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FotoKem Acquires Imagica USA Assets

Post facility will house world?s highest resolution large format scanner (September 20, 2004)

FotoKem, the Burbank postproduction facility, announced that it has acquired the assets of Imagica USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Imagica Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. The award winning Playa Vista, CA facility, home to the Academy Award winning Imagica multi-format wetgate optical printer (?Bigfoot), Multi-65mm digital film scanners and MSM-Solitaire 65mm film recorders, provided digital and optical services on over 80 large format films in worldwide release.

Acquisition of the multi-format scanners and recorders will make FotoKem the only facility in the U.S. capable of providing optical and/or digital conversions to all of the prevailing 70mm formats 5, 8, 10 or 15 perf. In addition to scanning, recording and final color correction, FotoKems large format division will provide digital visual effects, titles and opticals. With a renowned film laboratory on the same site, FotoKem has positioned itself as a one-stop facility for worldwide 65/70mm postproduction.

One of the two 65mm scanners acquired in the deal is currently being fitted with an 8K sensor. The upgrade will make it the ?highest resolution 65mm motion picture scanner on the planet according to Bill Schultz, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Digital Film Services for FotoKem. The Imagica will also be the worlds fastest large format scanner, processing an 8192 X 10928, 15 perf scan at 36 seconds per frame.

A majority of the key personnel at Imagica also migrated to FotoKem. Andrew Oran, Director of Sales, Special Formats for FotoKem, was chief of production at Imagica USA for 5 years before heading up large format operations at a lab in Europe. He is joined by his successor at Imagica USA, Jose Parra. The pair will lead a core group that includes long-term Imagica USA veterans in the roles of optical supervisor, printer operator, line-up, digital artist and production coordinator. ?We have the best and the brightest from Imagica USA, said Oran, ?and moving the key talent and assets to FotoKem will give our large format clients the added bonus of FotoKems world class on-site laboratory.

?We can apply the correct technique for each individual shot in large format films, explained Oran. ?For example, when we come across a shot that cant be handled optically, we can achieve the desired image digitally and include that within the body of the film. And we can tailor our approach to accommodate each projects budget considerations. The unique advantage at FotoKem is having the optical, digital AND lab facility in one place.

Illustrative of FotoKems versatility in 65/70mm postproduction are several recent projects. ?Mystic India was shot in 65mm 8 perf for domestic release in India. FotoKem is converting the 8 perf vertical format to a 70mm horizontal 15 perf negative for international release. The international version of ?Mystic India is a different cut than the domestic India version, and since the domestic version couldnt be cut, FotoKem conformed the 15 perf version in camera. For ?Forces of Nature, FotoKem provided lab services, created an 8 perf 70mm version for release and did the film recording for the digital intermediate trailer. On ?Vikings, FotoKem used digital tools to perform image processing and color correction on effects shots before recording the frames out to negative for inclusion in a final optical print.

?You can shoot anything you want, from video up to 15 perf, and well make it look as good as it can possibly look in its final format, concluded Oran. ?We do whats right for the shot.

About FotoKem
FotoKem is the premier independently owned film & video postproduction facility based in Burbank, CA. Established in 1963, FotoKem is a unique full service facility that embraces the entire sequence of motion picture and television postproduction by combining full scale laboratory services with advanced digital finishing. The laboratory offers 65/70mm, 35mm and 16mm film processing, answer prints and release prints, digital intermediates, preservation and restoration of film and video elements, telecine, duplication, large format scanning and recording, and Hi-Def transfers. FotoKem also provides creative editorial finishing for long form television and theatrical motion pictures along with tape-to-film transfer, audio services including audio restoration, and DVD pre-mastering.

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