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16/09/2002

Johnny English cut on Lightworks Touch NLE

Lightworks have announced that Johnny English the UK’s largest film production of 2002 is currently being edited on Touch the latest non-linear editor (NLE) from Lightworks.
The film, a spoof spy thriller directed by Peter Howitt and starring Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich and Natalie Imbruglia, is the biggest UK feature of 2002 with a budget said to be in the region of £40 million.
The production has been using two Lightworks Touch NLE systems since May of this year. While one of the machines is dedicated to the story editing, the other machine is being used for digitising, creating effects and generating the film-cutting lists.
Lightworks say that first assistant editor Jonathan Sales is particularly impressed with the flexibility of the Touch's new effects tool. This tool allows him to create the film's countless chromakey and resize effects quickly and simply - and to play them back in real-time. The film editor Robin Sales, a long-time Lightworks user, Robin cut the 'Sharpe' series of period action dramas on a Lightworks Turbo, says "the new machine is so fast we are now ahead of our schedule".
Also in the UK, editor Tariq Anwar has just completed the feature film 'Leo' on the Lightworks Touch. The movie, directed by Mehdi Norowzian and starring Joseph Fiennes, Elisabeth Shue, Sam Shepard and Dennis Hopper, was cut entirely using beta test software. Despite the inevitable teething troubles that go with beta testing, Tariq is very keen to cut his next feature in October on the new machine.
Further afield, another feature film currently being cut on the Touch is Universal Pictures’ 'Bruce Almighty', directed by Tom Shadyac and starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. This production, being edited by former Lightworks assistant Scott Hill, is using two Lightworks Touches, networked via a fibre-channel SAN to share material.
The full movie roundup, details are on stand 7.630 at IBC, highlights the extraordinary loyalty of editors to the ergonomic style of Lightworks editing.
Lightworks, www.lwks.com
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