Friday, October 31, 2014

Modern VideoFilm Colorists Nominated for Four HPA Awards

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).
Dave Cole

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vitamin Pictures Produces Horrifying Results for Knott’s Scary Farm

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.

AKA NYC Launches Star-Studded “It’s Only A Play” with a Smile

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.

SIM Group Founder Rob Sim Presented with DGC's Honorary Life Membership Award

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. 

Rob Sim

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Suzanne Lezotte Joins The SIM Group as Director of Marketing

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

Killer Tracks Marks 25 Years in Production Music with New Releases and Big Plans for the Future

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

Director Mark Andrew Joins Madheart

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.”
Mark Andrew

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Modern VideoFilm Forms New Management Team

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

Technicolor-PostWorks Crafts a Period Look for "Stonehearst Asylum"

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.

Howling Music’s Timothy Williams Scores Big with “Guardians of the Galaxy” at Abbey Road

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.”

Simian 3.0 Makes Media Management Faster, Simplified and More Powerful

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.—Simian, 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.

A Common Thread’s Clay Staub Directs Zombie Invasion for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

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

Advantage Video Systems to Demo 4Kase, a Portable, On-Set Dailies System, at SMPTE

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.

Accomplice Media’s Alberto Belli Directs ComEd’s “Single Bulb Theatre”

Chicago stage actors featured in Leo Burnett’s new comedy campaign about saving energy.

LOS ANGELES— Tips for energy savings are delivered with a theatrical flourish in a new campaign for ComEd directed by Accomplice Media’s Alberto Belli.

Conceived by Leo Burnett, the ads appear under the title of the “Single Bulb Theatre” and feature Chicago-area actors in light-hearted scenarios acted out on stage sets. In Break Fast, two actors play a couple in the midst of a domestic argument with the woman smashing plates in response to the guy’s lame attempts to cover up his flirtatious actions. A neighbor listening in through a wall, suggests a better way to save energy would be to only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

Adventure Filmmaker Taylor Steele Signs with Bully Pictures

LOS ANGELES  Taylor Steele, an American filmmaker best known for the award-winning surf documentaries Sipping Jetstream and Castles in the Sky, has joined Bully Pictures for exclusive representation for advertising projects. The director of more than 40 films as well as television spots for Corona, Aston Martin, Roxy and Pacifico, Steele has spent more than two decades traveling the globe, capturing spectacular imagery while working with the world’s best surfers, musicians and other talents.

In his first project for Bully, Steele has directed a new campaign for HP Computers and Los Angeles agency 180LA. Shot in South Africa, the spots feature pro surfer Ian Walsh on a quest to find and tame a monster wave.  

Taylor Steele

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Technicolor – PostWorks New York Serves as Official Sponsor for the Hamptons International Film Festival

NEW YORK—In keeping with its long tradition of support for independent film, Technicolor-PostWorks New York is serving as Official Post Provider to the Hamptons International Film Festival. New York’s most comprehensive supplier of post production services for motion pictures and television, the facility is handling editorial finishing and deliverables for a variety of media that will be viewed prior to and during the festival. The 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival takes place October 9-13.
“It's reassuring to have the support of a leading post facility like Technicolor-PostWorks New York as technology continues to evolve and the festival takes on new digital exhibition formats,” said HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson.   “I have relied on their experienced team for my own films and am excited to collaborate with them again through the festival.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sony Pictures Post Teams Tackle “The Equalizer”

Sony Pictures Post Production Services and Colorworks engage in close collaboration with Antoine Fuqua to ready new thriller for theaters.

CULVER CITY, Calif.— Post production work for The Equalizer the new thriller from Director Antoine Fuqua and Columbia Pictures, was completed on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California.
Sony Pictures Post Production Services provided editorial facilities and technology to Editor John Refoua and his picture editing team. It also provided sound editorial and sound mixing services through teams led by Supervising Sound Editor Mandell Winter, Sound Designer David Esparza, and Re-Recording Mixers Daniel J. Leahy and Steve Pederson.

Editorial conforming and color grading was completed at Colorworks, Sony Pictures’ digital intermediate facility. Colorist Doug Delaney applied the final grade in one of the facility’s 4K DI theaters.

The campus-like environment of the Sony Pictures lot made it convenient for the various post production departments to collaborate with each other and with Fuqua and his production team. The Sony Pictures Production Backbone, a high-speed media storage and networking environment, simplified the sharing of production elements.

Rising Sun Pictures Reveals X-Men Magic at EB Games Expo

Adelaide, South Australia— Rising Sun Pictures DFX Supervisor Adam Paschke will discuss the studio’s ground-breaking work on the recent film X-Men: Days of Future Past at EB Games Expo this Sunday in Sydney.
In a session titled EXCLUSIVE X-MEN, Paschke will discuss the creative and technical challenges RSP faced in creating the film’s time-bending “Pentagon Kitchen” sequence where Quicksilver (Evan Peters) uses his hyper-speed abilities to wreak havoc on military security. Paschke will reveal how the visual effects team literally made time stand still using an astonishing blend of live action, computer-generated objects and visual effects.

The session will be hosted by film critic and television personality Giles Hardie and will also include a live webcam interview with actor Sean Ashmore, who plays Iceman in the X-Men franchise. A screening of X-Men: Days of Future Past will follow Paschke’s presentation.
EB Games Expo is Australia’s largest video game event, featuring the biggest names in gaming on massive interactive booths. Attendees have an opportunity to play the latest video games, watch live shows and presentations, and connect with other like-minded gamers. The event is held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, October 3-5.