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Fotokems Large Format Group Consolidates 65/70MM Services

Rare species of Imagica Scanner, ?Bigfoot,? is capable of 11K resolution (September 15, 2005)

FotoKem announced the consolidation of its 65/70mm lab and film finishing services into a newly-completed wing on its Burbank, California campus. The annex for FotoKems Large Format Group creates an isolated and controlled environment for all negative handling and printing of large format projects.

?FotoKem has always enjoyed a solid reputation for cleanliness and careful film handling in all film formats, explained Andrew Oran, Vice President of Sales & Operations, Large Format, for FotoKem. ?Even so, we always planned to split off 65mm negative handling from the rest of negative handling within FotoKem. When it comes to support services for giant screen exhibition, ?over and above is the baseline. Weve acquired and customized special Flowstar air benches, similar to those used in our film restoration department, to strictly control environmental conditions while handling 65mm negative. Weve also created a dedicated space to serve as a 70mm positive assembly area, and have redesigned the rooms in which we handle the color analyzing of 65mm negative and color correction of 70mm prints.

At the heart of the facilitys large format postproduction and image processing services is Bigfoot, the Imagica multi-format scanner 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 is also the worlds fastest large format scanner, processing an 8192 X 10928, 15-perf scan at 36 seconds per frame.

In addition to scanning, recording and final color correction, FotoKems Large Format Group provides digital visual effects, titles and opticals. FotoKem is currently scanning background plates on the 1570 (15perf, 70mm) film ?Dinosaurs 3D and providing film recording services for Buena Vistas upcoming 1570 release ?Roving Mars.

The Large Format Group has also expanded its services to include the creation of digital intermediates of trailers for large format films. ?By doing ultra high resolution scans and delivering 4K masters, we can create trailers more efficiently than by optical means, said Oran. Looking toward the future, Oran anticipated the use of the Imagica scanner to create video masters for both the restoration and electronic distribution of 70mm films.

At the September GSTA Conference in Boston, Oran will present a series of tests that demonstrate how overall image quality is improved by scanning at higher resolutions before outputting to 4K. ?By oversampling at 8K or 11K and immediately reducing to 4K you get a much sharper image, said Oran.

With a renowned film laboratory on the same campus, FotoKem has positioned itself as a one-stop facility for worldwide 65/70mm postproduction. ?Were the only facility in the world that has full service digital and photochemical large format lab consolidated under one roof, said Oran. ?Here you can do anything; send us any format of film and we can process it, convert it optically or digitally to whatever format you need it to go to, and finish with the printing of that format.

FotoKems Large Format Group has recently completed the initial roll-out of release prints on ?Wild Safari 3D. Other recent projects include the 1570 titles ?Mystic India, ?Forces of Nature and ?Vikings, as well as restoration and preservation services on the 70mm widescreen classics ?South Pacific and ?Dr. Dolittle.

About FotoKem
FotoKem is an 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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