Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2016 Golden Reel Nominations

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.

“This year’s Golden Reel nominees have produced an outstanding body of work encompassing motion pictures, television, documentaries, gaming and other mediums,” said MPSE president Frank Morrone. “Our members continue to impress with their ability to develop new techniques and find creative ways to employ sound as a means of enriching storytelling. We congratulate all of this year’s nominees for their achievements.”

The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 24 categories encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 63rd MPSE Golden Reel Awards will be held February 27, 2016 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles.

The SIM Group to Hold Annual Technology Showcase January 28th in Toronto

Highlights will include a Dolby Atmos demo from Tattersall Sound & Picture.

TORONTO— The SIM Group will host leading manufacturers of cameras, lenses, sound, grip and lighting, post production gear and workflow systems at the 11th Annual SIM Technology Showcase slated for January 28th in Toronto. The popular event provides members of the production and post-production communities with a unique opportunity to examine innovative new products, witness leading-edge technology demonstrations and find out from the experts how these new tools and workflows can benefit their businesses.

Arri, Fujinon, Sony, BandPro and Sennheiser are among the nearly two dozen manufacturers taking part. SIM Group divisions Tattersall Sound & Picture, PS Production Services, Bling Digital, SIM Digital and Pixel Underground will also host technology demonstrations.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sony Pictures Entertainment Names Randy Lake President, Studio Operations and Imageworks

CULVER CITY, CA – Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that Randy Lake has been appointed President, Studio Operations & Imageworks. Lake oversees all operations, strategy and planning for Sony Pictures Imageworks, Post Production Services, Production Services, Global Mastering and Servicing, and Asset Management.

He will continue to report jointly to Steve Mosko, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television and Tom Rothman, Chairman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. Lake was previously Executive Vice President, Studio Operations and General Manager, Imageworks.

“Randy is a skilled executive with a keen sense of strategy and clear vision for the future of the studio. He has proven his value to the company in a variety of roles over the years and we are delighted to acknowledge his contribution with this promotion,” said Mosko.

Randy Lake

Cameron Thomson Forges Global Commercial Partnership with WCPMedia Services

Swiss-based WCPMedia Services Collaborates with Cameron Thomson for Global Roll Out of its Media Content Platform

Toronto, Canada and Lugano, Switzerland –  WCPMedia Services, a leading provider of technology tools enabling studios, content owners and distributors, today announced that it has engaged Cameron Thomson Group Ltd., as its global commercial development partner. Under the arrangement, Cameron Thomson, the leading provider of business development solutions for the media and entertainment industries, will assist WCPMedia Services in expanding the company’s flagship content management solution across the global media marketplace. Cameron Thomson Group’s president Ronald Thomson will take an active role in WCPMedia Services as Managing Director of Global Business, in conjunction with his worldwide team.   

Ron Thomson
WCPMedia Services platform helps content owners from around the world assure the financial performance of their digital video assets over their lifecycle. Its sophisticated infrastructure is a business-to-business, many-to-many solution that allows content owners to manage their workflows as easily as e-banking. WCPMedia Services offers integrated and robust digital asset management with the most trusted and secure transcoding and fast file delivery technologies in the market. The platform empowers content owners with a cloud based environment for storing, distributing, screening and better monetizing rich media content.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Houdini Training at RSP

Kurt Debens, Benjamin Holen and Nick Beins Use UniSA/RSP Media Placement as a Springboard to Professional Careers
Adelaide, South Australia— Houdini, Side Effects’ 3D animation software, is a principal tool at Rising Sun Pictures and at other visual effects studios (VFX) worldwide engaged in feature film and high-end television VFX. The software is valued for the flexibility of its procedural design and robust capabilities in modeling, animation, character rigging and lighting.
In August 2015, Rising Sun Pictures partnered with the University of South Australia to create an opportunity for third-year students undertaking a Bachelor of Media Arts. Ten promising students spent ten weeks at RSP’s Adelaide facility, learning VFX in Houdini with artists Dan Wills and Thomas Cant, whose collective credits include such films as Gravity, The Hunger Games and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
“We wanted to help students build on skills they had learned at University, and provide them with intensive training offered in the context of a working visual effects studio,” says RSP’s Education and Training Manager, Kirsty Parkin. “Students are taught by experienced professionals and master skills they will need to land jobs in the industry and build productive careers.”
New to the staff at Rising Sun Pictures are (l to r) Kurt Debens, Ben Holen and Nick Beins.

Cartoni’s FOCUS HD Fluid Head Helps Cinematographer Danny Schmidt Capture Colombia’s Endangered Spider Monkey

North Hollywood, Calif.—When wildlife cinematographer Danny Schmidt plunged into Colombia’s remote Magdalena River Valley earlier this year to document the plight of the critically-endangered brown spider monkey in a project for National Geographic, his camera package included Cartoni’s FOCUS HD fluid head supplied by Manios Digital & Film. Small enough to fit snugly in Schmidt’s backpack, the head combines lightweight design with Cartoni’s patented counterbalance system and proven reliability.
“Working in the jungle, it’s important to have gear you trust will function time and time again,” Schmidt says, “even in gnarly conditions when you’re breaking it down and setting it up 20 times a day.”
Schmidt used FOCUS HD in tandem with Cartoni’s Stabilo tripod to support a Sony FS7 camera and an assortment of long lenses. “FOCUS has a 100mm ball head which translates into bigger payloads,” he explains. “That’s important to me as I work with a pretty big camera and bigger lenses. FOCUS provides the solid, smooth performance you’d expect from a bigger, more expensive head.”
Cartoni has just introduced four new additions to its FOCUS line—FOCUS 8, FOCUS 12, FOCUS 18 and FOCUS 22—designed for HDSLR, UHD, ENG, EFP and digital cinema cameras, among others.  Supporting packages from 0 – 22kg, they are aimed at independent producers, ENG operators and documentarians like Schmidt. “Cartoni gear allows me to move quickly and work quietly,” Schmidt notes. “I like that.”
Schmidt and camera operator Federico Pardo had just eight days to locate the rare albino spider monkeys (their albinism is a genetic abnormality cause by habitat degradation), record their story and capture the fragile environment in which they live. Their task was complicated by the sweltering jungle environment, omnivorous insects and the fact that just two of the monkeys were known to exist. “As luck would have it, we were able to film these incredible ghosts of the forest for several hours,” recalls Schmidt. “They ate, they wrestled, they stared down at us with big, curious eyes from the top of the canopy. It’s incredible to see these giant, white figures in treetops, flying through the branches with their prehensile tails.”

Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor Sam Raimi with Filmmaker Award

2016 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 27th

Studio City, California – January 19, 2016 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Sam Raimi with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of the blockbuster Spider-Man features and the low-budget horror classic The Evil Dead is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 27th in Los Angeles.

Citing the director’s innovative storytelling, the scope of his work and his passion for movies, MPSE President Frank Morrone says that Raimi embodies the spirit of filmmaking. “Sam Raimi has been the creative force behind some of the most popular, entertaining and scariest films of our time,” Morrone observes. “He has been a major influence on other filmmakers the world over. We are very pleased to honor his work and many contributions to the entertainment industry.”

Writer/director SAM RAIMI on the set of his return to the horror genre, an original tale of a young woman's desperate quest to break an evil curse--"Drag Me to Hell."

Monday, January 11, 2016

Student VFX Artists Get Live Critique at PauseFest “Battle of the Reels”

Event sponsored by Rising Sun Pictures, The Foundry and Tyroe will provide young artists with “insight into the minds of visual effects studios and recruiters.”
Adelaide, South AustraliaAspiring visual effects artists will have a unique opportunity to have their show reels critiqued by industry experts in an open  “Battle of the Reels” session held as part with next month’s PauseFest digital technology festival in Melbourne. Representatives from award-winning visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures, visual effects software developer The Foundry and artists talent agency Tyroe will screen reels submitted by student artists and offer live feedback on creativity, technique and professional merit.

Student artists wishing to participate in the event may submit reels of no more than 90 seconds into any of four categories: Compositing, Modeling, Lighting and Texturing. Student must use at least one product from The Foundry in each entry, and can submit entries via . A panel of judges will review the submissions and select a short list of reels for the live, free critique event at PauseFest. The live critique will be conducted by Rising Sun Pictures’ Marcus Wells and Kirsty Parkin, Tyroe’s Alwyn Hunt and Andrew McDonald, and The Foundry’s Mariana Acuna and Nicki Morris. The best reel in each of the four categories will be awarded a software prize from The Foundry.

Technicolor PostWorks Finishes a Dozen Films for Sundance

NEW YORK—New York’s leading provider of post-production services for independent film, Technicolor PostWorks New York assisted in the completion of a dozen films screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Projects included a mix of highly anticipated narrative films from both established filmmakers and emerging artists. Services ranged from dailies processing, offline systems rentals, editorial finishing and color grading to sound editorial and mixing. The Festival will be held January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance and Ogden, Utah.

“The approach of Sundance always marks an exciting and busy time at Technicolor PostWorks,” said COO Rob DeMartin. “This year, we look forward to the festival with special anticipation due to the number and quality of the films we helped to finish. We wish the best of luck to all participating filmmakers.”

Sundance films serviced by Technicolor PostWorks:

Christine (US Dramatic Competition/World Premiere) Director Antonio Campos’ story of a female TV news reporter in Sarasota, Florida.

Technicolor PostWorks provided color grading and deliverables; Sam Daley, Colorist; Tif Luckenbill, Online Editor.

Complete Unknown (Premieres/World Premiere) Director Joshua Marston’s story of a dinner party among old friends.

Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading, VFX and deliverables; Alex Bickel, Colorist; Zachary Gobetz, Online Editor; Sean Perry, Keith R. Jenson and Ryan McMahon, VFX Artists.

The Eyes of My Mother (Next/World Premiere) Director Nicolas Pesce’s story of a lonely young woman who is consumed by her darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life. 

Technicolor PostWorks provided color grading and deliverables; Sam Daley, Colorist. PostWorks provided sound mixing; Michael A H Kurihara, Re-recording Mixer.

The Brand Gallery Gives ANC Brand Makeover

Bold wordmark evokes the essence of a signage leader as it embraces new markets and new technologies.

Greenwich, CT—ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC a world leader in large screen, LED displays, is rolling out new branding this month, the fruits of its new creative partnership with boutique agency The Brand Gallery. The company’s new brand identity centers on a dynamic grey and red wordmark logo reflective of its evolution beyond the world of big time sports.

ANC, which was recently acquired by Learfield Sports, has created display systems for professional and collegiate sports stadiums around the country since 1997. It began working with The Brand Gallery in 2013 as the company began to enter new market verticals that required refreshed presentation materials. The Brand Gallery has produced award-winning branding, graphics design and other visual media for such companies as UNIVISION, Sinclair, Real Clear Politcs, ESPN, ION Television and The MLS

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Veteran Post-Production Exec Scot Evans Joins Technicolor PostWorks

Former GM of MPC, Mexico City, to lead outreach to global markets.

NEW YORK—TechnicolorPostWorks New York has appointed Scot Evans to the post of Executive Vice President of Business Development. Formerly Vice President/General Manager of MPC, Mexico City, Evans will direct sales, marketing and customer relations for the company throughout Latin America. He will seek to develop new business both among local feature film and television producers and among U.S. producers working in those markets.

Scot Evans
“Film and television production is increasingly a global business,” said Technicolor PostWorks COO Rob DeMartin. “Production in countries such as Mexico, Colombia and Argentina is growing rapidly. Yet they lack access to the high-end services and specialized talent to support long-form post-production. We see that as an excellent opportunity.”

“Scot Evans is the perfect candidate to introduce Technicolor PostWorks to Latin America,” DeMartin added. “He has worked in the market for many years and enjoys strong relationships with studios, broadcasters and producers across the region. We are very excited to have him as a part of our team.”

GPL Technologies Builds Flexible IT Infrastructure for Moonbot Studios

LOS ANGELES—Shreveport, Louisiana is the home to Moonbot Studios, a 6-old-year multimedia production studio with a knack for creating storytelling magic. Founded by filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs, the company won an Academy Award in 2012 for the whimsical animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Currently boasting a staff of 50 artists, producers and support personnel, Moonbot has also produced feature-quality animation for television, games, apps, branded entertainment and a myriad of other mediums. Along the way, it’s filled its trophy rack with four Emmys, 12 Clios, 14 Cannes Lions and five Webby Awards.

The company’s output covers a wide scope, but its work is unified by engaging, heartfelt storytelling and impeccable execution. “One week we may be working on a book and the next week on a film,” notes Brandon Oldenburg, Moonbot’s Chief Creative Officer. “Every project is different, but it all focuses on stories that appeal to the child inside us all.”