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.

Technicolor PostWorks Masters HBO’s “The Deuce” in HDR

Colorist Sam Daley collaborates with Cinematographer in recreating the look of New York City in the 1970s.

NEW YORK— The Deuce, the new drama from HBO and Executive Producers David Simon and George Pelecanos, is set in 1970s New York City where prostitution and crime were rampant, and the modern adult entertainment industry was just coming into its own. Bold, brash and visually intoxicating, the series finished natively in High Dynamic Range (HDR) at Technicolor PostWorks New York. Colorist Sam Daley collaborated with Director of Photography Vanja Černjul, ASC, in mastering seven episodes from the show’s debut season, after having similarly teamed with Cinematographer Pepe Avila del Pino on the pilot.



Monday, September 25, 2017

The Joe Lewis Company Continues Expansion; Brings Record-Setting Activation for Universal Pictures’ “The Mummy” to Hollywood

Entertainment production and marketing agency hires experiential marketing specialist Adam Atkins and movie premiere producer Mary Pat Kasravi.

GARDENA, Calif.—The Joe Lewis Company recently helped Universal Pictures celebrate The Mummy Day in a very big way. The event production company designed, built and installed a seven-ton, 84-foot tall sarcophagus at the Hollywood and Highland Gateway in Los Angeles. The structure was unveiled at the premiere of the studio’s summer blockbuster The Mummy in an event attended by the film’s star, Tom Cruise, director Alex Kurtzman, co-stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson, and hundreds of movie fans. The sarcophagus was the largest-ever structure erected at the Hollywood site.

Producing large-scale, one-of-a-kind activations and events is The Joe Lewis Company’s stock in trade. The company has provided event production services for virtually every major awards show, motion picture studio, television network and professional sports organization in the United States including the Academy Awards, the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star Game, the Special Olympics, the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the CMT Music Awards, the BET Awards, AEG and Madison Square Garden. “We’ve been fortunate to participate in a lot of events that are big, memorable and have never been done before,” says company founder Joe Lewis. “We do exciting stuff really well.”


Friday, September 22, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Upgrades Foley Stage

CULVER CITY, CALIF. —  Sony Pictures Post Production Services has completed a major upgrade of its Foley department, adding new, state-of-the-art recording technology to its control room and stage where sound effects for scores of studio features, including the current hit Spider-ManTM: Homecoming, have been produced.

Key additions include an Avid S6 M40 control surface, the most advanced recording and mixing console available. It is supported by an Avid Pro Tools HDX digital audio workstation and Pueblo microphone preamps, as well as processing gear, plug-ins and playback systems. The control room and stage have also been rewired and fitted with new speakers and microphones.

Foley artist Gary Hecker and Foley mixer Randy Singer

Thursday, September 21, 2017

WCPMedia Joins Digital Production Partnership (DPP)

Cloud-based media management services company joins the media industry’s business change network to help standardize broadcast workflows.

LOS ANGELES —  WCPMedia Services, whose cloud-based media management platform is used by entertainment companies worldwide to produce, market and distribute film and television content, today announces its membership of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). In joining the media industry’s business change network, WCPMedia is lending its support to the DPP’s mission to encourage the development of a fully digital, global and internet-enabled supply chain for broadcast media.

“Through the efforts of the DPP, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to adopt nationwide specifications and common practices for digital delivery to broadcasters,” said WCPMedia Services VP of Operations Giovanni Contri. “Common standards and specifications are essential to maximizing the efficiency of broadcaster internal workflows and the productivity of each player along the distribution supply chain. The level of global media content production and exchange is increasing every day and standardization is the only way to increase efficiency while preserving high quality. The DPP’s approach is fully in line with the WCPMedia founding vision of offering a common approach to managing and exchanging media content.”

Technicolor PostWorks Finishes Eight Films Screening at the New York Film Festival

NEW YORK— Eight films screening at the 55th New York Film Festival received post-production services through Technicolor PostWorks New York. Among them is the Woody Allen film Wonder Wheel, the festival’s closing night selection. The others include the Main Stage selections The Florida Project, Lady Bird and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), and the documentary features Arthur Miller: Writer, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, and Trouble No More.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 55th New York Film Festival runs September 28 – October 15, 2017.

Technicolor PostWorks projects include:



Arthur Miller: Writer (Spotlight on Documentary) Rebecca Miller’s film is a celebration of her father, the great American playwright.
Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading, and deliverables; Alex Bickel, Colorist; Zac Gobetz, Ryan McMahon and Sean Perry, Online Editors. PostWorks provided sound mixing; Tom Johnson, Re-Recording Mixer; Luciano Vignola and Ruy Garcia, MPSE, Co-Supervising Sound Editors; Khalin Whatley, Sound Re-Recordist.

The Florida Project (Main Stage) Sean Baker’s story of a six-year-old girl and her two best friends who run wild on the grounds of a week-by-week motel complex on the edge of Orlando’s Disney World.
Technicolor PostWorks provided dailies, editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Sam Daley, Colorist; Adam Moore, Dailies Colorist; Sean Perry, Online Editor.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

STORY Signs Comedy Director Ron Lazzeretti

CHICAGO—Award-winning comedy director Ron Lazzeretti has joined STORY for exclusive, national representation. A native Chicagoan, Lazzeretti has broad experience as a commercial director and agency creative director with credits including Chevy, Coors Light, KFC, A&W Root Beer and Taco Bell. A true multi-talent, he has also enjoyed success as an independent filmmaker, writer, producer and musician.

“Ron in a phenomenal talent with incredible energy and a genius for comedy,” said STORY Executive Producer Mark Androw. “He’s been doing great work for years, and we’re thrilled to bring him to STORY.”

Ron Lazzeretti
Lazzeretti also leads Hog Butcher, a creative services company made up of comedy writers and improv artists from Chicago's potent comedy scene.

Lazzeretti got his start as a director while working as a creative at Chicago agency Eisaman, Johns & Laws. He went onto co-found the production company Two Olives and also directed through Chicago-based Spoke Films.

Along the way, Lazzeretti developed a nuanced touch for comedy and a masterful command for directing talent, including pros, non-pros, celebrities and kids. Outside advertising, Lazzeretti is co-creator and director of the popular web series The Graveyard Show. It stars David Pasquesi and Christian Stolte as a custodian and security guard who share revelations, epiphanies and confessions “while the rest of the world sleeps.” The Chicago Tribune called it “an existential gem.” “I like it for its simplicity,” he said. “I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Whether it’s a fifiteen second commercial or longform video,  I love a story that’s simply told.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fortium’s Adam Krentzman to Discuss Cybersecurity at “Mix Presents Sound for Film and TV”

Master Class on how to avoid becoming a victim of hackers set for September 16th at Sony Pictures Studios.
London –   Fortium’s Adam Krentzman will discuss the latest solutions and strategies for cybersecurity in post-production in a special Master Class at “Mix Presents Sound for Film and TV”, September 16, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
A recent spate of high profile hacks has focused attention on cybersecurity in the media and entertainment industry. The problem is particularly acute in post-production where sensitive content is shared among an increasing number of studio staff and third-party service providers. Ensuring that content doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, either through internal error or criminal act, is of paramount importance.
Adam Krentzman
Krentzman leads U.S. business development for Fortium, whose encryption solution MediaSeal® is used by more than 250 studios and facilities worldwide to protect content throughout the post-production process. In his Master Class, Cybersecurity in Post-Production: How to Defeat the Hackers, Krentzman will discuss the devastating consequences that security breaches can have for the companies and people involved. He will also offer practical advice on how companies can keep content safe from theft or accidental distribution both internally and when interacting with outside parties.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rising Sun Pictures Trains the Next Generation of VFX Superstars

Studio’s graduate certificate programs have become a springboard to careers in visual effects.
Adelaide, South Australia— For aspiring visual effects artists, the path to stardom increasingly begins in Adelaide, South Australia. Rising Sun Pictures, which is based in Adelaide, has garnered international acclaim for its work in creating visual effects for films and television shows including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Game of Thrones and the upcoming Thor Ragnarok, but it’s also got a growing reputation as a training ground for future talent.

RSP’s education program, operated in alliance with the University of South Australia, offers graduate certificate programs across a range of visual effects disciplines, and it amassed an impressive track record for helping students move from the classroom to industry jobs. Over the past two years, some 22 students who’ve trained at RSP—where the program is limited to 10 students per semester—have gone directly into paid employment at visual effects studios in Australia and elsewhere.



IBC News: Fortium Shows MediaSeal® New Security Anti-Ransomware Feature with Aspera

London –   Fortium Technologies will demonstrate its latest solutions for protecting motion picture and television content against theft, accidental distribution and ransomware in tandem with Aspera, an IBM company, at IBC 2017 this month in Amsterdam.

Fortium’s MediaSeal® encryption at-rest and on-the-fly protection will be demonstrated as an integratable feature of Aspera’s high-speed file transfer and collaboration platform. Included will be a new MediaSeal security feature that detects and blocks ransomware from encrypting content. The demonstration will show how MediaSeal keeps sensitive content secure across the entire production workflow and not just during transfer. It can be seen at IBC on the Aspera partner stand, 7.G20.

“The increasing incidence of cybercrime makes it essential to apply additional security throughout the workflow,” said Fortium Technologies CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith. “MediaSeal with its new anti-ransomware feature will provide the peace of mind companies need by making encryption happen automatically, transparently and uniformly. Files need never reside in unencrypted form on disk, in transit or post-delivery.”

Monday, September 11, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Focus on ATSC 3.0 at September Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, will explore ATSC 3.0, the next-generation digital-broadcast standard, at its monthly meeting scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, in Hollywood.

Richard Chernock, chair of the Advanced Technology Systems Committee (ATSC) Technology Group 3 (TG3), will discuss the group’s progress toward finalizing ATSC 3.0 and how the new standard will differ from ATSC 1.0, which currently governs most digital broadcasts.

Dr. Richard Chenock
ATSC 3.0 features will include the latest video and audio encoding technologies to facilitate the delivery of ultra-high-definition television (UHDTV), which includes 4K resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), and wider color gamut (WCG), as well as immersive sound and personalized audio. ATSC 3.0 will also enable mobile delivery, hybrid delivery over the internet, interactive apps, audience viewing data, and advanced emergency alerts.

“The advent of ATSC 3.0 is as significant as the arrival of color TV more than 60 years ago,” said Jim DeFilippis, SMPTE Hollywood Section chair. “It will have a profound effect on the way consumers receive and enjoy television content. ATSC 3.0 will also require fundamental changes to the way that content is produced and delivered. Dr. Chernock has led the process of developing ATSC 3.0 standards, and his insights will assist SMPTE members in better understanding what to expect and how to prepare for the future.”

Thrills Ahead: Sherpas Cinema Gears Up for a Monster Season of Winter Sports

Whistler, British Columbia— Although fall hasn’t officially arrived, many of the world’s best skiers, snowboarders, figure skaters and bobsledders are getting ready for an epic winter sports season that will climax next February when the world converges on Pyeongchang, South Korea. Preparations for a wave of spectacular sports action are also in full swing at the Whistler, British Columbia production offices of Sherpas Cinema. Creators of the classic freeskiing films All.I.Can and Into the Mind, as well as sports-themed ads for Jeep, RAM Trucks, Audi, The North Face and others, the Sherpas (who are represented in the U.S. by Accomplice Media) expect big demand for the unique blend of artistry and technical chops they bring to winter sports filmmaking.

While snow likely won’t begin to fall in U.S. mountains for another two months, wintry environments can be found in late summer and early fall in remote parts of Western Canada. As a result, the region is a favorite training spot for medal-hopeful skiers and snowboarders, notes Sherpas Cinema director Eric Crosland. “Mogul and halfpipe athletes train on the Whistler Glacier in August,” he says. “There are places high up in the Canadian Rockies that get snow in September and October.”



Friday, September 8, 2017

IBC News: Fortium to Demo Enhanced Security for Signiant’s Media Shuttle

London –   Fortium, innovative provider of digital content security solutions to the media and entertainment industry, will demonstrate MediaSeal LiveFolders™, its new encryption on-the-fly technology, with Signiant at IBC 2017. LiveFolders functionality will be shown as an enhanced security feature interoperating with Signiant’s Media Shuttle, the industry-standard software-as-a-service solution for sending and sharing large media files. The demo can be seen at the Signiant stand, 14.L08.
LiveFolders enhances cybersecurity by making encryption happen automatically and transparently to the user. Files are encrypted instantly when saved to a Live Folder and decrypted automatically when accessed by an authenticated user. As a new feature of Media Shuttle, LiveFolders ensures that files are encrypted whenever they are created, saved or transferred. Sensitive content is kept safe from hackers and accidental sharing with unauthorized parties.
“LiveFolders is an essential component to total workflow security,” said Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith. “It makes encryption fast, simple and routine. It avoids common human errors, such as sending a file to the wrong party, that can lead to costly security breaches.”
Signiant is the leading provider of SaaS solutions for fast, reliable global access to media files, and is offering LiveFolders as an enhanced security option for Media Shuttle. LiveFolders will allow Media Shuttle users to seamlessly protect content while using the product normally. Files copied to or created in Live Folder are encrypted at rest and in transfer.

Bully Pictures Signs Cannes Lion Winning Director Roderick Fenske

Launches new affiliation with campaign for Las Vegas Tourism.

LOS ANGELES — Comedy director Roderick Fenske has joined Bully Pictures for exclusive representation for advertising projects in the US. Fenske is known for a distinct brand of comedy that combines absurdist humor with high production value and cinematic execution. He has already completed his first project with Bully, a new spot package for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and its integrated marketing agency of record, R&R Partners, the latest addition to the long-running “What Happens Here, Stays Here” campaign. Fenske won a Cannes Lion for an earlier LVCVA spot entitled ChinChilli Day.

Roderick Fenske
Bully Pictures Executive Producer Jason Forest says that Fenske’s background as an agency creative director and comedy writer is evident in his work. “He has great instincts, truly understands the creative ad process, and is innately funny,” Forest observes. “He employs a lot of visual trickery and is brilliant in his use of the camera. It really makes his work stand out.”

In Dream Vacation, the director’s latest spot to launch for LVCVA, a business woman reflecting on a recent trip to Las Vegas is shocked to find her memories pictured in a thought bubble that, remarkably, is visible to her co-workers. “I like to take people on a journey where the humor is unexpected,” Fenske says. “When the joke lands, it’s much funnier when you don’t see it coming.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The MPSE to Sponsor Mix Presents Sound for Film and TV

Annual sound event slated for September 16th at Sony Pictures Studios.

Studio City, California –  For the fourth straight year, the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will serve as event sponsor for Mix Presents Sound for Film and TV, an all-day exhibition and conference spotlighting the technologies and techniques behind sound for picture, from production to playback. The event is scheduled for September 16, 2017 at Sony Pictures Studios, the event host sponsor.

Sponsored by Mix Magazine, this year’s event will focus on how sound is being affected by the continued evolution of feature film, television, streaming and gaming media, and the emergence of virtual reality and other new forms of entertainment. A series of panel discussions, technology demonstrations and master classes will highlight the latest workflows and technologies that are helping sound artists keep pace with creative and technical demands.


Monday, August 28, 2017

A Common Thread’s Eli Green Extols the Artistry Behind Subway’s Signature Wraps

LOS ANGELES—A Common Thread director Eli Green pays tribute to the ingenuity of Subway “sandwich artists” in a funny new spot out of Austin, Texas agency Proof Advertising. Titled Breakthrough, the ad centers on a three-person Subway crew who take on the challenge of fitting the meat from a foot-long into a flavored wrap. They experience setback’s and puzzle over diagrams of the underlying physics, but eventually succeed in producing four perfect Signature Wraps.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section Elects New Officers and Managers

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, has announced the results of its 2017 Section Elections.

Newly elected to one-year terms as Hollywood Section officers are Jim DeFilippis as Section chair and Steve Wong as secretary/treasurer. Ramon Breton, Tom Mikkelsen, and Erik Weaver have been elected to 2-year terms as Section managers. They join current Section Managers Allan Schollnick, Brian Gaffney, and Joachim Zell.


Monday, August 21, 2017

A Common Thread’s Eli Green Holds a “Schnitzelbration” for Wienerschnitzel

LOS ANGELES— In a new ad for Wienerschnitzel, A Common Thread director Eli Green enlists a slightly unhinged German techno band to introduce the brand’s latest offering, Chicken Schnitzel Sandwiches. Conceived by California agency Amusement Park, Schnitzelbration features a group of black-clad musicians strutting their stuff on stage while singing the praises of schnitzel in faux German. The show ends with a back-up singer pumping his fist and exclaiming, “Das awesome!