A League Of Their Own
SPS was commissioned by CPL Productions to provide full post-production on Season 15 (x10 60-min episodes) of ‘A League of Their Own’, Sky One’s premier comedy panel game show. The brief was to produce another series of trivia, chat and socially distanced challenges that would create the usual mayhem we expect to see from Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp and replacement host, Romesh Ranganathan.
Due to the health & safety procedures and COVID-19 restrictions put into place, we selected a combination of experienced SPS staff and freelancers that understood the format and creative style and that were able to achieve a successful and seamless remote workflow. Our team worked to an extremely tight schedule to turn the project around from recording to transmission, completed online & offline and VT/insert edits remotely and facilitated the introduction of a virtual jumbotron to replace the studio audience.
Edited in Avid Media Composer (remotely via Teradici) & Symphony, given a Baselight grade and a Pro Tools audio mix, the longform project was received in June/July and sent to Sky One in UHD (upconverted internally from HD) and 5.1 audio for transmission in August 2020.
“SPS have helped us to deliver high-quality programming over the past few years and this project was no different. Their support in the post production process contributed to us achieving the high editorial standards we aim for. The SPS team of talented, hard-working and experienced professionals have always been on hand to support and assist in the making of our programmes, and we look forward to working with SPS again in the future.”
Jack Shillaker – Producer, CPL Productions
Julien Wilcock, Paul Richmond (Freelancer), Sam Turner (Freelancer)
Ben Holland (Freelancer)
Peter Lynch (Freelancer)
Portrait Artist of the Year
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.
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.
Paul Kingstree, Ben Whitney, Elliott Taylor
Finn Curry, Simon Hitner and Monica Ramirez