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.”