The technology doesn’t matter. But it does.
Usual Suspects Films is here to bridge the gap between pre-production, post-production and distribution.
Usual Suspects Films specialises in what we call “anxiety management.” We stress out about all the technical aspects of your production, so you don’t have to. Throw anything at us, for example, workflow & delivery consultation, visual effects, digital asset management, standards conversion, credit rollers, digital delivery, mastering, deliverables, and even the kitchen sink.
Workflow & Consultation
As the demands and resources available to productions change, companies and agencies alike are looking to make more effective use of their resources. We understand that. That is why we offer consulting services to allow our clients to recognise their full potential, growing and building in-house solutions with them in a strategic manner.
LTO and Asset Management
Dealing with the aggravation of human errors, poorly timed hardware failures, and software corruption can severely impact productivity. Your data has to be backed up and protected offsite, so it’s available for near-instant recovery. Strict production requirements often mean that LTO is the preferred backup solution so organisations can store their back up master media in a safe and secure environment.
Data Cine Services
We provide a 24-hour tailored service, utilising a robust back end to transcode multiple camera formats for editorial/dailies delivery. We also offer high-speed uploads, cloud storage and distribution of deliverables for interdepartmental communication & collaboration across regions.
Post Production doesn't start after the footage is shot, it begins before you start shooting. Understanding the technology is a necessity if a production is to navigate and avoid the many pitfalls of production on offer by the digital workflow.
Long-form isn't for everyone, but it is our bread and butter. With the largest facilities in Johannesburg, the Usual Suspects Team provide experience and reliable services at a world-class standard.
Our team has supervised projects of numerous scope and complexity, anything from simple green screen, sky replacements to full set extensions. If you love the shot but need some cleanups (crew/rig/boom removal, stabilisations, and stitches), these small solutions can get rid of the little things that distract you from the shot.
Masters & Deliverables
Regardless of your film’s final destination, your project needs to endure multiple steps along the journey to the destination. That is where Usual Suspects Films step in and guide the entire endevaour to the great digital beyond. We offer a broad spectrum of mastering and deliverable services, including but not limited to:
Broadcast Standards Conversions
SD (NTSC or PAL), 1080, 4K
XDCAM HD422, ProRes, DNxHD, Uncompressed
DCP or Digital Cinema Packaging
Blu-ray & DVD Authoring
LTO-6 and LTO-7
Closed Captions, CCSL and Subtitles
Screeners & Watermarking
High Speed Internet File Delivery
International & Domestic Broadcast Conversion & Delivery
Film Festival Consultation & Servicing
Video on Demand (VOD) Delivery
Digital Cinema Packages
A DCP, or Digital Cinema Package, has replaced film projection. A DCP is a must when delivering to film festivals, specialist screening venues and cinemas. Encrypted or unencrypted, 2K or 4K, delivered on a hard drive or over the internet, we offer high-quality colour accurate DCPs for an exceptional cinema experience.