Several weeks ago I embarked on my new role as Film Laboratory & Studio Relationship Manager. No doubt, we have all observed some significant changes in image capture and distribution formats, particularly in the last couple of years. And we have seen these changes impact the supporting film infrastructure, such as laboratories.
But our recent assessment of labs has revealed that there is an impressive 111 motion picture labs globally that commercially offer processing for 35mm color negative film. We counted over 100 labs still offering 16mm negative development, and exactly 100 of these labs also offer 35mm color print development.
When Paul Korver founded Cinelicious in 2008, he had only one thing in mind — to move the state of film post production forward.
Korver’s Cinelicious is a post production studio, with locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, offering a full slate of film and digital services. The company believes in respecting the craft and tradition of celluloid film, while leveraging all the benefits of the digital present. Cinelicious has been involved with high-level, film-based projects for directors such as Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Andrew Stanton, as well as studios including Paramount, Disney, Pixar, and Warner Bros.
Every day, in cities around the world, talented experts at an array of outstanding laboratories help storytellers bring their images to life. Here’s an update on what’s happening in the world of labs:
Vision Globale, based in Montreal, Canada, offers 16mm and 35mm color negative processing for dailies. The lab, a member of the KODAK IMAGECARE Program, also strikes positive prints and optical sound tracks. Paul Dion, Vision Globale’s director of operations, says the facility has seen a diversity of productions across Canada, from large studio features to independent films and local short films, as well as film school projects. “Our consistent commitment to the highest-quality services has always rewarded us with repeat business from enthusiastic filmmakers who count on us to bring their wildest projects to life. In this sense, maintaining a strong infrastructure has enabled us to promote film as a superior medium.” With the recent acquisition of Mel’s Studios, Vision Globale now offers a full range of studio, camera and lighting rentals; photochemical and digital production and postproduction; visual effects; 3D animation; digital image restoration; 2D conversion to 3D stereoscopic images; and production and distribution assets management.http://www.visionglobale.ca/
Hiromi Inatsuchi, president of IMAGICA WEST, a subsidiary of IMAGICA Corp.
We know filmmakers today have many creative choices. We also want to let you know that we are working closely with the labs to maintain quality processing and printing for our loyal customers who continue to choose film.
Today we kick off a blog series that will highlight the many positive changes that are occurring on the lab scene today.
Every day, in cities around the world, talented experts at an array of outstanding laboratories help storytellers bring their images to life. In Camera checked in with just a few of these labs to see what's developing and on the horizon.
This year marks FotoKem’s 50th anniversary as a full-service post-production facility serving the creative community. With one of the most well-known labs in the world, the Burbank-based company offers a broad spectrum of services, including a palette of new digital workflows for 65mm, 35mm and 16mm film acquisition. Mike Brodersen, FotoKem’s VP of strategy, notes, “In recent months, both 65mm and 35mm 2-perf have seen a boost in popularity – filmmakers shooting 65mm as the gold standard in image quality and 2-perf 35mm as a cost-effective acquisition choice for ‘scope’ aspect ratios. Offering new digital tools in conjunction with film acquisition gives productions a wide array of finishing options for a variety of budget levels, with the added benefit of a built-in archive format for future proofing.” (www.fotokem.com)