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.