Written by Joe Jackson on Dec 17, 2021. Posted in General Interest

UK’s largest Dailies department launched by Twickenham Film Studios

The UK’s largest and most state-of-the-art Dailies department has been unveiled by Twickenham Film Studios (TFS). The new Dailies set-up is lead by: Stuart Bryce, head of picture; Tomasz Witkowski, director of engineering and technology; and Jack Watts, head of technology and standards. The group will bring together a world-class team of Dailies creatives, colour scientists, artists and technical operators, delivering  the very best ‘tent-pole’ feature film and episodic work for major studios and streamers.


“Our state-of-the-art dailies carts harness the latest technology, utilising 12g SDI and solid state RAIDs for blistering real-time 4K review in HDR/SDR with fully calibrated professional displays, ensuring we can always deliver the creative vision of the filmmakers without ever compromising on quality,” says Bryce. “With secure on-location LTO archive and a unified colour pipeline between Dailies/VFX/DI/Mastering, our ‘dailies-to-delivery’ approach ensures continuity at every stage of the post-production process.”



The world-class facility includes: 10x Dailies suites and 4x state of the art picture 4K VFX review theatres, complete with the latest Baselight alongside Daylight grading and Dailies software. The newly-launched Dailies department thus presents existing and new clients the full-service end to end solution across Studios, Picture, Sound, Workspace and Social. The future-focused arrangement at TFS offers clients a welcoming campus that combines expertise with scale. At the same time, its safe and secure remote Dailies solution enables the expert TFS team to capture and create images on-set live from locations around the world.


"For added flexibility and responsiveness, the new TFS Dailies department offers secure automated cloud backup from on-location Dailies setups for all approved media, allowing for immediate VFX pulls whilst the productions are still shooting,” explains Witkowski. “This coupled with our bespoke workflows, working with Pixit Media, makes for a one-of-a-kind client creative and tech experience. We also offer a secure review and approve solution via our software partners allowing us to keep our clients’ Dailies safe to view with 2FA and watermarked content. The DCI compliant 4k grading theatres allows the agile review of Dailies grading on-site at our TFS campus, with direct playback from the RAW or direct from the editorial cutting rooms. Essentially all this means we are here to enhance the space and security within which our clients can make the best work.”



The new Dailies team, assembled by TFS managing director Cara Sheppard, has worked on the likes of: Mission Impossible 7 (Paramount), House Of The Dragon (HBO), Call My Agent (Bron/Amazon Studios), The Fantastic Beasts trilogy (Warner Bros), The Man From U.N.C.L.E (Warner Bros), Black Mirror (Netflix), His Dark Materials (BBC / HBO) and Bridgerton (Netflix).


"This is an incredibly exciting time for the industry and we at TFS are focused on bringing together the best pool of talent including: Colourists, Online Editors, VFX Artists, highly experienced Dailies and Technical Staff, Mastering and QC Operators,” declares Sheppard. “This will allow us to provide a comprehensive and constantly evolving suite of resources to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Our state-of-the-art Dailies department will provide a comprehensive range of services for the big screen and the small screen both at the studio and anywhere in the world on location. This ability to cater for productions of all scales and sizes is so important to the team and ensuring our Dailies and Picture department works on high end feature and TV productions is part of the growth of the studios.”



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