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March 2018
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  • Genre report - Entertainment and comedy
    In a two-part special, Tim Dams reports on TV’s fresh focus on entertainment, and new directions in comedy
  • The art of cinematography
    Four leading DoPs tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they used to create hits like Jason Bourne, The King’s Speech, Lion and Sherlock
  • The Top Ten Cameras
    Televisual’s annual survey reveals the UK’s most hired cameras of the year and uncovers the models everyone will be shooting on in the year ahead
  • TV Studios
    The television studios sector is in flux, amid a spate of closures and re-developments. Pippa Considine reports on a changing studios landscape
  • Take it outside
    Major technical advances such as UHD, HDR and IP are driving big changes in the outside broadcast market. Michael Burns reports
  • And lots more
    This issue also features the Televisual Corporate 50, bright ideas for lighting, how post houses are dealing with the data bulge and pages showcasing the best creative work in UK post and vfx
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  • Game On for C4 & Netflix drama
    Set in the world of computer gaming, C4 and Netflix’s Kiss Me First combines live action and impressive cg animation. Tim Dams reports
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Reports&
surveys

Facilities 50 2010 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Challenges

Unrealistic
Budgets
Still at the top of post houses’ list of gripes is the “unrealistic budgets” provided for their work. Most of the companies completing survey forms singled out declining rates as a key challenge. Triangle is concerned about “the impact of lower budgets on quality of production” and Big Buoy sums up the general sentiment that “lower budgets make it difficult to maintain profit margins.”

Undercutting
Talking of lower bugets, Azimuth is amongst many, many post houses complaining that, “stupidly low bugets - they still get posted at a loss by someone”. Undercutting continues to be a major source of frustration. “Facilities giving work away at crazy prices can only end up with their downfall and others,” says Narduzzo Too.

Inhouse Facilities
Third on the list of challenges once more is production companies’ inhouse facilities. “Agencies and production companies absorbing post inhouse” is singled out by Unit as well as many others as their key concern. Meanwhile, Mwnci points to broadcasters also taking work inhouse as a challenge.

Opportunities

Stereoscopic 3d
Quite a number of post facilities are looking forward to “the stereo 3d revolution,” as Prime Focus puts it, which many feel is just round the corner. “3d stereo could breakthrough if it comes on the back of a job that fires up the public’s imagination,” sums up Time Based Arts.

File-based Working
There are opportunities for post houses in “making tapeless production easier” and “providing a reliable tapeless workflow” for their clients, says Azimuth, The Station and numerous others. Post houses have to keep on top of the many file-based formats and are well placed to assist clients with going tapeless.

Digital Platforms
“More creative channels means room for more growth, from TV and film through to digital,” says The Mill. Many facilities agree that digital platforms are good for business. Opportunities come from “being a market leader for the new media industry,” says Unit. Glassworks and Eon point to “digital services and the growth of the medical simulation market”, while Locomotion singles out “outdoor media”.

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