Scanning Department Compiles Motion Picture Credits with CELCO Film
CALIFORNIA (June 15, 2000) - The scanning department at Industrial Light
& Magic (ILM), the celebrated visual effects studio in San Rafael,
California, uses a complement of CELCO digital motion picture film
recorders to output effects shots for numerous features to film.
"We record out
to film on CELCOs," says scanning department supervisor, Josh Pines.
"They just work and work for us. Some of our shots are 2,000-3,000
frames long, and the CELCOs handle them with no problems."
department currently has two CELCO Nitros and three MPRs which are
expected to be phased out in favor of additional Nitros. "When I
joined ILM we had film recorders from other companies," Pines
recalls. "They were aging so about five years ago we did some
comparison tests. We're always testing new products, but we don't upgrade
equipment if there's no substantial reason to do so. Quality drives any
filmouts for our effects supervisors -- who are our facility's 'eyes' --
and they decided the CELCO MPRs had a much sharper image," he says.
Pines had a long
tradition of working with CELCO film recorders at other studios including
Elmsford, New York's Magi, which did a lot of computer graphics for the
groundbreaking film "Tron;" Manhattan's noted R/Greenberg
Associates; and Hollywood's DeGraf/Wahrman which used CELCOs for
If the CELCO MPRs
were seen as superior to other film recorders, the CELCO Nitro proved
"far and away even better," Pines reports. "Here was a
cost-effective CRT-based solution for recording out onto fine-grain 5244
intermediate stock. Previously, no CRT-based device could expose 5244
worth a darn, and, in my opinion, laser technology has been suspect in
terms of reliability and consistency and is a high-cost investment."
In addition to its
ability to expose 5244, CELCO's Nitro also offered a significant speed
increase over other models increasing the throughput of ILM's scanning
Effects shots for
hundreds of feature films have been output by ILM on its CELCO film
recorders. Credits include Star Wars Episode I, "Saving Private
Ryan," Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," "Mighty
Joe Young," "October Sky," "The Mummy," "The
Wild Wild West," "Bringing Out the Dead," "Sleepy
Hollow," "Galaxy Quest," "Magnolia" and
"Mission to Mars."
over 2,000 shots in 'Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace' and all but
about 170 were effects shots," Pines points out. "We even
scanned in those non-effects shots for continuity. So 'The Phantom Menace'
was a two-hour CELCO filmout from beginning to end."
Allen-directed "Celebrity" marked the first time the ILM
scanning department dealt with scanning and filming effects in
Most recently ILM's
scanning department filmed out effects shots for the summer releases
"Space Cowboys," "The Perfect Storm,"
"Impostor" and "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle."
customers run the gamut from CG houses that might not know a lot about
film to companies like ours which want some degree of customization in the
product," Pines notes. "CELCO has been very supportive of
customers setting up the systems to meet their needs and fit their
pipelines. CELCO is very good at catering to all different levels of
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