Technicolor provides front end and DI for British TV series starring David Tennant, The Politician’s Husband

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April 23, 2013
Technicolor is delighted to reveal its part in upcoming British TV mini-series The Politician’s Husband, supplying full on set dailies services in support of the production
On set dailies for the Politician’s Husband

Technicolor is delighted to reveal its part in upcoming British TV mini-series The Politician’s Husband, supplying full on set dailies services in support of the production. Technicolor Colourist Paul Ensby graded the episodes. On-set VFX was carried out by Technicolor Head of Editing Dominic Thomson.

Airing on Thursday April 25th 2013, The Politician’s Husband, written by Paula Milne  (White Heat, Small Island, The Virgin Queen, The Fragile Heart) and bookend to the multi-award winning The Politician's Wife, has been be produced for BBC Two by Daybreak Pictures, and is directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Our Friends in the North, Boardwalk Empire).

The show stars David Tennant (Fright Night, Dr Who) and Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult, War Horse) as husband and wife in a three-part serial about marriage, power and politics.

Technicolor provided front end services building and maintaining a digital dailies transfer station and supplying remote digital dailies services to support it in the field. Technicolor also provided full training on site and 24/7 technical support during the shoot. Equipment used included full SxS checksum software for the ProRes 4444 Master rushes and LTO-5 back-up solutions for fast archive of the Master rushes, as well as transcoding capabilities for creation of material for Avid editorial and a full RAID copied back-up service at Lexington Street, Soho, in London. Full Avid license support was provided with Technicolor’s own Avid licenses for a complete custom editorial solution.

On grading the series, Senior Colourist Paul Ensby worked closely with Director Simon Cellan-Jones and DP Tony Slater-Ling on the three episodes, graded on Autodesk Lustre early this year. Paul commented: “We used mainly a slightly cool palette for the show with above-average levels of contrast but with plenty of detail in the shadows.  As the episodes progress and the drama intensifies, so do the visuals as we crank up the contrast and de-saturate the colours gently, without losing a sense of realism to the images”.

Technicolor Credits

Colourist: Paul Ensby

Conform/On-line/VFX: Dominic Thomson

On Location Services: Dan Mulligan