With New Post-Production 3D Initiative, Legend3D Secures $19 Million

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zone” aerial flight sequence.

“We’ll work with any studio,” Sandrew says. “Paramount has been wonderful. We worked with them on Transformers and now Top Gun, and they’ve been great to work with.” He minimized the financial risk of sinking money into such partnerships, saying, “The movies we’re talking about are already proven entities, They’re iconic films like ‘Top Gun,’ and they still make money. When you do ‘Top Gun,’ there’s not much of a risk.”

With its new business initiative, Sandrew says he also expects Legend3D to expand the workforce at its San Diego headquarters, where the company currently employs 240 or so. “I’m not certain what our needs are yet,” Sandrew says.

At the same time, the company plans to continue working with studios on new film projects. For example, Sandrew says Legend3D helped to create some of the key sequences in “Hugo,” Martin Scorcese’s recently released fantasy adventure film.

Legend3D says its clients include Bay Films, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Walt Disney Studios, and Lionsgate. The company has completed 2D to 3D conversions of a variety of recent motion pictures, including “Hugo,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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