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.” ()
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.