London creative post house LipSync Post has opened its third grading suite, incorporating a Baselight grading system and Blackboard control panel from FilmLight. The suite has been added to meet the facility’s growing demand for top-end finishing.
LipSync Post recently provided full post production services for Wolf Hall, the drama series adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical fiction novels. The programme began broadcasting in January on BBC Two and stars Damian Lewis as Henry VIII opposite Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.
Freelance colourist Adam Inglis, who graded the show, commented, “Wolf Hall was a true collaborative work with director Peter Kosminsky and DoP Gavin Finney. With Baselight it was a very smooth process as the system is quick, precise, clean, intuitive and adjustable. It was particularly useful on this project because you can really precisely manipulate the shadows – and there are a lot of shadows in Wolf Hall.”
Senior colourist at LipSync, Stuart Fyvie (pictured), recently graded director Alan Rickman’s new feature film staring Kate Winslet, A Little Chaos, and Film4’s Hyena. He commented, “For us, we know that FilmLight is really strong in colour science, and that is vital to the way that cinema is made and distributed now. Baselight is great at dealing with all the raw camera formats and FilmLight’s R&D team is very quick to update the system when new codecs emerge. It means we get the best out of the raw files no matter how they were captured – you can really save shots without putting a ton of noise and grain on top.”
The Baselight systems sit on a shared network for content exchange with other workstations to provide finishing and deliverables. As well as Baselight grading, LipSync uses FilmLight’s Truelight colour management to ensure consistency of images between rooms and across deliverables, and a Northlight scanner for elements that arrive on film.