The fifth season of BAFTA Award-winning British crime series “Peaky Blinders” is rife with turmoil, opportunity and misfortune following the worldwide financial crash of 1929. It premiered August 25, 2019 on BBC1 to a record viewership, with an international debut on Netflix expected later this year. Fans of the popular drama will enjoy enhanced visuals for season five, with the Steven Knight-created saga mastered in Dolby Vision HDR and Ultra High Definition by Encore London Senior Colorist Paul Staples. Staples worked closely with Director Anthony Byrne and Cinematographer Si Bell to hone a look that was distinct for the time period but also reflective of the show’s aesthetic to date.
“I’ve followed ‘Peaky Blinders’ as fan so it was a great thrill to work on such an iconic and much-loved show, and the cinematography is beautiful,” said Staples. “Anthony and Si were very clear however that series 5 is set in a later period and so were very keen for the grade to reflect this in terms of look whilst still retaining its trademark cool style. They said, ‘the production design, costume, acquisition technology and post technology have all moved forward so of course there must be an evolution in the colour grading department’.”
Staples first created the Dolby Vision UHD master and used that pass to inform the SDR grade. Online editorial was completed by Encore London Senior Flame Artist Simon Brook, who worked closely with Staples to ensure any wayward image reflections or modern artefacts were removed from the footage. Brook also completed much of the series’ non-CG VFX using the editorial suite, including split screens, some character roto and speed ramp fixes. Encore London Head of Production Alice Greenland ensured that the project’s schedules were capably managed and that the show was made to spec and delivered on time.
Encore London Director of Operations Johnny Whitehead concluded, “We are delighted to have mastered ‘Peaky Blinders’ season five in UHD and HDR. The series perfectly showcases the benefits of using advanced visual formats and everyone at Encore is immensely proud of their work.”
For more info on “Peaky Blinders,” visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045fz8r
Seasons one through four of “Peaky Blinders” can also be streamed via Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80002479