HOLLYWOOD — In a move to support its growing film restoration and remastering department, Cinelicious has acquired LA-based boutique film restoration company High Hat Post. The deal comprises all aspects of High Hat's business, equipment, and talent, including principal Craig Rogers, who will serve as Cinelicious’ lead restoration artist.
"It’s incredible to have Craig Rogers as part of our team,” says Cinelicous founder Paul Korver. “His precision and technical mastery for restoration and remastering make him among the top professionals in this important part of our industry. Like Cinelicious, High Hat was built with celluloid in its DNA and an obsession with image quality and beauty. It just made sense to combine forces.”
Rogers brings years of large format film experience. During his 12-year tenure at IMAX, he was responsible for quality control and supervision of final film recording of over 50 IMAX releases, including The Dark Night, Avatar, and the Harry Potter series.
"At High Hat we had very advanced digital restoration tools but typically outsourced our film prep and scanning,” explains Rogers. “Cinelicious has a stellar reputation, and being here affords me the opportunity to be involved in the entire 4K preservation pipeline, from beginning to end. Their Scanity and new Lasergraphics scanners are absolutely incredible. I'm like a kid in a candy store."
Cinelicious (http://cinelicious.tv), which has locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica, also offers 4K color grading and review via its 4K DI theater, which is equipped with a Barco 4Kp projector. The studio can provide 4K DCP, 4K film out, and YCM Separation Masters for deliverables.
Pictured are (L-R) Paul Korver and Craig Rogers.