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  • Live and direct
    From concerts to cup finals and ceremonial occasions, live events are increasingly important to broadcasters. Tim Dams reports
  • Cutting comments
    In advance of EditFest London 2018, four editors from the worlds of live action and animation who’ve shaped films from Top Gun to Wonderwoman 
to Sweeney Todd, tell Jon Creamer what it takes to create the perfect cut
  • All the World's a stage
    …And nowhere more than the UK, where studios are coping with an unprecedented demand for studio space from TV and film productions. Pippa Considine reports
  • Let's get high
    From the shoot to final delivery, Michael Burns discovers the best route to HDR
  • Tools of the trade
    Televisual’s annual Production Technology Survey reveals the kit that producers are using to make their content – and what they think of it. Jon Creamer reports
  • Get some focus
    Major changes in the camera market have 
made lens choice more important than 
ever. Phil Rhodes runs through some of 
the best options for programme makers
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  • The art of the edit
    In advance of EditFest London 2018, four editors from the worlds of live action and animation tell Jon Creamer what it takes to create the perfect cut
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Challenges and Opportunities


Challenges

Reduction in rates
Almost every post house singles out budget cuts as a major challenge. Bravo is frustrated by “clients using the recession to push down the rates”. Unit singles out “diminishing budgets that are unfairly passed onto the post house”, and Doghouse says its biggest challenge is “unrealistic budgets and unrealistic timeframes”.

Undercutting
Another key bugbear is “facilities ‘giving it away’ for free and cheapifying the industry,” says Envy. Dubbs/ eyeframe says “fierce competition from competitors” is resulting in a “price war”. Finish says “undercutting is devaluing the industry”. The Look says it’s mainly “large post companies” that are “doing ridiculous deals”.

Inhouse facilities
10th planet is one of many worried by the “continuing trend of clients bringing services in house”. Big Buoy and Sequence Post are amongst the others to say the key challenge is “production companies taking post inhouse”.


Opportunities

New technology
Stereo 3d presents new opportunities, say a growing number of facilities, including Brighton TV, Lipsync and Tide. More generally, “changes in technology can create new business opportunities,” says Platform Post.  3sixtymedia says, “New technology is shrinking the distance between us and our clients”.

Competitors going bust
The “smaller facility pool” and “companies going under” means more potential business for those that remain, point out Rapid Pictures, IBF/storm HD, Sequence, The Look, 10th Planet, Bubble TV and Technicolor.

Work outside of London
“The continuing movement out of London” is good news for Welsh facility Barcud Derwen. And for Bristol’s Films@59, which says the “Ofcom Nations remit means more production companies moving into the region”. There are opportunties in “offering a luxurious, spacious setting out of London with out of London rates,” says VPTV.

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