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Editing/HD on-line suite

The Edit Suite is a full on-line Final Cut Pro HD system with full surround sound system and fully automated mixing board, Dual 30” HD Monitors, 42” Plasma monitor for easy viewing and a luxury to make you edit experience comfortable or your viewing dailies a relaxing experience after a hard day of production.

Editing and Sound Equipment: Quad Power Mac, 8 GB Ram, 8Tb Server, FCP Studio, Black Magic Card AJA/HD/SDI Converter, Two Apple 30” HD LCD Displays, Graphire Bluetooth Pen/ Tablet, Contour Shuttle Control 2, M-Audio Axion 49 Advanced MIDI Controller, Digi 002 Fire Wire Audio Device.


Video Equipment: Sony/ HDW-F500- HDCAM Studio VTR w/24P and 60i Compatibility with HKDV-501A/ HD-SD Board, HKDV-506A/ SDTI Dubbing Data Board, HKDV-507/507D-HD Pulldown w/ telefile and Audio Data kit. DVC Cam Player/ Recorder, Beta SP NTSC, VHS NTSC and PAL and Sony DVD Burner Zone 1 and 2.

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Steadicam

UFO has one of the few full service Steadicam rentals in Eastern Europe, owning a MK-V Nexus and Pro Arm - Chrosziel Sled Steadicam packages along with a number of more cost effective older Steadicam packages- all available for rent - with or without operators. In addition UFO has contacts with some of the best Steadicam operators in Europe and the United States.

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Actors

With Bulgaria’s long history of production there is a large professional actor and stuntmen base in the country. In addition, there are numerous stunt coordinators with talented stunt teams working at rates less than quarter that of their western counterparts. With the many productions over the last 10 years, a large contingent of local American and British actors has also developed to compliment the local actors.

Most shows take advantage of the very talented British actors cast out of London. Less than a 3 hour flight away these actor are able to augment many of the roles which would normally be cast out of Los Angeles or New York.

Large groups of experienced extra talent are widely available at costs over 80% below western costs. In addition to local extras there is a wide range of ethnic groups from Asian to Indian to African American are available.

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Crew

Eastern Europe has a long history of production. During the peak of government-backed filmmaking, Bulgaria was producing as many as 50 features a year. In a country with a total population of less than 7.5 million that is over 10 times as many feature productions per capita than the United States. This has contributed to a very deep well-trained crew base. UFO on most of its productions are using all local keys including First AD’s, Sound Recorder, 2nd Unit DP’s and Production designers. Most local crew members have had 15 or more years experience working on western productions, speaking English, Italian, Spanish and German along with understanding western production customs and operations including SAG and DGA rules, penalties and regulations.

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Lab

The Boyana Laboratory has a long history beginning in the 1950’s when the Bulgarian Film Community was producing as many as 50 feature films a year.

Today with the privatization of Boyana, the Lab is now run separately by Kodak. To date, the lab has processed and video work-printed 100’s of features for U.S. and European Productions. They have also done lab work for many commercial and local productions on an ongoing basis. With over 38 years’ experience, many producers have said that the work at the Boyana Lab is equal to Los Angeles, New York or UK Labs. UFO also has personnel with over 30 years of lab experience on-staff that supervises at the lab during production to provide immediate negative reports and updates. In addition, the telecine operation is capable of delivering HD source masters to address film productions that want to do a direct HD finish at mastering prices well below US and Western European costs.

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