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.” 

Julia Veidt joins OnSight

03rd February, 2022

OnSight is excited to announce that Julia Veidt has joined their Sales and Business Development Team as Head of Documentary. Julia has experience in post production sales as well as previously working in documentary production, she is a great communicator and brings her extensive knowledge of production processes to the team. 

Simon Craddock, CEO of OnSight comments:
Julia joins us in the role of Head of Documentary, bringing a wealth of experience to OnSight that will help bolster our position as one of the leading post houses in London. It is an exciting time for the creative industry and Julia has a key role to play in our growth strategy. We are thrilled that she has joined our team. 

Julia Veidt, comments:
OnSight has a fantastic track record of providing post for award winning documentaries. They have an incredibly diverse client base and are on top of their game when it comes to delivering the most technically challenged projects. I am excited to be joining the team and look forward to working together on the continued growth of the business. 

Brian and Charles

26th January, 2022

Jim Archer’s Brian and Charles premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2022 and left everyone hungry for more moments between Brian, the quirky inventor, and Charles, his homemade robot.

As audience member Leslie wrote in the Q&A chat following the documentary-style comedy: “Loved the film! So tender, funny and creative. Gimme more cabbage!”

After a man spends winter in isolation, he begins to develop an unlikely friendship with his only companion - a Robot. 
Director Jim Archer's debut feature is an extension of the original short film - Brian and Charles (2017), the film explores the relationship between a man and his own creation. This film was co-funded by Film 4 and the BFI then later acquired by production company Bankside Films. 

Managing Director Stephen Kelliher, speaks of Brian and Charles as “A film about loneliness and the importance of connection, themes which are very prescient in the world we live in today, Moreover, it is a joyous film which promises to leave audiences uplifted and entertained.”

Despite the film being shot during a global pandemic, the production was able to take place safely in North Wales last December. Covid guidelines were followed throughout the duration of the production and a Covid-19 marshall present on set. 

Rupert Majendie, Producer for Mr Box, said: “Having been ready to start cameras rolling in March, it’s great to be underway, and we’re thankful to the local authorities and community. Filmmaking during a global pandemic is a different experience and we’re taking every necessary precaution to ensure we do so safely, but we can’t wait to bring this strange and incredibly heart-warming story to life.”

Brian And Charles is produced by Rupert Majendie, Mr Box, a UK production company started in 2014 as a platform for comedians to create and broadcast their own sketches and podcasts.