Behind the grade – ITV’s 9/11: Life Under Attack
Our talented Finishing Artist, Katie Kemp, graded never-before-seen footage to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 for Brook Lapping’s new 90-minute documentary, 9/11: Life Under Attack.
This involved an extensive DaVinci Resolve grading and restoration process, as well as three separate deliveries to international broadcasters including ITV, France Télévisions, and the History Channel.
Be sure to watch the full documentary here, and read more about Katie’s work behind the scenes in this article published in Broadcast.
An excerpt from the piece is below:
Post-production uncovered: The Finish Line on 9/11: Life Under Attack (ITV)
Brook Lapping’s forthcoming 90-minute documentary, 9/11: Life Under Attack, for ITV, features previously unseen footage and audio capturing the chaos on the ground from people in New York City that day.
Recordings – taken from military command centres, frontline emergency services, Government conference calls, air traffic control, commercial airlines, private phone calls and public broadcasts – enable the viewer to hear the confusion, anger and incredulity first-hand.
Presented without any interviews, viewers hear new, compelling and profoundly moving in-the-moment accounts. The Finish Line’s Katie Kemp worked with Zinc Post to finish post-production on the project.
“The documentary tells the story of 9/11, but without using a narrator or cutting to interview. It’s all purely told through archive footage from the day,” she said.
This meant there was a lot of work to be done treating and balancing the original material. Nobody had a smartphone in 2001 so all the archive footage came from very different camera sources and was recovered in a variety of conditions.