Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AKA NYC Brings “ONCE” to the Web via Campaign at Vulture.com

In a Broadway first, agency creates video hub for magazine’s entertainment media site.

NEW YORK—The Tony-winning Broadway musical ONCE this week launches a first-of-its-kind native advertising campaign in tandem with New York Magazine and Vulture.com in which music videos and other exclusive content related to the show are featured on a dedicated hub on the magazine’s entertainment website.

Part of a rebranding effort developed by entertainment marketing agency AKA NYC, the ONCE Vulture hub extends the experience of the show online. “We are always seeking new ways to communicate with audiences,” says AKA NYC Managing Partner Elizabeth Furze. “Vulture offers us the perfect native advertising opportunity for ONCE, by creating exclusive video content around the music we are able to authentically showcase the ONCE experience to the readers of New York Magazine and Vulture.com.”


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

“The Reel Thing” Film Restoration and Preservation Symposium, Slated for August 21 – 23 in Hollywood

Technical conference to include premiere screenings of newly restored films, including The Day the Earth Stood Still and A Fistful of Dollars.

HOLLYWOOD—The Reel Thing (www.The-Reel-Thing.org), the 33rd technical symposium on film restoration and preservation will be held August 21 - 23 at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood.
The Reel Thing will include panel discussions and technical presentations on a wide range of critical issues facing film archivists, technicians, asset managers and curators of image and sound in the new media/digital landscape. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

“ANZAC Girls”: Rising Sun Pictures Goes to War

Adelaide visual effects studio supplies visual effects for epic saga of nurses in World War I.
Adelaide, South Australia—ANZAC Girls, a 6-part mini-series produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, for ABC-TV, was a rare television project for Adelaide visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), better known for its work on Hollywood blockbusters such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Gravity, and The Great Gatsby. The first episode premiered on Australian TV on Sunday, 10 August with exceptional ratings around Australia and much critical acclaim.

Based on Peter Rees’ book The Other ANZACs, ANZAC Girls tells the true story of five military nurses from Australia and New Zealand who served with Allied forces during World War I. Witnessing the horrors of war, the women experienced severe hardships while tending to the wounded and formed bonds of friendship that would last a lifetime. As Series Producer Lisa Scott (who produced the series with Felicity Packard) explains, the series “offers unique insight by showing how the war affected people, other than soldiers on the line.”


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jeremy Monsayac’s “All the Difference” to Premier at Action On Film Fest

LOS ANGELES—All the Difference, a romantic comedy from writer/actor Jeremy Monsayac and director Trudy Sargent, will make its world premiere August 26th as part of the Action On Film International Film Festival in Monrovia, Calif.
A love letter to Venice, California, All the Difference offers a surprising answer to the question:  What if you took the road less traveled? For funny, brash, life-of-the-party Cal and beautiful, fiercely independent Suki, a chance encounter turns into a wild, crazy night…one they will never forget and will change their lives forever.

A Wonderful World of Color: Technicolor-PostWorks’ The Room Posts “The Giver”

NEW YORK— The Room, the boutique finishing facility located within Technicolor-PostWorks, New York, recently completed two months of post-production finishing on The Giver, the new film from director Phillip Noyce and The Weinstein Company. In a project involving numerous creative and technical challenges, the facility handled editorial conforming and color grading. The latter included applying the finishing touch to an onscreen world that undergoes a gradual transition from black & white to color.

Based on Lois Lowry’s international bestseller, The Giver centers on a boy, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who comes to question the colorless, utopian community he has grown up in after learning about the “real” world from an elderly man (Jeff Bridges). The reawakening of the boy’s memories and emotions is reflected in his growing ability to see in color.


Rising Sun Pictures Looks to SIGGRAPH to Expand for a Blockbuster Year.

Australian VFX studio will be recruiting artists for upcoming projects and discussing its work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

Adelaide, South Australia—Rising Sun Pictures is sending a team of representatives to SIGGRAPH 2014 to discuss its work on the recent film X-Men: Days of Future Past and to recruit artists for future projects including Gods of Egypt, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Deadline Gallipoli, Pan & Tarzan. The 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies, SIGGRAPH 2014 takes place 10-14 August in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Common Thread’s Clay Staub Directs Launch Campaign for Universal Studios’ Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride

Director applies his visual effects acumen to David & Goliath’s appealing spot blending live action and CG Minions.
LOS ANGELES—A Common Thread’s Clay Staub has directed a new campaign for Universal Studios and Los Angeles agency David & Goliath that encourages park patrons to “find your inner Minion.” A bright and bubbly blend of live action, visual effects and computer animation, the spot promotes the park’s new attraction Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.


SIM Digital Promotes Eleanor O’Connor to President, PS Lighting & Grip Division

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

Vancouver—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 Eleanor O’Connor to the newly-created post of President, PS Lighting & Grip Division. She will manage all lighting and grip operations for all SIM locations, which include offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Beijing.

Eleanor O’Connor

Monday, August 4, 2014

CARTONI to Debut New Low-Cost Fluid Head, Spreader-less 3 Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod and Other Products at IBC 2014

New SMART PRO fluid head, STABILO spreader-less tripod, SMART STOP ENG tripod and E-REM 25 remote control head, as well as upgraded FOCUS HD and MASTER MK II can be seen at Hall 11 - Stand 11.E30.

ROME— CARTONI, the world’s premier manufacturer of professional and prosumer   camera support gear, will debut a number of new products and product upgrades at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, including SMART PRO, a low-cost fluid head for camera payloads from 0-6 kg (0 to 13 lbs). CARTONI can be found at HALL 11 - Stand 11.E30.

Based on CARTONI’s best-selling HiDV Fluid Head, SMART PRO offers a variety of innovative touches including ergonomic knobs for ease-of-use, better control and a more fluid touch on drag and counterbalance. In response to international demand, Cartoni has reduced the price for the professional entry level product, giving it a competitive edge over other heads in its class.

SMART PRO is equipped with such professional-grade features as a continuously-variable fluid drag system and CARTONI’s patented “wing” counterbalance system. The head’s 75 mm diameter bowl is compatible with all 75 mm tripods as well as most current-generation slider attachments.

SMART PRO with STABILO