Top talent turned out for The Media Production Show this week, providing us with a lively mix of seminars and showcases from some of the leading creative and technical experts in the industry. Last year was good, but this year was very good. The MPS team have timed the show perfectly between NAB in April and IBC in September and given those individuals that don’t get the chance to make it out to those conferences the opportunity to hear about, see, and test some of the latest advancements in the industry. Moreover, the show (which is free to attend) facilitates great networking opportunities between different sectors within the M&E Industry – always a bonus!Some of Sohonet’s HighlightsThe big emphasis across all seminars, was the impact technology has had upon the creative process in recent years – the ever-changing relationship between ‘art and science’. In particular, how technology is advancing the images and content we see on our screens each day. Here are some of Sohonet’s highlights….Business, Buildings, and Brexit You couldn’t get more relevant than this panel, given the current political climate in the UK. Will Strauss, Acting Editor at Broadcast TECH was joined by Fifty Fifty Post’s MD Cara Kotsky, Molinare’s MD Julie Parmenter, Milk VFX’s CEO Will Chen and UK Screen boss Neil Hatton to discuss the future of Soho and the impact of Brexit on the post sector. The nuts and bolts of planning HDR post-productionRowan Bray, MD at Clear Cut Pictures chaired this very informative panel to give us a step by step guide to designing a successful HDR post-production workflow (from managing the rushes on set to delivering the specific deliverables needed). Rowan was joined by Peter Collins, Head of Drama Workflow at The Farm, Jess Nottage, Technical Director at Clear Cut Pictures and James Creegan, Head of Ops at Halo Post. Celebrating Successful Women in Film and Television SeminarAn inspiring panel of leading women from across the content and creative sectors, encouraging more women to get behind the cameras in production and post. Big take-away from this talk: We never finish learning and we should always look to overcome stereotypes through confidence and resilience. Delivering the Future – Master file delivery, the next stepsThis panel discussed the direction the ‘demand market’ is taking the industry in terms of file delivery. Currently, the average television programme is made into 100 versions, a film somewhere close to 400 versions. The panel looked ahead to a situation where consumers want a customised service and innovators have created the technology to deliver all versions of a programme in one singular file in order to cater all requests. The big question? How long will it be before one file contains every version of a master as standard? Is this a new opportunity or a threat for Post specialists? Other “seminar highlights” have to include Framestore’s ‘VR Project – Field Trip to Mars’, ‘YouTube and Beyond’, ‘Special FX – crash, bang, kapow!’, the ‘Sherlock Showcase’ and of course the ‘Planet Earth 2 Showcase’. Big congratulations and thank you from Sohonet to those that scheduled this show!
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