The New York facilities of Company 3 and Method Studios, both subsidiaries of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. and part of Deluxe Creative Services Group, made efficient use of their close and collaborative relationship for the post work on Universal Pictures’ new action-comedy Tower Heist, it was announced today.
Press Release from Company 3 and Method Studios
New York, NY–Nov. 7, 2011 – The New York facilities of Company 3 and Method Studios, both subsidiaries of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. and part of Deluxe Creative Services Group, made efficient use of their close and collaborative relationship for the post work on Universal Pictures’ new action-comedy Tower Heist, it was announced today. The new film starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy is now in theaters.
The visual effects and DI color grading companies, which respectively share the same address on the 11th and 12th floors in New York's Chelsea district, were jointly able to maximize speed and efficiency during the elaborate post production phase of the new feature directed by Brett Ratner.
"This is an excellent example of the synergy our companies strive to provide our clients," said Stefan Sonnenfeld, Company 3 president and co-founder, and president of Deluxe Creative Services Group. "It's especially exciting because it demonstrates how we take on complex and challenging feature films in our New York operation."
By completing 138 visual effects shots at the same Manhattan location where Sonnenfeld performed the DI color grading, the filmmakers were able to take advantage of having the creative teams and the media under the same roof and sharing a single color pipeline. The two groups share a theater and use the same projector for both visual-effects reviews and DI grading. The close proximity also provides the ability to pass material through common servers, making the process significantly faster.
As visual-effects shots took shape under the direction of Method’s visual effects supervisor Greg Liegey and his team, Sonnenfeld could immediately contribute his input about the color as well.
"As we developed the visual-effects shots, the filmmakers could review exactly what they would later see in the DI theater,” said Method Studios’ executive vice president Dan Glass. “If there were questions about how a shot would look during the final grade, we consulted with Stefan, who was right there in the building. If Stefan wanted to see how a shot was evolving and possibly augment or modify his pre-grade, he did that as well. This created efficiencies that saved the production time and eliminated any surprises throughout the DI grading process."
About Company 3:Company 3 is a group of post production facilities for features, commercials and music videos. Known for our creative color artistry, pioneering technology and global reach, Company 3 is trusted to deliver a quality product every time.
Company 3's incredible talent roster includes John Bonta, Sean Coleman, Siggy Ferstl, Billy Gabor, Adam Glasman, Dave Hussey, Tim Masick, Stephen Nakamura, Mike Pethel, Rob Pizzey, Tom Poole, Rob Sciarratta and Stefan Sonnenfeld. Recent commercial projects include campaigns for Apple, Audi, BMW, Heineken, Nike and others. Recent feature film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bridesmaids, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Tourist and I Am Number Four. www.company3.com
About Method Studios:Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, London and Australia. As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, the company services high-end feature film, commercial, television, games and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace. Built around an exceptional team of visual effects professionals, Method’s international facilities provide a full range of visual effects services including conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, compositing and finishing, and full stereoscopic workflow. With its global reach accented by its boutique accessibility, the company has the capacity to service its clientele wherever production is situated. www.methodstudios.com
Company 3 and Method Studios are wholly owned by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., (www.bydeluxe.com), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. Deluxe’s Creative Services Group is a close-knit group of facilities overseen by Stefan Sonnenfeld that includes Beast, Company 3, Deluxe NY, EFILM®, Method Studios, RIOT and Rushes, that leverages a comprehensive suite of end-to-end services, access to world-class artists, technical expertise and a tight infrastructure with global connectivity.
About Tower Heist:Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, an action-comedy about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. www.towerheist.net