Horsepower launching on Prime Video UK and Ireland September 23rd

21st September, 2022

“Working on Horsepower with Onsight was a pleasure. All the facilities that we used were of an excellent standard and the Onsight team helped us deliver a high quality and very popular series to Prime Video.” - Angus Paskin Orr, Producer.

Documentary series Horsepower, which will introduce viewers to a world of horseracing never previously captured on film, is coming to Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland on 23rd September. Horsepower follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of leading trainer Andrew Balding, his stables in Kingsclere, Hampshire and his principal jockey Oisin Murphy as they search for the next equine superstar and prepare runners for owners such as the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Qatari Royal family. 

Combined with remarkable human-interest stories, audiences will get unprecedented behind the scenes access as they follow Balding and young star Murphy, training and competing in events across the country and internationally over a 9 month period, culminating in the sport’s most prestigious event: Royal Ascot. “In the twenty years since I’ve been in charge at Kingsclere no one else has been given the level of access provided to the ‘Horsepower’ team for this series” said Balding.

The four-part series is a co-production between Lorton Entertainment - the producer of Rooney and the award-winning films Diego Maradona, The Australian Dream and Supersonic - and Equine Productions, who specialise in producing high-quality racing and equestrian content. Directed by Dave James and John Maxse and Produced with Stevan Riley.

All the ups and downs of being a champion jockey are laid bare in Horsepower, where Oisin Murphy bids to bounce back from a career-threatening positive test for cocaine use. Murphy says “I allowed the Horsepower cameras to see me at my best and my worst because I want people to understand the pressures that come with success for a jockey. The series brillianting captures this during what was a very challenging time in my career”. Also featured are Andrew’s sister, the broadcaster and writer Clare Balding, and wife Anna Lisa, who plays a pivotal role in the business.

Post Production

We are proud to have delivered full post production for Horsepower, overseen by Post Producer Joana Coelho. With four episodes and complex workflows, the series was a good challenge for our team. Horsepower was colour graded by Isabelle Payne and finished by OnSight’s Senior Online Editor Adam Sample and Online Editor Andrew Fisun.

Our sound department covered the voice over recording and editing, the sound design and final mix, with Andy Coles as Dubbing Mixer. The project was enormous fun with challenging on-horse audio from the use of Equine Productions’ unique ‘JockeyCam’ that brings Horsepower’s race sequences to life by providing a jockey’s eye view of a race.

Watch the trailer for Horsepower here.

BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage - LA Released on Disney+

14th September, 2022

"The whole team at OnSight were really supportive at creating an effective solution for this grade. They put a lot of effort into researching and facilitating the process, choosing Streambox which allowed us to remote grade live and direct to Korea in real time, which proved an effective way to collaborate with the director and producer. It has been a pleasure working with them!" - Steve Atkins, Colourist. 

A surprise launch to mark the annual Disney+ Day celebration last week has seen BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage - LA released to watch on Disney+! BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage - LA, is an electrifying concert film from South Korean boy band, BTS, who have captured the hearts of millions of fans globally since their 2013 debut. 

Directed by Sam Wrench and Jun-Soo Park, the film features the Grammy-nominated music group’s exciting performances at Los Angeles Sofi Stadium in November and December 2021, including hit songs “Dynamite”, “Butter” and “Permission to Dance”. Following the pandemic, BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage - LA was the first time that the band had performed for a live audience in two years, making these performances additionally special for the band and their fans.  

The film is a Disney+ and Hybe collaboration, Produced by Sejin Park and Jiwon Yoon, with Paul Caslin as Consulting Producer. Executive Producers are Jordan Barrow, Jesse Ignjatovic, Jared P. Morell and Evan Prager. OnSight had the pleasure of delivering post production for this concert film from global superstars, BTS, overseen by Post Producer Joana Coelho, with colour by Steve Atkins. 

Meeting Remote Challenges During Post Production:

With the BTS production team being in South Korea, this created a new challenge for us in order to ensure client input in the online process. To resolve this, we colour graded 4K Dolby Vision, in real time, streamed live from London to the BTS team in South Korea using StreamBox. This was vital for the project, allowing the team to work both efficiently and effectively across time zones.

OnSight’s Senior Online Editor Adam Sample completed the finishing process, with Alfie Mitchell as Edit Assistant and Danielle Kidd as Digital Asset Coordinator.

Given BTS’ recent announcement of a temporary hiatus to explore other projects and solo material, this film is likely the best opportunity to see one of the band's performances for a while and is not one to be missed!

Merkel World Premieres at Telluride Film Festival

13th September, 2022

Merkel, Passion Pictures latest feature documentary, has World Premiered at Telluride Film Festival on the 3rd and 4th September! From Director Eva Weber and Academy Award and BAFTA-winning Producers of “Searching for Sugar Man” and “Listen to Me Marlon”, Merkel tells the astonishing story of how a triple political outsider – a woman, a scientist, and an East German - became one of the most successful politicians in the world.

Angela Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor in 2005, as leader of the Christian Democratic Union. She remained in office until choosing not to stand for re-election in Germany’s federal elections last year. Despite her historic 16-year chancellorship, and being Europe’s most popular and powerful leader, Merkel remains something of an enigma, with the international public knowing very little about her.

This feature documentary uses archival material and revealing interviews with Merkel’s friends and colleagues to create a rich portrait, from her upbringing behind the iron curtain in the former DDR (East Germany), studies in quantum chemistry, her surprising start in politics and fast ascent. 

Produced by Lizzie Gillett, Sonja Henrici, Sigrid Dyekjær and Eva Weber, with Sam Payne as Line Producer, Merkel offers a thoughtful re-examination of her life and career from both a domestic and international perspective. We are pleased to have delivered picture post for Merkel, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Our Colourist Andy Lee graded the film with Andrew Fisun providing the Online Edit. With an incredibly quick turnaround for Telluride Film Festival, the project required a lot of hard work and dedication from the entire team.

Weber reminds us that Merkel’s success came despite the double standards facing women leaders - the harsh judgement and incessant scrutiny - and makes a case for politics marked by truth, unity, integrity and vision.

Dawn Porter Executive Produces, with Clare Lucas and Juile Zann as Co-Producers. Merkel is Produced in association with Odd Girl Out Productions, Screen Scots, LOOKsfilm, Real Lava, Curzon and others, with backing from the Curzon CM Development Fund and the BFI’s Global Screen Fund.

Vengeance Is Mine from Hadi Hajaig

12th September, 2022

The film’s deep vein of emotional terror sneaks up on you.” - New York Magazine.

Directed, Written and Produced by Hadi Hajaig, action-thriller Vengeance Is Mine follows Harry, a broken man struggling to come to terms with the murder of his wife and daughter, tormented by hallucinations. When Harry, played by Con O’Neill (Chernobyl), discovers the whereabouts of the killers he awakens from his grief to destroy the people that destroyed his life.

Nasser Hajaig is Executive Producer and Cinematography is by Rami Bartholdy. Vengeance Is Mine is described as “well-acted and tightly put-together, kept simple by design” by Movie Nation and “a quick bite of everyone’s favourite dish best served cold” by Awesome Network. OnSight’s Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey oversaw the project’s post production, with colour by Andy Lee and Adam Sample as Online Editor.

Emmy and Jackson Wild Media Award Nominations for Debble & Stone's The Elephant and the Termite.

03rd September, 2022

"Thank you for once again providing such a great post production service and a wonderful team." - Victoria Stone, Director and Producer

The Elephant and the Termite has been nominated for three Emmy awards for Outstanding Nature Documentary, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Cinematography! Jackson Wild Media Awards has also announced The Elephant and the Termite as a finalist in two categories for Cinematography and Writing. This fantastic documentary has also recently collected the German Wildlife Film Award from NaturVision Filmfestival and the Stambecco d’Oro audience award at Gran Paradiso Film Festival.

Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone directed The Elephant and the Termite, with Victoria Stone as Producer and stunning cinematography by Mark Deeble. Deeble, Stone and their small, dedicated team spent two years camped out at a watering hole in Tsavo, Kenya, to record this remarkable story about the relationship between Africa’s largest and smallest and the unique wildlife community they support.

The Elephant and the Termite is a film about natural connectivity and how Tsavo’s biodiversity hinges on a relationship of provision and dependency between two keystone species, the elephant and the termite. It was a pleasure to provide post production for this captivating documentary, with Jeff Halsey as Post Producer, Andy Lee as Senior Colourist and Adam Sample as Senior Online Editor. Whilst working on this project, our team was fascinated to learn about the extraordinary story of Tsavo’s waterhole, the animals that created it and those that call it home.