News 22.01.20

THE POST LOUNGE LOOKS FORWARD AFTER A YEAR OF GROWTH, CHANGE AND MILESTONES



Brisbane and Melbourne based post-production company The Post Lounge had a big year last year with an extensive range of international and domestic large-scale projects posting across its two studios.

The year started with the announcement of the partnership between The Post Lounge (TPL) and Adelaide-grown VFX house, Resin – the companies both now partnering for post-production and VFX across the combined Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne studios.

The partnership was solidified with both companies working on the picture post and VFX for ABC Studios International drama series Reef Break – an international series attracted to Australia by the Federal Government’s Location Offset and Incentive, and Screen Queensland (SQ) and made primarily for the US and French broadcast markets and Hulu. Major Singaporean feature film Heavens: The Boy and his Robot remains in post-production with both companies out of the Brisbane studio –  having also been lured by the Federal Government’s and Screen Queensland’s PDV incentives.

Domestically, TPL has completed post on the Mark Lamprell directed feature Never Too Late. With an all-star cast of Jackie Weaver, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman and Jack Thompson, the film will hit cinemas this year. The Melbourne TPL studio is also currently completing picture post for a Guesswork-produced Stand-Up Comedy Special. The specials are for streamer Amazon Studios and see the production company working again with TPL after collaborating on Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette for Netflix in 2017.

In 2019 The Post Lounge celebrated 40 years in business – a significant milestone for any company. The company began as one of Australia’s first full-service post-production studios in Brisbane, Queensland, early in 1979, as the brain-child of editor and founder Steve “Coops” Cooper. From there the company has grown to service both domestic and international projects across all forms of post-production.

After 40 years at the helm, Coops decided to take a step back from running a business – selling The Post Lounge to Kurt Royan, who has been an integral part of the company for 13 years. Coops will remain as a consultant to the company, as well as spending time back “on the tools”, Cooper edited 2018’s The Second for Stan and again collaborated with directors Mairi Cameron and Stephen Lance for Brisbane Marketing’s latest tourism campaign.

“I started at The Post Lounge 13 years ago as an offline editor, and we’ve always had a very artist-first approach to the business. Having given the business my all over those years across online, VFX and management, it’s incredibly fulfilling to step into my next role of owner and lead TPL into the future.”

Kurt Royan, CEO The Post Lounge

Discussing the focus of the company for 2020 – Royan is adamant that partnerships are key, “Our focus in 2020 – outside of creating great work – is finding more ways to collaborate with producers to bring about better workflow, communication and bottom line”.

“It’s important that our focus is not just on what’s on-screen but also the broader ways in which we can help projects find what they need – particularly those looking to come to Australia from overseas. We have a great set of incentives we can help access at both a state and federal level and combined with our collaborative approach, this makes us a strong post-production partner. We’re really looking forward to being bolder and even better in 2020”.

The Post Lounge is a full-service picture and sound post studio based in both Brisbane and Melbourne. Resin, known for their VFX work on series Tidelands and Electric Dreams as well as feature films Storm Boy and Red Dog, have expanded from their original Adelaide headquarters to now include studios in both Brisbane and Melbourne. 

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