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11/01/2005

Three-part independent BBC production in post on Lightworks system

A three-part television Sally Head production of the novel 'Fingersmith', by Sarah Waters, author of 'Tipping the Velvet', is currently being edited by Bryan Oates on a Lightworks Touch edit system provided by Hyperactive Broadcast.
Bryan Oates has a long list of high-profile editing credits, including one of the first-ever edits on a Lightworks system: promo films on 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' for the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Other projects he's worked on include two series of 'Bramwell', the feature film 'Sea Change' and a four-part mini series for Hallmark and RAI, 'Heaven Beneath the Desert'. Editing the latter took place in London and Rome over an eight-month period, with the Lightworks system air-freighted to Italy by Hyperactive.
For Oates, Fingersmith is his first edit on Touch, which he recently saw in action at a facilities house. Impressed by the system's performance, when the Fingersmith commission arrived he contacted Hyperactive, who agreed to purchase a system to be hired for the edit. He said: "When I got the commission for Fingersmith, I decided to see if I could use Lightworks again and the production company didn't quibble. People who haven't used a Lightworks don't realise the pleasure of working on a system that was actually designed by an editor. The Lightworks layout and interface is so simple and I can actually carry on editing while listening to my director.
"It is indeed true that you can 'play' a Lightworks system like a piano - I'm often saying so to my colleagues."
David Reeves of Hyperactive added: "We're pleased to be asked for Lightworks systems once again, as they're very straightforward to supply - just one model - and all we have to do is keep the software up to date. We have since bought a second system, which is currently being used to edit Murphy's Law for Tiger Aspect, whose new editor specifically asked for a Lightworks system.
"I met Keith and Sarah Gee at the Production Show and I liked the noises they were making about their plans for Lightworks. That encouraged us to think something good's going to happen to the company now and really move it forward."
(GB)
VMI.TV Ltd

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