Profile: Halo Post
22 April 2015

London-based HALO Post ’s projects run the gamut from documentaries, drama, and light entertainment to commercials, film, and animation. The team prides itself on its diverse clientele, the fact that the owners actually work there, and knowing what it takes to get the job done in comfort. “We need to make sure our clients are able to ask for – and get – everything they want for their project,” says Paul Wilkes, Operations Director. “HALO needs to have the right tools, not just all the tools.”

HALO’s facility consists of Avid and FCP cutting rooms, Flame suites, grading, and seven 5.1 audio suites. Every edit suite is equipped with Boris Continuum Complete and is an essential part of the process according to the editors.

Editors on Their Favorite BCC Filters

Sam Billinge is a long-form documentary film editor with 10 years experience cutting peak-time films for major broadcasters. Billinge regularly edits at Portland Post , the facility run by HALO in partnership with the BBC. “Boris adds a suite of effects that are really important to documentary editing,” notes Billinge. “Avid majorly lacks in the effects department and Boris really fills the gap.” Billinge, who has been using BCC for a few years, highlights one of his favourite tools. “I’ve just finished a film about space junk for BBC2,” continues Billinge. “As an extra visual layer, the director and I decided to make the film look as though the picture was intermittently cutting out – as if the satellite transmitting it had been somehow affected by space junk.  We achieved this using BCC Damaged TV and it worked brilliantly.”

Marc Eskenazi, Lead Editor on Friday Download

“I use BCC on the Friday Download main edit for easy ‘whoosh’ transitions to hide jump cuts and for montage sequences. For the VTs in the show, we use BCC for transitions, colouring, and FX (old film etc).”

Rob Grainger, Senior Online Editor at HALO

“BCC has got lots of decent tools. The Pixel Fixer is brilliant. I completely rely on it for dead pixels. The Optical Stabilizer works a treat and the FX Browser™ is great too.”

More recently, all eight suites working on Endemol’s Stars at Your Service used BCC to build complex graphics and a range of visual styles and transitions. Celebrities including Warwick Davis, Kelly Hoppen and Russell Howard donated their services for tasks suggested by the public in aid of Cancer Research UK as part of ‘Stand Up to Cancer’.

Boris FX is an important part of HALO’s daily workflow and enables the team to continue to attract high profile projects.