Turkish post-production facility invests in Lustre

Turkey’s largest post-production house and DI film lab, Sinefekt, recently invested in a Discreet Lustre digital grading system for Sinemaj, its telecine and DI facility in Istanbul.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 25, 2005

Turkey’s largest post-production house and DI film lab, Sinefekt, recently invested in a Discreet Lustre digital grading system for Sinemaj, its telecine and DI facility in Istanbul. The purchase was made through Arttek, Autodesk’s systems reseller in Turkey. “We were looking for a real-time 2K DI solution to complete our DI workflow,” said Kerem Kurdoglu, vice president, Sinefekt. “We chose Lustre because our operators are familiar with the Discreet systems’ interface. As conforming, tracking, garbage matte generation, and other similar features are parts of multi-layered colour grading in Lustre, our artists will be able to get up and running very quickly with this system. In addition, Lustre comes equipped with excellent film prep tools for dustbusting.” Sinefekt, which works on domestic features as well as Egyptian films and TV commercials from Syria, Iran and Iraq, was also impressed with the local support provided by Arttek. “We’re very pleased with the back-up and support we get from Arttek,” says Kurdoglu. “The response time is very quick and this is very important in our line of business.” Sinefekt has been looking for a DI solution because more customers are seeking digital solutions. “Four years ago, DI was unheard of in this country. Today, however, it has become the norm for both commercial and independent filmmakers. With the advent of digital cinema especially, a lot of people are investing in feature films and we’re getting a big part of that pie. We work on about half the features in Turkey and our ratio of film and commercial work is now about 50:50,” says Kurdoglu.

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