In a joint venture with Deluxe’s Efilm subsid, Universal has opened a digital intermediate suite inside the studio’s sound department.
Built in a space that was once a screening room, the facility is intended to save time during tight post-production skeds by allowing the DI process to take place on U’s lot at the same time as the sound mixes — giving clients access to talent and technology at one location.
Suite will be used to review content — including features, dailies, trailers and TV — and encompasses film, digital, 2D and 3D capabilities.
As an option, clients will be able to engage in interactive sessions with DI artists in Efilm’s Hollywood and Gotham locations over a secure fiber link.
Suite’s location allows easy access to U’s post services, including mixing stages, sound design, picture editing and foley rooms, as well as green rooms and food services.
The first projects to go through the suite will be “Little Fockers,” “Fast 5” and “The Thing.” All three are Universal pics, but execs also expect to garner work from outside clients, with DI work booked through Efilm and sound work via U.
Efilm and U will “work together to cross-market the facility,” said U tech and operations marketing veep Jeanne Cordova, who pegged the investment in the 50/50 joint venture at $625,000.