History

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Established in Uzumasa, Kyoto in 1935, IMAGICA Corp. was the first Japanese company to offer film processing services by introducing an automatic film processor. Since then, IMAGICA has kept pursuing the possibilities of well-matured recording medium, film.
In the early 1970s, expanding into the video post-production, IMAGICA became a pioneer in new technologies like High-Definition format and CG/VFX In addition to post-production services, our services expanded into various areas; planning and organization of exhibitions video rental, satellite distributions, and other filming-related industries. Through its eighty years history, our skills, knowledge, determination and spirit of challenge have been accumulated and these developed competitive advantages within the industry.
With the ongoing diversification of media and development of digital technology, the imaging industry is rapidly shifting gears. IMAGICA aims to make the next leap forward as an integrated company by coordinating comprehensive services in the fields of planning, production, post-production and distiribution.

1935 Established Kyokuto Genzosho (Far East Laboratories Ltd.)
Started film development in Uzumasa, Kyoto
1936 Started its operation atYokohama factory
1942 Renamed the company to Toyo Genzosyo Corp.
1951 Started its operation at Gotanda, Tokyo factory
1953 Engaged in the processing of a feature film, “Gate of Hell” that was show with Eastman color films for the very first time in Japan
1961 Established an Osaka Office in Sueyoshibashi, Minato-ku, Osaka
1964 Engaged in processing of a highly acclaimed documentary film for XVIII Tokyo Olympic
1970 Engaged in processing of the official documentary film and news footage for the Japan World Exposition (Expo’70) in Osaka
1971 Started video editing and audio mixing services in Gotanda
1972 Processed the film for the official documentary of the XI Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
1974 Established a video post-production center in Higashi-shinagawa
1976 Processed the film for the official documentary of the Expo ‘75 held in Okinawa
1982 Developed Links Ⅰ and TRACY, the proprietary computer graphic hardware and software, and entered into CGI production business.
1985 Engaged in the production of films, videos and photographs for the pavilions at the International Exposition (Tsukuba Expo ’85) in Tsukuba, Japan.
1986 Renamed the company as IMAGICA Corp. at the company’s 50th anniversary.
1989 Built Tokyo Imaging Center
1990 Built Osaka Imaging Center
1991 Provided optical effects for “Back to the Future: The Ride” for the Universal Studios tourin Florida
1992 Engaged in the planning and production of the pavilions at Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo city, Nagasaki
1993 Established Imagica USA, Inc. in LA
―Started optical effect services for 70mm screens
Established Akasaka Video Center
1995 Released an original digital film scanner, Imager3000V
―Used globally in digital effects productions, especially in Hollywood
1996 Launched Cinefil Imagica, a satellite broadcasting channel for movie fans
1997 Established Ginza 7-chome Studio
Started DVD Authoring Services
2000 Co-produced the IMAX film, “The Old Man and the Sea” that won the Best Short Film (Animated) award at he 72nd Academy Awards.
Completed Shinagawa Production Center
2001 Developed GaletteTM, a proprietary color management system.
―Used in “Spirited Away” by Ghibli Studio
Established Nagatacho Studio
2002 Won the Scientific and Engineering Award at the 74th Academy Awards for the engineering excellence and the contribution to the motion picture industry for the development of the 65mm/ 35mm Multi-Format Optical Printer.
2004 Started virtual filming services in the R Studio (a virtual studio)at Shinagawa Production Center
2005 Started digital intermediate services
Established Azabu-juban Studio
2006 Established Imagica Robot Holdings Inc. as a holding company and
IMAGICA became a core company for postproduction and media distribution services in the group.
Mastered the first DCI compliant feature film for digital cinema screening
2007 Built a new editing room in Wangan Studio of Fuji Television
2008 “KUDAN”, an original full CGI short film, won the Award of Distinction in the PC Animation
category at Prix Ars Electronica
2009 Developed CLAVIS, a proprietary digital cinema release support system.

Provided technical support for the production of the very first stereo 3D live-action feature film and 3D live broadcasting in Japan

2010 Absorbed Links DigiWorks, Inc. to combine its CGI production with IMAGICA’s VFX and post production
2011 A 3D feature film“Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” which IMAGICA provided 3D post production services, won the 2011 PAIFF and Dolby® Excellence in 3D Award at Palo Alto International Film Festival

Started support services for film distribution of iTunes as an authorized aggregator

2012 Established Shibuya Studio
2013 Established Ogikubo Animation House
Won the Video Engineering Grand Prize at the 17th JPPA Awards 2013
Established Imagica International Asia Sdn Bhd at Iskandar Malaysia in the state of Johor and set up a post-production company, Imagica South East Asia Sdn Bhd at the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios in Iskandar Malaysia
2014 Won the “Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award” and the “Sound Engineering Grand Prize” at the 18th JPPA Awards 2014
Started the GlandWrite service, a movie file sharing system for film production
Celebrated its 80th anniversary
2015 Started closed caption services for TV commercials
Participated in Malaysian training programs and offered post-production classes by Imagica International Asia
Developed a 3D-LUT that gives a notification when colors are out of the Rec. 709 color space

Won the Video Engineering Grand Prize and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (Video and Sound Category) at the 19th JPPA Awards 2015

Obtained ISO/IEC27001 certification for the company’s ISMS (Information Security Management System)
Established DataGate Akasaka
Begun selling an UHD&HDR EVALUATION MATERIAL “LUCORE”
Released a premiere content showcase platform “FOYER”
Digitized the precious film of a hot spring resort in the Showa era
“LUCORE” , an UHD&HDR EVALUATION MATERIAL, won the “Prize in HDR Category” at the “AIS Good Practice Awards 2015”

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