How Hobsoft software helped us with the making of Ethel and Ernest

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Ethel and Ernest was made at three different locations. The lead studio was in London at Lupus Films, but we also had co-production studios working in Luxembourg and Wales.

Software called Hobsoft was used to keep all three studios co-ordinated. Without it we would have been struggling with email chains, and the production would soon have become chaotic. Hobsoft made sure procedures were streamlined and meant that decisions could be tracked and the production process monitored at all stages.

The link below explains how this was achieved:

http://www.hobsoft.net/cases/ee

British Council promotion

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Some new publicity stills for the film have been created and are now being used. This one features on the British Council site.

http://film.britishcouncil.org/ethel-and-ernest

Ethel and Ernest publicity still

The last shot is in !

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The final composited scene came through to us last night. The compositing team at Cloth Cat animation, led by Neil Martin, have done an incredible job and managed to deliver our final scenes on time for the colour grading sessions that are coming up next week at Goldcrest. Overseeing these final deliveries and making sure that everything ran smoothly was production co-ordinator Lucy Lawson-Duckett.

Compositors at work on Ethel and Ernest

Some of the compositing crew at Cloth Cat Animation working on Ethel and Ernest

Head of Compositing Neil Martin

Lead compositor Neil Martin (centre)

Compositors working on Ethel and Ernest at Cloth Cat

Sound mixing at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes

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The final sound mixing on Ethel and Ernest continues this week at Goldcrest films with Adrian Rhodes at the helm.

Adrian Rhodes

Adrian Rhodes at Goldcrest films during the sound mix for Ethel and Ernest

Adrian is one of the most highly regarded Sound Designers and Re Recording mixers in the industry with a particularly strong association with animated films. Having studied at the National Film and Television School and become one of the first sound specialist graduates he launched into his professional career alongside fellow graduate Nick Park.  His relationship with the Aardman production team flourished with the award-winning films The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave, Chicken Run and Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists nominated for an Oscar Award in 2013. Adrian has continued his close relationship with Aardman as Sound Designer on Shaun The Sheep Movie, which also received an Oscar nomination in 2016.

 

 

Raymond Briggs visits Goldcrest

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Raymond Briggs visited Goldcrest post production studios in London today to view some of the film for the first time on a cinema size screen. He also called in on one of the sound mix sessions.

Animation director Peter Dodd was on hand too and brought along a cake baked by his wife Sally. Sally has provided delicious cakes for the crew throughout the production !

Raymond also found time to sign several copies of his Ethel and Ernest book for Lupus films production staff who have worked on the film.

Raymond Briggs at Goldcrest with Peter Dodd, Richard Overall, and Camilla Deakin

From left to right: Peter Dodd (animation director), Richard Overall (editor), Raymond Briggs, Camilla Deakin (producer), at Goldcrest 25th May 2016

Raymond Briggs signing his Ethel and Ernest book

Raymond Briggs signing his Ethel and Ernest book for members of the crew

 

Editor Richard Overall

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Richard OverallOne person who has been with the Ethel and Ernest film from the beginning is our editor Richard Overall. These past few weeks have been the busiest ever for him as we head towards the delivery of the film in a few weeks time. This week there are the final sound mixes taking place at Goldcrest in Soho. Then on Thursday and Friday of this week are the first sessions of picture grade. Last week Richard was very much involved as the music was recorded at Angel studios, and we also did some ADR sessions (voice pick-ups with the lead actors) at Goldcrest.  This is one of the most exciting times for the editor as everything starts to come together and they can fine tune the cut of the film. As the finished scenes come through from the compositing team at Cloth Cat studios there is the chance for those all important tweaks to timings right up to the final delivery.

Richard Overall editing Ethel and Ernest

 

 

Animator Sarah Airriess

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Among the many top animators working on Ethel and Ernest was Sarah Airiess. Sarah’s animation and posing opens the film, and she also animated the whole of the Christmas decoration sequence that is depicted on page 50 of the book.

Working from her home in Cambridge she always produced scenes full of wit, charm and brilliant observation.  She has produced some stand out sequences for us.

To discover more about Sarah and her work visit her blog here.

Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest

Animator Sarah Airriess working on Ethel and Ernest from her home in Cambridge.

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