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Digital technology for local cinema

‘Punchi Boothaya’, the latest release in the local film circuit, dramatically unfolds the visit of three kids to a mystery isle. This visit turns out to be filled with entertainment, adventure and suspense.

Maheel R Perera

The most notable feature of “Punchi Boothya” is the use of digital technology to create breath-taking visuals. This Herculean task was competently handled by Dreams and Magic, the company which pioneered the introduction of the wonderful art and science of digital technology to the Sri Lankan cinematic industry. It was also this same company, which introduced High Definition Technology and beyond.

Founded by Maheel R Perera, the company Dreams and Magic, introduced the first High Definition Sony Cine Alta camera to film “Kanyavee”. This was the first film that used HD technology and provided with the acquisition for screening facilities in Sri Lanka itself. This started a trend which was followed by many others such as ‘Uttara’, ‘Dancing Star’, ‘Sthoothi Nawatha Enna’, ‘Bambara Walalla’ and ‘Punchi Bhoothaya’.

Maheel was instrumental in getting down the best quality digital cinema camera to Sri Lanka for local use - the RED ONE -- the model used in shooting the latest episode of the “Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Dreams and Magic made a tremendous impact when it introduced the first ever Digital character in the Sri Lankan Cinema for “Ran Kevita”. In due recognition of bringing out the character “Gopalu Yaka”, Maheel was merited with a special Jury award at the recent Sarasaviya Film Festival.

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