BBC takes on The Best Of Men with Films@5910 August 2012
Films@59 has provided all camera kit and post production services for BBC Two’s The Best Of Men.
Based on the birth of the Paralympic Games, the 90-minute drama stars Eddie Marsan Rob Brydon (pictured) and Niamh Cusack. Shot at Bristol University’s Wills Hall and Manor Hall, DoP Matt Gray used Arri’s Alexa digital camera for the majority of the shoot interlaced with Canon 5D Mark II shots for macro close ups. “The Alexa was an invaluable investment and one of the smartest decisions that we made,” explained Producer Harriet Davison. “It enabled us to shoot in the tight time constraints that we had and also allowed us to use the beautiful natural light conditions at Wills Hall and Manor Hall with outstanding results.” Gray worked closely with Films@59 Colourist Tony Osborne who used Digital Vision’s Nucoda Film Master to conform and grade the piece. “When you’re shooting a period drama digitally, one of the things at the top of your list is to try and take the audience back in time photographically and sometimes that requires taking the edge off the digital element,” said Gray. “We also wanted to get away from the sepia look that traditional period drama has addressing the 1940s time frame in the costumes and the sets, not in the grade.” “To achieve this, in the test shots we introduced little hints of colour to the shadow areas and to the highlights,” added Osborne. “We didn’t want the slightly de-saturated and bleached look that favours the warmer brown colour palette and so we created a blue element in the shadows and a flesh tone range that was very natural, with a slightly warm almost creamy look to the highlights.” www.filmsat59.com