Thursday, May 30, 2013

MTI Film to Demo Sony Workflows at Cine Gear

HOLLYWOOD—At the upcoming Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, MTI Film will demonstrate end-to-end workflow solutions, based on its groundbreaking Cortex product line, for the latest generation of Sony digital camera systems. The demos will be conducted at the Sony booth (S218) and will feature MTI Film’s flagship product, Cortex::Control Dailies and its use for on-set review, dailies processing, media archiving and deliverables production. The 2013 Cine Gear Expo is set for May 31st through June 1st at The Studios at Paramount in Los Angeles.

“MTI Film is proud to partner with Sony in developing solutions that help productions work better, faster and smarter,” said Belinda S. Merritt, Director of International Business Development. “We have workflows to suit every type of productions from features to sitcoms. More and more productions are eager to use the latest Sony cameras and Cortex allows them to do so with simple, streamlined workflows that can carry them all the way through post.”

Accomplice Signs Director Rick Knief

Los Angeles—Director Rick Knief has joined Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in commercials. A former award-winning creative director, Knief has directed campaigns for such brands as the Wall Street Journal, Century 21, IBM, Time-Warner and American Express, producing work that spans a range of genres from comedy to visual storytelling to real-people documentary. Last year, he earned critical and popular acclaim for a music video for indie singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur that was shot with a rig equipped with nine iPhones.

“Rick is a great talent,” says Accomplice Executive Produce Jeff Snyder. “His agency background gives him an understanding of the project from client and creative points of view, while his skills as a director enable him to execute in a wide range of genres…. emotional and visual storytelling, performance and humor as well as real people and documentary.  He has an innate understanding of people and motivations which helps him to draw out authentic performances in every spot.”

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Gavin Barclay Joins Bling Digital

Former “Suits”/”Covert Affairs” Co-Producer to oversee expansion of on-set/near-set post-production services.

Los Angeles—SIM Digital has appointed veteran television producer Gavin Barclay as Vice President of its Bling Digital unit. Barclay, whose television credits include such shows as Suits, Covert Affairs, Nip/Tuck and Knight Rider, will oversee the expansion of Bling’s on-set and near-set post-production services, which include solutions for dailies processing, color grading, offline Avid rentals, online editorial and other operations. He will have both operational and client services responsibilities.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cortez Brothers Relies on Simian to Keep Its Sales Effort Operating at Warp Speed

Los Angeles-based Production Company uses media management platform to build reels and drive sales.

Ed Rivero, managing director of Los Angeles production company Cortez Brothers, has worked in advertising for more than 20 years has witnessed many changes in the industry, including the way companies like his market their services. When Rivero was getting started in his career, production companies recorded show reels for their directors onto ¾-inch videotapes. They were time-consuming to prepare, awkward to manage and expensive to ship. “We would edit them once a quarter,” he recalls. “They were our calling cards.”

Codex to Show Vault 2 at Cine Gear in Hollywood

The new Codex/ARRI internal recording module for Alexa will also be on view.

London, UK – 22 May 2013Codex will demonstrate Vault 2, the latest iteration of its industry-leading line of location-based media management environments, at Cine Gear Expo, May 31 through June 2 in Hollywood. The Vault, which has been used on a number of recent feature productions including Marvel’s blockbuster Iron Man 3, now supports Sony’s F5 and F55 cameras. It also includes support for REDMAGs used by RED Epic and Scarlet cameras.

SIM Digital to Demonstrate End-to-End Workflow Solutions at Cine Gear

After Party set for June 1st at SIM Digital Hollywood.

Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, will be a major exhibitor at the 2013 Cine Gear Expo May 31st through June 1st at The Studios at Paramount in Los Angeles. Showcasing its breadth of services, SIM Digital will be demonstrating leading edge solutions for every aspect of feature, television and advertising production, from the camera lens to the screen.

SIM Digital will also host a Cine Gear After Party on June 1st beginning at 4:00 p.m. at its newly-remodeled offices located at 738 N. Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, just a ten minute walk from Paramount Studios. In addition to food, drinks and live music, the event will feature a fully-functional, end-to-end workflow demonstration.  The workflow will be similar to one the SIM Digital is currently maintaining for the television series Hell on Wheels. The party is co-sponsored by Fujinon, Shape, Pro K Solutions, ALT Systems, Rosco Laboratories, Tecads and Zeiss.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Madheart's Lisa Phillips Finds Success in a Competitive Advertising Market by Flaunting Convention

LOS ANGELES—Madheart goes its own way. A producer of artfully-crafted advertising of unusual emotional power, the company is led by executive producer Lisa Phillips who has made a habit of zigging when other companies zag. Rejecting the mainstream production company business model based on a “stable” of directors, Phillips has stubbornly maintained Madheart’s boutique status. She and Catherine De Angelis, the company’s national sales manager, prefer to direct their laser-like attention on a small number of directors in whom they passionately believe.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Technicolor – PostWorks’ Tim Stipan Applies the Finishing Touch to Indie Drama “Disconnect”

NEW YORK—Disconnect, the new drama from LD Entertainment and director Henry Alex Rubin, weaves three loosely related narrative lines, each of which relates to the internet and the way it is affecting human relationships. The protagonists of its three plot lines include a TV news reporter investigating porn chat sites, a lawyer whose 15-year-old son is victimized by his skater buddies, and an interracial couple who turn to on-line grief consoling to cope with the death of their baby.

Post-production was completed at Technicolor – PostWorks in New York, where the work ran the gamut from dailies processing through DI Colorist Tim Stipan (Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan) applied the final grade, working alongside Rubin and cinematographer Ken Seng.

Simian Releases “Simian Real Time Video Encoder™”

New encoding/uploading app makes uploading video to the web quick, simple and error-free.

Laguna Niguel, May 13, 2013—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions has announced the release of the Simian Real Time Video Encoder™, a groundbreaking app that makes it simple to simultaneously encode and upload any size video file to the cloud. Available free to Simian users, the new app reduces the complexities involved with encoding and uploading video files to a single drag-and-drop operation. Even large files can be quickly uploaded to Simian. The app also ensures optimal playback.

“The Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ is the fastest way to upload video,” explains Simian co-founder Brian Atton, “and it requires no technical expertise or training. Users simply drag and drop a file into the bucket and the app does the rest.”

Thursday, May 9, 2013

“Lawrence of Arabia,” Digitally Restored with Help from MTI Film, Wins FOCAL International Award

HOLLYWOOD—The new 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of Lawrence of Arabia, which underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film,  was awarded Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title at the tenth FOCAL International Awards in London. The film was restored in 4K under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp.

David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. Prior to its 50th anniversary release by Sony Pictures last year, the film went through a meticulous restoration and re-mastering in 4K.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Restored “Lawrence of Arabia” Wins FOCAL International Award

4K Restoration of David Lean’s Masterpiece Receives Top Honors;

Sony Pictures’ Grover Crisp Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Restoration”

CULVERY CITY, CA  – The newly-restored, 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia took home the award for “Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title” at the tenth FOCAL International Awards held May 2nd in London. The 4K restoration of the film was completed last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment under the direction of Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. Crisp also received a special, individual award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation.”

Hollywood Center Studios Hosts Stock Shoot for GreenScreen Animals

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

HOLLYWOOD—Things were wild on Stage 12 at Hollywood Center Studios recently as a pair of gray wolves, two grizzly bears, a leopard, a lion, an African elephant and other exotic animals stopped by for their close-ups. The occasion was a 3-day shoot conducted by GreenScreen Animals, a Santa Monica supplier of specialty stock footage, that was seeking to add to its one-of-a-kind collection of more than 3000 stock images of wild animals.

There is a huge demand for stock images of wild creatures, especially hard to come by green screen shots, that are ideal for special effects purposes. GreenScreen Animals’ animal content has been used in everything from films (We Bought a Zoo) to commercials ( to late night TV (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).

Antenna Forges Creative Pact with Barcelona’s Custom EFX

Studios plan to collaborate on advertising projects originating in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

Los Angeles—Seeking to extend its global footprint and add some European flair to its creative offerings, multi-platform content creation company Antenna ( has forged a strategic alliance with Barcelona-based Custom EFX. The agreement provides Antenna with access to the talent and resources of one of Europe’s top boutique providers of visual effects, animation and post-production services, with a client list that includes some of the world’s best known brands. Custom EFX secures access to the U.S. market via a well-established production services provider with a strong, national sales network. It will also have the opportunity to market Antenna’s services in Europe.

SIM Digital Acquires Canada’s PS Production Services

Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, today announced that it has acquired PS Production Services Ltd, one of Canada’s largest rental houses for lighting, grip, generators, digital cameras and dolly equipment.  The move is the latest in a series of acquisitions by SIM Digital and is part of an ongoing global strategy to be the most comprehensive provider of motion picture and television services in North America.

Founded by the late Doug Dales in 1972, PS Production Services serves U.S. and Canadian motion picture and television producers through offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax and has more than 130 employees.  Since Dales’ untimely death in 2010, the company has built on his legacy and continued to experience significant growth.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MTI Film Adds XAVC Support to Cortex

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film today announces that its Cortex product line now includes full support for Sony’s recently-developed XAVC recording format. XAVC is included in Cortex::Control Dailies DP, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions and in the Stream, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions of Cortex::Convey. Support for Sony RAW and SR Master formats is already included in all Cortex editions including the FREE edition of Cortex::Control Dailies.

Sony’s XAVC format, which is H.264 based, is a dedicated 4K format developed to foster 4K production in areas beyond feature films, including television, documentaries and commercials. The format provides a cost efficient digital imaging eco-system for 4K and high frame rate content. Sony’s F55 and F5 cameras include the XAVC codec.

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Prepares “Bluebird”, “Coach” for Tribeca Premieres

Sam Daley grades indie drama for first-time helmer Lance Edmands; plus Best Documentary Short winner “Coach.”               

NEW YORK— Technicolor-PostWorks New York recently provided a package of post-production services for two films that made their world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival:  Bluebird, an independent feature from first-time director Lance Edmands that was featured in the festival’s World Narrative slate, and Bess Kargman’s Coach, which took top honors as Best Documentary Short.

A drama set in a small Maine logging town, Bluebird stars Amy Morton, Margo Martindale, John Slattery (Mad Men), Louisa Krause, Adam Driver (Girls) and Emily Meade. The film was shot on 35mm film. During production, original camera negative was sent from the shooting location in rural Maine to The New York Lab for processing. Dailies and editorial media were then prepared at the Technicolor – PostWorks facility in the West Village. Services included dailies processing and final color grading.