Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Technicolor PostWorks Services Emmy Nominees

NEW YORK—Technicolor PostWorks New York provided post-production services for five television series and three documentaries that received nominations in the 67th Emmy® Awards.

Nominated series include:

The Americans (FX) is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Joshua Brand) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Margo Martindale).

Technicolor PostWorks provided digital dailies, VFX, editorial conforming, and color grading.

“Finding Carter” Finds a Home at Chainsaw

Hollywood post-production facility teams with Bling Digital to develop an efficient, smoothly functioning, transcontinental workflow for the hit MTV drama.

LOS ANGELES— MTV’s 1-hour drama Finding Carter centers on a girl, played by Kathryn Prescott, who was abducted at age three and as a teenager is reunited with a birth family whom she doesn’t know. Now, in its second season, the show has won critical praise and a growing audience through its provocative take on identity and family relationships.

Finding Carter is shot in Atlanta, while most post-production work is done in Los Angeles.  The editorial team is set up in offices provided by Chainsaw, Hollywood, a SIM Group company, which also handles color grading, editorial finishing and deliverables. Another SIM Group company, Bling Digital, serves as intermediary between production in Atlanta and West Coast post. Each production day, Bling receives camera media from the set, prepares dailies, editorial, finishing and back-up media, and sends elements across the country.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sound Artists from Sony Pictures Post Production Garner Emmy Nominations

CULVER CITY, CALIF.— Sound artists from Sony Pictures Post Production Services are among the nominees in the 67th Emmy® Awards.

  • Re-Recording Mixers Elmo Ponsdomenech and Todd Beckett are nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation for their work on the Silicon Valley episode “Server Space.” They share the nomination with Production Mixer Ben Patrick.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cognition Debuts in Hollywood

Hybrid studio offers integrated services for feature film and broadcast color, visual effects and emerging technologies.

HOLLYWOOD—Cognition, a hybrid post production facility, visual effects studio and creative campus, has launched in Los Angeles. The company is led by writer, producer and entrepreneur Brian Pope, and features a high profile management team that includes veteran colorist Dave Hollingsworth (The Hobbit: The Unexpected JourneyThe Adventures of Tintin) along with former Digital Domain VP and creative consultant, Jeff Barnes. 

Cognition aims to serve as a local alternative for Los Angeles-based studios, independent producers and others seeking visual effects and post-production support for motion picture and television projects. It will tap into Southern California’s large talent pool, while pursuing an innovative business model based on leading edge technologies, flexible staffing, adaptable workflows and controlled costs.

Located near Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Cognition currently offers high resolution color grading and editorial finishing via SGO’s groundbreaking Mistika platform, as well as visual effects supervision and production. 

Brian Pope

Monday, July 20, 2015

yU+co Finds Inspiration in Yesterday for “Tomorrowland”

Studio’s captivating 3D animated main-on-end title sequence based on the future visions of past generations.

HOLLYWOOD— yU+co’s main-on-end title sequence for the Walt Disney Pictures movie Tomorrowland presents a series of mesmerizing portraits of the future as imagined by visionaries of the past. The 3D animated sequence, which delivers the movie’s end credits, takes audiences on a breathtaking tour through a vast metropolis whose various iterations show the “world of tomorrow” as envisioned by successive generations of “dreamers.”
The opening scene—inspired by drawings from the 1900 Paris Exposition—shows hot-air flying machines circling the Eiffel Tower. It then progresses through the decades depicting an evolving city of the future through time. The sequence culminates with a contemporary rendition of Tomorrowland, a gleaming city of skyscrapers, rockets and jetpacks. yU+co’s creative team came up with the concept for the sequence in collaboration with Tomorrowland director Brad Bird.

Bully Pictures’ Dustin Lance Black Combines Activism with Advertising

Academy-award winner directs advertising projects with powerful social themes for Tylenol and Coca-Cola.

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Lance Black soared to international fame in 2009 when he won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the film Milk and inspired millions with his stirring acceptance speech invoking LGBT rights. He went on to become a leading spokesperson for the LGBT community through his play 8, about the fight against California’s anti-same-sex marriage proposition, and as one of the founding board members of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, whose efforts led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the discriminatory proposition. That ruling is viewed as an important precursor to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

With marriage equality now the law of the land, Black is refocusing his energies on his filmmaking career, without, however, lessening his commitment to equality and activism. Currently working on a mini-series for ABC about the early gay rights movement, he also finds himself suddenly in high demand as a commercial director through Los Angeles-based Bully Pictures. Black recently directed projects for Tylenol through JWT New York and Coca-Cola through Pereira & O’Dell that evoke powerful stories about acceptance, tolerance and equal rights.

Dustin Lance Black

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sim Group Now Offers Playback Services in Toronto

A complete solution for film and television productions required 24- or 30-frame playback devices.

TORONTO— SIM Digital has brought its industry-leading playback service to Toronto. The service provides customized 24- and 30-frame video and computer playback systems and related services to film and television productions. Playback services are vital to productions that require working computer, televisions or other display systems. SIM has been offering an array of playback services through its Vancouver office for more than ten years.

“We saw an opportunity to fill a need in the Toronto market for an essential production service,” said SIM Digital Playback Department Manager Max Torroba. “Production in Toronto is growing and many of these new productions need playback services. We offer a complete solution from an experienced team focused on exceptional service.” SIM Digital is already providing playback services to a number of Toronto-based film and television productions, including Rogue, Beauty and the Beast, Defiance, 11/22/63 and Heroes Reborn.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The ScoreBox® Helps Sports Producers Keep Score Like the Pros

Affordable on-screen score system, which now includes onboard OCR, is used by Time Warner Cable Sports, Edmonton Oilers, MGM Grand and a major collegiate sports network in the Midwest.

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—For more than a decade, The ScoreBox® has been helping local and regional sports broadcasters put out a product on par with national broadcasters with its eponymous on-screen score system that combines portability and flexibility with low cost. Now, the company is enabling users to literally “cut the cord” as the latest version of The ScoreBox includes a self-contained optical character recognition (OCR) that allows it to read scores and time clock information directly from scoreboards without a cable connection.

New FX Comedy “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” Finished at Technicolor PostWorks

Post-production facility helps cinematographer William R. Nielsen Jr capture the underworld ambience of New York’s rock scene.

NEW YORK—Technicolor PostWorks New York recently completed editorial finishing and color grading for the first season of the new FX comedy Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Slated to premiere July 16th, the show stars Denis Leary (who also wrote and directed) as Johnny Rock, an aging singer trying to reform his old band and make good on the unfulfilled dreams of his youth.

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll is produced for FX by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions; Leary and Jim Serpico are executive producers; Tom Sellitti and Kerry Orent are co-executive producers; Maria Cerretani is associate producer. Pat Kelleher was the finishing editor for Technicolor PostWorks.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GPL Technologies to Host Technology Vendor Fair July 16

Dell and NVIDIA among technology suppliers to present new tools for storage, security and post-production management

LOS ANGELES—GPL Technologies will host a Vendor Fair, July 16th, at the iconic Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica showcasing innovative solutions for security, storage and post-production management. The event will include company booths and product presentations from Dell, NVIDIA, Spectra Logic, HGST, Centrify and FirstCom Music.

MTI Film Appoints Randy Reck to Director of Product Development

Former Panavision and EFILM product specialist to lead development and marketing for CORTEX and DRS™NOVA. 

HOLLYWOOD—Randy Reck, an engineer and product specialist with broad expertise in production and post-production workflow technologies, has joined MTI Film as Director of Product Development. Reck will oversee product development, sales and marketing for CORTEX, the company’s line of dailies solutions, DRS™NOVA, its digital restoration package, and other software-based products. Reck’s background includes senior technology posts with Panavision, EFILM and Encore Hollywood.

“Randy has been at the forefront in developing new technologies and workflows to support digital cinema production and post,” said MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff. “We will take full advantage of his expertise and insights as we continue to develop CORTEX and DRS™NOVA, and extend their reach into new markets.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pixel Underground Adds 4K Grading Theater

Facility completes major expansion to support feature and television projects with UHD post services.

TORONTO— Pixel Underground, a SIM Group company, has completed a major facility expansion that includes the addition of a cinema-style 4K grading theatre. The new construction, which also includes a 4K online finishing suite, places the company at the leading edge in color grading and finishing services for motion pictures and television.

The new 4K theatre features a DaVinci Resolve color grading system; a Sony 4K, DCI-compliant digital projector; a 14-foot projection screen and a Flanders 55-inch evaluation-grade monitor in a cinema environment that can accommodate groups as large as 15.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

British Comedy Director Ben Whitehouse Launches U.S. Career via Accomplice Media

Los Angeles—Continuing to broaden its roster of commercial filmmakers, Accomplice Media has signed comedy director Ben Whitehouse for exclusive representation in the United States. The British-born director launched his career in 2009 and since then has established himself as a master of character-driven comedy through work for Subway, Amazon, Enterprise, KFC, Specsavers, Phones 4U and others.

Starting his career as a researcher and treatment writer, Whitehouse collaborated with many top commercial directors including Traktor, Jonathan Glazer, Tom Hooper and Ivan Zacharias. This work was international including many U.S. jobs for shops like Anonymous Content and Smuggler.

Ben Whitehouse