Thursday, June 27, 2013

SIM Digital Grows Operations in Atlanta

Debuts new facility offering turnkey solutions for television and film productions.
Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, has expanded its presence in Atlanta, moving its operations there into a new, nearly 7000 ft2, freestanding facility. The new SIM Digital Atlanta houses both the company’s rental operations, which supplies cameras and related equipment to feature and television productions, and its Bling Digital unit, which provides post-production services.

SIM Digital Atlanta has experienced strong growth since it opened in 2008, driven by a rising tide of feature and television production in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. The company recently supplied camera systems to the television series The Vampire Diaries and season one of Revolution, as well as the feature production The Good Lie.  Bling Digital recently provided dailies processing services to the television series Rectify.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Common Thread Signs Keith Rivers for Music Videos

LOS ANGELES—Director Keith Rivers has signed with A Common Thread for exclusive representation in music videos. Rivers gained considerable notoriety last year when a commercial campaign he directed for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ignited the singing career of soulful British singer Alex Clare, whose song Too Close was featured in the soundtrack. Rivers went on to direct an official music video for the song that has also become a viral hit.

Accomplice Partners with The Joneses in New Production Entity

Production companies merge in order to collaborate on commercials, branded content and other projects.

SANTA MONICA, CA—West Coast-based production companies Accomplice Media and The Joneses have joined forces under the Accomplice name. Executive Producers Jeff Snyder and Mel Gragido will co-manage the company, overseeing a roster of 16 directors that includes award-winning filmmakers Don Burgess, Jeff Gorman, Vincent Laforet, David Jellison, Rick Knief and Hans Petter Moland, as well as the dynamic young directing team Sherpas Cinema.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Foerster and Emmerich Opt for Codex on “White House Down”

London, UK –  Director Roland Emmerich and award-winning cinematographer Anna Foerster, ASC used Codex Onboard Recorders on the Sony Pictures feature film White House Down. The film stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and depicts a paramilitary invasion of the White House in Washington, DC.
“Codex is a fully developed, fantastic way of working,” says Foerster. Emmerich agrees. “The Codex Recorders did what every tool should do: perform so flawlessly that we forget they are there.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

JMR Electronics Helps Douglas Trumbull Push the Limits of High-Frame-Rate Cinema

Storage systems innovator designs customized playback system for world’s first 120 fps, 3D movie.

Chatsworth, CA—JMR Electronics recently designed and built a high performance server and storage system for the production of the world’s first high-frame-rate 3D movie. UFOTOG, a 10-minute short that tells the story of a man’s attempt to photograph alien spacecraft, is the work of director, visual effects pioneer and filmmaking visionary Douglas Trumbull. In a cinematic first, Trumbull shot the film in stereoscopic 3D at 4K resolution and at a camera speed of 120 frames per second. JMR’s unique server and storage solution was used on the set to collect, manage, playback and edit the huge amounts of image data produced during the making of the film.

MTI Film Introduces Cortex to Mexico via Net Brains

Houston-based systems integrator becomes latest addition to MTI Films’ international reseller network.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film has added Net Brains I, LP, a Houston-based systems integrator focused on Mexico and other Latin American markets, to its international reseller network. Net Brains will market and support MTI Film’s Cortex line of workflow solutions to broadcasters and film and television producers in its territory. It will also market Correct DRS™, MTI Film’s industry-leading film restoration platform. Net Brain’s clients include Televisa, TV Azteca and Genomma Lab International, as well as numerous independent producers and post-production service providers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Engine Room and Hollywood Center Studios Forge Production Alliance

HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood Center Studios ( www.HollywoodCenter.com ), the iconic studio in the heart of Hollywood, has forged a new alliance with shooting and visual effects company Engine Room ( www.EngineRoomHollywood.com ), headquartered on the HCS Lot. The strategic relationship provides Engine Room live-action clients with exclusive rates for stage and production office rentals, as well as grip and lighting services provided by HCS

Engine Room offers a unique production partnership to clients. With a turnkey shooting unit that’s ready-to-roll, it provides an extensive menu of production services including cinematography, casting, talent, crew, art, equipment and large scale stages.  Creative directors and producers of all types love the simplicity and fluid collaborative experience of working with ER.

Simian Celebrates the Arrival of Summer with Two Hot Enhancements

Industry-leading media management platform launches new microsite, plus enhanced embeddable reel player.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, today announces the release of two key upgrades to its groundbreaking media-sharing platform. The new release includes a redesigned and enhanced microsite component—an industry first and one of the most popular features of Simian—as well as The Embeddable Reel Player™, offering a new method for embedding reels into websites.

“Simian is all about constant development and improvement,” says Simian co-founder Jay Brooks. “We maintain a close dialogue with our users and that enables us to respond to their needs—often before they realize that a need exists.”

Colorist Jack Lewars Joins Technicolor – PostWorks New York

NEW YORK—Technicolor – PostWorks, New York, Manhattan’s largest independent provider of post-production services, has brought on Jack Lewars as Senior Colorist. Lewars, who arrives with more than 80 features to his credit, will be available for feature and television projects both through Technicolor – PostWorks and through The Room, the finishing boutique located within the Technicolor – PostWorks facility.
Lewars is currently working on several new documentary projects for Martin Scorsese, his second time working with the director. He recently completed two documentaries for Alex Gibney, We Steal Secrets: The History of WikiLeaks and History of the Eagles. He graded both documentaries at The Room.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Colonie’s Joe Clear Evokes Memories of Barbecues Past for Leo Burnett and The Beef Council


CHICAGO— The Colonie’s Joe Clear has edited a new spot for The Beef Council and Leo Burnett that celebrates the time-honored traditions of the backyard barbecue.
Flashback is the personal tale of a man who learned to cook the perfect steak from his father. As the man slips a cut of meat onto a grill his thoughts drift back to childhood. As a boy standing by his father’s side, he learns the secrets of the family recipe and is handed a pair of tongs in a ceremony laden with emotion. Back in present day, the man sits down at a picnic table with his wife and their young son.

Don’t Fear The Reaper: STORY’s Jeff France Weaves a Tale of Suspense for Prestone

STORY’s Jeff France has directed a new spot for Prestone and The Richards Group, Dallas, that seeks to assure car owners that they have no reason to fear the reaper. Prestone has their backs.

Promoting Prestone Coolant and its ability to protect cars from overheating, Parking Lot opens on a man walking through the parking lot of an auto parts store on a hot day with a container of the product. A mammoth, black tow truck, emblazoned with skull and crossbones, appears behind the man and follows him, intent on taking his car to its auto graveyard. The Reaper’s plans are foiled, however, when the man suddenly whips around and confronts the truck with his Prestone Coolant. Other people, aware of the man’s plight, leap to his side. They, too, hold Prestone. “The Reaper has no choice,” says France, “but to back off and find another victim.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Colorflow Applies Theatrical Treatment to Concert Film “Electric Ascension”

Berkeley, CA—Colorflow recently provided color grading and other post production services for Electric Ascension, a full-length concert film documenting the Rova Saxophone Quartet’s remarkable reimagining of John Coltrane’s legendary 1965 free jazz recording Ascension. Lead Colorist Kent Pritchett applied the final grade, working alongside veteran documentary filmmaker John Rogers to give the piece a sparkling, feature-caliber look. Electric Ascension is slated to screen at film festivals and music events prior to its theatrical and home theater release later this year.

Monday, June 3, 2013

SIM Digital to Sponsors Produced By Session on Showrunners

Marshall Herskovitz to moderate session featuring producers of “The Big C,” “Parenthood,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “House of Cards.”

Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, is sponsoring a special session on the role of the television showrunner at the Producers Guild of America’s 2013 Produced By Conference. Hit the Ground Showrunning will be moderated by Marshall Herskovitz, President Emeritus of the PGA, and will occur on Saturday, June 8th at 11:15 a.m. at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

The session will examine the role of the showrunner in scripted television. Arguably the most powerful producers in the entertainment landscape, showrunners face daunting challenges including the incredible competition in the television marketplace and the demands of highly-paid talent. One of Hollywood’s most successful showrunners, Herskovitz was behind such hits as thirtysomething. Speakers will include Darlene Hunt (The Big C90210Save Me), Jason Katims (ParenthoodFriday Night LightsRoswell), Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield) and Beau Willimon (House of CardsThe Ides of March).