To support its growing film restoration and remastering department, Cinelicious has acquired boutique film restoration company High Hat Post. The deal includes all aspects of High Hat’s business, equipment and talent, including High Hat founder Craig Rogers as who will join Cinelicious as lead restoration artist.
“It’s incredible to have Craig Rogers as part of our team,” Cinelicous founder Paul Korver said. “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.”
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 more than 50 IMAX releases including The Dark Kight, Avatar and the Harry Potter series of films. As founder of High Hat Post, Rogers has worked on meticulous restorations from challenging elements such as 35m B/W Nitrate and 16mm A-B Original Camera Negative for MacGillivray-Freeman Films’ 16mm surf-film library, which will come to Cinelicious as part of the acquisition.
“At High Hat, we had very advanced digital restoration tools, but typically outsourced our film prep and scanning,” Rogers said. “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.”
Cinelicious recently installed Digital Vision’s Phoenix Refine full-featured film restoration platform including DVO Enhance (Clarity, Sharpen, Grain, Re-Grain Alias, Brickwall) and DVO Restore (Dust, Fix, Print Align, Scratch, Flicker, Steady & Chroma). In addition to Pheonix Refine and PF Clean digital restoration toolsets, Cinelicious also has a fully featured Scanity 4K scanner with IR dirt mapping for 16mm & 35mm, and recently added the new Lasergraphics ScanStation for groundbreaking 2K small format 8mm, Super 8mm & 9.5mm transfers. 4K color grading and review is provided in Cinelicious 4K DI theater w/Barco 4Kp projection, and deliverables include 4K DCP, 4K film out and YCM Separation Masters.