Monday, December 11, 2017

MTI Film Applies Novel Color Grading Approach to National Geographic Documentary Series “The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman”

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film recently provided final post-production services for The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, a six-part documentary series on National Geographic. The facility handled editorial conforming and color grading for the series in which the veteran actor travels the globe “in search of an answer to one fundamental question for humanity: what are the common forces that bind us together?”

Each one-hour episode presents a series of short, thought-provoking segments whose subjects include “Angola Three” member Albert Woodfox, who was falsely imprisoned for more than three decades; Joshua Coombes, founder of social campaign #DoSomethingForNothing; and Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. The show mixes Freeman’s interviews with his subjects alongside a wide range of supporting archival media.


WCPMedia Services Provides Cloud Management for FICTS Festivals

Milan-based sports broadcasting event includes festivals in 16 countries across five continents.

LOS ANGELES — For the fourth consecutive year, WCPMedia Services acted as official technical sponsor for Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS) Festivals. WCPMedia’s cloud-based media management was used to ingest, store and share content submitted by sports broadcasters worldwide to 16 regional festivals and the four-day culminating event held this month in Milan.



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Alchemy Post Provides Foley Sound for Sundance Films

Westchester, New York— Continuing its longstanding support for independent film, Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley services for eight feature films debuting at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. They include five World Premieres screening in competition, two Premieres and a Documentary Premiere. The 2018 Sundance Film Festival runs January 18-28 in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort.

Alchemy Post Sound contributed to the following Sundance films:


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

MTI Film Continues Its Support for “Major Crimes”

HOLLYWOOD— Post-production finishing for season six of TNT’s police drama Major Crimes is currently underway at MTI Film, continuing a relationship that began with the show’s debut in 2012. The facility faces tight deadlines and significant technical and creative hurdles in delivering each of 13 episodes included in the current season. Created by James Duff, and executive produced by Duff and Michael M. Robin, Major Crimes follows a special LAPD squad involved in high profile and sensitive crimes.

Tanner Buschman is in his third season as final colorist on Major Crimes. He works with series associate producer Lauren Carraway, and DPs Kenneth Zunder and David A. Harp in finalizing the look of the show, which is principally captured via three Arri Alexa cameras. Overall, says Buschman, the series has a crisp, realistic look and rich color palette, with special attention given to sharpening light and contrast, adjusting skin tones and sculpting scenes to drawer viewer attention to points of focus.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Accomplice Media Signs Director and Cinematographer Damien Toogood

Los Angeles— Director DP Damien Toogood has signed to Accomplice Media, and stepped straight into working with DDB San Francisco.

Creative Director Sam Brown is a new fan. “Damien’s visual style and quirkiness, when it came to casting, were exactly what we were looking for,” Brown says. “Utilizing his skills in cinematography, in addition to his directing talent, made our collaboration a smooth and exciting process. He’s also a very funny guy!”

Toogood has directed spots for Dodge, Samsung, Ford, Nescafe and Hyundai among others. His work has been recognized in awards from Cannes to One Show, D&AD and others as well as garnering millions of views online.

“Damien is a storyteller.  He’s a funny guy and his work lands very naturally in the comedy and performance world,” observes Accomplice Media executive producer Jeff Snyder.  “He also has a lot of range and interests. You see it in projects like UNOS that have touches of humor but tend toward the heart-warming. He is brimming with ideas and energy.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cyber Security: The Buck Stops in the Boardroom

The growing threats of piracy and ransomware require a company-wide security strategy emanating from the top.

By Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO, Fortium

LONDON-- Ever since the internet emerged as a public information gateway, thieves and pranksters have been working to exploit it for criminal gain. Today, cyber-crime is a billion-dollar industry. The perpetrators are no longer lone wolf hackers; they are multi-national cartels who reap mega-profits. They target companies large and small across all industries, inflicting devastating damage to their reputations and bottom lines. 

Just last week, Uber disclosed that it paid hackers $100,000 to conceal a data breach affecting 57 million accounts, the latest in a string of scandals and legal problems for the world's most highly valued start-up. The ride-hailing firm said it fired its chief security officer and deputy for their roles in the breach and the cover up.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor John Paul Fasal with Career Achievement Award

2018 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 18th

Studio City, California – The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will present Sound Designer and Sound Recordist John Paul Fasal with its 2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award. A 30-year veteran of the sound industry, Fasal has contributed to more than 150 motion pictures and is best known for his groundbreaking work in field recording. Among his many credits are Top Gun, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and this year’s box office hit Dunkirk. Fasal will receive his award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, February 18th, 2018 in Los Angeles.

“John is a master of his craft, an innovator who has pioneered many new recording techniques, and a restless, creative spirit who will stop at nothing to capture the next great sound,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “He is also an exceptional professional who enjoys the esteem of his colleagues in the sound world and filmmakers worldwide. We take pride in presenting him with this unique honor.”

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. Fasal joins a distinguished list of sound innovators, including 2017 Career Achievement Recipient Harry Cohen, Richard King, John Roesch, Skip Lievsay, Randy Thom, Larry Singer, Walter Murch and George Watters II.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Anti-Piracy Tools Help Hollywood Sustain Its Love Affair with DVD Screeners

Los Angeles—For most of the country, the arrival of fall means cooler temperatures and leaves turning colors, but in Hollywood, it marks the official start of awards season and with it the annual deluge of Academy screeners.
An Oscar nomination, or better yet, a win, can have a big impact on a film’s box office performance and so studios are keen to ensure their films are seen by the right people, including Academy and guild members, movie critics and awards show journalists. Exposure is especially important for films that haven’t been widely released but are expected to be prime contenders at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, Golden Globes and other major awards competitions. To generate support for those titles, studios may host special screenings or make films available for viewing online through private streaming outlets. But the most popular way to get pre-released films into the hands of award competition voters is via screeners, individual DVD copies of films sent directly to their homes.
Despite their pervasive use, DVD screeners are controversial. While they come with stern warnings against sharing or tampering with the discs, screeners have in the past been blamed as sources of piracy. When in 2016, pirated copies of best picture nominees turned up on file-sharing sites it led to renewed calls for digital screeners.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Rising Sun Pictures Hammers Out Visual Effects for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok

Studio takes the lead in slow-motion battle scene; recently expanded character animation department creates photo-real warriors, horses and digital characters.

Adelaide, South Australia—Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), Australia’s premiere visual effects studio, produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Working under the supervision of Director Taika Waititi, production Visual Effects Supervisor Jake Morrison and production Visual Effects Producer Cyndi Ochs, RSP’s team spent more than 18 months helping to craft some of the film’s most memorable, creative and technically challenging scenes.
Highlights of RSP’s contributions include a sequence dubbed “Val’s Flashback” involving a furious battle between the film’s villain, Hela (Cate Blanchett), and an army of Valkyrie. The team also played a key role in “The Palace Battle”, an epic confrontation between Hela and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and in reimagining the Bifröst Bridge, a magical rainbow that links realms of the Norse cosmos. The project is especially noteworthy for the standout work of RSP’s expanded character animation department, who were tasked with creating photo-real horses, Valkyrie and skeleton soldiers, as well as other digital characters.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ky Dickens’ “Zero Weeks” Tackles America’s Crisis with Paid Leave

Feature documentary to screen at DOC NYC, November 11th.

CHICAGO— The United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens paid family leave. In the new documentary Zero Weeks, which premiers November 11 at DOC NYC in New York City, director Ky Dickens explores the impact of that policy on families dealing with the birth of a child, a medical crisis or an aging parent.  For many Americans, especially those with low incomes, it comes down to a choice between keeping a job and caring for someone they love.

Dickens, who directs advertising projects through STORY, explores the issue of paid leave through personal stories and expert testimony. We meet a young woman who, following the birth of a child, loses her job at a daycare center and ends up on food stamps. Another woman, battling cancer, receives chemotherapy treatments on her lunch break to avoid missing work.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Yard Dog Signs Director Brent Jones

LOS ANGELES— Director Brent Jones has joined Los Angeles-based Yard Dog, led by executive producers Joe Piccirillo and Beth Pearson, for work in commercials, branded content and web media. Bringing a diverse reel and more than ten years of directing experience to his new home. Jones is perhaps best known for high-energy automotive spots, but his work also extends to performance-driven storytelling and humor, with credits including WeatherTech, DiGiorno Pizza, FedEx, Monster, and Subway.
Brent Jones
Jones has already completed his first project with Yard Dog, a spot for a major car brand that featured a half-dozen former Heisman Trophy winners and an elaborate production mimicking a reality TV competition. “Brent’s range of work and ability to direct actors, celebrities, real people, and manage complex productions makes him a great addition to Yard Dog,” said Beth Pearson. “Both Joe and I have worked with Brent before and know what he can do. We’re excited to be part of the next phase in his career.”

Renegade Animation Expands Original Programming; Taps Brittney Jorgensen to Head Development

Animation studio has 12 series in development pipeline.
GLENDALE, Calif.— Continuing to grow its original programming unit, Renegade Animation has promoted Brittney Jorgensen to the newly-created post of Head of Marketing and Development. Jorgensen will work with creators, writers and animators in developing concepts for animated television series and features, and serve as the studio’s chief liaison with studios, broadcasters and streaming services. The independent animation studio currently has 12 animated series in development, targeting demographics from pre-school through teenagers.

Demand for quality, animated content is strong, according to Renegade Animation Creative Director Darrell Van Citters. “We are very excited about the projects currently in our pipeline,” he said. “With the growth in television and streaming production, now is the right time to focus attention on original programming.”

Brittney Jorgensen
“Brittany is the perfect choice to spearhead our development effort,” adds Executive Producer Ashley Postlewaite. “She has a strong background in animation and adds insight and passion to our team.”

Jorgensen, who joined Renegade in 2012 on the production side, also recently served as production manager on Being by Yourself, an animated short for the Imaginary Friend Society designed to help children with cancer cope with hospitalization. Previously, she was a production manager at Bento Box Entertainment. She also served in a production role at Disney Animation on TRON: Uprising.

Renegade Animation has longtime relationships with the top animation writers and artists in Hollywood, and is unique in having the resources to take shows from concept through delivery in-house.  “We love to be involved from the very beginning,” she says. “Talent may come to us with a script, a storyboard, a show bible, or just the germ of an idea. We work with creators to develop ideas so that they conform to our style and fit market demand.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Motion Picture Sound Editors to Honor Kathryn Bigelow with Filmmaker Award

2018 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 18th 

Studio City, California –  The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as DetroitZero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. She will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles.

A trailblazing filmmaker whose work is noteworthy for its emotional depth, arresting visuals and stunning action, Bigelow is the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (in 2010 for The Hurt Locker). “Kathryn Bigelow’s films have that rare quality of challenging our preconceptions by moving us and creating moments of powerful empathy,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “She is a true artist. We are extremely proud to recognize her tireless contributions to our industry and culture with our Filmmaker Award.”

Kathryn Bigelow
Past recipients of the MPSE Filmmaker Award include Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.

“Collaboration with the sound editor is a gratifying and inspiring time in the post process,” said Bigelow. “It is the moment that the film wraps itself around you, revealing its final form. I am honored to receive this award from my colleagues in sound editing.”

Originally intent on a fine arts career, Bigelow studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She later became interested in filmmaking and received a scholarship to Columba University's graduate film school. Her debut as a feature director came in 1982 with the drama The Loveless (co-written and co-directed by Monty Montgomery). That was followed by the features Near Dark (1987), Blue Steel (1989), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), The Weight of Water (2000) and K-9: The Widowmaker, as well as several television projects.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

VFX Students from Rising Sun Pictures Apply Their Talents to Robot Comedy “Lucy and DiC”

Animated short, directed by Jeremy Kelly-Bakker premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival and has generated more than 1 million views across YouTube and Facebook.
Adelaide, South AustraliaThe short film Lucy and DiC, which recently made its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, imagines a time in the not too distant future when technology is no longer content to serve our best interests—in fact, it’s developed an attitude.

Directed by Jeremy Kelly-Bakker and featuring whimsical character animation by students enrolled in Rising Sun Pictures’ Graduate Certificate training program, the film centers on a young woman and her floating support drone. Lucy is getting ready for a blind date, while DiC hovers over her shoulder, hectoring her with questionable advice on how to be more likeable. Turns out, the aptly-named DiC is not all that likeable himself. Veteran Melbourne comedian Lucy Gransbury stars as Lucy while video commentator and YouTube sensation Ethan Marrell (aka Ozzy Man) supplies the voice for DiC. Lucy and DiC has already generated more than 1 million views across YouTube and Facebook.


Accomplice Media’s Stephen Pearson Directs Marcus Mariota for First Hawaiian Bank

Latest ads featuring the Hawaiian-born quarterback promote personal banking, debit cards and other services.

Los Angeles— Tennessee Titans star Marcus Mariota might take chances on the football field, but when it comes to managing his money, he avoids Hail Marys.

In a new spot for First Hawaiian Bank, conceived by Honolulu agency MVNP and directed by Accomplice Media’s Stephen Pearson, the thoughtful financial strategy developed by the Hawaii native and his personal banker is humorously contrasted with get-rich-quick schemes of a flamboyant acquaintance. When “Ian” approaches Mariota at a posh restaurant and babbles about his advisor’s ability to turn “hundreds into millions overnight,” the quarterback rolls his eyes and demurs, “I think I’ll stick with the plan.”

The ad is a continuation of a campaign begun last year featuring Mariota and promoting bank services that make practical differences in people’s lives. The original spots underscored ways that First Hawaiian helps people plan for weddings, vacations and other “milestones.” The new spots pick up on the same theme, promoting personal banking and debit card programs. They also bring back some of the characters from the first flight, including Ian, who starred in an ad set on an airplane as Mariota’s spendthrift seatmate.


Manios Digital & Film Hires Industry Vet Tom O’Neill to Lead Sales in Eastern U.S.

North Hollywood, Calif.—Manios Digital & Film, a leading supplier of high-quality tools used in broadcast production and digital cinematography, has appointed Tom O’Neill to direct Eastern Regional Sales. O’Neill will manage sales and dealer relationships in an area including New England, Mid Atlantic, South East and Midwest states. He will also represent the company at trade shows and other industry events in the region. Manios Digital & Film is the exclusive North American distributor for Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik, Hawk-Woods, the Veydra 1.2x Expander and other premium products and brands.
Tom O'Neill
“Tom has a long history of providing excellent sales support to the professional community and we look forward to having him on our team,” said Manios Digital & Film President Steve Manios Jr. “His passion for cinematography and broadcast production, and his focus on the customer will make him an asset to our brands.”
O’Neill previously held a senior sales post with Cuescript, a maker of teleprompting systems widely used in broadcast production. His background also includes four years at Vitec Videocom, a supplier of camera, lighting and sound accessories. He attended Ramapo College of New Jersey.
In his new role, O’Neill will focus on growing sales for Cartoni’s expanding offering of camera support products, including new additions to its MASTER, MAXIMA and LAMBDA lines of fluid heads, its innovative SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, and its Lambda and Total Dutch specialty heads. Additionally, he will seek to grow sales and market recognition for Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods, each of whom introduced new products at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam.

WCPMedia Services Provides Media Management Support to Rome’s MIA Audiovisual Market

Cloud-based platform connects buyers with sellers via secure virtual screening rooms.

LUGANO, Switzerland — For the third straight year, Italy’s Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo (MIA) selected WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to manage film, television, documentary and gaming content. Relied on by festivals, studios and broadcasters worldwide, WCPMedia Services provided a fast and simple way for producers and distributors to submit projects to MIA and share them, securely, with potential buyers both at the market and around the globe.

Rome’s MIA has quickly become the largest and most anticipated audiovisual market event in Italy. This year’s event drew more than 1800 accredited participants from 58 countries and featured some 120 films and 45 projects. It was the market’s most successful outing yet with organizers estimating that more than 60,000 meetings occurred between buyers and sellers over the event’s four days.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Renegade Animation Helps Kids Cope with the Loneliness of Cancer

Studio’s “Being by Yourself” is one of 20 animated shorts produced by the Imaginary Friend Society, a project of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and RPA.
GLENDALE, Calif.—Kids suffering from cancer get advice on dealing with the loneliness that accompanies long hospital stays in a sweet animated short created by Renegade Animation for the Imaginary Friend Society. The star of the piece is a cuddly, blue yeti named Yuri, and she’s certainly an expert in loneliness as she’s camped out in the middle of a desert with no one around but her own make-believe friends. Yuri suggests that when undergoing complex medical procedures or when family members are away, kids can use their imaginations to conjure their own companions. “When you have an imagination,” she says, “you’re never really alone.”

Being by Yourself is one of 20 animated shorts produced by the Imaginary Friend Society, a joint project of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and advertising agency RPA. Each short tackles a different cancer-related subject in a warm and child-friendly manner. Their aim is to help kids get through scary times by providing them with useful information and guidance in a way that they can relate to.

RPA’s creative team came up with the idea of using a yeti in a desert as a symbol for loneliness, and Renegade’s animation team brings the concept to life with thoughtfulness, gentle humor and charm. “We wanted to capture how it feels for a child to be in a place where there’s no one else around,” explains Renegade Animation Director Darrell Van Citters. “And we wanted to show how you can magically fill the space with friends and zoom through it in your mind.”

Colorist Michael Smollin Joins Fancy Film

New Senior Colorist will lead the facility’s effort to extend it footprint in finishing for independent film and television series.
LOS ANGELES—Veteran colorist Michael Smollin has joined Fancy Film, the independent post-production facility based in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Smollin, whose credits span features, episodics, reality series and documentaries, will serve as the facility’s senior colorist for theatrical and television projects.
“Mike is someone who can lead our color division in both technical and artistic capacities,” said Fancy Film CEO Bill Macomber. “He brings a significant ability to grow our business through his many diehard fans. He has especially deep experience as a colorist for mid-budget features and television series, projects that are a perfect match for Fancy and the facilities we have here.  As these projects gear up for HDR, Mike’s leadership will be key.”
Michael Smollin
Smollin has worked at Fancy on an occasional freelance basis for over five years. His credits include Undefeated, the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, as well as The Case Against 8 for HBO and Underwater Universe for Discovery. “They do great work at this facility, including a lot of films that have gone to Sundance, Toronto and Cannes,” said Smollin. “The facility is very familiar to me, the people are great and there is excellent interaction between clients and staff. The location has a hip, eclectic feel. It’s a great place.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Artists Featured in Sound Events at AES and NAB

Westchester, New York—Foley artists from Alchemy Post Sound will discuss their work in creating sound for feature films and television at NAB and AES events this month in New York.

On October 18th at the 143rd AES Convention, Alchemy Post co-founder and Foley artist Leslie Bloome will chair a panel discussion entitled “The Art & Science of Foley.” Joining him will be Alchemy Foley mixer Ryan Collison and Foley artist Joanna Fang. The Emmy-winning team will describe how they create organic sounds from technical and artistic perspectives, and reveal their trade secrets for integrating Foley into the project’s soundscape. The session begins at 2:00 p.m. in room 1E14 of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.




Monday, October 9, 2017

Directors David Serota and Henrik Hedin Join Yard Dog

LOS ANGELES— Continuing to add unique talent to its creative roster, Yard Dog has signed directors David Serota and Henrik Hedin for exclusive representation in the United States. Both directors are known for their storytelling ability and skill in creating emotional bonds between consumers and brands.
Serota’s credits include commercials and branded content for American Express, UPS, Levi’s, Participant Media, United Health Care, International Medical Corps, Chevron, The Nature Conservancy, Marriott, JP Morgan Chase, Starbucks and Patagonia. The Swedish-born Hedin has helmed international campaigns for Volkswagen, Volvo, Burger King, Etisalat, Rewe, Grolsch, Bosch and the Swedish amusement park Gröna Lund (which won an IAAPA Brass Ring Award). This is his first affiliation in the United States.
“David is a gifted filmmaker who we felt an instant connection to his work,” says Yard Dog partner/ executive producer Joe Piccirillo. “David is a storyteller with a lot of heart and an uncanny ability to capture unaffected, genuine performances from talent.“
David Serota
Serota specializes in telling real stories about real people as well as scripted work that’s meant to feel real. A graduate of Los Angeles Film School, he first garnered attention when his short film won the Really Real Shorts Award at SXSW in 2007. He has since produced numerous short films, documentaries, branded content and commercials centering on heartfelt stories of the human experience. Notable credits include the film series We Are JP Morgan Chase¸ conceived by Mcgarrybowen. In a production that spanned the U.S. and Europe, it captured true stories of the bank’s employees and customers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Director Sheldon Candis Returns to His Roots for “Baltimore Boys”

Co-Directs ESPN documentary about the undefeated Dunbar Poets basketball team.

LOS ANGELES— For director Sheldon Candis the story behind Baltimore Boys had a deep, personal resonance. The feature-length documentary, which Candis co-directed with Marquis Daisy for ESPN Films, profiles the Dunbar Poets, the greatest boys high school basketball team of all time. From 1981 to 1983, the team, which included future NBA players David Wingate, Reggie Williams, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Reggie Lewis, went 59-0.

Sheldon Candis
Candis knew all about the Poets and their back-to-back perfect seasons. “I grew up in Baltimore and recall hearing the legend of that great team,” he says. “So, it’s serendipitous that it took 30 years to tell the story and it’s awesome that I had the opportunity to direct it.”
Candis and Daisy relate the team’s heroics on the basketball court through interviews with surviving players and others associated with the team along with archival footage, much of it gleaned from the vaults of television stations up and down the Atlantic Seaboard. But, they also paint the larger portrait of the team’s impact on its long-suffering community. Impacted by the race riots of the 1960s and the economic downturn of the 1970s, Baltimore in the early 80s faced a new scourge in crack cocaine. The superlative performance of the team offered a rare counterpoint of civic pride.


Swiss Broadcaster RSI Relies on WCPMedia Services to Market Content to World Market

LOS ANGELES — Swiss public broadcaster RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera has adopted WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to market television content to broadcast partners worldwide. RSI’s sales department is using WCPMedia’s proprietary Screening Room feature to allow potential buyers to preview hundreds of productions from its library ranging from documentaries and sports coverage to children’s programming. Buyers can instantly view broadcast-quality content from virtually any device with access controlled by RSI through a secure web portal.

“RSI is at the forefront in spreading Swiss culture by commercializing original content and archival media,” said RSI Sales Manager Eleonora Maraffi. “WCPMedia Services is helping us to optimize sales and the monetization of our catalogue by streamlining the process of sharing content with buyers in a secure environment.” RSI original content marketed through the platform includes the web series Arthur, the children’s series PEO Gallery and the science series Albert’s Garden.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MTI Film Applies Finishing Touch to New Videos from Pussy Riot, Cold War Kids and Watt

Colorist Alex Chernoff teams with director Phillip R. Lopez.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film colorist provided final post services for three new videos directed by Phillip R. Lopez, including a release from Russian punk band Pussy Riot with the provocative title Straight Outta Vagina. In finalizing the look of the videos, colorist Alex Chernoff collaborated directly with Lopez who’s been garnering a lot of attention for his visually stunning short films and music videos.

A hip-hop feminist anthem, Straight Outta Vagina is set in a church and a tiled bathroom (the actual shooting location was the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles) and includes a cast of children, dancers and female body builders. “It’s about the power of female sexuality,” says producer Matthew McCluggage. “It reminds men where they come from.”





Monday, October 2, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Debuts Second Foley Stage

Westchester, New York— Alchemy Post Sound, a specialist in Foley sound for motion pictures and television, has added a second Foley stage to its facility in New York. The new space is designed to complement the company’s original Foley stage with a “live” sound environment meant to enhance the production of interior effects that can benefit from natural ambience. The new stage will also enable Alchemy to boost production, allowing two Foley teams to work simultaneously.

“We needed to expand and to have more flexibility with the sounds that we create,” explained Foley artist and company co-founder Leslie Bloome. “This also allows us to keep two teams working during normal business hours.” Recent credits for the company including the upcoming features; Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot; Radium Girls; and Good Time as well as the television series Berlin Station, The Sinner, Master of None and Gypsy.

The new 1300-square-foot Foley stage has a natural reverberation of 500 milliseconds of reverb delay. That stands in contrast to the studio’s original Foley stage which has a traditional “dry” sound. The reverb makes the new space ideal for recording interior sound effects. A theatrical curtain was installed to partition the space when then ambience needs to be less.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Killer Tracks Continues Harmonious Relationship with HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Production music specialist has provided scores of quirky tracks featured in the award-winning comedy series, including its theme song “Frolic.”

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—When the award-winning comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm returns to HBO this fall it will be accompanied by one of the most recognizable theme songs in television. Written by Italian composer Luciano Michelini and licensed to the show by Killer Tracks, Frolic has a jaunty rhythm and an irresistibly lighthearted charm that is perfectly in sync with the show’s offbeat, whimsical humor.

James Frangipane, music licensing 
executive, Killer Tracks holds 
the score to “Frolic” with Larry David.
According to editor and music supervisor Steve Rasch, Curb Your Enthusiasm creator and star Larry David happened to hear the track in a bank commercial a few years before the show debuted. “Larry liked it and had his producer, Laura Streicher, track it down,” recalls Rasch. “It became the sound of the show.  It’s like something you’d hear from the pit orchestra at a circus with tubas, mandolins and clarinets.”

Michelini originally wrote Frolic for the Italian movie La Bellissima Estate. The soundtrack for the movie was owned by  RCA Italy, which, in turn, sold the rights to Killer Tracks. After settling on Frolic as the show’s theme song, Rasch went back to Killer Tracks in search of similar music and was presented with a 70 CD collection of Italian cinema music from the former RCA catalog.