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Arctic: Our Frozen Planet wins 5 awards at the GSCA 2023 International Conference!

September 27, 2023

“Arctic: Our Frozen Planet is an epic 3D adventure across the magical realm of snow and ice at the top of our planet. The team at OnSight have helped to bring this incredible ecosystem to life in vivid colour and awe-inspiring 3D.  OnSight have been a trusted technical and creative partner for BBC Earth over a number of giant screen projects, and continue to be the standard bearers for quality in this exacting and challenging medium.” – Jonathan Williams, Executive Producer BBC Studios.

The GSCA 2023 International Conference, in recognition of excellence in giant screen filmmaking, was held last week with the Giant Screen Cinema Association. We are very happy to share that Arctic: Our Frozen Planet won Best Film, as well as Best Cinematography, Best Score, Sound Design and Lifelong Learning!

A BBC Earth production and a SK Films release, Arctic: Our Frozen Planet is directed by Rachel Scott, produced by Mark Brownlow, Executive Produced by Jonathan Williams, with Giant Screen Consultant Phil Streather, and Joint Program Managers Jane Greenford and Kate Horvath (BBC). Arctic: Our Frozen Planet is an epic 3D adventure across the magical realm of snow and ice at the top of our planet. This 3D Giant Screen film is also narrated by the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch. 

At the top of our planet lies a magical realm of snow and ice – the Arctic. Every year it is transformed by an annual cycle of freeze and thaw. For millennia, this steady seasonal beat has allowed life to thrive. But our planet is warming, upsetting this natural balance and the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on Earth. Scientists are now discovering that what happens here affects us all.

Arctic: Our Frozen Planet focuses in on local communities dealing with the most immediate impacts of a warming Arctic, and the work being done with scientists to uncover how these changes will continue to affect the native environment, and ultimately all of us. 

“It’s been a long and happy journey with ONSIGHT. From re-working PLF’s IMAX classic Bugs! 3D for Sky 3D, to Meerkats 3D (again for Sky 3D); through Madam Butterfly 3D for RealD/Royal Opera House; and 3D specials for Wanda in China. At each stage the team at ONSIGHT has evolved, as they continually strive for excellence. The recently minted OPR workflow is the zenith of this pursuit and is now, by far, the hands down gold standard for Giant Screen documentary post. Huge kudos to the tech team of Rik Tester, Andy Lee, Joana Coelho, Dan Bourne and Adam Sample. And of course to my other old friends Simon Craddock and Tony Maher. Long may the adventures continue.” – Phil Streather, IMAX Producer and Consultant

The Arctic: Our Frozen Planet Educator Guide supports the Next Generation Science Standards, and was created by Discovery Place Education Studio, North Carolina, together with SK Films, and accompanies the Giant Screen film as an education tool. The Arctic spans three continents and eight countries, and this tool coupled with the Arctic: Our Frozen Planet film provides a stunning and informative way of learning about these environments, their inhabitants, and the impact of climate change. 

Post Production

OnSight provided full Picture Post for this project, using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. This covered full 6K picture post, 2D to 3D conversion, visual effects, shot extensions for 1.43:1 and Dome projections, deliverables and colour grading for both xenon and laser projection. The project was completed with Senior Colourist Andy Lee, Senior Online Editor Adam Sample, Online Editor Dan Bourne, Edit Assistant Alfie Mitchell, and Digital Asset Coordinator Danielle Kidd. The project was overseen by Senior Post Producer Joana Coelho.