Wolf Hall VFX: How LipSync brought Tudor Britain to life

The highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s multi-award-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is scheduled to start broadcasting on 21 January 2015 on BBC Two.

LipSync completed full post on the Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment co-production for BBC Two and Masterpiece in association with BBC Worldwide. The post facility provided audio, VFX, grading, titles and all deliverables for Wolf Hall.

Key sequences realised by LipSync’s VFX team include the world of Tudor London around Austin Friars (Cromwell’s home) and the Thames around London Bridge.

VFX Supervisor George Zwier collaborated with director Peter Kosminsky and the key production team from the beginning of production. The collaboration led to a high level of authentic detail evident in the seamless VFX work.

Other key sequences include the creation of the Tower of London as seen from inside Traitor's Gate, and the coronation of Anne Boleyn.

LipSync also created the title sequence, which has been used as the basis for cover artwork on the new editions of the books to accompany the series.

“The novels have made an enormous cultural impact," said Beverley Horne, head of TV at LipSync Post. "So it was important to everyone involved to remain faithful to the books and this period of history, and we are very proud of our contribution.”

Rob Hughes, re-recording mixer, said the aim for the sound design was to create a detailed and involving environment that supports and reflects the subtleties of the performances.

“Any period drama presents its own set of challenges,” he added. “The need for authenticity is paramount in enveloping the viewer in our world, and we feel we've added an extra level of life with our mix, accompanied by Debbie Wiseman's beautiful score."

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