“In fact, Montréal is the R&D capital of Canada and now Montréal is Mistika! We see Mistika as the key that opens doors to new opportunities…”
Alain Baril, CEO and editor, Studio Post Kopic, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Experienced editor with over 25 years of experience behind him, Alain has worked with the cream of the crop which includes editing feature-length films by award-winning directors, as well as working on numerous big brand commercials, TV series, documentaries and shorts. Recently, Alain has also taken a step behind the stereo cameras for a different perspective. His undivided attention and devotion in the editing suite equipped him with first-hand, frame-by-frame exposure to a vast array of styles and techniques, making him an expert consultant for clients wanting to create powerful and persuasive images, with compelling personality and a commanding presence.
CEO and Editor, Alain Baril states “We made the decision to include the world-class Mistika technology to serve our creative clients with a reliable, flexible high-end state-of-the-art post solution. As a widely-recognised and award-winning powerful post production system, we are delighted to be the first company in Montréal to own world-leading SGO creative innovation.” Alain adds “We see Mistika as the key that opens doors to new opportunities and exciting high-profile projects. Mistika has effectively influenced and enhanced our current business model to enable us to become even more competitive with budget spend allocated on the screen and not on the overheads, which makes a significant difference to our profit margins.”
Based in a strategic location that is only a six-hour flight from London, five from Los Angeles and a mere hour from New York City, Montréal is the cultural capital of Canada and the heart of the film industry making creativity its trademark. Always open to the world, the cosmopolitan city has become a hub of fashion, aerospace, life sciences and information and communication technologies, digital creation and film. Alain Baril adds enthusiastically “In fact, Montréal is the R&D capital of Canada and now Montréal is Mistika!”
Alain confirms, “In the current economic climate, larger post facilities are having to restructure themselves in order to survive and producers are no longer interested in a “hypermarket” style service. As a “boutique” post facility, the timing is perfect for us to move forward with Mistika in order to offer cutting-edge innovation, technologies and methods that provide that personal service that clients relish.”
Jose Luis Acha, Regional Sales Manager at SGO states “SGO warmly welcomes Alain and his talented team at Studio Post Kopic to the international family of Mistika users. This is a very exciting step for the company which has already has a great reputation in Montréal. I am delighted they have chosen Mistika as their finishing system of choice for the future; it’s a clear leader in the market and will keep them one step ahead of the game in a highly competitive arena.”
Studio Post Kopic has worked on many interesting and varied projects. Current projects include enthralling film Stealing Alice directed and produced by internationally renown artist Marc Séguin. OutSideIn, is another short Stereo 3D film directed and produced by Newfoundland filmmaker Anne Troake about an up, close and personal look at the dancing human body in natural environments, using S3D micro-rigs. With Sherbrooke University, Studio Post Kopic have also developed a stereoscopic 3D robot to capture RAW 2K DPX files. Blended with Mistika, a full package will be available early next year in order to produce high quality Stereo 3D content which will also be available for the benefit of the world-wide Mistika community.
SGO’s official Canadian reseller partner 3vis is also based in Montréal, visit them at www.3vis.com
ABOUT STUDIO POST KOPIC
SPK is a boutique post facility based in Montréal, dedicated to the creation of 2D and stereoscopic 3D content. 1207 St-André, Montréal, Qc, Canada, H2L 3S8, 514.835.4529
Visit them at http://www.studiopost-kopic.com/
Mistika is a 3D Vision at Vision3
“Our reason for purchasing a Mistika system is to improve our ability to supervise the stereo on the Native, VFX and Conversion 3D projects that we work on, particularly studio productions such as “Gravity” which I recently finished supervising for Warner Brothers and which premièred at the Venice Film Festival. The film is an indication of the sort of high-end calibre projects we will be putting Mistika to work on, doing the Stereo 3D format full justice.”
Chris Parks, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Stereo Supervisor
“It is important that Stereo 3D can be handled as efficiently as possible in post, to encourage programme makers to embrace the medium. Mistika is an important tool when it comes to making this a reality.”
Angus Cameron, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Post Stereographer
Soho, London, 21 October 2013 – In a move to further expand their capabilities, Vision3 has invested in a Mistika post production system from SGO to offer clients an advanced 3D post production pipeline for high level cinema productions in London. Vision3 now hosts a state-of-the-art cinema suite with Mistika and their bespoke shot management and workflow system integrated with SGO’s technology. This will enable Vision3 to further develop the creative and narrative set-up that is the hallmark of their approach. Vision3 specialises in stereography within numerous fields of expertise such as studio and independent feature films, high-end natural history documentaries, IMAX, unique special events and commercials.Chris Parks, Vision3’s Founding Partner and Stereo Supervisor possesses both technical and creative stereoscopic experience spanning more than 20 years, with skills that encompass the full range of 3D expertise including direction, production, specialist film and special visual effects, from storyboarding through to production, post production and delivery. Chris states “Our reason for purchasing a Mistika system is to improve our ability to supervise the stereo on the Native, VFX and Conversion 3D projects that we work on, particularly studio productions such as Gravity which I recently finished supervising for Warner Brothers and which premièred at the Venice Film Festival. The film is an indication of the sort of high-end calibre projects we will be putting Mistika to work on, doing the Stereo 3D format full justice.”
Founding Partner and Post Stereographer Angus Cameron founded Vision3 with Chris Parks in 2008 and has over 20 years of industry experience in VFX supervision, project management, digital pipeline development and creative and technical consultancy.
He says “I have always been impressed with Mistika’s stereo capabilities. Vision3 embracing Mistika makes sense allowing us to better interface with the numerous VFX and DI companies that we work with.”Angus expands further with recent Mistika-related project examples “We recently worked on Inside the Mind of Leonardo an IWC Media feature documentary for Sky, as well as the BAFTA award-winning Flying Monsters with David Attenborough a key 3D programme for BSkyB that had to be produced to the highest possible standard. Vision3 are again working with Colossus Productions, supervising the stereo on the upcoming David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive where the Vision3 team will again be working closely with ONSIGHT. The toolset Mistika provides, in particular the Stereo 3D options, makes it the most powerful and interactive tool on the market when it comes to tackling high quality projects. It is important that Stereo 3D can be handled as efficiently as possible in post, to encourage programme makers to embrace the medium. Mistika is an important tool when it comes to making this a reality.”
SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations, Geoff Mills confirms “The team at Vision3 demand the very best leading-edge solutions and Mistika is the perfect fit for them. Mistika provides not only a system they can tailor to their specific pipeline and toolset needs, but it also strengthens further the relationship with SGO, required as their business expands into new areas. With their well-respected presence in London, Vision3 set a great example of native and converted Stereo 3D excellence, and we are delighted that they have invested in our award winning technology.”
The landscape of shooting in 3D is rapidly changing and evolving, and Vision3 are leaders of intelligent 3D methodologies and productions. Vision3 acts as the bridge between emerging stereoscopic technology and film and television productions shooting in 3D. Vision3’s vision is that shooting in 3D should be idea-led, embracing the innovative set of narrative tools now available to directors and creative teams. Vision3 plays an integral role in pre-production where the company’s stereographers and producers work closely with productions from the early concept stage, ensuring 3D is used to create original, exciting and fully immersive 3D productions. Vision3’s stereographers and stereo teams have years of on-set practical experience working seamlessly alongside traditional 2D camera teams with a dynamic “tools for the job” philosophy ensuring the project and production schedules are not compromised by technology and that creativity is not stifled in the process. Vision3 holds a firm belief in the value of carrying a stereographers vision from set, into post production ensuring quality of the final product. They also offer bespoke and unbiased advice on suitable equipment, providing efficient and individually designed production workflow.
Other high profile projects Vision3 have worked on include ‘Jack The Giant Slayer‘ (Warner Bros.), ‘‘World War Z’ (Paramount) and ‘John Carter’ (Disney). Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Warner Bros. production Gravity is due for cinema release in the UK on 8th November 2013. The ambitious, edge-of-your-seat Sci-Fi thriller features Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, with over 80% of audiences choosing to see it in 3D, the highest percentage ever, beating both Avatar and Life of Pi. Vision3’s Chris Parks acted as the film’s Stereo Supervisor overseeing stereo work from Framestore, with additional Post Conversion Sequences at Prime Focus. “Alfonso wanted to ensure 3D remained at the heart of the project from its inception. Throughout the production process we were able to use 3D in new and innovative ways, to take audiences to a place that they have never been before. In this film, we were really able to utilise 3D to change the audience’s emotions and draw them deep into the experience of the lead characters,” states Chris.
Experience the 3rd Dimension
ABOUT VISION 3
Visit them at www.vision3.tv
ARRI also chose Mistika to Finish Engaging 4K Feature Film “Run Boy Run”
Berlin, Germany, 18 October 2013 – Strategically placed in the centre of the trendy Mitte area of Berlin, brand new post production house ARRI Mitte has emerged and has invested in a Mistika 4K DI post production system from SGO’s German Reseller creative tools, to service its high-end commercial and feature film projects. ARRI Mitte is the second facility related to the established parent company ARRI Film and TV Services Berlin GmbH and works on feature films by leading directors and with blue-chip clients for big brand names for ad campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, VW, Nikon, Fiat, Mobile.de, SKY, Danone Activia, Vodafone, Schweppes, BMW, Toshiba, Goretex, Sony Ericsson, Lipton Ice Tea and many others.
“We have been users of Mistika for a long time. It continues to help us meet increasing and complex requirements in DI and Stereo 3D productions with impressive and importantly, real-time results. …Updating our Mistika facilities was vital for the benefit of our creative and technical teams, in order to keep delivering high quality and time sensitive material.”
Simon Craddock, CEO of ONSIGHT
SGO Mistika’s Unique workflow helped to produce world’s first HFR Stereo 3D in The Hobbit Trilogy
IBC2013, Amsterdam, 20th September 2013 – SGO is thrilled to announce that Park Road Post Production won an IBC2013 Innovation Award for their pioneering work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) – the world’s first High Frame Rate Stereoscopic 3D feature film – directed by Peter Jackson. Arguably one of the most significant developments in the last 80 years of cinema, Park Road – with technology partner SGO – spearheaded innovation throughout the acquisition and post production pipeline that provides new creative opportunities to all filmmakers, and a new exciting experience for film audiences.
Booth 8B 09, 21– 24 August 2013 – The China International Exhibition Centre (CIEC), Beijing
SGO presents its flagship product Mistika at China’s major broadcasting industry trade show, BIRTV again this year.
SGO presents Powerful new Toolsets, revolutionary Capabilities in Colour Grading, Finishing and Intelligent Broadcasting solutions for more efficient workflows in Mistika
SGO Stand A11, Hall 6 – The RAI, Amsterdam 13– 17 September 2013
LevelS3D believes in success by investing in SGO’s innovative Mistika technology
“We chose Mistika for its unparalleled ability to handle all kinds of video streams in real time…Mistika is also the most advanced solution for S3D, it gives us every tool we need and fits perfectly with our ambition of becoming Europe’s S3D market leader.”
Loïc Beauvillain, COO of LevelS3D, Saint-Ouen, France
With headquarters based in Commune Image, a hub of young creative audiovisual companies in St-Ouen, forward-thinking company LevelS3D recently launched its own top-of-the-range fully equipped 2D-4K-S3D post production studio. Mistika was put straight to work at LevelS3D on the post production of 11-minute animated short film Mr Hublot, produced by Zeilt Production and Arte, and directed by Laurent Witz and Alexander Espirages. Mistika’s advanced next generation colour grading capabilities and industry leading Stereo 3D toolsets were put to the test for the first time at the new company, resulting in a stunning outcome. The film recently received the well-respected Grand Prix S3D Seine-Saint-Denis award at the Dimension 3 Festival in Paris last month.
Mistika will be used for all of LevelS3D’s work which includes 2D and stereo 3D corporate films, documentaries and feature films. LevelS3D boasts two state of the art, leading-edge dedicated high-end suites, Le Ciné and Le Loft. Le Ciné consists of an impressive 168-seat cinema theatre suite equipped with a 5.1 surround sound system and a Sony 4K digital projector. The room’s versatility with its 3 by 6.5m-screen, can also easily be converted into a Stereo 3D grading and projection room with a Dolby system to accommodate various projects. The second suite Le Loft hosts the Mistika 2K, HD, S3D grading and projection room and is equipped with a Christie projection system.
LevelS3D’s new Mistika will not just be perceived as an advanced Stereo 3D tool, but also as a complete post production system, which is made up of highly developed 2D tools which include editing, conforming, image restoration, compositing, colour grading, multi mastering and DCP for both 3D and 2D. Mistika will form the central core of the workflow process during each post project, further demonstrating how having a Mistika, enhances a quality driven business and provides quality service, based on its unrivalled speed and superior functionality.Mistika remains the accepted leader in Stereo 3D post production tools leading innovation across all dimensions, with high-profile projects across film and television, making it the first choice for clients who demand the very best, placing the technology at the heart of their pipelines. SGO’s ongoing development ensures that Mistika is the most advanced and efficient system used in both native Stereo 3D productions and 2D to 3D conversion pipelines. Some of the many new projects using Mistika include Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet with many more currently in production.
Loïc Beauvillain, LevelS3D’s COO states “We chose Mistika for its unparalleled ability to handle all kinds of video streams in real time. It’s an incredibly fast workstation with which we can produce great quality work while reducing production costs from conforming to the DCP. Mistika is also the most advanced solution for S3D, it gives us every tool we need and fits perfectly with our ambition of becoming Europe’s S3D market leader.”
Regional Sales Manager at SGO, Jose Luis Acha concludes “Mistika’s openness, flexibility and ability to integrate seamlessly with other systems, were some of the key factors that made Mistika an attractive option for DI and stereoscopic 3D productivity at LevelS3D. Mistika will enable them to meet the growing and complex demands that both 2D and Stereo 3D productions involve and bring them long term success. Mistika has the capacity to compatibly work alongside with their other systems, serving a distinct advantage from other closed systems. We are delighted to have LevelS3D join the SGO family of Mistika users around the world.”
LevelS3D’s main ambition today is to offer Mistika’s award-winning expertise to the industry in an exceptional environment, and to make Mistika’s S3D and 4K post-production technology available to a great number of directors, cinematographers and producers in the region.
To find out more about the short animation film project Mr Hublot, please visit the official website here http://www.mrhublot.com/index_gb.htm
Visit them at www.levels3d.com