LipSync Post provided the grading, online editing, sound, VFX and titles for BBC One’s three part drama Death Comes to Pemberley. Based on PD James’ sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the drama was produced by Origin Pictures and is scheduled for broadcast on BBC One on 26, 27 and 28 December.
During filming natural light was largely relied upon due to rigging restrictions in period locations and stately homes. Selective grading by senior colourist Stuart Fyvie helped to enhance or shade parts of the image that would ordinarily have been lit on set.
For the sound mix, re-recording mixer Rob Hughes worked to bring a feeling of a working home to Pemberley, with details such as distantly heard servants and passing conversations. The flashback narrative elements were a strong part of the story, and one aim of the sound mix was to complement Stuart’s grade with an ethereal treatment.
VFX work needed to maintain the reality of a period production. Key shots included the compositing of a period cottage into a riverside location, complete with chimney and smoke, and bringing exterior shots of Pemberley to life by adding the glow from a single light source shining through windows at various angles.
“It is always a pleasure to work with the LipSync team,” said David Thompson, producer, Origin Pictures. “We know the work will be completed on time and within our budget, and the creative talent in all departments is outstanding.”
LipSync and Origin Pictures have collaborated previously on productions including The Crimson Petal and the White, The Awakening, Hidden and The First Grader.