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(November 27, 2006)

DMN Newswire--2006-11-27--Leading rental company LEM Digital was responsible for providing the digital editing and workflow technologies for Casino Royale, the latest film in the James Bond 007 franchise. Working with the films producers and Bell Theatre Services, LEM Digital also took a pioneering lead in the UK market with the use of HD dailies and digital projection on the film, and now plans to roll out similar HD post production and HD finishing services to film and broadcast producers.

LEM worked closely with the films editorial team, led by editor Stuart Baird A.C.E., during the pre-production phase of the film, to design and implement a workflow that would assist the films international production schedule. The editing on Casino Royale moved between Prague, the Bahamas, Pinewood Studios and Soho.

For the film, LEM Digital established a disc-based HD rushes/projection theatre on location at Barrandov Studios in Prague, which subsequently moved to Pinewood Studios, and then to Soho as the production neared completion. The advantage of the system was that it could be quickly set up at different locations whilst providing high-quality and flexible playback facilities. Along with portability and convenience, the adoption of this modern workflow on Casino Royale, provided the filmmakers with significant cost savings on film-processing too.


?More and more producers these days want to take advantage of what digital can offer and want to screen previews from HD conforms rather than watching inferior quality colour prints, said Peter Watson, managing director of LEM Digital. ?Last year we moved into the HD arena on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire renting out an Avid Adrenaline HD system to conform the film for the preview. But we went one step further on Casino Royale by also offering the HD dailies and projection services. With the proliferation of HD in throughout the post-production workflow, we see these sorts of services becoming highly attractive to directors, producers and editors alike in the film and broadcast markets in the coming year.

The editing on Casino Royale took place on multiple Apple G4-based Avid Meridians running Media Composer, with 4Tb of Unity storage and fibre optic LANShare networking. The HD dailies were viewed via a Rushplay system, outputting HD MPEG 2 files through a Sony Qualia projector, which was supplied by Bell Theatre Services.

LEM Digital also provided an Avid Unity system with 2.4Tb of storage, and a Mac G4 Avid Meridian, at Arion the facility responsible for the provided the daily film transfers. The dallies were digitised into the Avid via Digibeta and transported to location on firewire drives. The HD dailies for projection were also shipped at the same time on separate drives before being copied to the Rushplay server for the crew screening of digital rushes.

?I wanted HD projection in my cutting room to go with the HD rushes, said Casino Royale editor Stuart Baird. ?The projector needed a ten-foot screen, which meant I needed a big cutting room, but that worked as I had a large Avid system to go in as well. The HD dailies were convenient as it meant there wasn't a lot of film to send up. As the whole film was kept on a computer, we could refer to any shot on HD, which we did for rushes and checking focus.

Casino Royale (an MGM, Eon Productions, Danjaq Productions, Stillking Films and United Artists co-production, released by Sony Pictures) was directed by Martin Campbell. It is the 21st film in the successful James Bond series, and marks actor Daniel Craigs debut as 007 James Bond, as he pits his wits against a Le Chiffre who uses his casino winnings to fund international terrorism.

Recent feature productions supported by LEM Digital include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Derailed, Cashback, Alien Autopsy, Sunshine, The History Boys, Snow Cake and Lassie. Television projects include Child of Mine (Kudos), Riot At The Rite (BBC) and Ripleys Gold (BBC).

About LEM Digital:

LEM Digital (London Editing Machines) supplies dry-hire editing systems, plus dedicated support and consultancy services, to the film and television markets. With 25 years experience in the rental business, the company hires and installs complete packages including on-line and off-line editing systems, monitors, video and sound recorders, with equipment selected from leading manufacturers such as Avid, Lightworks, Sony, Genelec and Mackie, as well as a wide range of traditional film editing equipment and consumables.

Recent feature film productions supported include Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Nanny McPhee, White Noise, Stage Beauty and Millions. Television projects include Marple (LWT), Malice Aforethought (Granada), Passer-by (BBC), Waking The Dead IV (BBC) and Child of Mine (Kudos). For further information visit, or telephone +44 (0) 20 8574 0010.

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