Digital Orchard Group and Kodak have announced an extension to their shared services partnership that sees the installation of a Lasergraphics ScanStation 6.5K – a high-end motion picture film scanner – at Kodak Film Lab Atlanta, USA.
Digital Orchard is an industry-leading film and digital service provider that offers a unique end-to-end workflow and colour-management solution, from capture to post. Since 2019 Digital Orchard & Kodak have worked in partnership, combining Kodak’s photochemical expertise with Digital Orchard’s innovation & expertise in film scanning and finished scan digital workflows. This end-to-end service provides filmmakers with a seamless and high-quality post production solution for their celluloid shoots – now both in the UK and the US. Kodak Film Lab Atlanta can transfer scanned material safely & securely to Digital Orchard through access to their dedicated high speed file transfer solution.
Commenting on the announcement Antonio Rasura, director, motion picture services, Kodak said:
‘Kodak is delighted to extend our services partnership with Digital Orchard Group and are thrilled to now offer this advanced film scanning technology as part of our wider support to the growing film market in Atlanta.’
At Digital Orchard’s 26-acre facility outside Chalfont St Giles, just 10 minutes from Leavesden and 15 minutes from Pinewood, the company has upgraded its custom-designed & manufactured ScanStation to incorporate 6.5K resolution capability. This fast & versatile scanner can handle 16, 35 & 65mm film at speeds of up to 60fps, producing optically pin-registered scans. Featuring a warped film gate & sprocketless film transport, the ScanStation 65 provides incredible stability and incredible shadow detail through its multi-flash scanning capability.
Since establishing its film services team in 2019, Digital Orchard has serviced a vast range of independent and studio features, shorts, commercials and music promos, working in partnership with filmmakers and production companies from around the world. This summer the film team reached a significant milestone, having scanned, digitised & delivered over 5 million feet of film.
Commenting on this achievement and the extension of the Kodak partnership, Callum Just, founder & group director at Digital Orchard added:
‘We’ve always been committed to ensuring that our technological solutions offer filmmakers the very best in quality and service & our film scanning team are renowned for this. I’m thrilled to celebrate the team’s achievement in reaching the 5 million feet milestone. By continuing to invest in our UK capability while extending our partnership with Kodak, I look forward to supporting more and more creative projects both here and in Atlanta’