The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk – Series 1
The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk (4 x 10’)
BBC2 / BBC iPlayer
Client: Tiger Aspect
What is it
The pilot had a Comedy Shorts BAFTA nomination and stars multi award-winning comedian Spencer Jones as his alter ego, Herbert Clunkerdunk. The 4-part series airs on BBC2 in August and boggles the mind with a mix of impromptu music videos and talking household objects as Herbert navigates his way through everyday life only to be constantly interrupted by his quirky imagination.
What did we do
Full post and BBC delivery.
Shot on Arri Alexa at 3.2k Colourist, Stuart Fyvie conducted the Grade on Baselight 5 grading in Filmlight’s T-log / E-Gamut with a 2.00:1 aspect ratio. The brief was to keep an everyday realistic feel to contrast with the absurdity and wackiness of Herbert Clunkerdunk’s inner world that hijacks the narrative throughout the series.
Julian Nelson, Head of Picture and Senior Post Producer, Shiv Meeda worked closely with Tiger Aspect’s production team before the Offline to manage project requirements. Fifty Fifty provided script breakdowns pulling out areas that required VFX and advised on suitable workflows for each scenario. Fifty Fifty VFX Operator, Pete Morison provided mock ups and comps of sequences to the offline. To deliver the heavy VFX project Fifty Fifty also teamed up with LexHag for asset creation and CGI.
Media Composer was used to finish the 4 shows and utilised the Baselight updated AAF workflow so the grade was always live and editable, this meant all VFX could be done to the log image, prior to and during the Grade and Online. Downstream of picture lock everything was kept as flexible and collaborative as possible. 90+ VFX shots were split across Fifty Fifty and LexHag. Baselight Editions, Neat, Twixtor, Red Giant, Boris FX Continuum, Sapphire and Mocha as well as Photoshop and After Effects were all used in the Online session to carry out various paint outs, compositing, rotoscoping, set extensions, motion graphics and animation for multiple visible and invisible effects.
The series required a huge amount of creative audio work to push the eccentricity and surreal world of Herbert through the roof, sometimes quite literally! Head of Audio, Gavin Allingham worked together with Spencer Jones and the production team to create sound design and used a plethora of effects in the wacky dream scenes where we enter Herbert’s imagination. Foley and ADR played a large part to bring puppetry and household objects to life, in addition a spotlight on ADR itself is included in the series where Herbert Clunkerdunk explains in his own unique way just what we get up to in an audio session. This is juxtaposed in the real world scenes with prominent yet everyday sounds, often using hard cuts to jolt the viewer back into reality. The dub was conducted on Protools Ultimate using an Avid S6 console with the Altiverb plugin and a vast array of effects libraries.
All 4 episodes go live on iPlayer on Saturday 3rd Aug. Eps 1+2 TX on BBC2 at 10pm/10.10pm on Sunday 4th Aug, and Eps 3+4 TX on BBC2 on Sunday 11th Aug at 10pm/10.10pm