April 14, 2011
Las Vegas – FilmLight announced Bangkok-based Spice Shop has become the first post-production facility worldwide to purchase its new Blackboard 2 control surface for Baselight. Unveiled for the first time at NAB on April 11, Blackboard 2 represents an entirely new concept in control surfaces for colour grading systems and promises to transform high-end finishing for feature films, television and advertising. Blackboard 2’s revolutionary design streamlines the grading process today, while providing a clear pathway to future innovation. Every key on the control surface is a “soft” key and fully programmable. That contrasts sharply with other control surfaces where most keys are hard-wired and require modifiers and/or multiple keystrokes to facilitate an ever increasing feature set. With Blackboard 2, complex functions can be accomplished by a single keystroke. The soft key design also means that Blackboard 2 has virtually limitless potential to accommodate future functionality additions without the need for redesign. “When we saw Blackboard 2 we understood immediately the impact it would have on our business and our facility, and we knew we had to have it,” said Spice Shop Director of Operations Matthew Szabo. “We were amazed by the possibilities that this new grading panel offers.” Spice Shop offers complete post-production services for high-end advertising clients throughout Southeast Asia. It is among the most modern post-production facilities in the world and features the most sophisticated file based workflow available in Asia. In addition to Blackboard 2, Spice Shop has purchased a Baselight FOUR colour grading system, a Baselight Assist, a Baselight Kompressor media accelerator system, and Truelight-On-Set, FilmLight’s industry-leading on-set colour grading and dailies processing system. Together, the FilmLight technology provides Spice Shop with a colour grading solution that extends from the set through delivery and integrates seamlessly with its editorial, visual effects and finishing operations. Spice Shop will complete the installation of all systems, including Blackboard 2, and be fully operational in early summer.