7 July 2005
Film specialist grades director’s first film
LONDON, UK, 7 July 2005 : Restoration specialist TMR, part of the VTR Media Services group, has completed HD telecine grading on Richard E. Grant’s film Wah-Wah. Wah-Wah takes Grant back to his Swaziland roots in South-East Africa and is the first film to be written and directed by the man himself.
Set in the 1960s Wah-Wah will provide viewers with an insight into colonial life in Swaziland. In addition to Grant the comedy drama stars Olivia Grant – Richard’s daughter – Gabriel Byrne, Miranda Richardson, Julie Walters and Emily Watson.
Grant awarded TMR the task of ensuring that the distinctive African feel given to the cinema version of the film continued through to the deliverables. The process involved TMR carrying out HD telecine grading from 35mm IP to HD D5. TMR also provided extensive restoration services to make sure that the film was of the highest possible quality.
“As Wah-Wah’s set at the end of the 1960s in Africa, it was crucial that we achieved the sun-scorched kodachrome look of the period. This meant using lots of dense colours and deep contrasts,” said Grant.
“TMR’s ultimate aim was to provide master copies of Wah-Wah which met Grant’s expectations, and which were also of a high technical standard,” said Gerry Gedge, TMR’s head of telecine. “This grading process was time consuming but vital to achieve the warm nostalgic feel that Richard wanted. TMR’s restoration suites, Teranex imageRestore and MTI, were then used to de-spot the film.
“TMR was selected over competitors because of its excellent industry reputation and outstanding technical expertise. Also its team of experts were able to deliver the completed film in an extremely tight time frame,” added Grant. “I was truly amazed at the quality of the final product that TMR provided.”
Wah-Wah will be distributed throughout the world on DVD and VHS towards the end of 2005.
Established in 1991, TMR has over 14 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, DVD authoring and telecine to the film, television, corporate and entertainment markets. It offers clients highly experienced operators cutting edge technology and film specialists with over 100 years of experience between them.
Within TMR there are two key divisions. TMR is the archive and restoration specialist, providing a full suite of optical and digital video and film restoration services at either SD or HD resolutions. It also includes the UK’s only traditional film treatment centre, as well as full feature film mastering and duplication facilities.
TMR Digital (formerly Clipstream) provides full DVD authoring and encoding facilities to media companies. It also reaches out into the wider corporate and blue chip market through its design, build and integration of customised digital asset management and website services.
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