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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Director Diane Paragas Joins Accomplice Media

New York—Award-winning director Diane Paragas has joined Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in commercials. Paragas’s work spans commercials, documentaries, narrative films and branded content with much of it rooted in the stories of real people. On the advertising side, she has directed campaigns for American Airlines, the New York State Department of Health, and, the latter a First Place winner in Google’s TV for All Contest. Her documentary work includes Brooklyn Boheme¸ a 2012 feature-length documentary for Showtime that she made in tandem with writer and critic Nelson George.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Custom EFX Enters the U.S. Market

Barcelona’s top design, animation, VFX and post shop to apply its award-winning aesthetic to U.S. ads, film and TV marketing, games and more.

LOS ANGELES—Custom EFX, one of Europe’s top boutique providers of visual effects, animation and post-production services, has opened a studio in Los Angeles. A rising star that has worked with agencies across Europe, South America and Asia for such brands as BMW, Nescafe, Samsung, Coca Cola and Ikea, the Barcelona-based studio is aiming to repeat that success in U.S. while targeting work in advertising, film, television, gaming and digital media.

The new Los Angeles studio will be led by veteran executive producer Marie Soto, assisted by a team of producers and digital artists. The company has lined up sales representation on the West Coast and in the Midwest. It will also be linked to Custom EFX’s international sales network, which includes new representatives in Germany, Dubai, India and Asia.  

World of Wonder Shoots Series for Logo and Bravo at Hollywood Center Studios

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Property Envy” produce full seasons on the historic Hollywood lot.

Hollywood— Hollywood Center Studios recently provided shooting stages and other services to international entertainment company World of Wonder for two television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Property Envy.

Billed as “the ultimate in drag queen competitions,” RuPaul’s Drag Race shot its sixth season for Logo on Hollywood Center Studios’ Stages 5 and 6. The show features real-life drag queens competing in often outrageous challenges for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, with RuPaul serving in dual (male and female) roles.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Codex to Showcase New Products at IBC 2013-Hall 11, G-30

London, UK –—Codex will demonstrate new products, including Codex Review, Vault 2 and Data Logger One at IBC 2013, September 13th to 17th at the RAI in Amsterdam. 
Codex Vault 2 facilitates extremely fast transfers of camera originals creating onset safety copies, archiving to LTO tape and automated production management, image and metadata QC, powerful look management and review of all media. It has been embraced by some of the industry’s top camera rental houses including Take Two, Movietech and the ARRI Rental Group, as well as movie and television studios such as Marvel, HBO, Televisa and Disney. Vault 2 provides for a simple, streamlined workflow for RED, Sony, ARRI and Canon cameras.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Desert Heat: Cinematographer John Seale Takes Codex into the Namibian Desert to capture “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

London, UK – Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth installment in writer/director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action franchise.  It is also the first digital film for cinematographer John Seale, whose storied career spans more than 30 years and such iconic titles as Mosquito Coast, Witness, Dead Poets Society and Rain Man. Facing inhospitable conditions, intense action scenes and the need to accommodate a massive number of visual effects, Seale and his crew chose to shoot principal photography with ARRI Alexa cameras and capture on Codex Onboard recorders, a workflow that has become popular among filmmakers for its ruggedness, reliability and easy integration with post-production.

Codex will be demonstrating the latest workflows using its recording technology, Vaults and other gear, 13 - 17 September at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam (Hall 11.G30).

MTI Film Adds J.D. Vandenberghe as Product Manager

Former ARRI workflow specialist will spearhead Cortex development.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film, a leading developer of software applications for dailies processing, media transcoding and film restoration, has appointed Jean-Dominique “J.D.” Vandenberghe as Product Manager. Formerly Workflow Project Manager at ARRI, Vandenberghe brings a strong background in engineering and mathematics, and broad experience with digital cinema camera systems and workflow technologies.

Vandenberghe will be representing MTI Film at IBC 2013, September 13-17 in Amsterdam.
At MTI Film, Vandenberghe will be responsible for the continued development of the company’s Cortex line of dailies processing and transcoding solutions, as well as other current and future products. He will oversee the development and launch of new product features, and work directly with third-party vendors, resellers and end-users on development-related issues.

Daystrom Appoints Steven B. Cohen to Lead 4K Initiative

Former Sony Pictures and Ascent Media technologist to assist in launch of software-defined workflow systems for managing high-resolution and high-frame rate data files.

LOS ANGELES—Daystrom Technology Group, a California-based specialist in high-performance workflows and durable storage, has hired Steven B. Cohen as Solutions Architect to lead their new 4K workflow automation and storage initiative. Cohen brings broad expertise in digital technologies for film and television production through posts with Sony Pictures Studios, Ascent Media Group, Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition and Cohen Communications, Inc.

As Solutions Architect, Cohen will enable broadcasters, post-production facilities and next-gen media distributors to orchestrate multiple 4K pipelines optimizing the performance of current and future investments.  He will provide content creators the ability to manage storage and networking resources into cost-effective workflows based on an open-standards, software-defined architecture.

Director Richard Sears Joins A Common Thread for Commercials

LOS ANGELES—September 9, 2013—Director Richard Sears, whose credits includes work for Toyota, Citgo, Nissan and AT&T, has joined Los Angeles-based A Common Thread for exclusive, national representation. Sears has earned high regard for his storytelling skills, which he has applied to genres ranging from dialogue-driven comedy to documentary/lifestyle advertising. He provides A Common Thread with a proven talent, versatility and a reputation as an innovator.

“Richard offers the complete package: he brings a fresh perspective, but he also has the experience of having directed more than 100 spots,” says A Common Thread executive producer J.P. McMahon. “He has great ideas and he knows how to execute them. He has all the qualities you need to have longevity in this business.”

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MPSE’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Tees Off September 9th

All-day event benefits the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund.

Studio City, California – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will host its 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, September 9th, at Malibu Golf Club in Malibu California. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) and the MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund and will be pledged in memory of Charles L. Campbell.