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Antarctica - OnSight takes a deep dive into the unknown with BBC Earth

10th November, 2020

This beautiful giant screen film will be available to watch in London’s Science Museum from the 9th December (lockdown dependent)

“OnSight has been a trusted and valued partner for BBC Earth on our Giant Screen films.  On large screen formats, there is nowhere for mistakes to hide and OnSight with their OPR workflow has consistently delivered a premium service quality that has allowed the visuals, audio and storytelling of our natural history films to shine with audiences worldwide.” - Jill Kellie, Commercial Director BBC Earth

Antarctica is a land of mystery and yet what happens here affects every single one of us. With never-before seen footage, the story brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent. It is the coldest driest and windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans and yet, weird and wonderful creatures thrive here in astounding abundance.

Lead by OnSight’s Senior Colourist Andy Lee, OnSight’s creative team enjoyed working alongside BBC Studios Natural History Unit providing full post for this visually stunning feature, using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. Covering full 6K picture post, 2D to 3D conversion, visual effects, shot extensions, bespoke giant screen deliverables and colour grading for both xenon and laser projection.

The film is directed by Fredi Devas, who worked on Planet Earth II and Frozen Planet. With Production Managers Caroline Cox and Nicola Kowalski, Producer Jonny Keeling, Executive Producer Jonathan Williams and supervising Producer Myles Connolly, who has a wealth of giant screen & IMAX films in his slate.

“In our industry of giant screen filmmaking, quality is the key to success.  With laser projection and screens as big as 90’ x 120’, there’s nowhere to hide. Even the most minute issue is suddenly and glaringly apparent. 

For much of my nearly 30 years in this business, 70mm film was the gold standard for resolution and our ability to manipulate the cleanest image through the photo-chemical pipeline.  But now, with OnSight and their OPR workflow, we have the ability to choose the very best digital tools and create images that not only rival but surpass the very best quality that’s come before.  We now have more filmmaking option, more tools in our toolbox.  This process has helped us succeed on projects like BBC Earth’s “Oceans:  Our Blue Planet” and, more recently “Antarctica 3D”.  Audiences see the quality and come back wanting more.

This industry isn’t for the faint of heart and I’m hugely grateful to Onsight for developing this groundbreaking workflow and helping our films look their best."  - Myles Connolly, Producer for IMAX, Large Format documentaries, 3D and 4k digital production.

Handful Of Water (Eine Handvoll Wasser)

09th November, 2020

Handful of Water is a german feature film brought to you by Neopol Films. The film follows Konrad, 85, a notoriously grumpy old man. And on top of it all, his daughter now wants to adopt her lesbian girlfriend’s children.

Thurba, 10, runs away from the police who try to deport her family. But they can only deport them if all the children are present. So Thurba takes off through a second-floor window and runs away, for the sake of her family.

Konrad wakes up in the middle of the night. There’s something in the basement? Quietly, he sneaks downstairs, armed with a nail gun, and fires into the darkness, hitting Thurba, who screams like a banshee. Thurba had nowhere to go and he shot her. But something about the girl from Yemen moves him, whether he likes it or not. When Thurba offers him a deal, he has to make a decision. 

Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Milena Pribak, Pegah Ferydoni, Anja Schiffel, Anke Sevenich, Rainer Ewerrin, Regine Vergeen

This beautiful feature film is produced by Tonio Kellner and Jakob Zapf, directed by Jakob Zapf, written by Marcus Seibert, Ashu B.A, Jakob Zapf with cinematographer Tristan Chenais.

Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness

08th November, 2020

‘May I express my sincere gratitude for your professional and excellent work and the services you delivered to our full satisfaction. It was my first experience with the Giant Screen World and thanks to your guidance it was a very pleasurable one.’ - Wolfgang Knöpfler, Producer

The film’s release in 2D and 3D in IMAX® cinemas and on giant screens is scheduled for Spring 2021.

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, producers Walter Köhler and Wolfgang Knöpfler, written and directed by IMAX producer Myles Connolly and the award-winning nature photographer and cinematographer Florian Schulz and distributed by Cosmic Picture.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, is one of the wildest places left on the planet - a symbol of wilderness that few have ever seen. The Arctic is vast, wild and untouched, where some of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles unfold.

The release of the trailer is accompanied by an online campaign on www.protectthearctic.org/ and @ProTheArctic on Twitter to create awareness for a looming catastrophe; and to show measures that could be put into place to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Refuge is one of the last places on Earth exempt from human impact; and while it has been a haven for hundreds of different plant-, animal and fish species, it’s under attack as the American government is following plans to extract oil from this part of the Arctic.

The film features an extensive education program to extend learning off screen and into homes and classrooms worldwide. ‘Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness’ will reach online and local communities through an innovative and strategic engagement campaign to raise awareness about the fragile beauty of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

OnSight provided giant screen post production on this amazing project, using our unique OPR (OnSight Picture Remastering) service. Covering full 6K picture post, 2D to 3D conversion, visual effects, shot extensions, bespoke giant screen deliverables and colour grading for both xenon and laser projection.

BBC One’s Lockdown Comedy 'STAGED'

05th November, 2020

Congratulations to Infinity Hill and GCB films for being shortlisted for 'Innovative Use of Technology in Storytelling' Broadcast Awards!

'OnSight have been tremendous. Notwithstanding our implausible schedule they delivered world class material to us in a calm, courteous, unflustered and timely manner. I would unhesitatingly work with them again and recommend them to anyone who asked.' - Victor Glynn, Producer

'A huge thanks to everyone here for managing to get a whole series (!) to such an extraordinary place in such a short time. I am so grateful. And thrilled.' - Simon Evans, Director

OnSight provided post production on the brand new BBC lockdown Comedy 'Staged' starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. Produced for BBC One by Infinity Hill and GCB Films and will air 10th June. Written and directed by Simon Evans and producing partner Phin Glynn. 

“Staged” turns on the cast of a play, described as the cream of British acting talent, who, furloughed when their upcoming West End production comes to a halt, attempt to keep rehearsals on track despite lockdown.

Producers are Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Michael Sheen executive produce. Executive producers for Infinity Hill are Axel Kuschevatzky and Cindy Teperman and for GCB, Geoff Iles. The series will also be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

The 6 x 15 minutes episodes are filmed by self-shooting and video conference technology, as well as Tennant and Sheen portraying lockdown at the expense of their own dignity. The cast also includes actor Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg, Tennant and Sheen’s partners in real-life, as well as theater actress Lucy Eaton.

THE ELEPHANT QUEEN

03rd November, 2020

Massive congratulations to the Elephant Queen team who won 4 awards at the Jackson Wild Awards.

AWARDS: ⁣Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film, Best Engaging Youth and Family film⁣ and Best Audioscape⁣. 

Within hours of an incredible world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, Apple bought the global rights to "The Elephant Queen," It was acquired by Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, heads of Apple's Worldwide Video division, after they attended TIFF. The buy marks the first live-action feature the pair bought for the company's forthcoming video service.

In addition to having been screened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for its World Premiere The Elephant Queen was also entered into Sundance Film Festival and the London Film Festival for its European premiere.

OnSight have been proud to provide picture post production for the stunning theatrical feature film, The Elephant Queen.

The Elephant Queen is the inspiring story of Athena, an elephant matriarch who leads her family on an epic journey across the African savannah, directed by filmmakers Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble. fb.me/theelephantqueenmovie

It is a tale of love, loss and homecoming narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Compared to “March of the Penguins”  and described by IndieWire as one of '15 documentaries that could shake up the Oscar Race..'

The Elephant Queen has a magnificent score by award winning composer Alex Heffes (Queen of Katwe, Touching the Void, Mandela ; Long Walk to Freedom)

Currently in post-production, Victoria Stone produced “The Elephant Queen” with Lucinda Englehart. Mark Deeble is the cinematographer and writer. Etienne Oliff is the Assistant Director. International Licensing and Distribution is handled by Mister Smith Entertainment and Endeavor Content in US.

With our senior post producer Jeff Halsey managing the process and our senior colourist Andy Lee, providing his creative expertise on the film, OnSight have been thrilled to be a part of  the creation fo this masterpiece.

 ''You have been wonderful partners and we are extremely grateful for your support, enthusiasm and all the talent that the OnSight team has brought to the film, thank you.''

Victoria Stone - Director/ Producer The Elephant Queen