Full finishing post on 10 x 60 min historical drama for BBC 1. Set against the backdrop of The War of the Roses, The White Queen is the thrilling story of the women caught up in the on-going conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love.
Aidan Farrell graded the adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s vivid bestselling historical novel The Cousin’s War. The White Queen is a dark journey through one of Britain’s bloodiest periods, and Aidan emphasised the darkening narrative throughout the grade. As the first episodes set the scene, Aidan was able to set his own high-saturated, low contrast guise, based around Claude Monet’s Water Lilies – a bright, watercolour landscape, as if the opening scenes had been drawn by pencil.
However, as this semi-historical drama progresses, its content darkens, as does Aidan’s grade – with echoes of Rembrandt and later Caravaggio evident in his work. Using dark shadows as the series evolves; Aidan emulates the work of Caravaggio, highlighting dark shadows and the slits of eyes, with the use of vignettes.
Nigel Edwards mixed with Pro Tools 10 HD and Clyde Kellett onlined in DS.