BBC Documentary Tells the Story of Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch – Full Post at ENVY

By August 21, 2020 No Comments


Produced by 72 Films the three-part series tells the incredible story of Rupert Murdoch’s Empire, interweaving his behind-the-scenes influence on world events with the personal battle for power at the heart of his own family.

The Rise Of The Murdoch Dynasty explores how power really works. Playing out on a canvas of exclusive parties, glamorous yachts, private jets, weddings, tabloid newsrooms, and private dinner meetings, this series presents a unique portrait of 21st century Britain through one of the world’s most influential figures, during his most turbulent times. The documentary uses rarely seen archive material to shed light on Murdoch’s private world, forensically deconstructing some of the most iconic and infamous moments of modern history from a perspective that’s rarely seen: the top table of power.

Featuring a high profile cast that includes: Hugh Grant, Steve Bannon, Max Mosley, Piers Morgan, Nigel Farage, Alastair Campbell, Alan Sugar, Tom Watson, two deputy prime ministers, senior ex-employees and a convicted phone hacker.

Rupert Murdoch, Photographed in his office in Melbourne. (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images via Getty Images)

ENVY Dubbing Mixer – Matt Skilton:

In the mix we set out to create a ‘coiled spring’ effect; placing a significant emphasis on holding back the music and effects in episode 1 for the first 20-30 minutes to slowly build up the tension and suspense until suddenly unleashing the music. We wanted to create a dynamic range that would kick off half way through (once the story had developed), to further develop viewer involvement and immersion.

On another note I cleared up and treated the dialogue using Isotope RX noise reduction throughout the series to ensure clarity and comprehensibility. Similarly it was important that the archive was finely cleaned & intercut seamlessly with the music to uphold the flow and congruence of the documentary.

Lachlan Murdoch, James Murdoch, Anna Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)


Dicky Everton – ENVY Online Editor said:

“Before discussing the brief I watched various versions of offline cuts of eps 1+2 to understand how the editors were approaching the subject. Once I had a formed a reasonable understanding I worked closely with Director – Jamie Roberts to work toward achieving the desired finish; we spoke at length regarding the visual style he wanted to achieve, specifically leaving the archive looking quite raw, and the overall typography design.

Due to government guidelines and to adhere to strict Covid 19 protocols, physical meetings were not possible at the time of the edit, so as an alternative Jamie and I spoke regularly using the custom-built Zoom trolley in my online room. This allowed us to chat, while he could see a regular ‘client’s eye view’ of me and the output monitor. This system provides the client with the closest experience to actually being ‘in the room’, while working remotely. Jamie could also view a hi-res feed of my output over a secure Streambox link at any time.

Rupert Murdoch with sons Lachlan and James at The News Corporation’s AGM in Adelaide, 9 October 2002. SMH Picture by PETER MATHEW (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images.

As the whole programme is presented within an 80% letterbox, Jamie and I worked through all interview setups, racking every shot, ensuring consistent head-room and eye-line for each contributor. All 4:3 archive was kept pillar-boxed; Jamie was particularly keen to preserve any film damage or video distortion on the edges of frame, which we did.

One of the largest challenges during the online was updating the archive; better quality sources arrived from different suppliers – ultimately requiring methodical management. Quite often the archive researchers would find the same clip from different suppliers, so I needed to quickly react to their emails, checking both clips, and advising on the better source.”

ENVY Credits

Online Editor: Dicky Everton

Dubbing Mixer: Matt Skilton

Post Producer: Clea Singh



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