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Portrait Artist of the Year

The brief:
We were asked to deliver Portrait Artist of the Year series 6 in HDR with Dolby Atmos. The aim was to add value to customers’ viewing and facilitate a seamless transition from the existing UHD, 5.1 workflow for the production company, Storyvault Films.

The solution:
We worked closely with production from the start. HDR and Dolby Atmos were discussed in terms of their benefits and our available support. Key members of SPS Post attended the production team’s recce at Battersea Arts Centre and answered questions directly, reassuring Storyvault and the crew.

Our workflow supervisor created and implemented a new, comprehensive post production workflow, committed to minimising change for Storyvault. This meant production were able to continue using their preferred Sony F55 cameras, with just an advancement in codec to XAVC Class 480, increasing data for camera cards and drives.

SPS Post managed the 75TB of media for the series, with ingest, grouping and syncing of the rushes. Delivering final post for the show, we graded in Baselight, first in HDR (HLG), before converting to SDR – our colourist reviewing and tweaking as required.

In previous years, the grade and online were undertaken by the same colourist/editor. With additional grade time needed and a second version to online and deliver, we engaged another staff editor for the series. This enabled us to schedule it alongside Landscape Artist of the Year and complete both series within the usual timeframe.

Portrait Artist of the Year S6 was mixed in ProTools with the Dolby Atmos addition mixed in our Dolby-certified theatre. The series was supported from record to delivery by a dedicated workflow supervisor, post producer, post production coordinator and edit assistant.

The team

Editors
Paul Kingstree, Ben Whitney, Elliott Taylor

Audio
Finn Curry, Simon Hitner and Monica Ramirez

Colourist
Ben Whitney

Workflow Supervisor
Jono Taylor

Post Producer
Katie Waghorne

Format

Dolby Atmos HDR UHD

Credits

A League of Their Own
A League of Their Own European Road Trip
Ant Middleton and Liam Payne: Straight Talking
Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road
Cheltenham Literature Festival Sessions
Treasures of the British Library
Comedians Watching Football With Friends
Darbar Festival
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Gameshow of Thrones
Isle of Wight Festival
Landscape Artist of the Year
Micky Flanagan’s Christmas
My Wonderful Life
Van Gogh: An Exclusive view – from Tate Britain
Quadrophenia: Our Generation
Revolution
Rob & Romesh Vs
Romesh’s Look Back to the Future
So Beano
The Week That Wasn’t
The Russell Howard Hour
There’s Something About Movies
This is Our Family
Thronecast
West:Word
The Top 10 Show
Donovan & The Beatles
TV’s Greatest Game Shows