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Sony Pictures Imageworks Upgrades Digital Film Scanner

Purchases IMAGICA?s IMAGER XE ADVANCED - PLUS (September 29, 2005)

IMAGICA Corp. of America announced today that Sony Pictures Imageworks has upgraded its current digital film scanner, the IMAGER XE, to IMAGICA's newest film scanner, the IMAGER XE ADVANCED - PLUS. Imageworks also has an IMAGICA IMAGER3000V digital film scanner.

Most recently recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects for "Spider-Man 2," Imageworks is an award-winning visual effects and computer animation company dedicated to the art and artistry of digital production and character creation. The company has quickly grown into an industry innovator in its 13 years, developing groundbreaking technology to accommodate its diverse slate of projects. Its digital production capabilities range from creating demanding realistic visual effects for live action features to performance-based characters for high profile, character driven animated projects. Its performance capture pipeline contributes to and rounds out its scope and breadth of work.

The IMAGICA scanners that Imageworks has owned for a number of years have been used to scan film for many of its highly successful movies, including "Spider-Man 2." The facility also used the IMAGICA scanners on the recently released "Bewitched" and is currently using them on the upcoming "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Zathura," and "Ghost Rider."


Dennis Webb, Director of Film I/O at Imageworks, states, "Imageworks is pleased to continue our long-term relationship with IMAGICA. We are very excited about upgrading the IMAGER XE to the IMAGER XE ADVANCED - PLUS and we expect to take advantage of its excellent image quality and high performance for all of our future visual effects and digital intermediate work."

Ken Katayama, CEO & President of IMAGICA Corp. of America, says, "Sony Pictures Imageworks is world-renowned for the caliber of its work on visual effects movies and its emphasis on the highest quality technology to produce such work. We're pleased that they continue to invest in IMAGICA scanners to help them achieve such strong results, and look forward to working with them long into the future."

The IMAGER XE ADVANCED PLUS scans 35mm motion picture film at the speed of 1.9 seconds per frame for 4K and 1.3 second per frame for 2K. This new feature is available as an upgrade for the current IMAGER XE ADVANCED users. 35mm 3perf/8perf and 16mm/Super 16mm are also available as options. Additionally, a liquid gate is now available as an option, which will enable the elimination of the effects of film scratches and dust. This feature will reduce the cost of the dust and scratch removal process of mastering old 'classic' films, which have been in high demand from digital archive facilities that have the capability of Perchloroethylene solutions for liquid gate.

IMAGICA scanners have been used on such films as The Aviator, Ocean's Twelve, Spider-Man2,The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Van Helsing, The Village, Finding Neverland, The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou, The Passion of The Christ, America's Heart and Soul, National Treasure, and many others.


About Sony Pictures Imageworks:
Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. is an Academy Award(r)-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects and character animation company dedicated to the art and artistry of digital production and character creation. The company has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with Oscars(r) for its work on "Spider-Man 2" and the CG animated short film "The ChubbChubbs!," as well as nominations for "Spider-Man," "Hollow Man," "Stuart Little" and "Starship Troopers." Imageworks continues to raise the level in the visual effects and character animation industry, becoming a major force by providing leading edge technology to its world-class artists.

Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Digital, which oversees the digital production and online entertainment assets of Sony Pictures Entertainment.


About IMAGICA Corp. of America:
IMAGICA Corp. of America is a wholly owned subsidiary of IMAGICA Corp. Japan, and the exclusive reseller of IMAGICA's digital imaging products in North America and South America. IMAGICA Corp. of America, located in Playa Vista, Los Angeles, adjacent to LAX international airport, has been the pioneer providing the digital film solutions to the motion picture industries from its establishment in1987.

For further information, contact: IMAGICA Corp. of America, 5301 Beethoven St., Suite 109, Los Angeles, CA 90066, telephone +1-310-306-4180 fax +1-310-306 2334, www.imagica-la.com.

 


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