Monday, November 23, 2015

GPL Technologies Demonstrates NVIDIA Virtualization and Visualization Technology at Autodesk University

LOS ANGELES—GPL Technologies will demonstrate new solutions for virtualization and visualization using the latest graphics acceleration technology from NVIDIA at Autodesk University next month in Las Vegas. The event will include a special live remote demonstration using NVIDIA® GRIDTM technology, Quadro® professional GPUs and the Quadro Visual Computing Appliance (VCA).

NVIDIA GRID and Quadro technologies have drawn keen interest from visual effects artists, video editors, graphics designers and other graphics-intensive users for their ability to speed rendering and facilitate the use of virtual desktop infrastructures.
“These new graphics tools offer a big boost in performance, especially for virtualized desktops,” says GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. “We are very excited about their potential to enhance creative collaboration and productivity. These tools have the potential to change the way artists work together.”


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Seal a Deal to Educate Tomorrow’s VFX Gurus

Adelaide, South Australia—Adelaide’s own Hollywood success story, Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), and the University of South Australia have forged a unique strategic partnership designed to keep the Australian visual effects industry growing strong.
Rising Sun Pictures’ Managing Director and Co-Founder, Wayne Lewis, says the new association will provide undergraduate student placements and mentoring opportunities with the award-winning visual effects production company, as well as a co-delivered Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects.
Founded in 1995, RSP is a great South Australian success story - a “can-do” group of professionals who have gone on to build a company providing visual effects for blockbuster franchises such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X-Men and The Hunger Games.
Wayne Lewis
“With its focus on quality, industry-based learning with real employment outcomes, a partnership with UniSA is a natural fit for us,” Lewis says.
“The new Graduate Certificate in Visual Effects is an intensive 12-week program teaching students vital skills in visual effects (VFX) production and preparing them for careers in the entertainment industry.
“Students of the program will gain insights into the VFX industry like no other and graduate with the extra skills to take them into careers here at RSP and at other effects facilities around the world.”

SIM Digital Hosts Demo of Panasonic VariCam 35

Cinematographer Theo van de Sande, ASC shares his experience in using the 4K “Ultra HD” camera on “Cheerleader Death Squad.”

TORONTO—Members of Toronto’s motion picture and television production community got a first-hand look at Panasonic’s new 4K “Ultra HD” digital cinema camera, the VariCam 35, in a special technology demonstration hosted by SIM Digital.

Award-winning cinematographer Theo van de Sande, ASC (Blade, Deliverance Creek) discussed his experience in using the new camera to shoot CW’s Cheerleader Death Squad, with cameras supplied by SIM Digital, as well as television projects for Amazon and CBS. He also conducted a live demonstration using the VariCam 35 in tandem with a Codex V-RAW Recorder to record raw 4K camera data. Immediate playback was accomplished via a Panasonic 4K projector and monitor.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Peter Dietrich Takes Pizzeti to Court In New Spot

Pizzeti vs. The International Snack Committee in the hilarious case of the honest snack.
LOS ANGELES— A flawlessly attired businessman confronts an “international snack committee” over the contents of a snack food in a new spot for international food brand Chipita directed by Peter Dietrich. The smiling don confidently assures the committee chairman that his self-named product, Pizzeti, does indeed include real tomatoes and cheese, and ominously adds that the last man who questioned his integrity is “now learning to hit a hammer with his other hand.”

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Accomplice Media Signs Directing Team Finback

Sundance Institute Grant Recipients gain national representation for advertising projects.

Los Angeles—The filmmaking trio Finback, known for their work in documentaries, commercials and branded content, has joined Accomplice Media for exclusive representation for advertising. Comprised of directors Kahlil Hudson, Alex Jablonski and Tyler Hughen, Finback has created work for such brands at RAM Trucks and outdoor clothing maker Filson. Their work is rooted in realistic, emotionally-driven storytelling.

“These guys are next generation documentary filmmakers who transport us into the lives of others in a way that is visually stunning,” says Accomplice Media Executive Producer Jeff Snyder.  “The images are aspirational while the moments and people are truly authentic.”

“Aside from great photography, what first struck me about Finback’s work was their ability to create a safe and comfortable place for their subjects to inhabit, allowing them to be natural, relaxed and honest in front of the camera, “ says Executive Producer Mel Gragido.

Finback: Kahlil Hudson, Alex Jablonski and Tyler Hughen

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tattersall Turns Edit Suite into a “Virtual Mix Stage” for Second Installment Of Multi-Award Winning Limited Series Fargo

TORONTO—Tattersall Sound and Picture is currently providing final sound mixing services for the second installment of the critically acclaimed limited series Fargo, and the Toronto studio has come up with a unique way for the show’s Los Angeles-based producers to monitor the work.

Using a blend of proprietary and off the shelf technology, Tattersall engineers have turned one of the Los Angeles editing suites used by the show’s picture editors into a virtual mixing suite. The edit suite is linked to Tattersall’s mix stage and tuned to its acoustic signature so that producers there hear precisely the same sound as the mixers in Toronto.

Remote monitoring of mix sessions is a common practice, but it typically involves the linkage of two mixing facilities via expensive ISDN lines. For Fargo producers, that would mean leaving their production offices and booking time at a third-party sound facility. “We looked for a method of making mix playbacks as painless as possible for the producers to attend,” explains Tattersall Sound Chief Engineer Ed Segeren. “We discussed the idea of building a virtual mix stage with the producers, and they were very enthusiastic about the approach. They recognized the benefit of not being at the mercy of another facility’s schedule or sonics.”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Technicolor PostWorks Returns to DOC NYC as Signature Sponsor; Preps Five Films for Premieres

The company will co-host a panel discussion on emerging post-production workflows and formats.

NEW YORK—Technicolor PostWorks New York continues its long-standing association with DOC NYC as a Signature Sponsor of the documentary film festival happening this month in New York. Ben Murray, the facility’s Vice President/Creative Services, and Joe Beirne, its Chief Technology Officer, will co-host a panel aimed at first-time filmmakers entitled “Post-Production Secrets.” Additionally, Technicolor PostWorks provided post-production services for five films screening at the festival.

“We are delighted to continue our support for DOC NYC and its mission of bringing the finest new documentary films to New York,” said COO Rob DeMartin. “This year, we worked with a number of very talented filmmakers whose work will be making their premieres. We are expecting another fantastic festival.”

The “Post-Production Secrets” seminar is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Murray and Beirne will be joined by documentarians Laura Israel (Windfall, Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC 2010) and Melinda Shopsin (The House I Live In, Grand Jury Prize 2012) for an insightful discussion of new approaches to editorial, color, sound design and final delivery, and new camera formats, including 4K and Ultra HD.


DOC NYC premiers finished at Technicolor PostWorks include:

Left on Purpose, an NYC premiere, is Justin Schein’s riveting portrait of antiwar activist Mayer Vishner. Technicolor PostWorks provided color grading, sound and deliverables; David Francis, colorist; Christopher Koch, re-recording mixer.



Adelaide, South Australia— Digital artists will learn how to create realistic explosions, smoke, fire and other dynamic visual effects though a new training class from Rising Sun Pictures. Introduction to Dynamic Effects for Feature Film Using Houdini will introduce students to a software program that has become a standard tool in feature film and high-end television production, especially for working with complex particle systems. The course will be taught by visual effects artist Thomas Cant whose many credits include X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Developed by Side Effects, Houdini is a powerful 3D animation platform with a procedural, node-based workflow. Artists proficient in its use are in high demand worldwide. In the latest offering from RSP’s highly-regarded training program, Thomas Cant teaches students the basics of working with this highly flexible program in a simulated production environment. By the end of the course, students will have created their own realistic dynamic effects. 3D assets will be provided by RSP.


Ross Ching Takes Kids on a Magical Journey for French Brand Domyos

LOS ANGELES—A group of energetic kids discover that a yellow bus is not the fastest nor the most fun way to get to school in a new sport for fitness company Domyos directed by Ross Ching.
In a spot produced for the Paris office of Fred & Fardid, school kids hide from their bus driver when he arrives to pick them up in the morning. Instead, they take off under their own power, bounding over walls, doing cartwheels on rooftops and leaping over guardrails, arriving at school just ahead of the driver and the empty bus.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Manios Digital & Film Lends Support to Indie Comedy “Holiday Breakup”

Cinematographer Carmen Cabana uses Cartoni tripod with Black Magic Cinema Camera.
North Hollywood, Calif.—Cinematographer Carmen Cabana relied on camera support products from Manios Digital and Film while shooting on location for the new romantic comedy Holiday Breakup. Cabana employed a Cartoni Laser head and tripod system, along with a Vocas handheld rig to support the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that she used to capture principal photography.
Holiday Breakup was written by Temple Mathews, known for his work on such Disney animated features as Return to Never Land and Little Mermaid 2. Mathews also makes his directorial debut. The movie stars Manon Mathews, Shawn Roe and Katie LeClerc in the story of a couple who attempt to hide their breakup from family members during the holidays. “The film was very well written, which made the shoot very easy,” says Cabana. “Temple had a clear vision, his actors had great chemistry and the production was a delight.”

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AKA NYC “Matilda” Campaign Honored Davey Awards

Entertainment advertising agency’s television spot “When I Grow Up” honored.

NEW YORK—AKA NYC’s exuberant television campaign for MATILDA THE MUSICAL translated into a big night at the 2015 International Davey Awards.

The entertainment marketing and advertising agency captured Silver Daveys for Art Direction, Editing and Music for its spot “When I Grow Up.” The annual International Davey Awards is the premier awards competition honoring the creative achievements of smaller advertising agencies. The spot was directed by AKA NYC’s in-house team Jamaal+Bashan.


Monday, November 2, 2015

AKA Gives San Francisco’s Curran a Brand Makeover

Entertainment advertising agency creates a new identity for the venerable theater; enlists celebrated artist Aaron De La Cruz in campaign for “Curran: Under Construction” fest.

NEW YORK—Even as it undergoes a multi-million dollar physical renovation, San Francisco’s landmark Curran is refreshing its brand with help from AKA. The entertainment advertising and marketing agency has developed an eye-catching campaign promoting Curran: Under Construction, a festival of non-traditional events held in a restricted portion of the theater unaffected by construction activity. The festival and the supporting marketing campaign are part of a broader effort to create a bold, new identity for the theatre—which hosts Broadway shows and other live events—in tune with evolving theater demographics and audience tastes.