Los Angeles—SIM
Digital and Bling Digital, the production and post-production/workflow
divisions of The SIM Group, provided production, workflow and post-production
services to the Emmy Award winning limited series Fargo from MGM Television and FX Productions.
An unequivocal hit in its first
chapter on FX, Fargo has earned
critical raves and a large and enthusiastic audience with its “true-crime tale”
centering on a drifter (Billy Bob Thornton), an insurance agent (Martin
Freeman) and other denizens of a small town in Minnesota.

Fargo
is the latest example of a growing number of television
productions that are taking advantage of new digital workflow technology to
speed production and post, enhance creative collaboration and overcome the
limits of geography. The show employed a unique workflow linking its production
team, which was based in Calgary, Alberta, with editorial and post production
operations located in Los Angeles.
SIM Digital supplied Fargo with ARRI Alexa cameras and
related production gear; Bling supplied the show with a P.O.D.™ (Post On
Demand) system, a cart-based workstation used on-set/near-set for media
off-load, sound synchronization, media backup and dailies processing. Bling
also provided Avid editorial and shared storage systems, as well as editing
suites, through its facility in Los Angeles.
Bling set up a dedicated, secure,
high-speed Internet connection to facilitate the rapid delivery of dailies
media and other production data from the set in Calgary to the editorial team
in L.A.  This workflow eliminated the
need for a third party post house for dailies processing, while getting
material to the show’s editors as quickly as possible. Once dailies were processed
using the P.O.D. system on the set, they were sent through the network and
recorded directly to an Avid ISIS shared storage system located in the L.A.
editing room. Dailies from each day’s shoot were generally available to the
editorial team by the time they arrived for work the following morning.
In a pinch, turnaround can be even
faster. Peter Chomsky, the show’s Post Production Producer, recalls an instance
from the show’s pilot when dailies needed to be processed very quickly.  “By that afternoon we had the scene cut in
time for a screening with network executives,” said Chomsky. “We locked it,
color timed it and had the picture ready for lay-back of the mix on Saturday
and delivered the show at 2 o’clock on Sunday morning.”
A 10-episode limited series, Fargo
is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein directed
the premiere hour.  Hawley, Warren Littlefield,
Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.
About
The SIM Group

The SIM Group is a leading supplier of technology to the film and television
industry. Its operating units, SIM Digital, Bling Digital and PS Production
Services, maintain offices across the USA, Canada and China. SIM Digital is a
world-class rental facility specializing in digital production equipment and
workflow services. SIM Digital offers one of the largest and most diverse
inventories of the latest digital cinematography tools from top manufacturers
including ARRI, Sony, RED, Panasonic, Canon, Fujinon, Angenieux, Zeiss, Cooke.
In tandem with its innovative Bling Digital division, the company offers the
industry’s most comprehensive workflow solutions for feature and television
production, encompassing cameras, data, dailies, offline editorial, finishing
and archiving.  PS Production Services is
a rental supplier of lighting, grip, generators and dolly equipment. For more
information, visit www.simgroup.com
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