SGO, well-established developer of high-end Mistika post-production software, announces the promotion of Geoff Mills to Managing Director.
Already a veteran in the industry, Geoff Mills joined SGO in 2009 as Director of Sales, and was very quickly promoted to head the company’s global sales and operations as Group Director, where he spearheaded the overall international sales strategy. In his new role as Managing Director, he will continue to focus on driving strong customer relationships and further accelerate revenue performance for SGO.
Canon Stand L30 – 23 – 25 February Excel London
SGO spearheads innovation for those who aspire to be the best, and is delighted to partner with Canon at BVE this year, to display the latest pioneering advancements in HDR technology. Mistika will drive a dynamic end-to-end HDR-4K “Glass-to-Glass” colour-process workflow demonstration on Canon’s stand L30 in the HDR zone.
The 30th Goya® Awards presented in Madrid this month, honoured Spain’s best films of 2015.
Mistika-related projects, post-produced by SGO customers El Colorado, Free Your Mind and Next Lab & New Media were deservedly acknowledged with four prestigious Goya® Awards. Fourteen nominations also went to Antaviana Films, El Colorado and Free Your Mind. SGO congratulates its customers for their outstanding use of Mistika and highly-respected accolades.
“Mistika helped us create the gravity and terror necessary to leave the audience trembling.”
Matt Akey, CMO, Legend3D
Hollywood’s most innovative stereo VFX company Legend3D, chose Mistika in “The Walk” directed by Robert Zemeckis. Mistika’s powerful grading creativity was used to immerse audiences into the remarkable account of Philippe Petit’s vertigo-inducing high-wire walk between New York’s Twin Towers in 1974. Legend3D with their Mistika technology, played a key role in the tall order of bringing this true story back to life in stunning three dimensional perception.
“Mistika is a Massive Benefit to any Business”
Adam Scott, General Manager, Spectrum Films, Sydney, Australia
“It’s an exciting time in our industry. It’s about being more efficient with what you have, there are no longer boundaries – the bricks and mortar post facility model might change completely. That’s why Mistika’s flexibility fits in with this model perfectly.”
Adam Scott, GM, Spectrum Films
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.
4K and HDR are still hot topics in the industry. SGO and Canon have invited two exceptional guests to share their thoughts, insight and experience working with 4K and HDR, at the Academia de Cine in Madrid on the 3rd of December, 2015.
Juan Ignacio Cabrera, Colourist and Stereo 3D Supervisor at Bad Robot, will speak about high-end productions complex workflows. Juan, who has been involved in projects such as Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Star Trek into Darkness, will share his experience working at J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot using Mistika. Juan highlights that “its versatility to work in non-destructive complex workflows, where you work with raw colour and decisions are made using reversible documents preserving metadata that allow to make pertinent changes without quality loss”.
Sebastien Devaud, Director and Producer at BigSensor Films, will talk about a number of different topics including 4K shootings, using real world examples taken from his professional experience.
3Dday’s philosophy continues to be offering a networking event for professionals to discuss latest industry trends. In line with this, after the conference, SGO and Canon will host the #3Dday party at Moby Dick club. This years attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in a raffle, to be in with a chance of winning a Canon XC10 videocamera and SGO’s Mamba FX compositing software license. Make sure you bring your business card with you!
RSVP by confirming your attendance to the conference and party here: http://3dday.eventzilla.net
Make sure you register before the deadline as seats are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Conference: 4K and HDR workflows . Academia de Cine, Calle Zurbano 3, Madrid
10.30 Sebastien Devaud, Director and Producer, Bigsensor Films
11.30 Coffee Break
12.00 Juan Ignacio Cabrera, Colourist and Stereo 3D Supervisor, Bad Robot
3Dday Party: Sala Moby Dick, Av. de Brasil 5, Madrid
20.00 3Dday Party begins! Expect drinks, food, a few surprises, and the chance of taking home a fantastic Canon XC10 videocamera and SGO’s Mamba FX compositing software license.
Studio purchases six finishing and grading systems as part of its multi-million dollar expansion.
Enriching Mistika Sessions Engaged Audiences On All Levels
This IBC we did something Different, feel the SGO vibe…
The committed SGO team presented another inspirational experience at IBC with panache, sporting a striking stand-space, demonstrating that Mistika and Mamba FX post production systems provide the only real differentiator for companies wanting to stand out from the competition. Creative professionals including leading broadcasters, colourists, compositors, post facilities and famous film studios paid the stand a visit to suss-out the very latest technology on display. The new “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” trailers, finished in Mistika by customer Bad Robot, proved a big hit.
The absorbing sessions presented by SGO’s Marketing Manager Sofia Pensado and Mistika Application Specialist Peter Amies throughout the 5-day show, drew numerous delegates to SGO’s stand. Intriguing topics engaged everyone about the challenges of post producing high production-value long-form drama and documentaries, referring to ONSIGHT as a Mistika customer success story. How Mistika enables artists to stand out in a fiercely competitive arena when post producing high-end commercials was demonstrated with projects by Norwegian post facility Hocus Focus. Cutting-edge workflows used in some of the biggest blockbusters, such as Fotokem’s work on “Carrier 3D” were a highlight, as well as how to prepare for the future in post with HDR, VR and 8K looming. SGO’s main overview session explored what colour-finishing really means in the ever-changing world of broadcast and post, by validating how colourists can successfully integrate colour, online, VFX and delivery in one powerful commercially-viable Mistika system.
Development highlights of the Mistika and Mamba FX systems were also on show. Performance-leading HDR-enhancing grading features linked to the stylish Mistika Precision finishing control surface, as well as an entirely new media management sub-system were launched. SGO’s brand new “UniColour” tool also caused a great deal of excitement, as it allows seamless bi-directional transfers between many different colour spaces. This single tool removes substantial headaches from modern professional workflows. Also on show, was a sneak preview of SGO’s all new 3D Keyer – arguably the most powerful and intuitive 3D keyer available.
Furthermore, Mistika’s “Additional Mistika User Log-in” programme announced at NAB2015, enables customers to add systems without having to purchase extra licenses, making the ownership of multiple Mistika systems extremely affordable without compromising or devaluing SGO technology. This exclusive approach is an alternative option for customers to help them increase artistic output and profits.
Also new this IBC, Boris FX Graffiti has now been integrated into SGO’s low cost, node-based compositing software Mamba FX. The supporting Windows version will be ready to ship in October 2015, with Linux and Mac versions to follow soon.
In addition, SGO proudly partnered with Canon, displaying pioneering advancements in HDR technology with a red-hot Mistika system holding the reins of an end-to-end HDR-4K colour-process workflow demonstration on the Canon booth.
It was another successful show for SGO all round and Marketing Manager Sofia Pensado enthusiastically closes with these remarks, “Our customers continue to inspire us! The incredibly positive feedback we received at IBC has been overwhelming. We feel privileged to provide progressive high-end technology to ambitious creative companies that prepare and think ahead, further advancing the industry to even greater heights with high-calibre quality work on amazing projects.”
26 – 29 August 2015 – Booth 8B16 – Altec Digital System Limited.
China International Exhibition Center, 6 Beisanhuan East Road, Chaoyang District, 100028, Beijing, China