“It’s been the season of decapitations,” declares Stargate Studios visual effects supervisor Victor Scalise, reflecting on season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead. In this series, the characters fortify themselves inside an abandoned prison while still trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. Stargate once again provided digital effects for the show, matching extensive practical and make-up effects work by KNB EFX Group (one of the co-founders of KNB, Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer, special effects makeup artist, director and also actor on The Walking Dead).Read More
MARCH 5, 2013 by american cinematographer
The company’s first two full-service virtual production studios will be located in Dubai Studio City, U.A.E., and Cairo, Egypt. Both will be equipped with the latest digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 3-D imaging and virtual sets. Both Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo will employ multiple visual-effects supervisors, producers and local graphic-artist talent and will feature extensive soundstages.
According to Stargate CEO Sam Nicholson, ASC, the partnership with MBC will further strengthen Stargate’s international presence and will bring the company’s proprietary Virtual Backlot technology to the Middle East. “MBC has given us the opportunity to dramatically change the face of the television industry throughout the Middle East,” says Nicholson. “This partnership connects MBC to the entire Stargate global digital network, effectively combining our production expertise and advanced technologies with MBC’s creative artistry and local programming.”
Founded in 1989, Stargate has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto, Mumbai and Malta. The company’s global network allows clients to access more than 250 visual-effects artists and supervisors all over the world, as well as high-speed data transfer and simultaneous international rendering and delivery. Stargate’s Virtual Backlot provides an alternative to shooting on location, offering fully immersive environments to shoot establishing shots, multiple-angle coverage, walk-and-talks and driving.Read More
DECEMBER 5, 2012
Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo to Cater to the Region's Virtual Productions
LOS ANGELES, Dec 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Stargate Studios, the global, award-winning production company specializing in virtual production and visual effects, has established a groundbreaking partnership with the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) Group to open Stargate Middle East. The first two full-service virtual production studios will be located in Dubai Studio City (DSC), UAE and Cairo, Egypt; both will be equipped with the latest advanced digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 3-D imaging and virtual sets. Both Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo will employ multiple visual effects supervisors, producers and local graphic artist talent together with extensive sound stages. Both studios will be fully operational by Jan 2013 in order to service multiple MBC projects currently in pre-production, including "The Palace" and "Love Without Borders".Read More
DECEMBER 4, 2012
Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group, stressed the importance of this step as a milestone in a long track record of 21 years of success of the group, saying:
“MBC Group today strengthens its expertise in media content production, with its new production company "O3 production” at Dubai Studio City, where the City is equipped with the latest facilities, technologies, and talents, that match the efficiency and capacity of the largest international production studios. This will contribute a lot to the development of local content, whether it is entertainment or education content, and promotes it towards a new dimension of success, especially with the Stargate global production technology of simulation visual multidimensional, that is considered one of the added values to the MBC."Read More
NOVEMBER 28, 2012 BY THE CREDITS
On location shooting is a variable that can make or break a film or television project. It might be the difference between shooting a scene at Westminster Abbey, or at the neighborhood church. So when visual effects house Stargate Studios launched their Virtual Backlot nearly a decade ago, television shows everywhere could hardly wait to use their game-changing library of virtual backdrops. From Vegas casinos to idyllic beaches, producers could finally green-light exotically ambitious scripts, without breaking the budget. And with a CV that boasts TV shows like 24, ER, The Walking Dead, and Heroes, it seems Stargate has sparked something of a revolution.
The Credits spoke with Stargate Studios CEO Sam Nicholson about the Virtual Backlot, revolutions in television producing, and how enhancing reality truly is better than the real thing.Read More
- NOVEMBER 29, 2012 | WRITTEN BY: CAROLYN GIARDINA | THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTERDuring Wednesday’s event, the shorts were presented at a standing room only screening in the lot’s Cary Grant Theater that was attended by some of the filmmakers, including director and cinematographer Sam Nicholson.Nicholson teamed with Stargate Studios to produce Mahout, which follows an orphan girl who helps a baby elephant escape an abusive owner and return to his herd in the wild. Nicholson directed and Dana Christiaansen lensed the short using the F55. It was made on location in Sri Lanka.Calling 4K “totally addictive,” Nicholson said, "It gives you a tremendous amount of options in post. It is almost like being [on the shoot] again.” Others emphasized the flexibility of the lightweight camera body, which weighs roughly 4.5 pounds, according to Sony.
- Founded in 1989 by Sam Nicholson, ASC, a distinguished cinematographer and visual effects supervisor, Stargate Studios is an international production company providing concept development, advanced production services and state-of-the-art post production. Stargate has a well-established, award winning reputation for producing high concept production and visual effects in feature films, television, and commercials.Over the years, Stargate has developed and refined a diverse array of proprietary production tools, personnel and capabilities including live action film and HD production, the Virtual Backlot, VB Live (real time compositing), CGI, digital compositing, matte painting and on-line HD editing services. The Virtual Backlot, utilizing VB Live, is one of the best, low-cost alternatives to shooting on location and offers fully immersive environments to shoot establishing shots, multiple angle coverage, walk & talks and driving. The Virtual Backlot Library includes hundreds of photo-real virtual environments from most major cities around the world.Stargate's clients are primarily from the feature, broadcast television, and commercial industries. In 2010, Stargate provided production and visual effects services for 4 feature films, 2 MOW's, 18 Television Series (176 Episodic TV Shows) and 4 commercials. Currently, the company is working on some of television’s most popular shows, including The Walking Dead, Touch, Haven, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Past efforts include visual effects for 24, ER, Revenge, Heroes and CSI.Stargate has studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin and Atlanta, with key partnerships in Mumbai and Malta, providing “turn key” solutions to film and television production and visual effects worldwide. Discussions are underway to establish additional studios in the Middle East.Each Stargate Studio is built upon the company's proprietary work platform called the Visual Operating System (VOS), which enables artists, supervisors, producers and clients to seamlessly interact from any location in the world. This unique network allows Stargate and its partners to operate on a 24-hour daily work schedule, delivering a superior product quickly and more efficiently.Read More