UFO Film and Television Studios is a 4 studio- 5000 m2 (53,819 sq. ft.) complex with back-lot located 22 kilometers from the Sofia city center in an area called Dolna Malina. In addition to the studio there is over 56,000 m2 (602,778 sq. ft.) of back-lot and expansion area for new exterior standing sets and new stages.
Presently UFO Back-lot has a Standing Western Town, American Town with gas station, a Medieval Village, a 15th Century Galleon Ship and an Arctic Research Station.
Plans are to build 4 more 1000 m2 stages (10,763 sq. ft.) dedicated to Television and commercial production over the next 2 years.
UFO camera rental services carries wide range of cameras digital and film; Digital Cameras include Red Epic, Red MX, Black Magic and other. Film cameras include; Arri-Cam Lite, Arri 235 along with BL-4’s, Arri 3’s, Arri 2’s
In addition UFO camera carries the Ultra Prime & the Elite lens packages as well as numerous other Zeiss lens packages and various heads.
UFO has full grip and lighting packages which includes dollies, cranes, Hot Heads, grip equipment and process car trailers. Our lighting packages include a complete range of HMI’s, Tungsten, Keno-Flows and Lightning Strikes lights. Our grip packages include Blue Screens, Green Screens, including the new Lite Ring® and Chromatte screen and a wide assortment of other western grip and lighting equipment previously not available in Eastern Europe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UFO rentals carry full sound recording packages for field and studio. These packages include the newest Fostex and Sound Devices Hard Drive recorders and a full compliment of radio mikes, mix boards and booms.
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.
CinedigitalFX with 24 full time animators, compositors, modelers and digital artists is one of the most prolific special effects houses with an average of over 6 features a year. It is also one of the longest continuous running houses in the business beginning operations in 1990.
With our animation facilities located in Sofia Bulgaria, CinedigitalFX can provide you an edge that few other special effects companies can give you; western style special effects services at Eastern European budgets.
CinedigitalFX having the experience of over 100 special effect driven features to date can give you the same interaction as you would if you were posting your special effects in LA. With our Los Angeles offices, you can have onsite personal interaction with company personnel who will be directly responsible for your project. This is complimented by our lower costs which give you the best of off shore cost savings and local creative interaction.
In addition to our post animation services, CinedigitalFX can provide you with complete pre-visualization of your project through anamatic animations to finals.
CinedigitalFX originally under the UFOFX name was previously a division in UFO International Productions LLC (UFO). Special Effect operations began in 1990 as one of the first companies to use desk top- PC hardware to create feature film special effects. Years ahead of the PC revolution, the founders Phillip Roth and Jeffery Beach developed their skills by creating feature film projects that exploited these early special effects, creating cutting edge high concept films for the international markets at a fraction of the cost. The 1995 launch of UFO began with the 1994 successful release of a science fiction- action adventure film, "A.P.E.X." with its under 1 million dollar budget was released theatrically in over 100 hundred theaters in the United States to over 15 million in international and domestic revenue. At the time it was one of the most successful independent science films ever released with over 300 digital special effects all created on desk top computers. This was the first theatrical digital special effect film ever completed with this work flow.
Today CinedigialFX and their partner companies provide; International Licensing, Distribution, Production Service, Rentals, Animation and Post Production. The parent offices are based in Los Angeles with a 50,000 square foot Studio Facilities and Back-lot based in Sofia, Bulgaria along with CinedigitalFX animation facilities.
CinedigitalFX most recent production history includes the 2012 release of "Company of Heroes" based on the popular video game which became Sony's most successful non theatrical film in their companies history. On another front, CinedigitalFX has produced special effects for the most watched shows in the history of Universals Syfy channel. This translates to out of top 5 highest rated shows in the history of the Syfy Saturday Movies, 4 had their special effects created by CinedigitalFX.
More recently CinedigitalFX has delivered special effects for "Sniper 5 - Legacy" with Tom Berenger for Sony Pictures. "Jarheads 2" for Universal, "Viking Quest," "Firequake" and "Crystal Skulls" for Universal International as well as "Wrong Turn 6" for 20th Century Fox. At present CinedigitalFX is in post on "Jarheads- The Siege" for Universal and "Sniper 6- Kill Shot" for Sony as well as a campy action comedy for Universal and the Syfy channel; "RoboShark."
CinedigitalFX goal is to provide your production with highest quality special effects at budgets that reflect the present economics of our business.