West Coast-based production companies Accomplice Media and The Joneses have joined forces under the Accomplice name. Executive producers Jeff Snyder and Mel Gragido will co-manage the company, overseeing a roster of 16 directors that includes award-winning filmmakers Don Burgess, Jeff Gorman, Vincent Laforet, David Jellison, Rick Knief and Hans Petter Moland, as well as the dynamic young directing team Sherpas Cinema.
In early 2010, Anna Foerster was one of the first cinematographers to shoot a feature film using a prototype Arri Alexa camera and Codex Recorders. That film, Anonymous, blended court intrigue, scandalous romance and the timeless lust for power, all set in the visually rich period of Shakespeare’s England. Foerster won the German Film Award for best cinematographer for her work on Anonymous. Now Foerster has reteamed with Roland Emmerich on White House Down, a contemporary action thriller about an attack on the U.S. president and the cop who defends him. Foerster and Emmerich chose to work with the Alexa and Codex once again. “It’s a fully developed, fantastic way of working,” says Foerster.
When Florida-based director/cinematographer, John Deeb isn’t shooting spots for high-profile clients such as Hard Rock Hotels or Disney, he likes to expand the limits of his creativity with music videos like a recent one for indie rocker Matt Pond. To shoot Love to Get Used, a song off Pond’s new album, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand, Deeb got to experiment with different techniques not always viable on commercial productions.
JMR Electronics recently designed and built a high performance server and storage system for the production of the world’s first high-frame-rate 3D movie. UFOTOG, a 10-minute short that tells the story of a man’s attempt to photograph alien spacecraft, is the work of director, visual effects pioneer and filmmaking visionary Douglas Trumbull.
The Hollywood Post Alliance is extending deadlines for the Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The HPA will now accept entries in these categories until July 3rd.
JVC Professional Products Company says it will ship its new PS-840UD Professional Series ProVérité and RS‑840UD Reference Series 4K 84-inch LCD monitors this month.
I usually use this space for announcements about projects I am shooting or screenings of films I have shot. But I have had so much interest in my camera tests for the new Sony F55, that I wanted to share my results publicly.
TromaDance Detroit, Michigan's only free independent film festival is coming to the Tangent Gallery on June 22.
Mixed frame rate media has become a common headache in the post-production profession. With the abundance of affordable cameras now available on the market, and more filmmakers producing their own content using a variety of methods, post-production facilities must not only stay relevant, but also stay flexible to the clients needs when delivering projects. All of this was top of mind when Burbank based AlphaDogs Post Production recently completed post on the feature documentary FrackNation.
Shotgun Software has released Shotgun Version 5.0, which encompasses production tracking, scheduling, review and approval, helping modern production pipelines run as efficiently as possible and now includes a new UI and toolset designed specifically for artists and supervisors. Shotgun 5.0 also adds new tools for task tracking, review and approval, collaboration and search, and is still priced at $49 per seat, per month.