Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Director Jean-Paul Frenay Joins Accomplice Media

Los Angeles—Belgian-born director, creative director and visual artist Jean-Paul Frenay has joined Accomplice Media for U.S. advertising projects. Frenay’s eclectic output encompasses commercials, music videos, short films, live visual installations and photography.  This includes award-winning work for such brands as Toyota, VW and CPH Bank.

Frenay’s short film You Are the Canvas was a finalist in the Title Design competition at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. His most recent commercial project, a campaign for Lincoln and New York agency Hudson Rouge, showcases his mastery of storytelling and visual effects as a woman dances on the walls and ceiling of an elegant drawing room. He also directed a magical spot for Nissan and Digitas LBi Paris in which a Leaf “dreams” of traveling country roads while “sleeping” in a suburban garage.

Killer Tracks Launches BLOCK and Sound Pocket Labels in the U.S.

New urban, hip hop and cinematic music from emerging UK artists.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks, one of the world’s leading producers of pre-cleared production music, is introducing two new labels to the U.S. production market featuring the work of some of the best up-and-coming music talent from the UK and beyond.

BLOCK, created in partnership with renowned urban and hip-hop management firm London Boy Entertainment and launched in the UK by Universal Publishing Production Music, draws on the urban scenes in England and the United States to produce hip-hop flavored tracks crafted for television, film, radio and advertising. The label’s initial plans are for a series of releases featuring work from artists on the LBE roster including Tiago, Alan Sampson, ADB and Charles Drew.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WCP Media Services Helps Rome’s Cinecittà Studios Deliver Fellini Film Via the Cloud

2TB of digital files sent securely and effortlessly from Rome to Paris.

LUGANO, Switzerland— Cinecittà Studios recently used WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based digital asset management platform WCPApp to send high resolution scans of Federico Fellini’s 1985 comic masterpiece Ginger and Fred to Paris as part of a new remastering project.

More than 2TB of 2K DPX files were sent from Cinecittà’s facility in Rome to TF1 in Paris. Cinecittà performed a new scan of the original 35mm negative from Fellini’s film to create the DPX files. The files were used to produce a new 2K master at Transatlantic Video, Paris.
Fabio Filoni, Head of Digital Services at Cinecittà Digital Factory says that WCPApp saved considerable time and costs in the re-mastering process. “The secure, controlled and fast delivery of seven reels of scanned media was completed entirely with WCPApp,” Filoni says. “No hard-drives or tapes were involved...only digital files over the web.”

WCPApp includes such features as secure storage and asset management, automatic transcoding, post production processing, fast media file delivery, archiving, virtual screening room and cloud sharing.

Technicolor PostWorks Adding 50,000+ Square Feet of Editing Space

New Midtown facility will include 120+ editing rooms.  

NEW YORK— Technicolor PostWorks has agreed to lease 50,000-plus square feet at 1411 Broadway, a 40-story tower in central Manhattan. The lease term extends beyond 2026.

The new facility, set to open early this summer, will house 120-plus editing rooms available to film and television productions for rental on long- or short-term bases. Technicolor PostWorks will provide editing systems and related technology, as well as on-site support and engineering. The facility will be directly linked with the company’s existing downtown finishing and sound facility network.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cortex Debuts IMF Support, Dead Pixel Detection/Correction, Dolby Vision Support, UpRes to 4K, Edit Tool

Dailies solution now goes BEYOND dailies with many new features for media management from production through post. 

HOLLYWOOD—At NAB 2016, MTI Film will launch the latest version of its groundbreaking dailies and media management software Cortex with new features for IMF deliveries, dead pixel correction, Dolby Vision, 4K up-resing and editing, as well as many UI improvements. Originally conceived as a streamlined dailies processing application, Cortex has developed into an end-to-end solution for managing media from the set through delivery.

“Cortex goes beyond other media management and transcoding solutions,” says MTI Film Director of Development Randy Reck. “The new features for 2016 deliver a complete post production package.  Over the last five years, our customers have relied on Cortex for thousands of hours of productivity.  We're proud to provide them with new features that enable them to service their clients more completely in a single application.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pixel Underground Applies Creative Touch to AHC Documentary “Justice for MLK”

Facility’s graphics teams produces intricately animated graphics to help illustrate the story of the King assassination as part of a complete package of post services.

TORONTO—Final post production for Justice for MLK: The Hunt for James Earl Ray, a two-hour documentary that premiered recently on the American Heroes Channel, was completed at Pixel Underground, a SIM Group company. The facility handled online, final color grading and deliverables. It also provided graphics services, creating the main title as well as dozens of artfully animated elements that appear throughout the show.

Produced by Cream Productions in association with Absinthe Film Entertainment, Justice for MLK centers on the final days of Martin Luther King’s life and the tense, 65-day manhunt that led to the capture of his killer. Directed by Michael DeCarlo, the documentary is composed of archival footage, interviews with people familiar with King, Ray and the police investigation, and historical reenactments.

Monday, March 21, 2016

dick clark productions Screening Room adds 4K Digital Cinema gear, partners with Riverbed Post to offer high-end post-production and screening services.

SANTA MONICA, Calif—dick clark productions Screening Room (DCPSR) and Riverbed Post are now co-located to jointly provide a wide range of services for feature film post-production and presentation. DCPSR contributes its ultra well-appointed 21-seat theater and associated rooms at Lantana, as well as it’s just installed Christie CP-4220 4K Digital Cinema projector and other 4K upgrades. Riverbed’s Chris F. Woods manages dailies processing, VFX, title design and production, color-grading, and mastering with his state of the art finishing hardware and software.

Describing the collaboration as “high-end digital cinema screening room meets state-of-the-art digital cinema post production,” the two companies will continue to deliver studio-caliber services at independent film rates and now have the added capabilities for 4K digital cinema post-production and theatrical presentation.

Stray Angel Films Adds Cartoni Focus 12 to Rental Inventory

Lightweight fluid head is included in Canon C300 and Sony FS7 camera packages.
North Hollywood, Calif.—March 21, 2016— Stray Angel Films, a Los Angeles-based digital motion picture rental, production and production services company, has purchased six Cartoni Focus 12 fluid heads and tripods from Manios Digital & Film. The company has added the fluid heads to its rental inventory and is including them in packages for mid-sized cameras.
Stray Angel serves a diverse clientele ranging from large film and television studio operations to independent producers creating content for the web. It was seeking a new support system to package with popular mid-sized cameras such as the Canon C300 and Sony FS7. “We wanted a versatile support system that was rugged but lightweight,” said COO Josh Burrows. “The Focus 12 was the perfect fit. It’s solidly built and has great features including a sliding top plate and the popular Euro quick release plate. It’s also very light, which makes it attractive to crew working busy production schedules.”

Thursday, March 17, 2016

FuseFX Goes to War

Burbank-based visual effects studio helps to recreate colonial American for AMC’s “TURN: Washington’s Spies.”

BURBANK—AMC’s critically acclaimed Revolutionary War drama TURN: Washington’s Spies transports viewers back to the cities, villages, plantations and battlefields of colonial America. Ensuring that all those locations, their buildings and geographic features are historically accurate, that the ships, flags and musket shots are correctly represented, is the result of careful research and clever work on the part of the show’s production team and visual effects artists from FuseFX.

Having just completed production of its third season, TURN was developed by Craig Silverstein, is executive produced by Silverstein, Barry Josephson and Michael Taylor, and is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring. It centers on an unlikely group of espionage agents based in the small town of Setauket, New York, who help turn the tide of the war.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIT Services Firm Kiwii Digital Solutions Employs WCPApp to Deliver Dailies Worldwide

Cloud-based media management platform used to deliver dailies during production of new Disney film “TINI.”

Lugano, Switzerland Italian/UK digital media workflow specialist Kiwii Digital Solutions recently used WCPMedia Services’ WCPApp to manage dailies during the production of the new movie TINI: The Big Change in Violetta. The cloud-based platform made it possible to deliver dailies and other media from the film’s set in Italy to its editorial team in Spain virtually instantaneously, saving significant time and costs.

Directed by Juan Pablo Buscarini, TINI is based on the popular Disney Channel series Violetta that airs across South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is slated for international release in May.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Roundabout Entertainment Provides Sound Services for SXSW Short “SETH”

BURBANK— Roundabout Entertainment provided sound design, sound mixing and DCP services for SETH, director Zach Lasry’s short film screening at this month’s SXSW Film Festival. Lorenzo Gutierrez was the sound designer and re-recording mixer for the dark comedy about a man’s desperate attempt to impress his father. SETH will screen as part of SXSW’s Midnight Shorts Competition.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Top UK Colorist Adam Inglis Launches U.S. Career through Post Factory NY

Grades indie films “Little Men” and “Breakable You.”

New York City—British colorist Adam Inglis, whose credits include such features as Far From the Madding Crowd, Mr. Turner and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as well as the television mini-series Wolf Hall, has allied with Post FactoryNY, a SIM Group company, for U.S.-based feature and television projects. He has already completed two projects through Post FactoryNY, performing final grading for the independent films Little Men and Breakable You.

Adam Inglis
“We are thrilled to be working with Adam. His undeniable talent, extraordinary eye and deep appreciation for filmmaking is a perfect match for Post FactoryNY’s culture of excellence through creative collaboration and partnerships with our clients,” said Alex Halpern, Founder of Post FactoryNY. “As we continue to grow our company, we look forward to developing a team that can work with our clients anywhere in the world.”

Based in London, Inglis has worked throughout Europe but this is his first foray into the U.S. market. “New York is quite an exciting place to work at the moment; it’s experiencing a boom,” Inglis says. “Post FactoryNY is the perfect place for me to get started in the U.S. It’s well situated, has great gear and an excellent support staff, and a long tradition of serving the film community.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ShotOnWhat? Becomes Production Industry’s Go-To Site for Tech Data

Production database is building a growing legion of pro and non-pro fans eager for details about the gear used to make movies and TV shows.

Los Angeles—Motion picture and television professionals hungry to know what gear was used to shoot the latest Star Wars epic or Netflix’s hottest new show are quickly turning ShotOnWhat? into one of the production industry’s most popular destinations on the web. The production and post production database site, which includes detailed information on everything from the camera lenses to the sound equipment to the visual effects software used to produce particular movies and TV shows, has pushed past 100,000 page views per month. And site founder James LaViola predicts that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“The response from the professional community has been overwhelming,” LaViola says. “If you want to know the names of the stars and crews of a movie, you can look that up on other major movie websites. But if you want to know what cameras, lenses and other gear were used to make that movie, you go to ShotOnWhat? For cinematographers, editors, colorists and other pros, technical details related to production and post production are very important. We’ve built a database where all that information is freely and easily accessible.”

New IT Staffing Agency Breed Connects Entertainment Industry Companies with Tech Talent

LOS ANGELES—Breed, a technical staffing agency focused on recruiting tech talent for careers in the entertainment industry, has launched in Los Angeles. A division of IT specialist GPL Technologies, Breed connects motion picture studios, gaming companies, visual effects houses, post-production facilities and other creative service providers with the industry’s best engineers, IT and pipeline specialists, and programmers.

Engineers and IT specialists fill critical roles in the entertainment industry, but many companies lack the resources to conduct an effective search for technical talent and may not have the expertise to evaluate the qualifications of job candidates. Traditional recruitment agencies, even those specializing in technical employment, lack insight into the specialized needs and work environments of production companies, visual effects houses and post production facilities. GPL Technologies, which has been providing engineering design, systems integration and support services to media companies for more than a decade, formed Breed to bridge the gap.

Veteran Post Industry Exec Reid Burns Joins Cognition

HOLLYWOOD—Hybrid post production facility Cognition has appointed Reid Burns as President of Post Production. With experience in executive, creative and operational roles, and a track record for spurring growth, Burns will seek to build relationships with studios, independent producers, filmmakers and the broader production community. His initial focus will be on growing the company’s digital intermediate finishing and color grading business.

Burns’ background includes senior positions with Reliance MediaWorks and Fotokem. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Mexico City post house Labodigital. “Reid’s hire represents the whole company philosophy and guiding values: first-rate technical proficiency and deep knowledge of the industry,” said CEO Brian Pope. “Equally if not more important, he is a terrific human being who gets that technology goes hand in hand with art and soul—otherwise it’s all just so much mush.”

Reid Burns
Launched last fall, Cognition is pioneering a new model for film and television that transcends traditional boundaries separating development, production and post. It is nearing completion of a multi-million dollar expansion of its creative campus in Hollywood that will include the addition of two 4K digital cinema finishing theaters, a scalable visual effects pipeline, creative office space and an emerging technologies research facility.

Burns says that the flexibility of Cognition’s approach and workflow will have a great deal of appeal for studios and producers seeking more creative and efficient ways to finish all types of projects. “While production occurs all over the globe, many executives prefer to finish their projects close to home,” he says. “Episodic television production is also on the rise in the Los Angeles area. We expect to benefit from both trends by offering top talent, cutting edge technology, efficient operations and competitive rates.”

Graeme Parcher Joins SIM Digital, Los Angeles, as General Manager

LOS ANGELES— The SIM Group has appointed former Kodak executive Graeme Parcher as General Manager of the Los Angeles office of its SIM Digital division, a supplier of camera systems and related gear to motion picture and television productions. Parcher will oversee operations; manage relations with studios, independent producers and other key clients; and develop strategies for growth.

“Graeme is a talented and creative executive with strong ties to the production community in Southern California and beyond,” said SIM Group James Martin. “His appointment is part of our commitment to expand our share of the production rental market in Los Angeles.”

Graeme Parcher