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MPC launches remote grading service in Europe and US

MPC launches remote grading service in Europe and US
Tim Dams
09 October 2012

MPC’s colourists are now able to work directly with clients in 12 European and US markets following the launch of new, dedicated remote viewing network.

Directors, DoPs and agencies can participate in grading sessions in cities such as Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm and Dallas that are linked straight to viewing feeds from MPC offices.

It means that clients will no longer have to travel to MPC’s three main sites in London, New York and LA to grade their films.

MPC’s ten colourists - Jean-Clément Soret, Mark Gethin, Adrian Seery, George K, Aline Sinquin, Richard Fearon, James Tillett, Ricky Gausis, Stephen Gatti and Matthew Osborne – have a strong global reputation.
In Europe, MPC has teamed up with Digital District in Paris, Harvest in Hamburg, Video Workshop in Oslo, Red Rum in Stockholm and Proxima Milan to offer the remote grading service.  In the States, MPC has linked up with Charlie Uniform Tango in Texas, Volt Studios in Minnesota, and Postmodern in Colorado to install remote viewing suites in the cities of Dallas, Austin, Minneapolis and Denver.

MPC has outfitted the new facilities with monitors identical to those in the grading suites at MPC’s studios. By way of a dedicated Internet feed and identically calibrated monitors, clients can grade with the MPC colourists as though they were in the same room.

 “Clients in these markets can now work with every colourist on MPC’s roster. We recently ran a session where the DP was in Stockholm, the agency was in London, and the grade took place in LA. The entire process was seamless” said MPC’s US executive producer of Telecine, Ed Koenig. 

MPC approached producers and creatives at several agencies to identify local studios that would provide a trusted and comfortable setting for the new facilities.

Graham Bird, managing director of MPC Advertising, said: “There was a high demand for us to develop a state-of-the art remote viewing network.  Our clients cherry pick the best talent from around the world for their production teams and they are under increasing time pressures.  This, coupled with the demand for our market-leading team of colourists, led us to find a solution”.

MPC’s London team of seven colourists are led by director of colour grading, Jean-Clement Soret.  Soret has been voted the Best UK Colourist for three consecutive years and was ranked number one VFX Artist last year in Televisual polls.

The remote viewing rooms in the US follow the arrival of MPC’s second US colorist, Ricky Gausis, who recently migrated from MPC’s London studio, to join colorist Mark Gethin in LA. “Mark has been remarkably successful since arriving in LA and demand for his work is rapidly growing nationwide" said Koenig.

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