Hula Post Production provided editorial systems and support to Selma, the new film from Paramount Pictures and director Ava DuVernay chronicling the historic civil rights march led by Martin Luther King in Alabama in 1965. The film, which stars David Oyelowo as King, is currently nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It earlier won Movie-of-the-Year honors at the AFI Awards.
Hula Post Production initially supplied Avid Media Composer systems and Avid Unity shared storage to editor Spencer Averick and his crew while they were working on location in Atlanta, where principal photography for the film was completed. Later, Hula set up identical editorial facilities on the lot at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Hula provided round-the-clock technical support at both sites.
Selma marks Averick’s ninth collaboration with DuVernay. He first worked with the director on her 2008 documentary This Is the Life. Reflecting on Selma, Averick says that telling a story based on recent historical events carries special responsibilities. “We felt a great obligation to get the story right,” he says. “We knew that there were a lot of people who were in the movement who were going to see this film.”