03rd November, 2023
"ANOTHER BODY required a very precise post-production process due to the fact that the film was completely anonymized. We used many technologies to achieve this, including Deepfaking, 2D & 3D animation. OnSight was an integral partner to the film. The team was conscious of all of the different technical restrictions we were facing, while still delivering a beautifully mixed final cut. We are grateful to have collaborated with OnSight, they approached our project with immense care and detail." - Sophie Compton & Reuben Hamlyn, Directors
ANOTHER BODY follows a college student’s search for justice after she discovers deepfake pornography of herself circulating online.
Following its World Premiere at SxSW, where the film won the Special Jury Award for Innovation in Storytelling, ANOTHER BODY continued its successful festival run at Hot Docs and has picked up several awards along the way. WILLA’s new documentary released theatrically in New York and LA in October and is also available to watch on Apple TV and Amazon Prime in the US. ANOTHER BODY screens at IDFA on November 11th and will then return to London at the Curzon Soho on November 24th!
Directors Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn showcase a victim-first telling of the disturbing, vulnerable, and lawless world of intimate image abuse. Nikki Baughan (Screen International) called it 'a sensitive, respectful but necessarily frank approach to this challenging subject', and John Fink (The Film Stage) put it simply: ‘A film like this is essential viewing.'
The two main contributors are the heart of the film, and showcase the impact for individuals in real life beyond the crime online. ANOTHER BODY is detective in style, allowing the subjects to lead us through uncovering their own mystery, highlighting the lack of authority assistance. ANOTHER BODY is produced by Elizabeth Woodward, and the Cinematography is by Nausheen Dadabhoy, with the documentary mostly made up of Zoom interviews and reconstruction of online spaces. The real and terrifying prevalence of the issue really hits home when the main twist is revealed. Utopia Movies will be releasing ANOTHER BODY in the USA in partnership with WILLA, and Modern Films is releasing the film in the UK where it will show at Curzon Soho starting on November 24th.
Intimate image offences, online sexual harassment, and now deepfake videos have been growing with the advancement of technology and AI, and the lack of legislation criminalising them. Research company Sensity AI has found that since 2018 between 90% and 95% of deepfake videos online are non consensual pornography. Campaigns like “My Image My Choice”, which was started by the film team, have long been fighting to change the US and UK laws on sharing private images without consent, and ANOTHER BODY demonstrates the huge personal cost and struggle faced by survivors.
Picture Post Production was delivered by OnSight, with colour by Emily Russul Saib and online edit by Adam Sample, overseen by Post Producer Jade Townsend. The project had a very tight deadline, and much of the footage was self shot by the contributors, along with lots of 3D reconstructions and regenerated social media and website pages. There was a considerable amount of work that went into hiding the identity of the two contributors; demonstrating the effectiveness of deepfake technology, and allowing the anonymity twist.
“ANOTHER BODY is a powerful film that is timely, unsettling, and innovative in its storytelling. The use of deep fake technology is on the rise, and directors Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn cleverly and thoughtfully employ it — by deep faking the subjects of the film to protect their identities — to simultaneously convey what it’s capable of as well as its dangers. This creative and powerful technique underscores the film’s message, and will leave you feeling shock and awe.” - SXSW Jury
23rd October, 2023
OnSight have proved once more that they are the high bar for Giant Screen post production. After a clean sweep of the 2021 Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) awards for the BBC's Antarctica 3D, Terra Mater’s The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness won Best Film in 2022. Now comes further huge recognition from the GSCA for the BBC's Arctic: Our Frozen Planet as it becomes another multiple award winning giant screen film at the 2023 GSCA Awards.
At OnSight, part of our service is an expertise in delivering Giant Screen projects. This will often involve using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. This covers 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.
11th October, 2023
"It was a huge pleasure working with Onsight’s creative and technical team on this series. Andy Coles and Andy Lee both did incredibly detailed and clever creative work that pushed the look and feel of the series to another level. The fantastic online and tech team brought their excellent technical expertise and a rigorous, careful approach." - Ashley Francis Roy, Director
Commissioned by Amazon Prime Video, Factual Fiction’s original true crime series The Greatest Show Never Made premiered its first episode this June at Sheffield DocFest. With a story that has to be seen to be believed, and bold colourful reconstructions and tell-all interviews, The Greatest Show Never Made is a brilliantly fun watch.
Directed by BAFTA Breakthrough Award winning Producer/Director Ashley Francis Roy, produced by Nina Elmatzioglou, Liam Coutts, Sian Guerra, and executive produced by Emily Dalton, Jonathan Smith, and Tom Dalton. The series is also created by Emily Dalton and Tom Dalton (Factual Fiction), Joe Stephenson and Liam Coutts (B Good Picture Company), and developed by Jonathan Smith.
OnSight completed Full Finishing Post, with Senior Colourist Andy Lee, Online Editor Andrew Fisun, Senior Online Editor Adam Sample and Andrew Fisun, and sound by Senior Sound Supervisor Andy Coles.
“Merging fresh interviews with contestants, original 2002 footage, and colourful and goofy re-enactments, it transports viewers back to the early 2000s reality TV boom, when a sixth of the UK’s population was watching Big Brother and a spate of copycat series would emerge in its wake." - Daniel Dylan Wray, The Guardian
In June 2002, 4 cameras filmed 30 contestants as they travelled to a park in South East London to take part in the biggest reality show on television. Some had quit their jobs, left their homes and partners, all seeking to “escape the 9-5 grind and start on the road to adventure, fame and fortune.”
The problem is that the show didn’t exist.
“Original documentary storytelling is a key part of our growing UK slate, from nail-biting sport to intriguing whodunnits and stranger-than-fiction history, we’re excited to be working with tremendously talented filmmakers, both new directors and legends of the genre, to bring these remarkable human stories to a global audience.” Dan Grabiner, Head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios.
11th October, 2023
“Loved working with OnSight for THE CONTESTANT. Especially grateful for their support and endless patience with what was a complex online!” - Clair Titley, Director
“A very complex post project beautifully managed. Incredibly accommodating with last minute changes and help. I couldn't have managed this project without them.” - Dorothea Gibbs, Line Producer
Misfits Entertainment’s new feature documentary The Contestant, directed by Clair Titley, has world premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film is included in IndieWire’s 20 Hottest Sales Titles at This Year’s Toronto and Venice Film Festivals.
This true story of a Japanese reality TV star left naked in a room for more than a year, tasked with filling out magazine sweepstakes to earn food and clothing, prompts innumerable questions about our culture of oversharing. The Contestant was produced by Megumi Inman, Andee Ryder, and Ian Bonhôte, Line Producers Dorothea Gibbs and James Harper, with Misfits Entertainment and MRC Entertainment. The Contestant is also going to Camden International Film Festival (C.I.F.F) for its US debut.
"The most WTF story in this years' documentary selection" tells the incredible true story of a man who lived for 15 months trapped inside a small room, naked, starving and alone… and completely unaware that his life was being broadcast on national TV to over 17 million viewers a week.
Post Production and Managing Challenging Archive Footage
OnSight provided full post for The Contestant, which was a complex and time intensive project, managed by our Lead Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Our creative team working on the project included Senior Online Editor Adam Sample, Senior Colourist Andy Lee and Re-recording Mixer Andy Coles. The team were all incredibly passionate about this documentary, spending considerable time and effort on the project, as well as undertaking creative work-arounds, to ensure the fascinating story could be told in the right way.
The complicated archive-heavy nature of this documentary created some challenges for our team to overcome in post. The online process involved sifting through a significant amount of source material, in varying conditions, and often with original picture and sound that was difficult to work with. The Japanese footage offered additional challenges due to different frame rates, sizes, formats, and codecs, which needed to be converted. Much of this footage was also from low quality beta cams, salvaged from the early 2000s from various sources including VHS tapes. Despite this, we were able to create a uniform look throughout the film, removing the original Japanese dialogue and graphics and replacing them.
In constructing the audio for The Contestant, the music and sounds of the show had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. The initial project was built in Premiere, which moved to Mystica for the initial grade and then to DaVinci Resolve for the initial online, all of which went through highly technical re-edits to deliver a better storyline. The post overall required highly involved creative and technical work to manufacture the seamless look achieved for the documentary.
The World Premiere of The Session Man is opening the Doc N Roll Festival 2023 at the Barbican on 26th October!
10th October, 2023
The Session Man, a 90-minute feature documentary, tells the story of Nicky Hopkins, the highly gifted and prolific session pianist, and unsung hero. Nicky Hopkins not only played with The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, he also played on solo albums of all four members of the Beatles in the early part of a stellar career that spanned over 30 years. During that time, he contributed to over 250 albums and a vast number of single releases. Nicky’s legendary piano riffs and wonderful musical motifs helped ordinary tracks become extraordinary and iconic. So many of them remain popular today. The generations that followed The Golden Era of Rock And Roll soon discover those iconic tracks that made Nicky Hopkins a legend amongst his peers – tracks like “Revolution” by The Beatles, “Like A Rainbow”, “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Angie” by the Rolling Stones, “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon and “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker. The Session Man’s narrator, Bob Harris, former presenter of the BBC’s The Old Grey Whistle Test, had no hesitation at the end of the film in confirming that, “Nicky Hopkins’ contributions made him Rock And Roll’s greatest Session Man.”
Written, directed, and produced by Michael Treen, with cinematographer Luke Palmer, co-producers Mike Sherman and John Wood, associate producers Gary Byrne, Jonathan Scott Donnet, Sergio Goldstein, Ray Kooyenga, Akos Kunfalvy, Mila Kunfalvy, Eli Miller, Kathy Oliver, and Erin Whitwell, and segment producer Frank Torchia.
OnSight completed Full Picture and Sound Post for this project, with Senior Colourist Andy Lee, Online Editor Andrew Fisun, Audio by Sound Supervisor Andy Coles, and Post Producer Jade Townsend.
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Watch the trailer here.