Magazine article American Cinematographer

Spotlight on Labs

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Spotlight on Labs

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FotoKem: Where Film's Influence Meets Contemporary Post Services

Filmmakers who have spent any amount of time in Hollywood are already familiar with FotoKem, which has been providing post production services to the industry for five decades. From early on, the facility has been a trusted resource for studio projects, television shows, independent films, and commercial production. Headquartered in Burbank, Calif., FotoKem enjoys a unique role in the industry as an independently owned-and-operated post facility with a global reach. Their process embodies technological innovation and a passion for supporting filmmakers.

Today, emerging filmmakers and seasoned pros alike continue to rely on FotoKem's wide range of expertise for navigating the many creative choices available for storytelling. "We are extremely proud of our history in the post production industry, and our longstanding relationships with so many gifted filmmakers," says President and CEO William Brodersen. "Our transition into file-based workflows was led by the talented people that work here. Over the last decade, we have been able to grow technically and build an incredible, professional team of experts that has made FotoKem what we are now."

FotoKem opened its doors in 1963 as a 16mm blackand-white laboratory. Since that first day, the company has continually operated a high-quality, full-service laboratory. Over the years as technologies have advanced, FotoKem has kept pace with innovation, evolving from a lab to a state-of-the-art, end-to-end post facility with services from production through asset management. To maintain its leadership position in a changing industry, FotoKem established an in-house software development team that has developed a number of significant products. For example, FotoKem's award-winning nextLAB® system is a proprietary workflow solution that manages media, provides RAW format playback, quality control, metadata management, dailies functionality, color, and archive.

In the midst of vast changes in post production, FotoKem has remained dedicated to providing high-quality film services, and is a leading facility of choice for filmmakers and studios opting for celluloid. "It's about creative choices," says Chief Strategy Officer Mike Brodersen. "In spite of changes, film remains an important option for filmmakers, who continue to want to shoot film for many reasons. …

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