31st December, 2023
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QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL will be released in over 400 IMAX theatres globally for four days beginning January 18th, 2024.
IMAX and Pathé Live in partnership with Mercury Studios and Queen Films announced, for the very first time, one of the world’s biggest bands will perform on cinema’s biggest screens with the global release of QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL, exclusively in IMAX beginning January 18th, 2024. This exhilarating live concert from 1981 is a window into Queen in their most unalloyed form, giving audiences a larger-than-life, front-row immersive experience. The film was digitally re-mastered for the first time into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.
“It’s so wonderful to know that all these years later so many people want to experience the original band that I am so proud to have been a part of,” said Roger Taylor. “What a blast…it felt like actually being on the stage!”
“Experiencing ‘QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL’ in IMAX is like stepping into a time machine — it’s an opportunity to see the band perform their most iconic hits in a visceral, immediate way I thought was no longer possible,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “The way this film was shot and now restored and presented in IMAX is truly awe-inspiring, and second only to being there in the house back in ’81.”
We provided full picture post on the film including grading, restoration and remastering for the giant screen. With over 30 years' experience, our award-winning team of creatives and technologists are renowned for providing post solutions for this format. Initially OnSight provided Mercury Studios and Head of Post Production Rosie Holley, with some remastering tests of the film back at the beginning of 2019. The results from these tests were so outstanding that our MD Simon Craddock introduced Mercury Studio’s to the IMAX team later that year.
Most of the restoration and remastering work was completed by OnSight during the Covid-19 lockdown back in 2020 but it still took some time to make it to IMAX. Silver Salt assisted with preliminary film fixes and an open gate 4K scan of the 35mm film print was used to create the full height IMAX version of this historic Queen performance. Revealing new parts of the original frame, extensive restoration was required before finishing and enhancement work could begin. Following grain reduction and image processing a fresh colour grade was applied by Senior Colourist Andy Lee, thereby digitally re-mastering the look of the film to the highest standard possible for the IMAX Experience®. Working directly with IMAX, OnSight optimized for the IMAX format and delivered the film for additional adjustments using proprietary IMAX tools for further image enhancement including the IMAX DMR® (Digital Media Remastering) process.
This important film has been finished to the highest standard possible to be shown on the world's largest screens. It was a labour of love for OnSight who have worked with Mercury Studios for over a decade.
“Working on this special project has been a labour of love and technical first for Mercury Studios. We were in safe hands with OnSight with their vast experience working with IMAX on big screen presentations, they were able to support the collaboration with IMAX on a technical level with the patience and expertise a project and artist of this calibre deserve, it’s been an absolute pleasure.” - Rosie Holley, Head of Post Production, Mercury Studios
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31st December, 2023
‘We’re so happy with how Gladiators turned out. The OnSight team pulled out all the stops to create a stunning HDR audio-visual feast. The uncompromising detail in picture and sound design takes you right inside moments of pure drama.’ - Martin Williams, Executive Producer
The 4 part natural history series will come out in the USA on the 20th of January on Love Nature, where you can unlock the killer secrets and ingenious tactics of nature’s toughest fighters. The show takes you to four incredible ecosystems around the world where wild gladiators, from the smallest ants to the biggest bears, battle for the ultimate prize: survival. Narrated by Sean Bean!
Talesmith’s Gladiators is created for Love Nature and Sky, with Showrunner Alex Hemingway, Directors Amabel Adcock and Will Benson, Production Manager Jolene Filmer, Executive Producers Ruth Roberts and Martin Williams.
We were pleased to complete full Picture and Sound post for this project, with Colour by Emily Russul Saib, Pre-mix by Andy Coles, Dubbing Mixer Andrew Wilson, Online Editors Adam Sample and Andrew Fisun, Conform Editor James Davies, and DAC Morgan Hood, overseen by Senior Post Producer Joana Coelho. The post for Gladiators was a great experience for our team, who relished and rose to the challenge of complex archive footage of differing qualities and frame rates and tight deadlines.
A little more on the ecosystems and the inhabitants you can expect to meet in Gladiators:
On the great savannah of southern Africa, the dry season is tightening its grip on a small watering hole. Here, a group of gladiators – big and small – are being drawn into dangerous proximity.
Australia, a land cast adrift at the time of the dinosaurs. Isolated for millions of years, the animals here are like nowhere else on Earth. Evolution has transformed them into freaks of nature…and the wiliest gladiators on the planet.
Across the tropical Americas, a dense and vibrant jungle dominates. Here, a group of young gladiators are looking to earn their stripes.
In America’s far North, shrouded by forests and encircled by jagged peaks, lies a tidal arena of rivers, marshes and shorelines. The animals here are the ultimate fighters.
30th December, 2023
The feel-good comedy Arthur’s Whisky released on Sky Cinema on the 1st of January, starting off the new year with the wonderful trio of Diane Keaton, Patricia Hodge, and Lulu.
Arthur’s Whisky, directed by Stephen Cookson, with cinematography by David Mackie, and a screenplay by Alexis Zegerman, centres on a widow who discovers her recently deceased husband invented an elixir which makes the drinker look young again. Sharing it with her two friends, the three women paint the town red only to discover they are no longer equipped to be young in the modern world.
“Working with such an incredibly talented actress as academy award-winner Diane Keaton is a dream come true. She leads our brilliant ensemble cast featuring Patricia Hodge, David Harewood, Hayley Mills, Bill Paterson, Adil Ray, Boy George as well as the iconic Lulu.” - Stephen Cookson, Director
We were pleased to complete full post production for this film, with Andy Coles as re-recording mixer, Andy Lee as colourist, Adam Sample as senior on-line editor, Dan Bourne performing Additional Visual Effects, overseen by Lead Post Producer Jeff Halsey. The pre mix was completed at OnSight, with the final mix at Pinewood Powell theatre.
"Along with Director Stephen Cookson and the whole post team on Arthur’s Whisky we have been very appreciative of the flexibility, reactivity and overall high standards that the talented team at Onsight have brought to the film. Thank you all." - Pippa Cross, CrossDay Productions
Arthur’s Whisky is represented by Arclight Films, and the project is produced by Cookson and Peter Keegan of CK Films, in association with CrossDay Productions, and Pippa Cross. The film is financed by Sky, MEP Capital, Arclight Films, OnSight, Sherborne Media and Filmology. The film released as a Sky Original in the UK & Ireland on Sky Cinema on the 1st of January 2024. Executive producers are Gary Hamilton of Arclight Films, Andrew Kotliar and Matt Cohen from MEP Capital, George Bennett of Worldmakr, Alastair Burlingham of Sherborne Media, Jack Christian from Filmology, and Julia Stuart and Laura Grange at Sky and Leighton Lloyd.
“Arthur’s Whisky is a hilarious and universal story about second chances, with the undeniable talent of Diane Keaton leading our cast, we are delighted to be part of this incredible project and are so excited to introduce the film to our distributors around the world.” - Gary Hamilton, Arclight chairman
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28th December, 2023
Forever Young is the story of 70-year-old Robyn (Diana Quick), a successful author frustrated by her dwindling readership and the fast approaching end of her career. However, when scientist Jim Petrak (Mark Jackson) turns up with a wonder drug, ‘the cure for regret’, that would allow her to become young again, she is faced with a crucial choice. Attracted by the prospect of a new lease of life, and the opportunity to reverse her greatest regret of not having children, Robyn must now convince her husband Oscar (Bernard Hill) who has no such regrets and refuses to take the drug.
The sci-fi romance is directed by Henk Pretorius, and produced by Llewelynn Greeff, who negotiated the deal on behalf of Dark Matter Studios with Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films for international distribution, and is executive produced by Cassian Elwes and Gareth Jones.
We were delighted to deliver post production on this poignant film, with our Senior Colourist Andy Lee, On-Line Editor Andrew Fisun, and Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey.
“After meeting Lise in LA for the festival screening, we immediately connected with her understanding of the film and the audience it will play to. This led us to a digital rollout to bring director Henk Pretorius’ timeless film to a sizable audience. This film was a true labor of love for our entire team, and we can’t wait for audiences to connect with its story and rich characters.” - Llewelynn Greeff, Producer
“What if you could live forever, younger, would you? This poignant film will really make audiences think, and the renowned international cast delivers world-class performances.” - Lise Romanoff, CEO and Managing Director of Vision Films
Filmed in England, Forever Young has won Industry Choice Award at the 2023 Dances With Films, and Best Feature Film at the 2023 Viva Texas Film Festival. It stars Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited), Bernard Hill (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Amy Tyger (Foundation), Mark Jackson (The Orville), Stephanie Beacham (Dynasty), Anna Wolf (The Unfamiliar), and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).
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13th December, 2023
Blue Whales: Return of the Giants was featured in British Cinematographer’s Set To Post in the November/December issue! It follows the unbelievable journey of Blue Whales from near-extinction to rising populations, and the scientists committed to learning more about the elusive animal - the biggest to have ever lived.
Directed and produced by Hugh Pearson, with senior producer Myles Connolly, Production Manager Zoe Webb, narration by Andy Serkis, and a score by Steven Price. It is produced by Oceanic Films, and distributed by SK Films.
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, bespoke giant screen 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, VFX Artists David Wigram and Chris Panton. The project was overseen by Senior Post Producer Joana Coelho.