Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Renegade Animation Helps Kids Cope with the Loneliness of Cancer

Studio’s “Being by Yourself” is one of 20 animated shorts produced by the Imaginary Friend Society, a project of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and RPA.
GLENDALE, Calif.—Kids suffering from cancer get advice on dealing with the loneliness that accompanies long hospital stays in a sweet animated short created by Renegade Animation for the Imaginary Friend Society. The star of the piece is a cuddly, blue yeti named Yuri, and she’s certainly an expert in loneliness as she’s camped out in the middle of a desert with no one around but her own make-believe friends. Yuri suggests that when undergoing complex medical procedures or when family members are away, kids can use their imaginations to conjure their own companions. “When you have an imagination,” she says, “you’re never really alone.”

Being by Yourself is one of 20 animated shorts produced by the Imaginary Friend Society, a joint project of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and advertising agency RPA. Each short tackles a different cancer-related subject in a warm and child-friendly manner. Their aim is to help kids get through scary times by providing them with useful information and guidance in a way that they can relate to.

RPA’s creative team came up with the idea of using a yeti in a desert as a symbol for loneliness, and Renegade’s animation team brings the concept to life with thoughtfulness, gentle humor and charm. “We wanted to capture how it feels for a child to be in a place where there’s no one else around,” explains Renegade Animation Director Darrell Van Citters. “And we wanted to show how you can magically fill the space with friends and zoom through it in your mind.”

Colorist Michael Smollin Joins Fancy Film

New Senior Colorist will lead the facility’s effort to extend it footprint in finishing for independent film and television series.
LOS ANGELES—Veteran colorist Michael Smollin has joined Fancy Film, the independent post-production facility based in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Smollin, whose credits span features, episodics, reality series and documentaries, will serve as the facility’s senior colorist for theatrical and television projects.
“Mike is someone who can lead our color division in both technical and artistic capacities,” said Fancy Film CEO Bill Macomber. “He brings a significant ability to grow our business through his many diehard fans. He has especially deep experience as a colorist for mid-budget features and television series, projects that are a perfect match for Fancy and the facilities we have here.  As these projects gear up for HDR, Mike’s leadership will be key.”
Michael Smollin
Smollin has worked at Fancy on an occasional freelance basis for over five years. His credits include Undefeated, the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, as well as The Case Against 8 for HBO and Underwater Universe for Discovery. “They do great work at this facility, including a lot of films that have gone to Sundance, Toronto and Cannes,” said Smollin. “The facility is very familiar to me, the people are great and there is excellent interaction between clients and staff. The location has a hip, eclectic feel. It’s a great place.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Artists Featured in Sound Events at AES and NAB

Westchester, New York—Foley artists from Alchemy Post Sound will discuss their work in creating sound for feature films and television at NAB and AES events this month in New York.

On October 18th at the 143rd AES Convention, Alchemy Post co-founder and Foley artist Leslie Bloome will chair a panel discussion entitled “The Art & Science of Foley.” Joining him will be Alchemy Foley mixer Ryan Collison and Foley artist Joanna Fang. The Emmy-winning team will describe how they create organic sounds from technical and artistic perspectives, and reveal their trade secrets for integrating Foley into the project’s soundscape. The session begins at 2:00 p.m. in room 1E14 of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.




Monday, October 9, 2017

Directors David Serota and Henrik Hedin Join Yard Dog

LOS ANGELES— Continuing to add unique talent to its creative roster, Yard Dog has signed directors David Serota and Henrik Hedin for exclusive representation in the United States. Both directors are known for their storytelling ability and skill in creating emotional bonds between consumers and brands.
Serota’s credits include commercials and branded content for American Express, UPS, Levi’s, Participant Media, United Health Care, International Medical Corps, Chevron, The Nature Conservancy, Marriott, JP Morgan Chase, Starbucks and Patagonia. The Swedish-born Hedin has helmed international campaigns for Volkswagen, Volvo, Burger King, Etisalat, Rewe, Grolsch, Bosch and the Swedish amusement park Gröna Lund (which won an IAAPA Brass Ring Award). This is his first affiliation in the United States.
“David is a gifted filmmaker who we felt an instant connection to his work,” says Yard Dog partner/ executive producer Joe Piccirillo. “David is a storyteller with a lot of heart and an uncanny ability to capture unaffected, genuine performances from talent.“
David Serota
Serota specializes in telling real stories about real people as well as scripted work that’s meant to feel real. A graduate of Los Angeles Film School, he first garnered attention when his short film won the Really Real Shorts Award at SXSW in 2007. He has since produced numerous short films, documentaries, branded content and commercials centering on heartfelt stories of the human experience. Notable credits include the film series We Are JP Morgan Chase¸ conceived by Mcgarrybowen. In a production that spanned the U.S. and Europe, it captured true stories of the bank’s employees and customers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Director Sheldon Candis Returns to His Roots for “Baltimore Boys”

Co-Directs ESPN documentary about the undefeated Dunbar Poets basketball team.

LOS ANGELES— For director Sheldon Candis the story behind Baltimore Boys had a deep, personal resonance. The feature-length documentary, which Candis co-directed with Marquis Daisy for ESPN Films, profiles the Dunbar Poets, the greatest boys high school basketball team of all time. From 1981 to 1983, the team, which included future NBA players David Wingate, Reggie Williams, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Reggie Lewis, went 59-0.

Sheldon Candis
Candis knew all about the Poets and their back-to-back perfect seasons. “I grew up in Baltimore and recall hearing the legend of that great team,” he says. “So, it’s serendipitous that it took 30 years to tell the story and it’s awesome that I had the opportunity to direct it.”
Candis and Daisy relate the team’s heroics on the basketball court through interviews with surviving players and others associated with the team along with archival footage, much of it gleaned from the vaults of television stations up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. But, they also paint the larger portrait of the team’s impact on its long-suffering community. Impacted by the race riots of the 1960s and the economic downturn of the 1970s, Baltimore in the early 80s faced a new scourge in crack cocaine. The superlative performance of the team offered a rare counterpoint of civic pride.


Swiss Broadcaster RSI Relies on WCPMedia Services to Market Content to World Market

LOS ANGELES — Swiss public broadcaster RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera has adopted WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to market television content to broadcast partners worldwide. RSI’s sales department is using WCPMedia’s proprietary Screening Room feature to allow potential buyers to preview hundreds of productions from its library ranging from documentaries and sports coverage to children’s programming. Buyers can instantly view broadcast-quality content from virtually any device with access controlled by RSI through a secure web portal.

“RSI is at the forefront in spreading Swiss culture by commercializing original content and archival media,” said RSI Sales Manager Eleonora Maraffi. “WCPMedia Services is helping us to optimize sales and the monetization of our catalogue by streamlining the process of sharing content with buyers in a secure environment.” RSI original content marketed through the platform includes the web series Arthur, the children’s series PEO Gallery and the science series Albert’s Garden.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MTI Film Applies Finishing Touch to New Videos from Pussy Riot, Cold War Kids and Watt

Colorist Alex Chernoff teams with director Phillip R. Lopez.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film colorist provided final post services for three new videos directed by Phillip R. Lopez, including a release from Russian punk band Pussy Riot with the provocative title Straight Outta Vagina. In finalizing the look of the videos, colorist Alex Chernoff collaborated directly with Lopez who’s been garnering a lot of attention for his visually stunning short films and music videos.

A hip-hop feminist anthem, Straight Outta Vagina is set in a church and a tiled bathroom (the actual shooting location was the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles) and includes a cast of children, dancers and female body builders. “It’s about the power of female sexuality,” says producer Matthew McCluggage. “It reminds men where they come from.”