Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Czech mates

25/04/2024

The writer and director of a hit Czech series tell Robert Shepherd about their approach to portraying real-life Pakistani kidnappings on the small screen, while also discussing their use of natural light on a biblical location

By Contributor

Published: April 25, 2024 Updated: April 26, 2024

The writer and director of a hit Czech series tell Robert Shepherd about their approach to portraying real-life Pakistani kidnappings on the small screen, while also discussing their use of natural light on a biblical location

target=_blank title=Share on LinkedIn class=share-linkedin>

Czechian journalist Jaroslav Kmenta is renowned as his country's finest investigative journalist, having uncovered various significant events and scandals throughout his career. Notable investigations include exposing corruption in politics and business, dismantling organised crime networks, revealing financial frauds, and shedding light on historical controversies. When writer Jan Stehl k drew inspiration from Kmenta's work, it signalled the birth of Extrakto i (Extractors), a six-part espionage thriller series created by Lenka Szanto and Adam Dvorak, and produced by Voyo Origin l.

The show pays homage to Czech spies and their behind-the-scenes work, skilfully intertwining this narrative with a glimpse into the shadowy realm of international crime. Extractors celebrates the bravery and determination of spies on the front lines while serving as a poignant reminder of the often-overlooked hazards faced by journalists in their quest for truth. The series emerges as a captivating tribute to the vital role of journalism in society.

He's a well-respected investigative reporter with a vision for the screen, says Stehl k. Together, we focus on stories that could involve intelligence units. We started with the 2013 kidnapping of two girls. Extensive research informs the narrative, aiming for a gripping, authentic tale inspired by real events.

Director Roman Ka parovsk embraced the premise from the start but recognised the need for creativity, given the sensitive nature of the subject matter. We couldn't use real names or make the actual victims even remotely identifiable because it would put them in a lot of danger, if they aren't already, he explained. Instead, we used it as a stimulus, adding Czech intelligence units in place of Pakistani ones.

Ka parovsk explains that they didn't draw inspiration from big Hollywood films like Mission Impossible and went for authenticity instead. We didn't have Tom Cruise or millions of dollars, he adds. Instead, we got access to real spies and asked them how they do it because then you're watching something which is not all action. But at the same time, it is interesting because you know you're watching something what happens in reality, and that's what we went for. Eventually, we tried to make those situations as real as possible, which actually kind of makes it real eventually. Of course, the situation of the girls staying in the heart all the time, being basically locked up from the rest of the world, is very real. We talked to some people who were somehow incarcerated, and we talked to people who try to get them out or figure out how they do it.

And there was light Despite the inspiration being events in Pakistan, given the hazards associated with filming in Pakistan, the team had to consider alternatives. We could have utilised old streets and abandoned buildings in the Czech Republic. However, once in the woods, the stark difference in terrain from Pakistan becomes apparent, explains Kasparovsk . The landscapes of North Moravia or North Bohemia don't resemble those of Pakistan or Afghanistan. CGI or green screens would be necessary, which we wanted to avoid.

In the end, they selected a location that wasn't too dissimilar and settled on eastern Turkey, specifically A r Da , more commonly known as Mount Ararat, where legend has it, Noah's Ark came to rest.

We had to shoot in harsh conditions, so we condensed the crew to around 20 people, Ka parovsk says. With a smaller crew, we couldn't bring truckloads of lighting equipment, so we opted for a compact setup. We used the Sony Venice 5K, the latest version in 2022, primarily with primes for interior shots and static aesthetics. For movement, we relied on the DJI Ronin 6k with gyroscope, a camera combined with a gyroscope for flexibility. While the picture quality of the Ronin wasn't as great as the Sony Venice, its mobility suited our needs. The Sony Venice offered exceptional picture quality, akin to creating a canvas, allowing us to capture intricate details. In contrast, the Ronin facilitated dynamic camera movements. Both cameras provided sufficient resolution, with the option to enhance details during post-production.

Despite having fewer people than he was used to working with, Kasparovsk says it's simple that way. Managing a large team and all the logistics can be complicated, he adds. With a smaller setup, everyone is accountable for their tasks, making it easier to address any issues that arise.

The DOP on the series is Vladim r Smutn and he visited the locations with Ka parovsk to assess the natural lighting and plan the shots accordingly. He gives an example of how conversations went: Could you bring the lights over there? Oh, wait, let's wait for the sun.' You see? It was more about working in harmony with nature. Being 2000 metres above sea level, the journey back to the city or town would take about one and a half hours. Shooting in different angles and times of day required careful scheduling to maximise the light. We embraced working with nature, considering factors like altitude and travel time to the town. Forgetting anything meant a three-hour round trip, emphasising the importance o
LINK: https://www.tvbeurope.com/production-post/czech-mates...
See more stories from tvb

More from TVB Europe

25/06/2024

Opinion: Why the drive for operational efficiency is mission critical in the streaming marketplace

Martin Sebelius, CEO at Accedo Video Solutions, explains the need to place effic...

24/06/2024

Bringing ancient legends to life through the modern filmmaker's lens

Mineworks Film's Haunted is a docuseries that brings legends to life through a very different lens and perspective. Series producer and director of photogra...

24/06/2024

Best of Show at 2024 NAB Show Guide now available

The guide includes details of new products introduced for TV, film, video, streaming, radio, audio and pro AV professionals By TVBEurope Staff Published: Jun...

21/06/2024

DI4D sees double in new short film

Double uses the companys PURE4D 2.0 solution to faithfully transfer actor Neil Newbon's facial performance onto his digital double By Jenny Priestley Pub...

21/06/2024

Lawo: Dunn climbing the corporate ladder

Dunns new role brings additional management responsibilities under German law By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 21, 2024 Updated: June 24, 2024 Dunn&#...

19/06/2024

Opinion: How harnessing automation fosters innovation and agility

David Edwards, product manager at Net Insight, looks at ways in which automation drives agility and enables creativity to flourish By Contributor Published: ...

19/06/2024

UK's largest new TV and film studio fully operational

The site also includes workshops, offices and a post production/screening facility By Jenny Priestley Published: June 19, 2024 Updated: June 20, 2024 Th...

18/06/2024

The quay to Downing Street: how dock10 produced the leaders' debates

Playing a part in the democratic process, dock10 was able to work to very tight deadlines to bring the leaders debates to the screen By Matthew Corrigan Publ...

18/06/2024

ARD's Michael Eberhard appointed chair of EBU Technical Committee

The 13 members of the technical committee shape the direction of the work carried out by the EBU's Technology and Innovation department By Jenny Priestley ...

17/06/2024

How Eurosport captures the spectacle of the world's best-known motor race

Capturing the sights, sounds and sensation of the Le Mans 24 Hour motor race places unique demands on the team behind the TV production. Ahead of this year'...

17/06/2024

Meet the executive producer

Phil Delaney, executive producer at UNIT, explains how building a broad skill set has helped his career journey By TVBEurope Staff Published: June 17, 2024 ...

14/06/2024

Ready for kick-off: RTL unveils one of most modern studios in Europe' for Euro 2024

Paul Hering, head of studio and field production at RTL Deutschland tells TVBEur...

14/06/2024

Elvis, JFK cinematographers among judges for FilmLight Colour Awards

This years awards include Emerging Talent, which celebrates the work of young colourists (age 18-35) in commercial and music video creation By Jenny Priestley ...

14/06/2024

Meet the product specialist, newsroom solutions

David Cardinale, product specialist, newsroom solutions at CGI tells TVBEurope about the importance of keeping skills up to date in the rapidly evolving media i...

13/06/2024

Whisper boosts storage with EditShare

The new installation adds three EditShare EFS-300 storage systems, each of which has a capacity of 256 TB By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 13, 2024 The...

13/06/2024

Niklas Brambring steps down from Zattoo

Zattoo has begun the search for a successor, said the company By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 13, 2024 Zattoo has begun the search for a successor, sa...

13/06/2024

Private equity firm Clearhaven Partners acquires Zixi

Zixis executive team has also invested in the company to help drive it toward the next stages of growth By Jenny Priestley Published: June 13, 2024 Updated...

12/06/2024

Blackmagic Design unveils world's first camera and editing system for Apple Vision Pro

The company has also introduced an updated version of DaVinci Resolve which incl...

12/06/2024

No deal! Shari Redstone pulls plug on Skydance/Paramount Global merger

The company said it had not been able to reach mutually acceptable terms regarding the potential transaction with Skydance Media By Jenny Priestley Published...

11/06/2024

Creating George Miller's graphic prequel Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Colourist Eric Whipp discusses the challenges of creating the look for George Millers epic blockbuster By Contributor Published: June 11, 2024 Updated: Jun...

11/06/2024

Canon reels in fisheye lens for capturing immersive content

According to Canon, the RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye provides users with a new 144-degree recording angle producing a narrower field of view compared to VR1...

10/06/2024

Jeff Rosica departs Avid

Rosica described his time at Avid as an incredible journey, adding his time at the company has surely been the pinnacle of my career By Jenny Priestley Publi...

07/06/2024

Opinion: overcoming Olympic hurdles with technology

As Paris counts down to the 2024 Olympics, Stephane Guez, co-founder and principal, Dalet, explains how technological innovation will deliver an engaging experi...

07/06/2024

Meet the commercial director

Daniel Pagan, commercial director at SCENESIS Pictures, tells TVBEurope why working in the media industry is exhilarating By Matthew Corrigan Published: June...

05/06/2024

Eugene Sarmiento joins Ateliere as company expands European presence

The company said he will play a critical role in driving growth and strengthening its position in the region By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 5, 2024 T...

04/06/2024

Canal+ begins process of acquiring Multichoice

The CEO of Canal said the company wants to combine the scale, geographies and content portfolios of the two companies to create an entertainment group with int...

04/06/2024

Panalux appoints Michele Channer as MD

Channer replaces retiring MD, Mark Furssedonn By Matthew Corrigan Published: June 4, 2024 Channer replaces retiring MD, Mark Furssedonn target=_blank ti...

03/06/2024

Opinion: is super aggregation still the way forward for pay-TV operators?

Steve Russell, vice president, video entertainment solutions at Irdeto, looks at ways to meet the challenges of super-aggregation in a fragmented content enviro...

03/06/2024

Investment fuels growth for Dimension Studio

Next month, Dimension will officially open a new virtual production complex in West London, in collaboration with DNEG 360 and Sunbelt Rentals By Matthew Corri...

03/06/2024

Paramount's special committee to recommend Skydance deal'

Paramounts board is expected to vote on the Skydance deal on Tuesday (June 4th) as part of the companys annual meeting By Jenny Priestley Published: June 3, ...

03/06/2024

Presteigne Broadcast Hire officially closes its doors

The companys administrators confirmed to TVBEurope this morning that they were unable to find a buyer for the business as a going concern By Jenny Priestley ...

31/05/2024

Marlow Film Studios considering next steps' as council blocks plans

The proposal had received support from James Cameron, Andy Serkis, Paul Greengrass, Richard Curtis, and Jeremy Irons By Matthew Corrigan Published: May 31, 2...

31/05/2024

Skydance submits new Paramount Global bid, Sony talks still progressing'

According to multiple reports, the new bid from Skydance offers a better deal to Paramounts Class B shareholders, who were said to be unhappy with the companys ...

31/05/2024

2024 Rise Awards open for entries

The awards recognise women and companies who are stand-out performers, innovators and leaders in the broadcast media technology industry By Matthew Corrigan ...

30/05/2024

Finding the sustainability balance with personalised video streaming

As the expansion of personalised video streaming continues apace, JUMPs CEO and co-founder, Jer nimo Macan s and Fran ois Polarczyk, sustainability director at ...

30/05/2024

SMPTE/RIS-OSVP tests model for circle of confusion'

According to Camera and Lens Metadata committee, modern digital cinema cameras are not accurately representing the usable depth of field achieved with various l...

30/05/2024

Meet the vice president of product management

Dave MacKinnon, vice president of product management at Clear-Com, explains the value of collaboration and networking in building a media career By Matthew Cor...

28/05/2024

Dune Part 2 and Avatar colourists to take part in DaVinci Resolve Live Tour

The events are for filmmakers, editors, colourists, and visual effects artists, whether theyre beginners and experienced users By Jenny Priestley Published: ...

28/05/2024

Meet the head of sound

1185 Films Mark Hodgkin explains his journey from studying classic guitar and piano to working on the sound of TV adverts, films and documentaries By TVBEurope...

24/05/2024

UK's Media Bill heads towards Royal Assent

An amendment to the Bill includes retaining the Reithian principles of public service broadcast, ensuring PSBs continue to inform, educate and entertain By Jen...

24/05/2024

BCE appoints Sylvain Merle as CTO

Merle joins BCE following a 30 year career including roles at Orange/Globecast and beIN Media Group By Matthew Corrigan Published: May 24, 2024 Merle join...

23/05/2024

Virtual feelings: how haptic technology is creating immersive environments

Philippe Guillotel, senior director of metavideo group, InterDigital, explains how haptic technology could be the next big thing in watching everything from spo...

23/05/2024

Meet the senior vice president, enterprise solutions architecture

Zeenal Thakare, senior vice president, enterprise solutions architecture at Ateliere Creative Technologies, explains why shes enjoying a front row seat to the o...

23/05/2024

UK broadcast CEOs call on parliament to pass Media Bill before dissolution

The Bill is currently at its third reading stage in the House of Lords By Jenny Priestley Published: May 23, 2024 The Bill is currently at its third re...

22/05/2024

The industry is at a tipping point': World Skills Caf to address media's skills gap

Carrie Wootten talks to TVBEurope about a new initiative aiming to understand wh...

22/05/2024

Report: Media businesses facing HMRC R&D tax relief challenges

Research suggests media businesses are struggling to make successful claims for research and development tax reliefs By Matthew Corrigan Published: May 22, 2...

21/05/2024

Avid partners with Post Super on post production training course

The programme aims to provide those working in post with a comprehensive understanding of their role within the broader post production ecosystem By Jenny Prie...

21/05/2024

Stephen van Rooyen appointed VodafoneZiggo CEO

He joins VodafoneZiggo following the retirement of Jeroen Hoencamp and will be based at the companys offices in Utrecht By Jenny Priestley Published: May 21,...

21/05/2024

TVBEurope May/June 2024 issue out now

Our latest issue hears from France T l visions about their plans for Paris 2024, we also celebrate the winners of our NAB 2024 Best of Show Awards and explore c...

20/05/2024

Meet the VFX producer

Angus Berryman, VFX producer at UNIT studio tells TVBEurope how perseverance paid off as his career progressed By Matthew Corrigan Published: May 20, 2024 ...