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Neil Marshall’s The Lair to Open Fright Fest in World Premiere

August 1, 2022

“Independent Film only works when you get more than what you pay for, and the value-add that Onsight brings with their unparalleled can-do attitude has made THE LAIR the film we always hoped it could be.”  – Daniel-Konrad Cooper, Producer.

The news is out, Fright Fest is opening with the premiere of Director Neil Marshall’s latest action horror The Lair on the 25th August! Marshall describes his latest adrenaline-pumping creation, starring Jonathan Howard (Thor: The Dark World), Charlotte Kirk (The Reckoning) and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), as “The Dirty Half Dozen meets The Thing”.

Produced by Daniel-Konrad Cooper for Rather Good Films, The Lair follows RAF fighter pilot Lieutenant Kate Sinclair, after her plane is shot down over a main rebel stronghold in Afghanistan. Whilst being pursued by insurgents, Sinclair finds refuge in an abandoned Soviet Research bunker where she unknowingly awakens the Ravagers – a DNA based biological weapon gone horribly wrong. US troops and British Special Forces rescue Sinclair, although as darkness falls the Ravagers invade their remote army base and a massive fight ensues.

The Lair is Co-Produced by Jonathan Halyperyn, Daniel Kresmery and Kwesi Dickson, with Cinematography by Luke Bryant. Executive Producers are Samantha Allwinton, Reinhard Besser, Charlotte Kirk, Neil Marshall, Phil Rymer, Joe Simpson and Simon Williams.

Post Production at OnSight

OnSight had the pleasure of managing the conform, grade, online and delivery of The Lair, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. The action-horror film was shot on Sony Venice, which was a treat for our team to work with and looks fantastic on the big screen! Colourist Andy Lee graded the film, set in Afghanistan, to emulate the remote high altitude mountains of the Nangahar Province and a hidden Soviet bunker; creating a fantastic contrast between the bright, barren environment and the dark colourful bunker, where the Ravagers lay in wait.

The Lair was then handed to OnSight’s Senior Online Editor Adam Sample and Online Editors Alfie Mitchell and Dan Bourne. With over 600 VFX shots, The Lair was a great technical challenge for us and the team worked quickly to innovate new bespoke workflows for this project. Working with Director Neil Marshall throughout the post production process, from the offline to the grade and finishing meant the team had a solid understanding of the project and its needs right from the onset.

Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper describes his experience working with our team of creatives: “Colourist Andy Lee brings energy to every project he undertakes and works with a speed that enables creativity and experimentation in the grading suite to ensure that visiting teams leave with their expectations exceeded. Post Producer Jeff Halsey has worked tirelessly with the online team (Alfie & Adam) to serve the project’s every need – they know our material better than anyone and have been thoughtful and thorough in facilitating our delivery which has evolved and expanded to include VFX deliveries from Sweden and Finland (Filmgate)”.