21 March 2005
Sony-BMG and 19 Entertainment choose TMR Digital for high-profile disc.
TMR Digital, part of the VTR Media Services group, has designed, authored and encoded the DVD of Will Young’s recent sell-out UK area tour filmed live at Wembley, London. The disc, which includes over 85 minutes of live footage and feature hits taken from his multiplatinum selling albums ‘From now on’ and ‘Friday’s Child’, is due for UK release on 21 March. It follows on the back of other music DVDs TMR Digital has produced for acts such as Kasabian, Bo Selecta, Jet and Missy Elliott.
“The disc originally started life as a relatively straightforward project,” said Vicki Angus, DVD producer at TMR Digital. “But as we progressed Sony-BMG gave us more and more fantastic material – including the preparation for the concert, exclusive backstage footage and imagery used in the show. This allowed us to come up with new concepts that really enhanced the look and the interactivity of the disc.”
The proposal put forward by Anthony Thomas, DVD product development manager at Sony-BMG, was for a very classic and contemporary look to mirror the stage set used at the concerts. TMR Digital took this idea and developed it further, taking care to maintain the intricate and sophisticated look and feel of the show. The design for the DVD utilises elements from the five giant video screens, which formed the stunning backdrop for the shows. The team used these to form the menus, random transitions and the screen saver.
As Vicki explains, “we were working with only one of the screens at a time on the DVD as opposed to five at the show, so it was important that all of the new designs made sense. We spent a lot of time getting the timing and style of these screens exactly right so that they still conveyed the grandeur of the show.”
One of the biggest challenges was the tight turnaround that the team was working to, particularly given the stream of new material that became available throughout the project. “We were under pressure to make the disc look as good as possible within the timeframe, and the quality of the extra material and features really contributed to ensuring that the final disc was a success,” said Vicki.
Anthony agreed saying: “TMR Digital have done a good job – the team developed our initial concepts well, and responded quickly to any amendments we or artist management wanted to make. One of the key elements that resulted in the relatively smooth running of this project was communication – everyone was kept up to date at all times. We are very happy with the project as a whole.”
Project: Will Young DVD
Management company: 19 Entertainment
Record company: Sony-BMG
Sony-BMG DVD product development manager: Anthony Thomas
DVD design, encoding and authoring: TMR Digital
DVD producer: Vicki Angus
Lead designer: James Brocklebank
Lead author: Anthony Allin
Established in 1991, and part of the VTR Media Services group, TMR has over 14 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, telecine and DVD services to the film, television, corporate and entertainment markets. It offers clients highly experienced operators with cutting edge technology.
Within TMR there are two key divisions. TMR Digital (an amalgamation of TMR DVD and Clipstream) provides full DVD design, encoding and authoring facilities to studios and distributors. It also reaches out into the wider corporate and blue chip market through its design, build and integration of customised digital asset management systems and website services.
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 London’s only traditional film treatment centre, as well as full feature film mastering and duplication facilities.
Clients include MGM, BFI, Chorion, Sony-BMG, Universal, TWI, HIT Entertainment, IWM, BBC Worldwide, Momentum Pictures, BUFVC, British Movietone News, Getty Images and Walt Disney.
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