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.