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The Machine Room Delivers Dear Frankie

1 October 2004

The Machine Room, has completed HD transfer, grading and de-spotting on the widely praised British feature film, Dear Frankie. One of only two British films screened at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and starring Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Sharon Small and Jack McElhone, Dear Frankie is due to hit British cinemas on 14 January 2005.

Both directed and lit by Shona Auerbach and distributed by Pathé in the UK, Dear Frankie is the endearing and emotional tale of a single mum, Lizzie, who is desperate to protect her deaf nine-year old son Frankie from the outside world. Constantly on the move to avoid her violent ex-husband, she secretly writes letters to Frankie, pretending to be his father on a long sea voyage. Problems arise when Frankie finds out the ship his Dad is supposed to be on is docking nearby in a fortnight. Lizzie has to choose between telling Frankie the truth and finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie’s Dad for one day.

The Machine Room’s Colourist, Jeff Burgess, completed the transfer on the company’s Shadow telecine and graded the movie from 35mm film to HDD5 at 24p. As Burgess explains the look of the movie was critical to its success: “Shona was very particular about the look she wanted to achieve. As it’s a very sentimental story, she wanted a filmic and soft feel emphasised by warm tones and calming hues. We spent a long time in Shadow getting the balance just right to match her vision.” In addition to grading, Burgess panned and scanned the material for a 4 x 3 version. The Machine Room also carried out de-spotting work in its smoke editing system.

About The Machine Room

Part of the VTR Media Services group, The Machine Room has over 13 years’ experience of providing professional services to the film, television, corporate and video markets. It offers clients – including the BFI, IWM, TWI, Pathé, Paramount, Shed, MGM, HIT Entertainment, MTV and BBC Worldwide - highly experienced operators with cutting edge technology to provide HD post-production, website and interactive, DVD authoring and encoding and film mastering and treatment services. For more information visit www.themachineroom.co.uk


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