Thomson Helps Bring 57th Cannes Film Festival Selections to Life
Entertainment Editors/Business Editors
PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 10, 2004
Technicolor Film Labs and Post Production Facilities Create Modern
Solutions for Eight Feature Films; Thomson Digital Filmstream Camera
Used in Short Film Preview
Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453); (NYSE:TMS), the worldwide leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment and services) for the entertainment and media industries, is showcasing Technicolor’s market-leading film lab, digital and HD services on several of this year’s high-profile selections at the 57th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.
A total of eight films from this year’s official Cannes Film Festival selections feature lab work completed at Technicolor’s international film lab and postproduction facilities including the in-competition selections: “Shrek 2,” “The Lady Killers,” “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” and the non-competition film screenings of: “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “La Mala Educacion,” “Dawn of the Dead,” and “Troy.”
In addition, the Thomson Grass Valley Viper FilmStream(TM) Camera was chosen by Little Dragon Films for its short film “Winner Takes All.” The feature was directed by UK-based filmmaker Helen Grace and recently nominated for the Best Short Film category in next month’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. The film is being screened and marketed during the Cannes Festival.
As part of its global strategy to expand on all segments of the entertainment value chain, Thomson is growing its Digital Content Solutions division to meet the increasing demand for content creation services within the motion picture and television industry. Recent investments by Thomson in the post production capabilities of Technicolor facilities and film laboratories combined with the emergence of Grass Valley-brand production and post production equipment for digital filmmaking has made Thomson a leading supplier to the motion picture industry, worldwide.
“The Cannes International Film Festival is one of the premiere film showcases in the world,” stated Pino Filardi, head of European operations for Technicolor Entertainment Services. “The Cannes festival and market provide Thomson and Technicolor the opportunity to again present its industry-leading capabilities — for world renown directors like Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Michael Moore.”
Technicolor’s newest service, HD Dailies, along with its Digital Intermediates (DI) were featured on “Kill Bill Vol.2” (a Miramax film) from director Quentin Tarantino. The next generation of feature film dailies, Technicolor’s HD Dailies services offer filmmakers the latest in digital technologies with high-speed connections and playback servers; and Technicolor Digital Intermediates affords filmmakers a real-time, digital color correction process that provides additional creative control. For “Kill Bill 2,” Technicolor was able to deliver a completely integrated set of services that brought together the resources and expertise of its North Hollywood film lab, Creative Services post facility in Hollywood and Digital Intermediates facility in Burbank, CA.
“La Mala Educacion” from Academy Award(R) winning director Pedro Almodovar, and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” from Academy Award(R) winning documentary director Michael Moore, benefited from the high-quality, around-the-clock capabilities of Technicolor’s services at facilities in Madrid and New York. Director Almodovar has a longstanding relationship with Technicolor’s recently announced Spanish laboratory acquisition, Madrid Film Labs, based in Madrid and Barcelona. The well-respected laboratory and postproduction operation will allow Technicolor to continue to expand its service capabilities – making Technicolor’s feature release printing, digital postproduction and creative services offering to great filmmakers of the world, while capturing greater market share in two more of Europe’s great film capitals.
As the world’s number one processor of front-end and bulk release film prints, processing over 4.2 billion feet of motion picture film annually, Technicolor film labs in Rome, Montreal and London turned out international release prints for: “Shrek 2” (the Dreamworks animated feature film), “The Ladykillers” (a Touchstone Pictures film) from directors Joel and Ethan Coen, “Dawn of the Dead” (a Universal Pictures film) from director Zack Snyder, “Troy” (a Warner Bros. Pictures film) from director Wolfgang Petersen, and “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”
The result of Thomson’s global expansion strategy has strengthened Technicolor’s international film lab capabilities. Today, Technicolor has the most expansive and advanced international film and post production facilities with locations in Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona and Bangkok.
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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated entertainment and media companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators and manufacturers and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and THOMSON brands. For more information: www.thomson.net
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