London-based full-service post facility LipSync Post has added to its color grading resources with the purchase of two Baselight systems from FilmLight. When fully operational by year’s end, the Baselight systems will serve as the facility’s primary grading tools, enabling LipSync to offer a total of five grading suites that can work flexibly to suit client requirements.
Baselight offers LipSync Post the ability to work natively with all digital cinema camera formats and an improved ability to integrate with other postproduction departments, notably editorial and visual effects. “We’ve been fans of Baselight for a long time and are particularly impressed with its flexibility and grading tools,” said James Clarke, head of DI for LipSync Post. “Many of our clients have been asking to work on Baselight. The system has a great reputation.”
Baselight offers many advantages to LipSync’s independent film clients. One such is the system’s ability to work with multiple camera formats in a single time-line without proxies. The system’s processing speed also means that work can proceed in real-time, regardless of the complexity of the grade.
LipSync’s recent film credits include Now is Good, Total Recall and Shadow Dancer. It also provides post services for television series including Birdsong, Leonardo and The Churchills, as well as the upcoming Stephen Poliakoff drama series Dancing on the Edge.
Clarke noted that LipSync Post is a long-time FilmLight client. The facility has relied on FilmLight’s Truelight color management system in its visual effects, editorial and grading operations for several years. It was also among the first facilities to employ FilmLight’s Northlight film scanner. “We’ve learned a lot from FilmLight because its systems are all very open,” said Clarke, “And its developers are always open to new ideas. That was one of the selling points for us.”