Quantum Break, Keeping in time with Mistika: A chat with colourist Juan Cabrera

The action-adventure video game market as we knew it changed forever when the sci-fi game Quantum Break was released worldwide in April this year. Developed by Remedy Entertainment, published by Microsoft Studios and produced by Lifeboat Productions, Quantum Break is a unique blend of traditional third person interactive gameplay and an integrated live-action television show featuring the actual actors of the characters that’s outcome is affected by the player’s choices throughout the game.
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SGO Celebrates Edit Studios’ Award-Winning Work using Mistika

“Baba Joon” named Best Film at the recent “Ofir” Awards, Israeli version of the Oscars.

Tel Aviv-based Edit Studios used Mistika’s colour-finishing capabilities to grade “Baba Joon”, named best film at the most recent “Ofir Awards”, the Israeli version of the Academy Awards. “Baba Joon” is a feature-length directorial debut by screenwriter director Yuval Delshad, an Israeli and himself, the son of Iranian immigrants. “Baba Joon” was the first feature on Edit Studio’s Mistika that was shot using Red.

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SGO Appoints new Regional Sales Manager and Marketing Manager

Tech industry veteran Jose Luis Montero has been appointed as Regional Sales Manager for SGO’s Latin American sector, where he will play an influential role in promoting Mistika. An accomplished sales manager with over 18-years experience of developing complex I.T. projects, along with his vast background in electronic engineering and extensive knowledge of the European and Latin American market, makes him the perfect fit for SGO. He is also an impressive linguist, with proficiency in fluent Spanish, English and Portuguese.

In addition, Tanya Walker has been hired as SGO’s new Marketing Manager. She is a savvy marketeer with broad experience working with market leaders and big-brand innovators including Virgin Media, Vue Entertainment, Clarks and BMW. Tanya has recently relocated from London where she worked as an account director for a global marketing agency to Madrid, where SGO’s Head Office is based. Well-versed in all aspects of marketing, she is equipped to readily address the challenges of the post production arena.

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KYOSHIN Unveils Mistika-Graded HDR-4K Content at InterBEE2015.

Mistika’s Ground-Breaking HDR Technology is in the Japanese Spotlight.

SGO’s Japanese Reseller Partner KYOSHIN Communications showcases the performance-leading Mistika colour-finishing post production system again at this year’s InterBEE from 18 – 20 November in Tokyo.

On KYOSHIN’s Booth (4201, Hall 4), two state-of-the-art Mistika systems will be on display to demonstrate stunning HDR 4K 60P content on Canon and SONY monitors. SKY Perfect TV’s HDR test broadcasting programme will also be seen for the first time on the eye-catching 24-inch 4K Canon monitor with a Hybrid Log Gamma. With a secure foothold in the Japanese market, SGO already has important customers in Japan who rely on its innovative Mistika technology, one of them being Tokyo Sound Production (TSP), who have already started to provide HDR 4K / 8K delivery services. Most of the HDR content featured on KYOSHIN’s booth is courtesy of TSP which recently invested in a Mistika system to boost their broadcast services. SGO’s Product Application Specialist Nicholas Recagno will present informative HDR grading demos and Japanese Product Specialist Shinpei Takoshima will outline the efficient and flexible offline-to-online post production process using Mistika.

Also new this InterBEE: – KYOSHIN and SGO are partnering with Canon to display its pioneering advancements in HDR technology. A Mistika system will be on Canon’s Booth 6123 in Hall 6 with Product Application Specialist – SGO Korea, Jihyung Kang, at the controls to show how it plays an integral part of an end-to-end HDR-4K colour-process workflow.

Mistika is a complete post solution, seamlessly integrating colour-finishing, compositing and delivery on one single system. It is also resolution, colour-space and frame-rate independent featuring real-time performance, even at 4K / 8K 60P and above. Mistika can post produce any project, including 4K and 8K, whether it is for broadcast, cinema or commercials, pretty fast and all in real-time. Latest developments on show in Mistika include leading colour grading features to make the most out of HDR images, linked to the stylish Mistika Precision finishing control surface. An entirely new media management sub-system with new features that allow transparent migration between colour spaces.

KYOSHIN’s President Shigeru Ojima states, “InterBEE is an ideal platform to promote Mistika’s powerful capabilities. Many post facilities in Japan are looking to SGO’s Mistika to support their current and upcoming projects to provide consistency with higher-resolution formats being adopted for production, broadcast and display technology. In addition, with the Japanese government encouraging 4K and 8K investments in the domestic retail sector in time for the future Olympic Games, we are in a great position to be able to confidently equip our customers to meet their clientèle’s expectations with Mistika’s unprecedented 4K abilities.”

SGO Group’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills, who will be at the event states, “KYOSHIN are doing an incredible job at raising awareness of Mistika in the Japanese market, ensuring that customers are future-ready, and especially as excitement grows as we head towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic year. Our presence, in partnership with KYOSHIN at InterBEE2015, gives industry professionals a chance to see how investing in SGO’s future-proof technology brings immense value, by providing a huge competitive edge.”

Visit the KYOSHIN Booth and see Mistika in action. Advanced bookings for Mistika demonstrations can be made by contacting SGO at feelthedifference@sgo.es.

KYOSHIN and the SGO team look forward to seeing you in Tokyo! Visitors can register for the show at http://www.inter-bee.com/en

Park Road Post Production wins an IBC2013 Innovation Award with leading Technology Partner SGO

SGO Mistika’s Unique workflow helped to produce world’s first HFR Stereo 3D in The Hobbit Trilogy

His Highness, Prince Fahad al Saud, Phil Oatley, Head of Technology (Park Road Post Production), Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO (SGO) Anthony Pratt, Workflow Architect (PRPP), Geoff Mills, Director of Global Sales & Operations (SGO)

His Highness, Prince Fahad al Saud, Phil Oatley, Head of Technology (Park Road Post Production), Miguel Angel Doncel, CEO (SGO) Anthony Pratt, Workflow Architect (PRPP), Geoff Mills, Director of Global Sales & Operations (SGO)

IBC2013, Amsterdam, 20th September 2013SGO 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.

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Mistika and HP shed light on Star Trek Into Darkness at Post Production Conference in Madrid – 30th May 2013

Mistika is good at Bad Robot

Mistika has opened up an entirely new world of workflow efficiency and quality control to us by bringing high-end finishing capabilities inside our facility.”

Ben Rosenblatt, Production Executive, Bad Robot

Star Date: Madrid, Thursday 30th May 2013, 10.15 am

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Successful SGO-sponsored 3D Creative Summit at London’s BFI attracted key industry figures

Highlights included Park Road discussing ground-breaking HFR post on The Hobbit

“The 3D Creative Summit proved to be an exciting industry platform to showcase excellence in Stereo 3D content from the people who unlock creativity through passionate commitment and ground-breaking production.”
Geoff Mills, Director of Global Sales and Operations, SGO

1st April March 2013, London – SGO was a proud sponsor of the 3D Creative Summit produced by Ravensbourne College and The International 3D Society. Located at London’s BFI, the high profile event featured talented people behind the best 3D films and television programmes of the past year. A series of exclusive screenings and in-depth Q & A’s with some of the industry’s leading practitioners lined-up an exciting event including the first 3D Producer’s Lab.

Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales & Operations

Geoff Mills, Director of SGO Global Sales & Operations

SGO’s Geoff Mills was involved in a compelling discussion titled “3D Post — Quicker, Smarter, Easier” with Andy Shelley (ONSIGHT), David Wigram working on Dr Who using Mistika and hosted by Jonathan Tustain where they discussed how post production has adapted and improved at a remarkable rate to make 3D more streamlined for productions. The session introduced some of the leaders in 3D post and explains how workflows and technologies have evolved to make the process better than ever.

SGO customer Park Road’s Phil Oatley and Meetal Gokhul travelled from New Zealand to discuss some of the insights and challenges of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This exceptional film is the world’s first Digital Cinema Release in Stereo 3D 48 high frame rate and is a pioneering adventure.

A Mistika suite was also in The Atrium for visitors to view live demonstrations followed by Q&A’s. SGO’s Mistika Application Specialist Sam Sheppard was on hand to explain how Mistika remains at the forefront of leading technology and innovation and why it has been adopted by leading industry professionals across the world for both broadcast and film.

Academy Award Winning Director Ang Lee joined the summit for an exclusive interview live from New York, shared with the audience his experiences in overcoming technical and creative challenges on the awe-inspiring ‘Life of Pi’ and his post-Oscar thoughts for the future. The high-profile panel of speakers also included famous names such as Sir David Attenborough, Declan Lowney (director of Mr Stink), Phil McNally from Dreamworks, Chris Parks (Vision 3), Steve Schklair (3Ality), John Cassy (Sky 3D) and many other well-respected figures such as SGO’s Director of Global Sales and Operations Geoff Mills, Park Road’s Head of Technology Phil Oatley and Lead Stereoscopic Artist Meetal Gokhul, alongside many other speakers. The full list can be viewed at the 3D Creative Summit website. http://www.3dcreativesummit.com/speakers

Courtesy of BSkyB

Courtesy of BSkyB

Mistika was used in a plethora of notable Stereo 3D films and programmes which include the world-first HFR film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Little Crackers, Mr Stink (the BBC’s first scripted Stereo 3D drama), Galapagos 3D, Kingdom of Plants 3D, Storm Surfers 3D, Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough, The Amazing Spiderman, Prometheus, Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service and many others.
Other exciting new film projects which are currently in post production using Mistika and have not yet been released, include Inside the Mind of Leonardo, The Great Gatsby and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Geoff Mills states “SGO was delighted to sponsor the 3D Creative Summit which has proved to be an exciting industry platform to showcase excellence in Stereo 3D content and the technology that makes it possible. Visitors to the event had the unique opportunity to understand how Mistika has been instrumental in Stereo 3D becoming a reality and why it is being used for outstanding productions in the UK and all around the world, both in broadcast and cinema. Mistika delivers complex workflows and creative solutions which stretch the boundaries of film and television productions to their ultimate limits, and it is very rewarding to see SGO’s revolutionary technology being recognised and adopted by leading visionaries across various genres. Not forgetting it is the people who unlock creativity through passionate commitment and ground-breaking production.”

‘Blancanieves’ takes home 10 Goya Awards including Best Picture out of 18 nominations

making_C.0003Madrid, Spain, 19 February 2013 – Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves which was finished using SGO’s Mistika at IMASBLUE, has taken home 10 Goya Awards out of 18 nominations. The film won Best Picture including Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Leading Actress, Best New Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Photography, Best Makeup and/or Hair Styling and Best Costume Design. It has also been chosen to represent Spain for the 85th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination entry. Alberto Rodríguez’s latest film Grupo 7, also achieved using SGO’s Mistika has won two Goya Awards out of 16 nominations.

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Mistika performs a starring role at London’s BTV Post to bring Shakespeare to life on screen

“Mistika’s fantastic “digital printer lights tool” proved a great asset in restoring balance to the image…One of the most beneficial features in Mistika throughout this project is the “selection ganging” feature of the storyboard.”
Ian Grey, Mistika VFX Artist and Colour Grader, BTV Post

Photo credit: Simon Annand

From Left: Colin Hurley, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Stephen Fry & James Garnon in Shakespeare’s Globe 2012 production of Twelfth Night, 2012. For more information contact Senior Press & PR Officer at rebecca.s@shakespearesglobe.com, Photo credit: Simon Annand

London, 14 February 2013 – Soho-based BTV Post is currently using Mistika for the grading, online finishing and digital mastering for all platform deliveries of Shakespeare’s Globe’s fourth season of filmed live theatre performances of The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V and Twelfth Night for an international Shakespeare experience.

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Studio l’Equipe relies on Mistika

“We have literally acquired one of the best colour grading systems around from SGO – the Mistika – a complete system capable of responding to the current and future changes in our profession and is truly unique ”
Philippe Bosman, CEO, Studio l’Equipe, Brussels

Courtesy of Studio l'Equipe

Courtesy of Studio l’Equipe

London, UK, 6 February 2013 – As part of the on-going expansion of digital acquisition, Brussels-based Studio l’Equipe, one of Belgium’s leading post production facilities has invested in SGO’s Mistika to meet the demands of a rapidly changing and highly competitive feature film market. Studio l’Equipe has installed a Mistika 4K system with a Mistika Assist station, to help accelerate the post production process by allowing simultaneous access to Mistika projects for ingest, online functions and the creation of deliverables, without disturbing the master Mistika system. Both Mistikas are connected to a 72TB SAN storage system.

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