Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Common Thread’s Jennifer Trujillo Lenses Timbaland’s “Know Bout Me.”

LOS ANGELES— Director Jennifer Trujillo has crafted a creepy concept-driven video for Timbaland’s new single Know Bout Me (featuring Drake, James Fauntleroy and Jay-Z). Trujillo, who directs via A Common Thread, used an abandoned Los Angeles hospital for the backdrop of a story of a mysterious young woman’s search for a lost book. That book turns out to be a tome marked Property of T. Mosley a.k.a Textbook Timbo, which is also the name of Timbaland’s new studio album, his first in four years.

BARABOOM! Studios Launches in Culver City

Previsualization specialist founded by Pepe Valencia has big growth plans as more film, television and commercial productions embrace pre-vis as a planning tool.

CULVER CITY, Calif.—BARABOOM! Studios, a specialist in previsualization, has opened a full-service production office in Culver City. The launch of  the new digs, which features workspace for a small team of artists and an assortment of cutting edge technology, is a prelude to a broader expansion planned for next year. Over the next six months, the company expects to hire additional staff, add a scanning and motion capture stage and extend its menu of services.

Pepe Valencia

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Target Goes Green at Hollywood Center Studios

Environmental production specialist EcoSet Consulting works with brands to reduce waste from commercial shoots.

Hollywood— A new series of ads for Target were recently shot on minimalistic all-white sets at Hollywood Center Studios and yet rank among the “greenest” spots ever produced on the nearly 100-year-old lot. Virtually all of the sets, props, wardrobe, and discards (such as food waste from catering and craft services) were earmarked for reuse, recycling or composting. It’s estimated that nearly 4 tons of potential waste products were diverted from local landfills on these two projects due to the production’s adoption of eco-friendly production practices.

2G Digital Names Stephen Buchsbaum COO

Former Post Group President to lead growth effort for post facility specializing in file-based mastering and distribution.

BURBANK—Veteran post-production industry executive Stephen Buchsbaum has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Burbank headquartered 2GDigital. Buchsbaum, whose background includes service as President of The Post Group, will oversee operations, direct sales and marketing, and lead strategic planning for the company, a specialist in digital mastering, content management and digital distribution for television and film. His immediate focus will be on broadening the company’s sales outreach and accelerating its on-going growth plans, which include both an expansion of its Burbank facility and the establishment of an outpost on the East Coast.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Rising Sun Pictures VFX Producer Richard Thwaites: A Man with a Plan

Adelaide, South Australia—Producers are the unsung heroes of the visual effects industry. Working on the periphery, their contributions aren’t always acknowledged, but their role as project manager, budget overseer, client advocate and cheerleader to the visual effects team is essential to the success of the project. If artists are the gears that drive the visual effects engine, producers are the grease that allows the gears to turn smoothly.
Rising Sun Pictures VFX Producer Richard Thwaites is comfortable in his role as behind-the-scenes catalyst. A member of the RSP team since 2006, he has helped steer more than a dozen film projects toward successful completion, most recently The Wolverine and The Great Gatsby. A stickler for detail, Richard is a master at managing talent and technical resources and his aim is clear: to fulfill the client’s vision, deliver the work on time and keep costs under control. As simple as that sounds, it’s no small feat in practice as, in the heat of battle, shots change, deadlines move, and surprises lurk around every corner.

MTI Film Restores John Wayne Classic “North to Alaska” for Twentieth Century Fox

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film recently completed an all-new digital restoration of North to Alaska, Twentieth Century Fox’s 1960 comedy starring John Wayne. Employing proprietary technology and image processing techniques, MTI Film scanned the original 35mm cut negative at 4K before putting the film through an intensive restoration process to address faded color, Newton rings, dirt, scratches and many other defects. MTI Film ultimately delivered fully restored 4K files to produce a new 35mm negative for long-term preservation, along with a 4K DCP Master and high definition masters in a variety of aspect ratios.

Sound Editor Randy Thom to be Honored with MPSE’s Career Achievement Award

Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 16

Studio City, California – December 16, 2013 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will be honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, with its prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award. Thom is a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee. He has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. He will receive the award  at the 61ST MPSEGolden Reel Awards ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Harold Lloyd’s Onetime Bungalow Available for Lease at Hollywood Center Studios

Rarely available, Bungalow A was home to the actor’s production company in the 1920s.

Hollywood—Tucked away in a corner of the lot at historic Hollywood Center Studios sits a 1200 square foot, wood-frame structure known as Bungalow A. The building has everything a film or television production company might want in an office structure: a suite of executive offices, a large common room, a kitchen, private courtyards and decks, ample parking, high-speed internet and round-the-clock security. Bungalow A also comes with something few other office rentals in the area can match: a lofty spot in Hollywood history. During the 1920s, Bungalow A served as the home base for actor Harold Lloyd, arguably the biggest star of the era.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

STORY’s Andy Richter Hits the Jackpot for the Illinois Lottery

Comedian directs and acts in a new series of ads promoting super-sized payoffs.

Longtime Conan O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter recently stepped behind the camera to direct a series of ads for the Illinois Lottery. Produced by STORY for Downtown Partners Chicago, the ads are sequels to an earlier group of spots that Richter both directed and starred in as Gil Mitchell, an eccentric and elegantly coifed newsman tasked with informing Illinoisans about huge lottery jackpots.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Filmworkers Recreates Chicago History for DDB and The Field Museum

Rob Churchill brings century old Ferris wheel and dynamo to life in directing a campaign promoting the Museum’s new exhibit.

CHICAGO— Filmworkers helped Chicago agency DDB recapture the thrills experienced by visitors to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair in a new ad campaign for The Field Museum.
The campaign promotes the Museum’s current exhibit marking the 120th anniversary of the Fair and featuring artifacts from the landmark event. One spot offers an over-the-shoulder view of a boy riding the Fair’s famous Ferris wheel (designed by engineer George Ferris) and looking out across the Exposition grounds. “See what he saw!” exhorts the voiceover, “The wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” A second spot shows a similar view of a woman gazing at a mammoth dynamo as an electrical arc causes her hair to stand on end.

Chainsaw Hires Veteran DI Colorist John Persichetti

Independent post-production facility forges strategic alliance with on-set dailies specialist Creative Science to provide turnkey post-production solutions for feature films.
Hollywood—Continuing to build its post production services for feature films, Chainsaw has hired John Persichetti as Senior DI Colorist. Persichetti brings more than 20 years of experience as a feature film colorist, most recently at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. His credits there included This Is the End, The Amazing Spider-Man, 21 Jump Street and Hotel Transylvania. At Chainsaw, Persichetti will operate out of the company’s new, 4K digital intermediate theater. His first project will be A Haunted House 2 for Wayan Bros. Entertainment.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Going Viral: A Conversation with Accomplice Media's Alberto Belli

Accomplice Media director Alberto Belli has attracted audiences of millions worldwide with his riotously funny short films.

Earlier this year, Alberto Belli’s short comedy For Your Consideration became a worldwide viral sensation. A hilarious spoof of Les Miserables and actress Anne Hathaway’s desperate pursuit of an Oscar nomination, the film, generated millions of views on YouTube and was featured on The Today Show, Inside Edition and similar shows around the globe. The young director then topped that with It’s Not Porn. It’s HBO. a wry take on the acting life, which tallied more than 3 million views in a month. Belli, who recently joined Accomplice Media for advertising projects, talks here about life, viral fame and what it takes to become a successful director today.

James Cameron to be Honored with MPSE's Filmmaker Award

2014 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Set for February 16th.

Studio City, California –  The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that will it be honoring James Cameron with it prestigious MPSE Filmmaker Award at the 61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, Los Angeles, CA.

“On behalf of The Motion Picture Sound Editors, I am pleased to announce that James Cameron will be honored with our Filmmaker Award at the 2014 Golden Reel Awards,” said Frank Morrone, President of MPSE. “James has always pushed technology forward to new heights to fulfill his creative vision.  His films have set box office records. Titanic and Avatar, which he wrote, produced, directed and edited rank as the two highest grossing films of all time. I hope that you will join us for a great evening as we celebrate Mr. Cameron's achievements and contributions to the art of filmmaking.”

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Entries for The A-List Hollywood Awards for Moving Image Advertising & Branded Entertainment open until Nov. 27

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

Hollywood – The A-LIST Hollywood Awards announces a Call for Entries for a unique competition both for Hollywood and the advertising industry. The A-List Hollywood Moving Image Advertising & Branded Awards recognizes creative excellence in all forms of moving-image advertising and branded entertainment and in all platforms. Entrants will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies in categories encompassing television, film, online, interactive and technique. The deadline for entries is November 27, 2013.

Simian Launches iPhone App “Simian Go!”

Access complete Simian Media and Reel Libraries, share media, build reels and track sales presentations seamlessly from an iPhone or iOS 7 device.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—November 21, 2013—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, is taking sales, marketing, production and team collaboration to the next level today with the release of Simian Go!, an iOS app that allows users to access existing media libraries, build reels and track sales presentations through their iPhone or iOS 7 device. Simian Go! is available as a free download through Apple’s App Store.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Filmworkers Cooks Up Dreamy EFX for Latest Aaron Rodgers “Discount Double Check” Spot

Post house reprises role in DDB Chicago’s popular “State of Turbulence” campaign featuring the Packer QB and SNL’s George Wendt and Robert Smigel.

CHICAGO—November 20, 2013— Filmworkers completed a “dream” assignment in handling the post work for DDB Chicago’s latest “Discount Double-Check” commercial. The spot is a sequel to an earlier ad in which Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers found himself on a plane with Saturday Night Live alums George Wendt and Robert Smigel, cast in the role of Chicago Bears “Super Fans.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat Teams with Leo Burnett and The Mill for Nintendo

CHICAGO—  The Colonie’s Keith Kristinat has edited a spot launching the new Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for Nintendo 3Ds. Conceived by Leo Burnett and produced by The Mill, Legend of You highlights the immersive quality of the game as a young man mimics the appearance and experiences of its main character, Link.

“To become a legend you must be willing to risk everything,” intones the voice-over, as the young man enters a torch-lit dungeon hallway where he must survive deadly obstacles, including a disappearing floor and flaming arrows, to reach his goal: securing the Master Sword. As Link would, the boy uses his powers to transform into a hieroglyph and merge into the stone walls. He then makes his way to a garden where he grasps his prize.  The live action gives way to a sequence of animated game footage.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bully Pictures’ Jeffrey DeChausse Delivers Simple Human Stories for First Citizens Bank

“Forever First” spots from Michigan agency Factory promotes bank’s deep relationships with its clients.

LOS ANGELES —  The human stories behind such bedrock banking offerings as savings accounts, debit cards and small business services are explored in a new campaign for North Carolina-based First Citizens Bank. Bully Pictures’ Jeffrey DeChausse directed three spots themed “Forever First” for new Michigan agency Factory and the 115-year-old bank, which is making its first major advertising push in more than a decade.

Each spot weaves an emotional tale focusing on how First Citizens Bank helps its customers. First Love follows a boy as he grows to adulthood while saving money to achieve his dream. In A Dog’s Life, a woman is inspired to build her own business. Together shows how an innovative new family debit card helps a single father stay connected with his teenage daughter.

Colorworks Completes Brilliant 4K Restoration of Frank Capra Classic “It Happened One Night”

Culver City, Calif. — Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night was recently the subject of a lovingly painstaking 4K restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment in advance of its release on Sony’s newly-launched Video Unlimited 4K download service. The first film to sweep the five top Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Best Adaptation), It Happened One Night is the first of five Capra classics slated for re-release in 4K over the next few years.

“This film is incredibly important to the studio,” observes Rita Belda, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Executive Director of Asset Management, Digital Mastering and Film Restoration. “It put Columbia on the map in terms of audience awareness and box office. It has been beloved and critically acclaimed from the moment it was released.”

Thursday, November 14, 2013

“Psyched Out”

SIM Digital/Bling Digital provide workflow support to hit USA Network series for a record three straight seasons.

Los Angeles—Critically lauded and a ratings hit, Psych recently wrapped its eighth season in Vancouver, adding to its record as USA Network’s longest-running series. And for the third straight year, the Universal Cable Productions series is making its way from the camera to the screen via an innovative file-based workflow designed and supported by camera and production equipment specialist SIM Digital and its post-production unit Bling Digital.

Eric Yealland Brings Unique Flair for Comedy Direction to Original

LOS ANGELES— Director Eric Yealland, who won a Bronze Lion at Cannes earlier this year for a hilarious web campaign for Canada’s National Advertising Awards, has signed with Los Angeles-based Original for exclusive representation in the United States. Yealland brings lengthy experience as a comedy director in Canada and Europe including campaigns for Budweiser, IKEA, Coors Light, Ford, Toyota, eBay and Coca-Cola.
Yealland says that he is eager to explore the U.S. market and calls Original the ideal vehicle to do so, citing the company’s track record for growing directorial careers and its complementary roster of talent. “I like the other directors they represent,” he says, “and I like the company’s energy. Bruce Mellon, Marc Lasko and Joe Piccirillo have a passion for the business and an excellent strategy for marketing my skills. It’s a great fit.”

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Services Three Films Screening at Camerimage

Facility continues its close association with the Polish cinematography festival, which will include screenings of “Fading Gigolo,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
NEW YORK— Technicolor – PostWorks, New York, provided post production services for three films screening this month at Camerimage, the world’s leading international film festival celebrating cinematographers and the craft of cinematography. They include Fading Gigolo¸ whose director, John Turturro, will receive the festival’s Special Award for an Actor-Director, as well as Inside Llewyn Davis and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which will compete for the festival’s coveted Golden Frog Award in its Main Competition. The 21st Camerimage International Film Festival will be held November 16 – 23 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Aussie Director Gemma Lee Makes U.S. Debut Via Madheart

LOS ANGELES— Australian commercials director Gemma Lee is entering the U.S. advertising market for the first time via Los Angeles-based Madheart. Although she has been directing ads for only four years, Lee has accumulated an impressive body of work that includes campaigns for Hyundai, Colgate Palmolive, Weight Watchers and Australian automaker Holden. She has drawn high marks for her skills as a visual storyteller and for a style of commercial making that is dynamic, contemporary, emotionally-driven and, often, provocative.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Director Alberto Belli Joins Accomplice Media

Director’s viral videos “For Your Consideration” and “It’s Not Porn. It’s HBO” have drawn millions of views on the web.

Los Angeles— Director Alberto Belli, whose viral videos “For Your Consideration” and “It’s Not Porn. It’s HBO.” have garnered international acclaim and millions of web views, has signed with Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in advertising. It’s the first commercial affiliation for the young director, who also won two Emmy Awards for short comedies he directed while a student at USC.

Accomplice Media Executive Producer Mel Gragido says that he became interested in working with Belli after watching It’s Not Porn. It’s HBO. on Facebook. In the video, several actors talk to family and friends about salacious movie roles they have participated in. The listeners are horrified until they learn the parts were in productions for the sophisticated cable network.
“It was immediately apparent that this was the work of a filmmaker whose skills would translate well to advertising,” Gragido observes. “It was smartly acted and beautifully shot. It showed an adept hand, someone who understood actors and knew how to make films.” 

Director Stuart Douglas Returns to the U.S. Via Original

LOS ANGELES— British commercials director Stuart Douglas, whose work for such brands as Coca-Cola, Nike, Sony, Carlsberg and Guinness has won worldwide acclaim, has signed with Original for exclusive representation in the United States. It marks the first time in more than a decade that Douglas has focused on the American market.

Monday, November 4, 2013

“Nebraska” DP Phedon Papamichael to Address Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo

Acclaimed cinematographer featured in special Keynote Conversation hosted by American Cinematographer.

Burbank, CA— Award-winning cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC will discuss his work on such films as Nebraska, The Descendants and Walk the Line in a special Keynote Conversation as Createasphere’s 13th Annual Entertainment Technology Expo (ETE).

Tales from Behind the Lens will feature an intimate conversation between the two-time American Society of Cinematographers Award nominee and Jon Witmer, associate editor of American Cinematographer magazine. Papamichael will discuss the course that led him from a career as a still photographer to become one of the world’s most respected feature film cinematographers, and his close working relationships with such acclaimed filmmakers as Alexander Payne, George Clooney and James Mangold. The event is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on November 6th in Theatre 1 at the ETE host site, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Former Maker Studios CEO Danny Zappin to Deliver Keynote at Entertainment Technology Expo

Web Entertainment Pioneer to discuss the future of content creation and distribution in a world where there is no “business as usual.”

Burbank, CA—November 1, 2013— Danny Zappin, co-founder and former CEO of the pioneering YouTube network Maker Studios, will deliver the keynote address at Createasphere’s 13th Annual Entertainment Technology Expo (ETE). Entitled Wake Up!!  There Is No "Business As Usual," the session will be moderated by Benny Luo, founder of the influential web entertainment site NewMediaRockstars. It’s scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on November 7th in Theatre 1 at the ETE host site, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sherpas Cinemas “Into the Mind” Brings World Tour to Los Angeles

Latest feature from Canadian filmmakers, repped in the U.S. by Accomplice Media, is also scheduled to screen in Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Vienna and other cities around the globe.

Los Angeles— Into the Mind, Sherpas Cinema’s new film about an anonymous skier’s attempt to climb and ski the ultimate mountain, will screen twice in the Los Angeles area next week as part of its current World Tour. Screenings of the film, which won the International Freeski Film Festival (iF3) Award as Film-the-Year, are slated for November 8 at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles and November 13th at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. The follow up to All.I.Can, Sherpas Cinema’s acclaimed 2011 film, Into the Mind combines stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques in an epic adventure about risk, perseverance and the quest for achievement.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

HOAX Films Executive Producer Alexis Nelson to Speak at The World Animation and VFX Summit

Event set for November 5th in Marina del Rey, California.
Culver City, Calif.—Alexis Nelson, Co-Founder and Executive Producer of HOAX Films will participate in a panel discussion entitled Creating CG and VFX in Commercials as part of The World Animation and VFX Summit on November 5th.  Nelson will discuss HOAX Films’ recent work for Guess, NBC, Chevrolet, Absolut and other brands, and how a boutique visual effects house can thrive in the fiercely competitive world of advertising.
The panel discussion will be chaired by freelancer writer Thomas J. McLean. Other panelists will include Robert Sethi, Creative Director of The Mill, and Ludovico Marenzi, Managing Director of Mackevision. The panel is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., November 5th, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MTI Film Boosts Production Staff for Television Post

Producers Antoinette Perez and Lawrence Epstein will oversee post work for more than a half dozen scripted television series.

HOLLYWOOD— Ramping up for a busy television season, MTI Film has added veteran producers Antoinette Perez and Lawrence Epstein to its post-production services division. Perez arrives from Pixomondo where she produced visual effects for such films as Oblivion and Red Tails. Epstein’s appointment is a promotion. He served for the past three years as MTI Film’s Night Operations Manager.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Filmworkers Helps State Farm Spokesman Aaron Rodgers Find a Seat in “Grill Class”

Post house provides color, editorial and VFX services for the latest in a series of spots out of DDB.

CHICAGO—Filmworkers provided post-production services with a distinctive Windy City accent for the latest spot from State Farm. Conceived by Chicago agency DDB, the spot features State Farm spokesman Aaron Rodgers, who finds himself wedged uncomfortably between a pair of Bears fans during an airline flight. The two fans are played by George Wendt and Robert Smigel in a reprise of their roles as “Bob” and “Carl” from a classic Saturday Night Live skit. Bob and Carl poke fun at Rodgers as the “discount double check guy” while tending a pair of tray table grills filled with sizzling brats.

Colorflow Adds Its Color Wizardry to Lost Star Wars-Related Short “Black Angel”

Newly-restored short that originally screened with “The Empire Strikes Back” premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Berkeley, CA— Colorflow recently applied its color grading expertise to a newly-restored version of Black Angel¸ a fantasy-themed short film with a Star Wars connection that was believed lost for more than 30 years.

Black Angel was written and directed by Roger Christian, who won an Academy Award for his work as art director on the first Star Wars movie, and it originally screened alongside The Empire Strikes Back in Australian and European movie theaters in 1980.

Codex, Cooke Optics and Pixel Farm Share Best of IBC Honors for i/ Squared Technology

LONDON— /i Squared Technology, a revolutionary system for capturing metadata from digital cameras, is the recipient of a Best of IBC 2013 Award, presented by TVB Europe. Developed jointly by Codex, Cooke Optics and The Pixel Farm, /i Squared Technology streamlines the process of capturing critical lens data, which can lead to significant time and cost savings in production and post production. Best of IBC 2013 award-winners were selected by TVB Europe and IBC Daily teams after reviewing new products from the more than 1400 IBC exhibitors.

Entertainment Technology Expo Set for November 6-7 in Burbank

The West Coast’s top trade event for content creators highlights a world where entertainment technology and creative vision converge.

Burbank, CA—The 13th Annual Entertainment Technology Expo (ETE), the West Coast’s premiere exposition for content creators across all fields, is set for November 6th and 7th at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank.  Sponsored by Createasphere, ETE features technology demonstrations from more than 50 leading software and hardware developers, as well as a packed lineup of ETE workshops and master classes, panel discussions and speakers featuring some of the best and brightest minds from all corners of the entertainment world.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

STORY’s Blair Hayes Captures the Magic of Cavit Wine

STORY’s Blair Hayes has directed a new spot for Cavit that beautifully evokes the authenticorigins of America’s best-selling Italian wine. Conceived by Agency 212, New York, the ad shows a group of young Italians enjoying wine in the environs of a picturesque country estate. The voiceover describes “what matters” when choosing a wine, including where it comes from and how it’s grown, ending with the tagline, “when quality matters.” There is a clever interplay between the elements that contribute to quality winemaking, and to great moments in life.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

SIM Digital Reinvents the Rental House Model to Serve a Production Industry Where Data is King

Los Angeles—John DeBoer, chief operating officer of Toronto-headquartered SIM Digital, sensed that the rental house business model needed to evolve back in 2009. At that time, SIM had been operating for nearly three decades and become one of the top rental houses in North America for cameras, editing systems and a variety of other gear for television, commercials and broadcast production. The rental business was going through a radical shift as productions were abandoning 35mm film in favor of digital capture. The shift involved more than switching cameras, the entire production and post-production workflow—one that had been in place for decades—needed to be reinvented in order to accommodate imagery in the form of data files rather than celluloid.

Original Explores the Human Side of Tobacco Addiction in Project Quit

The new initiative from Arizona Smokers’ Helpline and RIESTER follows four tobacco users for 30 days as they try to kick the habit.

LOS ANGELES—Tobacco addiction is notoriously difficult to kick.  Just how difficult, and the impact quitting has on individual lives, is the subject of Project Quit, a newly-launched public-service initiative developed by RIESTER for the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline.

RIESTER asked Los Angeles production company Original and director Geoffrey Madeja to follow four people who have taken a vow to quit tobacco. Through a mix of slice-of-life scenes and interviews, the four tobacco users, along with their friends and loved ones, talk about the difficulty of quitting, how they got started with tobacco, the effects it has had on their relationships, and how quitting is complicated by other factors including health problems, employment and money issues. What emerges are complex stories of struggle, determination and hope.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Serves “The Butler”

Facility provides editorial conforming and color grading services in its third recent collaboration with Director Lee Daniels.
NEW YORK—Final post-production finishing for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Director Lee Daniel’s epic story about race relations in America, was completed at Technicolor – PostWorks, New York. It marked the facility’s third recent collaboration with Daniels and his production team, following Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire and The Paperboy.

Createasphere Announces 2013 DAMMY Winners

Burbank—McDonald’s, Best Buy Canada, the Alstom Group and Simian are among the winners of the 4th Annual DAMMY Awards, Createasphere’s competition for excellence in digital asset management. Announced as part of Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference and Exhibition in New York City, the DAMMYs are the premier award in the digital asset management industry, recognizing pioneering individuals and organizations for outstanding achievement over the past 12 months.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Doffin Investments Hosts “Investing Like a Robot,” Free Fine-Art Open House

Frank Minuto and other South Bay artists featured in finance and sci-fi inspired art exhibition scheduled for October 19.

TORRANCE, Calif.—On October 19th, Doffin Investments will host Investing Like a Robot, an open house and free art exhibition featuring the work of some of the South Bay’s most talented visual artists. The latest in Doffin’s ongoing series of free art events, Investing Like a Robot promises to be the best yet including dozens of works by acclaimed artists Frank Minuto, Parker Dunbar, Gilbert Iniquez and Carlos Hernandez.

The title of the event derives from Frank Minuto’s playful Toy Robots series originally exhibited at Terminal 1 at LAX in 2010. Minuto’s work has been the subject of one-person shows across the United States and is included in the permanent collections of Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka Museum in Russia and the Museum of Art in Nagasaki, Japan. Minuto, whose studio is in San Pedro, has also shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Latin American Art.

Europe’s John Doe Plots America Invasion via Accomplice Media

Directing duo brings strong credentials in comedy storytelling and a shelf of awards including a Cannes Gold Prix.

Los Angeles— Tiago Guedes and Stjepan Klein, the European directing duo who work under the pseudonym John Doe, are bringing their smart, funny, occasionally provocative and always original style of storytelling to the United States. The pair, whose work includes both traditional and viral campaigns for such brands as Blaupunkt, KFC, Nestle’s, T-Mobile, Vodaphone and motorbike maker Bajaj, have signed with Los Angeles-based Accomplice Media for exclusive stateside representation.

Friday, October 4, 2013

HOAX Films Delivers VFX for Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch”

Culver City Studio collaborates with Ben Mor on second Music Video.
Culver City, Calif.—Award-winning digital production studio HOAX Films provided visual effects services for Work Bitch, the new Britney Spears video, directed by Ben Mor. The song is the first single from Spears’ upcoming eighth studio album which drops December 1st.
Work Bitch marks the second collaboration between the visionary Mor and HOAX Films. The design studio previously delivered visual effects for Part of Me, directed by Mor for Katy Perry in 2012.  For Work Bitch, HOAX Films completed sky replacements shots, set extensions and cleanup.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hungarian FilmLab Selects MTI Film’s CORTEX::Dailies for New Digital Dailies Service

Europe’s BoneheadZ oversees installation of the most comprehensive digital dailies system in Eastern Europe.

HOLLYWOOD—The Hungarian FilmLab (Magyar Filmlabor), Hungary’s largest provider of film laboratory and post-production services, has purchased MTI Film’s flagship dailies processing solution, CORTEX::DailiesUltimate Edition. FilmLab will employ CORTEX::Dailies to service feature and television productions working in Hungary and throughout Europe. The system is capable of processing camera data from all popular digital cinema cameras, including cameras made by Sony, ARRI, Canon and RED,  and creating media required for editorial, review and back-up, with or without applied color grading.

Picturepark’s David Diamond Selected for Createasphere’s DAMMY-of-the-Year Award

Writer, educator and business leader recognized for his role in advancing DAM education.

Burbank—Createasphere, founders of the annual DAMMYs, the first awards specifically recognizing excellence and innovation in digital and media asset management technology, today announces that David Diamond, director of global marketing at Picturepark and author of DAM Survival Guide, is the winner of its 2013 DAMMY-of-the-Year Award. Diamond is being recognized for his role as an author, educator and business leader in the digital asset industry who “exemplifies forward-thinking, leadership and innovation.” The award will presented at a gala luncheon on October 8th as part of Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference and Exhibition in New York City.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Production Services Specialist Seasun Productions Opens U.S. Office in Los Angeles

Barcelona-based company provides efficient, all-inclusive live action packages for film, television and commercials productions anywhere around the globe.

LOS ANGELES—Seasun Productions, a Barcelona-based production services company whose clients include leading ad agencies, film producers and reality TV productions, is seeking to extend its winning formula to the U.S. The company has opened a production office in Los Angeles that will target film, television and commercial producers seeking to produce their work abroad for location or budgetary reasons. Seasun is capable of supporting productions in Europe, South America, Latin America, Asia and other parts of the globe with services that run the gamut from cameras and crew through casting, talent, aerial photography, locations, music and post production.

Sony Pictures Digital Productions Applies Finishing Touch to “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”

Sound and DI teams pay a return visit to Swallow Falls and the results are delicious.

Culver City, Calif.—Post-production work for Sony Pictures Animation’s  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the much anticipated sequel to the 2009 hit, was completed by Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP) on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. SPDP talent oversaw sound editorial, sound mixing, color grading and editorial finishing for the animated movie, working alongside their counterparts from Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) and Sony Pictures Animation , who created the film’s final animation. It’s the latest project to utilize an integrated workflow linking production, animation, visual effects and post production operations on the Sony lot. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 released nationwide in 2D and 3D on September 27th.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Posts Five Films Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival

Facility continues is long-standing support for exceptional independent films with “Fading Gigolo,” “One Chance,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her,” “The Armstrong Lie,” “12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.”
NEW YORK— Technicolor – PostWorks, New York, provided post-production services to five films that screened at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival. They included three narrative films, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, David Frankel’s One Chance, and Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, as well as Alex Gibney’s documentary The Armstrong Lie, and The Weinstein Company’s concert film 12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.

Hula Post Production Rocks the House with “Metallica: Through the Never”

Editorial team sets up shop at Hula’s West Los Angeles facility to prepare 3D concert film for cinema and IMAX release.
HOLLYWOOD— Hula Post Production provided 3D editorial gear and space for Metallica: Through the Never, the new feature-length 3D concert film released worldwide this month by Picturehouse. Editor Joe Hutshing (Savages, Almost Famous) and his crew spent more than eight months at Hula’s facility in West Los Angeles cutting the film, which blends footage from Metallica concerts in Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, with a narrative story about a roadie on a surreal odyssey to recover a mysterious bag. Metallica: Through the Never will screen both in digital 3D cinemas and IMAX theaters.