Soho London Editors in Saigon

London’s Soho area has been universally known as one of the hubs of post-production in the world. DIGIPOST search for talent has attracted 2 editors who have been exposed to this vibrant community. Bringing their skills and experience, Nick Jones (NJ) and Lloyd Bishop (LB) talk about their journey to Saigon.

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Tell me a bit about yourselves!

LB: I am quite an active person who enjoys to travel and immerse myself into different cultures and places. I like to keep fit and i love music especially indie rock, I love to drum as well, I was in a band for about five years, called the Undones. The band split just before I moved over as the guitarist went travelling around Thailand and found work in Bangkok, he said he would come to visit Shanghai at the end of the month, so we will try to track do some local bands when he stays over!

Back home in London, I would usually hit the gym a few times a week and would enjoy swimming and laying in the sun in the summer time. I was a keen road cyclist and football player too, also I enjoy tennis and jogging in my local park in South London.

In the night time, I frequent the soho bars and cinemas and would often be found in the South-bank national film theatre watching World Cinema and some new films that have just come to market. I like Wes Anderson films; mainly because of the music choice and colour style he puts into all of his films from the likes of: The Life Aquatic to his newest movie The Grand Budapest hotel.

NJ: Well, I’ve been working in post-production for the past 5 years now, 3 years in-house and 2 years freelance, mostly in and around Soho, but also in Tech-City in Shoreditch, East London. The majority of that time has been spent wnt a lot of time working on web commercials and fashion film too. Outside of work, I like to play the guitar and take photos! I can’t wait to take my old 35mm Canon AE1 out into the streets of Saigon!

What is your experience working in Soho?

LB: Working in Soho for the past couple of years has opened my eyes to the random World of freelance. Diving from one post house to the next is enlightening. Lots of fashion and Worldy’ trends come out of Soho so it’s a decent place to work; and to keep yourself in tune with the latest gadgets and technology; it’s also a good place to just hang out! But for the best part, my fondest memories have been meeting people for drinks & food after work and seeing live bands.

The West End has lot’s of live venues and a good memory for me was seeing Blur and Beck back in the old Astoria; more recently, seeing The Lumineers, The Cribs an the Bombay Cycling Club in Soho House was a great experience. Soho has a special buzz about it and it’s part of the city that is always lively, it never sleeps!

NJ: Soho is a great place because everybody seems to know each other, so it’s great to bump into colleagues from other post houses. There’s always a great atmosphere and in the summer, it’s really lively with everybody having a pint after work in the pub and musicians playing in the street. Plus, some of the best work in the world is coming out of there, so it’s always good to see the newest advertising trends; see what’s hot and what’s not.

How do you think editing as a profession has evolved over the years?

LB: Since digital editing has been introduced, FCP7 in particular has revolutionized the editing process. It has become easier to be creative and has minimized logistical complications.

With most of the industry now being digital, the need for tape based production is becoming redundant. Quality and speed of a production has reached levels never seen before.

NJ: I think editors have had to branch out over the past few years and learn different skills. When I started, an Offline editor just did Offline, now programs like After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator come as standard with most editors.

It’s good because it keeps us on our toes and we get to learn new programs and new ways of doing things.

What made you travel all the way round the world to come to Saigon?

LB: Saigon has always been an exciting proposition for me, because of its history and because of the creative energy this famous city displays. Saigon’s global location and the friendly but work hard mentality offer the foreigner an astounding insight into a thriving part of the world where advertising and media is growing at a fast rate. I am looking forward to being a part of that.

NJ: I came to Saigon for the adventure really. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to move to a new country and gain new cultural understandings. Plus it’s hotter here than it is in London.

How do you like Saigon so far?

LB: The city is busy and electric. The swarm of bikes that buzz around not only on the roads but on the pavements are part of the fabric and character of Saigon, so getting a bike will be my next step. The best thing so far though is the tropical climate, markets and cool little Japanese bars in Zone 1. The taste of the fresh food here is a treat for most Westerners and so eating out for Lobster or Crab is the norm, I can definitely get used to that! I look forward to joining a swimming pool to swim outside and chill in the sun. If I was a travel guide, I would mark Saigon a 10/10!

NJ: Saigon is great fun, it’s a wonderful and bustling metropolis with plenty to see and do. It’s exciting to try different kinds of food and hear different types of music. I’m lucky enough to have the ‘English Contingent’ here at DigiPost looking after me and helping me find my feet, so it’s making the transition easier (like where to find tea etc). My next mission is to get a motorbike and take to the roads…wish me luck!

What do you think you can bring to Vietnam?

LB: I would like to think that, with my experiences working in post-production in Europe, I can share the knowledge I gained over the years and bring the local industry some new ideas

NJ: I think there’s a particular way that TV commercials are edited in London, hopefully I can bring some of that and mix it with the Saigon-style of cutting TVCs. Also, I hope that I can bring a little British humour over too!

Lloyd Bishop Reel

Nick Jones Reel

Post-production in Saigon in relatively a seed-bud compared to Soho, but there are growing signs of potential. With the right talent and vision, there may still be hope for Vietnam to be a hub.

Contact us (andy@digipostglobal.com) for bookings now!

DIGIPOST 9th Year Anniversary Party!!!

The verdict is out. Getting older does not mean the partying is over.

With fresh faces and some old guard in Digipost, the preparations of the party started with the creation of our invitation video by the CG team. A week before the party, all hands were on deck to make the event happen.

It lived out to be beyond our expectations. As always, the buffet was liked by the everyone, the Over Se7en band and the Digipost Band livened the place up with their jamming and the Blue Lagoon cocktails kept everyone happy whole night. Special thanks and appreciation for everyone who been with us in the last 9 years!

Check out our video!

The future remains bright and we look forward to see a decade here in Vietnam.

Check out our photos on our Facebook page!

The Prep
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The Reception
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The Party
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The DIGIPOST Band!

The Digipost 9th Anniversary on the Friday the 18th of July promises to be an evening of fun, frivolities and partying.

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The night will have a guest performance by the Digipost Band that includes our debut composer from the UK, Chris Skipper, on vocals and bass guitar, assistant audio engineer Tam Quyen Phan on guitar and VFX intern Dy Le Anh on drums.

This highlights the wide range of talents of the Digipost Audio team.
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Along with audio engineer Quyen Phan, they hope to develop the music industry in Vietnam with a more international flavor.

Do attend the party to enjoy this occasion!

For more on Chris Skipper, check out his reel!

Chris Skipper – Music Composer & Sound Designer from DIGIPOST VN on Vimeo.

 

VFX Partners in crime, body and spirit!

The Visual Effects scene in Vietnam has taken big strides since 2005 when Digipost first opened. Now with more development for feature films and commercials, the film and advertising industry has grown significantly.

In order to meet the rising expectations of the market, Digipost now employs two of the reputable VFX artists in the industry.

Fresh from his long stint as Director of DI in Technicolor Bangkok, Fabrizio is now part of the Digipost team as our Senior Online Artist and Visual Effects Director. Joining him is the most experienced Online Artist in Vietnam, Hiep Le, who has extensive TV commercials under his belt.
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Partners in crime, body and spirit, this unusual pair hope to take the market by storm under the banner of Digipost.
20140617115132Being the pioneer in Post-Production in Vietnam, our team looks to set the standard for the growing demands of the industry.

Contact us for your next Visual Effects challenge!

Smashing to new heights with Camel Cement TVC!

One of the awesome commercials from Cambodia!

This is a massive VFX and CG undertaking by our team. Our proudest achievement so far this year!

A big thanks to everyone involved in this job!

Client: CMG
Product: Camel Cement

Agency: Comzone
Creative Director: Lundy
Director: Peter Aquilina

Post Production: DIGIPOST
Executive Producer: Andy Ho
Producer: Nguyet Thai
Editor: Taketoshi Kumada
Colorist: Cyrel De Los Reyes
Online Artist: Rufus Blackwell
CG: Kien Tran, Lieu Phung, Toan Chau
Music & Sound Design: Jashir Junaidi

A blank canvas in Saigon for Colorist Alexis Odiowei!

AlexisDIGIPOST welcomes our new Colorist, Alexis Odiowei, to Saigon. We are very excited at having this Hip-Hop and House loving London talent coming to Vietnam. He does not just pull rabbits out of his hat, he pulls out big beautiful peacocks.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2008, Alexis has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest companies in the UK on a variety of productions. He initially honed his skills as a Junior Editor for Talkback Thames on their long running series Escape To the Country. He then quickly established a career as a freelance Offline Editor and Colourist working with clients such as Comedy Central, Virgin Media and Sky Arts.

Some of his broadcast credits include, The Girls Aloud Ten Tour (MTV), Sochi Winter Olympics Intros (OBS) and The Classic Rock Awards and Prog Rock Awards 2013 (Sky Arts). In addition to this Alexis has also worked on numerous campaigns for brands such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Clarks Shoes, Revlon, BMW and Mini, Freesat and P&G.

He has also graded countless music promos for both well-established and emerging artists.

In 2014, Alexis joins Digipost as the official in-house colorist.

Check out his reel!

Do speak with our Producers for bookings soon!

Audio studios get facelift with ProTools 11 & C|24!

DIGIPOST Audio Studios will receive a much anticipated facelift with the ProTools 11 and C|24 control panel.  This will the most advanced audio technology in Vietnam this year and it will keep the team competitive in the international markets.

This exciting new technology will now be available to clients, enabling a high standard of sounds for music production, sound design, voice recording and mixing.

For a free tour of the studio, drop us an email at andy@digipostglobal.com.

A dash of Italian in the CG team with Leonard Monichi!

LeonardLeo is a CGI artist with international exposure, having worked with client across multiple continents with experience in film, TV commercials, print and web. Along his career he worked in various creative fields: print design, photography, 3d visualization, animation, motion graphics, although in recent years he refocused in 3d and compositing. Since then he tries to make moving pixels to the best of his abilities!

After graduating in Design and Art in Italy he started out freelancing as a graphic, 3d and texture artist. Soon he decided to venture out for a bigger challenge which he found in Singapore, where he pursued a Bachelor in Interactive Animation, and subsequently worked full-time as a 3d and compositing artist before joining Digipost in 2014. His most recent works include brands like Sony, Yakult, Fujitsu, Osim and many more.

Besides the commercial work, Leo keeps challenging himself and learning new tools and expending his knowledge by learning new tools and workflows to keep up-to-date in an ever changing and evolving environment, as is the CGI world.

When he isn’t looking at a computer screen or the viewfinder of his camera, he enjoys playing piano, snowboarding, mountaineering, swimming and most of all reading a good sci-fi book!

Check out his reel!

DIGIPOST Concepts & Design team with Opening Titles demo!

After 2 years of development, Digipost officially launches the Concepts & Designs department this 2014!

By adding concept directors, illustrators and designers to our mix, our team can now develop key visuals, print advertising, product design, animated logo design, animated virals, trailers and opening/closing titles.

With support from our in-house post-production team, we are able to guide our clients from developing the idea, to storyboards and the execution of the entire project.

The following Opening Titles demo is the brainchild of our Concept Director, Jackie, a showpiece for the launch of the new team.

Speak with us!

Please email andy@digipostglobal.com for more information.