Ambulance Series 2

Dragonfly Film & TV | BBC One

Perry Gibbs


Gary Kelly

Full post-production on Dragonfly’s returning 8 x 60 minute documentary series revealing the work of the West Midlands Ambulance Service for BBC One.

Colourist Perry Gibbs graded the eight-part series using Digital Vision’s Nucoda to create dynamic, striking atmospheres complementing the ever-changing locations following either Ambulances, Rapid Response crews or the Emergency Operations Centre in Birmingham. The footage was shot on various cameras including Sony’s FS7, Canon C300, GoPro Hero, Marshall Minicams and Canon XF305 presenting a variety of acquisition formats and colour spaces across many weeks during the day and the night. Nucoda’s flagship Clarity and Brickwall optical software was used to reduce noise and aliasing within the lower exposures and bit rates, along with the on board stabilisation and de-flicker tools. For consistency, numerous colour layers and masks were added, often with soft clipping to recover blown highlights.

Gary Kelly mixed the audio using ProTools HDX Version 12 on an Avid S6 console to create a mix with a great amount of light and shade reflecting the high volume and high intensity ambulance chases contrasted with the delicate moments of soft pianos and ethereal sequences. Spot sound FX were used in a targeted way to keep the sound as authentic as possible to amplify the centre of what's happening on screen, for example scissor cuts, clothes tears and equipment rustles. A range of sound restoration and reduction plugins were used to improve clarity of the location sound.

Ben Salkeld completed the online using Avid Symphony.

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