Film production community Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, will be the location of Sony’s new Digital Motion Picture Centre, the company has announced. The DMPC(E) is set to open at the end of September this year, and will provide a facility for training and knowledge-sharing on Sony’s latest cameras and workflows from industry partners.
Cinematographers, film crews, rental and post production facilities and freelance operators will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest techniques and equipment available, and gain experience of the various parts of the production chain.
“This new facility will be a place where members of the European production community can meet, find out about the latest technologies and share experiences,” said Katsunori Yamanouchi, VP, Sony Professional Solutions Europe.
The centre will feature Sony’s CineAlta range of Super 35mm cameras, including the F65 and the new F55 and F5 models. Tools for end-to-end 4K workflows and a selection of both 4K and HD displays will also feature.
“Sony has a long history of developing leading edge technology including the world’s first 24P camera,” said Peter Sykes, strategic technology manager at Sony. “There is a growing realisation that the performance offered by new cameras such as the F65 and F55 have opened up completely new creative opportunities for the very highest quality 4K, 2K and HD film and television projects. We have designed the centre with the aim of making it easier for filmmakers and production crews to gain access to the technology, specialist knowledge and experience that has been gained over many years.”
Darren Woolfson, group director of Technology, Pinewood Studios Group, added: “We are very happy that Sony has chosen Pinewood Studios as the location of this new European facility to help filmmakers get the most from the new technologies that continue to evolve.”