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FotoKem Adds Second Quantel iQ System

Burbank digital film lab installs second ?efficient and cost effective system? (June 15, 2005)

California-based FotoKem has taken delivery of a second Quantel iQ digital intermediate system as part of its continuing expansion in digital film production. The company recently integrated the iQ into the digital labs workflow having seen for themselves the benefits an iQ could bring to the filmmaking process.

?The iQ is a great machine, said Bill Schultz, FokoKems Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Digital Film Services. ?The iQ allows us to provide the best product possible in the DI service market. The iQ integrates all of the requirements of doing DI in a single box, said Schultz. ?It also does a great job of conforming and handling our data correctly.

Recently the company finished conforming two films on the iQ, the critically acclaimed, Hustle and Flow and Lords of Dogtown. Both movies presented their share of challenges but according to Schultz no hurdle was too high for either the iQ or the talent driving the machine.

Dogtown material came to FotoKem as a mix of Super 16mm, HD, and mostly 35mm. ?Making Super 16mm look like 35mm was a challenge presented to us on the film ?Hustle and Flow, said Schultz. ?By proper data handling and by maintaining 10 stops exposure latitude all the way through, and with the ability to edit, color correct, and provide graphics in innumerable windows all in the same package, we were able to get it right.

?The IQ allowed us to accomplish some very interesting lighting effects and we were able to achieve very stylized surfing sequences, said FotoKems Head of Digital Production, John Nicolard. ?There is one scene that starts out underneath a pier where there are a lot of shadows and then goes right out to a surfing sequence where there are extreme highlights. The iQ has a wide dynamic range and works well in this kind of environment.

Another advantage of the iQ has been its ability to multi task whether it be editing, color correcting or compositing for features or trailers.

?From a business standpoint I think the iQ is an efficient and cost effective system, said Rand Gladden, vice president of Digital and Data Development. ?Its a high end box that does the job very well.

About FotoKem
Burbank-based FotoKem, is a unique full service facility that combines full scale laboratory services with advanced digital finishing. For more than four decades the company has set the standard in providing film processing and printing services for the film industry. It gracefully changed with the times, expanding into video and audio postproduction, storage, duplication, distribution, digital media management and digital film services. FotoKem continues to develop new ways to command the field of digital media production and the film services industry by looking for new technologies and creating better ways to serve its clients.

About Quantel
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.

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