Bad Robot chooses Mistika for major productions including the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness” film for 3D and IMAX

Mistika is a ray of light at Bad Robot in “Star Trek into Darkness”

“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

badrobotLos Angeles, 2 April 2013 – The prolific film-making team behind the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise, Bad Robot Productions, has invested in a Mistika conform and Stereo 3D system to serve as the centrepiece of its rapidly growing in-house production services operation, Kelvin Optical. Already lined up for a variety of projects at Bad Robot, Mistika will be significantly involved in the finishing of Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Dramatic 70-metre wide Presentation film for the “COP 18 Climate Change Conference” for The United Nations post produced by David Cox using Mistika walks away with an IVCA Silver Award for Best Post Production

“This project pushed the boundaries and utilised Mistika’s capabilities to the fullest, including compositing, grading, conforming and delivering…”
David Cox, Mistika VFX Artist and Colourist

Courtesy of WRG Qatar LLC

Courtesy of WRG Qatar LLC

London, 26 March 2013 –The IVCA’s Silver Award for Best Post Production has been given to the stunning Mistika-related project titled “COP18 /CMP8 (Climate Change Conference)” for the United Nations by WRG QATAR LLC for COP18 and The State of Qatar. Mistika VFX Artist and Colourist, David Cox was asked to post produce the high-resolution, wide-screen presentation to be projected onto a seventy-metre wide screen for The United Nations Climate Change Conference using SGO’s Mistika as the obvious choice. The size and shape of the final films demanded a specific resolution and aspect ratio. The conforming, compositing and grading were carried out on a single Mistika post production system in an uncompressed environment, at a resolution of 7104 x 1080, which provided the very wide aspect ratio of almost 7:1.

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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.

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.”

FotoKem Adds the Power of Mistika to DI Suites

“We are thoughtful and diligent in our choices of tools and technologies. After meeting with the Mistika team, we are confident that this system will provide the powerful features we need to support our clients and enable them to work the way they want.”
Mike Brodersen, VP of Strategy, FotoKem

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‘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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Technical University of Madrid leads the way to the future in advanced research by investing in SGO Mistika’s innovative technology

Courtesy of Madrid Polytechnic University

Courtesy of Madrid Polytechnic University

“Our investment in Mistika will help drive us further forward into becoming a significant centre of excellence in stereoscopic 3D content creation…”
Fernando Jaureguizar, Associate Professor, Technical University of Madrid

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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, 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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SGO Mistika’s product specialist Nicholas Mark Recagno to speak at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference

We’re excited to let you know that Nicholas Mark Recagno, Online Stereographer / Mistika Product Specialist / Workflow Specialist, is speaking at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2013, scheduled for March 18-21 at the San Jose Convention Center in California.

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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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SGO showcases the magic of Mistika at NAB 2013 – Booth SL 10321

NAB Logo8 – 11 April 2013. Las Vegas Convention Centre

Register for the show at using SGO’s VIP code LV4805.

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