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editor's note T By RANDI ALTMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Technicolor dreams he executives at Technicolor have been busy little beavers recently. Just prior to going to press for this issue,Technicolor announced the purchase of Hollywood's LaserPa- cific from Telecorps, which also owns post produc- tion stalwart PostWorks.The move is meant to in- crease Technicolor's presence in the television and theatrical digital post world even further. As part of the Laser deal,Technicolor will also take over PostWorks'Tribeca West facility, giving Technicolor its first post facility west of the dreaded 405, and it will include a DI theater and edit suites. If the deal closes as expected at the end of this month, both of these LA-based Telecorp locations will operate under the Technicolor brand. Also announced was the sale of Technicolor New York to PostWorks NY. Not only is Telecorps' PostWorks buying the studio, talent and technology, they licensed the Technicolor name as part of an exclusive agreement — the studio will be called Technicolor/PostWorks. The following is a brief Q&A with Technicolor NY's senior VP of post, Dominic Rom. POST: If the contracts get signed, PostWorks will own Technicolor NY but retain the Technicolor name? DOMINIC ROM: "PostWorks is licensing the Technicolor name. It's really the best of both worlds for the two companies. It gives PW access to the Technicolor color science, processes and talent, and POST SCRIPT An early adopter of FCP X C By MARC LOFTUS SENIOR EDITOR hris Duke is an independent producer whose auto-themed how-to programs air on satellite and cable services. Duke Networks ( is based in San Diego and pro- duces Motorz, a half-hour series that airs on The Pursuit Channel and shows viewers how to modify their cars and trucks using tools that are readily available at their local Sears retailer.The program is shot in Duke's two-car garage/stu- dio, and he handles all of the modifications, serv- ing as the on-camera talent. He's also the pro- gram's editor, and recently switched to Final Cut Pro X, having cut the show's first few seasons using Final Cut Studio. Like many out there, his initial reaction to FCP X was less than positive."I took a look at it and thought what everybody else thought: this is just iMovie, and I don't like iMovie." But he had trust in Apple, seeing the innovation that they brought to other products, including the iPhone."I said, 'It's Apple, give them the benefit of the doubt.'" After some experimenting, Duke still wasn't getting the results he desired, and as a self-taught editor, realized he needed to learn more. He did 2 Post • August 2011 it enables Technicolor to remain in the NY market place and continue to service the clients that have come to expect the quality of the Technicolor NY." POST: Why sell Technicolor NY and not just form a partnership like you did last year? ROM: "In a sense this is a partnership and both companies are approaching it that way.The companies were working on an asset purchase of LaserPacific; it seemed a logical extension of the deal to do an asset purchase of the NY facility but put a little twist on it, a licensing 'franchise' agree- ment, which means we will be working very closely with the PW staff in all areas." POST: Will the staff remain the same? ROM:"We anticipate retention of all key em- ployees in both companies. Combining the staff gives the new entity one of the most talented groups of editors, engineers and colorists ever in NY. I will be very involved in the integration and the running of the Technicolor/Postworks." POST: What can clients expect from this new development? Business as usual? ROM: "It will be better than business as usual. There will be no disruption in their service; key talent remains on the projects. PostWorks clients now have access to Technicolor services and our incredible DI talent and workflow, and Technicolor clients now have access to Avid rentals and audio services.The best of both worlds." EDIT ORIAL RANDI ALTMAN Editor-in-Chief (516) 797-0884 MARC LOFTUS Senior Editor (516) 376-1087 KEN MCGORRY Consulting Editor CHRISTINE BUNISH Film& Video RON DICESARE Audio BOB PANK European Correspondent DAN RESTUCCIO West Coast Bureau BARRY GOCH West Coast Blogger/Reporter IAIN BLAIR Film MICHAEL VIGGIANO Art Director AD VER TISING MARI KOHN National Sales Manager (818) 291-1153 cell: (818) 472-1491 GARY RHODES Eastern & Intl Sales Manager (631)274-9530 cell (516)410-8638 CHRIS SALCIDO Account Manager (818) 291-1144 CUSTOMER SERVICE 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204 (800) 280 6446 opt 2 (publishing), opt 1 (subscriptions) some reading online and then spent $40 on a series of video tutorials from Ripple Training."It was a no brainer, and there are 30-plus videos that you can watch," he says of the series. "I did what they said," he recalls."And when I was all done, said,'This is awesome!'" Duke notes that FCP X isn't perfect."It crashed a few times.There are some bugs. It definitely wasn't a polished Version 10 release, it was more like a Version 1 — beta — but Final Cut Pro 7 had issues too." The benefits, he feels, still outweigh the nega- tives."I didn't have to go through this process of converting [files] to ProRes before I could start using [them]." And the "64-bit-ness" of the app meant everything worked fast. Duke says he trimmed 30 to 60 minutes off the time it took him to cut his first show, and thinks he'll be able to further streamline his edits. "I was sitting here with a big grin on my face thinking, people need to stop bitching about the software and educate themselves on how to use it, because once they do, they are going to be way better off!" REPRINTS Reprints (781) 255-0625 • (818) 291-1153 LA SALES office: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, California 91204 (800) 280-6446 WILLIAM R. RITTWAGE President / CEO See us on Post Magazine is published by Post, LLC,a COP communications company. 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