Monday, December 19, 2016

Alchemy Post Sound Supports Ten Sundance World Premieres with Foley

Westchester, New York— Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley sound services for ten films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Among them are five films included in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, two films included in the U.S. Documentary Competition, one film in Premieres and two films included in the festival’s NEXT lineup. The Sundance Film Festival screens in January 19-29.
Alchemy Post Sound has a history of supporting independent film through its work as a premiere provider of Foley sound services. “We are passionate about quality filmmaking and are always excited to work with new and emerging filmmakers,” said Alchemy Post Sound COO Andrea Bloome. “We are very proud of our association with these nine great films and congratulate the filmmakers and their sound teams on their success.”
Sundance films supported by Alchemy Post Sound include:

MTI Film Continues to Streamline Film Restoration with DRS™Nova 2.3

Digital film restoration software adds new features for tracking, stabilization, de-warping, dirt mapping and more.

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film today announces the release of DRS™Nova 2.3, a significant update to its industry-standard software for digital film restoration. The new release includes a host of new and enhanced features created in response to requests from restoration professionals worldwide.  All are aimed at making such tasks as dust-busting, image stabilization and de-warping faster and easier.

“We listened to people who use the product every day,” said MTI Film Director of Product Development Randy Reck. “This latest release is focused on streamlining routine tasks and making the software more responsive to the way artists work.”

DRS™Nova 2.3

Thursday, December 15, 2016

South Lake Audio Re-Recording Mixers Keith Rogers and Scott Weber Reunite with Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan for HBO’s futuristic “Westworld.”


BURBANK— The drama series Westworld, which just completed its first season on HBO, is described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The contrast between (and sometimes intermingling of) the near future and the distant past fuels the drama and is a large part of the show’s fascinating appeal.

Westworld’s sound team plays a significant role in conjuring up its two divergent worlds. Re-recording mixers Keith Rogers and Scott Weber from South Lake Audio Services (which works out of Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank) were tasked with building soundtracks that include, on the one hand, steam locomotives, horses and gunfights, and, on the other, a vast industrial complex where engineers tinker with robots.

“That’s the joy of this show,” says Producer Bruce Dunn, who supervises post production. “We are truly working on two completely different genres in each episode, a full bore Western and a clinical, futuristic tech world. It’s a lot of fun to play with that as it moves back and forth, or, especially, when the two meld together.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sounds of Silence: Alchemy Post Sound Teams with Supervising Sound Editor Jacob Ribicoff to Create a Gentle Soundscape for “Manchester by the Sea”

Westchester, New York— Writer-Director Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama Manchester by the Sea has been winning glowing reviews and multiple awards, including five Golden Globe nominations, for its emotionally riveting story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a Massachusetts man who takes guardianship of his adolescent nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), after the boy’s father dies. Recently named Best Film of 2016 by the National Board of Review, the movie is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.

For the film’s sound team, led by Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer Jacob Ribicoff and including Foley specialist Alchemy Post Sound, the emotional weight of the story and Lonergan’s restrained direction posed unique creative challenges. Ribicoff, who served in the same role for Lonergan’s previous film Margaret, calls Manchester by the Sea a “quiet film” driven by character and dialogue and with sound cast in a delicate, but essential, supporting role.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Cognition Completes VR Post for “Underwater”

Soma Fashion Network’s 360 video was produced for the HTC Vive.
HOLLYWOOD— Cognition recently applied its color-grading magic and technical expertise to Underwater, a new 360 video created by Soma Fashion Network for the HTC Vive virtual reality system. The facility’s engineering team designed a custom workflow that allowed senior colorist Mike Eaves to grade the video in real time and view the results in 360 space. The groundbreaking process paves the way for other VR projects and keeps Cognition at the forefront of the new medium.

AKA Strikes Gold at the Davey Awards!

Agency’s campaign for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY receives multiple honors in competition honoring small agency creativity.

NEW YORK— It was a sweet night for AKA NYC at the 12th Annual Davey Awards as the entertainment marketing agency captured three Gold Awards for its work on behalf of the upcoming Broadway musical CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.


Finback Document an Ancient Way of Life Under Threat in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The directing team’s new short film for Patagonia and the Alaska Wilderness League focuses on the Gwich’in people’s struggle against commercial exploitation of their ancestral lands.

Los Angeles— The just released short film, The Refuge, focuses on the Gwich’in people of Alaska and Northern Canada and their more than three decade fight to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and other threats. It focuses, in particular, on the story of two Gwich’in women who are helping to lead the effort to save their ancestral home and the wildlife on which their life depends.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) to Honor Sound Designer Harry Cohen with Career Achievement Award

2017 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 19th

Studio City, California – December 8, 2016 – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Harry Cohen, MPSE, will be honored with its 2017 MPSE Career Achievement Award.

An 18-time MPSE Golden Reel Award nominee, Cohen has contributed to more than 150 movies and television shows. He has frequently collaborated with director Quentin Tarantino, including on the films The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2. He has also worked alongside directors Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Rob Marshall, Edward Zwick, Roland Emmerich and Paul Verhoeven, among many others. His most recent project was Deepwater Horizon for director Peter Berg.

Harry Cohen
“Harry is an endlessly resourceful and imaginative artist who is always inventing new ways to use sound to tell stories,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “He has enriched the movie-going experience for audiences worldwide. We are very pleased to honor the creativity and dedication of a sound pro who embodies the spirit of the MPSE and its members.” Cohen will receive the award at the 64th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony on February 19th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

The MPSE Career Achievement Award recognizes sound artists who have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an individual and fellow contributor to the art of sound for feature film, television and gaming and for setting an example of excellence for others to follow. Cohen joins a distinguished list of sound innovators, including 2016 Career Achievement Recipient Richard King, Skip Lievsay, Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George Watters II.

“I am surprised and honored to by recognized by the friends and colleagues in the MPSE,” said Cohen. “Sound editors work under the radar and are largely invisible to the public, but those of us who practice the craft know how hard it is to produce a great soundtrack.”

SeventyFiveThousandDollarFoodCommercials.com Serves Gourmet Commercials at Fast Food Prices

Food content gurus Todd Coleman and Jonathan Cohen are disrupting the over-cooked world of food advertising with juicy concepts and tasty prices.

NEW YORK—A Brooklyn-based creative content producer has an offer food brands can really sink their teeth into. They’ll produce a 30-second television commercial with sparkling creative and high production value at a bargain basement price. Their name says it all:  SeventyFiveThousandDollarFoodCommercials.com.

The upstart company with the tongue-in-cheek name is the brain child of Todd Coleman and Jonathan Cohen, principals of Delicious Contents, which has produced a ton of web content for major food companies like Chobani, McCormick and Conagra, in addition to working with big agencies including Grey, New York, and JWT on food accounts. Along with creative flair, the company applies  elevated production value, making their work stand apart from other web content. Clients have come to view their shoots as on par with more costly commercial productions. Producing actual broadcast work seemed like the logical next step.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor Guillermo del Toro with Filmmaker Award

2017 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 19th 

Studio City, California –  The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award. The acclaimed director of such films as Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Pacific Rim (2013), Crimson Peak (2015) and the forthcoming The Shape of Water 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 19th in Los Angeles.

A master of horror, fantasy and science fiction, del Toro is a prolific and endlessly fascinating director, whose accomplishments also extend to screenwriting and producing. “Guillermo del Toro’s relentless imagination and energy provide inspiration to all of us in the entertainment industry,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “He is constantly surprising, challenging and delighting audiences worldwide. We are extremely proud to recognize his contributions to our industry and culture with our Filmmaker Award.”

Guillermo del Toro

VFX Supervisors Jeff Wozniak and John T. Miller Join FuseFX’s Growing Operation in New York

VFX veterans oversee work on “Bull,” “The Son,” “Sneaky Pete” and other TV projects.

NEW YORK—Continuing to broaden its East Coast footprint, FuseFX has added two veteran visual effects supervisor to its New York team. Jeff Wozniak brings experience in both television and features—the latter including blockbusters such as Star Trek, Transformers and The Avengers—across an entertainment industry career dating to 1994. He is supervising visual effects production for two new series, Bull (CBS) and The Son (AMC), as well as the Amazon Studios feature The Wall.

John Miller has worked in visual effects and post-production in the New York area for more than 20 years, serving in artistic, managerial and production roles. His recent credits include the main-on-end title sequence for Avengers: Age of Ultron and visual effects for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as the documentary television series Battles BC. At FuseFX, he is serving as On-Set Supervisor and VFX Supervisor for the new Amazon crime drama Sneaky Pete. He is also contributing to the series ABC Notorious.

Jeff Wozniak
FuseFX New York has also added VFX Producer Lauren Montuori.  Her career in visual effects spans more than 10 years in the New York area, and includes work on the films The Girl on the Train and Winter’s Tale.

“We’ve been building our New York operation organically with talent that is experienced, highly skilled and well-established in the market,” said FuseFX President David Altenau. “Jeff, John and Lauren are the latest examples of that philosophy. We’re excited to add their drive, passion and dedication to our team.”

Wozniak said that he is thrilled to join FuseFX and is a longtime admirer of its work. “I appreciate FuseFX’s laser-like focus on quality and efficiency, and the way the company is able to synthesize those core values,” he observes. “They have an extremely well-developed pipeline that allows artists, supervisors and producers more time to focus on delivering a great product, and ultimately achieving the client’s vision.”

Technicolor PostWorks Colors a Changing World for Nat Geo’s “Years of Living Dangerously”

Colorist Anthony Raffaele crafts unique looks for documentary series on climate change.

NEW YORK— Currently airing on the National Geographic Channel, the documentary series Years of Living Dangerously recently returned to Technicolor PostWorks New York to finish the eight 1-hour episodes that comprise its second season. Created by former 60 Minutes producers Joel Bach and David Gelber, the show won a 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series and has earned wide praise for its thought-provoking stories on the human and environmental costs of climate change. It is also notable for its outstanding production value from the epic imagery captured by production teams operating around the globe to the detailed color treatments applied during post.

Each episode of the series looks into a different aspect of climate change in a different part of the world with a different celebrity acting as interviewer and guide. In the new season, David Letterman travels to India to learn about government plans for renewable energy; Jack Black looks into what sea level rise portends for the city of Miami.

Creative Director/Flame Artist Les Umberger Joins Nine Mile Circle

ATLANTA—Boutique post-production house Nine Mile Circle has added creative director, Flame artist and finishing editor Les Umberger to its creative team. Umberger is an Emmy Award-winning artist who brings experience with major brands and top agencies through past stints at West Coast shops Digital Domain and R!OT. His presence will allow Nine Mile to offer clients comprehensive post-production packages, encompassing creative editorial, color grading, visual effects, editorial finishing and sound at a level on par with companies in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

Umberger has been working with Nine Mile Circle on an informal basis for several months, including projects for Holiday Inn (Ogilvy & Mather, Atlanta) and Ford (GTB, Detroit).  He has also collaborated with editor and Nine Mile founder Kyle Kramb on an ongoing campaign for fast food chain Krystal  (Bright Red/TBWA, Tallahassee). “Les brings an elevated level of creativity to our visual effects and finishing services,” says Kramb. “He also fits the character of Nine Mile. He has a relaxed personality, but he takes his craft very seriously and has high expectations for the quality of the work. It’s a great combination.”

Kyle Kramb and Les Umberger