By Randi Altman
Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? Who? Introduce them to me and we’ll talk. Fifty years after it was released in theaters, this classic film about — well, you know what it’s about — was restored by Burbank’s Fotokem, home to one of the last feature film labs in the country. The studio completed the restoration of the 65mm musical through 8K scans from large-format film elements, downsampled to 4K for restoration and digital cinema mastering.
For the restoration of The Sound of Music, which was directed by Robert Wise and photographed by Ted D. McCord, ASC, Andrew Oran and his team began by creating the highest Continue reading
Film editor Petr Harmy, who created Star Wars Despecialized Edition, and who has extensive film restoration and remastering work under his belt, has joined the NanoTech’s 4K Studios. For those who aren’t familiar with this offering, Harmy, a Star Wars purist of sorts, created the “despecialized” version of the original Star Wars by going through and correcting all additions and changes that the later special editions added.
NanoTech Entertainment is a technology company that brings the 4K experience to consumers via it’s UltraFlix streaming service.
Harmy is joining the 4K Studios team as they prepare to launch the new “Remastered by 4K Studios” effort, where films that have been previously released in 4K will be remastered using second-generation tools and techniques that differentiate them from other offerings of the same film.
“I’ve always been a big proponent of presenting movies in the best possible quality while maintaining their original artistic integrity,” explains Harmy. “I am very excited to be joining the 4K Studios as part of the UltraFlix team.”
“As someone who grew up part of the Star Wars-generation, I’m very excited to have Harmy joining the 4K Studios team,” says Alex “LX” Rudis, head of 4K Studios. “His Despecialized Edition Star Wars has a remarkable aesthetic sense and fantastic attention to detail. When I first viewed his work on Star Wars, I was emotionally transported back to the very first time I saw the film. I feel that Harmy’s attention to subtle aspects of color grading and shadow detail will provide similar depths of emotional impact to the 4K restoration and master work that we provide for UltraFlix.”
Rudis says that even though the same films offered on UltraFlix might be available on other streaming services, 4K Studios’ goal is to offer what he calls a “true cinematic experience.”
Starting in February, UltraFlix viewers will start to see the “ReMastered by 4K Studios” Logo appearing on films that are updated through this program.
Twenty-six-year-old industry staple Digital Vision, which makes the popular Nucoda color grading suite along with restoration and film scanning solutions, has been acquired by its management team — Kelvin Bolah, Greg Holland and Claes Westerlund.
Digital Vision says the acquisition, from Swedish company Image Systems for 6.1 million in Swedish currency, will provide significant funding for future investment in R&D.
Bolah will become CEO, while Holland takes the role of worldwide VP of sales, and Westerlund becomes worldwide VP of operations. As part of the acquisition, the entire Digital Vision team will remain with the new company, as will all of the company’s offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Sweden.
“Digital Vision’s staff, customers and partners were of the utmost importance in this acquisition and our main reason for the management buy-out,” says Bolah. “Having worked with them for many years and seeing their passion, expertise and the amazing projects they produce, we knew we had to keep the Digital Vision brand alive. With the investment that the company now has we will be able to accelerate the R&D and engineering to deliver our award-winning products in a timely fashion to a global customer base.”
Digital Vision’s current product range includes the Golden Eye 4 archive scanner; the Bifrost Archive Bridge, a scalable solution suitable for archives of any size; the Nucoda color grading suite; Phoenix film restoration software; and Thor hardware designed for realtime 4K image processing.
EMERYVILLE, CA – Athena Studios (http://www.athenastudios.com), which specializes in production and animation services for film and multimedia clients, and the Visual Effects Society (VES)/Bay Area, have partnered to restore a legendary, Star Wars-era short film called “Black Angel.”
Thought to be missing for more than 30 years, “Black Angel,” which was last seen in theaters across Europe and Australia in l980 as a lead-in to “The Empire Strikes Back,” was shown recently at the 36th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival.
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After reading a 2012 Wired Magazine article about how “Black Angel,” believed to be missing, had been located by an archivist at Universal Studios, Athena Studios producer Brice Parker joined with VES/Bay Area chair David Tanaka and contacted the film’s director, Roger Christian, with an offer to supervise the film’s restoration at Athena Studios.