Goldcrest build their own ‘drama village’

Goldcrest build their own ‘drama village’

Goldcrest Post are creating their own ‘drama village’ – a combination of advanced DaVinci Resolve systems, audio mixing and Flame suites catering to their rapidly-expanding high end TV portfolio, spearheaded by recent recruit Jet Omoshebi. 

The new suites, which will include one hero suite, two online suites and multiple prep and QC systems, all on Linux turnkey builds, will be installed in Goldcrest’s Lexington Street facility in Soho. Goldcrest plan to combine these suites with a client area and their (newly expanded) audio facilities to create an internal ‘drama village’.

Unsurprisingly, people are keen to hear what kit they choose for the new space, and so far the shopping list has included DaVinci Resolve Hero4 systems based on the latest GPU processing cards, along with an Advanced Control Surface sat on custom AKA furniture. This will bring the overall number of Linux Resolve systems at Goldcrest to 13.

Speaking to Broadcast, managing director Patrick Malone said: “When we started our move into TV drama, we were shoe-horning the work in alongside features. We were getting away with it really. People just had to work bloody hard. But the last thing we wanted to do was compromise our reputation by screwing up one of these jobs because we didn’t have the manpower or infrastructure to handle it. We’re going to be doing TV drama with considerable intent to do it as well as we do features.”

We have an enduring relationship with Goldcrest, and are thrilled to be providing hardware for the exciting new build the Goldcrest team has designed, alongside AKA Design, who are building custom furniture for the suites, and Medialease, who are providing asset finance for the grading and online kit.

The new suites are due to be operational by the middle of November, with Jet taking up her post in January.

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Jason Bourne finds his (visual) identity with DaVinci Resolve!

Jason Bourne finds his (visual) identity with DaVinci Resolve!

Our good friends at Goldcrest Post recently completed the beautiful grade and complex online using DaVinci Resolve Studio at their glorious London facility, utilising advanced collaborative features to streamline the process on a project where one reel weighed in at over 1000 cuts!

The world-leading team at Goldcrest provided Universal with full picture post services including a full HDR 4K grade using their end-to-end Resolve pipeline built on the turnkey Linux Hero systems provided by Jigsaw24.

For the feature, the Goldcrest team provided full post-production services for director Paul Greengrass, with Sinéad Cronin and Rob Pizzey, respectively, delivering the online edit and grade. “Working on the project together in DaVinci Resolve Studio allowed us a great deal of fluidity, and we were able to collaborate closely throughout,” reveals Cronin. “I could conform and work on the online edit in Resolve’s Media and Edit pages, whilst Rob could render a grade on the Color page at the same time.”



Cronin explains that the seamless DaVinci Resolve Studio workflow was critical. “There’s so many action-packed scenes, with extended chase sequences and set pieces, so the scale of postproduction was huge; for example, one of the reels had more than 1,000 cuts. Timescales were tight, and I would work on a section of the online edit, knowing that Rob would be in the theater ready to grade with the client. Everything we did in Resolve was in real time, which really helped us to work to a tight deadline.”

Having previously collaborated with Greengrass and cinematographer Barry Ackroyd on a number of films, colorist Pizzey already had an extensive understanding of how the team wanted to use the grade to enhance the action. “In ‘Jason Bourne,’ there are sequences in Las Vegas, Athens and Berlin and an important part of the grade was to differentiate the mood and feel between these locations…but to ensure the overall aesthetic of the series remained in evidence,” he explains.

Jason Bourne (2016)

“Barry and I worked during preproduction to produce templates in Resolve from test footage, which would then act as a base for Barry to check his lighting on set, and for processing the rushes. Deploying Resolve at the preproduction stage meant that when we came back together to do the final grade, the sessions were extremely smooth and productive.”

The grade was also used to enhance the film’s editing, particularly in the action sequences. “One of my favorite sequences in the film to grade takes place in Athens, which was shot entirely at night. As the action is on the streets, which are filled with layers of smoke, and a fire unfolds, the edit intercuts scenes from a CIA control room,” explains Pizzey. “I kept the CIA room very cool and clinical, with a blue palette to differentiate from the warm, realistic riot scenes. Using Resolve’s grading toolset with some shape work, I was able to reflect some of the warmer tones from the screens in the control room back onto the actors’ faces. It was a very subtle, but extremely effective contrast within a key sequence.”


The Goldcrest team worked in full 4K throughout the project, and also deployed DaVinci Resolve Studio’s new high dynamic range capabilities to deliver the film in HDR for the first time. “HDR isn’t just a new delivery format, it’s a fantastic creative playground for production teams to deliver a completely new experience to audiences. These capabilities, combined with the NLE toolset and grading capabilities, make DaVinci Resolve a complete story telling device,” concludes Pizzey.

For more information on how we can help you design, build and implement DaVinci Resolve Studio systems, get in touch with our experts (the same guys who helped Goldcrest of course) by emailing or calling 033s2 409 306.