E4′s Fonejacker Rocks!
At the beginning of the year we were happy to meet with Jane at Hat Trick Productions. They were setting off on the Fonejacker trail and wanted us to provide technical help and assistance and provide the online and grade.
The project is a series of spoof phone calls from co-director Kayvan Novak. Animations and offline were all through FCP and by fellow director, Ed Tracy. Coupled with the calls, the animation and live action footage gives the series a Pythonesque feel.
The quantity and scale of the animations stretched FCP to the limit – and it held up. By the time the grade and online arrived at our door, our colourist and onliner, Joe Haughey was faced with a mammoth task of fixing, tweaking, conforming and grading to make the series look fantastic. His most recent quote emphasizes the scale and complexity of the job and is “…a *#$^ ache!”
Although destined for Channel 4 in September, “Fonejacker” is presently on E4 on Thursdays at 22:30 and is attracting record audiences. So thank you to all at Hat Trick for the great challenge and to Joe for the late nights!