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This group of films being premiered clearly represents Thomson’s industry-leading service offerings, while also demonstrating the Technicolor brand’s evolution and leadership in the postproduction industry. “Thomson, through its Technicolor brand, is extremely proud to be a sponsor of this year’s festival,” said Ahmad Ouri, president of Technicolor Content Services, within Thomson’s Services division. “The films we’ve served at this year’s festival truly represent the breadth and depth of our service offering - and provide further evidence of our industry-leading position in the transition to file-based, digital workflows. We’re also extremely proud to support both narrative and documentary features - as well as classic restoration efforts for films like Blade Runner.”
Technicolor - Blade Runner
Technicolor’s work on behalf of Blade Runner exemplifies the rapid advancements in digital postproduction and restoration tools and processes. Having been involved with the initial theatrical release of the film in 1982, Technicolor, under the direct supervision of Mr. Scott, created a new digital intermediate master for the festival play-date, the subsequent theatrical release in October, including digital cinema projection, and the ultimate master for all home video distribution formats. Blade Runner remains one of the most beloved science fiction films in motion picture history. The film is only one recent example of how Technicolor applies new tools and methodologies to a cherished film from its past.
Technicolor sponsors New York Film Festival
For director Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Technicolor’s East coast team performed multiple services - representing a far different approach but with equally distinctive results. Mr. Lumet, one of the great New York master directors, received a special Academy Award Oscar in 2005 for his lifetime achievement. His new film, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is receiving the best notices in nearly two decades. Technicolor’s West Greenwich Village facility in New York produced digital HD dailies from the production’s digital photography; digital intermediate color-grading; answer and festival release printing; and video mastering. Mr. Lumet has made the transition to the digital workflow model piloted by Technicolor in a rather seamless fashion, and recently he announced he would work exclusively in HD in the future.
In Glorious Technicolor
Technicolor is also peripherally involved with another festival program, entitled “In Glorious Technicolor,” being presented by director Martin Scorsese. The program presents recently restored classics overseen by Mr. Scorsese’s Film Foundation. In this case, the festival will premiere the newly restored Technicolor classic, Leave Her to Heaven.
Thomson provides technology, services, and systems to help its Media, Entertainment and Communications clients - content creators, content distributors and users of its technology - realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands.
Headquartered in Burbank, California, Technicolor is part of the Services division of Thomson. Along with being the world’s largest film processor, Technicolor has evolved to become the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of DVDs and CDs, and is a leading provider of production, postproduction, and visual effects services to film studios and cable and television networks. On an annual basis, Technicolor processes more than five billion feet of motion picture film, and has the capacity to produce over 1.7 billion DVDs and 170 million CDs. The company is also a principal developer and supplier of services for comprehensive, end-to-end digital cinema distribution, channel origination and broadcast playout, and out-of-home advertising. Technicolor serves an international base of entertainment, software, game manufacturing, promotional, direct marketing, OEM, and corporate customers with its manufacturing and postproduction facilities worldwide. Major Hollywood clients include The Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks SKG, New Line Cinema, Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Software publishing clients include Microsoft, Vivendi Universal Games, Electronic Arts, and Atari.