Bits & Bytes: The Force is with Prime Focus

Prime Focus has been tubthumping its 3D conversion work on “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. but the company is keeping mum about an even bigger project that may be on its slate: “Star Wars 3D.”

While Lucasfilm has consistently declined to reveal what vendors are doing the conversion of its crown jewels, the LinkedIn profile for Hyderabad-based Roto artist Ramidi Ashwin Kumar includes “NED Star Wars 3D” among his completed Prime Focus credits.

We hear through the grapevine that NED stands for Needs Extra Depth.

Prime Focus would only confirm they had done “tests using using material from LucasFilm” and added “This LinkedIn post, as incorrect and outside our rules as it is, does not refer to a feature project.” Lucasfilm did not return calls about the leak.

For “Dawn Treader,” Prime Focus was the sole 3D conversion vendor. It converted 1,500 shots for the 115-minute pic: 600 from London, 550 from Los Angeles and 350 from Mumbai …

Two classic Hollywood names are also touting their 3D activities. Panavision has announced that three features recently used cameras, lenses and 3D rigs provided by Panavision: “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas,” “The Darkest Hour” and “Bait.” In addition, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” was shot with Panavision cameras and lenses on Pace 3D rigs for first unit and Element Technica rigs for second unit in London. Panavision’s inventory includes the Quasar, Pulsar and Neutron rigs from Element Technica.

Meanwhile, Technicolor is providing full 3D services on Warner Home Video’s Blu-ray Titles, including “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Polar Express” and several 3D Imax titles.

The Cinema Audio Society will hold its Digital Gameplan Seminar Jan. 8 in the Cary Grant Theater at Sony Studios in Culver City. …

Company 3 announced its colorists are completing digital intermediate work on a number of feature titles. Stefan Sonnenfeld is working on “The Green Hornet,” “Season of the Witch,” “Rango,” “I Am Number Four,” “Sucker Punch” and “The Rum Diary.” Siggy Ferstl is completing “The Mechanic” and “Lincoln Lawyer.” Scott Gregory is working on “No Strings Attached,” and Stephen Nakamura is doing “The Conspirator.” Company3 also did the DI work on two Sundance titles: “Circumstance” (Ferstl) and “The Sound of My Voice” (Alex Bickel). …

Shooters Inc., the Philadelphia-based post house, has launched ShootersNYC and tapped Jeff Berkerman to lead the new facility as managing director-executive producer. ShootersNYC is assembling staff and working out of temporary space in SoHo while it builds its permanent home. … Cinesite contributed visual effects to “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Cinesite f/x on the picture include the White Witch, green mist tendrils and a golden path of treasure. … Entity FX announced a number of its current and recent projects. It has completed work on “Yogi Bear” and “Conviction” and worked on vfx for the upcoming “I Am Number Four.” In TV, Entity’s recent work includes vfx on “Burn Notice” and “The Vampire Diaries.” … Mill TV is back onboard to do visual effects for ITV’s sci-fi series “Primeval,” which returns next month in England. …

Lightworks is demonstrating two new GPU-based products at Siggraph Asia in Seoul: Lightworks Author and Lightworks Artisan. … Stock footage companies are being invited to participate in the Assn. of Stock Footage Licensors (ACSIL) Global Survey of Stock Footage Companies 2. Participants get a free summary report. … Under a new pact with HBO, Synacor will provide integration services for the cabler’s broadband initiatives, HBO GO and MAX GO. Synacor will work with affiliate partners to

integrate backend ID management, including billing systems, authentication and entitlement services … CNBC has ordered a Miranda NVISION 8500 Hybrid embedded audio router and a Kaleido-X multiviewer for its London facility. … Cinegy has released Cinegy Air 9.0, the latest version of their broadcast automation and playout server solution …

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