Tuesday, February 20, 2018

JTN Music Selects MediaSeal to Protect Sensitive Content

Los Angeles — JTN Music, the award-winning music production and editing studio, has become the latest company to adopt Fortium’s MediaSeal encryption-at-rest solution as part of its cybersecurity strategy. The Los Angeles-based company is using MediaSeal to protect sensitive feature film and television content during music editing and other post-production processing.
Founded by music editor, engineer, composer and producer Jason Tregoe Newman, JTN Music provides music services for a wide range of movies and television shows. Some of their current projects include Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Fox, Ozark for Netflix, Superstore for NBC, and The Magicians on Syfy. The company and its staff have won numerous awards for original music and music editing including a 2017 MPSE Golden Reel Award for Mozart in the Jungle, and a 2014 Emmy Award for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Most recently, JTN Music won a 2018 MPSE Golden Reel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing for Superstore.
MediaSeal will help JTN Music conform to the highest standards for cybersecurity. The software employs encryption-at-rest technology to protect files while they are undergoing post-production processing without affecting normal workflow operations. It also includes sophisticated features for user authentication and generating audit trails.
“Protecting our clients’ valuable assets is our first priority,” says Newman. “MediaSeal ensures that content can only be accessed by authenticated users and it does so in a way that is transparent to the artist. We’ll be showing the newest features at the HPA Tech Retreat in February and at NAB in April.”

WCPMedia Services Awarded Digital Production Partnership’s “Committed to Security” Shields

Cloud-based media management company is among the first to meet DPP’s security requirements for both production and broadcast.

LUGANO, Switzerland —  WCPMedia Services, whose cloud-based media management platform is used by entertainment companies worldwide to produce, market and distribute film and television content, has been awarded the Digital Production Partnership’s “Committed to Security” shields for production and broadcast. The shields signify WCPMedia Services’ adherence to best practices for security in areas including physical security, authentication, IT and legal compliance. WCPMedia becomes one of two dozen technology leaders to meet DPP’s stringent security requirements, and one of first three companies to earn security shields for both broadcast and production.

DPP’s Security Work Group introduced its first security checklists in 2016. Subsequently, the organization worked with broadcaster and supplier security experts to develop the lists into self-assessment forms to enable suppliers to demonstrate their commitment to security best practices.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announces Presenters for the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces presenters for the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 18th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.
Three-time Academy Award-winning Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor Paul Ottosson will present the 2018 MPSE Filmmaker Award to director Kathryn Bigelow. The 2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award will be presented to Sound Designer and Field Recordist John P. Fasal by two-time Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor Alan Robert Murray.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cinematographer Jerry Henry Relies on Hawk-Woods’ Sticky Battery to Power Gear

Ashford, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM — Newly available in the United States through Manios Digital & Film, the Hawk-Woods Sticky Battery packs a big punch in a small package. Fitting comfortably in the palm of a hand, the battery comes in two versions, 38Wh and 75Wh, and is capable of powering cameras, lights, rigs and other gear for hours.

Among the first to deploy the Hawk-Woods ST-75 75wh Sticky Battery in the U.S. is Jerry Henry, a Los Angeles-based cinematographer whose credits include the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit through the Gift Shop (directed by the artist Banksy) and the recent HBO documentary The Defiant Ones profiling music icons Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Henry included ST-75 in his gear kit on two recent documentary projects, one concerning ongoing hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the other about a reggae cruise featuring Damian Marley. On both productions, Henry used the ST-75 to power a Sony Alpha a7S II camera and a Paralynx wireless monitoring system.
Sticky Batteries allowed Henry to work quickly with no fear of running low on power. “It's perfect,” he says. “I can power the camera and extend a small HD monitor for hours without having to change batteries.”
Henry adds that a single 75wh Sticky was able to power both the Sony camera, operating in cine mode, and the monitor for two and a half hours. “Nothing else that size delivers that kind of power in that form factor,” he notes. “Previously, when using a camera that small, I would have to use two standard batteries with quad taps to power the camera and the monitor. The Hawk-Woods Sticky Battery has D taps on each side so I can power the two devices simultaneously. And, it’s literally the size of your wallet.”

Friday, February 9, 2018

Rising Sun Pictures Expands Education Program to Meet the Demands of a Growing Visual Effects Industry in South Australia

Adelaide, South Australia— Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) continues to be at the forefront of education and training by providing students with the necessary skill set required to fulfil VFX jobs in South Australia and around the globe. RSP Education, in partnership with University of South Australia, has recently expanded the successful programs to meet the growing global demand for world-class VFX graduates. The highly-regarded courses aid aspiring artists to make the leap from the classroom to the production floor.
In classrooms set up to mirror real-world production environments and with instructors who are working professionals, the award-winning visual effects studio rigorously trains students in the technologies and techniques they will need to succeed in an expanding global film industry. Since the program’s inception in 2015, dozens of aspiring artists have used the studio’s undergraduate and graduate-certificate courses, as stepping-stones to their first industry jobs.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fortium to Present Tools and Strategies for Avoiding Cybercrime at HPA Tech Retreat

LONDON— Fortium, a leading provider of digital solutions for film, television and broadcast, will present its latest tools and strategies for protecting sensitive media content at the Hollywood Professional Association’s 2018 HPA Tech Retreat, February 19-23, in Palm Desert, California.
Fortium representatives will demonstrate the latest version of MediaSeal®, its advanced access control content security solution, with the new Live Folder encryption on-the fly feature, in the Tech Retreat’s Innovation Zone. Employed by studios, independent producers, post-production facilities and others around the globe, MediaSeal protects sensitive pre-release media during post-production, dubbing, localization and review, reducing the risk from cybercrime, accidental distribution and piracy. Fortium is a member of HPA’s IMF User group and will be demonstrating in the Innovation Zone’s section for IMF User Group members.
Additionally, Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith will host two Breakfast Roundtable events on cyber security. In a session titled Production Security for Risk Reduction, Gilliat-Smith will discuss strategies that studios and other content producers can use to reduce the risk of piracy and protect content throughout the production cycle. It is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award Winner John Fasal on His Passion for the Art of Sound

2018 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 18th

Studio City, California –  On February 18th, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present John Paul Fasal with its annual Career Achievement award at the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Fasal has worked in sound for more than 30 years as a sound designer and field recordist. His many credits span features, television and games, including such titles as Top Gun, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and this year’s box office hits Dunkirk and Coco.

Fasal recently spoke with the MPSE about his career and the art of sound.

MPSE:  What got you interested in field recording?

John Fasal: When I started doing sound, the position of field recordist didn’t really exist. What got me into recording sound in general was my interest in music and the fact that my father bought me a Sony sound-on-sound tape recorder. I started using that to record myself playing guitar. That got me going.

My first job in post production was doing sound transfers.  During that time I had a music studio with synthesizers and outboard gear and people started asking me to make sounds for space ships, creatures and a variety of other things. They’d also bring in sounds to process electronically, but sometimes the quality was poor so I started recording new clean versions for them. I was familiar with a lot of microphones and recording techniques from music studios and that contributed to how I approached sound design. I brought in the idea of using many different types of microphones, just as you would if you were recording a band. Today, that’s commonplace.