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Facilis TerraBlock Provides Heartbeat at Irish Production Facility

Facilis successfully integrated its TerraBlock 24D | 48 TB shared storage system in a new production facility in Dublin, Ireland, that was designed and built to produce the Irish soap series Red Rock. The series is co-produced by Element Pictures and Company Pictures and broadcast across Ireland by TV3.

Facilis TerraBlock provides the heartbeat of the series’ demanding workflow. On Red Rock, the turnaround is extremely fast. The production has 22 days for four 22-minute episodes to be shot, edited, graded, sound mixed and delivered to the broadcaster. This workflow requires four different cycles (of four episodes each) being worked on at various stages of the postproduction process simultaneously.

“The ability to create a separate volume within TerraBlock for each director’s cycle keeps everything neat and tidy during the edit and when it comes to archiving,” explains John Philipson, online editor and postproduction HOD on Red Rock. “Also, having no per-seat licensing fees gives our production team access to 100 clients if needed, leaving plenty of room for our postproduction department to grow.”

“With only two offline editors, an assistant editor, a sound mixer and one colorist/online editor, TerraBlock has to look after all the raw rushes as well as Avid, Pro Tools and [Blackmagic] DaVinci projects,” continues Philipson. “The ease of use between all these projects is great, and again, everyone accessing the one set of rushes keeps everything neat.”