ONSIGHT used Mistika to Visualise Flight Evolution in the BAFTA nominated “David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies”


“The story of evolutionary flight is one I’ve always wanted to tell... It’s our most ambitious yet.”...David Attenborough

Last Updated: April 3, 2015 6:18 am GMT
(Madrid, Spain--April 3, 2015) The spellbinding visual account of how flying animals evolved into the familiar species we see today, became a reality in stunning documentary series David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, produced by Atlantic Productions with the help of SGO's powerful and cutting-edge Mistika technology at ONSIGHT.

As well as winning a 2014 BAFTA, the landmark series was recently nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects.

The results are announced at the ceremony in London on Sunday 26 April. The award-winning post division at ONSIGHT used Mistika once again on its seventh Attenborough project for Colossus Productions, which depicted complex flight skills with creative ingenuity.

Formats used included 4K, HD, 3D and 2D including a bespoke 4K workflow design built by the ONSIGHT Post division. After also providing R&D and camera solutions for the project, the facility worked with massive amounts of data amounting to approximately 50 terrabytes and a variety of camera formats such as RED Epic. In post, ONSIGHT provided plate preparations, DI, VFX, conform, QC, mastering and deliverables in 3D and 2D across its numerous high-tech suites at its London facility. This included the ability to screen 4K masters, combining 5K live action with 4K VFX and CGI.

ONSIGHT's Senior Colourist Andy Lee benefited from Mistika's real-time speed and flexibility which enabled him to freely alternate between the colour and depth grades, as well as the VFX conform. Furthermore, Mistika's wide spectrum of grading toolsets equipped him with a vivid and colourful array to enhance the remarkable features of winged creatures ranging from birds to butterflies, with eye-catching colour.

In addition, he graded subtle tones to convey the changing landscapes filmed in places such as Ecuador to the grey palettes of Scottish skies.

Andy Lee has graded many of the award-winning Attenborough projects from Atlantic and Colossus Productions.

He said, “Mistika allows me to work with ease across multiple formats, frame sizes and deliverables. David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies is an example of one of our extensive and innovative projects in 3D and 2D, which requires that level of flexibility, benefiting us and the production team.”

VFX Stereo Artist Miguel Camaño Riveiro supported the project with stereo corrections and compositing work.

Anthony Geffen, Producer and CEO of Atlantic Productions commented, “Conquest of the Skies builds on all the storytelling and technology that we have been developing on these programmes with David over the last 5 years. ONSIGHT has played an integral role in this journey, creating solutions and delivering our productions, using SGO Mistika, to the highest standard.”

Previous Attenborough productions in collaboration with Atlantic Productions and Sky that also involved Mistika include David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive and Flying Monsters, both of which have won the BAFTA for Specialist Factual, as well as acclaimed Micro Monsters, Galapagos, Kingdom of Plants and The Bachelor King. David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies' three episodes aired at the beginning of this year, followed by a special, The Making of David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies on Sky 1 HD. Visit the official website here www.conquestoftheskies.com/

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ONSIGHT is a pioneering facilities company, providing production and post production services for film and television. With over 25 years’ experience, the team has developed a unique and flexible end-to-end solution, comprising the latest in cameras and equipment rental through to full post production. From Shepperton Studios (part of the Pinewood Studios Group), the Cameras division supplies bespoke packages, involving digital cameras, lenses, accessories and guidance. While the award-winning Post division, based in London, provides digital film, television, Giant Screen and editing solutions, all fully supported. The ONSIGHT team helps clients design, execute and ultimately, create stunning content for any screen in HD, 2K, 3D and 4K. Visit them at www.onsight.co.uk

Colossus Productions is the production company formed by Sky 3D and Atlantic Productions in 2011. The joint venture was created to develop and produce high-end 3D programming for UK and international audiences, including the rapidly growing number of Sky 3D homes. Emerging from Atlantic Productions’ record in producing the BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters 3D and the theatrically-released The Bachelor King 3D, Colossus has already produced Galapagos 3D, Micro Monsters 3D and the BAFTA award-winning David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D.

ABOUT SGO Beautifully Creative Technology SGO is an international organisation expanding rapidly with offices and reseller partners around the world. With successful operations in China, North America, Europe, the UK and all across the globe, SGO is widely recognised as a well-established developer of innovative, award-winning and extremely powerful Mistika post production systems and workflow solutions, including the Mamba FX compositing software for the film and broadcast industries. Visit SGO at www.sgo.es, Follow SGO on Twitter @SGOMistika

ALL IMAGES CREDIT: Atlantic Productions - David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies - Copyright Colossus Productions


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