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The Man in the Hat - Rather Good Films and Open Palm Films

27th February, 2019

Academy Award-winning composer Stephen Warbeck is set to hit the big screen with his directorial debut ‘The Man in the Hat’. Starring Ciaran Hinds, Stephen Dillane and Maïwenn.

An astonishing feat of contemporary film-making, The Man in the Hat is a beautifully fashioned odyssey of music, story-telling and silent comedy traversing the breath-taking landscapes of France.

Pursued by five angry men, a man in a hat (Ciarán Hinds) journeys through France in a Fiat 500 accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. Who is he? Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off?

Travelling North on his escape across the mountains, gorges and bridges of France, he comes face to face with the vivid eccentricities of an old country on an old continent, whilst trying to evade the pursuers who are always, relentlessly, on his tail.

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.

Premiere: Screening in London, Kensington at Ciné Lumière from September 18th 2020

Fiennes: Return to the Nile

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 Years”. 

FIENNES: RETURN TO THE NILE will premiere in 2019 on National Geographic, airing in 172 countries and 43 languages.

Tales from the Lodge - At SXSW Festival and Freight Fest

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.

 

Cuba

18th February, 2019

Giant Screen Films, Golden Gate 3D and BBC Earth launched “Cuba, Heart of the Caribbean” worldwide early 2019. It has been one of the most highly anticipated upcoming giant screen releases of the year, including stunning aerial photography of the island.

OnSight’s creative team worked alongside Golden Gate 3D to provide 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.

With unprecedented access from the Cuban government, Cuba combines state-of-the-art photographic technology and artistic storytelling to immerse audiences in the rhythms and exuberance of this vibrant nation.

The film which was shot in 18 different camera formats, is directed by Peter Chang, who fell in love with the island during a 2015 visit and was inspired to film a new documentary for giant screens and IMAX.

Cuba follows several storylines, including a young ballet student who pushes herself to the top of her class with dreams of becoming a prima ballerina.

Another focuses on marine biologists who dive deep off the country's shoreline, even swimming with sharks, highlighting the beauty of Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) coral reef.

Cuba also highlights Eusebio Leal Spengler, the famed Havana historian rebuilding and restoring Old Havana. Guided by Spengler, the large-format film is a suitable canvas for the country's architectural gems.

"Seeing the landscapes and the cityscapes on this large canvas will make people realize what’s there just 90 miles from our border," says Chang. "Cuba is a mix of architecture, culture and people. It’s really about the dreams of this country and the beauty and the wonder of it all."

 

The Great Bear Rainforest

07th January, 2019

A wild, two-year journey through British Columbia’s breathtaking Great Bear Rainforest will soon grace large screens as a feature-length IMAX movie.

Filmmakers Ian McAllister and Jeff Turner and Executive Producers Kyle Washington and Byron Horner of Spirit Bear Entertainment are partnering with MacGillivray Freeman Films to distribute a beautiful giant screen film about one of the rarest animals on Earth—the fabled all-white Spirit Bear.

With the giant screen film about to go into post production OnSight’s team expertly provided supervision and 3D conversion for this visually stunning feature.

The white bears have a genetic variation that gives them their polar bear looks, these remarkable creatures live in the lush temperate rainforests of British Columbia on Canada's West Coast, where they hold almost mythic status among the region's indigenous people.

Shot exclusively for the giant screen, from the air with drones and helicopters and on land using traditional natural history techniques, from boats and underwater. Great Bear Rainforest will offer a remarkable journey into one of the planet's most spectacular wildernesses, a land of wolves, grizzly bears, humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and others, as it explores the secret world of the Spirit Bear.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a natural history wildlife production of this scale done here before,” Pacific Wild Co-Founder Ian McAllister told CTV News.

“Every time you see them it’s a magical thing,” said Producer Jeff Turner. “They almost glow. It's really a unique and sort of rare thing to see a sort of white bear in this ancient dark green temperate rainforest.

The film also hopes to educate people both old and young. The producers told CTV that many people around the world don’t know that Canada has a rainforest, let alone one of the largest left intact on the planet.

“There’s a lot of rare and unique attributes to this film that will amaze people around the world,” said McAllister.

The film is set to be released on February 15th 2019.

To watch the teaser trailer click here