Monday, June 30, 2014

A Common Thread’s Peter Dietrich Works Magic for OPPO

Director’s branded entertainment short film explores a man’s mysterious odyssey to discover his true self.

LOS ANGELES—Peter Dietrich, represented in the U.S. by A Common Thread, has directed a branded entertainment short film for Chinese cell phone giant OPPO, about a man’s magical quest to find himself. Produced by Red Horse, Shanghai, for BBDO Proximity, China, The Loop of Life promotes the launch of OPPO’s new Find 7 smart phone.

Simian Releases Updated iPhone App “Simian Go!”

Groundbreaking iPhone app, which is receiving rave industry reviews, goes one step further by enabling users to access media files instantly, from anywhere at any time.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and evolutionary media management solutions, has released the latest version of its groundbreaking iPhone app, Simian Go!, that makes it even easier for users to manage media assets while on the move. Users can now access any file in their media library through their iPhone or iOS 7 device and share them instantly with others using Apple’s streaming protocol Airplay. Simian Go! is available as a free download through Apple’s App Store.

Simian released Simian Go! last fall to address the needs of an industry that is increasingly reliant on smartphones and tablets to conduct business on the go. The app has been widely embraced by Simian users and drawn effusive praise for its ability to improve productivity, reduce costs, enhance communications and increase sales.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The SIM Group Merges with Hollywood’s Chainsaw

Leading North American supplier of production technology expands its post-production footprint.

Los Angeles—The SIM Group has reached an agreement in principle to merge with Hollywood-based Chainsaw. The deal unites one of the film and television industry’s leading suppliers of production equipment and post-production services, with one of Hollywood’s most successful independent post-production facilities that services such renowned shows as The Academy Awards and American Idol. The merger is expected to close next month.

With offices spanning the U.S., Canada and China, The SIM Group has been growing rapidly over the past several years, especially through its post-production division, Bling Digital, which provides post-production services to a number of scripted television series. Chainsaw’s well-earned reputation will allow the company to build on its success by expanding SIM’s post-production resources and extending its reach into unscripted and live event television, Chainsaw specialties.

“Chainsaw’s robust services and diverse client base are very complementary to the services and clientele of SIM,” said James Martin, Chief Strategy Officer, The SIM Group. “Uniting these two great companies enhances our ability to offer true, end-to-end service packages to film and television producers.”

(l to r) Bill DeRonde, Mike Polito, James Martin, Chris Parker

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ross Mobile Productions Selects Cartoni Heads for Sports Production

The recently launched division of Ross Video is using Cartoni heads and tripods as part of its mission to deliver high quality production services at an affordable price to an underserved segment of the sports market.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD— Ross Mobile Productions (RMP), a division of Ross Video specializing in mobile sports production, has selected Cartoni fluid heads and tripods for use with its fleet of production vehicles. The company has acquired nine Cartoni Maxima heads, for payloads up to 86 pounds, and six Cartoni Delta heads, for payloads up to 48 pounds, all of which are already in the field and have been used to produce sports programs for such clients as ESPN, Fox, Time Magazine, People Magazine and the University of Miami.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Director Sandro Suppnig Joins Madheart

LOS ANGELES—Continuing to add dynamic, innovative filmmakers to its roster, Madheart has signed director Sandro Suppnig for exclusive representation in the United States. The Austrian-born director, who splits his time between New York and Paris, has developed an international reputation for his involvement in the creation of visually rich campaigns for such fashion brands as Missoni, Alessandro dell’Acqua, Dsquared, Pepe Jeans, Energie and Miss Sixty.
Suppnig has recently garnered wide acclaim for his work for the European hair-care giant Schwarzkopf and BBDO Germany. His 2-minute film You: A Declaration of Love, about a man’s elaborate marriage proposal, has generated more than 13 million views on YouTube and earned Spot of the Day honors on Adweek, which called it “a great ad.” Fast Company wrote that Suppnig has “set the bar for romantic gesture ridiculously high.”
Sandro Suppnig

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CG

Rob Churchill to lead new creative unit, whose first project is an all-CG spot for Cedar Fair.

CHICAGO—Continuing its expansion mode, Filmworkers has formed a new in-house creative unit, Churchill’s Studio, focused on visual effects and animation. Headed by Visual Effects Director Rob Churchill, the new unit will provide services ranging from compositing and visual effects to full CG production.

The new venture will also feature the talents of Art Director Daniel Pernikoff, who joins Filmworkers from Method Studios, as well as a team of compositors and animators. Technical resources include multiple Autodesk Flame and The Foundry Nuke workstations, and a variety of CG, visual effects and animation desktop systems. The group will work out of an artists studio environment, newly-built within the Filmworkers facility.

Daniel Pernikoff and Rob Churchill

Monday, June 23, 2014

Vitamin Adds Tim Sepulveda as Technical Director

Veteran visual effects artist, animator and designer will help the studio grow in 3D and other areas.

CHICAGO— Hybrid production studio Vitamin Pictures has added Tim Sepulveda as Technical Director. Sepulveda brings broad experience in visual effects, animation and design through work with Leviathan, Charlex, Daily Planet and elsewhere. At Vitamin, he will act a liaison between clients and the studio’s creative team and oversee projects for a technical perspective. He’ll also work to improve workflows and implement new technologies.

Technical director is a new position for Vitamin and its addition reflects the studio’s growth and the broadening of its creative horizons. “We’ve been growing, taking on more projects and expanding the palette of our work, and it’s important that we have top talent to support all those efforts,” explains Danny DelPurgatorio, Vitamin’s Creative Director. “Tim is an extremely well-rounded artist. He has excellent skills in storytelling and design. Plus, he has deep technical knowledge about 3D and effects. It’s very exciting to have him on board.”

Tim Sepulveda

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sinclair Broadcast Group Selects Cartoni for Studio Operations

Broadcast giant is installing Cartoni P 050 pedestals as it upgrade television production facilities nationwide.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD— Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates the country’s largest group of independent television stations, is relying on camera stabilization technology from Cartoni as part of an ongoing program to modernize production facilities at stations in its group.
A number of television stations recently acquired by Sinclair are older broadcast operations whose production facilities were based on outdated standard definition or analog video technologies. Those facilities are being upgraded with new state-of-the-art HD control rooms, cameras systems and support gear, including lightweight, portable Cartoni P 050 camera pedestals.

“We looked at a number of options and upon discovering what Cartoni had to offer in terms of quality and service, the decision was obvious,” says Mark Nadeau, Director of Television Production. “After we bought the first set and tried them out, they became a standard part of our studio package.”

Accomplice Media’s Eric Will Celebrates Asia’s Love for Kite Flying in Campaign for Axiata and MC Saatchi

In “Kites,” the director uses a popular Asian pastime to create an emotional connection to the international telecom giant.

Los Angeles—Eric Will has directed a new international campaign for telecom giant Axiata that uses kites as a symbol for the company’s work in connecting people across Southeast Asia. Will, who is represented in the U.S. by Accomplice Media, spent more than two months and traveled to more than a half dozen countries in directing the project. Titled Advancing Asia, the campaign was conceived by M&C Saatchi and produced by Carrot Films.

SIM Digital Promotes Ann DeGuire to President, Camera Division

Will oversee camera operations and engineering worldwide for the fast-growing supplier of film and television equipment and services.

Los Angeles—The SIM Group, a leading supplier of production and post-production equipment and services to the feature and television industry, today announces the promotion of Ann DeGuire to the newly-created post of President, Camera Division. Previously General Manager of SIM Digital, Atlanta, DeGuire will oversee camera operations and engineering for all SIM locations, which include offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Atlanta, Halifax and Beijing.

Ann DeGuire

Hollywood Center Studios Provides a Home for Mount St. Mary’s College’s New MFA Program in Film and Television

HOLLYWOOD—Hollywood Center Studios has partnered with Mount St. Mary’s College to provide production space to students participating in the school’s Masters of Fine Arts Program in Film and Television. Beginning this fall, graduate students will have access to Hollywood Center Studio’s unique Stage 12 for use in producing student films and other projects.

“Hollywood Center Studios is very pleased to work with Mount St. Mary’s College in training tomorrow’s filmmakers,” say Vice President of Sales Richard Schnyder. “We are very impressed with the school’s program, which emphasizes hands-on learning experiences in professional environments. Here they will have access to world-class facilities that are used every day for the production of television shows, films, commercials and other productions.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Colonie’s Bob Ackerman Edits Hebrew National Spots Shot by Backyard Films’ Kevin Smith.

CHICAGO— Just in time for the summer barbeque season, Bob Ackerman, partner and editor at The Colonie, has finished a new campaign for Hebrew National.

Two spots, directed by Backyard Films’ Kevin S. Smith, show just how far some people are willing to go when they learn that their hot dogs don’t measure up to the famous kosher brand. Charred opens with two couples tending batches of franks on a backyard grill. One couple is preparing Hebrew National hot dogs, the other a generic “all beef” product. When the generic couple learns about the high quality ingredients employed by Hebrew National, they take drastic steps to satisfy their burning desire for the superior franks.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Rising Sun Pictures Makes Time Stand Still for Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

VFX studio recreates the Pentagon Kitchen in ultra slow motion for the mutant Quicksilver.
Adelaide, South Australia—Rising Sun Pictures’ contribution to Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men Days of Future Past centered on a time-bending sequence in which Quicksilver (Evan Peters)  displays his hyper-speed abilities with spectacular effect.

In a scene set in a Pentagon kitchen, Quicksilver runs about the room at lightning speed in order to foil a group of security guards. As he does so, the camera enters his world so that everything around him comes to a virtual standstill. Guards and mutants appear frozen. Cooking gear, cutlery and vegetables hang in midair. Sprays of water droplets from an overhead sprinkler system fall in surreal slow motion. Bullets inch across the room toward Xavier and Wolverine. Capering gleefully along walls and over cooking stations, Quicksilver alters the scene, repositioning and disarming guards and plucking bullets out of the air.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Phoenix Media Group Hits the Mark with Opener for CLIO Image Awards

“Artemis” was part of a full-slate of creative services for the inaugural awards show hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and featuring Sarah Jessica Parker.

NEW YORK—June 2, 2014—Phoenix Media Group helped the inaugural CLIO Image Awards get off to an electrifying start with a beguiling show-opener about an elegant and enigmatic archer.

Reflecting the show’s focus on fashion and beauty advertising, the 1-minute opener features Brazilian model Palloma Dreher in its title role as “Artemis.” Wearing a sheer Alex London gown, Dreher appears on the lawn of a sprawling Long Island mansion and uses a large bow to fire an arrow at a distant target. When the arrow hits its mark, it explodes in a shower of purple-hued diamonds that resolves in the CLIO Image Awards logo.