Moby-Dick is one of my proudest moments working in the video profession. SFO partnered with Great Performances to capture and post produce this epic opera to be broadcast nationaly. At the same time we had a deal with Euroarts to realease DVDs and Blurays. From the beginning I knew I would have a lot of people looking over my shoulder on this one.
It started with the GP producers bringing in video engineering and camera specialists to ensure a clean capture. I assisted engineering tasks to tweak the camera and was instrumental in making sure everything got recorded properly.
When we got into post production I had to get my edit approved by not only our director at the opera, but also the producers from Great Performances and even the composer himself. A small comment about Jake Heggie the composer - he was a pleasure to work with and when we finally had the final product in hand he signed my DVD - "To Francis, the hero of this DVD." Thanks Jake!
We had several screenings involving top brass and I had to develope an efficient way to take notes so I could address each individuals comments. Using a personally designed excel spreadsheet workflow I was able to take timecoded notes with details on who the note came from, what the issue is, my own comments and a quick possible/not possible assignment. Being able to quickly respond to notes and feedback is a very important part of any editorial process, but this one was just ratcheted up a few levels.
When it came time to deliver the final product, I had to prepare two deliverables: one for Great Performances television broadcast and another for Euroarts for DVD/ Bluray authoring. Each had different technical specifications and I'm happy to say that I nailed the QC process both times - neither house had any QC problems whatsoever.
The sound reproduction is very vivid, the picture clarity sharp and the camera work spot-on. There is a bonus feature offering interviews with Heggie, the principals in the cast and the conductor. All in all, this is a splendid recording. Highest recommendations!