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Remba and Mitchell Round Out Technology Department at Cinesite

(November 14, 2001)
Cinesite Hollywood has appointed David Remba as manager of research and development, and Ray Mitchell, Jr. has been named director of engineering. They will report to Daniel Rosen, chief technology officer.

"With the addition of David Remba and Ray Mitchell, my senior management in the technology department is in place," says Rosen. "We are committed to the development of ongoing innovations designed to satisfy the needs of our customers in the creative community."

Remba has been the managing technical director at Cinesite since the beginning of this year. He worked with the character setup team on Megiddo and guided and assisted the development of the water animation and rendering pipeline for Orange County. In his new role, Remba will be responsible for all software activities at Cinesite Hollywood. Remba served in various technology support roles during the production of Dinosaur, Mulan, Pocahontas and Final Approach.

Prior to joining Cinesite, he was a senior technical director for The Secret Lab (TSL) where he worked on such films as Reign of Fire and Wild Life. At TSL, he researched a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulator to create fog, fire and smoke, and wrote tools to resize skeletal rigs for re-use on different characters. On Dinosaur, he created Lightmix, an interactive lighting tool for balancing and color adjusting CG lights using high fidelity Renderman images, and assisted the modeling group by creating new software for complex jaw envelopes on several lemur characters. Remba is also an instructor of a CGI technical course series at UCLA Extension.

Mitchell brings 25 years of leading-edge technology experience to Cinesite. He was vice president of engineering at Audio Plus Video/West, director of video engineering for Consolidated Film Industries and director of engineering at Vidfilm, Inc. In those capacities, he built a new post production facility, planned and installed an IT infrastructure, designed and installed telecine suites, redesigned and rebuilt a video duplication area, and was involved in strategic planning and the hiring of engineer teams. He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Society of Television Engineers, Los Angeles.

"Cinesite has traditionally been known as a visual effects house, but as we think forward and expand into digital intermediate and digital mastering, we're getting closer to being a full service finishing house," says Mitchell. "My goal is to institute new ways of finishing films and videos and streamline the entire process so that our clients' projects will run more efficiently. With my team, I hope to accomplish that through new hardware, software, processes and procedures."

With facilities in Hollywood and London, Cinesite provides a wide range of visual and physical effects, digital film mastering, digital film restoration, preservation, scanning and recording and DVD services. Cinesite is a Kodak subsidiary and part of the company's Entertainment Imaging division.

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