Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sony Pictures Studios Launches Clean Truck Fleet

Studio Takes Early Action to Offer Cleaner Transport to the Entertainment Industry

Culver City, CA – Sony Pictures Studios has upgraded its fleet of diesel, generator, and camera trucks to achieve compliance with California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations years ahead of schedule, offering its customers in the entertainment industry cleaner and more efficient transportation.

The Studio has invested in new clean diesel and gasoline trucks – a replacement of over one-third of its fleet – to reduce exhaust emissions and improve fuel economy.  In addition to investing in new vehicles, the Studio has installed clean diesel filters on its fleet of generator and camera trucks that reduce local air pollutant emissions by more than 85%.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hula Post Production Travels the Globe to Serve “Life of Pi”

Supplies editorial to Ang Lee’s 3D production while shooting in India, Taiwan and Canada.                      

HOLLYWOOD— In a project that spanned nearly four years and half the globe, Hula Post Production supplied editorial systems and support for Life of Pi¸ the new 3D film from 20th Century Fox and director Ang Lee. One of the industry’s leading suppliers of editorial systems for film and television production, Hula Post Production set up and maintained editorial operations in Taiwan, India, Canada, New York and Los Angeles.

With Life of Pi, Mr. Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery.  While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor…a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Bully Pictures’ Michael Shapiro Dissects the Art of the Golf Swing for Adidas



LOS ANGELES—Director Michael Shapiro of Bully Pictures explores the intense focus Jason Day brings to the golf course in a new ad for Adidas and Kastner & Partners.

Not Thinking highlights the forethought that Adidas has invested in its line of golf sportswear while presenting dynamic slow motion footage of the young Australian phenom. Shapiro’s fluid camerawork  studies Day’s concentration while showcasing details of his shirt, slacks, shoes and gloves that were designed to address the rigors of heat and difficult terrain. Day is “not thinking” about the obstacles in his path, the voiceover notes, “because we already have.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ang Lee to Receive MPSE’s Filmmaker Award

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will be the recipient of its 2013 Filmmaker Award to be presented at the 60th MPSE Golden Reel Awards on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles. Lee, whose latest film Life of Pi is currently in theaters, was selected for a body of work that has demonstrated superlative artistry and has advanced the craft of filmmaking.

“Ang Lee is a fascinating innovator,” said MPSE president Bobbi Banks. “He continually breaks ground through the use of the latest technology both visually and sonically.  That continues with Life of Pi where his use of Dolby Atmos guides audiences into the emotional intimacy of the sound experience. The Motion Picture Sound Editors takes great pride in honoring his contributions to world cinema.”

Monday, November 26, 2012

Comedy Director JJ Keith Joins A Common Thread



LOS ANGELES—British comedy director JJ Keith has signed with Los Angeles-based A Common Thread for exclusive representation for commercials in the United States. Keith, who has an Academy Award nomination as well as a slew of advertising awards to his credit, has earned high regard in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe for an inventive style of comedy that he has applied to such brands as Guinness, Subway, Coca-Cola, Land Rover, Vodafone and The BBC.

A Common Thread became interested in signing Keith through an Olympics campaign that he directed earlier this year for Shanghai agency BBH and Coca-Cola’s Ice Dew. The spot, in which pint-sized athletes attempt (but fail miserably) to compete with normal-size athletes, was short-listed at Cannes.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Multi-Platform Content Creation Company Antenna Launches in Los Angeles

New studio offers full spectrum of content creation services for commercial advertising, film and television.

Los Angeles—November 19, 2012—Antenna (http://www.antennacreates.com/), a full-service studio focused on multi-platform content creation for commercial advertising, film and television has launched in Los Angeles. The new company, which also features a satellite production facility in Europe, offers design, animation, visual effects, live action production, music composition and a broad range of digital services. It aims to provide advertising agencies, motion picture VFX producers, television studios and others with turn-key content-creation services for all media: theatrical, broadcast, online and print.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

THE A-LIST HOLLYWOOD Announces Call for Entries for Moving Image Advertising Awards



The first creative advertising competition centered in the entertainment capitol and dedicated to moving image advertising across all platforms.

Hollywood, CA.  –THE A-LIST AWARDS today announces the Call for Entries for The A-List Hollywood Moving Image Advertising Awards.  Deadline for entries is December 7, 2012.

A unique  competition both for Hollywood and the advertising industry, The A-List Hollywood Moving Image Advertising Awards recognizes creative excellence in all forms of moving-image advertising and in all platforms. Entrants will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies in categories encompassing television, film, online, mobile, interactive and technique.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Robert Zimmerman Joins Filmworkers Nashville as Executive Producer

Kenny Barrickman returns as producer; facility launches new growth effort that includes the addition of a “virtual” editing room.

NASHVILLE—Filmworkers, a leading independent provider of post-production services for advertising, film, television and music videos, has appointed Robert Zimmerman as executive producer of its facility in Nashville. Zimmerman has more than 20 years of experience as a producer of commercials, music videos and corporate media. He will oversee all aspects of Filmworkers operations in Nashville and will initially focus on expanding the facility and growing is customer base.

“Rob Zimmerman enjoys wide respect among advertising agencies and production companies in Nashville and throughout the region,” said Filmworkers president Reid Brody. “Our clients will benefit greatly from his experience and insights as a producer in planningtheir projects. We are very excited to have him as a member of our team.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fredrik Callinggard Directs Worldwide Campaign for Volvo



Director, represented in the U.S. by Bully Pictures, also directs new campaign for Toyota.

LOS ANGELES— Fredrik Callinggard, represented in the United States by Bully Pictures, has directed a new, international campaign for Volvo re-launching its mid-sized, luxury, crossover SUV the XC90. Filmed in Norway’s spectacular fjordlands, the 60-second launch spot offers a rich and deeply affecting montage of landscape imagery and scenes of families traveling and enjoying life. Farmlands populated by ancient wood structures, quaint hamlets, gorgeous beaches and snow-swept mountains, all appearing under a cool autumn chill, float by as a young girl sweetly recites the words of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

A Common Thread’s Ross Ching Sends Popsicle Sticks Tumbling on a Mission for Love



LOS ANGELES— Popsicle sticks serve as a springboard to true love in a clever new spot directed by Ross Ching of A Common Thread.

Titled Sweeten Your Life, the spot, directed by Ching on spec, centers on a domino-like chain reaction in which hundreds of the familiar wooden sticks are sent flying in the air. A boy sets up an intricately woven maze of sticks at a beach in order to attract the attention of a young girl. The last stick in the chain tumbles in a plastic cup held by the girl. It bears a message asking her for a date.

Hollywood’s New Wave Entertainment Upgrades Post-Production Operations with Baselight

LONDON—New Wave Entertainment, Hollywood’s premier entertainment marketing company, has enhanced its post-production operations through the purchase of a Baselight TWO colour grading system from FilmLight. New Wave plans to use its new Baselight primarily for grading television spots promoting new feature film releases. The company has already used the system on campaigns for Hotel Transylvania, Looper, Skyfall and several other films.

MTI Film Partners with LumaForge to Provide Dailies Solutions to Film and TV Productions



On-set/near-set dailies solution demonstrated at Collaborative Workflow event.

HOLLYWOOD—November 13, 2012—MTI Film has formed a reseller partnership with LumaForge, a Southern California-based value added reseller and systems integrator, to represent its new Cortex family of dailies and transcoding software, as well as its Correct DRS™ restoration solutions. A specialist in collaborative workflows, LumaForge will supply MTI Film’s Cortex::Control Dailies products to film and television productions seeking fast, simple and cost effective solutions for processing dailies on-set or near-set.

AbelCine Adds Codex Onboard S to Support Canon C500 and ARRI Alexa



London, England –  AbelCine, one of the largest suppliers of cameras and camera accessories in the United States, has boosted its digital cinema resources through the purchase of multiple Codex Onboard S camera recorders. AbelCine purchased the recorders to support productions using the new Canon Cinema EOS C500 cinema camera, the Arri Alexa camera and other digital cameras that generate high resolution raw data.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Colorworks Evokes Classic Martial Arts Films in Grading Universal Pictures’ The Man With the Iron Fists


Culver City, Calif.—November 8, 2012— Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility, provided color grading services for Universal Pictures’ The Man With the Iron Fists. The new action-adventure film presented by Quentin Tarantino marks the directorial debut of RZA, best known as a founding member of the hip-hop group Wu Tang Clan, and stars RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu and Pam Grier.

MTI Film Releases Cortex





New family of on-set/near-set dailies solutions supports all camera systems and features tools for playback, color, synchronization, metadata and transcoding.

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film (http://www.mtifilm.com) announces the release of its groundbreaking Cortex line of software-based dailies solutions. Developed from the ground up to support today’s file-based production workflows, Cortex provides an all-in-one solution for digital media management with simple but powerful tools for playback, color, audio synchronization, metadata management and transcoding.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Traveling Picture Show Company Names John Noble to Head Commercial Division

Production Company signs directors Mike Chaves and Andrews Jenkins.

HOLLYWOOD—November 7, 2012— The Traveling Picture Show Company has named advertising industry veteran John Noble to head its commercial production division as Executive Producer. Noble, who also becomes a partner in TPSC, brings broad experience in both agency and production company roles, including senior production posts with The Martin Agency, Element 79, Eyeball, and Optimus.

Noble arrives with a mandate to grow TPSC’s commercial division both by building its directorial roster and expanding its relationships with advertising agencies nationwide. “We thought it was very important to bring on someone with experience on both the agency side and the production company side,” said TPSC CEO Kevin Matusow. “John shares our vision for how to run a successful production company. He knows how to work with advertising agencies; he is also director friendly and will work hard to support our filmmakers.”

Director Scott McCullough Joins STORY



Director/cameraman marks his return to STORY with a 5-spot package for GMC and Digitas.

Continuing to grow its roster of commercial filmmakers, STORY has signed director/cameraman Scott McCullough for exclusive representation in the United States. It marks McCullough’s second time with STORY; he was earlier on staff from 2005 to 2008, when his credits included work for General Motors, The Home Depot and Jeep, among others. He marked his return to STORY by shooting a package of five spots for GMC and Boston agency Digitas.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Academy Award-Nominee Don Burgess Joins The Joneses



Santa Monica, Calif.—Don Burgess, the award-winning cinematographer of such classic films as Forrest Gump, Cast-Away and Spider-Man, has joined The Joneses for exclusive representation as a commercial director. Burgess’s latest project, Flight, his sixth film with director Robert Zemeckis, is being released worldwide this week.

FilmLight’s Baselight Used to Grade Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”

LONDON—Hotel Transylvania, Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit comedy that already broke records at the U.S. box office, went through final colour grading and stereo finishing in full 3D on Baselight. Completed at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility, DI Colourist John Persichetti used Baselight to apply the finishing touches to the film prior to its worldwide release.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

London’s LipSync Grows Grading Resources with FilmLight’s Baselight



LONDON—LipSync Post, the award winning London-based full-service post-production facility, has significantly added to its colour grading resources through the purchase of two Baselight systems from FilmLight. When fully operational by year’s end the Baselight systems will serve as the facility’s primary grading tools, enabling LipSync to offer a total of five grading suites that can work flexibly to suit client requirements.

Along with its industry-leading grading toolkit, Baselight offers LipSync Post the ability to work natively with all digital cinema camera formats and an improved ability to integrate with other post-production departments, notably editorial and visual effects. “We’ve been fans of Baselight for a long time and are particularly impressed with its flexibility and grading tools,” says James Clarke, Head of DI for LipSync Post. “Many of our clients have been asking to work on Baselight. The system has a great reputation.”

Baselight offers many advantages to LipSync’s independent film clients. One such is the system’s ability to work with multiple camera formats in a single time-line without proxies. The system’s unrivalled processing speed also means that work can proceed in real-time, regardless of the complexity of the grade. That results in more efficient and creatively productive grading sessions.

LipSync’s recent film credits include Now is Good, Total Recall and Shadow Dancer. It also provides post services for television series including Birdsong, Leonardo and The Churchills, as well as the forthcoming Stephen Poliakoff drama series Dancing on the Edge.

Clarke notes that LipSync Post is a long-time FilmLight client. The facility has relied on FilmLight’s Truelight colour management system in its visual effects, editorial and grading operations for several years. It was also among the first facilities to employ FilmLight’s Northlight film scanner. “We’ve learned a lot from FilmLight because its systems are all very open,” Clarke observes, “and its developers are always open to new ideas. That was one of the selling points for us.”

ABOUT LIPSYNC POST

LipSync Post is a complete post-production facility, providing every aspect of the post production process for film and television. Located in two sites on London’s Wardour Street, the company combines talented people with the highest quality equipment to offer the best for every project. Recent feature film credits include The King of Clubs, Byzantium, Great Expectations, Total Recall, Now Is Good, Shadow Dancer, We Need to Talk about Kevin and Shame, while television credits include the forthcoming ‘Dancing on the Edge’ as well as ‘Birdsong’, ‘Leonardo’ and ‘Hidden’.

For more information, visit www.lipsyncpost.co.uk.

About FilmLight

FilmLight develops colour grading and colour management systems as well as film scanning and data management solutions, that are transforming film and video post-production and setting new standards for quality, reliability and performance. The company’s products are in use every day by leading studios, labs and post-production facilities around the globe as essential components in their digital intermediate, commercials and video production pipelines. Fuelled by some of the industry’s brightest minds, FilmLight is committed to delivering innovative tools that allow creative professionals to work at the forefront of the digital media revolution. Founded in 2002, FilmLight is headquartered in London, where its research, design and manufacturing operations are centred. Sales and support are conducted through regional service centres located in London, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, Bangkok, Mumbai, Sydney, Auckland and Singapore, and through qualified partners worldwide.  For more information, visit http://www.filmlight.ltd.uk.

Contact —Deepa Parbhoo (e: deepa@filmlight.ltd.uk |t: +44 20 7292 0400)