Shackleton’s Whisky – Pogo’s Tipple
National Geographic Channel
21:00 Wednesday 1st February
Produced by Talkback Thames, Nat Geo present this fascinating documentary of discovery, daring and hidden treasures! Ernest Shackleton, renowned Antarctic explorer, took more than his colleagues with him on his Nimrod Expedition – He brought a case of whisky too. Recently discovered under his hut, this documentary follows the forgotten expedition Nimrod, the Whisky and its modern re-invention of the Mackinlay spirit.
Produced and Directed by Mike Slee, Line Produced by Zoe Mello, Shackleton’s Whisky was brought to Pogo Films because of their reputation to fix, finish and deliver the more technically challenging shoots. “Zoe told me from the outset that there was some mixed frame rate material in this shoot and that she wanted to have the very best quality end result. It was to be delivered 29.97fps yet sourced from that and 25fps. Cameras were Red and Sony… Hugh Lewis, picture Editor, kept split video layers to aid my conform and we used The Ark to convert. Lots of loose ends to keep track of, some eye matching too, but I have the tools I need and the quality we kept and the look is fab.” says Jamie Dickinson, Senior Editor and Colourist, Pogo Films.
The grade was kept bright and clean to capture the bite and cold of the Antarctic weather and the science of the distilling. “Working with Quantel Pablo in my suite, i was able to reference direct the R3D files – I like to see the absolute original to know how far I can take it.” says Jamie but adds, “Unfortunately, delivering HD-CAM SR last year was made complicated after the terrible Tsunami in Japan and we were lucky to have a stock of tapes in – phew!”
Rob Dixon, our Design Editor, worked closely with the team to produce some content graphics to present the old photographs and supporting information. A symbiosis that can happen easily at Pogo as we are a small and very tight team.
It’s a great show and we all hope you get a chance to view it! Thanks to all at Talkback Thames.
PS: If you fancy a drop of this whisky, I know you can buy it here: WHISKY TO BUY