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Mastering Martin Scorsese's ?No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"

PostWorks New York provides Avid workflow, editing and HD mastering support (September 27, 2005)

PostWorks, New York, the east coast's most advanced and comprehensive post production resource, today detailed its extensive, multi-year editorial and HD mastering support for Martin Scorseses ?No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.  Part One of the documentary made its U.S. broadcast premiere last night on WNET's award-winning AMERICAN MASTERS series, and in the UK on BBC Two on the acclaimed ARENA series.  Part Two will be broadcast on PBS and BBC Two tonight, and the complete film was released on DVD by Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment on Sept. 20.

Ten years in the making, the project draws from over a thousand hours of rare footage from The Bob Dylan Archives (including footage from D.A. Pennebaker ?s ?Dont Look Back and Murray Lerners coverage of the Newport Folk Festival) and other historical footage, thousands of still photographs, and a series of more recent interviews.  Among the biggest challenges for the project was creating a workflow to easily organize all the material from offline to online to create the many final end-products, including the 3.5 hour PBS documentary, the DVD collectors set, and an HD theatrical release to premier at New Yorks Ziegfield Theater.

To address the challenge of helping to organize the massive volume of archival materials, PostWorks began working with Grey Water Park Productions more than three years ago.  ?Back when this project was beginning to come together, we were a Beta site for Avids Adrenalin system, PostWorks president Billy Baldwin explained.  ?Although that system wasnt yet available, we suggested that Grey Water Parks team use Avid Express Pro systems, complete with nearly 2 terabytes of storage, to organize their data? knowing that the media and bins would be 100% compatible with the new Adrenalin system when it became available.  Grey Water Park took that advice, which led to a seamless project workflow from that point forward.

The projects editor, David Tedeschi, has extensive experience in the realms of independent cinema as well as award-winning scripted and reality television series.  In recent years, he has cut the award-winning drama series The Shield, as well as Miramaxs Pinero and the episode of the PBS series The Blues directed by Martin Scorsese.  To begin readying the ?No Direction Home content for his use well over a year before he physically came onboard, PostWorks transferred the rare film footage to allow Grey Water Parks team to start digitizing on Avid Express Pro systems.  PostWorks then equipped Tedeschi with an Adrenalin system at the New York offices of Scorseses Sikelia Productions as soon as the system became commercially available in 2003.

Over the projects timeline, PostWorks colorist Scott Olive used the Spirit Datacine and the Pandora color system to transfer all of the archival film footage, and the newly acquired interview footage shot over many years on Super 16mm film, to 24p HD.  As the director refined the finished version of his story, which focuses on Dylans life and music from 1961 to 1966, the non-linear features of Avids systems were a major factor in allowing important changes to be made efficiently.  Due to the enormous scope of the project, finishing work needed to be started before the offline was complete.  Avids DS Nitris and PostWorks editor Ben Murray played a key role in the process by rapidly conforming versions of the online edit and animating all the projects still artwork.  PostWorks full-service operation, and its staff members commitments to providing one-source post-production support under one roof in Manhattan, easily accommodated the renowned New York filmmakers busy schedule.

Five-time Best Director Academy Award-nominee Scorsese is an experienced chronicler of the history of American popular music.  He recently executive-produced the PBS music miniseries The Blues, as well as the related concert film directed by Antoine Fuqua entitled ?Lightning in a Bottle.  He also directed the 1978 documentary ?The Last Waltz, and was an assistant director and editor on the 1971 Academy Award-winning documentary feature, ?Woodstock.

?No Direction Home: Bob Dylan is a production of Spitfire Pictures, Grey Water Park Productions, Thirteen/WNET New York and Sikelia Productions, in co-production with Vulcan Productions, BBC and NHK.  Along with Scorsese, the films producers include Jeff Rosen of Grey Water Park, Nigel Sinclair of Spitfire, Anthony Wall of the BBC's Arena series, and Susan Lacy of Thirteen/WNET New York's AMERICAN MASTERS series, which has won the Emmy for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series five of the last six years.

About PostWorks, New York
Since 1995, PostWorks, New York has emerged as the region's only full-service film and High Definition post facility.  Located in SoHo, PostWorks sets itself apart by offering scalable production offices, rentals and the highest level of commitment to quality and customer service.  PostWorks enlists an elite team of artists, engineers and producers and has optimized its entire operation for non-linear, High Definition and Digital Intermediate technologies. Our clients include Oscar winning filmmakers, network and cable television programs and award winning commercials and music videos. 

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