HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post Production provided
editorial systems and support for Dracula
, Universal Pictures’ new action film now in international release.
Working in support of editor Richard Pearson and his crew,
Hula set up editorial facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the film
was shot, and at Universal Studios in California, where it spent 40 weeks in
post-production. At both sites, the editorial environment consisted of six Avid
workstations and shared storage. Both in Ireland and the U.S., Hula provided
technical support on a 24/7 basis.
Pearson, whose previous credits include Maleficent and Safe House,
says he was attracted to Dracula Untold
by its unique take on history’s most famous vampire. “It was an interesting time
in history with the Ottoman Turks moving through Europe,” Pearson observes.
“And Vlad Tepes, the young prince, was a fascinating character, both abhorred
and beloved by his people.”

Pearson adds that he enjoyed his collaboration with director
Gary Shore, who was making his feature film debut. “I am keen to work with
first-time filmmakers,” Pearson says. “It’s always exciting. Gary was very
involved in the editorial process, and we spent a lot of time together in the
editing room.”
Editing on location for three and a half months was
challenging, Pearson recalls, involving long hours of cutting dailies,
integrating visual effects, and reviewing sequences with Shore. Technical
issues, however, were rarely a concern. “Tech support from Hula was always
available,” he says. “We had very few tech problems, but when they arose, they
were quickly resolved. That was comforting.”
Pearson has worked with Hula Post Production on a number of
films, including Maleficent and Safe House. “They always ensure I have
what I need,” he says. “They are very responsive, have a terrific support
staff, and deliver top notch gear that’s bulletproof. What you want in a
technology supplier is a company that is so good, you rarely have to call on
them because they’ve already taken care of everything.”
About Hula Post Production
For nearly
20 years, Hula Post has provided exceptional equipment rental services to
the post production and broadcast communities. With offices in Burbank and West
Los Angeles, we are the industry leader in customized workflow solutions. We
offer a large inventory of editorial and finishing systems, storage solutions,
and support gear, and we back it up with the most experienced and knowledgeable
support team in the industry. Whether you need a single system or a complex,
customized workflow to take you from production through post, we can provide you
with the tools to meet your technical requirements, budget and production
For more information, visit http://hulapost.com.
About Dracula Untold
Almost an entire century after the world’s first cinematic
introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio
that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in
an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of
Luke Evans (Fast & Furious
, The Hobbit series) transforms
from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful
creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have
come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.
Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula
is produced by Michael De Luca. www.draculauntold.com 
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