Facility completes major
expansion to support feature and television projects with UHD post services.

TORONTO— Pixel Underground, a SIM Group company, has completed a major
facility expansion that includes the addition of a cinema-style 4K grading theatre.
The new construction, which also includes a 4K online finishing suite, places
the company at the leading edge in color grading and finishing services for motion
pictures and television.
The new 4K theatre features a DaVinci Resolve color grading
system; a Sony 4K, DCI-compliant digital projector; a 14-foot projection screen
and a Flanders 55-inch evaluation-grade monitor in a cinema environment that
can accommodate groups as large as 15.

“Many feature and television productions today shoot in 4K
or higher,” said President Marc Bachli. “Pixel Underground is one of few facilities
in Toronto where directors, cinematographers and producers can review their
work in 4K during post-production sessions. In our theatre, they can see their
work at full resolution and get a true indication of focus, sharpness, grain
structure and other attributes. That is a big benefit. We’re bringing 4K to the
mainstream feature and television market.”

The 4K theatre will facilitate further collaboration between
Pixel Underground and other SIM Group companies, including sound specialist
Tattersall Sound & Picture and workflow specialist Bling Digital. “This
move represents a significant step towards our goal of creating a
comprehensive, world-class, post-production offering,” said SIM Group CTO Chris
Parker. “Shows can now benefit from Tattersall, the city’s best sound post
facility, Bling’s best-in-class dailies workflow and Pixel Underground’s 4K
picture finishing.”  
The 4K theatre includes 5.1 surround sound, with acoustical
design and engineering support provided by Ed Segeren, Technical Director of
Tattersall Sound & Picture, a SIM Group company. The theater is designed to
function as a stand-alone facility with its own kitchen and other client
services features. “It’s a cozy environment,” observed Vice President Marcus
Valentin. “We want our clients to be comfortable, whether their project takes a
day or several weeks.”
The adjacent finishing suite features an Avid Symphony
Nitris with Nuke and AfterEffects compositing also available. The suite shares
a common network with the grading theatre to facilitate collaboration and the seamless
sharing of projects and elements.
Construction of the new facilities spanned four months.
Pixel Underground conducted extensive tests of the projection system to assess
its ability to accurately display media from cameras made by Arri, Sony, Canon
and other manufacturers. “We are committed to staying ahead of the curve,” said
Bachli. “Everything is top notch.”
Pixel Underground has recently completed projects for NBC, A&E, Scripps
Network, Discovery (Canada and U.S.), National Geographic, BBC, Shaw and Chorus.
About SIM Group:
Backed by Toronto-based investment firm
Granite Partners, the SIM Group is a leading supplier of production equipment, workflow
and post-production solutions, with offices across the US, Canada and China.
Our diverse services can be utilized on any production at any stage. In Canada,
our offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax service grip and lighting from PS
Production Services and can be complemented with SIM Digital cinematography and
playback equipment for any production’s needs. Bling, Chainsaw, Pixel
Underground, Tattersall Sound and Picture and Post Factory NY provide an
array of services from dailies, to online and offline editing, to final
color/DI and visual effects, to sound editorial and mixing. Bling’s services,
which include a comprehensive workflow solution, are offered at all offices
across the US and Canada, as well as off-site service through POD (Post on
Demand). Chainsaw’s full-service facility in Hollywood provides creative
editorial and extensive finishing services with some of the top colorists in
the industry. Rounding out the family of companies are Pixel
Underground, a Toronto-based post-production company, and its associated
service, StationEX, which provides physical and file-based media fulfillment
and encoding/distribution services, Tattersall Sound and Picture, a
provider of sound editorial and mixing for motion pictures and television and
Post Factory NY, one of the East Coast’s top independent post-production
facilities. For more information, visit simgroup.com
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