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PostWorks, New York Helps Deliver Phish "IT" PBS Special

(November 29, 2004)

PostWorks, New York, the east coast's most advanced and comprehensive post production resource, today detailed its key supporting role in delivering the Phish "IT" Aug. 2 PBS broadcast special and the subsequent 2-disc DVD release which debuted on Oct. 12.  PostWorks' team began working on the project back in June for producer/director Mary Wharton, Sugar Camp Films, Dionysian Productions and the WGBH Educational Foundation.

Shot in high-definition, the broadcast special and DVD chronicle the sensational band's two-day "IT" festival in Limestone, Maine, which ended their summer 2003 tour.   The fest drew 60,000 fans to watch Phish - proclaimed "America's Greatest Jam Band" by Rolling Stone - play six extended sets amidst the event's circus-like festivities.

PostWorks' team first helped Wharton's all-star collaborators complete the finishing processes for the 90-minute "IT: A Phish Concert Special" for delivery to PBS stations across the U.S. in time for their Aug. 2 airdate.  Offline editing was handled by Emmy award-winning editors Thom Zimny and Alex Hall in one of PostWorks' Avid Symphony suites, incorporating source footage from formats including HDCAM 1080i, DVCAM and HDCAM 23.98.

PostWorks' online editorial team of Ben Murray and George Bunce then incorporated the main title sequence created by freelance designer David McElwaine and additional titles created by Murray in the company's Nitris suite.  Murray and Bounce then handled the HD conform in the iQ suite, which was color-corrected in the DaVinci suite by colorist Eric Alvarado.  Five-time Grammy- winning music producer and engineer Elliot Scheiner provided the 5.1 and stereo music mixes to Postworks, where Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer Matt Foglia blended them with dialogue, sound effects and sweetening to create the final surround and stereo mixes in his Dolby approved 5.1 mixing studio.  The final product - encoded in Dolby E for 5.1 broadcast - was mastered to HDCAM 1080i/59.94i and delivered to WGBH.

Zimny and Hall also used PostWorks' Avid Symphony system to edit additional DVD content including several interview segments, over 150 minutes of performance footage, an audiovisual collage and other bonus materials.

"I think that Postworks' greatest assets are the creative people there," Wharton began.  "You can get edit machines anywhere, but the people who run them at Postworks are great.  From Matt Foglia in audio to Eric Alvarado in color-correct and Ben Murray in the Nitrus room, the attention to detail was outstanding."

Continuing, Wharton added, "When we were up against a tight deadline and I had sessions going in three rooms at once, I knew that I could count on those guys to do things right even if I wasn't in the room.  They really take pride in their work and went the extra mile to make sure that every frame of my film looked and sounded great.  I would happily take my next project to Postworks."

Thom Zimny has worked with PostWorks for the past five years, on both musical and narrative projects, including HBO's The Wire. "PostWorks gives me the environment to create in, but they also back me up technically to solve any problems that might arise in any aspect of finishing," he said.  "They're always one step ahead of the technology, so whenever anything new comes along, I know I can always try it out at PostWorks."

"Working with Mary Wharton and her team on this project was an extraordinary achievement for us and our facility," said Billy Baldwin, president and co-owner of PostWorks, New York.  "This project called upon all of our strengths collectively, and we're very proud to have been such an important part of such a phenomenal team."

For Dionysian Productions and Sugar Camp Films, Jason Colton and John Paluska served as executive producers.

PostWorks' team also included executive producer/sales Jeremiah Hawkins.

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.  For more information, please call 212.894.4000 or visit


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