Digital firm joins forces for hi-def group

Alliance to consult, produce pix

Bratter Broadband Inc., Smart Films and Engram Digital Prods. have formed the High-Definition Alliance Studio Group to produce a slate of pics shot entirely in high-definition then transferred to 35mm film for theatrical release.

Headed up by BBI’s Steve Bratter (an exec producer of Warner Bros.’ “Demolition Man”), group also plans to offer consulting services to outside producers and film companies in areas of high-def production, besides producing its own features.

Group is supporting high-def as a technology that will enable filmmakers to cut production costs from $1,500 a minute — to buy, shoot, edit and ship traditional film — to $1.50 a minute for the same services on film-quality digital video.

First pic out of the gate for the joint venture is Smart Films’ “Seven and a Match,” starring “The Blair Witch Project’s” Heather Donahue, Eion Bailey and Adam Scott and helmed by Derek Simonds. Smart Films partners Bratter, David Effress, Mickey Cottrell and Peter Brook are producing.

“The Machinist,” scripted by Bratter and Phil Perlson and helmed by Bratter and Faye Schwab, will be the second high-def pic skedded for release.

Group plans to shoot a vidgame for the pic at the same time.

Financing is being handled by Fusion Intl. Sales, while Smart Films and Engram Digital, a post house, broadband and production facility will be rendering all production and post-production services for the pics.

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