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Hey folks, been lurking around here for little over a year now. This is my first post looking for insight, not sure if this fits here or should be elsewhere. I'll be shooting on a really low budget (~25k) feature in Mississippi this fall. I'm located and have been working primarily in Arizona, and neighboring states here and there. We are looking for a camera package and naturally, we don't have the money to pay full rate or even half rate. I'm not expecting to shoot on anything high end. I would just like to put together a reliable package that is able to produce the images I'm looking for. Who/Where is around Ms/La for camera rentals? What can I do (as dp) to get a package with the budget restrictions? Also is there any benefit in trying to acquire a g&e package through the same place?
New Space is First Comprehensive Production and Post Location for Companies NEW ORLEANS (December 17, 2015) – Panavision, the entertainment industry’s leading designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high-precision optics and camera systems, has announced the opening of an expanded New Orleans location. The new 30,500-square-foot space will also house Light Iron’s first brick-and-mortar facility in Louisiana. The state-of-the-art facility represents the first location occupied by the two companies since Panavision acquired Light Iron, a leader in digital workflow solutions, earlier this year. The New Orleans location leverages the strengths of both companies to offer turnkey technology solutions from pre-production through delivery. “Panavision has been committed to serving filmmakers in Louisiana for more than a decade,” said Kim Snyder, CEO and president of Panavision. “During that time, the infrastructure and crew-base have built up significantly, and the number of projects being shot has grown such that we needed to expand our footprint to support the community’s needs. Incorporating Light Iron into the new facility brings an unprecedented level of service offerings under one roof to the local filmmaking community.” Panavision’s new high-tech space houses a full range of filmmaking equipment, and access to the company’s technicians and optics specialists. The new location also features an expanded prep floor, a private prep room for larger projects, and a 40-by-40 foot room with an 18-foot ceiling, optimized for shooting test footage. Michael Cioni, president of Light Iron, added, “At Light Iron, we’ve always believed in the marrying of camera and post production. Having Light Iron co-located with Panavision in a vibrant shooting destination like Louisiana is a case study of what the future will look like. Providing comprehensive services under one roof is exponentially more valuable when most everyone is on location. When a cinematographer or crew member has questions about workflow, we have the onsite resources available to answer them in real-time.” The Light Iron space houses a DI theater, which can facilitate remote DI sessions with the company’s Los Angeles and New York facilities. The theater can also be used for reviewing camera tests, setting looks, and screening dailies. In addition, the new facility offers offline editorial suite rentals. “We’ve worked on many great projects in Louisiana over the years with our popular OUTPOST division,” noted Cioni. “With the growing needs of customer demand there, as well as Panavision’s footprint in the state, we felt this was the right time to have a physical presence in New Orleans. The Light Iron team is very excited to be collaborating with the local film community.” “Louisiana is an important production hub for the filmmaking community,” concluded Snyder. “We made this investment to support the filmmakers in the region and this move makes it possible for us to provide a full portfolio of innovative, creative solutions, as well as physical resources and experts more expediently.” Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back was the first project to utilize the capabilities of the new Panavision location in New Orleans, followed by an additional unit for Fox’s Scream Queens. # About Panavision Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions. For more information, visit www.Panavision.com, or join the company on Instagram (panavisionofficial), Twitter (@Panavision), Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube. About Light Iron Light Iron, a Panavision company, specializes in mobile dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With additional facilities in Hollywood and New York City, Light Iron serves projects at both the independent and studio level. The company distinguishes itself by providing workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase creative control. Recent credits include features such as Anomalisa, Gone Girl and the upcoming Ride Along 2, commercial campaigns for Gap and Jaguar, and the television series Mom, True Nightmares, and Transparent. Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, or LinkedIn.
Hey everyone, I might shoot a short movie in New Orleans early next year and I want to shoot on film, super 16 or 2 perf 35 mm, and I saw that Cineworks over there had done the film dailies on 12 Years A Slave, Oldboy, etc, but when I saw no new film projects since then in their credits, I sort of wondered if they shut down their film lab and only do digital. I thought I was maybe pessimistic but one of the guys over there just told me they did shut down and only do digital because of lack of work. Great, I saw that Fotokem has a New Orleans office/lab, it says on their website that they do film dailies, all that, but it doesn't say anything about their NOLA based facility, I just sent them an email, but does anyone know if Fotokem NOLA does film dailies? If not, is there a film lab ANYWHERE in Louisiana or close to New Orleans or Baton Rouge, in that vicinity? If not, that would be a goddam shame, and I'm not really comfortable with shipping the film too far away or whatever since this is my first major thing, first time on film, it's important for me to shoot on film but I've been keeping in mind the Alexa, I kinda dread having to wait for a few days to get the film back, in case there's any f**** ups. Thanks !
BURBANK, CA (October 10, 2014) - FotoKem, a returning sponsor of the New Orleans Film Festival, will present a panel discussion with the production team behind the making of Black and White, starring Academy Award® winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, making its U.S. premiere, opens the festival on October 16. The conversation, "A Case Study: Black and White," will take place October 18, at 4:45 p.m., in the Rehearsal Hall at the Contemporary Arts Center (2nd Floor). Panelists are expected to include Producer Todd Lewis, Co-producers Jasa McCall and Gbenga Idowu, Production Supervisor Will Greenfield, Location Manager Elston Howard, and Project Manager David Hall, who oversees operations at FotoKem New Orleans. Carroll Morton, manager of entertainment industry development for the City of New Orleans, will moderate. "Working with the Black and White team on this meaningful and timely project was a distinct honor," says Peter Santoro, Vice President of Sales at FotoKem. "We look forward to sharing that experience with the audience at the festival as well. Our team here in New Orleans works closely with filmmakers to provide the most advanced services possible to support their creative vision. We're delighted to be part of the community and to support the New Orleans Film Festival's 25th anniversary." Produced entirely in New Orleans, Black and White tells the moving story of the custody battle for a young girl. Costner plays a grieving widower who has helped raise his bi-racial, parentless, granddaughter (Jillian Estell) since the death of his daughter in childbirth. When he assumes legal guardianship, the child's paternal grandmother (Spencer) wants the child returned to her son, who may be an improbable choice. The emotional drama that ensues raises thought-provoking and difficult questions about life, death and race. Black and White was directed by Mike Binder and shot by Russ Alsobrook, ASC. The New Orleans Film Festival-now in its 25th year-has firmly established itself as one of the most recognized regional film festivals in the country. Over 22,000 filmmakers and fans attend the screenings and sessions that celebrate the city now known as "Hollywood South." FotoKem, headquartered in Burbank, opened a satellite office in New Orleans in 2011. Bringing the expertise of FotoKem staff and advanced technology to the region, the office supports the burgeoning local production environment by offering a range of post production services, including their award-winning nextLAB system with an infrastructure for file-based dailies, file delivery services and offline editorial systems. To ensure rapid content delivery from one location to another, the NOLA office is fully integrated with FotoKem's globalDATA platform, which facilitates delivery of content via a secure internet connection anywhere in the world. In addition to Black and White, several films that recently screened at Toronto and Telluride relied on FotoKem's global services and expertise for their post production needs. They include Wild, 99 Homes, Maggie, Welcome to Me and Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, among others. For more information on FotoKem, visit www.FotoKem.com. For more about the New Orleans Film Festival, go to http://neworleansfilmsociety.org.