CHICAGO—STORY director Laurie Rubin captures the holiday spirit through place settings in a beautifully crafted pair of ads for Crate & Barrel and New York agency Huge. Each 15-second spot presents a sequence of tabletops lavishly adorned with holiday plates, silverware, cups and accessories, with each tableau meticulously arranged to suggest the tastes and personalities of different people. Themed “Holiday Table” and “Holiday Party,” respectively, the spots are set to indie singer Stacey Marcus’ upbeat version of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Groundbreaking display will envelop City Hall in sound and 3D imagery in the culmination of The Music Center’s annual New Year’s celebration.
HOLLYWOOD—On New Year’s Eve, Los Angeles residents will have an opportunity to witness one of the largest 3D digital mapping displays in Los Angeles history. As part of The Music Center’s 2nd Annual Grand Park’s N.Y.E. L.A. event, L.A.’s historic City Hall will be transformed into a towering digital sculpture. With content conceived by Garson Yu, artistic director of the award-winning design studio yU+co, in collaboration with the Grand Park team, the spectacular multimedia display will combine cutting edge 3D projection mapping, interactive sound, and a powerful narrative celebrating Los Angeles, its culture and its people.
2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Set for February 15
Studio City, California – December 22, 2014 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Academy Award-nominated director Darren Aronofsky with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler and other films is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will be presented with the award at the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards, February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.
MPSE President Frank Morrone described Aronofsky as a master storyteller whose work exhibits a strong creative vision, and bold visual and audio style. “Darren Aronofsky’s films are both challenging and immensely entertaining, as evidenced by their critical acclaim and box office success,” Morrone said. “We are extremely excitied to honor his achievements by selecting him for our prestigious Filmmaker Award.”
Thursday, December 18, 2014
2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 15th
Studio City, California – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer Skip Lievsay with its 2015 MPSE Career Achievement Award. Lievsay, who won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing for his work on Gravity (with Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro), has contributed to nearly 150 films over the course of a career spanning more than 30 years. He has been a frequent collaborator of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, John Sayles and many others. Lievsay will receive the award at the 2015 MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, February 15, 2015 in Los Angeles.
“Skip represents the pinnacle in artistry in motion picture sound,” said MPSE President Frank Morrone. “He has worked tirelessly to invent new and creative ways to use sound to advance directors’ visions, to tell stories and to entertain audiences. The MPSE takes great pride in recognizing the work of a sound artist who has been an outstanding practitioner of our craft and remains at the top of his game.”
“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Into the Woods,” “Noah” and “True Detective” are among the nominees that selected the facility for post-production services.
NEW YORK—December 18, 2014— Technicolor-PostWorks New York provided post-production services to five motion pictures and four television shows nominated for 2015 Golden Globe Awards. The shows racked up a total of 18 nominations. Golden Globe winners will be announced January 11th at a ceremony in Beverly Hills.
Motion Picture nominees include:
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Helen Mirren).
Technicolor-PostWorks provided editorial conforming (Christi Leftwich, conforming editor) and color grading services (Mark Gethin, visiting colorist from MPC).
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Hollywood post facility provides editorial and other services for some of the most popular awards shows on TV, including the Academy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors and the Golden Globes.
LOS ANGELES—The arrival of the New Year marks the start of Awards Season in Hollywood as various groups and organizations gear up to honor the best achievements of the previous year. It’s a busy time for many companies in the industry, from caterers and fashion designers to talent agencies and publicity firms. Among those most caught up in the frenzy is Chainsaw. The post production facility, a division of The SIM Group, provides creative editorial and other post production services for many of the season’s most popular awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Campaigns for ONCE: THE MUSICAL and ALL THE WAY bring five wins for the entertainment marketing and advertising agency.
New York, NY— AKA NYC was a multiple winner at this year’s Davey Awards, scoring five Silver Awards for its work in behalf of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical ONCE: THE MUSICAL and Tony Award-winning Best Play ALL THE WAY. The New York entertainment and marketing agency was honored in categories spanning broadcast, online and integrated marketing. Sponsored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, the Davey Awards recognize the best creative work from top independent agencies worldwide. This year’s competition attracted more than 4,000 entries.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Latest expansion enables the company to deliver state-of-the-art post production services to Canadian, U.S. and European producers through Toronto facility.
LOS ANGELES—Continuing its rapid expansion, the SIM Group has acquired Toronto post-production facility Pixel Underground and its associated companies FINI Films and stationEX. The move gives SIM Group the ability to deliver complete post production and media distribution services in the Toronto market; Pixel Underground is one of Ontario’s leading providers of post-production services for television including for such shows as Mayday (Nat. Geo.), Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case (Discovery), Nowhere to Hide (Investigation Discovery US) , Food Truck Face Off (Food Network) and American Pickers (History).
|Left to Right: Chris Parker, Marcus Valentin, Marc Bachli, Rob Sim|
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Y&R Creative Director & Filmworkers EP concoct a hilarious ad about a 3D printer hoping to land a spot on this year’s Super Bowl.
CHICAGO—A souped-up 3D printer delivers unexpected results in a funny new spot that’s part of Doritos’ annual “Crash the Super Bowl” Ad Contest.
Created by Gordon West, a creative director at Y&R, Chicago with the help of Filmworkers EP Derek de Board, the spot centers on a pair of office workers who become intrigued by the almost magical powers of a gizmo called the “Infinite 8000 3D Printer.” After using the machine to produce mass duplicates of a hole puncher and a pencil, the dim-witted duo have the bright idea of producing infinite copies of their favorite brand of tortilla chip. They prove to be a bit too eager, however, inserting a chip into the machine while it’s still in the grasp of a fellow worker. The results are, well, you’ll just have to watch the spot.
De Board’s and West’s Infinite 8000 3D Printer spot is vying against other fan-made ads for a chance to air during this year’s Super Bowl telecast. The pair could also be eligible for a cash bonus should their spot crack the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter.
Rapidly growing visual effects studio is currently servicing nearly three dozen television shows and feature films including “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “American Horror Story” and “The Blacklist”¸
BURBANK—FuseFX, which provides visual effects services for television, features and commercials, the former including Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and American Horror Story¸ has opened full-scale production facilities in New York and Vancouver.
FuseFX, New York, is currently producing visual effects for the hit NBC series The Blacklist as well as POWERS, a drama set to debut in January on the new Sony PlayStation network. Located in the heart of the city’s media district in Soho, the 3300 square foot production complex is designed to accommodate a staff of more than 30 artists. FuseFX, British Columbia, located in Vancouver’s Yaletown section, is currently servicing Backstrom for Fox and The Returned for A&E. It can accommodate 20 or more artists. Capabilities at both facilities include 2D and 3D visual effects, 3D animation, compositing, finishing, matte painting, cosmetic enhancement and pre-visualization.
|Jason Fotter, David Altenau, Tim Jacobsen|
Monday, November 24, 2014
Technicolor – PostWorks New York Provides Post-Production Services to DOC NYC Grand Jury Winner “Cairo Drive”
A signature sponsor, the facility also hosted a panel discussion on documentary post production.
NEW YORK—Technicolor PostWorks New York congratulates Cairo Drive, director Sherief Elkatasha’s heartwarming documentary set in Egypt’s capital, on winning the Viewfinders Competition Grand Jury Prize at this year’s DOC NYC film festival.
Technicolor-PostWorks, a Signature Sponsor of the festival, provided color grading and editorial finishing services for Cairo Drive, which documents the struggles motorists face in navigating the city’s incredibly clogged streets. Bobbie Thomas performed the final grade. The film was mixed at PostWorks, New York.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Facility provides turnkey services for new multi-platform lifestyle ads for the stylish fitness tracker.
CHICAGO—In a true, tour de force effort, Filmworkers, in association with 2DS Productions, has produced an elegant and inspired advertising campaign for Misfit, a wearable fitness tracker with a sleek design.
The new internet and in-store ads consist of lifestyle footage of active people using the button-sized device, which can be worn like a piece of jewelry, while engaged in laser tag, rock climbing, diving and other extreme sports. Shot in various locations along the California coast, the imagery is stunning and shows off the features of the device in an organic and unobtrusive manner. Misfit’s technical functions are further underscored by distinctive 3D graphics that animate over the live action. The accompanying voiceover speaks directly to people who “set forth to scale mountains, to dive to the darkest depths of the sea” and asks them, “Do you accept the challenge?”
Thursday, November 20, 2014
HOLLYWOOD— Hula Post Production provided equipment, facilities and support to the editorial team from Nightcrawler, the new thriller from director Dan Gilroy and Open Road Films. Services supplied to editor John Gilroy and his crew included Avid DX editing systems, Avid Unity storage , editorial suites on Los Angeles’ Westside, and round-the-clock technical support for a post production schedule spanning eight months.
Produced by Bold Film, Nightcrawler is the story of a man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who becomes embroiled in the L.A. crime scene while working as a freelance journalist. The film also stars Renee Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Modern VideoFilm Colorist Dave Cole wins the 2014 HPA Award for Outstanding Color Grading Television
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—November 17, 2014—Modern VideoFilm Senior Supervising Colorist Dave Cole won the award for Outstanding Color Grading—Television for his work on the pilot for Reign at the Hollywood Post Alliance’s 9th Annual HPA Awards. It is Cole’s second consecutive HPA Award for color grading. Last year, he won in the feature film category for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The HPA Awards recognize outstanding work by post-production professionals in creating film, television, and commercials for the global audience.
“Dave is able to connect with the vision that I capture and further sculpt it with his immense imagination,” said Reign Director of Photography Checco Varese about his collaboration with Cole.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The facility will also host a panel discussion on post production.
NEW YORK—Technicolor PostWorks New York is serving as a Signature Sponsor of this month’s DOC NYC documentary film festival. The facility, which has a long history of collaborating with feature length documentarians, will also host a featured panel discussion offering advice to documentary filmmakers on navigating the post-production process.
Now in its fifth year, DOC NY has become the country’s largest film festival devoted to documentary films, this year including more than 150 films and events and 100 special guests. The Wall Street Journal has called it “one of the city’s grandest cinema events.” “Technicolor-PostWorks is extremely proud to lend its support to this great festival,” said Rob DeMartin, the facility’s COO. “Documentary filmmakers bring unparalleled passion to their work and continue to inspire, enlighten and move us. We look forward to seeing the films DOC NYC has discovered this year.”
Sunday, November 9, 2014
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—November 10, 2014—Modern VideoFilm is currently providing all final video post production services for the hit CBS series Madam Secretary. Senior Colorist Todd Bochner (Sleepy Hollow) is performing final color grading for the show out of Modern’s boutique Santa Monica facility. Previously, the color was done by a New York-based facility with Modern handling the conform and final deliverables.
Bochner is using DaVinci Resolve Version 11 on Linux for grading. His approach for Madam is to create a “full rich image all the while maintaining a cinematic tone.”
“Todd has an innate ability to read the film and tell exactly what the DP was trying to accomplish,” says Tony Palermo, the show’s Co-Producer. “His ability, work ethic and great attitude make him my go-to colorist.”
Madam Secretary was recently picked up for a full season by CBS. Modern VideoFilm has been handling the full video finishing work for the show since its fourth episode.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Colorist Eli Friedman and mixer Christopher Koch, CAS to talk about the facility’s eight-year effort in behalf of the award-winning documentary.
NEW YORK— Technicolor-PostWorks New York colorist Eli Friedman and re-recording mixer Christopher Koch, CAS will join director Marcus Robinson and editor Leo Cullen in a panel discussion on Robinson’s documentary Rebuilding the World Trade Center as part of the CCW+ SATCON conference, November 12th at the Javits Convention Center in New York. The 1-hour panel discussion, slated for 3:30 p.m. in the Production+Post Theater, will be hosted by Marc Loftus, senior editor/director of web content for Post Magazine.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Color grading nominations come for “Labor Day,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Reign” and “Game of Thrones.”
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Artists from Modern VideoFilm are nominated for four awards in color grading categories in the Hollywood Post Alliance’s 2014 HPA Awards scheduled for November 6th. Aimed at fostering awareness of post production and promoting creative and technical excellence in the field, the HPA Awards are the entertainment industry’s most prestigious awards event for post production.
Modern VideoFilm colorist Natasha Leonnet is nominated for Outstanding Color Grading—Feature Film for her work on Labor Day (Jason Reitman, director; Eric Steelberg, cinematographer). In the same category, colorist Jill Bogdanowicz is nominated for her work on The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, director; Robert Yeoman, cinematographer).
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Hybrid production studio teams with Cramer-Krasselt for creepy broadcast, web and social campaign.
CHICAGO—If the new ad campaign for Knott’s Berry Farm is any indication, visitors to the park’s annual Knott’s Scary Farm event are going to get the bejesus scared out of them. Chicago hybrid production studio Vitamin Pictures produced the multi-platform package for agency Cramer-Krasselt. It consists of a series of gritty, high tension television ads and webisodes populated by sinister clowns, macabre dentists and ravenous zombies.
The creep factor is high. Clown follows a young woman through a bleak warehouse scattered with children’s toys. Turning a corner, she’s confronted by a demented clown with a tortured grin. Just as he’s about to pounce, the scene cuts to a title card reading “Whatever you’re imagining, it’s here.” Tooth Fairy reveals an even grimmer encounter between a man and a dentist who’s performing oral surgery without the benefit of anesthesia.
Entertainment marketing and advertising agency deploys selfies in an innovative Broadway industry media-first opportunity in Times Square to promote the Terrence McNally comedy.
New York, NY— AKA NYC came up with a unique strategy for capitalizing on the star power of the cast of Terrence McNally’s backstage comedy It’s Only A Play, which opened recently at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway. It developed a multi-platform advertising and marketing campaign based on that most ubiquitous of current cultural icons: the selfie.
At least on Broadway, It’s Only A Play owns the selfie. Recalling the most memorable moment from this year’s Academy Awards broadcast, AKA NYC had the show’s stars, who including F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally and newcomer Micah Stock, pose for a self-referential photo. The snapshot broke nationally on EW and has since gone viral.
A life-size print of the photo now stands outside the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre so that passersby can get in on the act and snap their very own selfie with the cast using the hashtag #itsonlyaselfie.
In its biggest splash, AKA NYC celebrated the show’s opening night with an epic selfie event in Times Square. Attendees at the red carpet ceremony—stars and fans alike—were encouraged to take selfies and have them live-streamed onto Branded Cities’ stunning digital billboard on the Thomson-Reuters building.
Toronto – The Directors Guild of Canada presented its 2014 DGC Honorary Life Member Award to SIM Group President and CEO Rob Sim at the annual DGC Awards Gala in Toronto. The award is presented each year to an individual, member or non-member, whose outstanding contribution to the industry has had a major beneficial impact on the Guild and Guild members.
“I am grateful to the Director’s Guild of Canada for bestowing this prestigious award upon me,” said Sim. “I am honored yet feel this award is not just about me but also about all of the talented and devoted professionals in our industry with whom I have had the good fortune to meet and work beside.”
Rob Sim co-founded Sim Video (now known as SIM Digital) in 1982 with the intention of providing film and broadcast producers with the latest in video equipment rentals. His pioneering leadership helped propel the company forward to become the first rental house in Canada to offer high definition cameras and production equipment. His dedication and commitment to new technologies drove SIM to further expand its services to include digital cinema and broadcast cameras, lenses and post production tools.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Industry veteran will lead marketing and communications for SIM Digital, PS Production Services, Bling Digital and Chainsaw.
LOS ANGELES—The SIM Group today announces the appointment of Suzanne Lezotte as Director of Marketing. In this position, Lezotte will take the lead in creating a streamlined marketing solution for the company’s divisions, which include SIM Digital, PS Production Services, Bling Digital and Chainsaw.
“We are delighted to have Suzanne join us with her expertise and knowledge of our industry,” said Rob Sim, President and CEO. “Her impressive background and extensive network within the cinematography and production community will help us promote our services on a broader scale.”
Monday, October 27, 2014
Production music specialist continues to produce music of the highest order for a global market.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Killer Tracks, the industry leader in pre-cleared production music, turns 25 this year, and it’s celebrating in a big way with the release of a host of great, new music and other sonic ventures. Among the dozens of new releases the company plans to issue in coming months is a collection of newly-minted tracks from legends of the Japanese punk rock movement. It’s the follow up to an earlier release from Killer Tracks’ popular Artists Series, The Mutants—Rhythm and Punk Review, which became a cult hit earlier this year.
|Killer Tracks Then and Now|
Thursday, October 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES—Madheart has signed director Mark Andrew for exclusive national representation. Andrew is a specialist in fashion and lifestyle advertising who turned his attention to live action direction after a 20-year career as a top commercial photographer. His live action work includes projects for American Eagle, Aeropostale, Target, 7th Generation, Oil of Olay, Lane Bryant and the American Cancer Society. He has also directed music videos, fine art films and narrative shorts.
Madheart executive producer Lisa Phillips said that she was drawn to the naturalness and emotional depth of Andrew’s work, and his experience in working with top agencies and major brands. “Mark’s work is uplifting and affirming in a way that is particularly relevant today,” Phillips said. “He is also a very enthusiastic partner. He brings a lot to the table.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Independent provider of post-production and content management services targets growth, future services.
BURBANK—Modern VideoFilm today announces changes to its executive management team that position it for continued growth and to capitalize on evolving needs for post-production and media distribution services.
Joining the executive team are Scott Avila as CEO, Cooper Crouse as President and Roxanna Sassanian as CFO. In tandem with their arrival, longtime executives Bill Watt, President of Digital Media Services; Mark Smirnoff, President of Creative Services and Jon Johnson, Executive Vice President/Sales will take on added managerial and operational responsibilities. Departing the company are Moshe Barkat and Hugh Miller, previously CEO and CFO, respectively.
Monday, October 20, 2014
New York post production facility provides editorial suites, color grading and other finishing services for stylish thriller based on an Edgar Allan Poe tale.
NEW YORK—Technicolor-PostWorks New York provided post production services for Stonehearst Asylum, the new suspense film from Director Brad Anderson and Millennium Entertainment. The facility provided editorial systems and support to the production and also handled editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables.
NASHVILLE—Timothy Williams, a composer for Nashville-based Howling Music, orchestrated and conducted composer Tyler Bates’ score for the box office smash Guardians of the Galaxy. Williams, who has won numerous awards for his work in film, television, advertising and other media, conducted a 95-piece orchestra in a six-day session in Studio One at Abbey Roads Studios in London. Williams also conducted a 34-voice choir in a separate 2-day session.
Guardians of the Galaxy marks Williams’ most recent collaboration with Tyler Bates. He previously orchestrated and conducted Bates’ scores for 300, Sucker Punch, Watchmen and Conan the Barbarian. The score for 300 was also recorded at Abbey Road.
“I enjoy working in London due to the superb quality of its musicians,” says Williams. “Guardians was a complex, difficult score with a lot of action. The ability of the musicians to do it in two or three takes was breathtaking. It was the same with the choir. The music was tricky, but they were able to pull it off in one or two takes…pitch perfect.”
Simplified user interface, streamlined Reel Builder, improved analytics, searchable Microsites and much more make Simian 3.0 the most comprehensive, easiest-to-use digital asset management platform available.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.—, the global leader in creative media management solutions, today announces the release of a new version of its groundbreaking media-sharing platform that perpetuates its legacy as the innovation leader, when it comes to helping creative companies work smarter.
Simian 3.0 includes an all-new, highly intuitive user interface that makes it faster and easier than ever to build reels, manage projects, direct sales and marketing campaigns, and track client engagement. The new UI is not only highly customizable, it delivers a seamless, consistent experience across applications allowing users to conduct multiple and complex tasks with ease.
LOS ANGELES—Travelers now have one more reason to dread airports: zombies. In a new spot directed by A Common Thread’s Clay Staub for Universal Studios’ Hollywood and Universal Orlando resorts, characters from AMC’s The Walking Dead terrorize people in a busy airport terminal. Conceived by Los Angeles agency David&Goliath, the ad promotes the theme park’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event, which this year features zombies inspired by the hit AMC series.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Hollywood Center Studios Plans Building Boom as It Marks 30 Years Under the Leadership of the Singer Family
Landmark production lot thrives in revived role as a center for television production.
HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood Center Studios, one of the largest independent production lots in Southern California, is finalizing plans to construct a 106,000 square foot office complex designed to serve the area’s burgeoning film and television community. The construction project, which will also include a new parking structure and other amenities, is the latest evidence of a remarkable turnaround experienced by the landmark facility under the 30-year stewardship of the Singer Family.
Originally built by an associate of Charlie Chaplin in 1919, Hollywood Center Studios is currently enjoying a renaissance as a center for television production. More than a dozen shows are shot on the lot for Disney, Comedy Central, NBC, MTV and other network clients. The lot boasts a dozen shooting stages, ranging in size from 500 to nearly 19,000 square feet, and also offers such features as state-of-the-art television Control Rooms, production offices, hair & makeup dressing rooms and a full service lighting, grip and expendables department.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Mac-based system provides an integrated solution for dailies processing, editorial and more in a mobile package. See it at axle Video, Booth 409.
BURBANK—Advantage Video Systems will showcase 4Kase, its new mobile, post-production and editing system for use on-set at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, October 20-23, in Hollywood. The lightest, most compact and most comprehensive on-set production solution on the market, 4Kase drew rave reviews from production professionals of all types when it was introduced at NAB in April.