The latest restoration project we have done for Film4 and Finishing Post Productions is the 1987 classic film, A Month in the Country. Directed by Pat O’Connor and featuring both Colin Firth’s and Kenneth Branagh’s screen debuts, the story about two WWI veterans is considered a bit of a hidden gem.
A Month in the Country is set during the great British summer of 1920. However, in true British form it was actually shot in really wet weather. This posed a bit of a challenge for Anthony and the restoration team, as they were working with the original negatives from the mid-80s. They had to treat the grain and get the balance between the vibrant colours of summer and the actual conditions right.
We started the processed by creating a new conform because the negatives were A/B roll cut. They also needed stabilising, and the dissolves and fades recreating. We then used our ArriScan to capture a super 2k DPX sequence, and multiple non-destructive restoration tools, including Cinnafilm Dark Energy, to achieve a clean master and treat grain structure. YoYo was then used for a full DATA grade. Finally, we restored the audio to remove the hissing and crackling.
We delivered the HD master back to Film4, and the film is set to air later this year.
A note from Film4’s Kate Robinson: “A Month in the Country is a bit of a forgotten classic with a first-class director and cast. We wanted to bring it back to life and take it to international audiences. It was in need of an upgrade though, so an HD remaster was essential – the result is excellent.”
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At JCA, we take great pride in bringing classic content, most recently Trainspotting, digitally up-to-date. By restoring and remastering cult classics, we can bring old yet great films, and TV programmes, to younger generations in their own HD language. For those that enjoyed it the first time round, we can deliver their favourite movies and shows in a quality like never before.
This summer we had an exciting delivery here at JCA – the precious reel that contained Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. Working on this gritty cult classic was exciting for many of the restoration team, especially our award-winning colourist Ray King.
So how did we do it? Restoring the film for Film 4 and Finishing Post Production required hands-on attention to detail because it was abundant with optical effects. It also needed stabilisation throughout as the negatives had joins which created movement.
We began the complicated process by working with the original negative shot in 1995. We had to actually reject the second-generation 35mm IP as the grain was too poor. Our specialists scanned the negatives at 2k resolution using infrared dirt maps to create a restoration bed. The maps were then applied with precision to ensure the original image was fully repaired and restored into high definition. The team made use of a range of software-based restoration tools to produce a master and apply Cinnafilm Dark Energy to treat the grain structure and image of the British film.
The finished result meant that Film4 could take this film to its audience in a quality never seen before. It was a great film to work on and we are able to turn it around in just two weeks. We celebrated by hosting a special screening for those that worked on it so they could enjoy it in true HD.
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Tagged 35mm IP, Arts, Cinnafilm dark energy, Danny Boyle, Edinburgh, Film4, Harry Gibson, HD, Irvine Welsh, JCA, Movies, Post-production, Ray King, restoration, Trainspotting, tv, United States
One of the benefits of digitisation is that it provides content/rights owners with the opportunity to restore and re-master classic content which it can then sell to broadcasters for new audiences to enjoy.
Our recent partnership with Film4 to re-master the 1986 British comedy classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too, along with other titles including Brassed Off in true High Definition is a core reflection of this.
We have worked with Film4 on many HD restoration projects in the past, which include removing all dirt, scratches and occasionally continuity errors. We were thrilled to be an integral part of these new film projects for Film4’s international distribution channel.
During this process the film elements are scanned at 2k via our Arriscan Scanner into a DPX file sequence. The DPX files are then graded to the clients’ specification and then rendered into the file. The restoration artists utilise a vast array of restorative tools ranging from automated passes through to frame by frame hand painting – whatever the project requires, before the grain and sharpness treatments are applied.
For Rita Sue and Bob Too we were able to access the original negative. Whilst this made the grading process more challenging it did allow us to deliver the film, as it has never been seen before.
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Tagged Brassed Off, British comedy, broadcasting, digitisation, DPX file sequence, film, Film4, HD, Rita Sue and Bob Too