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Quantel, FotoKem and Walt Disney Pictures short-listed for IBC Innovation Award

Ground-breaking work helps bring “Hannah Montana” stereo3D box office success

Newbury, UK, 19 May 2008: Quantel has been short-listed for the IBC Innovation Awards in the Content Creation category alongside Walt Disney Pictures and FotoKem Digital Film Services, for its contribution to the “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” stereoscopic 3D movie.



In undertaking the post production of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” stereo3D movie, LA digital film house FotoKem successfully completed one of the most technically and creatively challenging film projects of recent years - all within a punishing production schedule, made possible by exploiting Quantel’s then newly-released stereo3D software for its Pablo and Genetic Engineering systems.

Post production of the film – shot over two concerts at the beginning of the tour - was completed in just 11 weeks, the film opening in theatres just days after the concert tour itself finished in February 2008. Screened in around 800 movie theatres in the US, “Hannah Montana” nonetheless achieved the biggest ever ‘Superbowl’ weekend box office returns despite the relatively small number of stereo-capable screens that were able to carry it.

Alongside the enormous creative skill of FotoKem’s staff and its digital film know-how, Quantel technology played a key role. Quantel’s new stereo3D software, combined with its Pablo 4K color correction system’s ability to handle two streams of high resolution imagery simultaneously, and the further boost to workflow provided by its Genetic Engineering teamworking infrastructure, were key technical contributors to FotoKem’s success in producing an outstanding movie milestone in an incredibly short timescale. FotoKem’s Head of Digital Production, John Nicolard, said: “If we had not had the Quantel 3D convergence capability we would never have been able to complete this on time. Never.”


"We're delighted to have been short-listed for this year's IBC Innovation Awards - it's a huge honour to be recognised in this way by our peers,” said Ray Cross, Quantel CEO. “This business is all about working closely with your customers. The creative partnership between Walt Disney Pictures, FotoKem and Quantel that brought the “Hannah Montana” project to such a successful conclusion in so short a time is a fine example of this philosophy in practice."

“It is extremely gratifying to be included in the short-list of prestigious IBC Innovation Award candidates,” said John Nicolard, Head of Digital Production, FotoKem Film & Video. “Bill Schultz, our GM and SVP of Digital Film Services, and all of us at FotoKem would like to express our thanks to the IBC judges for their consideration. It was pure serendipity when Walt Disney Pictures presented us with this project. The requirements exactly complemented the technical capabilities we had only recently incorporated into our FotoKem pipeline utilizing Quantel’s 3-D technology. The opportunity to work on a project with this magnitude of technical challenge was a deeply satisfying experience”.

For more information on the project read the in-depth press release here.

Created on: 20/05/2008

 

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