AUCKLAND, Thursday: Images & Sound, perhaps New Zealand’s most experienced and respected post-production facility, is celebrating its 40th year of operation in 2023 – a significant milestone for the Auckland based company, which has grown and adapted its full-service post services in an ever-shifting industry.
Founded in 1983, the original business Video Images was initially focused on the advertising industry, providing film telecine and editing facilities for film companies and advertising agencies.
In 1993 the company was bought by a consortium of five owners and re-branded Images Post, with the new owners starting to invest in emerging digital technologies.
In 1995, Images Post and production company Communicado bought Mandrill Audio Post, and in 1997 moved it up to Images’ Grafton Road location from Mandrill’s existing location in York St, Parnell.
In 2002 Mandrill was rebranded to Soundpost, and 2007 saw the convergence of Images Post and Sound Post into the entity it is today, Images & Sound – complete post production.
Current owners Grant Baker and Steve Finnigan took over the company in 2008, having both worked at Images and Mandrill respectively over the prior years before becoming company directors in 2006.
“Baker and Finnigan and their long-standing creative staff have taken the company to the forefront of film and TV post in Australasia and as a respected partner in the US and European markets.”
The combined company now boasts nine audio suites including two mixing theatres, three Baselight Telecine grading suites, Flame VFX and online suites, nine in-house Avid editing suites and a dedicated digital media centre running 15 hours a day.
The company has applied its talents to some of New Zealand’s biggest domestically shot film & television projects, including The Brokenwood Mysteries, My Life is Murder, The Luminaries, The Rings of Power, plus international projects including Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Star Trek (2009), and recent films like Power of the Dog.
Baker and Finnigan and their long-standing creative staff have taken the company to the forefront of film and television post production in Australasia and as a respected partner in the US and European markets.
“We’re incredibly proud of this 40-year milestone, and where our talented staff have helped us take Images & Sound over the years,” said Steve Finnigan.
“For the company to successfully navigate decades of challenges and remain at the forefront of post production both in New Zealand and overseas is extremely rewarding.
“The breadth and quality of our work, and diversity of clients stands testament to the wonderful efforts and talents of our staff in particular.
“We continue to invest in the latest equipment to make sure our artists have no impediments to their creative talents.”
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