SpeedGrade DI Scores a Hat Trick to Start 2008

IRIDAS Helping Filmmakers Win at the Festivals and the Box Office

Munich: February 6, 2008 … SpeedGrade DI has started the New Year in style with a trio of successes for films completed with IRIDAS’ high-end film finishing application. “Captain Abu Raed,” written and directed by Amin Matalqa won the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Rachid Hami’s “Choisir d’aimer” was awarded the Prix du Public at the Festival of Angers. During the same month, U2 3D, which also debuted at Sundance, has been pushing the boundaries of what we think film can be while it sets per-theater attendance records.


“Three films finished in SpeedGrade DI came out in January 2008 and each one has made its mark already,” said Steve Crouch, director of IRIDAS USA. “It’s been a great coming-out party for SpeedGrade: each film is a study in what this system can do.”

Captain Abu Raed was shot on ARRI D20 cameras and finished at Gigapix Studios. The film uses distinctive color moods to convey themes and characters in the story. “I just love what [colorist Mark Read] did with the images,” said director Amin Matalqa, “I felt like I could stare at them forever.”

Shot on 16 mm film and scanned at 2K, “Choisir d’aimer” was finished on SpeedGrade DI in a remarkable four days at Amazing Digital Studios in Paris. “Even the committee at the Festival was blown away by the image quality of this film. It doesn’t look like 16 mm at all,” said Frederic Savoir, technical director at the facility.

SpeedGrade DI with DualStream, for stereo playback, was put to the test on pre-finishing work for U2 3D, the remarkable new concert film from 3ality Digital Systems. “With SpeedGrade DI and DualStream I can finally work with all of the components of a stereo movie in the same workspace,” said Price Pethel, director of postproduction. “Color grading all of the stereo elements and being able to see content in real-time the way the audience will see it is crucial.”

“It’s a privilege to contribute to the success of artistic and technical achievements such as these,” said Lin Kayser, IRIDAS founder and CEO. “We’re seeing a tremendous upswing in interest in SpeedGrade DI as more and more filmmakers come to recognize the power and flexibility of this application.”

SpeedGrade DI, a real-time grading solution offering primary and secondary color correction, conform, FX, and a full set of film finishing tools, runs on Mac OS X and Windows XP. For more information visit www.speedgrade.com. To arrange for testing at your facility, contact IRIDAS at +49 89 3… or IRIDAS USA at (818) 951-8927.

IRIDAS pioneered desktop film-resolution playback in 2001. Its FrameCycler products are now the industry standard for frame-based image review. In 2003 IRIDAS introduced the first non-destructive color correction application. Today SpeedGrade and FrameCycler provide the critical links in an end-to-end pipeline for uncompressed content and color metadata. IRIDAS’ applications are used by filmmakers around the world and most major animation and postproduction houses. IRIDAS is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit www.iridas.com.

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