Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sonzero Films Boosts Production Power through Strategic Link with Hollywood’s Siren Studios

LOS ANGELES—Sonzero Films, the production company of award-winning advertising director Jim Sonzero, has found a new home at Siren Studios, Hollywood. The company’s new digs include contemporary office space on the Siren campus, and ready access to the studio’s expansive shooting space, production resources and other amenities. Siren features eight shooting stages on a secure lot that are particularly well suited to the type of high-end celebrity, fashion and beauty work for which Sonzero enjoys an international reputation.

Sonzero says that his company and Siren have a natural, symbiotic relationship that could serve as a model for future advertising production. “Siren is more than a beautiful place to call home; it’s a new way to do business,” he explains. “We have fantastic shooting stages, lighting and other production support, and everything else we need to do produce great advertising. It allows us to work comfortably and efficiently, while delivering premium service to agencies, clients and celebrity talent.”

Siren Studios partner Jay Lieberman Ilardo says that Siren also benefits by associating with a leading, independent production company that works with some of the world’s best known brands. “We are thrilled to have a Jim Sonzero at Siren,” Ilardo says. “Our studios are a perfect fit for a director of his stature and for the caliber of work that he directs.”

Accomplice Media’s Eva Michon Explores the Beauty of Personal Time in “Cancelled”

Young director’s second fashion video for Ace&Jig featured in’s Fashion Week.

Los Angeles— In Cancelled, a short film directed by Eva Michon for the fashion brand Ace&Jig, a young model arrives in L.A. to learn that the video she was supposed to shoot is not happening. So, she decides to spend some quality time…with herself.
Set to a Canadian pop singer Sean Nicholas Savage’s sparkling ballad Naturally, the video follows the young woman (played by performance artist Alexandra Marzella) as she relaxes at her hotel, visits Venice Beach and Griffith Park, and disregards a series of text messages from her friends.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Completes Western Thriller “Broken Horses”

Facility handles DI for the first American film from Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

BURBANK, Calif.—In a project spanning many months and two continents, Modern VideoFilm provided final post production services for Broken Horses, the new Western thriller from Indian producer/director Vidhu Vinod Chopra in his Hollywood debut.  The Burbank-based facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, visual effects production and integration, DCP mastering and deliverables for the film, which makes its U.S. theatrical premiere this month from Reliance Entertainment.

Producer of 3 Idiots (the highest grossing film in Indian history until recently surpassed by Vinod’s latest release PK) and an Academy Award nominee, Chopra assembled an all-American cast and production team for his first English-language film. Vincent D’Onofrio, Thomas Jane and Anton Yelchin star in the tale of orphaned brothers and their ill-fated reunion in a town near the Mexican border. Tom Stern (The Hunger Games) is the director of photography; Todd E. Miller (Transformers) is the editor; and Toby Corbett (Bad Lieutenant) is the production designer. The film, which Stern captured on anamorphic 35mm film, was shot primarily in California’s Death Valley and Mojave Desert.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Frank Sinatra and Steve Jobs Documentaries Finished at Technicolor PostWorks

Post-production facility continues its eight year collaboration with Alex Gibney and Jigsaw New York with two ambitious documentaries for HBO and CNN.

NEW YORK—Earlier this month, final mastering for Sinatra: All or Nothing at All and Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, the latest documentaries from Academy Award®-winning producer/director Alex Gibney, was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York in preparation for their television debuts on HBO and CNN, respectively. Editorial conforming and final color grading for both projects was performed by a small team of artists and technicians working under the direction of Technicolor PostWorks Vice President/Creative Services Ben Murray in close collaboration with Gibney’s production team and editors from Jigsaw, New York.

The same line-up of talent had worked together on a more than a half dozen previous documentaries over the past eight years, including, most recently, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, whose post schedule overlapped the two latest projects. Over the course of that time, Technicolor PostWorks, Gibney’s production team and Jigsaw, have developed a tight creative rapport and a unique workflow that facilitates the completion of these complex productions with razor-sharp efficiency.

Craig Leffel Joins Filmworkers for Color Projects

Veteran colorist will pursue color work through Filmworkers while continuing as executive producer of his boutique creative studio Big Spoon Industries.

CHICAGO— Filmworkers today announces that it has reached an agreement with veteran colorist Craig Leffel to represent him for color correction projects in the Midwest. Leffel will continue to serve as executive producer of Big Spoon Industries, the creative production studio he formed last fall, while handling color correction assignments through Filmworkers.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

International TV Distributor Electus Selects WCP Media Services for Cloud-Based International Delivery of Television Content

LOS ANGELES—Entertainment studio Electus, producers of such television shows as Style By Jury, Wake Up Call and House of DVF¸ has adopted WCP Media Services’ cloud-based content management platform, WCP Web App, for the international distribution of television content. Electus is currently using WCP Web App for the digital delivery of television shows to broadcasters in Latin America, France, Australia and Canada, and plans to extend the service to other outlets in coming months.

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. Electus is using the system as an all-in-one solution for managing digital assets, including television shows, marketing material and other content, and delivering them to international customers according to their individual timetables and specifications.
“WCP Web App allows Electus to deliver television shows to customers worldwide quickly, efficiently and accurately,” said WCP Media Services Managing Director/Americas Kenneth Yas. “The system includes sophisticated tools to manage the complexities of digital delivery, yet it is easy to use, both for distributors and their customers.”

Hula Post Production’s Josh Rizzo to Take Part in “Cloud” Panel at NAB

HOLLYWOOD— At NAB 2015, Hula Post Production Chief Technology Officer Josh Rizzo will participate in a panel discussion about emerging cloud-based workflows for production and post. Part of the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC’s Media Management in the Cloud Conference, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Leaving Physical Media Behind in a Digital World” is set for Tuesday, April 14th at 11:00 a.m., Booth S219.

Moderated by Christine Thomas, Dolby Laboratories Senior Director, Content Solutions, the discussion will focus on cloud success stories, workflow improvements and future challenges as productions make the transition from physical media to cloud-based modes of production. Along with Rizzo, panelists will include representatives of Equinox, Front Porch Digital, Dolby Laboratories and Wipro Technologies.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chainsaw’s Magalski and Lichtstein to Showcase Unique Media Composer/Baselight Workflow at NAB

LOS ANGELES— At NAB 2015, Chainsaw editor Randy Magalski and colorist Andy Lichtstein will demonstrate the unique “live and interactive” workflow they use to conform and color prime time television series in a special presentation sponsored by Avid and FilmLight. The event is slated for Tuesday, April 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Avid booth, SU902.

The presentation will focus on Chainsaw’s innovative Avid Media Composer/FilmLight Baselight BLG workflow, which provides the full power of Baselight within an Avid timeline. This workflow gives editors and producers the ability to keep a cut live and malleable far deeper into the post process than traditional methods.

Randy Magalski and Andy Lichtstein

MPSE to Host “Fifty Shades of Grey” Sound Panel at 2015 NAB Show

Studio City, California –April 8, 2015–At 2015 NAB Show, The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will sponsor a spirited panel discussion revealing the secrets behind the sound of the most provocative film of the year, Fifty Shades of Grey. Part of NAB’s Creative Master Series, “Fifty Shades of Sound” is slated for Monday, April 13th at 11:45 a.m., South Upper Hall, Room S220.

Moderated by Mix Magazine editor Tom Kenny, the panel will feature key members of the Fifty Shades of Grey sound team, Supervising Sound Editor Becky Sullivan, Supervising Sound Editor Kelly Oxford, Sound Re-Recording Mixer Anna Behlmer and Re-Recording Mixer Terry Porter, as well as Film Editor Debra Neil-Fisher. They will discuss director Sam Taylor-Johnson's vision for the film, the challenges the filmmakers faced in conjuring its unusual soundscapes and the cutting edge techniques and tools they used to get there.

Becky Sullivan, Kelly Oxford, Anna Behlmer, Terry Porter, Debra Neil-Fisher, Tom Kenny

NAB 2015 NEWS: MTI Film Introduces “Dead Pixel” Correction and Detection with CORTEX

HOLLYWOOD—At NAB 2015, MTI Film will introduce a new feature of its CORTEX line of dailies solutions designed to address the persistent problem of dead pixels in digital cinematography.

All CORTEX v 2.0 products will include Dead Pixel Detection, a  tool for identifying dead pixels in camera media or in later rough cuts or assemblies.  On set, this can give early warning about faults in the sensors of digital cinema cameras. Information about dead pixels can then be stored, along with corresponding timecode information and other metadata, in a CORTEX Manifest file so that it can be passed on to post production.  Facilities with CORTEX Enterprise, a full features dailies solution and post production “Swiss Army knife,” will be able to use the Dead Pixel Correction feature to automatically heal dead pixels in footage, either based on reports sent from set or by running a detection pass.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Modern VideoFilm Accompanies “Sons of Anarchy” on Its Final Ride

Independent post house provided VFX, color and finishing services for the FX series throughout its long run.  

BURBANK, Calif.—Modern VideoFilm  recently wrapped up a 7-year run as a post-production services provider for FX’s hugely popular series Sons of Anarchy. The Burbank-based facility set up a file-based pipeline for the show, about a motorcycle club based in Northern California, integrating editorial finishing, visual effects, color grading and deliverables. Despite a tight schedule and sometimes complex VFX and grading requirements, Modern efficiently delivered a stellar product each week of the show’s long run.

Technicolor PostWorks Finishes Features and Docs for Tribeca Premieres

NEW YORK—Continuing its longstanding support for emerging filmmakers, Technicolor PostWorks New York provided post-production services for several films premiering at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival.


SIM Group Adds Sound Services through Merger with Tattersall Sound and Picture

LOS ANGELES—SIM Group today announces its merger with Tattersall Sound and Picture, a Toronto-based provider of sound editorial, ADR and mixing services to film and television productions. The move extends SIM Group’s reach into sound post production and advances its goal of providing productions with end-to-end services from the camera to the screen.

“Tattersall is a wonderful, award-winning sound facility with a talented staff and a great roster of film and television clients,” said SIM Group President and CEO Rob Sim. “They are a perfect complement to the other companies in our group. As a SIM Group company, they will now have access to resources that will enable them to continue to grow and reach a wider range of clients.”
Tattersall Sound and Picture provides sound services for such television shows as Vikings (History), Penny Dreadful (Showtime), Reign (CBS), Saving Hope (Bell Media), Rock Icons (VH1) and Ride or Wrong (Disney). It has provided creative sound editing and mixing services on such recent films as Zoom, Hyena Road and Beeba Boys.

(back row, left to right) David McCallum, Rob Sim, Peter Gibson (front row) Jane Tattersall, Lou Solakofski