Former ILM company re-organizes
A year after changing hands, Lucasfilm spinoff Kerner Technologies has reorganized to focus on 3D technology and production.Among its new initiatives: a production fund for financing 3D pictures. As part of the reorg, Kerner has set aside or dropped some of its early efforts, including its FrameFree software, an “autostereo” monitor (3D without glasses) and plans for a 3D network via satellite TV. Now to be known as the Kerner Group, the company owned by entrepreneur Eric Edmeades will have multiple divisions.
- KernerFX is the new monicker for what had been Kerner Optical, the former models and miniatures shop of Industrial Light & Magic. “We’ll stay focused on our specialty of destruction,” Kerner Group prexy Tim Partridge said. Brian Gernand will oversee KernerFX with the title of senior creative director. Geoff Heron is practical effects supervisor. Company is adding limited digital vfx services to its offerings, mainly to enhance and work in tandem with its practical f/x work.
- Kerner 3D Technologies refocuses the company’s advanced electronics and rig-building efforts on stereoscopic 3D. The outfit is working on new Kernercam rigs for 3D capture and promises more developments in that area. Engineer Greg Beaumonte, also a longtime ILM vet, is co-designer of the Kernercam 3D system. Deployment of early Kernercam 3D systems remains limited, though the rig was used by David Arquette on his short “The Butler’s In Love,” which will screen at the Hollyshorts fest at the DGA HQ in Los Angeles Aug. 5. Kerner will be showing its rig at the DGA’s “Digital Day” on July 31.
- Kerner Studios makes the soundstages and production gear on Kerner’s San Rafael campus available for rent for shooting, particularly for 3D productions.