SIM Digital/Bling Digital Workflow Expertise to Emmy® Award Winning Limited Series Fargo

Author:
Publish date:

Los Angeles—SIM Digital and Bling Digital, the production and post-production/workflow divisions of The SIM Group, provided production, workflow and post-production services to the Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo from MGM Television and FX Productions.

An unequivocal hit in its first chapter on FX, Fargo has earned critical raves and a large and enthusiastic audience with its “true-crime tale” centering on a drifter (Billy Bob Thornton), an insurance agent (Martin Freeman) and other denizens of a small town in Minnesota.

Fargo is the latest example of a growing number of television productions that are taking advantage of new digital workflow technology to speed production and post, enhance creative collaboration and overcome the limits of geography. The show employed a unique workflow linking its production team, which was based in Calgary, Alberta, with editorial and post production operations located in Los Angeles.

Image placeholder title

SIM Digital supplied Fargo with ARRI Alexa cameras and related production gear; Bling supplied the show with a P.O.D.™ (Post On Demand) system, a cart-based workstation used on-set/near-set for media off-load, sound synchronization, media backup and dailies processing. Bling also provided Avid editorial and shared storage systems, as well as editing suites, through its facility in Los Angeles.

Bling set up a dedicated, secure, high-speed Internet connection to facilitate the rapid delivery of dailies media and other production data from the set in Calgary to the editorial team in L.A.  This workflow eliminated the need for a third party post house for dailies processing, while getting material to the show’s editors as quickly as possible. Once dailies were processed using the P.O.D. system on the set, they were sent through the network and recorded directly to an Avid ISIS shared storage system located in the L.A. editing room. Dailies from each day’s shoot were generally available to the editorial team by the time they arrived for work the following morning.

In a pinch, turnaround can be even faster. Peter Chomsky, the show’s Post Production Producer, recalls an instance from the show’s pilot when dailies needed to be processed very quickly.  “By that afternoon we had the scene cut in time for a screening with network executives,” said Chomsky. “We locked it, color timed it and had the picture ready for lay-back of the mix on Saturday and delivered the show at 2 o’clock on Sunday morning.”

A 10-episode limited series, Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein directed the premiere hour.  Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

Image placeholder title

About The SIM Group 

The SIM Group is a leading supplier of technology to the film and television industry. Its operating units, SIM Digital, Bling Digital and PS Production Services, maintain offices across the USA, Canada and China. SIM Digital is a world-class rental facility specializing in digital production equipment and workflow services. SIM Digital offers one of the largest and most diverse inventories of the latest digital cinematography tools from top manufacturers including ARRI, Sony, RED, Panasonic, Canon, Fujinon, Angenieux, Zeiss, Cooke. In tandem with its innovative Bling Digital division, the company offers the industry’s most comprehensive workflow solutions for feature and television production, encompassing cameras, data, dailies, offline editorial, finishing and archiving.  PS Production Services is a rental supplier of lighting, grip, generators and dolly equipment. For more information, visit www.simgroup.com

Related

YamahaUC_YAI-1Bundle

Yamaha Unified Communications Simplifies UC Deployments at Enterprise Connect

Yamaha Unified Communications is helping enterprises move toward consistent, simple, and high-quality collaboration experiences in any conference room and meeting space with its latest solutions in booth 1027 at Enterprise Connect, March 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Phil Marechal, Yamaha UC's vice president of business development and product management, will participate in an expert panel on huddle room trends.

RP_Series_IFPs

BenQ's Interactive Flat Panel Display Takes Home Tech & Learning's TCEA Best of Show Award

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, announced today that its latest interactive flat panel (IFP) display for education, the RP7501K, received the prestigious Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at the TCEA conference in San Antonio. Tech & Learning's TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards celebrated the products and services exhibited at the expo that demonstrate great promise, according to the country's most tech-savvy educators.