Offended By Irvine Welsh
SPS were tasked with providing full post-production on ‘Offended by Irvine Welsh’ – a 45-min documentary, fronted by the outspoken author of ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Faith’, that explores the nature of offence and pushes the subject matter to the limit. The brief was to dig deeper into its impact in an increasingly censorious world, and sets out to reclaim the right to offend, but not abuse, as an essential tool for artists.
In addition to building a reliable team to work on this project, we also prioritised pairing the director/producer with a talented SPS editor who had a strong relationship with him and who was trusted to help him achieve his vision. The encroaching pandemic meant that the project had to utilise remote post-production systems that allowed for a customisable workflow. Resulting in all research and planning carried out during lockdown, socially distant shooting when society re-opened, editing & onlining, grading, and mixing completed remotely due to COVID-19 protocols.
The project was turned around in 3 months, edited in Avid Media Composer & Symphony, graded in Baselight and audio mixed in Pro Tools, and delivered for transmission on Sky Arts in late October.
“This film was editorially complex and required the virtual edit to match the real world and real-time reality of being in an edit suite. However, the complex remote systems worked seamlessly, the edit ran incredibly smoothly and delivered on schedule. Navigating final post – processes that usually demand undivided attention in the grade and mix – was a little more challenging, but the whole team at SPS were patient and positive, as we continued to create remote bespoke processes that were essential to bringing my 13th Sky Arts programme to life.”
Mike Christie – Director/Producer, Lion TV
Oliver Bramley, Peter Green
8 Minutes And 46 Seconds (The Killing of George Floyd)
SPS were tasked with providing final post-production and offline support on ‘8 Minutes And 46 Seconds: The Killing of George Floyd’ – a 60-min seamless documentary covering the story of the viral video footage that showed police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on his neck, as he said he could not breathe. The brief was to delve deeper into his shocking death, the resulting outrage, the sparking of Black Lives Matter protests and the turning point for the anti-racism movement.
Considering the importance of the project, we selected a dedicated team that understood the creative style and that had experience working closely with Sky News’ regular final post-editors. Our team worked tirelessly to half the usual final post turnaround time, coordinated with the production team to build an efficient workflow and create a final post plan, supported Sky News with offline from the beginning of their edit, completed online and final day edit assistance fully remotely and maintained exceptional communication.
The project was completed in 1 week, edited in Avid Symphony, graded in Baselight and audio mixed in Pro Tools, and delivered for transmission on YouTube, multiple Sky channels (Sky News, Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Sky Witness & Sky Documentaries) and Sky Italy & Sky Germany.
“Working with SPS on this project was a great pleasure. The SPS team was fantastically helpful and they filled everyone involved with complete confidence. They were able to turn this project around exceptionally fast, facilitate multiple last-minute changes, and handle the pressure & challenges brought about by working remotely.
Whenever I’ve worked with SPS, they’ve always delivered and this project was no different. Overall, I have nothing but praise for them and I look forward to working with SPS again in the future.”
Toby Sculthorp – Director, Sky News