Friday, September 28, 2007


The Lab Sydney today announced details of their further expansion plans with the addition of post-production specialist Alan Hansen as Senior DI Colourist and the purchase of an extensive multi-million dollar Digital Intermediate (DI) infrastructure complete with colour grading theatrette.
Hansen, who will be pivotal in the creation and set-up of the Lab’s new DI theatrette, brings over 28 years of experience with him to the Lab including his extensive knowledge of the film industry, from colour timing, film Laboratory supervision and sales, telecine department management to more recently, the set-up of digital intermediate suites through to the colour grading and mastering of features. His recent DI credits include Catch a Fire, Kokoda, Little Fish, Clubland and The Water Diary.
Says Hansen said: “The move to the Lab is the most exciting of my career. I was looking for a new challenge with a company that could help me fulfil it. The opportunity to set up the DI suite and theatrette at the Lab and to drive this business forward was exactly what I was looking for. I spoke to Michael Eder and Phil Watts and they explained the Lab’s expansion plans and how DI was to play a major part in these and I was hooked.”
Lab Client Services Director Michael Eder commented: “Alan is widely recognised as one of the top DI graders in Australia. He has a very well established track record, excellent relationships with key directors and his portfolio is of the highest calibre. His experience with the Baselight kit was a perfect fit for the DI grading facilities we will be offering.”
As part of a major expansion plan, the Lab is in the process of building a custom made DI suite which will house the latest in DI grading equipment including a Northlight 2 film scanner, Baselight 4 Colour Grading System and a purpose-built theatrette utilising a Barco 2K projector.
Says Hansen: “The equipment and facilities that are going to be installed at the Lab are second-to-none. The kit and set-up is by far the best amalgamation of systems in this region and beyond. Having used many alternatives, the Baselight product is still my first choice by far, particularly the Northlight scanner which has proven itself to be the absolute best in its class. After two and a half years on the market it continues to outperform all other scanners and now with the release of the Northlight 2, the Lab will be delivering the best quality scans available The new theatrette gives the Lab’s clients all the benefits and support that come from being part of a big locally owned group with very much a boutique feeling. Our goal is to fill the suite with local and international feature film and television projects. The reaction we have had from the market so far is very exciting with several slated productions keen to discuss our exciting new offering.”
The new Lab reel which includes work showcasing Alan Hansen is out in October.


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