Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Provides Color Grading and Editorial Services for Golden Globe Nominee “The Book of Life”

Senior Supervising Colorist Dave Cole collaborates with Director Jorge R. Gutierrez to help bring a breathtaking animated adventure to life.

BURBANK, Calif.—Final post production work for 20th Century Fox’s and Reel FX Animation Studios’ The Book of Life, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, was completed at Modern VideoFilm. The months-long effort involved an intense collaboration between Modern’s team, led by Lead Digital Colorist/Supervising Digital Colorist Dave Cole, Director Jorge R. Gutierrez, VFX Supervisor Augusto Schillaci and Art Director Paul Sullivan from Reel FX.  Modern VideoFilm’s work encompassed DI color grading in 2D and 3D, editorial conforming in 2D and 3D, and the production of deliverables and marketing media.

Chainsaw Adds Flame Artist/Online Editor Jim Eberle

LOS ANGELES—Veteran Flame artist and on-line editor Jim Eberle has joined Chainsaw, a division of The SIM Group, as part of its growing team focused on post-production services for scripted television. Eberle, whose first assignment will be as finishing editor for the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, brings more than 30 years of experience spanning feature films, episodic television, feature film marketing and other media.

Jim Eberle

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The SIM Group to Hold Annual Technology Showcase January 29th in Toronto

TORONTO—The SIM Group will host leading manufacturers of cameras, lenses, lighting, post production gear and workflow systems at the 10th Annual SIM Technology Showcase slated for January 29th in Toronto. The popular event provides members of the production and post-production communities with a unique opportunity to examine innovative new products, witness leading edge technology demonstrations and find out from the experts how these new tools and workflows can benefit their businesses.

Arri, Fujinon, Sony, Panasonic and Sennheiser are among the nearly two dozen manufacturers taking part. SIM Group divisions Bling Digital, Pixel Underground and PS Production Services will also host technology demonstrations.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Accomplice Media Director Eva Michon’s Documentary “Life After Death From Above 1979” Released Theatrically Via Tugg

LOS ANGELES— Life After Death From Above 1979¸ director Eva Michon’s documentary about the Canadian punk/dance duo, is now available for theatrical screening through the web-based distribution platform Tugg. The film can also be streamed or downloaded via Vimeo On Demand, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play and ReelHouse.

Michon, represented for commercial projects through Los Angeles-based Accomplice Media, has drawn critical and popular raves for the film. The young director, who began working with Death From Above 1979 as a photographer while still a teenager, explores the unique musical bound shared by band founders Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger. It traces the band’s history from its origins on Toronto’s East End and rapid rise to cult stardom through its acrimonious break-up after releasing just one album. DFA1979’s  subsequent reunion for a performance at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music Festival serves as a focal point for the film.

Original’s David Wild Finds Sunshine of the “Darkest Day” in New Campaign for Ford

Team Detroit’s documentary spot and short film series profiles real people who use solar energy to power their cars.

LOS ANGELES— Even on the shortest day of the year, the owners of Ford hybrid and electric cars are able to draw enough energy from the sun to power their vehicles according to an uplifting new ad for the automaker.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Supports Sundance World Premieres

Facility provides final color grading services for “The End of the Tour” and “Zipper.” It also restores award-winning doc “Paris is Burning” for 25th Anniversary screening.

BURBANK, Calif.—Modern VideoFilm provided post-production services for two films making their world premieres at this month’s Sundance Film Festival. They include The End of the Tour, James Ponsoldt’s drama about a 1996 encounter between Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky and novelist David Foster Wallace, and Zipper, Director Mora Stephens’s film about a federal prosecutor battling addiction.

Additionally, Modern VideoFilm teamed with the Sundance Institute in producing a new digital restoration Paris Is Burning, Jennie Livingston’s exuberant documentary about black and Latino drag queens in New York City in the 1980s. A special screening of the restored DCP master will be held at Sundance to mark the film’s 25th Anniversary.

Hula Post Production Outfits the Editorial Team for Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold"

HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post Production provided editorial systems and support for Dracula Untold, Universal Pictures’ new action film now in international release.

Working in support of editor Richard Pearson and his crew, Hula set up editorial facilities in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the film was shot, and at Universal Studios in California, where it spent 40 weeks in post-production. At both sites, the editorial environment consisted of six Avid workstations and shared storage. Both in Ireland and the U.S., Hula provided technical support on a 24/7 basis.

Pearson, whose previous credits include Maleficent and Safe House, says he was attracted to Dracula Untold by its unique take on history’s most famous vampire. “It was an interesting time in history with the Ottoman Turks moving through Europe,” Pearson observes. “And Vlad Tepes, the young prince, was a fascinating character, both abhorred and beloved by his people.”

Technicolor-PostWorks Prepares Films for Sundance

Facility provides post services for several films debuting in Park City, including “Ten Thousand Saints,” “Z for Zachariah” and Alex Gibney’s doc “Going Clear.”

NEW YORK—Technicolor-PostWorks New York provided post-production services for several films making their world premieres at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Technicolor-PostWorks is a Preferred Technical Vendor to The Sundance Film Festival. The festival is slated for January 22nd through February 1st in Park City, Utah.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Technicolor-PostWorks Acquires The Room

The Room founder Ben Murray assumes new role as VP of Creative Services.

NEW YORK—Technicolor-PostWorks New York, the East Coast’s most comprehensive independent supplier of post-production services for film and television, today announces that it has acquired The Room, the high-performance finishing studio that has been hosted on its premises for the past three years.

Under the terms of the agreement, The Room’s staff, equipment and dedicated 4K workflow will be integrated into the Technicolor-PostWorks facility at 110 Leroy Street. Additionally, Ben Murray, founder of The Room, will assume a new role as Vice President, Creative Services for Technicolor-PostWorks.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rising Sun Pictures Shares Academy Award Nomination for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Studio’s work on the film’s Quicksilver “Kitchen” scene also garners BAFTA, VES and AACTA nominations.

Adelaide, South Australia—Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Crosbie is part of the team nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for the film X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Crosbie supervised the team of RSP artists involved in creating the film’s exuberant “Kitchen” scene where time appears to stand still as the speedy Quicksilver darts about the Pentagon cafeteria to foil guards attacking a group of mutants. Also named in the nomination are Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora and Cameron Waldbauer.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2015 Golden Reel Nominations

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

 “2014 was a fantastic year for sound,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “The advent of new distribution channels, streaming services and gaming platforms is creating additional opportunities for sound artists to practice their craft beyond the traditional venues of film and television. This year’s nominations reflect that change, spanning an amazing diversity of mediums and genres, all executed at the highest level of creativity. We are truly inspired and impressed by the work of our colleagues.”

The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 20 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 15, 2015 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Camera Support Relies on Cartoni Fluid Heads to Help Its Clients Produce Great Live Television.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD— Camera Support in Burbank is one of the leading suppliers of gear to television productions in Southern California. Founded by veteran cameramen Randy Gomez and Engineer, Gary Taillon, the company supplies camera packages and specialty equipment to a number of popular shows produced before live audiences.

Live television production is a demanding business. With time of the essence, there is no room for downtime and little margin for error or equipment failure. Aiming for perfect execution, the company recently purchased a dozen Cartoni Master MK2 fluid heads from Cartoni USA and they are now a critical component of its solutions for live production.
The Master MK2 is an ideal complement to new lighter cameras, such as the Sony F800, Panasonic Varicam 3700 and Sony F55 cameras, that Camera Support supplies to most of its clients.  “They’re perfect for our camera packages,” says Camera Support rental manager Laurie Barrett. “We needed something lightweight, but rugged. The balance is really nice. The operators love them.”

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Editor Jason Payne Joins Treehouse

DALLAS— Continuing on a path of steady growth, Treehouse has brought on editor Jason Payne.

Payne, who is well known in the Dallas advertising community through previous posts with Fast Cuts, N2O and The Richards Group, becomes the boutique editorial house’s fourth editor, joining founder Peter Tarter, Jayson Limmer and John McStravick. (The company’s key staff also includes Executive Producer Jeremy Besser and finishing editor Bryan Bayley.) Payne brings more than a dozen years of experience as a commercial editor and a reel that includes work for H-E-B, Red Lobster, Georgia Power, Firestone, McDonald’s and many other brands.

“Jason is a talented young editor with a great vibe,” says Tarter. “We look for editors who are great at what they do, have excellent client skills and are pleasant to work with; Jason fits in perfectly.”

Jason Payne

2G Digital Adds Jordan Jacobs

Former Technicolor exec to lead business development.

BURBANK—2G Digital today announces the appointment of Jordan Jacobs to the newly-created post of Senior Vice President of Business Development. Formerly Vice President/Sales and Account Management at Technicolor, Jacobs will seek to develop new business and broaden existing relationships with film and television studios and independent producers.  2G Digital specializes in digital distribution and related services for all types of entertainment content.

In making the announcement, 2G Digital CEO Stephen Buchsbaum cited Jacobs’ more than 30 years of experience in distribution and content management, and high regard throughout the film and television industry. “Jordan is a well-respected pro, who knows our sector of the business like few others,” Buchsbaum said. “His insights, energy and dedication to customer service will be invaluable as we seek to grow our already very busy company. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Jordan Jacobs

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

VFX Supervisor Jon Massey Joins FuseFX

Two-time Emmy nominee leading effects team for AMC’s “Turn.”

BURBANK—Visual Effects Supervisor Jon Massey, a 2-time Emmy nominee whose credits include the HBO vampire drama True Blood, has joined FuseFX. In his first project with the studio, Massey is serving as VFX Supervisor for Turn, the Revolutionary War series now in its second season on AMC.  With more than 10 years of experience as a visual effects supervisor and producer, Massey brings expertise in pre-production visual effects design and planning, on-set visual effects supervision and visual effects production.

“Jon is an exceptional pro with an outstanding track record for leading visual effects teams and delivering excellent results on time and on budget,” said FuseFX Founder David Altenau. “He brings the experience and leadership skills that are essential to maintaining our high standards as we grow.”

Jon Massey

“Game of Thrones” Colorist Joe Finley Joins Chainsaw

LOS ANGELES—Award-winning colorist Joe Finley, whose credits include the HBO series Game of Thrones, has joined Chainsaw, a division of The SIM Group. A veteran with more than 20 years of experience in features and episodic television, Finley will work out of a DI theater at Chainsaw’s Hollywood facility, newly equipped with a state-of-the-art Da Vinci Resolve grading system. He is currently grading the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
“Joe is one of the most talented colorists working in television today and enjoys the trust of some of the industry’s top directors and cinematographers,” said Chainsaw co-founder Bill DeRonde. “We’ve been big fans of his work on Game of Thrones and are very excited to have him here and working on that project.”

Joe Finley