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Pinewood, Sony Partner on Digital Training Center

Digital Motion Picture Center opens at the studio’s headquarters near London

The U.K.’s Pinewood Studios Group has become quite the global conglomerate, leveraging its brand by expanding into cities such as Toronto, Atlanta and Berlin, plus countries like Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.

Now, Pinewood has partnered with Sony, which opened its Digital Motion Picture Center at the studio’s headquarters near London. The unit will provide hands-on training for cinematographers and other crew on Sony’s 4K cameras.

The center mirrors similar Sony facilities in its U.S. studio in Culver City, which has helped train more than 1,000 professionals in 4K workflows.

The Pinewood DMPC is housed in a newly renovated building that dates back to 1936 and was a props store up until about 15 years ago. It will be used to showcase Sony’s CineAlta family of digital cameras, including the F65 and F55 4K models.

“Since I started working at the studios, technology has really evolved, and we have seen lots of innovation that has fundamentally changed the way we work,” said Spencer Stephens, chief technology officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment, who attended the opening of the Pinewood facility.

The F65 has been used on more than 30 feature films, including Tom Cruise starrer “Oblivion, and Will Smith-toplined “After Earth.”

The center also houses a post-production area, which contains 4K workflow tools and a 4K screening room.

A users group Sony consulted said it wanted a bar, and so Sony bought the interior of a 100-year-old bar in Belgium on eBay and installed it in the center.

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