Thursday, August 17, 2017

IBC News: Hawk-Woods to Debut Mini V-Lok

New flight-safe broadcast battery delivers up to 150wh and fits in the palm of a hand.

Ashford, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM—Hawk-Woods, innovative developer of broadcast power solutions, today announces Mini V-Lok, a new ultra-small and lightweight addition to its V-Lok battery line.
The smallest battery of its type in the world to date, Mini V-Lok fits comfortably in the palm of a hand. It is flight-safe, available in two sizes, 100Wh and 150Wh, and capable of powering cameras, monitors, lights and other types of broadcast equipment. When used in tandem with an optional dual, hot-swappable adaptor, Mini V-Lok can deliver up to 300wh of power—double that of a standard V-Lok—in a device profile only fractionally larger.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

IBC News: Vocas Introduces Accessories for Canon EOS C200

Viewfinder bracket, cheese plate, cage and other accessories provide added stability and versatility to users of the popular 4K DSLR.

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands—Vocas Systems, European manufacturer of innovative, professional-calibre camera accessories, today announces several new products developed expressly for Canon’s ECS C200 digital cinema camera. They include a C200 viewfinder bracket, a top cheese plate, a camera adapter plate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocator.

Introduced by Canon in June, the EOS C200 has become a popular option among camera professionals seeking to capture 4K video, and the new Vocas accessories make it easier to use and more stable in a variety of production applications. “Our new C200 accessories address some of the limitations of the standard accessories and make using the camera a little easier,” said.  Vocas Manager of Business Development Lars Verlinden. “We believe they will become must-have tools for committed C200 users.”

The new Viewfinder Bracket represents a complete C200 viewfinder solution. Based on NATO rail, the bracket overcomes the limitation of the standard Canon viewfinder bracket, which is not adjustable in a forward or backward direction as required when using the camera on the shoulder. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Killer Tracks Feel Good Music Featured in KXTV’s Award-Winning “Blah Blah Land”

Sacramento television station earns three PromaxBDA awards for musical spot inspired by hit movie. 

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Blah Blah Land, a television promo for KXTV-TV, Sacramento, featuring music from Killer Tracks, an industry leader in production music, came up big at the 2017 PromaxBDA Local Awards. The ad picked up two Gold Awards and one Bronze Award, the latter for Best Use of Original Music. Inspired by the Oscar-winning movie La La Land, the promo shows anchors from the station’s morning show bounding from their cars and performing an upbeat pop song in the middle of a traffic jam. The voiceover offers KXTV-TV’s Morning Blend as an alternative to the “blah blah land” of other stations. The spot was conceived by KXTV-TV Creative Director Drew Fowler.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat Smith to Speak at IBC Cyber Security Program

Los Angeles— Fortium Technologies, a leading developer of digital file security solutions for the media and entertainment industry, will participate in two expert panel discussions at IBC’s C-Tech Cyber Security Program. The invitation-only event is being held in conjunction with IBC 2017, September 14-19, at the RAI in Amsterdam.
Fortium Technologies CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith will join other industry leaders for a discussion on Cyber Governance entitled Taking the Right Steps. Panelists will review case studies and discuss what can be done to avoid the same mistakes. They will outline security measures that companies in the broadcast industry must take to avoid becoming victims of hackers…and what measures to have in place if a security breach occurs. The session is scheduled for September 15 at 11:15 a.m. at Room G102-3. Session host is Michael McEwen, Director General, North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).
Mathew Gilliat-Smith
“Cybercrime is on the increase and is here to stay. Piracy can occur at any point in the digital supply chain and a security breach will lead to significant financial loss, disrupts roll-out plans and potentially causes lasting damage to a company’s reputation,” said Gilliat-Smith. “Organizations need to constantly review the changing threats and budget for the cost of using the proper tools and protocols to defend against and stay ahead of hackers.”
Gilliat-Smith will also participate in the program’s penultimate session, What If… Moderated by ex Sony Pictures Entertainment CTO Spencer Stephens, the panel will examine security scenarios, some based on real events, and offer practical advice on how to manage and avoid such crises. Panelists will also include representatives of the European Broadcasting Union and Microsoft’s Azure managed services division. The session is slated for September 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Room G102-3.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Love Hope Strength Band Announces Partnership with Killer Tracks

Proceeds from new tracks to benefit foundation working to expand the bone marrow registry.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks today announces that I Can, We Can and Love +, will be released this month via the Killer Tracks Artists Series. A percentage of the revenue from the licensing of the songs will go to Mike Peters’ Love, Hope, Strength Foundation which “leverages the power of music to expand the bone marrow registry.” Two more songs will be released later this year.

The songs were written and sung by Mike Peters, whose band The Alarm produced more than 5 million records worldwide and 16 Top 50 UK singles. Peters is himself a cancer survivor and the subject of a new documentary, The Man in the Camo Jacket, directed by Russ Kendall and produced by Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt, James ChippendaleAlex Colletti and Stash Slionski. The film chronicles Peters’ 8-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A special screening of the film will be held on August 3rd at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, followed by a short musical performance and Q&A.


Directing Duo Jacob/Slade Joins A Common Thread

Enno Jacobsen and Kristina Slade inaugurate their new affiliation with a campaign for Ford.
LOS ANGELES— Continuing to add unique talent to its roster, A Common Thread has signed the directing team of Enno Jacobsen and Kristina Slade, who work as Jacob/Slade, for exclusive representation in the United States. Known for their ability to tell stories with charm and humor, the pair have directed spots for such brands as Target, Mitsubishi and the Kansas Lottery. In their first outing for A Common Thread, Jacob/Slade has directed two spots for Ford and GTB promoting Ford Truck Month.
“Enno and Kristina bring style, imagination and passion to every project,” says A Common Thread Executive Producer J.P. McMahon. “We’ve admired them, and their work for a long time and are excited to have the opportunity to work with them as they continue to flourish and grow.”
Jacobsen, who is originally from Germany, has been directing commercials for 14 years and has executed award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Target, Toyota and others. Slade has a background as an agency creative, including stints at Ground Zero, TBWA\Chiat\Day and AKQA. She has earned numerous accolades for her work, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show and Belding awards.
Jacob/Slade

Thursday, July 27, 2017

STORY's Ky Dickens Captures the Love Between Dogs and Their Owners in Beneful Campaign

CHICAGO—STORY’s Ky Dickens has directed a new campaign for Nestlé Purina’s Beneful where real dog owners—and real dogs—discuss what they love about the healthy, “grain-free” dog food. Conceived by Deep Focus, New York and Lapiz, Chicago, the three spots show dogs and their owners playing in verdant outdoor settings. The owners talk about the importance of good nutrition to their pets’ health. The dogs describe their ardor for the “farm-raised chicken” featured in the product. “That’s my number one thing to eat,” says a border collie named Charlie.




All of the human-canine pairs featured in the spots are actual dog owners and their pets. Dickens found them through a general casting call in Austin, Texas, where the commercials were shot. “We were looking for people who are active and health conscious,” she explains. “These are people who take their dogs hiking in the mountains and swimming in local lakes.”

During the shoot, Dickens encouraged the owners to play with their dogs as they would naturally, and she also conducted off-the-cuff interviews. “You could tell immediately if there was chemistry between the dog and the owner,” she recalls. “There are things you do with your dog when you really love her, sweet things, and I wanted to be sure to capture those moments.”



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Teams with Beatstreet NYC for “Welcome to the Wayne”

Westchester, New York— The animated series Welcome to the Wayne recently debuted on Nickelodeon, becoming the network’s first original series to move from digital to broadcast, having originally launched in 2014 as a series of shorts on Nick App and Nick.com. Created by Billy Lopez, the show centers on two 10-year-old boys living in a Manhattan high-rise, dubbed The Wayne, where they are involved in all manner of wild adventures.


Beatstreet NYC had been developing the audio soundscape for Welcome to the Wayne from the when the show was a 2-minute test. As a result of the test, it grew into a 6-episode web series. When Nickelodeon decided to turn it into a TV series, Beatstreet’s Bobb Barito called on Alchemy to help with Foley. 

The show’s sound team, led by supervising sound editor Bobb Barito, re-recording mixer Matt Longoria and the Foley team from Alchemy Post Sound, have a lot to do with bringing the fantastically crazy world inhabited by the boys to life. They are charged with coming up with a cornucopia of sounds to support the show’s loopy characters, eccentric environments and oddball gadgets. Considerable care is given to each detail of the soundscape, right down to the idiosyncratic footsteps made by the principal characters.

“The show has so many colors and there’s so much going on in each episode that it’s hard to sum up as just one thing,” says Barito. “We have monsters, gadgets, machines…it’s everything from big, cinematic action scenes to slapstick humor. We mesh it all together into a coherent sound design that helps tell and elevate the story.”

Even for an animated series, Welcome to the Wayne features an unusual number of custom sound effects. Barito says that he particularly enjoys inventing sounds for the makeshift tools and devices that are a signature element of the show. “The kids are involved in solving mysteries and they use gadgets that are all toy-based,” Barito explains. “One character has this funny grappling hook. We didn’t want it to sound too heavy or high tech, so we used comical ratchet sounds. Another character, Saraline, has a device called Snatch Adams that grabs objects using a pair of retractable claws. We used actual toy sounds for that.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Baby Driver”: Sound Designer Julian Slater Creates a Syncopated Soundtrack for TriStar Hit

CULVER CITY, CALIF.Baby Driver, the critically-acclaimed new film from TriStar Pictures and Writer/Director Edgar Wright, centers on a young getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who suffers from tinnitus, a medical condition that causes him to hear a constant ringing in his ears. He copes with the problem by listening to music at high volume through earbuds. For much of the film, the audience experiences the action from Baby’s perspective. So, they hear the music that he hears (including tracks by Beck, Dave Brubeck and the Beach Boys) while the action around him happens in perfect sync.

The task of creating Baby’s aural landscape presented unique challenges and opportunities for the film’s sound team led by Julian Slater, who acted as Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor and Re-Recording Mixer. Slater and his crew produced hundreds of customized sound effects and carefully choreographed each one to fit perfectly with the action on screen and the groove flowing into Baby’s ears.



IBC News: CARTONI to Launch MASTER 65, “Smart Deployment System” Tripod and More

ROME – CARTONI, developer of innovative camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will present at IBC 2017 (14 -18 September in Amsterdam) a new tripod system and significant expansions to its MASTER, MAXIMA and LAMBDA lines of fluid heads. CARTONI will be exhibiting at Stand 12.E30.
CARTONI will also debut for Europe a new patent concept for enabling 360° Dutch rotation in nodal mode: TOTAL DUTCH, a revolutionary head design for creating the ultimate in Dutch angle compositions. After setting the standard in 2000 with its famed Cartoni Dutch head, Cartoni has expanded the canted angle capability with total 360-degree rotation.
The TOTAL DUTCH head can be mounted on any existing heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.
Other debut highlights include the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, MASTER 65 and MASTER 30 broadcast and studio heads, MAXIMA 30 Digital cinematography head, and a 3rd Axis for new Lambda 25.
Continuing its history of innovation, CARTONI’s new heads were developed to accommodate today’s most popular camera systems, both large and small, and provide maximum flexibility in the use of lenses and other accessories. “We’re very excited about technical advancements we were able to achieve in our new tripod and heads,” said CARTONI President and CEO Elisabetta Cartoni. “They were designed with direct feedback from operators worldwide and include a number of patented features that continue our legacy of advancing the art and science of image capture.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Julia Merrill Joins Nine Mile Circle as Executive Producer

Nine Mile Circle, which provides editorial, finishing, sound and color services for commercials, television and film, has hired Julia Merrill as executive producer. Merrill, whose background includes nine years as a writer/producer for Cartoon Network, will lead client relations, business development and project management. She will also work with Nine Mile Circle editor and owner Kyle Kramb in implementing the company’s further expansion plans, including a move to a larger facility this fall.

Kramb cited Merrill’s experience in production and post, great reputation and enthusiasm in welcoming her to the Nine Mile team. “We’re excited to have Julia join us,” he said. “We believe our clients are going to benefit greatly from her dedication, knowledge and efficiency, and they will love her passion for the creative process.”


Merrill has worked in Atlanta’s media and entertainment industry for 15 years. A graduate of Georgia State University, she joined Cartoon Network in 2002. There, she wrote and produced promos and other broadcast media for the network’s shows and for advertising partners, including McDonald’s and Sony Pictures. For the past three years, she has worked as a freelance writer, producer and project manager, handling a wide range assignments for local agencies, producers, post houses and digital studios. She began her career as an editor.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Weaves an Intricate Web of Sound for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

CULVER CITY, CALIF.— In Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, the movie’s colorful cast of characters, impressive gadgetry and thrilling action created plenty of opportunities for its veteran sound team to flex their creative muscles. Sony Pictures Post Production Services assembled an all-star lineup of sound talent for the project led by Supervising Sound Editors Eric Norris (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Man of Steel) and Steven Ticknor (Spider-Man, The Lincoln Lawyer), Academy Award-winning Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell (Hacksaw Ridge, Transformers), Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer Tony Lamberti (Ghostbusters, Inglourious Basterds) and Foley Artist Gary Hecker (Justice League, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3).
“It was a high-octane crew,” says Ticknor. “As a team, we blended well, everyone contributed and the ideas flowed seamlessly.”


Spider Man: Homecoming



Monday, July 10, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Delivers Shattering Foley Effects for Heist Film “Good Time”

Westchester, New York—Good Time, the new thriller from directors Benny and Josh Safdie, tells the story of a bank heist gone wrong. The film, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and has attracted wide critical acclaim, stars Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas, a thief who robs a bank in Queens as part of an ill-conceived scheme to get his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Alchemy Post Sound provided Foley effects for the film, supporting its riveting action, vivid imagery and dark humor with creative sound. Working under the direction of Supervising Sound Editor Ryan M. Price, MPSE, and Re-Recording Mixer Evan Mangiamele, the Alchemy team (consisting of Foley artists Leslie Bloome and Joanna Fang and Foley mixers Ryan Collison and Nicholas Seaman) produced a vast assortment of custom sounds in preparing the film for festival screenings.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Outloud Audio Adopts Fortium’s MediaSeal File Level Encryption to Meet Heightened Security Threats

Los Angeles—Fortium, a leading provider of digital content security solutions for media and entertainment, today announces Outloud Audio, Los Angeles and New York, as a new customer for MediaSeal®, its file encryption software, which protects unaired TV and movie content at file level during the sensitive stages prior to release. In the current climate of increased concerns over cyber-crime, MediaSeal protects against leaks and accidental distribution by raising studio defences.

“Our clients' media security is paramount,” commented Mark Kondracki, Principal of Outloud Audio.  “When I saw how easily we could encrypt files with MediaSeal at file level, it became the cornerstone of our media protection process for our stages in L.A. and New York City. We love knowing that encrypted MediaSeal files are rendered unplayable outside of our facilities.”



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Common Thread’s Sheldon Candis Brings “Docu-Cinematic” Style to Honda’s “Greatness”

LOS ANGELES— A Common Thread director, Sheldon Candis, profiles the “greatness” of Chicago entrepreneurs, Autumn and Brian Merritt, in a new national campaign for Honda.
The uplifting piece describes how the couple channeled their personal passion into their boutique fashion line, Sir & Madame, and now are giving back by mentoring young artists and designers. The story is wrapped around scenes of the Merritts driving a Civic through their historic Hyde Park neighborhood and past familiar Chicago landmarks. “For us, greatness is about loving what you do,” says Autumn, “and taking risks to do what you love.”
Candis directs the campaign with a light touch and a discerning eye that brings out the personalities of his subjects. The Merritts are likeable and real. The car is integrated into the story in the best way possible, naturally. “Honda wanted a real-life experience,” the director notes. “They wanted to tell the story of an exceptional family who are the embodiment of the American Dream.”

While Candis assumes a documentary approach, he applies a unique and inventive visual style combined with a sense of fun that lifts the campaign above simple slice-of-life representation. He calls the results “cinematic-documentary.” “I pair real emotions with cinematic influences,” he explains. “I wanted this piece to feel cinematic and stylish, while capturing the genuine emotion of the human condition. My ultimate goal is to bring visceral emotion to advertising... What you feel in my films... What you feel in my documentaries...”
Candis rose to notoriety when his debut feature LUV premiered to glowing reviews at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (where it was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize). A coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in an atmosphere of gun violence, LUV has been followed by a string of impressive episodic television and documentary projects, all centered on deeply personal and emotional storytelling. “I’m fortunate that my work in advertising has allowed me to continue to do what I love,” Candis says. “I’m a storyteller.”

Credits
Titles:              Greatness
Client:              American Honda Motor Co.
Agency:           Muse, Culver City, Ca. Jo Muse, Chief Creative Officer; Shelley Yamane, President; Michael James McCallum, V.P./Creative Director; Will Campbell, President/Quantasy; Vanessa MacAdam, Executive Producer.
Production:     A Common Thread. Sheldon Candis, Director. J.P. McMahon and Tristan Drew, Executive Producers; Leornardo Veras, Line Producer; Michelle Tocase, Production Manager; Michael Fitzmaurice, Director of Photography.
Editorial:         Muse Studios.

FuseFX Drives VFX for New Summer TV Series

LOS ANGELES—FuseFX is currently delivering visual effects for a range of television series debuting or returning this summer through its Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver production studios. They include projects for Showtime, USA, Spike, CBS, AMC, Netflix and FX.

Summer FuseFX premieres include:

Technicolor PostWorks Provides a Colorful “Band Aid” Solution

Colorist Allie Ames performs grading for the virtually all-women production.

NEW YORK— Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles on Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions. That included Colorist Allie Ames from Technicolor PostWorks New York, who worked with the director and Cinematographer Hillary Spera through editorial conforming and final color grading.

Shot in Los Angeles, Band Aid captures both the city’s sun-drenched streets and dimly-lit clubs in a fresh natural manner. Spera, who primarily worked hand-held, says the visual style was heavily influenced by slice-of-life films of the ‘70s, citing the Woody Allen classic Husbands and Wives. “Films of that era have a tangibility; things feel very organic,” she explains. “We went for something similar where the action feels improvised, even though it’s scripted, and we’re just ‘there’ with the camera.”


Friday, June 16, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section and VES of Los Angeles to Explore Augmented Reality at Joint June Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, and the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section will conduct a joint meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 22, to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality (AR).

Drawing on leading-edge technologies from cloud-based supercomputing to next-generation mobile devices, AR is creating new ways for people to experience the world. At this joint meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section and VES Los Angeles, a panel of experts will provide an overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it. They will also share insights into emerging business opportunities and offer advice on what it takes to get involved in this exciting new field.

“Possibilities abound for the application of augmented reality, from augmented commerce to new forms of augmented entertainment,” said Marty Meyer, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood Section. “We are excited to co-host a panel of leaders from companies that are among those at the forefront of our industry’s evolution. It promises to be a very timely and thought-provoking evening.”

Panelists include:
  • Ed Lantz, president and chief technology officer at VORTEX Immersion Media Inc.
  • Theo Skye, founding partner and chief innovation officer at The Visory
  • Eddie Offerman, VR/AR researcher and pipeline architect at Mirada Studios
  • Ralph Barbagallo, founder of FLARB LLC
  • Greg Berkin, managing director at Concours Ventures

(l to r) Ed Lantz, Theo Skye, Eddie Offerman, Ralph Barbagallo, Greg Berkin

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Common Thread Signs “LUV” Director Sheldon Candis

Directs campaigns for Honda, Ford.
LOS ANGELES— Award-winning director Sheldon Candis, best known for the 2012 Sundance feature LUV, has joined A Common Thread for advertising projects. Candis’s work encompasses features, episodic television, documentaries, branded content and spots.  He has already directed several commercials in tandem with A Common Thread, including campaigns for Ford and Honda.
“Sheldon’s approach to every project is refreshing and invigorating,” said A Common Thread Executive Producer J.P. McMahon. “You can’t help but share his eagerness for creating something special from concept to finished product.”
Sheldon Candis

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FuseFX Stays Hot with New TV Series

LOS ANGELES—FuseFX is providing visual effects for a wide range of television series, new and returning, which premiered this spring. Projects from its studios in Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver for clients including AMC, Starz!, Netflix and FX.

New and returning FuseFX projects:

The Son (now airing on AMC), based on the Phillip Meyer novel, is a multi-generational epic of America's birth as a superpower told through the bloody rise and fall of a Texas oil empire.



American Gods (now airing on Starz!)  is a fantasy drama based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about ex-con, Shadow Moon, and a mysterious stranger who is in fact the god Odin.






Monday, June 12, 2017

The Africa Channel Turns to WCPMedia Services to Sell Content on the World Market

Channel’s Los Angeles production studio uses virtual screening room technology to share content securely with global client base.

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles-based The Africa Channel is currently using WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform in marketing content to broadcasters, streaming services and other distribution outlets worldwide.

The Africa Channel recently launched a production arm, TAC Studios, to produce original lifestyle programming about contemporary African life, and to market its existing library of premium content. The WCPMedia Services platform allows TAC Studios to set up secure virtual screening rooms to share content with current and potential customers.

“Our customers are able to log in and enjoy a high-quality experience on their desktop, tablet or mobile device,” explains Bill Admans, technology consultant to TAC Studios. “The quality is equivalent to watching shows on a streaming service, for example."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Killer Tracks Launches GUM Tapes

Eleven all-new albums from Paris-based Green United Music available exclusively through Killer Tracks.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks, a premiere source for pre-cleared production music, announces GUM Tapes, a new label developed by Paris-based Green United Music. The initial release includes 11 albums of newly-produced, never-before-available tracks created for film, television and advertising by some of Europe’s hottest composers. All are available immediately for licensing and sync exclusively through Killer Tracks.  GUM Tracks plans to release five additional albums of fresh sounding tracks every month.

With studios in Paris, London and Shanghai, Green United Music has created music for some of the world’s best-known brands, including Peugeot, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Nike, Levi’s, Vodafone, Samsung and L'Oréal. “We’ve been fans of the GUM team for years,” said Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “They produce multi-awarding winning, high quality work that is consistently fresh, authentic and on target with the needs of the market. We’re very impressed with their new work and excited to introduce it to the North American market.”


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Breakthrough Entertainment Adopts WCPMedia Cloud-based File Transfer Platform

Leading Canadian studio leverages cloud-based media management platform for delivering its television library to clients internationally.

TORONTO - Award-winning global studio Breakthrough Entertainment today announced they have transitioned to a completely cloud-based delivery system through WCPMedia Services for the delivery of their premium content to their clients; major networks and digital channels across the globe.

As a distributor and production house Breakthrough boasts a catalogue of over 40 feature films and 4000 television episodes including such popular titles as the L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables trilogy, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and The Adventures of Napkin Man. The Toronto based studio began using WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform earlier this year to deliver content to broadcasters around the world. The company is pleased to announce it is now using WCPMedia to deliver shows each month to broadcasters on six continents.

Anne of Green Gables

Monday, June 5, 2017

FuseFX Provides VFX for John Ridley’s “American Crime” and “Let It Fall”

LOS ANGELES— The FuseFX Los Angeles crew recently provided visual effects services for two projects by Oscar-winning writer/producer/director John Ridley – the anthology series American Crime and the feature-length documentary Let It Fall, which aired April 28.

The studio served as the sole visual effects provider for the third season of American Crime, which included numerous 3D set extensions and digital matte paintings. “The series takes place entirely in North Carolina, but was shot in and around Los Angeles,” notes Jason Piccioni, VFX Supervisor on both Ridley projects. “The lion’s share of the VFX work involved enhancing, replacing, and/or building environments that more closely resembled the landscape, groves, fields, and small towns of our story location.”

Portions of the show were set in a camp housing migrant farm workers. “We built a maze of rundown trailers out at Disney Ranch in Los Angeles and then extended those camps with CG and matte paintings to increase the size of the trailer park and surround it with a landscape appropriate to North Carolina,” Piccioni elaborates.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Manios Digital & Film to Show New Cartoni Products at Cine Gear and Matthews’ Garage Sale

Cartoni’s Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch facilitate 360° rotation for specialty camera shots.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will demonstrate the latest additions to Cartoni’s award-winning line of camera accessories at two events this weekend in Hollywood.
Lambda 25 3rd Axis is an innovative, new accessory for Cartoni’s Lambda 25, the industry standard nodal fluid head for specialty pan and tilt shots. The new attachment allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis, making it ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly, crane or slider.
Total Dutch uses similar technology to build  the next generation of Cartoni’s popular Dutch head, expanding the canted angle to full 360° rotation. It can be quickly mounted to any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head with just a few screws  and can accommodate camera packages up to 25kg (55lbs.). Never before has full rotation on the optical center of the camera imager been so readily available.

“Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch provide operators with new freedom to be creative,” says Manios Digital & Film President Steve Manios Jr. “It’s now possible to achieve 360-degreee rotation with perfect control. And both products provide the Italian craftsmanship and reliability that are Cartoni hallmarks.”
At Cine Gear Expo, the Total Dutch will be on display in the Cartoni/Manios Digital & Film booth. In addition, the Matthews Studio Equipment booth will demonstrate the Lambda 25 3rd Axis mounted on an underslung Dutti Dolly.
Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will also take part in Matthews Studio Equipment’s annual Garage Sale Party, Sunday, June 4, in Burbank. There, a Cartoni Lambda 25 head will be part of a free demonstration put on by GripSupport.com owner and founder Greg Flores. The Lambda will be mounted to a classic 1964 Ford Thunderbird custom camera rig and used to execute dramatic nodal camera moves.
Cartoni has been the industry leader in nodal camera heads for more than 25 years. The company was awarded a 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the development of Lambda 25. “Cartoni Lambda has become the go-to head for various special effects shots,” explains Manios. “Compete rotation and panning of the head is possible at the same time with a zero gravity feel. This weightlessness is achieved by perfect balance of the camera’s weight on both the horizontal and vertical axis.”
Cine Gear Expo
Exhibits: June 2 – 4
The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood
Manios Digital & Film, Booth 57

Mathews Studio Equipment Garage Sale Party
Sunday, June 4th, 2 - 6 p.m.
4520 W. Valerio St.
Burbank, CA 91505

About Manios Digital & Film
A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr.,  Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.
Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.