Photoshopping On Location


“Photoshopping” a Mark Davenport film is entering more and more festivals and this weekend  is in the ECU film Festival Paris.

To generate more interest and thank the crew we have edited a behind the scenes video called “Photoshopping On Location”

and shows the antics of the crew in Stretford Mall.

When the festival circuit is done we will be releasing a Blu-ray with all the material and stills and unseen footage and possibly even the rushes so people could edit their own version, just an idea, stay tuned! This complements the trailer that has been out for some time but you will have to catch it in a festival to see the film.

Here is the BTS video.

Here is the trailer if you have not seen it before.

Sublime Finished Short Film, Wins Award at Aesthetica 2012

Aesthetica film festival

Photoshopping written and directed by Mark Davenport was finished at Sublime Pictures in Manchester on Final Cut and graded in Colour. See the trailer in our portfolio section here.

The film was submitted to the Aesthetica Festival in York and selected as one of five films to show on the opening night. Mark and I had a great evening at the opening but unfortunately could not stay for the whole event.

Photoshopping won the Best Comedy Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2012. Here is what the panel and judges said:

A brilliantly dark comic tale about a woman who is obsessed with photographing celebrities and breaking a world record. The film’s narrative is creative, engaging, and above all funny. The acting and cinematography perfectly capture the obsessive world that the main character inhabits, not to mention there’s a scene with Fern Brittan running through a shopping centre. Magnificent!

Below is the Aesthetica trailer, it is an excellent festival.

ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2012 Trailer from Aesthetica Magazine on Vimeo.

First video editing in Liverpool suites


Edit 2 played host to the first video edit in Liverpool. Cutting the rushes of a three camera shoot was no easy feat in the time given for the production by Punchline. Three medical case studies were edited with a spectrum of codecs from a Z1, (a real pain digitising tape again) EX1 and GH2 and ingest took until late at night to enable editing to start early the next day. Jamie an ex Lime Pictures editor now freelance and working on Casualty claimed he was getting used to editing medical topics! Final cut pro used to ingest, cut and basic grade.

The system was a temporary rig as the new equipment is still being specified but it is thought that edit two will be an HD video and Pro Tools HD suite.

Jamie Weddell Sublime Pictures

Adobe’s Creative Cloud

Adobe CS6 continues skyward

Adobe have redefined post production over the last few years, they have slowly crept up on Apple and taken over the space where Final Cut Pro was dominating. How Apple let that dominance slip is beyond me. I know they took their eye off the pro market to concentrate on the domestic arena but didn’t need to. They are extremely rich and I am sure that Pro market sales of software and hardware would have justified itself, there is now a Facebook page for users crying out for a new Mac Pro and it has 16000 likes already. I really want a new high end Mac Pro becasue at the end of the day I like using them and it is great to be able to use Apple software tools and Avid and Adobe on the same workstation.

I don’t want to go back to the Dark Side but the HP 820 or even a HP Z1 as an alternative to an iMac is looking pretty sweet at the moment…

Especially for corporates and owner operators or even agencies bringing post in house a Studio product with the ability to deliver all areas of post at an attractive price is too desirable to resist. The people and talent to operate it is another subject!

Now Adobe are offering a monthly fee to use the whole suite of products and as an existing user you may qualify for the low rate of £27 per month!

You have to sign up for a year but if you don’t like it you have a 30 day money back guarantee.

To get all the Adobe suite of products including the new speed grade (previously Iridas) including new updates as you go is amazing. with the right workstation you can be ingesting, encoding, mastering 4k/5K material, producing special effects, dubbing and authoring discs all for Yorkshireman price! 🙂

I signed up straight away, use photoshop once with the new content aware tools and you can justify the expense in time saving alone but with all the creative options here it is a no brainer. It seems Adobe’s strategy is hook customers in for the long haul, a good strategy that Apple started and perfected then ditched!

I have not had time to absorb all the benefits of creative cloud but I’ll report as I do.

Excitin init?

Liverpool edit suites update

liverpool edit 1

The edit suites in Liverpool took a step nearer completion as the worktops went onto the desk chassis. Also we were measuring cable runs to fit the cables from the central apparatus room to the suites. Slow but sure progress, the plan is for edit one to be PC based and 4k/2k/HD capable for finishing on Premiere Pro, Avid Symphony and Da Vinci Resolve. Edit 2 will be a PC that can finish 2k/HD using Premiere Pro and Avid or work on editorial, edit 3 editorial on Avid.

We will keep you updated and also let you know when the launch party is.

liverpool edit 2

The new Sublime Pictures site is up!


Well we are online and the site will shape up this week. Check back soon to see the content going in and services outlined. Our Manchester office is operational and has been working recently for Lime Pictures, Activideo Communications, Dollar Factory Films, Mark Davenport and others. The Livepool office is being fitted out and will be operational later in the year. We aim to provide grooming for your programme without breaking your bank, we believe you deserve sublime pictures.


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