This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards (June 10th) resulted in an outstanding win for Canadian-born Tatiana Maslany. Star of BBC America’s new drama series ‘Orphan Black’, Maslany has been consistently moving her way up from past shows and films such as Gingersnaps 2, Heartland, and Being Erica. Her amazing performance was a bit more complex than her other ones, playing not only the lead character, but all 7 of her clones. Though multiple personalities can be difficult to alternate between (especially on one show), Maslany demonstrated her talents in playing the role flawlessly and with precision. Going up against other hit TV shows in her nomination category, her win against Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss, Homeland’s Clair Daines, The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, Bates Motel’s Vera Fermiga, and The Americans’ Keri Russell, was a huge accomplishment for the first season of this local Canadian show.
Urban Post’s Sound Team worked some long hours, but is definitely proud to be working with a wide range of committed, and talented individuals in bringing Orphan Black to (auditory) life. So congratulations to Tatiana Maslany for her well-deserved award for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series.
Urban Post is rooting for you!
Urban Post Production Colour Grades Sony F55 Footage for Canadian Launch
On Wednesday December 12th Sony Canada officially launched their newest camera to the Canadian Production Industry and Urban Post Production played an important role in the process. The PMW-F55 is a very affordable multi-format 35mm video camera that is capable of recording 4K, 2K or HD.
Director / D.O.P. Nigel Akam of DNA films was asked by Sony of Canada to put the camera to the test. Nigel loved working with the pre-production camera and found the soft key control gave him the flexibility to shoot in many different formats and frame rates at the touch of a button. He chose to produce his film using Sony’s new 4K XAVC codec. Nigel explained that “one of the great features of the camera is that you can shoot high resolution (up to 4K files) and at the same time record 50Mbs proxy files for offline editing.” Using this codec recording to Sony’s new SxS Pro Plus cards, Nigel was able to record about 50 minutes of content per card but limited the recording to 20. The camera is very flexible allowing for frame rates of up to 180 fps in 2K mode. Nigel went on to say “another feature is that I can use Sony FZ lenses or using the supplied PL to FZ mount adapter it opens up many possibilities for what lenses you can use. For the production of this film, Fujinon supplied a 19-90 Cabrio lens”.
Due to the very tight deadline (he shot the film on Sunday, edited Monday, colour graded Tuesday and screened on Wednesday) Nigel wanted to work with an experienced colourist with a strong technical background. Nigel turned to Bruce Rees of Urban Post Production “I’ve worked with Bruce many times and knew that faced with a tight deadline and new technology Bruce would be able to manage any issues quickly and do a superb colour grade for the project.” Sony supplied an alpha version of DaVinci Resolve software which Bruce installed and was able to easily re-link the offline sequence to the 4K XAVC files. The 4K files require a lot of processing power but with an ISO of 1250 and 14 f-stops of dynamic range the degree of control in colour grading is amazing.
Francois Gauthier, Marketing Manager, Acquisition Products for Sony of Canada and Brian Young of Vistek, a Sony Authorized Professional Solutions Dealer, sat in on the session. They were impressed by the dramatic look Bruce was able to apply to the footage and how fast he was able to colour grade the film.
Photo: Bruce Rees in DaVinci Colour Suite 3
from left to right: Bruce Rees (Urban Post Production), Nigel Akam (DNA Films), Francois Gauthier (Sony of Canada), Brain Young (Vistek)
CFC Shorts Screenings A Success!
Last night The Canadian Film Centre shorts screened to a packed house at the Varsity theatres. Once again, the audience was treated to a fantastic display of Canada’s “up and coming already there” new generation of film makers. Thought provoking, visually stunning, imaginative, unsettling… a palette of emotional responses is how I would describe my viewing experience last night.
The CFC shorts may be “short” on length but they are never “short” on creativity and brilliance. Urban Post has been a long time sponsor and contributor to the CFC Short Film program and it’s something we’ve been proud to be a part of. Congratulations to all those involved with this years shorts and a special thanks to the Urban sound design and editorial team that contributed their time and effort to help bring those fantastic films to life. We are proud of our team and the truly exceptional work they do.
Listen Up! Urban’s Sound Design on Splinter Cell Trailer
Check out the fantastic new trailer for Ubisoft’s highly anticipated release of the wildly successful Splinter Cell game. Urban’s sound design expertise was called upon by Ubisoft to help bring the trailer to life. Amazing animation and sound. Check it out here… And turn it up!
When A Review Takes Note of Sound Design…
We take note of the review. Rarely does a critic delve deep enough into a show that they even consider the effectiveness of the sound design enough to mention it in the review. So we were very impressed when NYMAGS Vulture.com review of History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” epic brought it up. There was much though and deliberation as to the approach of the sound design when we began the initial stages of the show. History’s mandate was “accuracy above all”. The “Bigger is Better” approach was not on the agenda. Here is an excerpt from the review…
“In place of the Howitzer-loud pistol and rifle blasts heard in most dramas about men in Stetsons, the gunfire in Hatfields & McCoys sounds like the real thing. When somebody fires a rifle from a hundred yards away in a wide shot, there’s a half-second gap between the puff of smoke and the sound of the report. Very Effective.”
There is a strong tendency on big budget productions for an over the top approach (bigger is better) and this can yield some amazing results. However, as this review keenly points out that sometimes the most dramatic thing you can do is… be real! A tip of the hat to Vulture.com
Urban Post Production is featured in the new Dolby promo for their new colour grade monitor. Urban was one of the first to embrace the latest Dolby technology and now it seems everyone else is trying to catch up. We know a good thing when we see it.
Urban Post is proud to announce that we were an official sponsor at the 2012 Hot Docs Festival. Hot Docs is a renowned Canadian International Documentary Festival that will take place from April 26 to May 6. This year, Hot Docs has teamed up with Cineplex for the new Hot Docs Live! program. The National Post writes,
“Actor James Franco’s experimental thriller, a portrait of former NHL star Theo Fleury and a look at Iceland’s famed penis museum are among the documentaries to be featured at Toronto’s upcoming Hot Docs Festival.”“The initiative will bring two high-profile Canadian Hot Docs films, Indie Game: The Movie and China Heavyweight, to 35 Cineplex theatres across the country this May. The screenings will include interactive discussions with the directors and be simulcast live from the newly opened Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto… The festival opens on April 26 with Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which premiered at the Sundance film festival and follows China’s most renowned artist and activist.”
To learn more about Hot Docs and see a complete film schedule, visit www.hotdocs.ca
David Cronenberg recently wrapped production of his latest feature film Cosmopolis, and Urban Post is both proud and excited to be hosting the picture’s editorial team and providing ADR sound services.
Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who takes a stretch limo journey across midtown Manhattan. And what a journey it turns out to be!
White hot Robert Pattinson of the Twilight franchise plays Packer, and both audiences and critics are excited and curious to see his performance within the auteuresque vista of a Cronenberg film.
The film also stars Paul Giamatti, recently quoted in the Melbourne Herald Sun as saying “(Cosmopolis) will have a strange science-fictiony, slightly horrific feel to it. This one reminds me a bit of Cronenberg’s early stuff.”
Release date as yet unannounced.
Sales Inquiries and Quote Requests
Please contact Powys Dewhurst - Producer/Sponsorship and Business Development: