BURBANK, CA — Hula Post (http://hulapost.com) provided editorial systems for Prop Culture, an upcoming Disney+ series scheduled for release today, May 1st. The eight-episode series is the brainchild of Dan Lanigan, who also serves as host. Lanigan is one of the world’s foremost cinematic prop collectors and came up with the idea for a show that explores several of Disney's iconic films and looks at how props helped to shape and create some of their magical moments.
The movies featured in the series include Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, Tron, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Hula Post, under the guidance of senior Avid technician James Tejeda, set up seven Avid editing systems for six editors and two assistants. To meet the demands of all the media involved, Tejeda’s team set up 40TBs of storage on an Avid Nexis NAS and LT07 drive. To complete the set-up, Hula’s team installed four producer stations and a DIT station, all on site at the show’s post production office near Disney Studios in Burbank.
The team was headed up by line producer Judson Jackson, who was responsible for both production and post.
“We decided to keep everything in house and do the transcoding ourselves,” Jackson explains, “which is different than most productions and saved us time and money.”
After the onset DIT did his color correction to the raw footage, it was brought directly over to the post team on hard drives, rather than to a traditional post facility for transcoding. Once there, the footage was put through a two-copy process which entailed copying the original footage over to a NAS, and at the same time, creating a backup on LTOs.
“We were able to do this because Hula Post had the ability to provide the critical piece we needed for our production,” notes Jackson.
“The whole process went smoothly without any issues thanks to the skill and technical expertise of everyone involved,” adds Tejeda.
The Prop Culture team of editors included lead editor Ben Stritz, Will Simpson, Bobby Balog, Ben Bolton and Casey Lee. Assistant editors included Maureen Marchetti and David Scott. Hula Post’s team of technicians also included Dennis Bethke, Joel Ouano, Abraxas Hicks and Juan Ramirez.