VANCOUVER — Skylab Screening & Edit Services (skylabvancouver.com) has partnered with Elemental Post on a new facility located in the heart of Vancouver’s trendy and historic Gastown. The new post facility features a Barco 4K laser projection theatre with Dolby 7.1 sound, along with facilities for sound mixing, color grading and editing — remotely or on-site — via an Avid NEXIS infrastructure.
“It pretty common in almost every other major production center to have facilities that offer sound and picture in one place, but for some reason - not in this town,” comments Skylab founder, James Tocher. “We thought it was high time to change that. And now of course, you can do both - remotely.”
Elemental Post is a new partnership between colorist David Tomiak and sound designer/producer Matt Drake. Elemental will handle all aspects of local post services, while Skylab pivots to facility space rentals and remote collaboration screenings for out-of-town studios.
“We’re focusing now on providing awesome facility experiences - allowing super talented and resourceful guys like Dave and Matt to really represent Vancouver’s post scene,” says Tocher. “What’s important to both of us is, as always, delivering a quality product - no matter what size your show is.”
Skylab has been in buiness since 1999, serving as an end-to-end digital intermediate company, and having finished films for MRC, Sony Pictures, Netflix, Fox and Disney. Recently, the studio recognized the need for LA facilities to access more services in Vancouver, both locally and remotely.
The studio has already worked with facilities, such as Skywalker Sound, to enable remote mixes over secure TVIPS connections. Their AVID NEXIS edit suites and screening rooms will offer a variety of remote experiences for color grading, VFX review, sound mixing and editing.
“There’s a lot of above-the-line talent working in Vancouver,” Tocher explains. “Nowadays, with COVID, they can’t just hop on a plane for the weekend in between shooting breaks to do color or sound sessions in LA. With Skylab’s production theatres, they can still make all the same creative and technical decisions with confidence - without having to leave Vancouver.”