Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WCPMedia Services Accelerates Production and Post-Production Workflows

WCPMedia Services Accelerates Production and Post-Production Workflows

Industry leader in cloud-based asset management adds new features to improve dailies management, transcoding, delivery of assets and creative collaboration.

HOLLYWOOD—WCPMedia Services today announces significant improvements to its market-leading, cloud-based media management platform to help television and motion picture producers better store, manage and share assets throughout the production cycle. New features and enhancements address core production activities including dailies management and transcoding, review and approval, and distribution to post-production partners and end-users. WCPMedia allows producers to control their assets efficiently and securely by harnessing the power of the cloud.

Roundabout Entertainment Adds Craig Price to DI Team

Veteran editor and visual effects artists will focus on finishing studio and independent features.

BURBANK— Veteran editor, visual effects artist and creative director Craig Price has joined Roundabout Entertainment. Price will serve as a finishing editor in the facility’s growing digital intermediate department. In his first project with Roundabout, Price performed final editing for Director Tommy Bertelsen’s indie thriller Feed. He also designed and executed the film’s main title sequence. Upcoming work includes a project for Director Terrence Mallick.

Craig Price
“Craig’s experience, versatility and passion make him a great addition to our team,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “He shares our commitment to building a world-class resource where filmmakers can be creative and finish their projects with quality and efficiently.”

Price’s career in post-production spans more than 20 years in a wide variety of creative and technical roles. Most recently, he was a DI editor at Modern VideoFilm, where his credits included The Grand Budapest Hotel, Don Jon and Avatar. Concurrently, he led a boutique visual effects service under the banner VFX Department.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

MTI Film Expands Hollywood Facility to Support HDR

Adds new color grading, editorial and QC resources.

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film has completed a major expansion of its Hollywood facility designed to accommodate growing demand for post-production services and support for HDR content. The expansion includes the addition of two new color grading suites and an editorial finishing suite, all HDR capable. The company has also improved its IT infrastructure, adding significant bandwidth and storage, and installed new monitoring systems throughout the facility. All the moves are intended to address the growing number of television productions requiring HDR delivery as well as the company’s expanded slate of HD and UHD shows.

Friday, February 24, 2017

SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Explore Laser Projection at February 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; today announced that its February meeting, scheduled for Monday the 27th, will focus on laser projection.

The adoption of high-dynamic-range (HDR) production and exhibition solutions, such as large-format HDR and IMAX displays, has led to a demand for new projection solutions for grading and screening. At the February’s meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section, industry experts will explore laser projection as a potential solution. In theory, lasers are superior to lamps as illumination sources. They provide brighter pictures, lower power consumption, longer life, wider color gamut (WCG), and greater flexibility. Presenters will discuss these and other aspects of laser projection and offer suggestions for meeting new display requirements.

Presenters at the meeting are Bill Beck and Jean-Philippe Jacquemin, both of Barco.:

Bill Beck, “The Laser Guy,” Barco 

Beck is a photonics visionary with diverse startup, general management, and technology marketing experience, having founded two companies dedicated to furthering laser illumination technology. As “The Laser Guy,” he helps Barco commercialize and further develop laser projection for cinema and other applications in key markets. Beck holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of SMPTE, LIPA, ISDCF, EDCF, OSA, and NEFC.

Jean-Philippe Jacquemin, Product Manager, Barco
Jacquemin, a product manager,  specializes in laser projection and HDR technology at Barco. He is also an independent documentary director. For the past three years, he has worked in China, developing laser projection in a fast-growing environment in which stereo 3D is an integral part of the theatrical release.

What: SMPTE Hollywood Section, Monthly Meeting
Topic: Laser Projection: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers
When: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:15 p.m. Meeting
Where: Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Price: Free for SMPTE Members and non-members 

About the SMPTE® Hollywood Section
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) was originally organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, it encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members in the Greater Los Angeles area with a common interest in motion-imaging technology and is its own SMPTE Region. The Hollywood Section offers free meetings monthly that are open to SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on the Section website at www.smpte.org/hollywood.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced "simp-tee") have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of "talkies" and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE's global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.  

All trademarks appearing herein are the properties of their respective owners.

Technicolor PostWorks’ Sam Daley Replicates Black & White Look for Horror Tale “The Eyes of My Mother”

Stylishly shocking film marks debut of director Nicolas Pesce; Cinematographer Zach Kuperstein nominated for Independent Spirit Award.

NEW YORK—— Writer-Director Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature, The Eyes of My Mother, which was finished  at Technicolor PostWorks New York, is a beautifully calibrated horror story of a young woman scarred by childhood tragedy. The film is packed with heart-pounding moments, made all the more chilling by an artfully crafted black & white look captured by Cinematographer Zach Kuperstein (also making his feature debut) and finished by Colorist Sam Daley.

The film is set on a secluded farmhouse where a young girl, Francisca, lives with her Portuguese parents. The girl’s idyllic life is shattered with the arrival of a mysterious visitor who commits an act of terrible violence before her eyes. The consequences of that trauma come to fruition decades later after the girl reaches adulthood.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Colorist Bryan McMahan Joins Roundabout Entertainment

Award-winning colorist, whose credits include the Terrence Malick films “Weightless” and “Knight of Cups”, joins expanding division focused on theatrical mastering.

BURBANK—Veteran Digital Colorist Bryan McMahan has joined Roundabout Entertainment. A frequent collaborator of Terrence Malick, McMahan has colored six films for the director dating back to the 2005 release The New World and including Weightless, slated for release next year. He has also worked with directors William Friedkin (Killer Joe),  Robert Towne (Ask the Dust), Gore Verbinski (The Ring) and John Woo (Face/Off).

“Bryan is a true craftsman and one of the industry’s most accomplished colorists,” said Roundabout CEO Craig Clark. “He is a true pioneer who operates at the top of his craft and we are thrilled to have him as a part of our team. We expect him to be a key contributor as we continue to expand our theatrical mastering services.”

Bryan McMahan

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hula Post Launches All-in-One Virtual Reality Workstation

Fully integrated solution used in the production of the VR experience “Building a Better McDonald’s.”

HOLLYWOOD—February 21, 2017—Hula Post, a leading supplier of post-production technology and support for motion pictures and television, has developed an all-in-one workstation for virtual reality content creation. The workstation features best-in-class solutions for stitching, stabilization, editorial, visual effects, titling, color correction, finishing and playback. It is available for lease on a short-term or long-term basis, and comes with the same 24/7/365 technical support and service that Hula provides for editing systems, media storage and networking projects.

Hula Post designed the workstation for the growing number of traditional production and post-production companies entering the VR space. “We make it very easy for companies to take on VR projects,” said Michael Moncreiff, Hula’s Senior Vice President for Business Development. “Our workstation includes everything you need to transform raw production elements into rich, vibrant, cinematic, immersive VR experiences.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

WCPMedia Services’ Kenneth Yas to Discuss Media Management on the Cloud at 23rd Annual HPA Tech Retreat

Breakfast Roundtable sessions will review new options for post-production outsourcing and dailies processing.

HOLLYWOOD—WCPMedia Services Managing Director—Americas Kenneth Yas will describe how emerging cloud-based media management technologies are creating new workflows and new opportunities for production companies, post-production facilities and other in two Breakfast Roundtable discussions at the Hollywood Professional Association’s 23rd Annual HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, California.

Kenneth Yas

In a session titled Is It Safe? Outsourcing for the Boutique Facility scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:30 a.m., Yas will discuss how the cloud is enabling smaller post-production facilities to compete in a global media market by outsourcing services such as media storage, dailies processing, deliverables production and media distribution. The advent of data centers with bank-level security and redundant back-up procedures are allowing post houses to move to the cloud with confidence. Sophisticated media management tools, like those offered by WCPMedia Services, make it possible for smaller operations to manage valuable media assets, reduce overhead costs and meet today’s increasingly complex delivery requirements. More importantly, they make it possible for post suppliers to provide their clients with a range of new, high level services, including fast file sharing, remote access to media, and delivery of assets to production partners across the globe.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Alchemy Post Sound Garners MPSE Nomination for Netflix Doc “Amanda Knox”

Provides Foley for three Sundance Festival Award winners

Westchester, New York—Alchemy Post Sound Foley Artists Leslie Bloome and Joanna Fang, and Foley Editors Ryan Collison and Nick Seaman are nominated for a 2017 MPSE Golden Reel Award in the Feature Documentary category for their work on the Netflix documentary  Amanda Knox. They share the nomination with Supervising Sound Editors Chris Stangroom and Tom Paul, Dialogue Editor Stephen C. Davies and Sound Effects Editors Diego Jimenez, Max Holland, Jesse Peterson and Oscar Convers. Directed by Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn for Plus Pictures and Netflix, the film tells the story of the sensational Italian murder trial of American exchange student Amanda Knox.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sullivan and Jacobsen Deliver “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!”

Brett Sullivan and Clayton Jacobsen translate Disney’s Broadway hit into cinematic magic for limited theatrical release.

LONDON—Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, a special limited engagement cinematic event directed by Brett Sullivan for Disney Theatrical Productions and Fathom Events, debuts this month in theaters worldwide. Recorded before a live audience at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, the production features members of the Tony Award-winning musical’s original Broadway cast, including Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Ben Fankhauser and Andrew Keenan-Bolger, in the high-spirited tale of the Newsboys Strike of 1899. Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

MPSE Filmmaker Award Winner Guillermo del Toro: An Appetite for Sound

Supervising Sound Editor Scott Gershin talks about working with the acclaimed director on the soundtracks for “Pacific Rim,” “Blade II” and other films.

Studio City, Calif.—Later this month, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present Guillermo del Toro with its annual Filmmaker Award at the 64th Annual Golden Reel Awards ceremony. The Mexican-born filmmaker is being recognized for his “outstanding contributions to the art of cinema,” and joins such distinguished past honorees as Sam Raimi, Darren Aronofsky, George Lucas, Ang Lee, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Brian Grazer and Gale Anne Hurd.

Del Toro is an apt choice for the MPSE’s highest award. A master of horror, fantasy and science fiction, the director has produced an exceptional body of work, noteworthy not only for its captivating visuals, but also for its imaginative use of sound, whether in the form of the thundering robots of Pacific Rim, the creepy predator insects of Mimic or the fantastic creatures of his masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth. 

“Texturally and narratively, sound and image fuse in the cinematic experience,” says del Toro. “I have spent as much time on the mixing board as I have on a stage shooting or in a color correction suite grading the final film. To paraphrase Mark Twain: ‘The difference between the almost right sound and the right sound ‘tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.’”

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hollywood Studios and Others Join in Celebrating the Craft of Sound as Sponsors of the 64th Annual Golden Reel Awards

Los Angeles— Leading motion picture and television studios, independent producers, sound companies and technology developers are among the sponsors of the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 64th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, slated for February 19th at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Netflix will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the event, which recognizes excellence in sound in motion picture, television, animation, documentary and interactive entertainment.

Warner Bros. joins as Silver Sponsor, while Bronze Sponsors include Focus Features, Formosa Group, NBC/Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Technicolor, The Looping Division and a joint Westlake Pro-Avid partnership. The VIP Reception will be sponsored by Disney, Dolby Laboratories and Shinola Audio. Other sponsors include McDSP (After Party), Ballast Point, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Spagirl Vodka.

“We’re excited and grateful for the show of support from the entertainment industry and beyond,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “The Golden Reel Awards ceremony is always a memorable and enjoyable night as the sound community gathers to celebrate the craft of sound as a storytelling tool.”

The 64th Annual Golden Reel Awards will recognize outstanding achievement in sound in 23 categories. The ceremony will also include special awards for Director Guillermo del Toro (Filmmaker) and Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer Harry Cohen (Career Achievement).

Additional information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/64th-annual-golden-reel-awards-tickets-30100328894

Thursday, February 2, 2017

WCPMedia Services Extends Distribution Features for Cloud-Based Asset Management

Innovations in digital delivery make it easier, faster and safer to delivery content to the world market.

HOLLYWOOD—WCPMedia Services is making it easier than ever for studios, distributors and production companies to deliver motion picture and television content to a world market. The company has added a number of new features to its industry-leading media asset management platform designed to improve asset management, simplify transcoding, speed content delivery, enhance communication and collaboration, and boost marketing.

Content owners are increasingly looking to the cloud to cut distribution costs and gain greater control over their high value media assets. “Distributors today need to get product to market faster than physical delivery, and other legacy distribution workflows, allow,” explains WCPMedia Services Managing Director—Americas Kenneth Yas. “Our platform provides a powerful, integrated solution for storing, managing and delivering assets in a controlled manner. Distributors can deliver content to broadcasters and networks worldwide in the format they need—and with all ancillary assets—quickly, accurately and securely.”

WCPMedia Services is used by content creators and owners both to manage production activity and to deliver content to customers. Entertainment studio Electus International, producers of such shows as Style By Jury, Wake Up Call and House of DVF¸ is using the platform for digital delivery to broadcasters, cable companies and other customers globally , including in Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Producers of the current television series The Young Pope¸ from Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, used the WCPMedia platform to share assets with stakeholders around the globe during production and post. Additionally, WCPMedia Services recently agreed to provide the media asset backbone for Taiwan-based Huallywood Film Studio.

Newly added platform features make it easier to manage assets, improve collaboration and enhance the user experience:
  • Automated Thumbnails: Playbills/thumbnails are automatically applied to new assets
  • Import IMDB Data. Key metadata (cast, story, director, crew…) is automatically accessed and retrieved. No need for manual entry
  • Share With: Share new content, collateral material, screening rooms and other assets with other users via personalized email.
  • Improved Filter and Search: Filter and search content via user-defined tags (e.g. title, episode, genre, category).
  • Content Viewing: View content as either a flat list (searchable by field) or by database hierarchy.
  • Streamlined Landing Page: Redesigned user interface makes it easier to carry out routine tasks.
  • Support for HTML5: New HTML5 streaming player includes variable playback speed, repeat, sequential play and other features.
  • Direct Delivery: Enhanced delivery workflow eliminates recipient confirmation. Coupled with the platform’s existing PUSH feature, it further accelerates content delivery.
  • More Flexibility for Screening Rooms: Create Screening Rooms by custom catalog. Selectively provide content to individual customers to improve marketing.
  • Monitor Screening Room Activity: Retrieve data on who has been viewing what.

About WCPMedia Services
Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Europe (Switzerland), USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.
For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com
USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028 
Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Zurigo 35, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland