Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds IMAX Dub Stage

Only mix stage on the West Coast equipped for IMAX 12.0 sound format

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a mix stage dedicated exclusively to IMAX. The new stage, which is equipped with a 24-fader Avid S6 mixing console, is the only dub stage on the West Coast that uses IMAX loudspeakers and meets specifications for mixing in its immersive IMAX 12.0 sound format. The room will be used to prepare 2D and 3D theatrical features and trailers for release to IMAX® theaters worldwide.

The stage is located in the Jimmy Stewart Building on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. Sony Pictures engineers worked with their counterparts from IMAX Corporation to install and align the IMAX 12.0 system. “We are excited to offer this new resource to the motion picture community,” said Sony Pictures Post Production Services Executive Vice President Tom McCarthy. “We are committed to supporting all theatrical sound formats and are particularly impressed with the dynamic quality of IMAX 12.0.”

Friday, January 27, 2017

South Lake Audio Services’ Re-Recording Mixers Keith Rogers and Scott Weber Garner CAS Award Nomination for HBO’s “Westworld”

BURBANK— South Lake Audio Services Re-Recording Mixers Keith Rogers, CAS and Scott Weber have received a nomination in the Cinema Audio Society’s 53rd CAS Awards for their work on the HBO television series Westworld. They share the nomination with Production Mixer John Pritchett, CAS; ADR Mixer Mark Kondracki and Foley Mixer Geordy Sincavage. The nomination, in the category Television – 1 Hour, comes for the series’ pilot episode, The Original.

“We congratulate Keith and Scott on this wonderful honor,” said South Lake Audio Services Vice President Paul Rodriguez. “We are excited to have their hard work, dedication and creativity recognized by their professional peers. We also congratulate their support crew, who include Recordist Brittany Ellis, Mix Tech Teddy Salas, and ADR Mixers Kyle O’Neal and Colin Rogers.” Other key members of the show’s sound team include Emmy-winning Supervising Sound Editor Tom de Gorter, Dialogue Editor Fred Paragano and ADR Supervisor Matt Sawelson, all from Atomic Sound, and composer Ramin Djawadi.

(l to r) Paul Rodriquez, VP. SouthLake Audio; Brittany Ellis, Recordist; Keith Rogers, Re-Recoding Mixer, dialogue and music;  Scott Weber, Re-Recording Mixer, sound effects; Fred Paragano, Dialogue Editor (Atomic Sound).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Filmworkers, Nashville, Edits and Posts “Garth Brooks: Yankee Stadium Live” in 4K

Adam Little edits and Jimmy Cadenas colors 2-hour concert special, produced and directed by Jon Small for AT&T’s Audience Network.

Chicago— Filmworkers, Nashville, provided editorial and post-production finishing services for Garth Brooks: Yankee Stadium Live, a 2-hour concert special that recently debuted on AT&T’s Audience Network. Produced and directed by Jon Small, the special was captured, finished and broadcast in 4K and documents the superstar musician’s two sold out shows from last summer, the first ever concerts for a country artist at Yankee Stadium, and Brooks’ first appearance in New York City in 19 years. Filmworkers’ Adam Little edited the show; Colorist Jimmy Cadenas applied the final color grade.

Both live shows were recorded by some two dozen camera operators positioned around the stadium and working with Sony 4K camera systems. Additionally, a helicopter crew captured spectacular images of the stadium and the crowds from overhead. A special stage was constructed for the performers measuring 400 feet wide, 80 feet deep and 70 feet high, and backed by a mammoth projection screen.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Nine Mile Circle’s Les Umberger Directs Wrestler Ric Flair in Hilarious Campaign for USAuto Sales

ATLANTA— Wrestling legend Ric Flair stars as an over the top used car salesman in a new campaign for Georgia-based USAuto Sales. Atlanta creative boutique Nine Mile Circle produced and finished the three spots in which the 67-year-old strongman, known as “Nature Boy,” plays the flimflamming proprietor of Papa Flair’s Used Cars. In one, Flair boasts “we’re body slammin’ prices into the ground,” and then proceeds to dish out the same treatment to his hapless customers. US Auto Sales is offered as an alternative for people who’d rather avoid the arm twisting and stereotypical badgering from a shady used car dealer.

The campaign was conceived by USAuto Sales Marketing Director Khalil Thompson and directed by Nine Mile Circle’s Les Umberger. The antics that gave Flair the reputation as “the dirtiest player in the game” are hilariously transported to a rundown, 1970s vintage car dealership. Flair struts, grins and offers his trademark shout, “WOOOOO!” while his young, female cohort tries to maintain her composure and million dollar smile. “Ric’s a very high energy, funny guy and a natural performer,” says Umberger. “Pairing him with the girl brought out the best in him…he took it over the top.”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rising Sun Pictures Nominated for VES Award for “X-Men: Apocalypse”

Adelaide, South Australia— Rising Sun Pictures has been nominated for Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature in the Visual Effects Society’s 15th Annual VES Awards. The nomination comes for the studio’s work on the Quicksilver Extraction sequence from the 20th Century Fox film X-Men: Apocalypse. Nominees include Alana Newell and Compositors Jess Burnheim, Andy Peel and Matthew Shaw.

“We extend our heartiest congratulations to Alana, Jess, Andy and Matthew on this wonderful honor,” said RSP’s Managing Director Tony Clark. “It’s very rewarding to see their hard work, dedication and creativity recognized by their industry peers. It inspires us to continue to produce excellence.” Winners will be announced February 7 in Los Angeles where members of the RSP team will be in attendance.

In the Extraction sequence, Quicksilver (Evan Peters) uses his hyper-speed ability to rescue mutants—and a bulldog—from an exploding building. The sequence builds on a notable scene from the preceding X-Men: Days of Future Past (an Academy Award nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects), also executed by RSP.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Colorist Dan Hermelin Joins Roundabout Entertainment

Seasoned post-production artist will apply experience in television and feature mastering, restoration and animation.

BURBANK—Versatile colorist Dan Hermelin has joined Roundabout Entertainment as the facility continues to build its talent pool and broaden its services for picture finishing and restoration. Hermelin arrives with more than 20 years of post-production experience and a resume spanning features, television and restoration project, the latter including re-masters of Jerry Maguire, Men in Black and The Deep. At Roundabout, he will continue to service a diverse clientele, including his current project, the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon.

Dan Hermelin
NEW YORK—Continuing its long-standing support for independent film, Technicolor PostWorks New York helped to prepare a combined 10 features and documentaries for screening at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The facility provided services including editorial conforming, color grading, deliverables and sound mixing for films premiering in the U.S. Narrative and Documentary competitions and other programs. The Sundance Film Festival is scheduled for January 19–29 in Park City, Utah.

Sundance films serviced by Technicolor PostWorks include:

Band Aid, U.S. Narrative Competition, Director and Screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones’ story of a couple who can't stop fighting and embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage.
Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading and deliverables; Allie Ames, colorist/online editor.

Before I Fall, Premieres, Director Ry Russo-Young’s story of a woman who has everything until she wakes up one fateful night with no future at all.
Technicolor PostWorks provided editorial conforming, color grading, visual effects and deliverables; Alex Bickel, colorist; Ryan McMahon, online editor; Sean Perry, Keith Jenson and Brian Keefe, VFX artists.

"Band Aid", "Before I Fall"

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Delivers “Passengers”

Supervising Sound Editor Will Files, Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell and crew invent the sound of the future for space love story.

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Passengers, from Director Morten Tyldum and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is a futuristic love story set on a mammoth spaceship carrying thousands of passengers, kept in sleep chambers, to a distant planet. Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play two of those passengers who, through an equipment malfunction, awaken 90 years early.

For the sound team, based at Sony Pictures Post Production Services, and led by Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer/Re-Recording Mixer Will Files and Re-Recording Mixer Kevin O’Connell, the space epic presented the interesting challenge of imagining the sound of the future. Among other things, the crew needed to come up with hundreds of sound effects representing various aspects and functions of the space craft as well as the large assortment of robots that serve as its crew.

Working in close collaboration with Tyldum, picture editor Maryann Brandon and composer Thomas Newman, Files, O’Connell and their crew began producing sound elements and temp mixes shortly after live action was complete, but at an early stage of visual effects production. Sound production, then, went through successive stages of development, elaboration and refinement as visuals were more fully realized, a process that continued nearly to delivery.