The Group Demonstrates its Latest Innovations in Content Security, Film Restoration, and Digital
Cinematography and is partner of the Short Film Corner
Thomson will have a leading
role at the 2005 Cannes International Film festival by showcasing its advanced cinema
technologies and as an official partner of the Short Film Corner at the Palais des Festivals. In
addition, many of the films screened at this year's Festival were created using a variety of film and
postproduction services from Thomson.
A total of 15 films at Cannes feature post-production, visual effects, restoration work and digital
cinema mastering carried out by Thomson's Technicolor film lab and post-production facilities in
the US and Europe. These include front-end processing and dailies for "Broken Flowers" (Jim
Jarmusch) and "Last Days" (Gus Van Sant), as well as digital cinema mastering for "Sin City"
(Robert Rodriguez), three films in the official competition selection. Thomson also provided digital
intermediates for Chromophobia by British director, Martha Fiennes. This year's Festival also
features screenings of movie classics restored by Technicolor: "Black Narcissus" (high-definition
mastering) and "A Matter of Life and Death" by British director, Michael Powell; and "Cronaca
Familiare" by Italian director, Valerio Zurlini.
As part of its Technology Showcase at Cannes, Thomson is presenting on-going research to
develop end-to-end security solutions which will allow content owners, such as studios, to protect
their creative assets. Thomson will notably demonstrate a new anti-piracy technology designed to
scramble the quality of images illegally recorded with a camcorder during digital cinema
An advanced computer-aided technique developed by Thomson to restore and preserve precious
film archives is also on show. With this new digital technique, archived films are scanned and a
sophisticated computer algorithm automatically compensates for damage caused by the
shrinkage or warping of aging film. This is expected to be much less expensive and
time-consuming than traditional manual photochemical methods.
Also on display is Thomson?s innovative digital cinematography camera and compact, dockable
storage system designed to help film-makers realize their creative vision. The Grass ValleyTM
Viper FilmStreamTM Digital Cinematography Camera and Venom FlashPak Solid State Recorder
create a complete portable system that allows real-time digital image capture and delivery of
incredibly detailed, uncompressed output direct to post-production. The Showcase will also
include a demonstration of the Group's Film Grain technology a patented process that
preserves the grain of a film despite the use of advanced compression required when passing from
film to digital media.