Domino compositor donated

Quantel’s American division has given a $1.5 million Domino film compositor – the industry leader for creating special effects in feature films – to the School of Cinema-Television.

THE AMERICAN DIVISION of Quantel, a British-based designer and manufacturer of computerized image processors, has donated a $1.5 million Domino film compositor to the School of Cinema-Television.
The Domino system, which consists of a film scanner, workstation and film re-corder, is the industry leader for creating special effects in feature films, including Independence Day, the 1996 Oscar winner for visual effects.
“With 70 percent of movies using digital effects, the future of filmmaking is going to be very much affected by digital technology,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the cinema-television school.
“When students graduate from USC, they start working in Hollywood immediately. What’s exciting about our new Domino is that our students will now be able to use one of the most sophisticated digital effects tools in the industry. In time, I expect some of the seasoned users of Domino in the industry will be USC film school graduates,” Daley said.

DOMINO SCANS AND CONVERTS film images to a digital format, allowing them to be manipulated and converted back to film resolution without affecting visual quality. Dominoes are used for crowd replication, scene salvage, cloning, wire removal and color correction, among other imaging techniques.
“It’s nice to give something back to the entertainment industry,” said Ken Ellis, chief executive officer of Quantel in Darien, Conn. “We feel a great place to contribute Quantel’s technology is with our youth. USC is the perfect home for Domino, and it will provide USC students with new opportunities when they enter the entertainment work force.”


 

 


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