Technicolor completes additional post-production for additional episodes of SKYs Playhouse Presents

Date: 22/04/2013
Technicolor completes additional post-production for additional episodes of SKYs Playhouse Presents
Co-created by Kate Hardie and Grayson Perry, written and directed by Kate Hardie, Mr Understood is a deeply personal and comic drama following a young transvestite, Gary, as he battles with self-doubt. Gary has decided to emerge from years of isolation by attending a weekend convention for cross-dressers. An encounter with another older transvestite helps Gary to explore questions of self-acceptance and happiness.
 
Paul Ensby commented: Shot on Arri Alexa and graded on Autodesk Lustre, this one-off comedy drama has a light, warm feel throughout. Exterior day scenes were the most challenging due to the nature of the English weather, and in particular the sunshine levels changing throughout the shoot. Once inside, we were able to control the lighting to be more creative and make use of a mixed colour palette whenever possible. We had to carefully control the flashing images and lights during a disco towards the end of the piece to create a creative and technically approved balance for the scene. 
 
On the sound front, the episode made use of a narrative device centred on creating an inner voice for one of the characters. Dialogue for these sequences was recorded separately using a close microphone technique and coupled with a specific EQ and reverb in post. Reverse reverb was also used in the lead up to the delivery of each line of the internal monologue to create a surreal effect.
 
Explaining how these sequences were created, Richard Straker, said: The episode is quite conceptual and there are moments where the audience goes inside the characters minds. We used the sound design to enhance this, filtering all the high frequencies of the external sound down to focus on the dialogue. We differentiated the inner voices from the real ones by using clip mics for the internal monologue; this gives a close sound with minimal room acoustic on it. External dialogue was recorded using the boom mic, which offers a more natural sound quality. 
 
On her experience working with the team, Katie said: 'I loved my time at Technicolor. Everyone hugely creative but also practical, they went out of their way to understand the film we were making and pulled out the stops to bring their own ideas to it.
 
Cargese TX 30th May
Cargese was written by Simon Stephens and directed by Matt Smith. The pair joined forces to create a unique piece of poetic realism which mines the tragic seam of adolescent love and loss. The episode stars Craig Roberts, Joe Cole and Avigail Tlalim.
 
Paul Ensby commented on the grade work: Cargese is a visually stimulating piece with many interesting looks throughout. For the exterior day scenes, the glow from the snow gave these scenes a natural boost which we helped by playing with the costume colour saturation to make them pop out from the scene. One of the characters appears as deceased so we de-saturated the flesh tones to emphasise the whiteness of the skin colour in comparison to the other cast members.
 
Exterior night scenes were kept rich and dark with some subtle use of mise-en-scene to focus the eye onto particular characters when required.  A warm cast was used for the interior of the house for the night scenes and in one particular location we pushed the sodium yellow/green lighting to emulate streetlight coming through the windows, this worked very well indeed.
 
Commenting on the sound, Richard Straker said, It was important that the background sound wasn't too intrusive because we wanted to focus attention on the superb performance from the cast. Matt was very experimental in his approach to the sound mix, often wanting to strip away sound completely during key points in the story and the challenge was to make sure this technique wasn't overused or  become unsettling for the viewer. Everyone was very pleased with the end result and the sound design truly enhanced the film.
 
Technicolor Credits
Producer Emma Hulme 
Colourist - Paul Ensby
Final Mixer - Richard Straker
 
About Technicolor
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world class research and innovation laboratories enable us to lead the market in delivering advanced video services to content creators and distributors. We also benefit from an extensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging and sound technologies, based on a thriving licensing business. 
Our commitment: Enhance media experience on any screen, in theaters, at home and on the go. 
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