SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that its Discreet Lustre digital color grading
system has been adopted by more than 15 additional post-production facilities
and film studios. The Lustre system is being used on several upcoming feature
films, including King Kong, Stay, Penny Dreadful and Domino.
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"Once I saw what the Lustre system is capable of, I quickly retired my
previous color corrector," said Preston Kuntz, CEO of Karma Bank (Hollywood).
"Lustre is by far the best system around, with the most sophisticated grading
and color correction tools. We can now grade digital intermediates and HD
digital media with the most comprehensive toolset in the industry. Autodesk
also has the industry's best workflow solution. It saves us time and time is
money." Karma Bank is a boutique facility offering digital trailer, digital
intermediate, post-production and video online services. Clients include
numerous independent filmmakers and production companies, such as Paramount
Classics, Fox Searchlight and New Market Films.
New Lustre system customers in Europe include the United Kingdom's BBC
Resources and Capital FX, The Documentary and Feature Film Studio (WFD) in
Poland, and film studio Mosfilm Cinema Concern in Russia. Capital FX invested
in the Discreet Lustre system and Discreet Smoke editing/finishing system for
its new digital grading theatre. The systems were purchased through Autodesk's
systems reseller XTFX.
"We chose Lustre because it's a proven digital grading system with an
established worldwide user base," said Stuart Holloway, senior colorist at
Capital FX. "It was the most flexible of all the systems we looked at and
offered the best all-round solution. We also like the fact that it is a
dedicated color grading system."
Capital FX has used the Lustre system to complete the grading and conform
for a short film called The Bridge, visual effects and titles for the British
feature Dead Man's Cards, and most recently, the U.S. movie Asylum. After
Asylum was re-cut, Capital FX was charged with fixing splices and grading the
added material. When director David Mackenzie and director of photography
(DoP) Giles Nuttgens saw the impressive work Capital FX was doing, they
requested that Capital FX regrade the entire film using the Lustre system.
WFD in Poland invested in the Lustre and Smoke systems for its new digital
intermediate workflow. "Lustre is a great system with a great toolset," said
Wlodimierz Niderhaus, general manager of Documentary and Feature Film Studio,
WFD. "It offers not only amazing color tools but also creative lighting
solutions that are demanded by DoPs who, until now, have been used to working
in the traditional optical way." The systems were purchased through BoneheadZ
and its Polish reseller partner JBD PPHU.
Russia's largest filmmaking company, Mosfilm, purchased a Lustre system
through BoneheadZ and its Moscow reseller, Tivionica. Founded in 1923, Mosfilm
is one of the largest studios in Europe, providing services for the complete
film production cycle -- from script to final print. "We chose Lustre because
it's a world-class system that will help us deliver the best possible DI
service to our film customers," said Dmitry Guslinsky, head of Mosfilm's
Editing Department. "Lustre allows filmmakers to creatively control the look,
mood, and color detail of their work, whether for a single scene or a
full-length feature." Lustre also integrates seamlessly with Mosfilm's
existing Smoke editing system and Autodesk Combustion desktop visual effects
"Lustre provides an intuitive interface that allows DoPs who are more
familiar with traditional grading techniques to realize their creative ideas,"
said Patrick Jocelyn, EMEA director, Autodesk's Media and Entertainment
Division. "We're seeing an increasing demand for Lustre as the popularity of
digital color grading and knowledge of the DI process grows. Facilities have
high expectations in terms of creativity, workflow and speed that only the
Lustre system can match."
Other European and Asian customers that have adopted the Lustre system
include Laboratoires Eclair (France), Mikros Image (France), Sylicone
(France), Buf Compagnie (France), ARRI Film & TV Services (Germany), Fotofilm
Madrid (Spain), Ultimate Video (Netherlands), Ciris (Netherlands), HoverlorD
(Belgium), Chimney Pot and Dry Lab (Norway), Universal Production Partners
(Czech Republic), Studio Mirage (Czech Republic), Prasad Corp. (India) and
Rotana Cinema (Saudi Arabia).
Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned
into reality. With six million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software
and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless
data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help
customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more
effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by
becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com.
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