What we do
FilmLight develops unique colour grading systems, image processing applications and workflow tools that are transforming film and video post-production and setting new standards for quality, reliability and performance. Our streamlined metadata-based workflows employ robust products with the best creative tools, allowing creative professionals to work at the forefront of the digital media revolution ‘At Every Stage’ of modern workflows.
Making great looking pictures isn't easy. It needs outstanding creativity, appropriate technology and process—and a passion for moving images. If you're reading this, you share that passion with us, and we think you'll appreciate what we have to offer.
Where we came from
Before FilmLight we gathered a great deal of know-how working in post-production, and we were making digital film sequences long ago. We met many like-minded people, and so we've been able to bring together an exceptional team – with many of the world's leading talents in software and hardware design for the post-production industry. We were the customer and we still think like the customer.
How it began
We started FilmLight because nobody was making the tools we knew would be essential to cutting edge post-production DI work in the future. We needed the technology so we decided to make it ourselves. The supreme image quality of the Northlight film scanner established our reputation, which grew rapidly with the immediate success of the Baselight colour grading system and Truelight colour management. Since then our focus on technical excellence, the user experience and delivering high-performance, dependable technology has seen us gain a reputation as a developer of the very best products in their sector.
Founded in 2002, FilmLight’s core business is centred on the innovation, implementation and support of its products in leading production companies, post-production facilities and film/TV studios around the world. Today our technology is still recognised as best in class and we have extended its reach with products such as Daylight, our powerful dailies platform, and Baselight Editions for Avid, NUKE and Flame, which together form a seamless ‘colour pipeline’ between production and finishing. Our products are not islands—they work together at a file-based level and with the other products in the production-post workflow. That’s something our competitors cannot offer.
FilmLight is headquartered in London, where its research, design and manufacturing operations are centred. Drawing on our own experience in post-production facilities, we treat product support as a key marketing tool so sales and support are conducted through regional service centres and qualified partners worldwide. To this day we have never sent anyone out on a service call who has not actually built the device they are supporting and we know each and every one of our customers. By giving you peace of mind, you can concentrate on making beautiful pictures.
In 2010, FilmLight's development team were honoured with four AMPAS Sci-Tech Awards spanning every one of our main product lines. In 2012, this major achievement was followed by an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Award that recognised our innovative colour preview and dailies products—Truelight On-Set and Baselight TRANSFER—as significant innovations in TV technology. We have also been recognised by the UK government with Queen's Awards for Enterprise in 2005, 2006 and 2012.
We want to keep the values that have made our products such a resounding success, so we write stable, highly productive software that runs on the best PC components, and if we need more performance, we develop our own hardware. Where there is a choice to be made we do not compromise—we always engineer for quality and reliability.
We've come a long way since 2002. Our clients are all over the world and range from major film studios and national broadcast television providers, to production and post-production companies both large and small. Being a customer is still very fresh in our memory, so we try to stay personal and accessible and make our business easy to deal with. Based on the feedback from our customers, it works.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Award
For the innovative colour preview and dailies products Truelight On-Set and Baselight TRANSFER.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2012
FilmLight’s third Queen’s Award, this time for Enterprise in Innovation.
AMPAS Scientific and Technical Awards 2010
Four AMPAS Sci-Tech awards, recognising the achievements of ten of FilmLight’s founding engineers in every one of the company's three main product lines: Northlight, Baselight and Truelight.
This was the first time in the history of the Sci-Tech awards that as many as four out of the fifteen awards went to the engineers of a single company.
London Export Awards 2010
Awarded London’s Outstanding Exporter of the Year at the London Export Awards 2010. FilmLight were also joint winners of the award for London's Technology Exporter of the Year.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2006
Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2005
BKSTS Technical & Scientific Achievement Award 2005
FilmLight’s two founders, Wolfgang Lempp and Steve Chapman, received a Technical & Scientific Achievement award from the BKSTS.
It was awarded to Lempp and Chapman following the recommendation of a number of UK and US post-production facilities for their development of the FilmLight product range, recognising the impact that FilmLight technology has made to post-production throughout the film industry.
Visit the BKSTS web site for more information.