Pacific Title pacts for Olympic project

Pacific Title/Mirage has pacted to create the visual effects on EMC Films’ large-format film of the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Pacific Title/Mirage will draw on its background in traditional optical effects, as well as newer digital technologies, to help tell the personal, medical and scientific stories behind athletic competition at the Olympic level, said Michael Rosenblatt, co-chairman and co-president of the firm.

EMC has hired Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (“Jurassic Park”) to produce and exec produce the outsize film, which will screen in Imax and other large-format theaters around the world, according to Hilary Grinker, president-CEO of EMC. Veteran large-format director Keith Merrill will helm the 40-minute specialty film.

Thomas Kenneally, author of the non-fiction book that inspired “Schindler’s List,” is writing the treatment for “Olympic Glory.” The games start Feb. 8 and the pic is slated for a November 1998 release.

Under EMC’s agreement with the Intl. Olympic Committee, the new large-format hopeful will shoot a second film during the summer Olympic games in Sydney in 2000. Marshall, who has helmed numerous large-format films, including “Amazon” and “Grand Canyon — The Hidden Secrets,” is skedded to direct the second “Olympic Glory” pic.

EMC also landed the right of first refusal to make all large-format films of future Olympic games, said Grinker.

This will be the first foray into filmmaking — large format or otherwise — for EMC Films, a unit of Wayne, Penn.-based Educational Marketing Concepts Inc., a consulting and software firm.

Both EMC and Mirage Technologies are partly funded by technology-oriented venture capital firm Safeguard Scientifics, which is also headquartered in Wayne, Penn.

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