Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Brand Gallery Creates Show Package for Sinclair’s “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson”

New investigative show’s elegant look builds on The Brand Gallery’s earlier work for the network’s news division.

Greenwich, CT— The complicated world of Washington politics is transformed into a graceful system of curved glass in The Brand Gallery’s elegant main title and in-show graphics package for Sinclair Broadcast Group’s new Sunday investigative news show, “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.” The design scheme employs red, white and blue tinted translucent arcs, superimposed over a stylized image of the U.S. Capitol as a means of communicating the new show’s focus on “accountability in the public and private sectors,” and to tie it in with the broader Sinclair brand and reinforce its commitment to investigative reporting.

“This is serious journalism dedicated to serious topics that impact all of us,” says Scott Livingston, Vice President of News for Sinclair Broadcast Group.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NewFilmmakers’ Annual Los Angeles Video Product Event Comes to Hollywood Center Studios

Historic studio sets up temporary theater to screen emerging filmmakers’ visions of the City of LA.

Hollywood— Hollywood Center Studios recently played host to 21 up-and-coming filmmakers participating in The Los Angeles Video Project “What’s Your LA?” presented by NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. The annual event featured screenings of short films by storytellers evoking their Los Angeles experiences.

Co-presented by KTLA, the event was hosted by comedian Guy Branum (Chelsea Lately) and featured live music from KCRW’s Jason Kramer. Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu gave the opening remarks. Presenters included Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Alex Russell (Chronicle, Unbroken) and Valenzia Algarin (Black Jesus).

Academy Award-nominated VFX Supervisor Pat McClung Joins FuseFX

BURBANK—Two-time Academy Award-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor Pat McClung has joined FuseFX. McClung, whose career spans more than 30 years, will act as both an on-set and facility-based Visual Effects Supervisor. His current projects include Scorpion and The Walking Dead.

“Pat McClung’s arrival is evidence of our commitment to maintain the most talented visual effects team in the industry,” said FuseFX CEO Dave Altenau. “He has deep experience, a proven ability to lead teams of artists and a passion for doing great work. We are very pleased to welcome him to FuseFX.”

McClung described his decision to join FuseFX as flowing from his desire to focus on television after a career devoted primarily to feature films. “There is a lot of great work being done in television today,” he says. “I like the quick turnaround and the opportunity to work on a variety of projects with talented crews.”

Pat McClung

Thursday, October 22, 2015

STORY’s Blair Hayes Brings Cinematic Storytelling to McDonald’s Commercial

CHICAGO—Being a good husband isn’t just about remembering to buy flowers on birthdays and anniversaries. It’s also about simple, everyday gestures, like getting out of bed early to bring breakfast for your hungry spouse.

A new spot for McDonald’s, directed by STORY’s Blair Hayes,  follows a man as he rises before the crack of dawn, makes a quick run to the drive-through window at McDonald’s and then heads out on the freeway. When he pulls up to a tollbooth, he surprises the attendant by handing her the bag containing an Egg McMuffin. It turns out, she is his even earlier rising spouse.

Hayes relates the narrative through simple but artfully constructed scenes and uses just two brief snippets of dialogue to tell the story. The look on the woman’s face when she recognizes her husband suggests they’ve been together for years. The product’s presence in the story is unobtrusive and natural.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Jeff Bridges’ Photograph of Robin Williams Featured in City Hearts: 2015 Fresh Focus Photo Auction

Annual photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.
Los Angeles—Actor Jeff Bridges has just donated his photograph capturing Robin Williams jam for the cast and crew of The Fisher King to City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction, November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Proceeds from the auction benefit this 30-year-old non-profit organization that sponsors arts programs for Inner City youth.

Post Factory NY Taps Matt Breitenbach to Lead Digital Conform

NEW YORK— Post-production veteran Matt Breitenbach has joined Post Factory NY, a SIM Group company, as Director of Digital Conform. In his new role, he will oversee the finishing process for feature films. Breitenbach arrives from Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, New York, where he was Senior DI Editor. His credits there included The Wolf of Wall Street, Rosewater, Run All Night, Kill the Messenger and the hit CBS crime drama Blue Bloods.

Matt Breitenbach
Breitenbach’s arrival is part of a broader effort by Post Factory to expand its resources for feature films. “Matt brings deep, high level experience to our feature team,” said Post Factory NY Senior Vice President of Operations Kim Spikes. “We expect to benefit greatly from his artistic skills, technical expertise and enthusiasm in servicing our growing number of studio and independent producer clients.”

Breitenbach’s tenure at Deluxe began in 2009. He worked as a telecine assistant, DI/finishing assistant and DI editor before being elevated to Senior DI Editor last year. His background also includes four years as a new media producer and technical operator at Nice Shoes, New York.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Accomplice Media Signs Director/Designer Ken Lambert

Los Angeles—Director, designer and artist Ken Lambert has signed with Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in the United States. Lambert, who is based in Australia, has created ads for major brands in Australia, Asia and Europe, including Coca Cola, Disney, Hyundai, Pepsi, Optus, Foxtel, Kenmore, Sanitarium and VW. He is known for his strong visual style and storytelling skills.

Ken Lambert
Lambert initially met Accomplice Media Executive Producer Mel Gragido several years ago while in the U.S. for a project shoot. They stayed in touch and looked for an opportunity to collaborate. “What I like about Accomplice is their hunger to do great work and see their directors succeed in a very competitive market,” Lambert notes. “They are solid people with good character, straight talking and very human.”
“We are excited about Ken and what he brings to Accomplice,” said Executive Producer Jeff Snyder. “Ken is able to handle a range of visual projects and brings a designer’s mind to VFX projects.  He also isn’t limited to VFX and loves working with talent and bringing out great performances.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Iconic Herb Ritts “Springsteen” Photo Featured in City Hearts: 2015 Fresh Focus Photo Auction

Annual photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.
Los Angeles—A 1992 photograph by Herb Ritts of Bruce Springsteen will be available at City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction, November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. The photo, which shows the rock legend, guitar in hand, leaning against a dark canvas backdrop, was produced for a Rolling Stone magazine cover story. Proceeds from the auction benefit City Hearts, a 30-year-old non-profit organization that sponsors arts programs for Inner City youth.

NA’AMAT USA’s San Fernando Valley Council to Host Community Leader Award Luncheon

Annual event to serve as the kick-off to a year-long celebration honoring the Jewish women’s organization’s 90th anniversary.
Honorees include Rabbi Karen Bender, Phil and Kathy Blazer
LOS ANGELES—The San Fernando Valley Council of NA’AMAT USA will host its 2015 Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon on Sunday, October 25th at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. This year’s event holds special significance as it will serve as the kick off of a year-long, national celebration marking NA’AMAT USA’s 90th Anniversary. Other celebratory, fundraising, membership outreach and community service activities will be conducted throughout the year by NA’AMAT Chapters nationwide.
The 2015 Distinguished Community Leader Award Luncheon will honor three inspiring individuals who have made lasting contributions to Jewish communities in the United States and Israel.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Filmworkers Partners with Top Directors for Effects-Driven Spots

Filmworkers’ Rob Churchill, teams with directors; Spike Lee, Hank Perlman, and Dave McNally on top brands. 

CHICAGO—Filmworkers’ Rob Churchill has become the go-to visual effects wizard for some of the top directors in advertising. He recently joined director Spike Lee in placing actor Samuel L. Jackson into a series of swanky digital office sets. He teamed up with director David McNally of CoMPANY Films to save a businessman from a shark attack. And, for good measure, he helped Hungry Man director Hank Perlman relaunch the Coneheads into outer space.

Churchill works with directors to design complex shots, attends every shoot to ensure effects elements are properly prepared, and oversees the completion of the work at Filmworkers’ facility in Chicago.

FuseFX Brings Penn State’s Nittany Lion to Life for Emmy-Winning Image Spot

BURBANK—FuseFX recently helped bring life one of the country’s most recognizable college icons. Penn State University’s Nittany Lion statue flexes its muscles and leaps from its stone pedestal in a national television commercial promoting the school and its students as “connected for life.” The 30-second ad, which airs during televised Penn State athletic events, won an Emmy Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It earlier won a Telly Award.

Kristian Berg, a senior producer/director with WPSU Penn State, came up with the idea of animating the Nittany Lion statue as a way of highlighting the bond between the school and its students and alumni. “The lion is a powerful symbol,” he explains. “Every graduate has his or her picture taken with the statue. It’s an emotional touchstone for all Penn Staters.” The statue was a gift to the school from its Class of 1940 and cut from a 13-ton limestone block. 

John C. Lewis Paris Photo Featured in City Hearts: 2015 Fresh Focus Photo Auction

Annual photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.
Los Angeles—Celebrated photographer John C. Lewis’s stark panoramic portrait of gardens outside the Grand Palais in Paris will be featured in City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction, November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Dubbed In the World All Things Are Two and Two, Lewis’s moody, black & white masterpiece was captured on a bitter cold December morning in 2003 using a century-old Kodak Panorama swing-lens camera.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hula Post Production Provides Editing Facilities for Thrilling Drama “Captive”

Editor Melissa Kent weaves the tense real-life story that drew the attention of the entire nation

HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post recently provided editorial systems, facilities and support to editor Melissa Kent for her work on Captive, Paramount Pictures’ new thrilling drama. Kent spent six months cutting the film at Hula’s Burbank facility, followed by an additional two weeks on Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood. Hula provided Avid workstations and storage at both sites.

Melissa Kent
Directed by Jerry Jameson (Last Flight Out) and starring David Oyelowo (Selma) and Kate Mara (House of Cards), Captive centers on Brian Nichols who captured national attention in 2005 when he broke out of a Georgia courthouse after killing a judge and three other people. He subsequently took Ashley Smith, a single mother, hostage and held her for several hours before surrendering to authorities.

The movie tells the story with gripping realism. The first minutes of the film, when Nichols makes his escape, features intense action with almost no dialogue. Much of the balance of the film occurs in Smith’s small apartment where the ratcheting anxiety is heightened by the flowing camerawork of cinematographer Luis David Sansans.

STORY’s Jeff France Orchestrates a Wedding Celebration for McDonald’s

CHICAGO—Thoughtfulness and love are often best expressed through simple acts. In an engaging new spot for McDonald’s, STORY’S Jeff France tells the tale of a dad who helps his daughter make it through the biggest day of her life with a little help from the restaurant chain.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Michael Childers’s Hockney Portrait Featured in City Hearts: 2015 Fresh Focus Photo Auction

Annual photo auction benefits youth arts charity, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.
Los Angeles—A playful portrait of David Hockney taken by award-winning celebrity portrait photographer Michael Childers will be available for bidding at City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction, November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood. Proceeds from the auction benefit City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, a non-profit organization that operates arts programs for underprivileged youth in Los Angeles.
One of the founders of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, Michael Childers has photographed more than 200 magazine covers for publications including Elle, Life and Vogue. Working mostly in black & white, he has captured the legends of pop culture and the art world. Notable subjects include actors Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Catherine Deneuve, Rock Hudson and Carol Channing, and artists Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, Edward Ruscha, Robert Graham, and Ed Moses.
Childers’s portrait of Hockney is an homage to a famous 1911 photograph by Jacques-Henri Lartigue of his brother Zissou floating in a pool. “I showed Lartigue’s photo to David, who thought it was interesting,” recalls Childers. “He agreed to pose in a small raft, even though he was wearing a $12,000 Savile Row linen suit.” Famed gallery owner Peter Fetterman called it the most iconic image of David Hockney ever taken.
The City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo Auction will feature photographs from many renowned commercial and fine art photographers, studio photographers and celebrity photographers. They include Jeff Bridges, Doug Kirkland, Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, George Hurrell, Leigh Weiner, Eli Reed, Anthony Friedkin, Julia Dean, Michael Semaan, Helen K. Garber, Ruven Afanador, Jenny Okun and Brian Leatart, among many others. High-profile Members of the American Society of Cinematographers such as Richard Crudo, Russell Carpenter, David Darby, James Chressanthis, and Charlie Lieberman have donated still photography from their gallery showings.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Delivers Monstrous Sound for “Hotel Transylvania 2”

Supervising Sound Editor Geoffrey G. Rubay reprises his role from the original animated feature.

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Sony Pictures Animation’s monster hit Hotel Transylvania 2, currently topping charts and setting records at the worldwide box office, marks the return of the Drac Pack in an all-new comedy adventure. Like its hit 2012 predecessor, the new film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky and features the voice talents of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, and many others.