The Look Post-production: a great way forward


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The lockdown gave us the opportunity to take stock of The Look, how we could adapt and grow our business model to what our impact and legacy could be both in our immediate circle and in the community at broad sense, writeThomas Urbye, CEO of The Look.

Despite heavy losses through 2020, we managed to keep everyone working and paying the bills. Each crisis offers new opportunities, we could now take stock and build a new three-year vision, launch an extensive training campaign for our team, put comprehensive measures for each task carried out by the establishment.

For some time we have been looking to increase the size of our suites, as well as make our premises more secure, so we have moved all our IT equipment to a secure data center outside the M25. We also wanted a larger team to support the great work we had ahead and to embrace larger shift patterns, so we hired five new employees in three months.

As you live through a pandemic, you begin to think about what your legacy might be. What impact you and your team can have on others. As such, we began mentoring students, hosting employability panels and creative masterclasses in hopes that there would be significant mutual benefits. We’ve spoken with Netflix and other independent post houses and found great support.

During the summer term we worked with two London colleges aimed at 16-18 year olds, North Kent College and ELAM (East London College of Art and Music including Film and Television). We organized a Zoom masterclass on color grading for the 50+ students at ELAM. The college’s head of teaching, Camilla Jones, said “it’s honestly one of the best practices I’ve ever seen”; Six of our employees provided regular one-to-one mentorship with six ELAM students for 12 weeks. Together with North Kent, we ran an employability panel with our own (more junior) staff who gave their advice on university versus going straight into work and long-term career choices.

The pandemic has shed even more light on the balance between the demands of work, health and personal development for our team. In an industry dominated by independent teams, we decided we needed to do more to help people overcome their challenges, working as closely as possible to break down the customer/supplier barrier through better communication and empathy.

The film and television industry is in the throes of change. The lack of a single, clear decision-making voice on most productions means that new innovations struggle to be accepted. The pandemic has brought remote technology to the fore, with directors having to use iPads with Streambox and Moxion to review. In the long run, this should greatly improve the creative and logistical experience for everyone involved, but like eating – we can do it at home, but there’s a reason restaurants exist – people still want to come in and collaborating in a room, Zoom call, or review platform doesn’t give them that. Work-related briefs must be created and they are not generated online. Cultures and partner collaborations need to be strengthened in person, with production silos broken down.

The UK film and television industry now finds itself embarking on a new revolution of big budget VFX heavy series in ever increasing data sizes. The UK editorial framework needs to adopt an American model of VFX assistants, producers and release teams to properly support release supervisors. Teamwork does the dream job, we’ll all need to collaborate together to streamline and reduce the headaches of this new world rather than clashing with it – and each other. Routines of ever-changing pencils and sessions must be overcome, new opportunities for review tools and remote collaboration can propel us towards a more efficient and harmonious end result, but it requires decision-makers in our industry to be ready. to adapt to these new methods. to work because the landscape has changed, projects are increasingly complex, budgets are ever stretched, but better technology, acceptance of new talent and collaboration can be a great way forward.

Those who can seize these opportunities will enjoy a few fruitful years, and in the long term, the pandemic could have positive effects, both professionally and personally.

The Look is currently posting photos Landscapers, Top Boy, Gangs of London & Along Call.

Gangs of London: photo courtesy of Sky

Contact Dan to find out how The Look can help you create beautiful dramas and films

66-68 Margaret Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 8SR

T 020 7287 5313



Photo credit: Sex Education, photo courtesy of Netflix


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