls has returned to our screens with a new set of adventures, produced by Dragonfly Productions for Channel 4.


Bear’s Wild Weekends sees him not only challenge himself, the crew and not forgetting the kit, but also two well known celebrities.


Aired over the festive season, Bear Grylls takes Jonathan Ross to the volcanic island of La Palma, where Europe’s only rainforest exists. Episode 2 shows Miranda Hart in a world of mountains and glaciers in none other than the Swiss Alps. Under Bear Gryll’s bold and expert guidance, it’s an intense and entertaining watch.

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ONSIGHT supports Red Dwarf's new mission Date: 16th January, 2012

Red Dwarf is returning with their tenth series, Red Dwarf X, and ONSIGHT is delighted to have won the service contract for the full camera and post solution.


We are providing cameras and accessories, DIT hardware, multi-platform editing, VFX management plus post and mastering.


The RED Epic, with its 4K resolution, was selected using a mixture of ARRI Alura and Angenieux Optimo DP zoom lenses.  Shooting with a live studio audience at Shepperton, where our Camera Rental is conveniently based, the media is transferred and backed up there and then, making the rushes immediately accessible via the offline Avid system.


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ONSIGHT's cutting edge DCI compliant DI Reference Suite for 3D colour grading & viewing Date: 12th January, 2012

ONSIGHT is proud to announce a brand new DI Reference Suite, installed at their post production office in Soho. This state of the art facility includes projection from Barco and stereoscopic 3D by RealD to maximise large screen quality in both 2D and 3D.


ONSIGHT is committed to high end finishing and providing services throughout the entire production process. This unique room allows them to offer clients a true depiction of how the completed film or programme will look in a theatrical environment.


The technology has been an essential part in meeting these standards. Sound Associates supported the…

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The Bachelor King 3D dives into action Date: 6th January, 2012

We congratulate Atlantic Productions and the teams involved in creating another stunning documentary – The Bachelor King 3D with David Attenborough. The project started some time ago and tells the story of a King Penguin’s life struggles and successes in the remote Sub-Antarctic.


Shot on location in South Georgia, ONSIGHT embraced the challenge of designing a bespoke workflow and a compliment of equipment to suit the enormously challenging conditions. The Camera Rental department supplied cameras and accessories plus skilled crew. RED Ones and SI-2Ks were selected using 3Ality Technica Quasar and Neutron rigs for quality, flexibility and reliability the…

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Last Passenger continues full speed ahead Date: 1st December, 2011

Action thriller Last Passenger is a new UK film, set around a turbulent train journey. With the shoot wrapping last month, we congratulate those involved, including our Camera Rental department.


The BFI and Pinewood Studios, in association with Future Films/2B Pictures, Pathe and NDF International are co-producing this exciting production shot at Shepperton Studios.


ONSIGHT’s camera team was pleased to supply an ARRI Alexa Plus shooting package, combining Anamorphic lenses with the squeeze software upgrade for DoP Angus Hudson. Last Passenger is the first British film to have shot with this camera in an anamorphic format.…

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ONSIGHT launches a new Camera Rental building Date: 27th November, 2011

ONSIGHT has expanded their Camera Rental department with new premises at Shepperton Studios. Having relocated at the end of last month, the additional space allows the bookings team, operators and technicians to meet the increased demands.

With their second building at Shepperton Studios, this makes ONSIGHT the largest tenant. The existing office, which has housed the camera business for over twenty years, is now where the Edit Rental department is managed from. This conveniently locates both rental businesses at the studios. In the last few months, ONSIGHT supplied Alexa cameras and offline edit stations to Last Passenger, the…

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BVE North 2011 launches in Manchester Date: 14th October, 2011

BVE is continually known as ‘the essential exhibition for broadcast, video and audio professionals’. Next month sees their first regional event, taking place at Manchester Central on 16 and 17 November. ONSIGHT is pleased to be a sponsor of the 3D Revolution Theatre, as supported earlier this year at their London Broadcast Video Expo.


The 3D Revolution programme will cover opportunities, practical advice and case studies in this growing medium, led by industry experts. On both days, ONSIGHT is holding the session ‘Supporting 3D Documentary Filmmaking’. Presented by Andy Shelley, COO, we will focus on the shoot to post…

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'Best 3D Program' goes to Flying Monsters at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Date: 10th October, 2011


Further congratulations goes to Atlantic Productions and National Geographic for Flying Monsters 3D.  They won ‘Best 3D Program’ at yesterday's film competition last week on 6 October in Wyoming, USA.


Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough for Sky 3D continues to fly high this year, having been awarded the first BAFTA for 3D and the IBC2011 Special Award.  The project has pushed boundaries in the medium of 3D under the creative vision of Atlantic Productions and Sir David Attenborough.  It was an ambitious and complex project to recreate this prehistoric world.  However, with our team of…

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ONSIGHT shares IBC Special Award & receives Finalist Innovation Award Date: 13th September, 2011


As IBC2011 draws to a close, ONSIGHT is thrilled to have seen Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough featured at the RAI Amsterdam and recognised at The IBC Awards on Sunday 11 September.


Congratulations to Atlantic Productions for receiving the IBC2011 Special Award with contributing partners Sky 3D, SGO Mistika and our team at ONSIGHT. This reward was for exceptional 3D vision in creating Flying Monsters 3D.  It is given to a project, person(s) or programme that has pushed boundaries. ONSIGHT also made IBC2011 Innovation Award Finalist, with SGO Mistika as supporting partner, for post production in…

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ONSIGHT Races Around with The Tour of Britain Date: 12th September, 2011

For the fourth consecutive year, ONSIGHT’s Edit Rental Department supplies and supports the systems to capture The Tour of Britain 2011 for Century Television.


Multiple HD capable Avid systems were installed a week in advance to prepare for this extensive live coverage of Britain’s biggest cycle race.  It stretches from Scotland to London with 8 memorable stages, involving some of the world's top cyclists. Our Camera Rental department also gets involved, providing XDCAM HD cameras. 


Every day our technical support engineer relocates to each stage’s finishing line.  With an Avid Unity shared storage system onboard as…

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Peter Gabriel's Musical Event arranged in 3D Date: 8th September, 2011

ONSIGHT and Eagle Rock Entertainment have joined forces again, this time for the concert film, Peter Gabriel: New Blood Live In London. As 3D pioneers, we were more than happy to assist Eagle with their 3D debut.


Shot at the Hammersmith Apollo in Stereoscopic 3D, we provided 3D minicams alongside Telegenic’s studio style cameras and facilitated full lab and post services.


With Peter Gabriel universally recognised as an innovative performer, it was a pleasure working on this stand-out piece when innovation is a key part of what we do - fulfilling our clients’ visions through cutting…

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New Feature Film uses the Alexa camera Date: 7th September, 2011

Congratulations to the team for completing the shoot of AFG (working title). This is a production for Salt Film, written and directed by Tom Petch. ONSIGHT is pleased our Camera Rental department could provide the high performance ARRI Alexa for a feature film. We also supplied the Sony F3.


Shot in the Morroccan desert over the summer meant that conditions were particularly challenging, but the Alexa using Optimo zoom lenses stood up to the test. Stuart Bentley, DoP, said, “Nothing proved to be a problem - from dust, blazing heat, extreme contrast or long hours, the Alexa handled it…

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3D Recognition at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2011 Date: 10th August, 2011

Congratulations to our clients Atlantic Productions for Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough and Oxford Scientific Films in association with Principal Large Format for Meerkats 3D, in reaching the short-listed stage within ‘Best 3D Program’ at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. It is fantastic to see these projects recognised at this renowned competition for natural history filmmakers. It is confirmed that a record number of entries were received and judged by over sixty judges from around the world.


ONSIGHT played a significant part by providing production equipment and full post production services to two out…

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New Atom Rig and Epic Cameras are Added To our Fleet Date: 21st July, 2011

With technology innovation always in mind, our camera team has developed a lightweight high resolution Stereo 3D shooting package.  The solution uses a combination of the new Element Technica Atom rig and Epic cameras from RED Digital Cinema, which we have recently received.


Although the size of a rig can be an issue at times, this fusion takes advantage of the small form factor of the Epic and still allows for full-sized PL mounted lenses.  The result is a 5K-3D setup offering superior resolution than comparative systems, whilst weighing as little as some 35mm camera packages.


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ONSIGHT Becomes a Shortlisted Finalist for IBC2011 Innovation Awards Date: 29th June, 2011

We are extremely excited to be nominated in the Content Creation category for the BAFTA award winning Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough.


This hugely ambitious project produced by Atlantic Productions for Sky and IMAX, made BAFTA history by becoming the first ever Stereo3D winner during the 2011 awards.  It required the latest in technology and resolution to bring to life the prehistoric world with cutting edge Stereoscopic live action and CGI images.


Having designed a bespoke workflow from the complicated shoot to the extensive postproduction process, Onsight also networked two SGO Mistika systems together to…

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ONSIGHT helps Passion Pictures and Audi Drive Forward in 3D Date: 3rd June, 2011

A Day in the Life of an Audi Driver features Audi Le Mans team leader Allan McNish describing what it takes to win the legendary Le Mans 24-hour endurance sportscar race – an event the German manufacturer has won nine times since 1999.


BBH Creative Directors Kev Stark & Nick Kidney conceived the concept for the film after viewing a presentation by the charismatic McNish, the Audi race team lead driver, describing the intensity, focus, precision & endurance required to succeed in the race.


Keen to find a way to convey the true intensity of McNish’s world, himself…

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Winning teams at the UEFA Champions League Final Date: 3rd June, 2011

Barcelona claimed their fourth European Champions crown in style at Wembley Stadium last week after beating Manchester United with a displays of skill, flair and attacking brilliance that was finished with three sensational goals.


At a venue befitting such an illustrious occasion as the Champions League Final, proclaimed by both manager’s in the prelude to their meeting, the game certainly didn’t disappoint, living up to its pre-match billing.


Behind the scenes NEP Visions and ONSIGHT also proved a winning team with another technical display. ONSIGHT supplied a full HD Avid Nitris DX Media Composer solution for the live…

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New Look, Same Great Service Date: 1st June, 2011

ONSIGHT has certainly come a long way over the last 21 years.


Today, our services include camera rental, editing equipment hire, a digital lab and full post production services. We're experts in all digital film formats and have become a leader in 3D technology, with a string of industry-firsts to our name.


And seeing as we make sure that all of our client’s work looks as great as possible, we thought we should spruce our own look up a bit.


So although we have a new logo, rest assured ONSIGHT still offer the same great service you…

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3D Programme Wins UK Documentary BAFTA Date: 31st May, 2011

Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough has become first stereo 3D programme ever to win a UK BAFTA award. 

Sir David Attenborough's venture into the prehistoric era brings a magnificent view of an unobserved world, back to life on 3D television and the giant IMAX screen.

Due to the enormous scale of the project, two SGO Mistika systems were networked together on Hewlett Packard Z800 workstations in order to improve efficiency where the online workload could be shared in real-time.  VFX & Stereo 3D Artists, Andy Lee…

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Capturing the Royal Wedding on ALEXA in 3D Date: 17th May, 2011

ONSIGHT chosen by Sky to help capture the Royal Wedding in 3D: Facilities company ONSIGHT supplied filming equipment and technical crew to assist BSkyB in capturing the Royal wedding in 3D.


In specially selected locations, ONSIGHT installed camera rigs to capture one of the most significant events ever witnessed on the capital's streets for future generations to experience.


Due to the historical significance of this event the decision was made to record all the images at the highest possible quality, ensuring the footage can be used as a valuable archive in years to come. ONSIGHT supplied camera kit…

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Movie fame beckons for the 3D kings of the south Date: 3rd February, 2011

The drama, romance and in-fighting in the world of king penguins is being brought to life in 3D.


Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Penguin Island 3D is set on the island of South Georgia. It will be made by the team behind the new documentary Flying Monsters 3D, which debuted on Christmas Day.


Penguin Island 3D will be shown on Sky and released in cinemas and giant-screen theatres around the world. It will offer intimate access to the lives of the birds as they endure the tribulations of life on the edge of Antarctica. Filming penguins in 3D…

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AC/DC Live at River Plate Date: 3rd February, 2011

Serpent Productions have just completed work on the eagerly awaited live DVD from AC/DC’s sell-out shows at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.


We have a long history with Serpent Productions so when director David Mallet decided to shoot the live show in Argentina using multiple RED cameras, ONSIGHT was the natural choice to turn to.


After workflow planning for the three day 20 camera shoot, it was up to ONSIGHT to make sure everything went smoothly. The Camera Rental team took care of all HD cameras (including 15 REDs) as well as the production equipment. Axis…

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ONSIGHT adds another Mistika Date: 2nd February, 2011

London-based ONSIGHT has purchased another Mistika 2D and stereo-3D postproduction tool from SGO.


With 64TB SAN, both of its Mistika systems have been upgraded to 4K playback. The new kit will allow ONSIGHT to edit, conform, restore images, composite and grade for 2D and 3D. The firm’s recent credits include Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough.

The article above was published by Broadcast Magazine in February 2010.

ONSIGHT's original Mistika purchase proved to be a world first, read more here

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3D Revolution Programme at BVE 2011 Date: 12th January, 2011

BVE 2011 is billed as the ‘Essential Exhibition’ for broadcast, video and audio professionals in the UK and takes place at Earls Court 2 from the 15-17th February.


ONSIGHT is proud to be an industry partner for BVE’s first ever 3D Revolution Programme, which features a range of exciting 3D seminars.


Our pick of the bunch would be the 15th Feb 11am seminar The Prince’s Trust Rock in 3D presented by Nineteen Fifteen’s 3D Producer Vicki Betihavas . Another not to miss would be the case study on Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough presented by Head of…

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The monster challenge of filming in 3D Date: 10th December, 2010

Producing a CGI doc about extinct creatures that would be fit for both the TV screen and Imax took a lot of work and planning, says Anthony Geffen, Producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions.


When Sir David Attenborough and I sat down at the end of a day’s shooting in the Canadian Rockies, we had no idea what it would lead to. David has a fascination with pterosaurs and we began talking about bringing them back to life using CGI, based on the latest research. Then we came up with the idea of telling the story in 3D. A…

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Meerkats 3D Date: 6th December, 2010

Meerkats 3D, from the makers of Meerkat Manor, will get even closer to the ups and downs of family life for these universally popular creatures in their natural habitat.


Meerkat 3D is an Oxford Scientific film in association with PLF, shot in the Kalahari for National Geographic Channel. The show will also be appearing on Sky's 3D channel. ONSIGHT have provided equipment rental and full post-production services.


Get in touch with your inner meerkat at the Animal Planet Meerkat fansite.

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ONSIGHT supports Stereoscopic 3D Training Date: 4th December, 2010

ONSIGHT is supporting a 3 day series of intensive 3D workshops and hands on seminars for industry professionals at BAFTA and Twickenham Studios.


Taking place over the 25th, 26th and 27th of January 2011, the programme will be led by 3D producer and trainer Phil Streather with special guests and 3D experts.


Day One will be held at BAFTA for a maximum of 220 attendees. It will cover everything you need to know in order to decide if your project is right for 3D; whether it’s a feature film, commercial, high end documentary or an ‘as live’ concert.…

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3D rocks with The Prince's Trust Date: 29th November, 2010

ONSIGHT's Lab & Post team provided stereoscopic post production services including 3D offline suites and 3D Mistika for mastering for the star-studded line up in this 3DD / Nineteen Fifteen production.


The music extravaganza, which was filmed in 3D, was be hosted by comedians Rob Brydon and Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage, took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall, on Wednesday 17 November.


The line-up of music legends performing included Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Mike & The Mechanics, Alison Moyet and Tom Jones.


The Rock Galas of the 80’s were formed when the UK…

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Giant Screen Cinema Association Date: 28th November, 2010

The core purpose of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA®) is to advance the business of producing and presenting giant screen experiences.


ONSIGHT is proud to become a memebr of the GSCA, which boasts membership of more than 250 organizations in nearly 30 countries engaged in the production, distribution, and exhibition of giant screen film experiences. Member organizations include giant screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers and manufacturers from around the world.


ONSIGHT is currently working on an 3D IMAX edit of Atlantic Production's 'Flying Monsters with Davis Attenborough'.


For more information on the Giant Screen Cinema Association…

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ONSIGHT completes 3D online and mastering for new trailer Date: 23rd November, 2010

ONSIGHT's Lab & Post team has provided the 3D online and mastering of the traller for the theatrical release of Animals United in 3D by Creative Partnership.

Wanting to prove to his adoring son Junior (Mischa Goodman) that he’s not the screwball loser everyone thinks he is, Billy (James Corden) sets out to find water, accompanied by Sokrates (Stephen Fry). On their journey, they meet a truly wild and funny bunch of animals from all over the world.


The film also features voices of Jim Broadbent, Omid Djalili, Jason Donovan, Dawn French, Joanna Lumley and Billie Piper, with the…

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Visions and Avid: A winning combination at the 2010 Ryder Cup Date: 17th October, 2010

ONSIGHT's Edit Rental team helped design and deliver a winning Avid installation for OB company Visions at the 38th Ryder Cup.


The 2010 Ryder Cup was staged in Wales for the first time last week with the USA as the defending Cup holder. The competition was held at the newly-constructed Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor, specifically designed for the event.


Heavy rain caused several delayed starts but did not dampen the spirits of Team Europe, with captain Colin Montgomary leading them to victory with a final score of 14½ to 13½.


Visions supplied OB Facilities for…

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Scream in 3D Date: 10th October, 2010

ONSIGHT's Lab & Post team provided 3D online services for Rankin Photography’s 3D music video for Kelis’ ‘Scream’. The track is the third international single from Kelis’ fifth studio album ‘Flesh Tone’ and is released today.


Additional services provided by the Lab & Post team included the 3D offline, 3D online, stereo grade and mastering for 3D and 2D TV delivery.


Kelis works up a sweat in the neon video for “Scream,” the David Guetta-produced single off her dance-minded album Flesh Tone. Running on a treadmill in slow motion during the song’s slower moments, the fashionista rocks an…

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Angenieux Optimo DP16-42 available to hire Date: 3rd October, 2010

ONSIGHT's 3D Camera Rental team are now able to offer its hire clients a 3D ready package that includes factory matched Optimo zoom lenses from Angenieux.


Thales Angenieux is a world renowned manufacturer of precision optics and 2010 marks Angenieux’s 75th anniversary. Axis Films has recently purchased Angenieux Optimo DP 16-42 factory matched lenses to compliment its digital 3D camera hire fleet. 


The Optimo DP 16-42 has an extremely fast aperture of T2.8 with no ramping and is designed for digital camcorders, with with perfectly calibrated focus rings and easily adjustable tracking. For more information on renting the…

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Samsung and National Geographic Channel 3D commercial Date: 7th September, 2010

cineo82 3D projectors from projectiondesign® have just been used by ONSIGHT in the final grading of the National Geographic Channel (NGC) and Samsung 3D commercial for Anglo Filming.

This was achieved inside the world-class 3D SGO Mistika Suite at ONSIGHT in Soho, London. Another set of cineo82 3D projectors are also to be found at ONSIGHT's new 3D Centre located at Shepperton Studios, UK.

The projectors, distributed through RGB communications, were supplied, installed and aligned in early 2010 by post production specialists, Kaurus® who also provided the projection screens and custom filter systems for the multi-standard 3D…

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1 Beyond: Mini DDR & Super Wrangler complement ONSIGHT's 3D hire fleet Date: 7th September, 2010

ONSIGHT's Camera Rental team are hiring 1 Beyond products to complement a range of 3D camera hire packages, such as the Arri Alexa, Red One and SI-2K.

The 1 Beyond Mini DDR is designed to work in conjunction with SI-2K cameras. This compact unit is capable of recording both 2D and 3D in RAW or interleaved formats. It has a very bright screen with touch-screen interface and a separate HDSDI monitoring output. Recording is to 256GB removable SSD magazines, giving up to 2 hours of recording time.

The 1 Beyond Super Wrangler is a rugged multi-purpose platform primarily used for location…

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ONSIGHT's RED cameras get Mysterium-X sensor upgrades Date: 7th September, 2010

A major upgrade for the RED One camera, the new Mysterium-X sensor offers improved resolution and superior dynamic range when compared to the original sensor.


The highly acclaimed CMOS sensor offers a much lower noise floor with a corresponding improvement in high contrast and low light scenes. Axis Films are upgrading their entire fleet of Red cameras.


A preview of the Mysterium X reel can be downloaded at http://red.cachefly.net/M-X-REEL.mov


"I have had a chance to visit ONSIGHT and spend significant time with their staff. I've seen their level of professionalism and skill with the RED ONE…

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Element Technica Neutron 3D Rig available to hire from ONSIGHT Date: 7th September, 2010

Element Technica have applied their knowledge and innovation gained with the larger Quasar rig to the miniature Neutron 3D rig.

Robustly constructed and capable of Over/Through and Under/Through as well as Side-by-Side configurations, the rig is ideally suited to lightweight operations.

Fitted with SI-2K or Cunima cameras the all-up weight can be as low as 8Kg. Despite its small size is has full wireless control of IO and Convergence and is capable of a maximum IO distance of 88mm.

For more details on either the Neutron or Quasar 3D rigs visit www.elementtechnica.com or call one of the…

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Mercedes supercar goes 3D Date: 12th July, 2010

In© has created a content campaign for Mercedes’ new SLS AMG in 3D with the help of ONSIGHT's Camera Rental team.


The film is the centrepiece of a £1 million campaign for the new gullwinged supercar; it features ex-Formula One driver David Coulthard, who drove the car at speeds of up to 165mph along a closed section of the Isle of Man TT course.


In© (www.incword.com) is an agency that uses a 300-strong team of London and NY-based freelance editorial talent to create broadcast, digital and print content with independent credibility. Clients include 3, Martini, Rolls-Royce, Tourism Australia,…

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Grand Designs move to file-based production Date: 7th July, 2010

Why Talkback is migrating its C4 series Grand Designs to file-based production on the Sony PDW-700 and PMW-EX3


Channel 4's Grand Designs, the flagship series in which Kevin McCloud showcases the efforts of self builders pursuing their dream homes, has never been short of architectural innovation. But recently the show's production team from Talkback Thames has been undergoing a few innovations of its own.


Traditionally the show has been shot on HDCAM tape using Sony's HDW-750 cameras, but this year the decision was taken to start file-based acquisition using the Sony PDW-700 in combination with the PMW-EX3. Talkback…

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First UK rental firms get Alexa Date: 29th June, 2010

ONSIGHT have been unveiled as one of four UK kit rental companies to take delivery of Arri’s new Alexa digital film camera.


The Super 35mm format CMOS sensor-based camera, which started shipping this month, offers a 3.5k pixel count that provides for both HD (1920x1080) and 2K DI working.


It costs around £40,000 and shoots directly to native Final Cut Pro codecs ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444.


According to Arri business development manager Milan Krsljanin, the number of enquiries for Alexa has ‘gone through the roof’ since NAB. “If we had 500 cameras in the UK, I…

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Flying Monsters 3D Date: 14th June, 2010

Atlantic Productions is producing a groundbreaking new 3D film in preparation for the launch of Sky 3D – Europe’s first 3D TV channel.


“Flying Monsters 3D” is a pioneering documentary about the prehistoric world, and will be written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, one of the UK’s best known broadcasters.


The film focuses on pterosaurs – flying vetebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet who lived 160 million years ago. It will use cutting edge 3D TV technology to bring the prehistoric world alive. Viewers will be immersed in the environment that these creatures –…

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The P+S Freestyle Rig arrives at ONSIGHT Date: 24th May, 2010

The brand-new Freestyle Rig from P+S Technik is especially designed to offer a maximum of creative choice for camera movement in 3D production and is now available to hire from ONSIGHT's 3D Camera Rental team.

Designed for constant equilibration, the rig always keeps camera weights in perfect balance when wireless adjusting the stereo base. By using patented Carbon technology, also used for Formula 1 race cars, the best combination of load capacity, stability, form and weight was achieved.

Integrated motors for stereo base and angulation adjustment optimize weight and are compatible with available wireless remote control…

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ONSIGHT open 3D Centre at Shepperton Studios Date: 12th May, 2010

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc, formally opened ONSIGHT’s 3D Centre at Shepperton Studios yesterday. The aim of the 3D Centre is to bring visitors up to speed with stereoscopic production with 3D demonstrations, screenings, seminars and one to one expert advice.

ONSIGHT are 3D and HD experts, providing everything from the latest 3D camera rigs to secure data back-up, digital lab services and 3D post-production. Their special relationship with the industry’s leading manufacturers has kept them at the forefront of production technology for over 20 years.

The 3D Centre will showcase the latest in 3D…

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SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival Date: 19th April, 2010

SCI-FI-LONDON is the UK’s leading genre event and an internationally recognised launch pad for genre movies.


The festival is now in its 9th year and will take place Wed 28th April – Mon 3rd May 2010 at The Apollo Piccadilly Circus Cinema, London’s most luxurious cinema. Each festival features at least a dozen UK premieres and in the last few years they had the first public screening of 28 Weeks Later and the world premiere of Bruce Dickinson’s Chemical Wedding.


ONSIGHT is proud to support both SCI-FI-London and Apollo Cinemas and with HD Hire donating a Sony HDCAM…

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Albino United Date: 7th April, 2010

Marc Hoeferlin, Juan Reina and Barney Broomfield are the filmmakers behind Albino United. Shot by Barney Broomfield on a Panasonic P2 Varicam and coming soon to the True Stories strand on More4 and National Geographic, their film follows a team of Tanzanian albino football players as they use sport to try and dispel the myths that have lead to many albino killings.


For decades, the albinos of Africa - known as the 'tribe of ghosts', 'zeros zeros' or 'the invisibles' - have suffered appalling treatment at the hands of their own neighbours and are murdered for their body parts,…

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Quasar 3D rig at ONSIGHT Date: 31st March, 2010

ONSIGHT's Camera Rental team continue to expand their range of 3D camera equipment with the purchase of an Element Technica Quasar 3D rig.


Los Angeles based Element Technica strive to make products as aesthetically pleasing as possible with the guiding design principle being functionality.

The Quasar’s modularity allows it to be configured as either a beamsplitter system for close work with wide lenses or alternately set up as a converging side-by-side system for use at live broadcast events with extreme focal lengths. For the first time the precision and refinement of a beamsplitter system is offered…

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Jersey Boys in 3D Date: 27th March, 2010

Pink Banana Studios have produced a 3D cinema ad for Jersey Boys, an internationally acclaimed hit musical based on the lives of one of the most successful 1960s rock 'n roll groups, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.


The documentary-style musical opened on Broadway in 2005, before making its West End debut at London's Prince Edward Theatre in February 2008. It has gone on to win 28 Major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for best new musical. Pink Banana Studios have been working with AKA Promotions to use emerging digital and innovative platforms to promote the production.


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From 3D to 4D Date: 26th March, 2010

ONSIGHT camera technicians have just returned back from Angola, after assisting Lunatus SL on their recent 3D shoot for the Angolan Government.


The Republic of Angola commissioned production company Lunatus SL to produce a 4D experience promoting Angolan businesses for the upcoming Shanghia Expo.


Lunatus chose 3D camera hire experts ONSIGHT to supply cameras and technicians. Panasonic HDX900E camcorders and a customised Calcutta 3D camera rig were hired for the 12 day shoot. Monitoring was taken care of by a Transvideo and a RED Rover through 3Di 3D monitor.


A wide selection of different shots were taken…

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Managing 3D made easy Date: 25th March, 2010

While it may at first appear hugely complex, 3D need not be less straightforward, or vastly more expensive than conventional production. Adrian Pennington of Broadcast Magazine highlights speaks with Andy Shelley and gives some top tips


1) 3D or 2D?

Does the project really benefit from being 3D? Just because the technology is available, it doesn’t mean it is applicable to all ideas.


2) Understand the basics

“A production manager needs to understand the basics of 3D and therefore the parameters that will work,” says Andy Shelley, head of development at On Sight. “Before deciding on kit, they…

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Camera Rental and Lab & Post teams Lab link up at the BSC Show Date: 22nd March, 2010

Taking place at the George Lucas stage at Elstree Studios, the BSC New Equipment & Technology show gives BSC members a chance to look at the latest kit & services on offer in the film & digital market.


ONSIGHT were on hand at the show last weekend to promote the unique link between its Shepperton Studios' based camera hire department, and its Lab & Post facility located in London W1.


The relationship between the acquisition and technical services sides of the company means it can fully support clients throughout an entire workflow. This allows them to pick and…

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Musion at the Kinetica Art Fair Date: 11th February, 2010

The 2010 Kinetica Art Fair opened last week at P3, the cavernous underground art space at the University of Westminster. The fair combines new developments in the arts, science and technology, with over 25 galleries and organisations specialising in kinetic, electronic and new media art taking part with over 150 artists exhibiting.

Musion’s Eyeliner, a high definition holographic video system, caught a lot of attention at the show. ONSIGHT staff got to see their logo in a holographic form for the first time with other attendees at the fair including McLaren’s Ron Dennis and mentalist Derren…

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ONSIGHT's 3D Mistika suite is a world first Date: 28th January, 2010

HD & 3D experts ONSIGHT have just had work on their new 3D Mistika suite completed. The purpose built room at their Berners Street location offers 3D viewing through a pair of DCI compliant projectiondesign projectors.


ONSIGHT's SGO Mistika is used for stereoscopic productions and handles files up to 4K in size with real time 3D colour grading. Audio is taken care of by a 5.1 surround sound system.


ONSIGHT purchased their SGO Mistika system back in 2009 and were the first company in London to place an order. Geoff Mills, director of sales and operations for SGO…

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Iron Man rocks back with AC/DC Date: 28th January, 2010

The debut video to be taken from the album 'AC/DC: Iron Man 2' is 'Shoot To Thrill' with Marvel making the video available to view online this week. Iron Man 2 follows on the success of the 2008 film and features stars including Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlet Johansson.


Through a unique collaboration between Marvel Studios and Columbia Records, AC/DC's music will feature in the film. "Jon Favreau's vision and passion for AC/DC's music blend seamlessly into this incredible film" said Steve Barnett, co-chairman of Columbia Records. "The music really…

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adidas Originals are out of this world Date: 22nd January, 2010

adidas Originals have just sneaked a teaser of their latest promo, featuring a collaboration with Star Wars, onto YouTube. Nima Nourizadeh of Partizan (named by Campaign as the top production company of 2009) shot the piece on film and HD.

His first commercial, fittingly, was for the hugely exciting House Party for adidas Originals, which celebrated 60 years of the sports brand. The film, which Nima shot in Los Angeles, featured Missy Elliott, Russell Simmons, David Beckham, Method Man, Redman, DMC, Kevin Garnet, Estelle, Katy Perry, the Ting Tings and many others.

ONSIGHT's Camera Rental team tested camera…

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James Cameron's 3D vision Date: 18th December, 2009

One of the most eagerly awaited films is now out in screens across the globe. Avatar, the monumental sci-fi epic by James Cameron, is a film destined to be even bigger than his previous effort, Titanic. 

The 3D world of Avatar was conceived by Cameron 15 years ago and has been in production for more than four-and-a-half years, with its ground-breaking technology making it the most expensive film ever made.

After writing the story many years ago, Cameron discovered that the technology he needed to make it happen did not exist. So, he went out and created…

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15 RED cameras used for AC/DC in Buenos Aires Date: 16th December, 2009

Rock legends AC/DC have just completed 3 nights playing at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires to sell out crowds. Serpent Productions were there to catch the action using 20 HD cameras, including 15 REDs.


We have a long history with Serpent Productions so when director David Mallet decided to shoot the live show in Argentina using multiple RED cameras this month, On Sight was the natural choice to turn to.


After workflow planning for the three day 20 camera shoot, it was up to On Sight to make sure everything went smoothly. Axis Films took care…

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Essential high definition Christmas viewing Date: 15th December, 2009

Be sure to catch the epic two-part drama starring Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Eddie Izzard and Jason Priestley this Christmas. "The Day of the Triffids" is a new version of the sci-fi classic and will be simulcast on the BBC HD channel (available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media) this December.

Based on John Wyndham's best selling post-apocalyptic novel published in 1951, this epic and futuristic drama is a co-production between Power and Canadian producer Prodigy Pictures for the BBC and was shot on two Sony F35 cameras.

On Sight provided a digital dailies…

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Peter & the Wolf - Live on Stage Date: 15th December, 2009

After it's sold out debut earlier in this year, the stunningly beautiful Oscar winning film Peter & the Wolf from Breakthru Films returns this December, with live music from the Philharmonia Orchestra and a newly commissioned script by renowned poet Simon Armitage.

Taking place at the Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre, SE1) from the 28th to the 30th December, this is perfect for introducing children to the orchestra as well as getting the chance to peek inside models of the original film set. Free workshops run on the 28th and 29th December in the Clore Ballroom.

On Sight's…

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JLS help wrap up Channel 4's 3D week Date: 20th November, 2009

X Factor finalists JLS performed three of their singles in a special 3D performance for T4 this weekend. JJ TV, part of the JJ Stereo Group, produced the 3D promos that where used as part of Channel 4's 3D week.


Axis Films supplied a stereo technician, two RED cameras and a 3D P+S Mirror rig with Vision3 as stereogrophers. On Sight's HD Lab then provided file-based back-up services and took care of the online using our 3D SGO Mistika edit system, with real-time 3d convergence, geometry and stereo grading tools.


Final delivery was a 3-D 30 second…

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Live From Abbey Road Date: 19th November, 2009

There’s really no other place quite like Abbey Road, which is why producers Michael Gleason and Peter Van Hooke chose it as the location for their unique TV concept Live From Abbey Road.

Since opening in 1931, EMI’s world-famous Abbey Road Studios have been at the cutting edge of music and technology so its a natural choice of venue for the Channel 4 series, which has now been broadcast in over 27 countries around the world.

Live From Abbey Road features new performances, interviews and revealing behind-the-scenes footage from both old and…

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Tenacity on the Tasman premieres Date: 16th November, 2009

The expedition: Rowing solo 18,000 miles around the world in the most hostile marine environment.


This amazing documentary from Pendragon Production’s George Olver, is the story of adventurer Olly Hicks, who this year became the first man to row solo from Tasmania to New Zealand.


Hicks, 27, already holds the record for the first man to row solo from New York to the UK in 2007, when he received a rapturous welcome, on his arrival in Falmouth.


The trip, supported by Google and Virgin, was recorded in high definition using bullet cameras, with footage uploaded…

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Axis Films' 3D work nominated for RTS Innovation Award Date: 5th November, 2009

The RTS Innovation Awards aim to recognise outstanding achievement in the development of new technologies in distribution, production and manipulation with Axis Films nominated for an award for their 3D work.

The award categories are designed to highlight the growing interdependence of technology and content, reaching out to new users and new ways of communicating.

Jeff Henry, Chair of the RTS Innovation Awards, said: "The standard this year has been exceptionally high. The shortlist of hopefuls is a testament to the outstanding level of innovative ideas currently within the media industry."

"Technology is constantly evolving and…

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On Sight becomes a Patron member of the BSC Date: 2nd November, 2009

Since The British Society of Cinematographer's formation in 1949, its prime objective has been to promote and encourage the highest standards in the art and craft of cinematography and On Sight were proud to become a Patron member this month.


Their membership, which is by invitation only, comprises of some of the most talented Directors of Photography and Camera Operators in the United Kingdom. It also encompasses many distinguished friends and patrons from the film and television industry.


Richard Mills, On Sight's Head of Engineering, has previously spoken at many BSC events including their Film & Digital Camera…

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A TT win for North One and On Sight Date: 14th September, 2009

The exceptional television coverage of the 2009 Isle of Man TT has won a prestigious award.


North One Television and On Sight were presented yesterday with a Sports Video Group award for their work on the 2009 TT.


The Sports Video Group, formed in 2006, is an international networking organisation for the professional sports production community. Members include leagues, owners, rights holders, teams, players, broadcasters, webcasters and consumer technology providers.


The group’s objective is to share best practices that contribute to advancements in sports production and distribution, and ultimately improve the overall consumer sports experience.



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Survival series Man Vs. Wild is no picnic Date: 24th August, 2009

Shooting Bear Grylls’ extreme survival series Man vs.Wild is no picnic and only the toughest cameras and crew need apply.

Bear Grylls’ Man vs. Wild could almost be a TV show designed to prove a camera’s ability to withstand extreme environments.


The Discovery/Channel 4 show from Diverse, now in production on its 4th series, has in its time featured Bear Grylls scaling cliffs, parachuting from helicopters and planes, paragliding, ice climbing, wading rapids and free climbing waterfalls in some of the world’s most inhospitable places.

Of course, anywhere Grylls goes, his five strong crew follows. Executive producer…

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British 3D technology ready to come of age Date: 23rd August, 2009

Specialist British film companies are preparing to exploit the hype created by Avatar, James Cameron's epic 3D science-fiction blockbuster. The film's epic 3D science-fiction blockbuster.


The film, which reportedly cost £180m to make, will open up new opportunities for an elite group of 3D specialist companies in the UK. Avatar is already expected to join the handful of films that have grossed more than $1bn at the box office. Tantalising trailers of the film this weekend whetted the appetites of rival Hollywood studios which are now scrambling to…

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BSC camera evaluation 2009 Date: 8th July, 2009

July 2009 saw the first BSC Film and Digital Image Evaluation screening where On Sight's head of Engineering Richard Mills was asked to hold a talk to 400 BSC delegates in attendance.


Encompassing 18 different film and digital cameras, The BSC Film and Digital Image Evaluation 2009 was shot at Pinewood Studios in February and was designed to show an unbiased assessment of current camera technology available for shooting moving pictures for film or television.


This material provides information for the industry which will enable film makers to assess the options open to them in today’s ever changing…

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No second chances Date: 5th July, 2009

The smooth integration of EVS and Avid technology was crucial to NEP Vision’s outside broadcast coverage of Wimbledon for US TV networks.


Wimbledon is one of the jewels in the crown of the British summer sporting calendar, a watercooler event not just for British fans but for tennis enthusiasts around the world.


That’s why US broadcasters NBC, ESPN and the Tennis Channel once again joined forces with OB company NEP-Visions to produce their own packages of live coverage, interviews and highlights throughout the two-week tournament.


Project manager Tim Allsop at NEP-Visions explains the entire operation required three…

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A new era for the TT races Date: 15th June, 2009

Producer North One revolutionised coverage of the Isle of Man TT Races this year with help from On Sight’s Axis Films and HD Hire departments.


When North One took over coverage of the Isle of Man TT races this year the challenge was simple. The sports producer promised to get under the skin of one of the most exciting events in the motorcycle racing calendar and bring the story of the 2009 race to a bigger worldwide audience.

For North One’s 60-strong production team the challenge was how to bring the personalities behind the race to the fore…

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Tapeless advice Date: 19th February, 2009

Richard Mills, On Sight's Head of Engineering, spoke on behalf of manufacturers Sony and Panasonic as well as joining Axis Films' head of cameras Paul Carter for a seminar on the RED One at this years Broadcast Video Expo.


The Broadcast Video Expo is the UK technology event for production, post, delivery, AV and new media and took place at Earl's Court this February. On Sight and Axis Films (our recently acquired camera specialists) have a proven track record in new HD broadcast technology, something that was reflected by the number manufacturers who asked us to hold seminars at…

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Nick Broomfield scores a hat-trick Date: 20th November, 2008

Renowned documentary maker Nick Broomfield became the first ever to win a third Grierson as he collected Best Drama Documentary with The Battle for Haditha. 

This, his latest feature film, retraces a real-life story of violence and retribution in Iraq. The film marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and examines the legacy of the prolonged military presence in the country.

For Broomfield, HD production suits his intimate shooting style, with the small crews possible on HD productions getting the best results. It's an approach he's exploited to the full on his two most recent…

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P2 Varicam visits Wildscreen Date: 22nd October, 2008

The Wildscreen Festival was founded by Sir Peter Scott in 1982 and has been organised every other year for the past 25 years.


Held in Bristol, the world's centre for wildlife filmmaking, it attracts hundreds of delegates from around the globe and is organised by UK-based charity Wildscreen, which runs a number of initiatives that use the power of film and photography to inspire conservation.


Industry luminaries including Sir David Attenborough and leading tiger expert and conservationist Valmik Thapar will speak at this year's Wildscreen Festival.


On Sight are proud to be present at the Festival's Trade…

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Animal Planet HD series on Pandas Date: 13th October, 2008

ITN Factual has made its first ever HD series for Animal Planet with the help of Sony, a six parter about one of the Earth’s most endangered species the Giant Panda, shot on location in China on the HDW-F900R HDCAM camcorder.


An ITN team headed by director Amanda Feldon went behind the scenes of the first, largest and most successful panda breeding centre in the world at Wolong in South West China to make Pandamonium, which witnesses the daily struggle of keepers and staff to preserve one of the planet’s most at-risk species.


Feldon teamed up with Beijing-based…

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All aboard for Black Ice Date: 19th September, 2008

'Rock n Roll Train' is the first single taken from 'Black Ice', Acca Dacca's first new album in eight years. 

Serpent Productions were chosen to produce the video, which consisted of a multi-camera shoot using 6 RED cameras, with a variety of 35mm prime and zoom lenses. 

It's not just the capturing the action that proved to be a challenge though as the post production turn around had to go from shoot to approval in just one week. That week entailed offline, render to film-resolution dpx sequence for the post-effects treatment, compositing of a greenscreen as well as…

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Making a splash with HDCAM SR deliverables Date: 12th September, 2008

On Sight’s reputation in HD quality control and conversions now has an international reach. South African production company Aquavision Wildlife Filmmakers is just the latest to benefit.


With a progressing level of formats to choose from in the fast-developing HD marketplace it’s no surprise that broadcasters are setting increasingly stringent benchmarks of HD quality for producers to meet.


It’s certainly an issue in the world of natural history production, where HD formats have had a huge impact. Take South Africa’s largest natural history producer, Aquavision, for example. The company makes around six films a year for major HD…

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4:4:4 for all Date: 26th August, 2008

Being an Apple Solutions Expert and an early adopter of Final Cut Pro for HD broadcast work, On Sight's HD LAB was possibly the first professional facility to use Final Cut Pro as a HD editing platform.


Final Cut Studio 2 is now used for HD conforming. Due to a surge in demand for HD FCP projects, On Sight has been exploring ways in which to improve efficiency, ensuring that it can cater for the increasingly complex needs of clients.


Over a period of 18 months, On Sight conducted considerable research and development with the aim of improving uncompressed HD…

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Eagle Rock chooses the HD LAB Date: 25th August, 2008

Eagle Rock have announced a deal with On Sight's technical facility, the HD LAB, to manage and distribute it's entire programme catalogue.

Eagle Rock is one of the UK's leading distributors, specialising in the production and distribution of music and entertainment programming. On Sight's HD LAB will be providing Library management, quality assessment and technical re-versioning for the entire SD and HD catalogues.

The move by Eagle Rock will enable them to take advantage of the technical capabilities of On Sight and ensure the quality of programming being delivered to broadcasters around the world.

Claire Higgins Head of…

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Focusing on Ford Date: 22nd August, 2008

As one of the few IMAX recording facilities outside of the USA, RPS Film Imaging offers a highly specialised and unique service, capable of recording at levels up to 8K IMAX resolution.


So when the HDCAM SR tape of the latest Ford Focus commercial was sent to RPS for IMAX conversion and was found to be not up to scratch, RPS technical director Simon Burley knew he had a problem.


The copy, which featured an orchestra playing instruments constructed from Ford Focus components, was very soft and was smothered in film grain, recalls Burley, the result of a sub-standard conversion.


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Web to Blu-ray Date: 22nd August, 2008

The HD LAB's encoding operation, is an area of the business that has grown rapidly thanks to an explosion in the range of different media formats – from Standard Definition TV to HD and Blu-ray, as well as for mobile and web-based video applications.

“People come to us because encoding requires specialist equipment and the technical experience to achieve high quality results, and our SAN has capture cards which give us the capacity to do encoding with large files,” says On Sight facilities manager Tony Maher.


For Maher, finding the best encoding route for files is a…

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Virgin Galactic Date: 12th August, 2008

Getting away from it all has taken on a new meaning. Or it will in a couple of years, when Richard Branson plans to take his airlines business to the next level – offering the world’s first commercial space flights aboard his Virgin Galactic spaceline.


Future astronauts can find out more by watching a promotion film about the venture, which delves into the technology and the people behind Virgin Galactic, directed by film-maker Carl Fospero of Made in the Shade Productions.


Shot on Sony HDCAM at 50 and 60i, Fospero was granted three days' exclusive access to designer Burt…

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Finding Take That's best qualities Date: 12th August, 2008

Take That's Beautiful World Live DVD was the result of a two day shoot at the O2 Arena in Docklands, at the culmination of the group’s national tour last December.


The group wanted this DVD to look different from the pace of their last production, recalls director Matt Askew, who has worked with the band on their last two tours.


“The band didn’t want it to be a heavily cut concert – the last one was quite staccato and this time they wanted something more film-like. That was the brief – I had to translate that into something that works.”

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Winning with the War on Democracy Date: 13th June, 2008

"They are the awards the media really want to win, a unique set of awards that recognise commitment, originality and verve"- Jon Snow, Channel 4 News


On Sight would like to congratulate John Pilger, Youngheart and Granada on their first co-production "The War on Democracy" winning the One World TV Documentary Award.


The One World Broadcasting Trust is a UK-based organisation which aims to increase global understanding through effective use of the media. Their annual One World Media Awards is one of the foremost Awards events in the UK and rewards excellence in media coverage on the vital…

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Climbing to another level Date: 19th May, 2008

On Sight’s latest range of high end tapeless cameras from Panasonic and Sony are set to raise the bar on tapeless production and meet broadcaster’s stringent HD requirements.


HD specialist On Sight’s reputation for being ahead of the game with the latest kit was underlined recently with the order of the latest large format tapeless HD cameras from Panasonic and Sony.


On Sight is set to become the first company to take delivery of Panasonic’s newly-launched 1920 x 1080 P2 Varicam range – officially unveiled at NAB in April. On order for delivery this autumn will be the AJ…

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Something's got to give... Date: 13th May, 2008

Congratulations goes out to the Third Eye Film Team for their recent success with Three Miles North of Molkom. 


After World Premiere sell-outs in competition at IDFA, Three Miles North of Molkom won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Gothenburg International Film Festival (out of 450 dramas and documentaries), before appearing at Hot Docs.


Variety commented on the film "Production values are first-rate, especially Mike Hill's sound and Joseph Russell's HD work, which captures the haunted, shadowy sunlight of a Swedish summer and makes the colours of the surrounding village pop like it was the cover…

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Mandela's magic moment Date: 7th May, 2008

Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday tribute concert in Hyde Park in June was one of the musical high notes of the summer – a fitting salute to the world leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner.


Named the 46664 Concert, the event was the latest in a series held around the world to raise money for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV/AIDS charity. The number refers to the former South African president’s prison number on Robben Island, where he was notoriously incarcerated for 18 of his 27 years behind bars.


Timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the June 1988 Free…

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Scoring gold Date: 25th April, 2008

Nike 'Take it to the next Level' wins Gold at Cannes


Next Level" is new take on Football from Nike. Made to inspire football obsessed teens, the film is a first-person journey up the football ranks-from being discovered by Arsenal in a youth match to a life-defining moment playing for our national side. Along the way we experience success (finishing a cross from Cesc Fabregas) as well as frustration (getting burned by Ronaldinho). The film celebrates playing the game with purpose and passion. It shows what it takes to become a modern, brilliant fofotballer - to take…

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Keeping standards high Date: 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.


Amsterdam-based distributor Off the Fence, which last November hired On Sight…

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Leon Jean Marie P2 promo Date: 7th 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

On Sight with several members of his production team to discuss the workings of the Panasonic HVX200 cameras, storage…

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Make Believe. Not War. Date: 4th 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…

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Sony to launch the PDW-700 camera Date: 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. 


Scheduled for delivery in April, the PDW-700 is the latest in Sony’s XDCAM range, capable of 50Mb/s HD recording onto 50 GB dual layer professional discs with three 2/3-inch CCDs for RGB image capture, each with full 1920 x 1080 resolution. On Sight, which…

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First UK Live Transmission in 3D Date: 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…

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Making tv a tapeless zone Date: 15th February, 2008

Programme-makers are showing an interest in tapeless production despite the steep learning curve it requires.


If high definition has been the big story in broadcast technology in recent years then 2008 is set to be the year that tapeless production takes off. Increasing levels of HD commissions from broadcasters, coupled with the emergence of a new breed of broadcast-quality tapeless cameras is making tapeless HD a reality.


It’s a trend that hasn’t escaped On Sight head of engineering Richard Mills, who estimates that currently around 5% of TV production in the UK uses tapeless technology – a figure that is…

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The heat of the battle Date: 1st February, 2008

How film-maker Nick Broomfield’s latest film used HD to detail the reality of the War in Iraq.


Film-maker Nick Broomfield is no stranger to documenting tragedy. In 2006, he dramatised the real life story of the 23 Chinese cocklepickers who drowned at the hands of Chinese gangmasters in Morecambe Bay in 2004.


His latest film, released last month, details the true story of the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at the hands of US troops in a revenge attack following the death of one of their own soldiers.


Both films were shot in HD using Sony HDW-750P cameras and small…

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Why 3D is about to break through Date: 29th January, 2008

For a long time 3D movies and TV shows have been a bit of a gimmick. They have been used to re-energise a tired franchise, help a film stand out at a crowded box office or to give TV viewers a glimpse of what the future might hold.

But many in the 3D production industry now say that future may be closer than ever before. Film makers, technology companies and post-production outfits recently gathered at the historic Shepperton Studios to assess just how far…

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RED takes on a Jaguar Date: 20th January, 2008

Tangerine Films recently produced a spot for Jaguar’s new XF range, produced entirely on the Red One Camera System, with full backup & on-set support from Axis Films.

Shot on location in the south of France north of Nice & Monaco, the cameras were subjected to the extremes, mounting on fast moving tracking vehicles and attached to the cars via the Quickrig system. Helicopter Film Services also provided a Red Camera-modified Wescam for some spectacular sequences in the Verdon Gorge.


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A question of comic timing Date: 18th November, 2007

A British ROM COM without Hugh Grant, is that as much risk as it used to be? Well Director Col Spector didn’t think so when he shot the movie Someone Else a couple of years ago in Super 35mm.


The film is a kind of Bridget Jones for men and relies heavily for its ‘COM’ on ... timing. Not a problem at the time of the shoot or at the film transfer stage but it was

when Col went to get a DVD copy made that the full impact of the ‘mis’-timing hit him.


“We shot at 24…

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Queen Rock Montreal Date: 17th November, 2007

Eagle Rock’s – Queen Rock Montreal is a special Christmas release for the legions of Queen fans still eager for more of the Band.


The latest film scanning techniques together with new HD consumer DVD formats brought the possibility of resurrecting the band at the peak of their powers with the best re-mastering methods currently available.


The original 35mm film was scanned at 4k in the US at DTS who used the latest technology to enhance the quality and sharpness of picture. The 4k files were then returned to the UK where they were re-edited and graded to…

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Hunger for detail Date: 7th September, 2007

HD filming helped to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.


Commercials showcasing the quality of high definition in recent years have tended to be big, spectacular, eye-catching affairs. But agency Young & Rubicam Singapore’s latest 30-second spot for Sony Asia, What is Beauty?, has taken a more low-key approach.


The creative brief given to directing duo Samuel Christopher at production company Hungry Man, and DoP Luke Scott, was to reveal in HD the hidden beauty of ordinary objects that wouldn’t normally get a second glance – from a car abandoned in woodland, to dead leaves, puddles, clouds or…

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Going tapeless: A P2 first Date: 3rd September, 2007

Yoav Segal is a man on a mission. A fire has been lit beneath him ever since his Grandfather told him stories of fascism on the streets of East London in the Thirties and the heroic men and women that held their own against it.


The sting is that the stories were true and the man portrayed in the story was really his very own Grandad.


Yoav had already made a documentary about this piece of history – when Sir Oswald Mosley’s Black Shirts were given permission to walk through the mainly Jewish area of East London. But…

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Wolf at the door Date: 24th August, 2007

Bringing the classic 1930s children’s tale Peter and the Wolf – intended by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev to introduce youngsters to the delights of orchestral music – to a new generation is easier said than done.


With children’s expectations conditioned by HD video games and 3G movies, the bar has been raised in terms of production values.


Producer Hugh Welchman and his Breakthru Films team realised that to capture a child’s imagination today, the stop-frame animation would need to exude production values that its audience would not be able to resist.


The 13-month project was made at…

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I'm Not Dead tour Date: 10th August, 2007

P!NK’s recent Wembley Arena Concert was yet another epic HD shoot for Serpent Productions, typical of the slick style they produce on regular basis.


The event was Directed by David Mallet, shot by NEP Visions on about 20 HD Cameras at 1080/25p and posted entirely by On Sight Upstairs. On Sight digitised all the material after the shoot on multiple dedicated digitising systems for speed.


The edit was put together by Nick Morris on Final Cut Pro before on-lining in HD at On Sight Upstairs, where it was graded in HD and played out various

HDCAM masters: an…

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Happy Birthday Pinewood Date: 7th July, 2007

Pinewood Studios Celebrated it's 70th Birthday on the 7th July 2007 and Axis Films were there to help out.

As part of the festivities a bank heist was recreated on a disused set and Axis Films were on hand to film the action. Shooting on 4 cameras including a Polecam with Iconix Camera, we shot the gun battles between the good guys and the baddies. 

A great…

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On Sight 'conjure up' the Alchemist Ph.C-HD Date: 24th June, 2007

After committing to a beta testing programme over a year ago On Sight found themselves one of only two companies in possession of one of the most sought after high definition broadcasting ‘pieces of kit’ in the world, the other company being the BBC.


Snell & Wilcox’s Alchemist Ph.C-HD has a legacy of the best motion compensation and standards conversion going back to the early nineties, the era of high definition meant that the proprietary algorithms had to perform that much better, On Sight were on hand to help that happen.


For Snell & Wilcox that meant looking…

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A night to remember Date: 28th May, 2007

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is a rock legend with a reputation for quality.


“As the leader of Pink Floyd, David has always been an artist who has never compromised with his work,” insists Andy Murray from Gilmour’s management company, One Fifteen.


No surprise then that when One Fifteen Management suggested he should make a DVD of his latest tour, Gilmour and director David Mallet opted for one of the highest quality HD formats available – Sony HDCAM SR.


Remember That Night: David Gilmour Live At The Royal Albert Hall was shot last May at the culmination of…

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Panasonic's back-up hire company Date: 4th May, 2007

Panasonic has selected camera hire company On Sight to be its back-up hire company for the AJ-HDX900E camcorder.


The AJ-HDX900E is the "BBC's preferred camera for factual and learning," says Panasonic. On Sight has purchased five camcorders and says it is experiencing high demand for HD from all areas of programming.

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Godiva strikes again Date: 16th March, 2007

Film-maker Heath Jones’ first film, Lady Godiva: Back in the Saddle, had an unusual inspiration.


The chance purchase of a box of Godiva Belgian chocolates in a Detroit airport gave the film’s US based screenwriter and producer the idea for a film based on the famous lady’s naked ride through the city of Coventry in the 11th century.


Set for a cinema and DVD release this autumn, the £3.5m British comedy from Koralis Productions is a romp in The Full Monty tradition, centering on controversial plans to build a casino in the city’s memorial park.


Shot on…

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Ghosts in the machine Date: 22nd September, 2006

Nick Broomfield is leading the way for a new generation of film-makers turning to high-definition shooting.


Over the years, Nick Broomfield has perfected his own, individual filmmaking technique. His documentary portraits – from rock singer Courtney Love to white supremacist South African Eugène Terre’Blanche – have been intimate portraits shot with a skeleton crew.


Which is one reason that he doesn’t like using film formats such as 35mm for his work. “A film camera dictates a lot of things. It has a huge impact on the production in terms of the number of personnel,” declares Broomfield.


“Shoots get…

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Playtime for Sony Date: 15th September, 2006

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the E3 games expo to a company like Sony.


As the electronics industry’s biggest annual showcase it’s where the next generation of cutting-edge gaming technology is unveiled to an eager audience of 60,000 industry professionals.


So there was a lot riding on the launch of its high definition PlayStation 3 games console and on the quality of the videos and trailers which Sony needed to prepare for the launch.


Says Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Arran Green: “Once you could get away with simple images to promote consoles and games but…

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Rocket Man lands in Vegas Date: 24th August, 2006

High-definition was the only choice for shooting Elton John’s musical spectacular The Red Piano.


Celine Dion’s legendary music extravaganza at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas now has a rival in the shape of Elton John’s The Red Piano – a similarly super-charged visual spectacular guaranteed to send Elton fans into raptures.


For those unable to make the trip to Nevada, it was decided to make a televised version of the show in high-definition – the perfect format for capturing the show’s dazzling visuals. But capturing The Red Piano for a US network special on NBC and a DVD for release…

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Tricks of the trade Date: 24th November, 2005

How On Sight conjured up a few moves of its own when it put together Ocelot Productions' compendium of trendy tricks - The Book of Cool.

Ocelot Productions producer/director Fred Rees had been planning this project since early in 2004. ”The book of cool was a concept that grew out of an idea to make a football skills video, but I wanted to spread the net much wider than football by tracking down some of the coolest tricks on the planet and get some of the best in the world to give us a masterclass,” says Rees.


Rees had…

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First film to output to HDCAM SR Date: 3rd April, 2005

Jim Henson's Mirrormask, the innovative debut feature film of Dave McKean, is the first film in this country to output onto the new HDCAM SR format.


"As the film's producer, it was important for me, using a brand new technology, that not only could On Sight supply the equipment we needed, but, more importantly, they understood how it worked - and as a bonus, provided a service that alway came with a smile."

Simon Moorhead, producer, Mirrormask 

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Arc of steel Date: 14th February, 2005

Cutting edge technology was instrumental in creating the right look for a film on the steel industry.


Given that the assignment involved making a short film about British Asian steel millionaire Lakshmi Mittal, the richest man in Britain, you might assume that Connected Pictures would have gone for film - the most expensive format. but producer Adam Penny had a different aim: "We wanted it to be made using cutting edge technology because Mittal is at the forefront of the steel industry."


The solution was to use an On Sight Panasonic Varicam camcorder, combined with a swing and…

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New Captain Scarlet Date: 12th February, 2005

An altogether bigger show handled at On Sight's HD Lab is Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, an all new 26-part CGI programme with new scripts, characters and stories.


The show, produced by Anderson Entertainment for broadcast in February 2005, has kept a 130-strong production team busy at Pinewood, with four teams including animators and TDs taking eight weeks to complete each 22 minute episode.


The show was edited by Andy Walter and finally conformed using Final Cut Pro HD at Anderson's Pinewood HQ. Phil Stone, the online editor, played out the programme to Sony HDCAM, which was then…

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HD first for film Date: 4th February, 2005

Andrea Vecchiato is one of a pioneering new breed of film directors making the most of the creative potential of HD production.


Filmmakers have often been sniffy abouot the use of new formats such as HD over 35mm film, but for director Andrea Vecchiato has a message for them. "They should not be so lazy," he declares. "In fact, it upsets me when I talk to DoPs who think that 35mm film will always be better."


And Vecchiato knows what he is talking about. He shot Hadaly Pictures' Luminal, an adaptation of Italian writer Isabella Santacroce's shockingly futuristic…

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