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"Spirited Away" Produced with New Color Management System

Galette system being demoed at SIGGRAPH (July 31, 2001)
A new color management system from Imagica, Galette, was used in production of Studio Ghibli's animated feature film, "Spirited Away."

Studio Ghibli based in Koganei, Japan, is known for producing the films of Anime specialists Hayao Miyazaki ("Princess Mononoke") and Isao Takahata ("Grave of the Fireflies"). "Spirited Away," the studio's latest film, is being released this summer.


True color and tone reproduction of CG or animation from CRT to film prints is difficult to achieve. The Galette color management system is designed to accurately transfer computer graphics (CG) or animation images displayed on CRT monitors to film prints. Galette colorimetrically transforms the input data for a film recorder, which results in color and tone reproduction being "drastically improved."

Studio Ghibli used to spend a lot of time on color correction by trial and error when colors on the CRT monitor did not match to final film output, says Okui Atsushi, Director of Cinematography at Studio Ghibli. With Galette, he says, Studio Ghibli was able achieve its desired color reproduction. Now, he says, "We expect to use this system for digital projection in the future."

During SIGGRAPH 2001, Imagica will display the Galette system at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Post-production facilities, studios and others who would like a demonstration should contact mibuchi@isa.imagica.co.jp.

Imagica, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a leading film lab and video postproduction house. The company provides fully integrated services for entertainment and media professionals, including film development and printing, visual effects, HD & SD telecine, DVD authoring, image processing, image restoration, editing, content production, satellite broadcasting, digital mastering and package media.

Imagica's web site is: www.ise.imagica.co.jp

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