George Floyd: From Murder To Justice?
SPS were approached by Sky News to provide final post-production with stylised grade & sound design on ‘George Floyd: From Murder To Justice?’ – a 45-min commemorative documentary looking back at George Floyd’s death one year on. The brief was to aid the Sky News team as they relived the event that rocked the world, reviewed the impact on the global anti-racism discussion and ultimately asked if anything has changed since?
To ensure that the project was delivered on time and captured the right tone, we selected a seasoned team with experience working with Sky News and balancing quick turnarounds and no margins for error to maintain a high level of service. Our team worked calmly and coolly with Sky News before the project greenlit to deliver the best product while adhering to COVID-19 protocols/social distancing. With grade and online signed off remotely, audio completed with mixer and client in separate suites (monitoring and feeding back changes), and voiceover conducted via linked studio (talent in the booth and engineer & client in separates rooms).
Edited in Avid Symphony and Adobe Premiere Pro, given a Baselight grade and a Pro Tools audio mix, the project was turned around in 3 weeks and delivered for transmission on Sky Documentaries on the 1-year anniversary of George Floyd’s passing.
“Working with SPS on this project has been yet another example of their top notch professionalism and absolute commitment. This was a ‘quick turn-around’ with technical and editorial challenges, but SPS met every one of them head on with their typical calm ‘can-do’ attitude. I always know we’re in safe hands with the SPS team and the quality and polish they bring to every project is second to none. They are an integral part of what we do and always a pleasure to work with.”
Shona Somerville – Senior Producer, Sky News
Finn Curry, Tom Nursey
Post Production Coordinator
Mike Town, Chrysanthi Stefanou
Through The Storm: Inside The COVID Wards
SPS were tasked with providing final post-production on Sky News’ ‘Through The Storm: Inside The COVID Wards’ – a 45-min documentary following the network’s reporters as they spent 1 month at London hospitals (The Royal Free and Barnet) at the height of the pandemic. The brief was to highlight the medics’ work as they go through the darkest and toughest period, fighting to save the lives of COVID-19 patients.
We built a team of seasoned editing, audio and grading talent that could provide immaculate service under the pressure of tight deadlines and a short turnaround time. Factoring in the COVID-19 restrictions in place, our team worked with the producer/director from the early stages to ensure that all requirements and protocols were understood and met, with social distancing in practice throughout, the voiceover narrator in a booth attached to the mixers suite and the client in a separate room, and all sign off completed remotely.
The project was completed in 6 weeks, editing in Avid Symphony, Adobe Premiere Pro, grading in Baselight and audio mix in Pro Tools, and delivered for transmission on Sky Documentaries.
“SPS have been an absolute pleasure to work with – always helpful, enthusiastic, accommodating, and offering great advice and suggestions. We needed to shift the schedule twice and each time they moved things around to accommodate us, with one member of the team even giving up their booked leave to do so. Each member of the team is great to work with – both talented and personable. We were really happy with their work on the project.”
Liz Lane – Producer, Sky News
Finn Curry, Tim McKeever
Post Production Coordinator