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Broadcast Digital Awards 2014 – Nomination news

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Congratulations to Gogglebox Entertainment and Spun Gold TV who have both been nominated for this year’s prestigious Broadcast Digital Awards,
which reward the best digital innovation and content creativity in broadcasting.


Release The Hounds

In the Best Entertainment Programme category, Gogglebox are nominated for the horror game show ‘Release The Hounds’.

Great Canal Journeys

Spun Gold TV are nominated in the Best Popular Factual Programme category for the light-filled travelogue ‘Great Canal Journeys’. Both series were fully posted here at Directors Cut.

The awards take place on 25th June. Fingers and toes are crossed here for both production companies – good luck!!



Televisual’s double-page spread on Directors Cut’s Interplay.

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This month’s Televisual magazine features a double-page spread on our new Interplay system.

Interplay allows remote viewing & editing of your project media whilst seamlessly integrating across our in-house offline and online Avid suites. This provides the obvious advantage of better time and cost management for your project.

As the world moves towards a cloud-based future, we believe Interplay will be at the core of Avid’s future technical developments for Post houses like ours.

The combination of Interplay Central (which offers clients remote viewing of their media assets) and Interplay Sphere (which allows Editorial and support staff to work outside of the Facility) enables us to track both ingesting and transcoding for offline edits. This in turn seamlessly relinks back to the full-resolution rushes, thus radically improving the efficiency of our workflows.

You could the future is here… now!


Gallery at Directors Cut

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This year we are branching out into the art world with shows by emerging artists whose work will grace the walls of our Great Portland Street offices. It would be nice to think that these artists could, one day, perhaps, be the subjects of our documentaries of the future.

We are working with producer and curator, Judy Parkinson, and the first show – a double act called Hide and Seek – will end on 9th May.
It features the work of two contrasting artists, Philip Booth and Cat Roissetter. Viewing can be arranged by appointment.  Works are on sale and prices range from £200 to £2,000.

Philip Booth is a recent prize winning graduate of Camberwell College of Arts, working in oil on canvas and ceramics.

Cat Roissetter is ex-St Martins and The Royal College of Art and she works in ink and water colour on paper.

Congratulations to Lambent Productions!

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Lambent Productions their film Out of Jail and On The Streets won Best Documentary at the RTS Southern Awards on Friday.

With unprecedented access, this insightful film uncovers the hidden world of public protection. Through the personal stories of probation officers, it explores how offenders are monitored, controlled and rehabilitated in everyday life, and how the public are protected from them. Fully posted at Directors Cut in 2013.

“Huge congratulations and massive thanks to you all for such a brilliant film and such well-deserved recognition” – Emma Wakefield, Executive Producer


Pet School wins Emmy!

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Congratulations to Sallyann Keizer & the Cineflex team on their ‘Best Non Scripted’ Emmy Award in New York last week. Bravo!

Pet School was a 10-part series for CBBC, fully posted at Directors Cut and transmitted in 2012.

 Pet School

Congratulations – U T O P I A

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Congratulations to John Pilger & Dartmouth Films.

Their hard-hitting film Utopia has been voted 5th best film of 2013 by London Film Review.

This feature-documentary contrasts the wealth and complacency of white Australia to the inhumane treatment of the indigenous Australians.

Utopia is an Australian irony: the name of one of the poorest and desolate areas of the continent.

Situated  200 miles north of Alice Springs, the local health centre for indigenous people has no running water, one racid toilet and snakes can get through the cracks in the corrugated-iron walls. Just next door is a large, fenced-off house with 18 air-conditioning units attached where the white district commissioner lives…


Directors Cut invests in Object Matrix

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Having long been fans of Object Matrix’s robust tier 2 storage, we have now invested in 60TB of their MatrixStore. It will form an integral of part of an on-going, exciting Avid integration project, but will initially form the backbone of our near-line storage infrastructure.

Installation was very straight forward with the help of Gavin & the Object Matrix team assisted by our systems integrator Absolute Cad.

With over 50 hours of programming in the autumn pipeline, the benefits of the MatrixStore are already having significant impact on the speed & efficiency of our workflows.

Andy Nicholson, our technical director says, “with ever-increasing demands for storage due to file based acquisition, it was essential to find a solution that provided proven durability, as well as a means of tracking and maintaining media and metadata. No other product offers all this with seamless integration into Avid workflows. Object Matrix was a no-brainer!”


Directors Cut celebrates its 14th Birthday

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In July 2013, Directors Cut celebrated its 14th birthday. 

Much fun was had by all and amongst the crowd was Magical Bones – a wonderful magician who performed his tricks right in front of amazed guests. Highly recommended!

The 14 years have seen the facility grow from just 3 edit suites on one floor in 1999, to now nearly 20 edit suites across four floors, with fully dedicated colour grading, online and audio dubbing facilities.

This is thanks to our belief in working hard to provide good value, doing it right… and having fun whilst doing so.