VFX Gag Order Removed – Digital Effects Studio Goes Public

(Source: Variety.com) Lowry Digital can now boast having worked on the past two vfx Oscar winners.

Lowry, which helped remove any digital artifacts from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” was also quietly engaged to work on “Avatar.” It was sworn to secrecy during most of awards season but was able to go public Tuesday with glowing quotes from producer Jon Landau. Lowry developed its software for film restoration and has adapted it to remove noise from footage captured with digital cameras.

Former Moving Picture Co. CEO David Jeffers has joined London-based BlueBolt VFX as non-executive chairman. BlueBolt was founded by former MPC staffers Chas Jarrett, Angela Barson and Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor as a boutique vfx shop aiming at both feature and broadcast work. It has already delivered work on Warner’s “Sherlock Holmes” and Disney’s upcoming “Prince of Persia.”  Bow Tie Cinema will install Technicolor’s 3D-on-film system on 25 of its 150 screens in time for the release of DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” on March 26.

Meanwhile Oculus3D, the new 3D-on-film solution from Lenny Lipton, the brain behind much of today’s digital 3D technology, has been giving demos of its system in Los Angeles. After the boffo box office for “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland” look for more announcements at or around ShoWest of theaters going to 3D-on-film, as exhibs decide not to wait for digital cinema deployment

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