Incentives pull more production to the region

Reflecting the continued growth of production in the Bayou State, Burbank-based post-production company FotoKem opened a satellite office in New Orleans to support local productions and provide quick deployment of its nextLAB services. The new downtown location near the French Quarter offers a range of post services and support, including file-based dailies, file delivery services and offline editorial systems.

FotoKem is currently working with multiple TV projects and feature films in the region. To ensure rapid content delivery from one location to another, the satellite office is integrated with FotoKem’s globalDATA platform, which facilitates delivery of content via a secure internet connection and can be linked directly to editing rooms, company offices or any location worldwide.

The expansion into New Orleans is being overseen by Peter Santoro, FotoKem’s VP of feature and commercial services.

“FotoKem customers shooting in the region have prompted this expansion,” said FotoKem VP Mike Brodersen. “The need for local, file-based post-production and location mobile services is growing as the state enjoys record-breaking production, stimulated by tax incentive programs. We are looking forward to helping filmmakers streamline post in the southeast region.”

Louisiana offers a 30 % transferable incentive for total in-state expenditures related to the production of a motion picture. An additional 5% labor incentive can be earned on the payroll of Louisiana residents that are employed by a state-certified motion picture production. Louisiana has no limit to the amount of incentives that can be earned by a single production.

“Over the past two years nextLAB has been deployed on a wide range of productions around the world, from Burbank to Beijing,” said Tom Vice, VP of FotoKem’s nextLAB unit. “The file-based workflow is increasingly entrenched in the filmmaking process, and the need for powerful and reliable tools grows exponentially. Last year over a 100 projects were shot in Louisiana, and predictions for this year are on pace to surpass that.”

The New Orleans expansion comes on the heels of the recent partnership between FotoKem and Fletcher Camera in Chicago and Detroit. Fletcher rents and manages the deployment of FotoKem’s nextLAB units in the Midwest, primarily Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

The nextLAB division of FotoKem develops new workflows while addressing the challenges of the various digital camera technologies and focuses on helping filmmakers understand the intricacies of RAW and data-centric post-production. The unit has developed proprietary file-based workflow software that securely stores media, archives to LTO, and provides quality-control tools, offering access to metadata, audio syncing, color management, and transcoding.

FotoKem’s nextLAB Mobile systems are built on nextLAB software and consist of integrated, portable units that bring post capabilities on set or near location. Mobile units can be deployed to assist with streamlining workflow and the dailies process and providing fast delivery to editorial and finishing.

FotoKem has provided customized nextLAB services for the upcoming films “Rampart,” “Jeff Who Lives at Home,” “Haywire” and “Man With the Iron Fists,” as well as TV shows “Californication,” “Homeland” and “New Girl.”

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