EXPLORER - A portrait of Sir Ranulph Fiennes

23rd May, 2022

“Working at OnSight on Explorer was fantastic and the team couldn’t have done more to make the experience work for us.” - George Chignell, Producer.

EXPLORER, directed by Matthew Dyas, tells the definitive story of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an inspirational leader credited as the World’s Greatest Living Explorer. Amongst his wealth of extraordinary achievements, Sir Fiennes was the first to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, he crossed the Antarctic on foot and even discovered a lost city in Arabia.

EXPLORER was Produced by George Chignell and Co-Produced by Christian Holland for Explorer Pictures and distributed by Universal Pictures, with Executive Producers Simon McCallum, Helen Parker, Tim Platt and Gillian Scothern. With cinematography by Chris Openshaw, EXPLORER provides exclusive access to Ranulph, his spectacular film archive, which has been preserved by the BFI National Archive, showcasing decades of expeditions and contributions from close friends and colleagues. This collection of footage has led to the creation of a truly personal film, which goes beyond a simple retrospective of Fiennes’ record breaking achievements, revealing the man behind the myth, simply known as ‘Ran’.

Post Production at OnSight

OnSight are proud to have provided the post production for EXPLORER, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Senior colourist, Andy Lee, created three versions of the film for different deliverables using P3/Theatrical, Rec 709/Broadcast and HDR grades. OnSight’s Adam Sample provided the Online Edit. 

A Creative Solution to Technical Audio Challenges

Andy Coles was the Re-recording Mixer for this project. Given that almost all of the interviews in the film were recorded over the phone during lockdown, Andy and the OnSight team faced a significant challenge with the audio. To tackle this, the team decided to create a feature of the audio by making the interviews sound as though they were speaking through walkie talkies, as Ran has spent much time communicating via radio throughout his expeditions. 

Signora Volpe

28th April, 2022

Signora Volpe is a crime drama series executive produced by Marc Samuelson and Josie Law of Route 24 (an ITV Studios-backed production company). The show comprises three 90-minute instalments and it arrives in May 2022 on Acorn TV in the UK, US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Silent Witness star Emilia Fox plays Sylvia, a former M16 operative who gets drawn into crime-solving when she visits her sister in a quiet village in Umbria, Italy. The disillusioned spy is trying to start a new, slower-paced life but it seems that trouble simply follows her around. Try as she might, Sylvia can’t quite shake her innate sense of justice, and plain nosiness, so finds herself embroiled in some dark and compelling crimes.

“OnSight are a wonderful, friendly team of people who always went above and beyond to help us deliver a great show. At every level we and the show were looked after by highly skilled, very talented and very nice people who really cared about the project and always delivered first rate work, on time and on budget. We enjoyed the experience of working with them immensely.” - Josie Law, Executive Producer, Route24

International and Remote production 

The Post Production scope of Signora Volpe was an exciting challenge for our team at OnSight, each 90min episode was given the same love and attention as a complete feature film. Led by Post Producer Joana Coelho, the OnSight team coordinated with the two directors of the show, Dudi Appleton (Silent Witness) and Mark Brozel (Troy: Fall of a City) to online the 3 episodes. 

During the shoot, rushes and dailies were coordinated and delivered to our London post facility from the DIT team out in Italy using OnSight’s Aspera service. The series was offlined in Avid at OnSight with a mixture of remote access and in-house facilities all on shared networks for both editors and edit assistants and then onlined by Adam Sample, our Senior Finishing Editor.Andy Lee, OnSight’s Senior Colourist, made the stunning views of Italy look outstanding with its delicate warmth, which added to the fun storyline.

All episodes had some elements of spoken Italian within them, this meant a fair amount of time was spent getting the subtitles and translations perfected to make the storyline flow with ease. There were a number of VFX shots within the show, most were quite subtle and yet some were quite time-consuming. Nonetheless, the results stood out and are a testament to the skills involved by the VFX department.

Sound was supervised by OnSight’s Andy Coles, who added: “During the coldest months of the year here, I had the pleasure of mixing all three episodes, full of the sound of cicadas and hot Italian countryside. A great way to escape the winter gloom.” - OnSight Sound Supervisor, Andy Coles

Overall the show is a fun, gentle spy-thriller with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. Viewers have the opportunity to feel like they are in the beautiful Italian sunny hills. A great escape for us all!

Antarctica - OnSight takes a deep dive into the unknown with BBC Earth

28th February, 2022

Antarctica was shortlisted for 4 Jackson Wild Awards and won Best Cinematography!

Check out this beautiful giant screen film at London’s Science Museum! 

“OnSight has been a trusted and valued partner for BBC Earth on our Giant Screen films.  On large screen formats, there is nowhere for mistakes to hide and OnSight with their OPR workflow has consistently delivered a premium service quality that has allowed the visuals, audio and storytelling of our natural history films to shine with audiences worldwide.” - Jill Kellie, Commercial Director BBC Earth

Antarctica is a land of mystery and yet what happens here affects every single one of us. With never-before seen footage, the story brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent. It is the coldest driest and windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans and yet, weird and wonderful creatures thrive here in astounding abundance.

Lead by OnSight’s Senior Colourist Andy Lee, OnSight’s creative team enjoyed working alongside BBC Studios Natural History Unit providing full post for this visually stunning feature, using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. Covering 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 film is directed by Fredi Devas, who worked on Planet Earth II and Frozen Planet. With Production Managers Caroline Cox and Nicola Kowalski, Producer Jonny Keeling, Executive Producer Jonathan Williams and supervising Producer Myles Connolly, who has a wealth of giant screen & IMAX films in his slate.

“In our industry of giant screen filmmaking, quality is the key to success.  With laser projection and screens as big as 90’ x 120’, there’s nowhere to hide. Even the most minute issue is suddenly and glaringly apparent. 

For much of my nearly 30 years in this business, 70mm film was the gold standard for resolution and our ability to manipulate the cleanest image through the photo-chemical pipeline.  But now, with OnSight and their OPR workflow, we have the ability to choose the very best digital tools and create images that not only rival but surpass the very best quality that’s come before.  We now have more filmmaking option, more tools in our toolbox.  This process has helped us succeed on projects like BBC Earth’s “Oceans:  Our Blue Planet” and, more recently “Antarctica 3D”.  Audiences see the quality and come back wanting more.

This industry isn’t for the faint of heart and I’m hugely grateful to Onsight for developing this groundbreaking workflow and helping our films look their best."  - Myles Connolly, Producer for IMAX, Large Format documentaries, 3D and 4k digital production.

Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness

25th February, 2022

‘May I express my sincere gratitude for your professional and excellent work and the services you delivered to our full satisfaction. It was my first experience with the Giant Screen World and thanks to your guidance it was a very pleasurable one.’ - Wolfgang Knöpfler, Producer

Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness has been shortlisted for the Educational/Informational award at Jackson Wild Awards 2021!

Join the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) to screen The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater located downtown Fort Lauderdale.  

DETAILS: The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness Weekends activities are included with admission to the Museum. For more information, visit mods.org/arcticsummer.

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, producers Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler, written and directed by IMAX producer Myles Connolly and the award-winning nature photographer and cinematographer Florian Schulz and distributed by Cosmic Picture.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, is one of the wildest places left on the planet - a symbol of wilderness that few have ever seen. The Arctic is vast, wild and untouched, where some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles unfold.

The release of the trailer is accompanied by an online campaign on www.protectthearctic.org/ and @ProTheArctic on Twitter to create awareness for a looming catastrophe; and to show measures that could be put into place to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Refuge is one of the last places on Earth exempt from human impact; and while it has been a haven for hundreds of different plant-, animal and fish species, it’s under attack as the American government is following plans to extract oil from this part of the Arctic.

The film features an extensive education program to extend learning off screen and into homes and classrooms worldwide. ‘Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness’ will reach online and local communities through an innovative and strategic engagement campaign to raise awareness about the fragile beauty of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

OnSight provided giant screen post production on this amazing project, using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. Covering 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.

Seize the clay with The Colour Room and DP Denson Baker AC NZCS

21st February, 2022

The Colour Room, showing on Sky Cinema, is a British drama film that explores the life of renowned ceramicist and feminist icon, Clarice Cliff, during the 1920s. Tracing her origins as a working-class factory girl to celebrated ceramics designer, the film depicts how Cliff (Phoebe Dynevor) revolutionised the pottery industry, introducing colourful and unique art-deco style patterns into her work. The Colour Room intertwines the greyness of industrial factories with the vibrancy that typified her work, with the deployment of colour in the visual storytelling also used to subtly echo the rise of feminism and the shift away from a male-dominated traditional past towards a brighter future.

Directed by Claire McCarthy and written by Claire Peate, The Colour Room was shot by McCarthy’s partner and frequent collaborator DP Denson Baker ACS NZCS. The Colour Room marks their third feature film together, starting with The Waiting City (2009) and followed by Ophelia (2018). They have also collaborated on a number of music videos, short films, as well as the acclaimed TV series The Luminaries (2020) and Domina (2021).

“One of the first things we said about The Colour Room was that we didn’t strictly want it to be a biopic, but a little slice of this artist’s life,” says Baker. “We wanted to incorporate Clarice’s art, her style and her colour palette, into the visual style, but did not want to make a dusty, musty period film, which it could very easily have been as it’s set in The Potteries in the Midlands during the 1920s.”