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About steven

The creative talent behind the company, and creator of our groundbreaking Phoenix scanning system, Steven is a highly skilled film editor and works in Final Cut Pro, Motion and Episode.

Cine Film Colour Correction

Cine film will always benefit from some expert colour correction to fix colours that have altered and faded over time.

Different makes of film deteriorate differently, with the most common problem being that the films turns a shade of purple or green, and the colours fade.

In the example above you can see the original colours as captured by the scanner, are quite purple and dark with a cold feel to them. Alongside is the finished film after our editor has applied colour correction filters to correct the tones, warm up the image and make it punchier and stronger.

We use a variety of filters including colour filters, contrast enhancers and de-noise, which makes the picture smoother and clearer.

For this example we’ve deliberately not chosen brilliant film, but gone for more typical home movie footage from the 1970s which was actually very dirty and warped at the edges, so not in great condition, so it’s a really fair example of what you can expect.

This work is carried out as standard with all orders at Alive Studios.

SCI-FI Meets Super 8

Cara Delevingne Is a Super Sexy Robot Shot on a Kodak Super 8

Using an early prototype of the new Kodak Super 8 camera, which will be commercially available later this year, Renell revealed Cara’s candid side as she was photographed by Mariano Vivanco in a variety of vintage Mugler outfits.

Striking set design, mind-bending effects and awe-inspiring performances from some of the best actors in the world – there’s a reason that French director Luc Besson’s latest cinematic offering, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer.

Celebrating the launch of Besson’s film, actor and model Cara Delevingne – who stars in the film alongside Dane DeHann – was shot by Mariano Vivanco for the August cover of British GQ. Kodak and photographer Renell Medrano were granted exclusive access to the Barbarella-themed shoot in Paris to create a behind-the-scenes short film, captured entirely on the brand new Super 8 camera .

Based on the cult French comic book Barbarella, Roger Vadim’s 1968 sci-fi film featuring Jane Fonda as a blonde-haired, silver-booted incarnation of the iconic astronaut from the 41st century – seized imaginations around the world.

Barbarella’s genre-defining incandescence still reverberates beyond the realm of sci-fi, with Jean-Paul Gaultier nodding to Barbarella as a major influence for the visually tantalizing costumes that appeared in Luc Besson’s classic, The Fifth Element.

Alive Studios sponsor local boxer ‘Zane Turner’

Despite international recognition as one of the leading film transfer houses in the world, Alive Studios remains a down to earth, family-run business, with their feet firmly planted in the Devon sand.
Renowned for their unique skills in transferring and restoring old Cine Film and Video Tapes to Digital, co-founder Steven is now using his skills in his beloved sport of boxing…

Originally from Torquay, a move to a new Teignmouth studio earlier this year gives the team an unrivalled view of the ocean from their desks, highlighting their love of the sea and all things Devon.

“We are so passionate about our community” explains Jennie, MD of Alive Studios “and we try to support local business and enterprise wherever possible”.  From buying thousands of boxes of local fudge to package with orders, “which our London clients love!” to supporting local events and people, we ask the team why they’ve chosen Zane Turner this year.

“We are always looking for exciting ways to use our skills locally” enthuses creative Director Steven Flowers, “and this year we couldn’t have found a better project to get behind than supporting a home-grown sportsman, so dedicated to his sport, we believe he could really put Devon on the map”.

With three children, two of which help run the studio, the owners explain “it’s essential we encourage local young people to follow their dreams, and if local businesses can make even a small difference, then that’s amazing, and I hope my kids get the same chance when they need it.”

Alive Studios will be helping to make short films to promote up-and-coming boxer Zane Turner, and hopefully gain him a strong following of fans in and around Devon who can enjoy his rise to fame and glory as an international boxing champion….

You can help too by sharing this video and liking this page!

Zane Turner History:
Zane has been a boxing fanatic since being introduced to the sport at 9 years old, invited by a close childhood friend to attend a session in a local gym. Starting the gym to improve fitness and lose body weight, but after a night of sparring he had a new goal, to work and build himself into a competing state. At age 18 Zane moved to a new club – Warriors Gym in Torquay – to improve ability and compete at a more senior level, finally turning Pro in June 2017.

Previous achievements as junior/senior:
2010 Western counties champion, Quarter finalist of junior nationals
2011 Western counties champion
2012 2010 Western counties champion, Quarter finalist of junior nationals and Torbay sportsman of the year
2013/14 Western counties champion, Southern champion, Inspirational sportsman of the year in Torbay, Ship Cornish award for Western region of the UK and ABA national runner up/finalist
2015 Regional Light heavyweight belt champion
2017 National Cruiser-weight Belt challenger

Additional achievements with clubs:
3 x Best all round boxer
4 x Sportsman of the year
5x Best Junior boxer
3x Best Senior boxer
Furthest in Junior ABA Championship
Runner up for nationals
Edward Narocott plate
England Boxing Squad

How can you help?
Let’s get behind Zane and spread the word about this amazing athlete. Please like this page, watch and like the video on YouTube, and follow Zane and Alive Studios on your chosen social media!

Add users in Karishma Cloud

New Feature! Add multiple users
To make your FREE Karishma Cloud account even better, we’ve introduced a new ‘Add User’ feature for all customers.
Now you can create users for your friends and family so they can enjoy your movies and photos without needing access to your main account.

Choose which movies you share
Simple privacy settings allow you to control which of your movies each user has access to, and decide who can contribute to the titles and descriptions for each film.
Don’t forget – all customers have a FREE Karishma Cloud account, so take advantage now!

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New version of Karishma Cloud for Android and IOS

A new version of Karishma Cloud is now available for Android phone, tablets and for IOS iPhone, iPad devices.

  1. Updated to our new phone number
  2. Turned off Memory vault by default.

Download for Android devices: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.karishma.alivestudio&hl=en_GB

Download for iPhone/iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=703474190&mt=8

Memory Vault update

We have just updated the Memory Vault with a brand new responsive design, which means the Memory Vault now works not only on your computer, but on your phone and table too.

We’re also on our shiny new server, so films load ultra-quick now.

We have improved the search engine tool to make locating content even easier.

Finally, we’ve added a ‘related videos’ feature, so you can now choose to see other people’s videos which relate to yours. This is done by matching words in your title, so if you have film of London in 1963, you’ll get related videos of London, and also videos of 1963. You can turn this feature on and off in your settings.

What is the Memory Vault?
It’s a collection of old movie clips, kindly submitted by you – our loyal customers. This is a community site, run for free by Alive Studios to allow our customers to easily share historically interesting films from their home movie collections.

We hope to grow this into a huge database of old films, categorized by year, location and subject matter. Please add as much of your collection as you think people want to see. Simply log in to your private gallery on your Karishma Cloud account and get sharing… Enjoy!

Visit the Memory vault

Alive Studios launch new website

We have just launched our brand new responsive website. know matter what device you are using you will now be able to enjoy using the Alive Studios web site. We have a new support area for our customers with lots of new videos to enjoy. We are also launching a new ordering system in mid February so look out for that.

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