16th April, 2019
Summertime, 1994, in a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Trevor takes watch one night at the water's edge. The following night, he decides to lead a brigade of young friends and neighbours on a fishing expedition. In a world of broken families, cassette tapes and rumbling political fever, these friends, each with their own struggles to bear, share a moment of harm.
Pond Life is the first feature of acclaimed theatre director Bill Buckhurst with a screenplay by Richard Cameron, sitting in the great British tradition of films about post-industrial communities. Buckhurst tells the story of ‘a disparate group of young people as they try to find their way in a complicated world despite all the pain, both personal and communal, that envelops them’.
OnSight had the honour of seeing pondlife through the whole post-production process, working with the Open Palm producers, Alexandra Breede, Rienkje Attoh and Dominic Dromgoole. Edited by Christopher Watson and with a fantastic original score by Richard Hawley, we hope that Pond Life which is out in cinemas now will receive the praise it deserves.
11th March, 2019
Tandem Stills + Motion and Giant Screen Films, giant screen film Hidden Pacific launched globally in museums, zoos, aquariums, giant screens, and IMAX® cinemas in April 2019, which coincided with Earth Day weekend.
Hidden Pacific takes audiences to the faraway tropical marine national monument atolls of the Pacific, remote islands where monster crabs prowl emerald jungles, radiant reefs swarm with sharks, and jewelbox jungles hide secret turquoise lagoons, reclaimed by nature. This timely and inspirational film captures the beauty of the ocean and these protected islets, the conservation efforts to restore their ecosystems, and the diversity of life on both land and reef.
OnSight’s creative team worked alongside director Ian Shive to provide full post for this visually stunning feature using our unique digital remastering service. Covering full 4K picture post, 2D to 3D conversion, visual effects, shot extensions, bespoke giant screen deliverables and colour grading for both xenon and laser projection.
Hidden Pacific is produced in association with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and affiliated partners, which provided the filmmakers with unprecedented access to the bio-secure islands and marine national monuments. The result is a breathtaking first look at the natural beauty of these remote locations and a touching profile of the intrepid conservationists whose commitment to protecting these rare ecosystems will leave audiences with a deep-felt, uplifting call to action.
“Our market tests confirm the audience enthusiasm for this topic and the timeliness of the messaging. Among general public audiences, the film scored in the top three out of hundreds of projects our company has surveyed over the years,” said Don Kempf, president of Giant Screen Films. “Hidden Pacific merges nearly every quintessential giant screen ingredient – captivating human, science, and environmental stories, vibrant coral reefs teeming with sharks, military history, sweeping aerials, rare animals, and postcard visuals of a remote tropical paradise.”
Hidden Pacific will be available in all formats: 2D & 3D, DCI-compliant Digital, Laser CineDome, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, IMAX Dome, Dome-customized 15/70, Fulldome Digital.
Working with Onsight for the final step of our filmmaking process amplified the beauty and magic of Hidden Pacific. Their talented team of colorists, online editors and visual effects artists made the process enjoyable and creatively stimulating.
Ian Shive (Director - Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc.)
27th February, 2019
Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck is set to hit the big screen with his directorial debut ‘The Thin Man’. Starring Ciaran Hinds, Stephen Dillane and Maïwenn, it is the story of a man journeying through France in a Fiat 500, chased by five angry men in a Citroë Dyane, a musically-rooted road comedy.
OnSight provided full post production for this feature and enjoyed working alongside the Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper whose recent credits include Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk,’ alongside theatre-turned-film producer Dominic Dromgoole of Open Palm Films and with Peter Boyle as the offline editor.
Known for his stunning work in Billy Elliot, Quills and of course taking home the 1999 Oscar for his score for Shakespeare in Love, Warbeck is finally taking the leap into directing. Joining him on this UK-France project is co-director John Paul Davidson, who also wrote the script with Warbeck. In addition to this, Warbeck is set to score the film. ‘The Thin Man’ is expected to premiere in 2019.
25th February, 2019
Fiennes: Return to the Nile, directed by Matthew Dyas who also directed ‘A Day in the Life of Earth’, which we have recently posted here at OnSight. Fiennes: Return to the Nile is a new adventure documentary series which will air globally on National Geographic in 2019, this new three part-series features the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as he returns to the scene of one of his earliest feats –his 1969 expedition along the River Nile. As the 50th anniversary of that quest approaches, Sir Ranulph is ready for a new challenge: can he teach his famous cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes how to master the role of a lifetime?
Woodcut Media’s Derren Lawford is the creative director and executive producer for the series, alongside Robert Taylor an executive producer from The Development Partnership, Jenni Day who is Woodcut Media’s head of production and Joseph Fiennes, who also serves as a producer on the series who commented: ‘I am delighted to be embarking on this adventure with National Geographic and my cousin, Ran. It is every boys dream to go on an expedition with the world's greatest living explorer. I am delighted to be going on this journey.”
OnSight have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Woodcut Media team providing full post production, we are proud to of worked on this exciting new series.
A test of grit, courage and determination, FIENNES: RETURN TO THE NILE will also showcase stunningly beautiful and desolate landscapes and reveal the bond between the cousins as they face challenges at every turn.
For over 50 years Sir Ranulph has lived through countless escapades and life-threatening experiences. From summiting Everest to discovering a lost city in Oman, he’s accomplished more than most men can ever dream of. His cousin, Joseph Fiennes, is an award-winning actor, star of stage and screen, who shot to fame for his portrayal as William Shakespeare in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and is currently starring in Emmy award-winning series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. But can Joseph cut it in Sir Ranulph’s world, does he have what it takes to be an explorer? Together they’ll crawl through the claustrophobic confines of a newly discovered ancient Egyptian tomb in Minya, get to grips with Tachtib – a traditional fighting technique using four foot sticks and come face to face with dangerous snakes and spiders.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to re-trace the steps of my original expedition in 1969, and this time with my cousin Joe and National Geographic. I know firsthand how fascinating and exhilarating Egypt is for an explorer and I can’t wait to show Joe the ropes and to see how much Egypt has changed in the last 50
FIENNES: RETURN TO THE NILE will premiere in 2019 on National Geographic, airing in 172 countries and 43 languages.
18th February, 2019
OnSight provided full post production for this new horror-comedy feature film Tales from the lodge.
Written and directed by Abigail Blackmore, it tells the story of an isolated lodge somewhere in England, where five old university pals, now nudging 40, gather for a weekend to scatter the ashes of their friend, Jonesy, who drowned himself in the lake three years earlier. They settle in for a fun evening, entertaining each other with stories of murders, ghosts, zombies and possessions, but as day turns to night, the gang become aware of another horror story unfolding around them - and this one is real.
The film, which will have its world premiere at SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival 2019 and will be at Freight Fest this summer. The film was produced by Ed Barratt & Richard Wylie and edited by Edel Mcdonnell & Agnieszka Liggett. It stars a great cast, including Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook, Laura Fraser, Sophie Thompson, Dustin Demri-Burns and Kelly Wenham.
With our senior colourist Andy Lee and sound supervisor Andy Coles providing their creative expertise on the film. OnSight have been delighted to be a part of this exciting film.