Technicolor Opens Pre-Production Studio


USA: Technicolor has opened a new pre-production studio in Culver City, California.
The growing demand for content, driven by new distribution models and new players such as Netflix, Amazon, and Apple, continues to transform the industry. 
In response to this, Technicolor’s pre-production studio will make it easier for storytellers to plan and start developing projects.
The new studio, based in Los Angeles, is dedicated to creating a seamless pipeline for feature projects; from concept art and visualisation through virtual production, production and into final VFX. With all of the tools and talent gathered in a single space, creatives can collaborate from day one – helping to set the vision at the start of a project, and keying in all stakeholders to the vision, ensuring it carries through to production and VFX. Having everyone on the same page from the start makes the filmmaking process more efficient, which in turn empowers filmmakers to realise their vision quicker and make better movies.
Though the pre-production studio is standalone from Technicolor’s visual effects brands – MPC Film, Mill Film, and MR. X – the team can work seamlessly in conjunction with one or any combination of them. This flexibility enables a customised plan – regardless of project size, format, creative aesthetic, or budget.
The Technicolor pre-production studio is lead by Kerry Shea, an industry veteran who, over the past 20+ years, has held key executive positions at Method Studios, The Third Floor, Digital Domain, Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony Pictures Imageworks. Shea brings an extensive background in visual effects and post as well as live action, animatronics, and creature effects. She has been credited on more than 60 feature films, including The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
“I am passionate about the increasing role and influence that the tools and craft of visual effects can have on the production pipeline, and the even more important role in streamlined and more efficient workflows to create memorable stories,” said Shea. “With the advancements of tools and technologies, such as virtual production, filmmaking has reached an inflection point, one in which storytellers can redefine what is possible on-set and beyond.” 
Designed to provide storytellers with control of their projects from inception through final delivery, the key departments of the Technicolor Pre-Production Studio are:
• The Business Development Department – working with clients, from budgeting to consulting on VFX methodologies, to help plan and prepare projects for smooth transition into VFX;
• The VFX Supervisors Department – offering creative leadership across all aspects of VFX on client projects, whether delivered by Technicolor’s industry-leading studios or third-party vendors;
• The Art Department – working intimately with clients to understand their vision; and creating artwork that delivers on that vision and sets the tone for the rest of the project;
• The Virtual Production Department – partnering with filmmakers to bridge the gap between filmmakers and VFX through the production pipeline;
• The Visualisation Department – working closely with clients to deliver visualisations that will assist in achieving on-screen exactly what they envisioned.
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