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.
Film Lab New York
Film Lab New York is a joint venture between Deluxe Entertainment Services and Technicolor-PostWorks. “Here at Film Lab New York, we have never been busier,” says Senior Vice President of East Coast Sales Russ Robertson. “Currently, we have two TV series and four feature films going through the lab every night, plus commercials and student work. Our footage totals are as high as they have ever been. We are also printing and producing intermediates at a greater rate than ever before. New York remains a microcosm of film production and exhibition. As long as there is a need for film processing in New York City, we will be there.”
Cinelabs International has expanded into the UK with the acquisition of Bucks Media Services in London, adding to the company’s existing operations in Romania and Greece. Cinelabs International CEO Rodrigo Ruiz-Tarazona says he sees a strong opportunity for continuing to support filmmakers who wish to shoot on film. “We can now provide European-wide, high-quality, reliable film services,” he says. “The London business is staffed by an excellent team of people who care about their clients, and we are looking forward to establishing the Cinelab name as a center of excellence for everyone passionate about film.” Currently, Cinelabs London provides color and black-and-white negative and print processing. The facility will continue to support feature, commercial and television clients as well as content owners who wish to preserve and restore their film and media archives
Kantana Laboratories Co., Ltd.
Kantana Post Production (Thailand) Co., Ltd., one of the leading post production companies serving producers in Thailand, includes Kantana Film Lab and Kantana Sound Studio Co., Ltd. Both divisions are dedicated to offering the best quality services to their customers, from film and digital printing to sound mixing. The Thailand-based Kantana Film Lab offers digital data transfer to film utilizing state of the art technologies. Among these are an ARRILASER Digital Film Recorder (4K), IMAGICA HSR Film Recorder and CINEVATOR’s Direct to Print. Kantana is a MPAA Certified lab, with recent credits on a number of major releases, including director Banjong Pisanthanakun’s Pee Mak. http://www.kantana.com
Richter Concentrates on Film Labs
As part of Kodak’s ongoing efforts to support the motion picture film infrastructure, the company has appointed Christian Richter to the newly created role of film lab and studio relationship manager. Richter is responsible for developing and managing strategies to optimize the workflow between studios, filmmakers, laboratories and post production facilities. “I want to make it as easy as possible for filmmakers to shoot on film, regardless of where they are shooting around the globe,” says Richter. “Filmmakers do not have to shy away from using film because of uncertainties around the availability of laboratory services. That infrastructure is in place. At the same time, it will be exciting to work with the lab community, ensuring their services are well promoted within the industry.”