Industry Update

FotoKem: Where Film’s Influence Meets Contemporary Post Services

Published on website: May 20, 2014
Categories: Focus on Post , Industry Update

Filmmakers who have spent any amount of time in Hollywood are already familiar with FotoKem, which has been providing post production services to the industry for five decades. From early on, the facility has been a trusted resource for studio projects, television shows, independent films, and commercial production. Headquartered in Burbank, Calif., FotoKem enjoys a unique role in the industry as an independently owned-and-operated post facility with a global reach. Their process embodies technological innovation and a passion for supporting filmmakers.

Today, emerging filmmakers and seasoned pros alike continue to rely on FotoKem’s wide range of expertise for navigating the many creative choices available for storytelling. "We are extremely proud of our history in the post production industry, and our longstanding relationships with so many gifted filmmakers,” says President and CEO William Brodersen. “Our transition into file-based workflows was led by the talented people that work here. Over the last decade, we have been able to grow technically and build an incredible, professional team of experts that has made FotoKem what we are now."

Spotlight on Labs - November 2013

Published on website: November 18, 2013
Categories: Focus on Post , Industry Update
(l-r) Herbert Stegbauer and Werner Winkelmann

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:

Neglab, a motion picture film laboratory for processing 35mm and 16mm color negative, has reopened its doors in Sydney and is providing high-quality film processing services to the region. Werner Winkelmann, original owner of the facility, has over 25 years of experience working in the lab industry and brings extensive expertise to the entire imaging chain.

Spotlight on Labs: Vision Globale, Film Lab, Cinelabs, Kantana & Christian Richter

Published on website: August 14, 2013
Categories: Lab and Post Production , Industry Update

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 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.  

Spotlight on Labs

Published on website: May 14, 2013
Categories: Industry , Lab and Post Production , Imagecare Program , Industry Update
Film scanner at FotoKem

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.” (

Investing in the future - Romania’s Medialab project

Published on website: December 01, 2011
Categories: Education , Industry Update
Romania's Medialab project

More than 500 guests including representatives from production houses, advertising agencies, media and academic circles, critics and filmmakers packed into the CinemaPRO in Bucharest, capital of Romania, at the end of September to watch a screening of 17 short films, including the first Romanian 3-D short feature film, created by young Romanian filmmaking students. The filmmakers had created their films under the auspices of the Medialab project.

This project first began in 2009 and is co-funded by the European Social Fund Operational Program for Human Resources Development. It is designed to provide a transition from a learning environment to the world of work. The Medialab project was coordinated by young director Catalin Saizescu. Catalin was responsible for transforming what had hitherto been a largely academic and theoretical project into a much more practical one by bringing students and filmmaking professionals together in a collaborative environment.



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