Goldcreat Post maintains leading edge technical specification with Avid VENUE S6
Goldcrest Post is a market leading supplier of Academy Award® and BAFTA Award winning picture and sound post production services for film and broadcast projects, with facilities in New York and London. The most recent large scale projects to go through the London facility include the long-awaited return of Jason Bourne, as well as Me Before You, a British-American romantic drama feature film adapted from Jojo Moyes’ best-selling novel and starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, and Ricky Gervais’ latest directorial effort, the Netflix-distributed satirical comedy Special Correspondents. Each was mixed on Avid Pro Tools | S6, recently installed as part of a major upgrade program at the facility.
In the increasingly competitive post-production services sector, it is only those companies who are able to maintain a cutting-edge technical specification that can ensure a continued steady stream of post work in both film and broadcast projects. With Avid technology being integral to the company’s workflows, it is no surprise that this formed an important part of the upgrade process. Accordingly, the last 12 months have seen not one but two Avid Pro Tools | S6 control surfaces installed in Goldcrest theatres to support the increasing desire of movie audio engineers to mix entirely within Pro Tools ‘in the box’.
“The simple fact is that more and more people wish to work that way, so in a sense the Pro Tools | S6 was really the only solution for us,” says Simon Ray, Head of Engineering, Goldcrest Post. “We wanted to build the best possible rooms for our clients to be able to do that, and having been very impressed with the ICON – to which the Pro Tools | S6 might be regarded as the natural successor – it was clear that it was the only way to go.”
The first S6 – a 48-fader configuration involving two 24-fader surfaces – was positioned in Goldcrest’s Theatre 2 in July 2015, with the first project to be mixed on the new system passing through a few weeks later. The installation was the first dual-operator S6 to be specified in the UK, and one of the first in Europe as a whole.
A 32-fader system was then brought to Theatre 1 in March 2016, ahead of its re-launch as Soho’s largest purpose-built Dolby Atmos Premier mixing theatre in May. As a result, Goldcrest now has three Dolby licensed mixing theatres in Soho.