Monday, October 31, 2016

FuseFX Appoints Randall Rosa and Wendy Lanning to Lead Vancouver Team

LOS ANGELES— FuseFX today announces the appointments of visual effects industry veterans Randall Rosa and Wendy Lanning to head its production facility in Vancouver. Rosa will lead the creative team as Head of Production/Senior VFX Supervisor. He brings more than 20 years of experience in senior creative and management roles, including posts with Stan Winston Digital and Digital Domain. Lanning arrives as Executive Producer and will oversee client relations, business development and strategic planning.

FuseFX launched its Vancouver operation in 2014. In Vancouver, it produces visual effects for such series as The Magicians, Dark Matter, Zoo, Salem, Aftermath and Timeless. Upcoming projects include Prison Break and Mist.

Randall Rosa
“Vancouver is one of the most dynamic markets for television production in the world and we have built a team there that is acutely attuned to television production and knows how to deliver superb visual effects,” said FuseFX President David Altenau. “Randall and Wendy bring the experience and the drive to continue that success and help us reach the next level. We’re very excited about our future in Vancouver.”

Monday, October 24, 2016

TV & Feature Sound Specialist, South Lake Audio Services, Opens in Burbank

Union-signatory mix facility based at Roundabout Entertainment has already delivered sound for “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Westworld.”

BURBANK— South Lake Audio Services, a union-signatory sound company offering mixing and ADR services for motion pictures and television, has launched in Burbank. Veteran sound executive Paul Rodriguez will serve as president with 4-time Emmy-nominated re-recording mixer Keith Rogers heading the creative team. South Lake will operate out of the facilities of post-production powerhouse Roundabout Entertainment where it will have three mix stages and multiple ADR recording studios, with plans to add four more mix stages next year.


The company has already mixed its first two television series: season three of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and the debut season of Westworld for HBO. Upcoming projects include The Exorcist (Fox) and  Frequency (Warner Bros.).

Keith Rogers and Paul Rodriguez

FuseFX Adds Veteran VFX Supervisor John Heller

Leads VFX teams on shows including “CSI: Cyber” and “The Outsiders”.

LOS ANGELES— John Heller, a highly accomplished visual effects supervisor whose credits include such films as Big Miracle, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and The Bourne Legacy, has joined the staff of FuseFX. Heller, based at the company’s Los Angeles studio, has already contributed to a number of television projects, including the series CSI: Cyber, The Outsiders and Rush Hour.


“John is a smart and savvy artist with a refined eye for aesthetics and strong storytelling skills,” said FuseFX President David Altenau. “He is also a great team leader who knows how to get the best  from his people. We are very pleased to have the benefits of his talent and experience.”

John Heller

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cognition Continues Expansion, Debuts 4K DI Theater

Eileen Godoy Promoted to Head of Post Production
HOLLYWOOD—Hybrid post-production facility Cognition has completed construction of a 4K digital intermediate theater as part of its ongoing multi-million dollar expansion. Designed for finishing studio and independent features, the theater is among the most technically sophisticated in Southern California with an array of state-of-the-art color grading, editorial, projection and sound features. Several film projects have already come through the new resource, including A Happening of Monumental Proportions and Marauders, both finished  using an ACES workflow.
Cognition has also promoted Eileen Godoy to Head of Post Production. Formerly Executive Producer, Godoy will oversee post-production operations; lead sales, business development and marketing; and direct personnel and recruitment. Godoy is a 20-year veteran of the post-production industry with previous senior-level experience at NBC/Universal and EFILM. The facility is currently seeking to expand its sales team.

STORY Signs Real People/Documentary Director Ky Dickens

Also adds producer/sales rep Amy McIntyre.

CHICAGO—Director Ky Dickens has joined STORY for exclusive national representation in commercials. Dickens is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also enjoyed great success in commercials and branded content centering on real people and docu-style storytelling. Her work has earned praise for its integrity, authenticity and emotional power. Recent credits include work for McDonald’s, Tylenol, Huggies, Kohler and the Illinois Lottery. She is currently working on a project for Hallmark.

“Ky is a passionate young director with an amazing gift for working with ordinary people and bringing out the emotional heart of a story,” said STORY Executive Producer Mark Androw. “She offers a fresh voice and perspective, and we are very excited to introduce her to a wider market.”

Ky Dickens

Kinothenik Introduces Practilite 600 LED Fresnel Light

Compact instrument is the pinnacle of lightning efficiency.
Tartu, Estonia—Kinotehnik, the North-European manufacturer of photo and video accessories, introduces a new member of its Practilite range of smart Fresnel lights: the Practilite 600.
Practilite 600 is a mighty little sibling of the increasingly popular bi-color, focusable Practilite 602 LED light. Owing to its fixed 75-degree beam angle, the new light comes in a reduced size—and at a reduced price. Yet, Practilite 600 delivers 20% more output* than Practilite 602 in flood mode.
Kinotehnik will demonstrate Practilite 600 for the first time in the United States at LDI Show in Las Vegas on October 21-23, booth #1381.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fox’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!” Mixed at Roundabout Entertainment

Re-Recording Mixers David E. Fluhr CAS and Ben Wilkins finish the soundtrack for star-studded tribute to cult classic.

BURBANK—Originally released in 1975, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become one of the most enduringly popular movie musicals of all time, a staple of late night cinemas worldwide. A celebratory reimagining of the tale of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his friends for Fox Television pairs original star Tim Curry (this time as the narrator) with an otherwise all-new cast in a rousing tribute to its predecessor that also offers plenty of fresh twists.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

“Kickstarted” Released on Vimeo

Feature documentary from filmmakers Jason Cooper and Jay Armitage and A Common Thread explores creativity in the age of crowdfunding.
LOS ANGELES—Kickstarted, a feature-length documentary that offers an incisive look into the crowdfunding revolution, is now available through Vimeo. Written and directed by Jay Armitage and Jason Maxwell Cooper, and produced by Armitage and Cooper in association with J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew of A Common Thread, the film follows a musician, a filmmaker and a pair of inventors as they pursue their dreams through the transformative and sometimes baffling world of crowdfunding. Kickstarted can also be purchased via kickstartedmovie.com.
Kickstarted reveals the potential and the limitations of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo through the experiences of real people who’ve turned to the sites to fund dream projects. At the center of the film is Brad Carter, a musician suffering from a neurological disease that took away his ability to play guitar. Carter launches a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the production of the album he hopes to make as he recovers.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Augustus Color Taps WCPMedia Services to Help “Black Butterfly” Soar through Post

Cloud-based media management platform used to deliver dailies to editors and producers of international thriller starring Antonio Banderas.

Rome, Italy—13 October 2016Augustus Color has moved post production for Black Butterfly, Paradox Studios’ upcoming psychological thriller, to the cloud. The Rome-based post-production powerhouse is using WCPMedia’s ground-breaking media management platform to deliver dailies media to the film’s editorial team in Spain and screen dailies, in a WCP generated lower bandwidth version, for production partners around the globe. The result is a more efficient path through post production, improved security and greater creative collaboration.


“WCPMedia streamlines the production workflow by reducing transfer times compared with standard courier delivery—and does so securely,” says Augusto Pelliccia, General Manager and founder of Augustus Color. “The Screening Room provides our customers with a beautiful collaboration tool to review content and work as a team in real-time from any location with no need for physical media to be delivered to the editor or the production supervisors.”


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Common Thread’s Eli Green Answers the Question “Who Is Tom Gore?”

New campaign from MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER reveals the farmer behind the grapes.
LOS ANGELES—A new campaign for Tom Gore Vineyards uses deadpan humor to show that the quality of a bottle of wine is rooted in the passion of the farmers who grow the grapes. Directed by Eli Green of A Common Thread for San Francisco agency MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER, the three spots position the brand of the family-operated California vintner as “A Farmer’s Wine.”
One spot opens on a couple examining the label of a wine bottle in a small shop. As the husband wonders aloud, “Who is Tom Gore?” the camera whip pans to reveal that the wine shop is literally situated in the middle of a vineyard, and there’s Tom himself, riding a red tractor. The emphatic voiceover supplies the answer to the husband’s question, “Tom Gore is the guy in the fields, making sure that the wine’s flavors are balanced…and smooth.”

MTI Film Delivers “The Front Page”

Completes 4K restoration of the classic comedy in a project for the American Film Archive. 

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film recently completed an all-new 4K restoration of director Lewis Milestone’s 1931 film The Front Page. The months-long project was conducted for The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with MTI Film’s restoration team working under the direction of AFA director Michael Pogorzelski and film preservationist Heather Linville.

The restored film made its world premiere at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey followed by its European premiere at Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy. It also screened at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The restoration team made a technical presentation on the work at the recent The Reel Thing symposium in Los Angeles.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Common Thread’s Eli Green Bears All for Energy Upgrade California

LOS ANGELES—California’s state mascot explains the “bear” facts of energy conservation in a new television and online ad campaign directed by A Common Thread’s Eli Green for Energy Upgrade California and Campbell Ewald.
In one spot, a large golden bear appears in the den of a white-washed bungalow and makes a pitch to camera about how easy it is to save energy. He’s affable, but shows he’s still a bear as he growls at a production assistant when he flubs a line. He then cheerfully directs viewers to the website for Energy Upgrade California.



A Common Thread’s Eli Green Bears All for Energy Upgrade California

LOS ANGELES—California’s state mascot explains the “bear” facts of energy conservation in a new television and online ad campaign directed by A Common Thread’s Eli Green for Energy Upgrade California and Campbell Ewald.
In one spot, a large golden bear appears in the den of a white-washed bungalow and makes a pitch to camera about how easy it is to save energy. He’s affable, but shows he’s still a bear as he growls at a production assistant when he flubs a line. He then cheerfully directs viewers to the website for Energy Upgrade California.