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Important Changes to Motion Picture Film Distribution and Customer Service

Published on website: October 21, 2014
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog

Kodak is in the midst of optimizing its motion picture film distribution by moving to a direct ship model, serving customers from our manufacturing facility in Rochester. As such, today we are announcing some changes in the way we distribute our motion picture products and provide customer service within the United States.

Effective Monday November 3, 2014: Reflective of our newly centralized service and support model, normal customer service telephone hours will now be Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.

Dracula Untold - A Gothic Tale Gets a New Twist from John Schwartzman, ASC

Published on website: October 10, 2014
Categories: VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219 , The StoryBoard Blog
John Schwartzman, ASC on the set of Dracula Untold (Photo: Jasin Boland © Universal Pictures)

Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold reveals the origins of Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire Dracula. Starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series) as Vlad the Impaler, audiences learn the catalyst behind his transformation into the all-powerful creature of the night.

Kill the Messenger Captures the Recent Past

Published on website: October 09, 2014
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog
(l-r) Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta work out a scene for the dramatic thriller KILL THE MESSENGER, a Focus Features release. (Credit: Chuck Zlotnick / Focus Features)

Director Michael Cuesta (Tell Tale, Roadie) and director of photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (12 Years a Slave) aimed to shoot things right with Kill the Messenger, a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

In the 1990s, Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) searched from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., for the hidden truth behind a complex, international drug smuggling network. His investigative reporting drew the kind of attention that threatened not just his career, but his family and his life.

Insight: Tom Luse - on producing The Walking Dead in Super 16

Published on website: October 08, 2014
Categories: 16mm , Television , Focus On Film , VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219
Tom Luse - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 5 _ BTS - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Though he didn’t know it at the time, producer Tom Luse began preparing for a career in show business in college, when he was charged with the enviable task of popping the popcorn at an art house cinema in his hometown of Atlanta. “I liked movies, but it wasn’t something I had planned on going into,” explains the EMMY®-nominated producer. “But later, in graduate school, I had the opportunity to study film and ended up getting a degree in Communications.”

While these days it’s being an executive producer on The Walking Dead that keeps Luse busy (he’s been with the show since the very beginning), he has dabbled in a variety of job titles over the years. “I wanted to be a technician originally, and ended up working in the camera department as a grip,” Luse recalls. “I found that my skills were really in organizing things and thinking ahead, which eventually led me into location management, then into production management, and then into producing.” As he readied for the fifth season of The Walking Dead, Luse spoke with us about lighting a post-apocalyptic universe, the cost of time, and why zombies look better on film.

SPOTLIGHT ON LABS: Cinelab London and Vision Globale

Published on website: October 08, 2014
Categories: Focus on Post
Negative is prepared at VISION GLOBALE

Cinelab London

In June of 2013, co-owners Adrian Bull and John Mahtani acquired a film lab that had been in operation for 37 years. Identifying a need in the London marketplace for a full-service film facility with an eye towards the future, they rebranded the company Cinelab and never looked back. Their mission – to deliver high-quality, reliable film processing services and enhanced digital solutions, ensuring that content creators in the UK and Europe can confidently choose film as part of their creative pallet.

Today, Cinelab London is flourishing and has expanded to provide a complete service offering for film clients. “What we acquired was purely a photochemical lab, primarily focused on trailers,” says Bull, who also serves as managing director. “We knew we needed to reimagine and reinvent the business in order to survive. Extending our service sector into commercials, features, and high-end broadcast dramas was a first step, but beyond that, we needed to deliver the digital services that allow people to get in and out of film as needed.