It may be no Hollywood, but Singapore is fast becoming the go-to place for top filmmakers from the US, Europe and Asia. Fuelled by its pro-business environment and a young, talented workforce the island has seen a prolific rise in start-ups offering a wide range of innovative and high-quality support services for the local and global film industry.
Leading the pack is Mocha Chai Laboratories. The first of its kind in Singapore, Mocha Chai Lab provides a wide range of cinema-related services for filmmakers, exhibitors and producers. These include DCP mastering, format conversions, subtitling, DCP censorship and KDM generation. The company has also morphed very quickly into ‘Singapore’s first digital lab’ offering everything from offline editing to final picture online, colour grading and sound post services. It is also the first and only facility in Singapore to have Dolby ATMOS certification.
In a relatively short time Mocha Chai, which is fully compliant on DCI-standards, has worked on an enviable repertoire of international blockbusters and local projects such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, A Walk Among The Tombstones, Jobs, and Ah Boys To Men 1 & 2 amongst others.
Yeewei Chai, Mocha Chai’s founder as well as a film director, writer and producer explains: ”Singapore never had a one-stop facility for films, all the way from offline to online, and with final cinema colour grade to sound mix all under one roof. Our filmmakers including myself have always been going to Thailand or Hong Kong to have our film finished. I’ve always looked at them enviously and dreamt that we too could have one place to call our own. Mocha Chai Laboratories is that dream come true.”
A quick look at Mocha Chai Lab’s facility reveals an impressive array of the best of the best in audio-visual technology. One product that Yeewei gushes about and has found indispensable in helping raise the bar at Mocha Chai is the Sony BVM-X300 4K Trimaster ELTM OLED Master Monitor.
In fact, Mocha Chai was the first client in Singapore to purchase the BVM-X300, Sony’s flagship model in the OLED professional monitor series.
Says Yeewei: ”We use the BVM-X300 to monitor materials in 4K and Ultra-High Definition (UHD) and deliver them to clients in both the broadcast and cinema industry.”
The BVM-X300’s high-specifications make it a perfect match for YeeWei’s obsession for technical excellence across Mocha Chai Lab’s workflow. “A big part of our business is ensuring industry standards are met in colour accuracy for cinema monitoring and film production. The BVM-X300 features cutting-edge technology that simply leaves no room for contention in its colour accuracy. 4K HDR is also the next technology that will drive viewers experience in the cinema and at home. It is crucial to be ready for clients who want to embrace the future sooner rather than later,” adds Yeewei.