Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Elects Board of Directors

Studio City, California –The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces the results of its annual Board of Directors election. Elected to two-year terms in Executive Seats are Jeremy J. Gordon as Sergeant-at-Arms, Paul Rodriguez as Treasurer and Mark Lanza as Vice President. They join continuing offices Frank Morrone (President) and Christopher Reeves (Secretary). Lanza and Rodriguez were incumbents.

Additionally, ten others were elected to board seats. Elected to Film Board seats are Ben Wilkins (incumbent) and James Barth. Elected to Television Board Seats are Eileen Horta and Glen Megregian. Elected to a Game Cinematic Board Seat is Adam Boyd. Elected to a Film Music Board Seat is Steven Saltzman (incumbent). Elected to Out of Area Board seats are Kevin Howard (incumbent), Skye Lewin (incumbent), Michael Orlowski and Ahmad (Maddy) Shirazi.

British Comedy Director Nick Jones Joins Original

LOS ANGELES—Original has reached out to London to sign one of the UK’s top commercial comedy directors. Nick Jones has directed funny spots for eHarmony, Sony PlayStation, AT&T, Mercedes, Walmart, McDonald’s, Kia, Heineken and scores of other brands. Original will represent him exclusively for advertising projects in the United States.

“Nick is an extremely gifted comedy director and a naturally funny person,” says Original Executive Producer Bruce Mellon. “Nick  works really well with actors and knows how to get a laugh, and how to do so with a touch of humanity.” Adds Original partner Joe Piccirillo, “He is a great addition to Original.

2G Digital Partners with JR Media to Offer Turnkey Solutions for Digital Distribution

BURBANK—2G Digital Post, a specialist in encoding and file-based delivery, and JR Media, a leading provider of captioning and subtitling services, have entered into a long-term  strategic partnership to provide studios and other content owners with a one-stop resource for worldwide, multi-platform content localization and distribution.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will operate a unified workflow encompassing all aspects of digital distribution to broadcast, streaming, mobile, internet and gaming platforms. 2G Digital will manage encoding, transcoding, asset management, quality control and delivery. JR Media will handle captioning, subtitling, translation, localization, transcription and related services.  The companies will also join forces in their sales and marketing activities.

(l to r) Stephen Buchsbaum, Max Beno

Monday, March 30, 2015

Technicolor PostWorks Finishes “Boardwalk Empire” on a High Note

Colorist John Crowley collaborates with ASC Award-winning cinematographer Jonathan Freeman.

NEW YORK—Post production finishing for the fifth and final season of Boardwalk Empire was completed last fall at Technicolor PostWorks New York. The HBO series, set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition Era, was one of the most acclaimed television dramas of the past decade, earning a total of 18 Emmy Awards over the course of its run, among many other accolades. Its latest honor came at the recent American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards where cinematographer Jonathan Freeman ASC won for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Regular Series, his third ASC Award for the series alongside two Emmys.

Freeman’s award came for the Season Five premiere, Golden Days for Boys and Girls. The episode centers on a visit to Cuba by the show’s protagonist Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and includes flashbacks to Nucky’s childhood in New Jersey. Final color grading for the episode was completed at Technicolor PostWorks by colorist John Crowley (who colored the entire fifth season) on Baselight working under the direction of Freeman and director Timothy Van Patten.

NAB 2015 NEWS: MTI Film to Showcase Improved DRS™NOVA.

Latest version of the digital restoration software includes new tools for automated color breathing and flicker correction, and layered undo.

HOLLYWOOD— At NAB 2015, MTI Film will introduce an updated version of its industry-leading digital restoration software DRS™NOVA that will feature a number of new enhancements to address common restorations issues and improve workflow efficiency.
Color Breathing, a new tool in the DRS™NOVA suite, automatically corrects for color fading or “breathing.” The problem arises as film ages and color channels degrade at different rates. One channel may dominate another over the course of several frames causing them to appear to “breathe” against each other.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES—Continuing to build its resources for scripted television, Chainsaw, a SIM Group company, today announces the hiring of veteran colorist Kim Schneider. Schneider arrives with more than 20 years of experience in television post production, including a 7-year run as final colorist for AMC’s Sons of Anarchy. His first assignment at Chainsaw will be as final colorist for the hit ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.

Schneider is the latest pro with strong credentials in scripted television to join Chainsaw in recent months. Other new arrivals include colorist Joe Finley, and editors Jim Eberle and Chad Cole. The post production facility is quickly becoming a significant force in the scripted productions, building on its longstanding success in unscripted television, awards shows, specials and independent features.
“Kim is another great addition to our scripted team,” said Chainsaw co-founder Bill DeRonde. “He has a history of working on great projects with some of the top cinematographers in television. We’re excited to add his talents to the mix.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Sends “The Invitation” to SXSW

Facility prepares Karyn Kusama’s thriller for its world premiere.  

BURBANK, Calif.—Continuing its support for quality independent films, Modern VideoFilm  provided post-production services for The Invitation in advance of its world premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. The facility’s role comprised a 709 to P3 colorspace conversion, creating the DCP master for the festival screening, and additional deliverables.

Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight), The Invitation generated considerable buzz in Austin and a flurry of glowing reviews.  An eerie drama with an escalating plot, the film centers on a dinner party of old friends that takes a turn for the macabre. Variety called it “a teasingly effective thriller” and lauded Kusama for “an assurance of tone, craft and purpose.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

WCP Media Services Expands North American Operations

Swiss company will demonstrate its revolutionary, cloud-based content management and distribution platform for the first time in the U.S. at NAB 2015.

LOS ANGELES—WCP Media Services, a Swiss developer of cloud-based content management and distribution services for media and entertainment companies, today announces the launch of expanded North American operations. Based in Los Angeles, WCP Media Services USA will support the introduction of the company’s groundbreaking content management and distribution platform, WCP Web App, to the U.S. and Canadian markets. WCP Web App is a PaaS (platform as a service) product that provides a fast, direct, secure and affordable way to upload, manage, transcode and deliver content to broadcasters and others worldwide.

WCP Media Services North American operations are led by Kenneth Yas, Managing Director/Americas; Daniel R. Smith, Director of Marketing /Americas; and Brad Maeder; Director of Sales/Americas.

(l to r) Kenneth Yas, Daniel R. Smith, Brad Maeder

Cartoni to Unveil ENG Fluid Head TRACKER at NAB 2015

See it at Booth C9039!

NORTH HOLLYWOODResponding to the need for a rugged and reliable fluid head to support today’s wide variety of ENG cameras, Cartoni will introduce TRACKER at NAB 2015. Capable of supporting cameras from 3 kg (4.4 lbs.) to 20 kg (44 lbs.), TRACKER is an ideal fluid head for newsgathering and other outdoor shoots.

TRACKER offers a sleek, compact design, yet is accessorized with a variety of top end features. They include Cartoni’s patented “wing” continuously adjustable counterbalance system, which delivers perfect performance throughout the +/- 90 tilt range, as well as the company’s patented labyrinth system for smooth, precise pan and tilt movement.

NAB 2015 NEWS: MTI Film to Debut CORTEX v. 2.0

Dailies solution adds new features to fill the gaps in digital cinema workflows; new on-set and transcoding CORTEX products to be shown for the first time. 

HOLLYWOOD—March 23, 2015— At NAB 2015, MTI Film will unveil a major update to its industry-leading CORTEX family of dailies processing solutions. CORTEX v. 2.0 will introduce new features and media support that will significantly expand its scope as a post production workflow utility. MTI Film will also introduce two new CORTEX products, CORTEX D.I.T. and CORTEX Transcode.

MTI Film will demonstrate CORTEX v 2.0 and other products at Booth SL14616.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Powerhouse Director Jim Sonzero Joins Forces with Andrew Hall Management for West Coast Representation

LOS ANGELES— Celebrity Director Jim Sonzero of Sonzero Films has joined forces with Andrew Hall Management for representation on the West Coast. Sonzero has earned an international reputation in many genres; he is known for his superb visual craftsmanship, technical execution and storytelling skills.

“Jim has a fantastic eye, evident in his attention to detail, the way he frames a shot and his use of light,” Hall says. “He’s also a great problem solver. He brings a lot to the table—which is extremely valuable in today’s advertising environment—with his flexibility, creativity and technical expertise.”

SIM Digital Atlantic Moves to New Location in Halifax

HALIFAX—SIM Digital, Canada’s leading rental house for cameras and other equipment for motion picture and television production, has relocated its office in Halifax. The new location, on Thornhill Drive in Dartmouth, is in the same facility that houses its affiliate, PS Production Services, a supplier of lighting and grip equipment. The new SIM Digital Halifax features expanded client preparation and warehouse space. Clients will also enjoy the convenience of taking care of their camera, lighting and post production needs from one site.

With film and television production growing rapidly in Canada’s Maritime Provinces, SIM Digital had outgrown its original location. “Demand has risen significantly,” said General Manager Jeff Wheaton, noting that SIM Digital is the only company in the region that offers professional grade camera rentals, camera repairs and DMT services. “We’re now able to better serve our clients.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hollywood Center Studios Hosts MTV’s “Ridiculousness”

Internet video series shoots 30 episodes before a live audience at historic lot.

Hollywood—Hollywood Center Studios hosts MTV’s hit comedy series Ridiculousness, which  recently completed shooting its fifth and sixth seasons. The show, in which host Rob Drydek presents the most hysterical and absurd videos found on the internet, is shot multi-camera-style on Stage Nine at Hollywood Center Studios before a live audience.
Season six, which is airing now, features an incredible line-up of special guests, including rapper phenom Future, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo and internet video super-team Smosh, and introduces new categories like “Power Kiss”, “Everyday Demons”, "Human Glitches” and “Magnet Feet.” 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Technicolor PostWorks Supports SXSW Films

Facility provides post services for six films at festival, including four world premieres.

NEW YORK— Technicolor PostWorks provided post production services for six films screening at this month’s South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW). They include Headliners Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, in its world premiere, and Manglehorn, in its U.S. premiere. Also screening are Adult Beginners (Festival Favorites/U.S. Premiere), The Final Girls (Narrative Spotlight/World Premiere), The Grief of Others (Narrative Competition/World Premiere) and Mania Days (Narrative Spotlight/World Premiere).

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FuseFX Adds VFX Supervisor Ted Rae

Former Emmy nominee, known for “Apocalypto,” “Beetlejuice” and “Stargate SG-1,” will supervise VFX teams for “Scorpion” and “Stalker.”

BURBANK—Ted Rae, an Emmy and BAFTA nominated Visual Effects Supervisor whose credits span feature films, episodic television and commercials, has joined Los Angeles-based FuseFX. Rae is currently leading FuseFX visual effects teams for the CBS series Scorpion and the WB series Stalker. He is also assisting with several projects through FuseFX’s new Vancouver facility.
Rae arrives at FuseFX with more than 30 years of visual effects and production experience. His credits as Visual Effects Supervisor include the feature films The Tourist, Apocalypto, and The Passion of the Christ as well as the television series You Wish, Stargate SG-1 and Babylon 5. He earned his Primetime Emmy nomination for the Stargate SG-1 pilot and a BAFTA nomination for his work on Beetlejuice.  He also has wide experience as an on-set supervisor, cinematographer and 2nd unit director.
Ted Rae

Monday, March 9, 2015

Colorist Jeff Altman Joins Filmworkers

Young post production artist brings experience in commercials, independent features, documentaries, web media and television.

CHICAGO— Filmworkers has boosted its creative staff with the addition of colorist Jeff Altman. A Chicago native,  Altman spent the past two years in New York, working on advertising, digital content and feature film projects. On the commercial side, he’s done work for Pepsi, Capital One, Verizon, Intel and Mountain Dew, among other brands. His long-form credits include the independent features 6 Years from director Hannah Fidell, slated to premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, and Nasty Baby from Chilean director Sebastian Silva, which debuted last year at Sundance.

Jeff Altman

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cartoni Introduces MAGNUM, a High Capacity Fluid Head for Studio and OB Cameras

See it at NAB Booth C9039!

NORTH HOLLYWOODCartoni, the world-leader in camera support, has expanded its line of pan-and-tilt heads with its largest capacity product ever. MAGNUM, which will be shown for the first time at NAB 2015, offers a payload capacity of 25 – 95 kg (55 – 210 lbs.) combined with reliable operation, a fluid feel (with no transition in tilting) and an unprecedented 5-year warranty. It’s an ideal choice for studio and outside broadcast cameras, including those with long lens configurations or bulky accessories.

“MAGNUM is Cartoni’s response to our customers’ need for a versatile, workhorse fluid head capable of supporting today’s heavier camera packages,” said David Butler, Cartoni USA National Sales Manager. “MAGNUM is designed to handle big box cameras with big lenses.  It maintains stability through zooms of four to five hundred feet, or more. That, plus our best-in-the-industry 5-year warranty, makes this an outstanding value.” Butler notes that MAGNUM also provides complete balance control for payloads weighing as little as 25 kg (55 lbs.), making it a versatile performer.
Cartoni USA will be demonstrating MAGNUM and the rest of its product line at NAB 2015, Booth C9039.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

PS Honours Alexandra Raffé with the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award

Ottawa – Rob Sim, President and CEO of the SIM Group of Companies, today announced that Alexandra Raffé, Vice President of Production for Thunderbird Films, is the recipient of the 2015 Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award. The award was presented to Raffé at the annual PS Dinner on the Hill, held during the Canadian Media Production Association Prime Time Conference in Ottawa.
“PS takes great pride in honouring Alexandra as this year’s recipient of the Douglas James Dales Industry Builder Award,” said Sim. “She has worked tirelessly over many years to help filmmakers achieve their visions and to foster a vibrant production community. She truly embodies the spirit of Canadian filmmaking.”
As a long-time advocate for the advancement of Canadian film and television, Raffé has spent many years building organizations that ensure feature films get made in Canada and are seen around the world.  An active member in the industry, she is the former CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and has served on the boards of Film Ontario, the National Screen Institute and the Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Project. She is also a past member of the National Board of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), a member of the CMPA-BC Branch Council and currently serves on the Board of the Youth Media Alliance.
Rob Sim and Alexandra Raffé

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Welcomes Julie Currin to Film Sales Team

BURBANK, Calif.—Modern VideoFilm, one of the largest independent suppliers of post production and digital distribution services to the film and television industry, has appointed Julie Currin as Vice President of Sales/Feature Film. Currin will lead a new effort to grow Modern’s share of the post production market for motion pictures and enhance its relationships with major studios, independent producers and filmmakers. Her background includes more than 15 years in senior sales and marketing roles, including posts with Deluxe, Laser Pacific and Technicolor.

“Julie’s expertise in all aspects of post production will make her a valuable asset to our clients in planning their projects and workflows,” said Modern VideoFilm President/Creative Services Mark Smirnoff. “She brings intelligence, tremendous enthusiasm and a customer-centric focus, all of which make her a great addition to our team.  We’re glad to have her on board.”

Julie Currin