Monday, June 29, 2015

QSR Systems Helps Reality TV Productions Work More Efficiently

CBS reality series “The Briefcase” employs new high-speed transcoder to speed delivery of camera media to editorial.

VALENCIA, Calif.—One of the most challenging issues confronting reality television productions involves the processing of camera media. Productions often employ large numbers of cameras of different types resulting in dozens of hours of footage that need to be transcoded before editorial teams can begin their work of whittling it down into scenes, stories and episodes. It’s not uncommon for it to take two days or more to transcode footage from a single shoot day, a costly delay that productions would like to avoid.

Post-production technology supplier QSR Systems has come up with a unique solution to this dilemma.  The company has developed a proprietary service  that significantly speeds up the process of transcoding camera media. Based on hardware and software originally developed for rendering computer animation, QSR’s system performs transcoding through a parallel processing operation. Transcoding is accomplished in a fraction of the time of other methods with the gap between production and editorial reduced accordingly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GPL Technologies Launches in New York

Production IT specialist offers consulting, rentals and support to post facilities, VFX providers and others; introduces VFXnow HaaS service to the East Coast.

LOS ANGELES—GPL Technologies, a premier provider of technology solutions and managed services to the media and entertainment industry, today announces the opening of an office in New York City. GPL Technologies, New York, will provide IT consulting, workflow design, system rentals and support services for post-production facilities, editing houses, visual effects providers, game developers and other creative services companies. Additionally, the company’s VFXnow division will provide pipeline support to visual effects companies and others though its innovative hardware-as-a-service model.

GPL’s new office in midtown Manhattan addresses the city's shortage of rental IT solutions geared toward the postproduction and VFX industry. “We fill a critical need in the New York market for IT specialists who understand the unique needs of companies in creative industries,” said GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. “We offer proven experience in supporting the rental and managed services requirements of such companies. We understand the technology, how to implement it in existing pipelines and how to build out new workflows.”

Jonathan Handler
GPL is particularly excited to introduce VFXnow to the East Coast. The HaaS offering pairs an agile, production-minded engineering team with a top-tier arsenal of rentable hardware to deliver an immediate and cost-effective solution for pipeline needs. VFXnow enables New Yorkbased studios to ramp up or build out their facilities with no long term investment in infrastructure,” Terrell explains. “The priority of visual effects providers is to get the work done on time. We make sure that happens.”

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TV Land Comedy “Younger” Finished at Technicolor PostWorks

Colorist Anthony Raffaele assists award-winning cinematographer John Thomas in giving the new series a distinctive, comedic look.

NEW YORK— Post-production finishing for the first season of TV Land’s inspired new comedy Younger was recently completed at Technicolor PostWorks, New York. Senior Colorist Anthony Raffaele applied the final color grade to the original series, which has generated buzz and a growing fan base thanks to its positive depiction of intergenerational female relationships.

Raffaele worked under the supervision of series creator Darren Star (Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210) and cinematographer John Thomas, who previously teamed with Starr on Sex and the City, and more recently lensed Gossip Girl and The Big C.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Manios Digital & Film Becomes Worldwide Distributor for New Veydra Lens Expander

1.2x PL to PL Expander makes it possible to use vintage zoom lenses with current large-sensor cameras.

BURBANK—Manios Digital & Film has reached an agreement with cinema lens maker Veydra to become the exclusive, worldwide distributor for its innovative new lens accessory, the Veydra 1.2x PL to PL Expander. The Expander makes it possible to use vintage zoom lenses from the Academy-format era with current generation Super 35 and larger sensor cameras.

The Veydra 1.2x PL to PL Expander expands the image circle of vintage zoom lenses from  28mm to 36mm diagonal with only ½ stop light loss. Such lenses can then be used with RED’s Epic Dragon and other PL-mounted digital cameras with sensors larger than the Academy aperture, up to a 34mm image circle. The Expander is also compatible with the Angenieux Optimo 24-290 cinema lens.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Re-Recording Mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy Join Sony Pictures Post Production Services

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Continuing to grow its sound department, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added award-winning re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy to its creative staff. Pederson and Leahy have worked as a team on a number of motion picture projects, including the Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, which, as independents, they mixed on Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Stage last year. They are currently mixing Fuqua’s latest film, Southpaw on the Sony lot. Upcoming projects include HBO’s True Detective and Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.

“The arrival of these two talented sound artists is part of our commitment to remain the finest sound post production facility in Southern California,” said Tom McCarthy, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Post Production Services. “Steve and Dan are consummate pros who have been doing great work for many years. We are very excited to have them join the Sony team.”
Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy

axle Cam Introduces Radically Simple Camera-to-Computer Workflow

Automated camera ingest, media management and sharing in a single, affordable application

ORLANDO, Florida—axle Video, developer of media management tools for video production, broadcast, news-gathering, and other applications that are easy to install, use and afford, today announces the release of a groundbreaking new product that resolves—elegantly and cost-effectively—the most persistent problem faced by videographers today: managing complex camera media. Shown for the first time at InfoComm 2015, axle Cam is a low-cost camera ingest application that streamlines the process of acquiring, organizing and sharing media from today’s most popular video cameras and DSLRs.

axle Video will demonstrate axle Cam at InfoComm 2015 (Booth 490), June 17-19.
For the first time, axle Cam affordably resolves organizational issues caused by multiple file formats, bitrates, file wrappers and folder structures. The software automatically detects, imports and organizes camera media. Users are then able to instantly access, edit and share files through a simple user interface that leverages axle’s radically simple media management technology. The product supports DSLRs and HD cameras made by Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Nikon and GoPro.  The company is developing specialized modules to support higher-end cinema cameras, though release dates have not been announced.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Automotive Director Lino Russell Joins Accomplice Media

Los Angeles—Accomplice Media has signed German director Lino Russell for exclusive representation in the United States. Russell, who was educated in the United States and England, is an automotive and visual specialist known for his technical skill, dynamic visuals, deft handling of talent and ability to craft vivid stories. His credits include Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Toyota, Chevrolet and other global car brands.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work with Lino,” said Accomplice Media Executive Producer Jeff Snyder.  “He is so talented and versatile, whether it’s the breathtaking visuals and energy in his Ferrari Fear spot, or the elements of family life in BMW Don’t Stop, or the integration of lifestyle with beautiful car shots in his Alfa Romeo Forget spot.”

Russell became acquainted with Accomplice Media through the directing duo John Doe, who are also on the company’s roster. “Accomplice is a great fit,” Russell says. “They have a strong track record in automotive, but they’re not limited to that. They also have a great, diverse roster.”

Lino Russell

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Matthew Neally Named Vice President of Sales at GPL Technologies

LOS ANGELES—June 11, 2015—GPL Technologies, one of the nations leading providers of managed services and high performance IT solutions for the media and entertainment market, today announced that Matthew Neally has joined the company as Vice President of Sales.

Neally brings over 24 years of experience in the storage and service industry, leading local and national field operations for Sun, NetApp, Insight Investment, Isilon and EMC.
Matt’s leadership, creativity and vision has led his teams to success at every level,” said Brian Terrell, CEO of GPL. “We are excited to have someone with his experience joining our executive team.    
Matthew Neally

Filmworkers and Churchill Studios Stage Shark Attack for La Quinta

VFX boutique creates a school of menacing fish for new campaign from DDB Chicago, and CoMPANY Films Director David McNally.

CHICAGO— Man-eating sharks turn cuddly in a new campaign for La Quinta. Filmworkers and Churchill Studio provided the inspired CG magic for Swim in which a businessman is dropped into a dive tank filled with blood-thirsty sea creatures. The campaign was conceived by DDB Chicago, and directed by David McNally of CoMPANY Films.

The man finds himself underwater after giving a business pitch, made with the aid of La Quinta’s faster Wi-Fi service, to a roomful of skeptical executives. They open a trap door beneath his feet to see if he’s ready to “swim with the sharks.” Turns out, he is. The man cavorts playfully with the ravenous creatures, even clasping one in an affectionate bear hug.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Colorist Todd Bochner Joins Chainsaw as Facility Continues to Add Scripted Television Talent

LOS ANGELES— Supervising Senior Colorist Todd Bochner has joined Chainsaw, Hollywood, a SIM Group Company. Bochner arrives with more than 20 years of experience and credits on more than 50 television series, as well as numerous features, commercials and music videos. His first project at Chainsaw will be the HBO series The Leftovers.

“The arrival of Todd Bochner is further indication of our commitment to being creative leaders in scripted television,” said Chainsaw co-founder Bill DeRonde. “Todd has been producing great work for many years and shares our commitment to customer service. He’s another wonderful addition to our team.”

Todd Bochner
Bochner arrives at Chainsaw from Modern VideoFilm, where he worked for more than 15 years. His recent credits include Madame Secretary for CBS, Sleepy Hollow for Fox, Legends for TNT, Jane the Virgin for CW, and Tyrant for FX. He also graded the debut season of The Leftovers. He got his start in post at Pacific Ocean Post and later worked at Varitel Video and EDS Digital Studios. At Chainsaw, he will operate a Da Vinci Resolve system in a newly-equipped grading suite.

Monday, June 8, 2015

“The Jinx,” Groundbreaking Documentary from Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling Finished at Technicolor PostWorks

Sean R. Smith leads a three-month post-production effort to finish the acclaimed six-part series.

NEW YORK—Andrew Jarecki’s engrossing documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst explores the murky world of a real estate magnate suspected of three murders. Post-production finishing for the series, airing in six parts on HBO, was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Sean R. Smith served as finishing editor and colorist, working in collaboration with Jarecki, writer/producer/director of photography Marc Smerling and post-production supervisor Susan Lazarus to bring the series to its final form and look.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Demo Camera Gear from Manios Digital & Film Featured at Post-Cinegear “Garage Sale”

Great deals on products from Cartoni USA, Vocas and Kinotehnik.

BURBANK—Manios Digital & Film will take part in a giant post-Cinegear “Garage Sale and Party” hosted by Matthews Studio Equipment. The event will include great deals on discontinued, demo, refurbished and overstock camera support and accessories from Cartoni USA, Vocas, Kinotehnik and other manufacturers. Others offering products for sale will include K5600 Lighting, Digital Bolex, TV Logic, and Power Gems. The event is slated for Sunday, June 7th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Matthews Studio Equipment, 4520 West Valerio St., Burbank, CA 91505.

The Garage Sale and Party will include a Western-style barbecue, cold drinks and music from the ‘40s. Representatives from a variety of professional organizations will be on hand, including the American Society of Cinematographers, the Society of Camera Operators and IATSE. The event will include a merchandise raffle with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital Business Center. All purchases must be made in person.

Director Peter Dietrich Discovers the Enlightened Citizens of Europe’s Darkest Town in New Campaign for Lunative

LOS ANGELES - The residents of Europe’s darkest town discover a path to enlightenment in a new web campaign directed by Peter Dietrich for Grey Berlin and electric apparel maker Lunative.
Dietrich, represented in the United States by A Common Thread, directed five spots featuring real-life citizens of Tromsø, Norway’s northern-most town, which experiences a “polar night” of no sunlight lasting three months each winter. Lunative hoodies, sweaters and jackets, which feature electroluminescent strips, make the prospect of facing that long, dark winter a bit brighter.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Post Factory NY Joins SIM Group to Expand Reach

Furthering its expansion in New York, SIM Group adds one of the East Coast’s top independent post-production facilities to its network of companies.

LOS ANGELES— The SIM Group, a leading supplier of production and post-production equipment and services to the motion picture and television industry, has entered into an agreement today to merge with Post Factory NY, one of New York City’s largest independent providers of post-production services.

The move significantly enhances the SIM Group’s East Coast presence. The company’s Bling Digital unit recently opened a facility in Brooklyn, offering dailies, off-line editorial and finishing services. Post Factory NY has two Manhattan facilities, comprising of 38,000 square feet, with more than 60 editing suites, two color grading suites, a DI theater and post production sound. Future plans call for further development of finishing services, both for feature films and dramatic TV series.

(l to r) Kim Spikes, Caryn Horowitz, Chris Parker, Alex Halpern.