The Big Flower Fight is a Bake Off Style Floristry Contest on Netflix
Exec’d by Simone Haywood & Suzanne Rock for Multistory Media, The Big Flower Fight challenges ten pairs of passionate amateur gardeners to create spectacular, large-scale flower installations for a chance to design their own sculpture at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Facing elimination with every task set, these international teams of plant-obsessed artisans will be judged by florist to the stars, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, with Vic Reeves and Natasia Demetriou presiding over proceedings.
ENVY Colourist – Andrew Cloke:
“The Brief was to deliver a pushed & stylised grade that would showcase the beauty of the botanical masterpieces, while also capturing the fun & dynamic vibe of the show. We also wanted to maintain the recognisability of the flowers and plant life featured in the series, so it was important to find a delicate mix between naturality and extravagance.
To achieve the final look I performed hue shifts & colour tweaks alongside the use of a custom Colour palette; the palette consisting mainly of lighter and pastel colours to help keep as close to the creative theme as possible. I used ACES colour space in Baselight to perform colour management and corrections; enabling me to keep the ‘real’ aesthetic and to apply a consistent finish across the series.
The project also had unique aspects and challenges due to remote completion & sign off. We used online linking to image sequences rather than files from the grade which allowed me to send live updates directly to the online editor; this made passing on changes & alterations a breeze and contributed to a smooth workflow. Similarly for external communications we used streambox and zoom, enabling the client to view a live output of the project directly from my suite. From here all amendments could be viewed in real time, simplifying the remote sign off process.”
ENVY Dubbing Mixer – Bob Jackson:
“With twenty participants, 2 hosts and 2 judges racing around in and out of the ”dome” setting the main challenge was to create a smooth and coherent sound track. To create the desired audio we took significant care in isolating the dialogue of individual participants and significant instances; teasing out and capturing the ‘magic’ moments from the production.
Similarly the music choices, placing and last but not least mixing was vital in driving the desired narrative as these auditory themes further illuminated the onscreen emotions – often comedic but also sometimes sad and reflective.
ENVY Online Editor – Adam Grant:
This was one of the first jobs to take place in the brand new ENVY Flame suites with clients able to attend sessions for the first few episodes however our sessions were quickly interrupted by the lockdown restriction. The remainder of the workflow was carried out remotely, with many of the early days consisting of a large amount of exporting and remote viewing.
Due to the nature of the production a large portion was shot outside in imperfect, blustery conditions which meant the camerawork was not always locked off. To reverse the shake caused by environmental interference I used the excellent stabilisation tool within Flame to rebalance the shots; in turn restoring equilibrium to the beautifully captured footage.
Likewise we used Flame to recreate a considerable amount of work that had previously been completed in Avid Offline; this gave us the opportunity to provide a more polished finished by improving transitions, text and graphics. Finally to complete the botanical theme, I used a range of Spark plugins within Flame to create a flowing ‘wispy’ motion which would bring on the captions of contestant and plants.
Watch ‘The Big Flower Fight’ NOW on Netflix.
Online Editor: Adam Grant
Dubbing Mixers: Bob Jackson
Colourist: Andrew Cloke
Post Producers: Chris Rayner & Sarah Yeboah
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