Tuesday, August 28, 2012

PostProductionPro.com Team and HPA to Aid Post Production Professionals

Post industry social media/employment site and leading Post industry trade group form alliance to aid members and promote common interests.

HOLLYWOOD— PostProductionPro.com, a social media web portal that provides job listings as well as other services for Post Production professionals, and The Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA), the leading trade organization for the Post Production industry, have formed a strategic alliance to provide their respective memberships with greater access to the other’s benefits and services.

HPA members will have direct access to job listings and other resources available on the PostProductionPro.com website. PostProductionPro.com members will be able to take part in certain networking, educational and social events sponsored by the HPA. The two groups also plan to develop joint events and initiatives to aid members and promote the Post Production industry.

Codex Announces Onboard S Support for Canon Cinema Raw

London, UK –  Codex, the leading developer of digital media recorders and media management systems for film and television production, today announces that its compact Onboard S recorder supports Canon Cinema RAW. Codex will demonstrate the Onboard S (and other products) at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam (Stand 11.F41). It will be the first time that the Onboard S will be seen at a European tradeshow.

“Codex is committed to assisting filmmakers by providing support for the best new camera systems,” stated Codex Digital Managing Director Marc Dando. “We are especially committed to providing reliable and efficient tools to support raw formats at every point in the production workflow.”

MTI Film Launches Film Restoration Facility in China


HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film, a Hollywood-based post production services provider and software developer, has entered into a joint-venture in China focused on film restoration. MTI Film China is located in a newly-opened Animation Park in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.

The Chinese facility will operate under the direction of Jason Wong, a professor of animation in the Department of Visual Arts of Tianjin University’s School of Computer Software. The facility features a complete, state-of-the-art 4K restoration workflow based on MTI Film’s industry-leading Correct DRS™ technology. The first project for MTI China will be a restoration of the 1958 Glenn Ford Western, Cowboy.

“Lawless” Captured on Codex

London, UK –  Annapurna Pictures employed Codex recording and workflow technology during the production of Lawless, the new film, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, about a bootlegging operation in the Depression-era South. The film is slated for release August 29th by The Weinstein Company.

Codex Onboard M recorders, Transfer Stations and Digital Labs were used to capture ARRIRAW data from ARRI Alexa cameras used in the production, and to process dailies, back-up and editorial media while the production was shooting in Georgia. The dailies processing was handled by the editorial team.
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) Announces 2012 Line-up

LA Shorts Fest to Showcase Films Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal, Shia LaBeouf, Giovanni Ribisi, Jon Heder, Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, James Cromwell  and Shorts Directed by Shia LaBeouf, Ricky Gervais, Louis D’Esposito and Luke Scott

Los Angeles, CA–The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest), now in its 16th year, today announces its 2012 lineup, comprising some 250 short films selected from more than 1000 worldwide entries. Representing the work of filmmakers from 23 countries and featuring star-studded casts, the selected films will screen in 38 themed programs, September 6-13, at the Laemmle NoHo 7 Theaters in North Hollywood.  The complete line-up is posted www.LAshortsFest.com

“This year’s lineup is our strongest and most diverse ever,” said Executive Director Robert Arentz. “It features a balance between Hollywood films with familiar faces and independent films from new and emerging talents who represent the heart and spirit of our festival.”

Gabriel Mena Joins Dark Light Pictures as Director of Development

Dark Light Pictures has appointed Gabriel Mena to the newly-created post of Director of Development. Mena, who has a background in film and TV development, will lead a new effort to grow Dark Light’s roster of directors, with an emphasis on building a cadre of young filmmakers. Mena will also direct a marketing effort in support of the new talent.

According to Dark Light Pictures executive producer Vince Arcaro, the company is seeking to diversify and leverage the strong reputation it enjoys for identifying quality talent. “We are very proud of the directors we have, but like any successful company we want to continue to grow and reinvent ourselves, especially in this ever evolving media landscape,” he observed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

STORY’s Jeff France Evokes the Summer of Love for GameStop and The Richards Group

Warlocks, wizards and zombies let their freak flags fly in a new campaign for GameStop, directed by STORY’s Jeff France for The Richards Group. Three new spots portray the game retailer’s current storewide promotion Gamestock 2012 as a Summer of Game Love festival. In the hero spot, Going to Gamestock, familiar game character types hit the road, with some piling into a rickety VW van painted in psychedelic colors, while others ride buses or hitchhike in order to take part in the “six week festival of deals and prizes.”

Monday, August 20, 2012

Colorworks Helps Give “Sparkle” Its Glow

Colorist John Persichetti helps cinematographer Anastas N. Michos, ASC recreate the look of Motown.

Culver City, Calif.— Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainments’ digital intermediate facility, recently completed final post work for Sparkle, the new movie from Tri-Star Pictures, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston. Digital intermediate colorist John Persichetti worked under the supervision of director Salim Akil and cinematographer Anastas N. Michos, ASC in performing final color grading for the film.

A remake of the 1976 film of the same name, Sparkle tells the story of three sisters who form a singing group in 1960s Detroit. It is a family drama that plays out against the glitz of Motown and the political and social tumult of the era.

Filmworkers Nashville Adds Colorist Jimmy Cadenas

Young colorist brings experience with Baselight grading system and a credit list that includes Bridgestone, Southwest Airlines, and McDonald’s.

NASHVILLE— In the first step in a new effort to grow and expand services, Filmworkers, Nashville, has added Jimmy Cadenas as Senior Colorist. Cadenas spent the past seven years at Filmworkers’ facilities in Chicago and Dallas where he learned his craft from some of the industry’s top colorists, and worked on projects ranging from national television commercials to music videos and feature films.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hollywood Center Studios’ Virtual Stage Provides The Movie Network with Space for Laughs

Hollywood Center Studios’ Virtual Stage provided the shooting location for an on-air promotional campaign for JFL XXX — The Ultimate Nasty Show, a live comedy special broadcast this month on The Movie Network in Canada. The stage’s proprietary virtual set technology offered the producers an efficient and cost effective means for completing the project by allowing them to create two sets, literally at the touch of a button.

Soundelux Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg Reprises Oscar-Winning Performance with “The Bourne Legacy”

The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the Bourne action-thriller franchise, expands on the events of the previous films with the story of a rogue agent, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), who sets out to expose an illegal CIA operation to the public. The film, scheduled for release August 10th by Universal Pictures, is directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplay for all four films.

The sound team for the film was led by Supervising Sound Editor Per Hallberg of Soundelux, Hollywood. Hallberg supervised sound for each of the three prior Bourne films and won an Academy Award (with Karen Baker Landers) for their work on The Bourne Ultimatum.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

NXT STAGE Hollywood International Awards Announces Final Call for Entries for Film Advertising Craft Competition

Advertising competition and New Directors Showcase slated for September 11 in tandem with LA Shorts Fest.

Hollywood, CAThe NXT STAGE Hollywood International Awards, a global competition honoring creative excellence and innovation in advertising, has extended the deadline for submissions to its inaugural Film Advertising Craft Awards, to Tuesday, August 14th. This will be the final deadline.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hollywood Edge Releases Premiere Edition HD

The Hollywood Edge has released a new addition to its flagship collection, Premiere Edition, recorded entirely in high definition sound at 24-bit/96 kHz. The new release, comprising more than 24 GB of general sound effects, is the first installment of the Premiere Edition in HD, a comprehensive library of high quality, high definition sound effects designed for film, television, radio, video games and other media.

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Joneses Lands Director Duane Crichton

Santa Monica, Calif.— Commercial, music video and feature film director Duane Crichton has joined The Joneses for exclusive representation for U.S. advertising work. The agreement marks the first time that Crichton, a Canadian, has been represented in the United States. He is represented by Partners Film Company, Toronto, in Canada, where his credits include work for Volkswagen, Toyota, Rogers, Home Depot and Ontario Tourism. He first garnered wide attention when his Adidas spec spot Three won a Shots’ Young Directors Award at Cannes.

Framewright/Codex On-Set Color Solution Used on “Hope Springs”

As more and more film and television productions move to digital acquisition, directors and cinematographers have increasingly sought simple means to “pre-visualize” color on the set in order to have better control over the look of their footage from dailies through post production.

Many filmmakers have found that predefined 3D look-up tables (LUTs) are inadequate for projects shot with digital cameras, especially when recording in raw modes. While these preset LUTs are of some value for previewing intended looks, their lack of flexibility and the color information they provide can be limiting, or lost during post production as it is often not retained as part of the original camera media.

MTI Film Appoints Storm FX as Reseller for Australia and New Zealand


HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film has added Storm FX Distributions Pty Ltd, a Sydney, Australia-based distributer of design, modelling and finishing solutions, to its international network of value-added resellers.  Storm FX will represent MTI Film’s full product line, including its newly-introduced Cortex family of products, throughout Australia and New Zealand.

“We are very pleased to announce our new relationship with Storm FX,” said MTI Film Director of International Business Development Belinda Merritt.   “Storm FX is very highly regarded in the Australian film and television industry and has an excellent track record for introducing new technologies.  They also share our commitment to customer service and support.  They are an excellent representative and advocate for our products.”

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Madheart’s Jan Gleie Makes Olympics Debut with Pampers, Kraft and Target


LOS ANGELES—Director Jan Gleie will be well represented in this summer’s Olympics Games, not on the field of play, but rather during the commercial breaks. A new Pampers ad directed by Gleie, who is represented in the United States by Madheart, will air during NBC’s coverage of the Games. Additionally, branding spots for Kraft and Target that Gleie shot earlier this year are also slated to air prominently during Olympics broadcasts.