Wednesday, December 30, 2015

yU+co. Turns Downtown Los Angeles into a Mammoth Digital Playground for Grand Park and The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A.

In a first-of-its-kind immersive spectacle, dazzling digital imagery will appear to “bounce” between City Hall, the County Hall of Records and The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as Los Angeles counts down to 2016.

HOLLYWOOD—On New Year’s Eve, three iconic buildings in downtown Los Angeles will provide the canvas for a projection mapping display unlike anything seen before. Part of the 3rd annual Grand Park + Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A., the breathtaking spectacle of morphing light, color, shape and sound will envelop—and sometimes appear to travel between—the facades of City Hall, the County Hall of Records and The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and celebrate Los Angeles as it joins other cities around the globe in ringing in the New Year.  

Conceived by Garson Yu, creative director of the multi-media digital design studio yU+co., in tandem with The Music Center’s Grand Park team, the projection mapping display will be the first ever to join three towering structures with synchronized animation.  The more than 50,000 people expected to fill Grand Park, The Music Center Plaza and adjoining streets during the event will be fully immersed by the display with a theme of human connectivity and global celebration.

Concept art courtesy by yU+co

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Technicolor PostWorks Finishes Indie Crime Thriller “Dixieland”

Colorist Anthony Raffaele collaborates with Writer-Director Hank Bedford and Cinematographer Tobias Datum to capture the atmosphere of the Deep South.

NEW YORK— Post-production finishing for the new independent feature Dixieland was completed at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Colorist Anthony Raffaele worked with first-time Writer/Director Hank Bedford and Cinematographer Tobias Datum to finalize the look of the tense crime thriller set in modern day Mississippi. The facility also handled editorial conforming and visual effects. The film was released theatrically by IFC this month.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Supervising Sound Editor Richard King to Receive MPSE Career Achievement Award

2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 27th

Studio City, California –  The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor three-time Academy Award™-winning Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King with its 2016 MPSE Career Achievement Award.

King won Oscars for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for Inception (2011), The Dark Knight (2009) and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004), and has two additional nominations (Interstellar, War of the Worlds). He has collaborated with such directors as Nicolas Roeg, M. Night Shyamalan, Robert Altman, Paul Thomas Anderson, William Friedkin, Peter Weir, Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan. His most recent project is Suicide Squad.

“Richard has enriched some of the best and most successful films of recent decades with soundtracks noteworthy for their imaginative design and spotless execution,” said MPSE President Frank Morrone. “We are very pleased to honor his creativity, dedication to elevating the craft of sound.” The Career Achievement Award will be presented as part of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards, February 27th, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Richard King

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Society of Camera Operators Announces 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Governor’s and Service awards go to Bruce Doering and Steven Manios Sr.
Los Angeles — The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) today announces recipients of its 2016 Governor’s and Service Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Bruce Doering, retiring National Executive Director of the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600), will receive the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedicated, consistent and enlightened leadership in the entertainment industry.
Steven Manios Sr., former president of Century Precision Optics, will receive the Service Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in camera optics.

Bruce Doering (left), Steven Manios Sr.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Award-winning Re-Recording Mixers Michael and Christian Minkler Join Sony Pictures Post Production Services

Three-time Academy Award-winner Michael Minkler and son Christian Collaborate on the soundtrack to “Concussion.”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Father and son re-recording mixers Michael and Christian Minkler have joined the growing roster of sound talent at Sony Pictures Post Production Services. The Minklers, who mixed the current Columbia Pictures release Concussion in Sony Pictures’ Burt Lancaster Theatre, have been working at the studio since last year, but are now on a formal basis. The pair previously mixed Insurgent on the Sony lot and are currently collaborating on The Hateful Eight.

“The name Minkler is synonymous with excellence in sound,” says Sony Pictures Post Production Services’ Tom McCarthy. “We are thrilled to welcome these two exceptional artists to the Sony Pictures family and look forward to working with them on many memorable and inspiring projects.”

Michael and Christian Minkler

Friday, December 11, 2015

“The Comments,” Insider Satire About Online Shaming in Hollywood, Premieres on YouTube

Comedy short marks the directorial debut of writing duo The Kehoe Brothers.


LOS ANGELES—THE COMMENTS, a cunning satire of today’s Hollywood, where big screen success is often accompanied by online back-stabbing, debuts today on  YouTube. THE COMMENTS skewers the curiously modern phenomenon of online shaming as it plays out through the comments sections of media websites.
The comedy short stars Paul Scheer (THE LEAGUE, DADDY'S HOME), Kristen Schaal (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) and Ken Marino (WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, BURNING LOVE). It also features a host of other stars, including Milo Ventimiglia (HEROES, THAT'S MY BOY), Beverly D'Angelo (VACATION), Natasha Leggero (ANOTHER PERIOD, LET’S BE COPS), Bobby Lee (MADTV), Charlie Saxton (HUNG, COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE) and Theo Von (NO OFFENSE).

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

MPSE Elects Sony Pictures Studios’ Tom McCarthy as President

Studio City, California – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) have elected Tom McCarthy as President. McCarthy is an Academy Award- and BAFTA Award-winning Sound Supervisor and longtime industry executive. He currently serves as Executive Vice President Post Production Facilities at Sony Pictures Studios. He succeeds Frank Morrone.
Supervising Sound Editor Glenn T. Morgan was elected Secretary. He succeeds Chris Reeves. McCarthy and Morgan join continuing officers Mark Lanza, Vice President; Paul Rodriguez, Treasurer and Jeremy J. Gordon, Sergeant at Arms.

McCarthy describes his new role with MPSE as an opportunity to give back to an industry that he has worked in for nearly four decades. “I want to encourage more members to become involved in MPSE activities, including running for board positions,” he said. “I will also work to increase recognition for the art of entertainment sound, and the contributions sound editors make to motion pictures, television, games and other media.”

PostFactoryNY Hosts Post-Production of Acclaimed Film “Spotlight,” In Theaters Now

NEW YORK—Spotlight, director Tom McCarthy’s powerful, new drama, tells the true story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of child molestation by Catholic priests and the subsequent cover-up by the local archdiocese. The film, released by Open Road Films, was edited by Tom McArdle in his fifth collaboration with McCarthy, dating back to 2003 and The Station Agent, the director’s feature debut.

Directed by Tom McCarthy and co-written by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup.  Spotlight was produced by Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust.


Sony Pictures Creates 4K Restoration of Rita Hayworth Musical “Cover Girl”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.— Sony Pictures Entertainment recently completed an all-new 4K restoration of Cover Girl, director Charles Vidor’s 1944 Technicolor musical that marked one of the first starring roles for Rita Hayworth. The new restoration, completed under the supervision of Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures EVP Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, recently premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in New York’s just-concluded 13th International Festival of film preservation, To Preserve and Project.

Cover Girl, in which Hayworth plays a chorus girl who’s given a chance for stardom, was conceived as a showcase for Columbia Pictures’ fast rising star. With terrific songs from Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin, including the Oscar-nominated “Long Ago and Far Away”, the film also won an Oscar for the musical score by Carmen Dragon and Morris Stoloff. It is also notable as the first film where co-star Gene Kelly was given an opportunity to choreograph his own dance numbers (working with his longtime partner Stanley Donen).
“While Rita is the star, I really think of this as a Gene Kelly film,” observes Crisp.  “He was on loan from another studio and was given much more freedom to invent on this film that he was accustomed to.   You can see in the dance numbers what could be called the genesis of his later mature work in films like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris.   The Alter Ego number, for example, where he dances with his mirror image, is both a technical and a choreographic success.”

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

AKA NYC Unveils New Creative Headquarters at The Plant

Landmark structure that once hosted recording sessions for John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen provides a new creative space for award-winning entertainment marketing agency.

NEW YORK—Seeking more physical space as well as a more stimulating environment for clients and staff, entertainment marketing agency AKA NYC has relocated to the historic Manhattan office structure where John Lennon recorded “Imagine.” The agency, which creates integrated advertising and marketing campaigns for such Broadway hits as Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hand To God now occupies a single floor of The Plant, a newly refurbished commercial building near Times Square that has become a magnet for creative companies in advertising, music and design.

Designed by DHD Architecture and Design, AKA NYC’s new headquarters features a modern, open floor plan with a dynamic, industrial aesthetic, high ceilings and abundant light. Its aim is to encourage greater interaction and collaboration between staff and provide an inviting environment for clients, most of whom are located in the surrounding Theater District.

VFX Producer Andrea D’Amico Joins FuseFX

BURBANK— Award-winning visual effects studio FuseFX has brought on veteran VFX Producer Andrea D’Amico. D’Amico arrives with more than 25 years of experience in visual effects, including tenures at Eden FX, Digital Domain, RIOT, P.O.P. and CIS Hollywood. Most recently, she served as VFX Producer at MPC Montreal, on Fox’s Victor Frankenstein.

At FuseFX, D’Amico joins the visual effects team on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. FuseFX has received two Emmy nominations and three VES  Award nominations for its work on the show. “Andrea brings deep experience, savvy and a passion for visual effects,” said FuseFX President David Altenau. “We’re very pleased to welcome a pro of her caliber to our team and expect to make full use of her talents.”

Andrea D'Amico

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ithaca College Chooses Cartoni Camera Support for HD Production Facilities

Highly regarded broadcast program is using Cartoni pedestals and camera heads to support new Ikegami cameras and CueScript prompters.
North Hollywood, Calif.— Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications recently selected Cartoni camera support products from Manios Digital & Film as part of a general upgrade of its studio production facilities. A total of six Cartoni P90 studio pedestals, and Omega fluid heads are part of an all-new camera package that also includes ten HD Ikegami cameras and six state-of-the-art CueScript teleprompters. The school also purchased four Gamma fluid heads for its mobile production unit. The new gear will be used for both classroom instruction and student production activity, including ICTV, the school’s award-winning, student-run television operation.