Based on the cult-classic novel by J.G. Ballard, High-Rise is a science fiction thriller set in a luxury tower block during the 1970s. Adapted for the first time since its original release, the 2016 feature has British director Ben Wheatley at the helm and sees actor Tom Hiddleston step into the shoes of main protagonist Dr Robert Laing.
With Mission’s offices located less than a mile from London’s Trellick Tower (Ballard’s inspiration for the 1975 novel), the opportunity to provide a data management solution for the ambitious adaptation was the chance of a lifetime.
Having gained an understanding of how director Ben Wheatley and cinematographer Laurie Rose preferred to work following previous collaboration on A Field in England, Mission provided an innovative workflow solution that negated the need for costly hard drive stock and prioritised a fluid, fast and reliable pipeline at its core.
A on-set DIT cart designed to monitor two camera feeds also allowed for live QC and colour adjustments. On-set DIT Phil Humphries applied a LUT provided by Goldcrest colourist Rob Pizzey. Rushes were delivered to Mission’s near-set lab for processing and dailies deliverables and then mastered to LTO, before selects were delivered directly to Goldcrest.
Anyone with experience of working with Ben Wheatley will testify to his unique filmmaking process. Throughout the High-Rise shoot he edited each day’s rushes himself after wrap, a process that gave him the confidence he was capturing the true chaos of the novel. What emerges is a vision of a dystopian future that is, perhaps, not so far away.