This year marks the seventh anniversary of the successful collaborative relationship between award-winning independent design practice, High Res, and specialist manufacturer of LED video processing products for the film, broadcast and live events industries, Brompton Technology.
Building on over 25 years of experience, Dublin-based High Res specialises in visionary creative, multidisciplinary implementation and practical solutions in Virtual Production and Design. Its team, headed by company’s founder, Emmy Award-Winning lighting designer & technical creative director, Peter Canning, uses new and innovative technologies such as industry ‘gold standard’ Brompton LED processing to realise ambitious briefs and to help bring client stories to life.
From major spectacle broadcast events to international touring theatre shows, High Res has cemented its place as an award winning, independent design practice. The company’s move into Virtual Production circa 2016 includes world recognised productions such as Netflix’s Nightflyers series; Apple TV’s Foundation Season 1 and Prime Video’s Modern Love Season 2, as well as more recent productions including John Carney’s Flora and Son, Sony Picture’s The Pope’s Exorcist, Anansi Boys for Prime Video and the Liam Neeson feature, Retribution. For all of these, High Res has utilised Brompton’s Tessera LED processing, which has been a loyal companion to the company’s multifaceted spectrum of client work.
“We were first introduced to Brompton processing when working on broadcast shows such as ‘The Voice’ over 10 years ago with their original M2 processor, but we had worked with a number of the Brompton team in their previous roles at groundbreaking companies like Element Labs and Projected Image Digital,” says Canning. “What struck us the most was how similar both High Res and Brompton were in their approach to their clients, and their devotion to innovation and products of quality. Our teams have jointly presented new workflows directly to DPs, DITs, production designers, art directors, VFX producers and supervisors during testing phases of productions, and Brompton’s deep knowledge and understanding of the Virtual Production pipeline is fundamental in creating confidence in the workflows.”
With a team of creatives, designers, project managers, producers and programmers, Canning notes how important Brompton’s renowned 24/7 customer service and support has been invaluable to High Res. “We know that wherever we are in the world, and no matter what time of the day it is, we can always count on their expert support. This definitely offers a level of comfort when working on high pressure, fast-paced film and TV productions, where time is of the essence and no two creative briefs are the same,” he says.
With the film industry being one of the most demanding environments for LED screens, having a reliable processing system offers a great deal of flexibility on-set, according to Canning. “With Brompton HDR technology, Livegrade integration and the evolving feature set of their Tessera software, we have a proven workflow which delivers the exact colour reproduction our clients are looking for, offering a new level of visual storytelling. Our approach to Virtual Production has come from our in-camera lighting experience, and thus the colour science pipeline and brightness control is extremely important to us,” he adds. “And with recent product launches such as the new G1 receiver card and TrueLight, Brompton have expanded their offerings to DPs and DITs.”
“We are delighted and honoured to be celebrating seven years of successful collaboration with High Res,” concludes Rob Fowler, director of business development at Brompton. “Investing in strong, long-term business relationships with our customers has always been our key objective, one we have been passionately following for over 10 years. We hope that our on-going pursuit to deliver cutting-edge LED video processing solutions and new Tessera features will continue enabling companies like High Res to deliver their clients’ creative visions.”