Nov 13, 2002

Seagate Helps Serve Up Something Special At The Foyle Film Festival

For the second year running, Seagate has teamed up with the Foyle Film Festival to sponsor the Festival's Special Effects and Film Industry events. The festival opens on the 22 November and runs until 1 December.

The Special Effects strand of the festival seeks to create a programme of workshops that links locally produced technology to the global creative technologies industry. Seagate is the entertainment industry's leading supplier of disc drives. Nearly every major film made today employs digital storage technology for visual effects, digital imaging and editing.

"Seagate has teamed with leaders in the movie, music and video industries to deliver the high performance storage products that meet their stringent requirements in developing and delivering digital content," said John Spangler, managing director at Seagate's Springtown facility. " The products used in this environment need to be fast and reliable, offering the highest quality possible without errors."

"Movie-goers today not only enjoy watching special effects and state-of-the-art animation, they also want to understand how such effects are achieved," he added. "By sponsoring the Festival's industry-related events, Seagate is helping to deliver that know-how to Festival audiences."

A real treat for 'techie' fans this year will be the visit of Rob Coleman, senior effects director On Star Wars Episode I and Episode II, - a must for Star Wars fans. A number of other workshops have also been organised during the festival, including sessions with: Martha Fiennes, sister of stars Ralph and Joseph, who will be taking an intensive acting and directing session; Stephen Frears, director of My Beautiful Laundrette; Olcan Tan, lead technical director on Black Hawk Down and Lara Croft Tomb Raider and currently working on the Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets movie; and master DJ and musician David Holmes, straight from his success with Ocean's Eleven, will take a 'Crafting the Story' masterclass. More details can be found on the festival website

Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives for Enterprise, PC and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. The Company's Springtown wafer fabrication facility develops and manufactures the read-write heads that write information onto and read it from the recording disc.

At the Limavady facility, the Company develops and produces advanced media substrates, the basic material for the recording disc inside the computer's hard disc drive.