FIRST FILM UNDER DEAL ANNOUNCED: ‘CUPID’ – CO-PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY FILMMAKER GARRY MARSHALL, DIRECTED AND CO-WRITTEN BY SCOTT MARSHALL
NEXT THREE MARK R. HARRIS FILMS TO EMPLOY REVOLUTIONARY AURO-3D® IMMERSIVE SOUND FORMAT
(CANNES) May 17, 2015: Belgium-based, multi-faceted post-production outfit, GALAXY STUDIOS, announced today that it has finalised a three-picture production agreement with film producer Mark R. Harris (CRASH, GODS AND MONSTERS, CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN). The deal also incorporates Auro Technologies, ensuring the revolutionary immersive sound format AURO-3D® is employed across all of the upcoming three pictures.
Mark R. Harris’ was the original producer and developer of Academy® Award-winning MILLION DOLLAR BABY, before he and his partners, including writer/director Paul Haggis, sold it to Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. Harris’ first film under the Galaxy/AURO-3D® deal will be CUPID, a romantic comedy scripted and co-produced by comedy legend Garry Marshall (NEW YEAR’S EVE, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, PRETTY WOMAN) and co-written and directed by Scott Marshall (BLONDE AMBITION, ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE). CUPID will start shooting this summer.
CUPID will be the first of Harris’ films to benefit from AURO-3D®, a listening format that delivers the most natural immersive sound experience on the market. It is an exciting move from two- dimensional surround sound formats to three-dimensional sound, achieved by adding the missing and final dimension in sound ‘height’ in front of and all around the viewer. AURO-3D® is the only sound system on the market that has just one file, making it easy for distributors to achieve high-resolution audio on any system in the world. The format is currently on display at the Cannes Film Festival in an AURO-3D® theater specially constructed next to the AURO offices and lounge on the Hotel Majestic Plage.
About working with the new AURO-3D® sound format, Harris said, “As a professional storyteller, I’m always on the lookout for new storytelling tools. The AURO-3D® sound format is a breakthrough that increases the dramatic impact of the stories we are trying to tell, impacting and moving the audience on a deep level.”
Wilfried Van Baelen, Founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios and pioneer behind the AURO-3D® format added, “Mark’s projects draw audiences deep into the heart of the story, and AURO-3D® shares the very same goal: to offer audiences total immersion within the world on-screen. We’re delighted to have his endorsement, and look forward to working closely together over the coming years, exploring new depths and taking his already stellar work to ever greater levels.”
Mark R. Harris and Wilfried Van Baelen will be in Cannes at the Auro Technologies suite located on the Hotel Majestic Plage (near the Palais des Festivals) and available for interviews May 16 – 21.
For further information and to book an interview, please contact:
Sophie Hunt / DDA PR for AURO-3D® in Cannes
P: +33 6 66 67 69 58
ABOUT MARK R. HARRIS
Mark R. Harris began his entertainment career as a talent agent. It was in that capacity that he pioneered the concept of representing independent producers to form their own television production companies, in which they owned the negatives of their movies, and created film libraries. Harris packaged the most successful television series of all time, “Baywatch.”
As an agent, and then manager, he represented a wide range of talent – writers, directors, producers, production companies, comics and music industry people – including A&M Records, SFX Film Systems and various financiers.
He went on to develop and produce both television series and films. Harris has produced four television series (with partner Paul Haggis) and over 25 films – while his movie GODS AND MONSTERS won the Best Screenplay Academy-Award® in 1999 and his movie CRASH won the Best Picture Academy Award® in 2005. Although he prefers to make “character-driven films with substance,” he is producing The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire movie, a large special EFX 6-hour miniseries with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Golden Eye) written by David Ward (The Sting, Sleepless in Seattle).
ABOUT GALAXY STUDIOS
Set up in 1980 by Wilfried and Guy Van Baelen, GALAXY STUDIOS is a multi-faceted post- production outfit dedicated to film, music and sound technology. Headquartered in Belgium, GALAXY STUDIOS is a world class beacon of advanced technology, with unparalleled expertise in music recording, mixing, mastering and post-production.
Operating across multiple industries including film, television, gaming and music, GALAXY STUDIOS’ high-tech facility includes state-of the art resources including a scoring stage, dubbing theatre, pre-dubbing stage, Baselight 2 Grading Theatre, Foley stage, ADR stage, mixing rooms, editing rooms and producers booths.
Home to Auro Technologies – the company responsible for the revolutionary immersive sound format AURO-3D® – GALAXY STUDIOS also houses an AuroTorium, the first ever reference AURO-3D® room, offering the next generation format AURO-3D® for the ultimate immersive sound.
In addition, GALAXY STUDIOS has a film financing department, Mollywood, set up in 2009 to co- produce A/V media productions.