Archives for : July 2011

Technicolor

Technicolor is a color motion picture process invented in 1916 and improved over several decades.  It was the second major process, after Britain’s Kinemacolor, and the most widely used color process in Hollywood from 1922 to 1952. Technicolor became known and celebrated for its saturated levels of color, and was used most commonly for filming musicals, costume pictures, and animated films.

Technicolor’s Canadian operations provide post-production services for film projects, television, sound and software in North America. Technicolor not only offers its services to local and foreign productions produced in Canada. In fact, the Canadian operations of the company provide audiovisual services to a wide range of international clients. Low operating costs, an educated workforce and government incentives offered competitiveness to have such a facility in Quebec.

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Technicolor Creative Services is totally owned by Thompson, a French company that offers products and services to the media and entertainment market. Thompson is a vertically integrated media, one of its subsidiaries, Grass Valley Group, is a factory of production equipment and studio used by Technicolor.

Technicolor is separated into several divisions according to the type of services they offer. Like any other production activity, the cinema and television can transcend national boundaries. The structure of Technicolor shows the various components of the process of film production in Canada. Technicolor services are separated into four categories and are distributed in two locations in Quebec, seven in the rest of Canada, three in Mexico, eleven in the United States and seventeen outside North America.

Technicolor’s facility in Montreal offers a wide range of service distributions while Mirabel specialized in the production of film copies used by theatres or for post-production.

Increasingly, the films we see in movie theatres are in electronic form. The good old 35 mm film or 70 mm is constantly losing ground for the past couple of years. This time the axe fell on the Technicolor facility in Mirabel. They produced copies of films for movie theatres. The reproduction of films in film in North America will be made by Deluxe now and Technicolor will only by distributing.

Technicolor has been one of our clients for almost a decade now; our hearts goes out to the 178 employees who are unemployed today, all top notch specialists in their field. Good luck!

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À l’usine Technicolor, on fait la reproduction de films pour les salles de cinémas et les ciné-parcs partout en Amérique du Nord.

Les opérations canadiennes de Technicolor fournissent des services de post-production pour les projets de films, de télévision, de sons et de logiciels en Amérique du Nord. Technicolor n’offre pas seulement ses services à des productions locales et étrangères produites au Canada. En fait, les opérations canadiennes de la compagnie offrent des services audio-visuels à une gamme très large de clients internationaux. Des coûts d’opération peu élevés, une main-d’oeuvre éduquée et des incitatifs gouvernementaux compétitifs offerts par Québec ont permis à Technicolor d’offrir des services qui ne sont pas directement reliés à la production.

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Technicolor Services Créatifs appartient totalement à Thompson, une firme française qui offre des produits et services à l’industrie des media et du divertissement. Thompson est une entreprise media intégrée verticalement ; une de ses filiales, Grass Valley Group, fabrique une partie de l’équipement de production et de studio utilisé par Technicolor.

Technicolor est séparé en plusieurs divisions selon le type de services que celles-ci offrent. Comme toute autre activité de production, celle du cinéma et de la télévision peut dépasser les frontières nationales. La structure de Technicolor présente les différentes composantes du processus de production de films au Canada. Les services de Technicolor sont séparés en quatre catégories et sont distribués dans deux emplacements au Québec, sept dans le reste du Canada, trois au Mexique, onze aux États-Unis et dix-sept en dehors de l’Amérique du Nord.

Technicolor a une installation à Montréal qui offre une large gamme de services de distributions tandis que celle de Mirabel se spécialisait plutôt dans la fabrication de copie de films pour les salles de cinéma ou celle de pour la post-production.

De plus en plus, les films que nous voyons dans les salles de cinéma sont sur support électronique. La bonne vieille pellicule 35 mm ou 70 mm perd constamment du terrain depuis des années. Cette fois, le couperet tombe pour l’usine Technicolor de Mirabel dans les Laurentides.  Les installations de Mirabel produisaient des copies de films en pellicules pour les cinémas. La reproduction de films en pellicules en Amérique du Nord se fera chez Deluxe. Technicolor fera la distribution.

Technicolor étant notre client depuis près d’une décennie, nous sommes de tout cœur avec les 178 employés qui se retrouvent sans emploi aujourd’hui, des spécialistes dans leur domaine.  Bonne continuité !

Fête Nationale de la France

Cette fête est devenue un jour de fête nationale qu’en 1880, après avoir été validée par l’Assemblée et le Sénat de cette même année après que le député Benjamin Raspail dépose la loi faisant du 14 juillet, la fête nationale annuelle française en commémoration du 14 juillet 1790 qu’est la fête de la Fédération. Celle-ci a été voulue par le général et homme politique qu’a été le marquis de La Fayette, ceci pour marquer la fin de la monarchie absolue en France et le premier anniversaire de la prise de la Bastille.

L’histoire en bref…

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When I was about twelve I had this old radio that crackled and made funny noises but it followed me everywhere I went. I remember hearing one day “I keep a close watch on this heart of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time..”  I fell in love! Right after I heard “Your cheatin’ heart will make you weep you’ll cry and cry and try to sleep…”  That was it! I then became a major country music fan. So what can I say.. I always have a little fondness when I sell film cans to the The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

This weeks post is about one of our loyal customers, just a brief description of who they are, for more information I strongly recommend you visit their website: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/

They are operated by the non-profit, educational Country Music Foundation (CMF). The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry.

It’s in 1961 that the Country Music Association created the Country Music Hall of Hame, the first inductees were Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams & Fred Rose. So many throughout the years, just to name a few: Patsy Cline in 1973, Johnny Cash in 1980, Elvis Presley in 1998, Alabama in 2005 and to finish off in 2011 with Bobby Braddock, Reba McEntire & Jean Shepard.

The Museum is open every day from 9am to 5pm. I do believe I will have to make a visit to Nashville one of these days!

“Country music is still devoted to the lyric and to the telling of stories, which people love and people need. Country music artists took what they heard around them, material that was in the air and that was common currency, and they made something entirely new. This is a museum that preserves their memory so that they can continue to inspire creators in the future. It’s also a museum that honors the people who their music was made for. Those people are all of us, people who’ve ever been lost or confused or sad or felt excluded. This museum helps to preserve these tributes to our condition.”

- Garrison Keillor

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