Restoration – Post Production Edit & Grade

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Once the film is shot the journey is far from over. The post production process can be both miraculous and heart breaking. It is an opportunity to reinvent your story, to change things around if necessary and really play with the footage you have. A chance to tweak things and highlight details to give the film nuance. But without the right team guiding you through the process – and making the process work seamlessly – post production can be a nightmare that a number of filmmakers get trapped in.

Luckily on Restoration we had an amazing Post Production team led by our incredible editor Edward Sampson. In this post we hear a bit about the editorial process alongside one of the critical make-or-break areas, particularly for a film like Restoration, the grade with our colourist Gerard Ward.

A huge thank you also to the team at Digital Post – everyone should do post there if they can it is a wonderful environment.

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Restoration – Colouring Characters – Make-Up & Costume

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Amber and Celeste touching up the cast…

In order for a character to be truly great they have to be ‘coloured’ in a way that speaks to who they are. The make-up and costume are critical elements for this, and sometimes their importance can be over looked. Many actors have said that the right costume and make-up help them to get into their role. For Restoration there were a few interesting challenges in these departments – the period costuming, the sinister guy in the painting, and an artist covered in paint for parts of the film. Celeste, our make-up artist and Amber, our costume designer, give us some insights into creating characters looks.

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Production – From Application through Delivery and Beyond

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Nicola with Tim on the set of Restoration

In this post we explore the aspects generally considered the Producer’s territory. At times I found that most break downs of a shoot covered all the cool fun aspects but never the nitty gritty of how things got made. Because I didn’t just want to generate a ramble for this post I got Aliesha, an upcoming Producer and our Production Assistant on the film to write questions for me that other people in her position would be keen to hear the answers to.  I hope this helps…

But first a big thank you has to go to Michelle and Nick from Short and Sharp, our Executive Producers and to the NZFC for giving us a chance to make a film with funding! Continue reading

Restoration – The Directors Vision and Performance

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Milo Cawthorne as ‘Francis’

At the heart of any great film is a visionary, a champion who leads and guides every aspect to become a cohesive whole. For Restoration that was Tim Tsiklauri. Tim combines a collaborative spirit with a clear vision, taking on the ideas that work but still ensuring that the film has a clear focus.

Of course also critical to a films success are solid performance from the cast. We were incredibly lucky in Restoration to have stellar performances from our cast Milo Cawthorne and Alistair Browning. In this post we hear from Tim about his vision from the film, as well as his approach to the performance and also from Milo on his thoughts about the film.

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Restoration – A Writer’s Process

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Luke & Tim on set of Restoration.

When making Restoration the script was our greatest asset. Not only did it inspire Short and Sharp to shortlist us for financing, but it helped us to hook our incredibly talented cast and crew. I believe this comes down to how well crafted the script was, not just in relaying the story but by painting such a vivid (and a times chilling) picture for the reader. Below I have Tim and Luke break down how they collaborated to create the blueprint for the film.

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Learning to take a break before breaking down

2014-11-21 20.05.37At the start of the year its a good time to make a plan of attack for the year to come. Of course it helps if your plan is realistic. Making films can be an exhausting process, particularly when you are doing it on top of paid employment. One thing I have learnt the hard way a couple of times is that burning the candle at both ends does actually lead to burn out. Recovering from burn out is always tough but I have learnt a few things that help me to balance things a little better.

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