Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Post Production Exec David Feldman Joins Post FactoryNY

Los Angeles — Post Factory​NY​, a SIM Group company, has appointed David Feldman as Senior Vice President for Features and Television as part of the facility’s ongoing effort to broaden and enhance its service offering. Feldman, previously Director of Feature Sales for Company 3 and Deluxe, New York, will lead sales and customer relations for newly­-expanded features and TV finishing services at Post Factory​NY. He will also liaise with other SIM Group companies to provide film and television producers with packaged services covering multiple aspects of production and post.

David Feldman
“Post Factory​NY is transforming from a local hospitality business to a world-class finishing facility,” said Alex Halpern, the company’s founder. “We’re expanding our menu of services and the pedigree of our staff to provide filmmakers the tools and support they need to realize their visions. Whatever medium, genre, or location filmmakers choose to give life to their stories, we will support them with the most complete toolset possible.”

Monday, July 25, 2016

FuseFX Continues to Grow Vancouver Operation; Adds Senior VFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier, Compositing Supervisor Maya Roza

LOS ANGELES—Senior VFX Supervisor Shawn Hillier has joined the creative team at the Vancouver office of FuseFX. Hillier arrives following a 15-year stint at Industrial Light & Magic, where he contributed to such blockbusters as Jurassic World, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, Transformers, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and all three titles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. In his new role, he will supervise visual effects production for television projects including the Syfy series The Magicians and Dark Matter.

“Shawn brings illustrious credentials, proven leadership skills and great respect throughout the visual effects community,” said FuseFX Founder and President David Altenau. “We are extremely pleased to welcome an artist of his caliber to our Vancouver crew.”

Shawn Hillier
Hillier joined ILM in San Francisco as a Sequence Supervisor in 2001. Beginning in 2008, he spent part of his time each year training artists at ILM’s Singapore. He joined that office on a fulltime basis in 2012 as CG Supervisor, setting up the compositing pipeline for the Digital Feature group, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. A native of Quebec, Hillier began his career with Dome Productions, Toronto. His background also includes posts with Canadian VFX shops DKP Effects, Hybride and Meteor Studios.

Rising Sun Pictures Delivers VFX for “Game of Thrones” Finale

The Fire Next Time
Adelaide, South Australia— For the finale of season six of HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones¸ Rising Sun Pictures faced a formidable challenge: replicate the sprawling city of King’s Landing and its central shrine, the Great Sept of Baelor, and then burn them to the ground in a magical, green-hued inferno.

New to the Game of Thrones production team, RSP created visual effects for several episodes of the show’s recently-concluded season. Most of the work centered on King’s Landing and the Sept as artists produced photo-realistic CG environments, set extensions and architectural enhancements that were blended with location footage to create the luxurious, walled city overlooking the sea.

Technicolor PostWorks Supports Seven Emmy Nominated Productions

NEW YORK— Technicolor PostWorks provided post-production services for seven television programs that received nominations in the 68th Emmy Awards. They include the scripted series The Affair, The Americans, Master of None, Mozart in the Jungle and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the documentary mini-series Jackie Robinson and the documentary series Vice.

“Technicolor PostWorks is very proud to be associated with such excellent shows, and we congratulate them on their continued success,” said COO Rob DeMartin. “We extend our best wishes to all the nominees.”
The 68th Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 18th on ABC.

Nominees include:

Alchemy Post Sound Garners Two Emmy Nominations

Award nominations come for A&E’s “Cartel Land” and Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.”

NEW YORK—Alchemy Post Sound co-founder, Foley artist Leslie Bloome has received two nominations 68th Emmy® Awards.

Bloome was nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program for the A&E documentary Cartel Land. Alchemy Post Sound Foley Mixer Ryan Collison and Foley Artist Jonathan Fang, were also named in the nomination, as were Sound FX Editor Mark Filip, Dialogue Editor Billy Orrico and Sound Designer Sean Garnhart.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Common Thread’s Peter Dietrich Creates a “Frighteningly Big” Sea Epic for Molto

LOS ANGELES— Sailors manning an ocean liner panic when they find themselves steaming toward an object of “titanic” proportions in a clever new spot directed by Peter Dietrich for Chapita’s Molto croissants.

In a scene reminiscent of a blockbuster movie, the ship’s crew work frenetically to keep the vessel from colliding with a mammoth object looming before them in the frigid Atlantic. At the end of the spot, a panoramic image reveals that the menace in the water is not a big chunk of ice, but rather a floating pastry of epic proportions. The tagline proclaims Molto’s croissants, “frighteningly big.” The ad was produced by Topcut for Athens agency Black Cherry.
MOLTO - FRIGHTENINGLY BIG from A Common Thread on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Post FactoryNY Appoints Liam Ford as CTO

Will oversee planned expansion of color grading and finishing services.

Los Angeles —Post FactoryNY announces the appointment of Liam Ford as Chief Technology Officer. Ford joins the company with more than a decade of post-production engineering and IT experience, most recently as Vice President of Technology at Company 3, New York. At Post FactoryNY, Ford will assume the lead role in technology operations, strategy and planning. His first task will be to guide the technical aspects of a major expansion of the facility’s color grading and finishing services for theatrical and television projects.
Liam Ford

GPL Technologies Supports The Molecule as It Builds New Production Facility in New York City

NEW YORK—GPL Technologies is currently providing IT and engineering support to The Molecule as it prepares to move to a new production facility at 29th and Broadway in Manhattan. 

GPL assisted in designing the new facility’s shared storage environment and workflow. It also supplied and installed workstations and software for visual effects production, design and other functions. "We're operating at a higher tier of capacity than ever before,” says The Molecule CEO Chris Healer. “GPL's consulting and expertise have made this expansion possible in a way that few other companies could.”

PostWorks Forms Digital Cinema Unit to Serve Indie, Festival Markets

Hires digital cinema specialist Greg Fornero.

NEW YORK—PostWorks New York has formed a new digital film distribution service, PostWorks Digital Cinema, and hired industry veteran Greg Fornero to lead it. The new unit will work with indie film producers and distributors, international film festivals and independent DI facilities.  It will provide DCP duplication, drive set rentals and sales, KDM management and broadband content delivery services.

“As the DCP has become the de facto standard for feature screening, fast, flexible and affordable digital cinema services become increasingly critical to the independent market,” said PostWorks Senior VP for Theatrical Services Clark Henderson.  “Our clients require more and more time-critical assistance with DCP logistics and key management, particularly with previews, festival screenings and even for limited theatrical release.”

Greg Fornero

Monday, July 18, 2016

GPL Technologies, NVIDIA to Show Virtualization and Deep Learning Tools at SIGGRAPH 2016

LOS ANGELES— At SIGGRAPH 2016 in Anaheim, GPL Technologies will partner with NVIDIA to showcase the latest—and coolest—new solutions for virtualization and deep learning at Booth 275. SIGGRAPH 2016 is slated for July 26 – 28.
Underscoring the power of virtualization, the two companies will conduct a joint demonstration of a VDI workstation. Designed by GPL engineers and employing NVIDIA’s powerful GRID technology, the demo will feature a remote workstation running Mechdyne’s TGX desktop software.  

“NVIDIA’s GRID technology has made it practical to run graphics-intensive applications such as Maya and Nuke on virtual desktops,” says GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. “Visual effects producers can now enjoy the benefits of VDI, including security of assets, centralized workstations and the efficient utilization of HW resources in a pooled environment, just as they do with VM servers.”

 A separate demonstration will feature a workstation remotely logged into a NVIDIA Quadro VCA and running an Iray GPU rendering plug-in. The demo will show how Iray facilitates the creation of photorealistic imagery by delivering immediate visual feedback.

FuseFX Applies an Inspired Touch to AMC’s “Preacher”

LOS ANGELES—Visual effects production for the first season of AMC’s drama Preacher is in high gear at FuseFX, Los Angeles, as artists work to enhance the series’ ample servings of supernatural mayhem. The pilot episode alone featured more than 250 VFX shots with a high degree of integration that achieves a seamless marriage between the practical photography and the digital effects.

A co-production of Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios, Preacher is based on the popular 1990s Vertigo/DC Comics comic book series (created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon) and was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (“This Is the End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).  The series follows a Texas preacher named Jessie Custer who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Once this power attracts the attention of two mysterious angels, Fiore and DeBlanc, Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

20 Emmy-Nominated Shows Supported by Services from the SIM Group

Los Angeles —The SIM Group is proud to announce that its companies provided production and post-production services to 20 television productions nominated in the 68th Emmy® Awards. The 20 productions received a total of 123 nominations. Among them are Game of Thrones, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Fargo with 23 nominations, 22 nominations and 18 nominations, respectively.

“The size and scope of the work we have provided on these Emmy-nominated shows reflect the immense talent within our organization. Across the SIM Group, we are proud of our colleagues who bring the producers’ vision to life,” said James Haggarty, President & CEO of the SIM Group.

PS Production Services supplied grip and lighting packages to Bates Motel, SIM Digital provided cameras to The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Mr. Robot and Bling provided offline rentals on Confirmation, Orphan Black and Transparent (Chainsaw also supplied Avids) while providing dailies to Mr. Robot and Confirmation. All three companies provided services on UnReal. Game of Thrones, the leader in nominations, utilized editorial and post-production services from Chainsaw, as did Jane the Virgin. Reality shows including The Amazing Race, Project Greenlight, Shark Tank, and reality competitions So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol are all finished at Chainsaw. To round it out, The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, The Oscars and It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown all received editorial and post-production services from Chainsaw. Tattersall Sound & Picture provided sound services on Fargo, Penny Dreadful and Vikings.