The Hollywood Section of SMPTE today announced that its next monthly meeting, scheduled for May 31 will examine how data — lots of it — is exerting a major impact on decision-making in television and film production.
Production & Post-Production
The Ymagis Group has named Anne Feret vice president, Europe, for Éclair’s post-production division. For the past eight years, Feret has been the international sales administrator and vice-president of the cinema arm of Zodiak Rights/ Banijay Rights.
Levels Audio prides itself on being the best and most luxurious post-production/mixing studio in the heart of Hollywood. Founded and run by multiple-Emmy award winning engineer Brian Riordan, the 14,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility recently added Mix 9, a bespoke Dolby Atmos mix stage, where an Alcons Audio CRMS mkII Cinema Reference Monitor System is making a big impression.
Ymagis Group has reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2017, ending March 31. In a market where replacement sales have not yet significantly taken off and after a first quarter generally unrepresentative of annual business, revenue for Ymagis Group was down by 2.9 percent at €41.5 million over the first three months of 2017, mainly due to the effect of a scheduled reduction in VPF business and a temporary fall in equipment sales.
In order to facilitate its business in France, Arri, the Munich-based film technology company, is announcing the founding of Arri CT (for Cine Technik) France. For the first time, Arri will have an office space solely dedicated to its camera systems and lighting business units in France while being able to offer a special promotional platform for the Alexa 65 available from Arri Rental. Arri CT France will open its doors in September in time to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday.
AlphaDogs has completed work on the documentary film John Lewis: Get In The Way, which tells the story of the courageous civil rights hero, congressional leader and human rights champion, whose unwavering fight for justice spans the past 50 years. In order for the documentary to air on PBS, Bill Woolery, offline editor, had the task of cutting the film down to 54 minutes, taking six minutes out of the original cut and handing off the cut down to AlphaDogs for finishing.
The Hollywood Professional Association has opened its call for entries in creative categories for the 12th annual HPA Awards. These awards are considered standard-bearing honors for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, recognizing creative artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, television, and commercials.
Extravaganza, a new virtual reality short film satire directed by Ethan Shaftel, leveraged Maxon Cinema 4D software and its CV-VR Cam dedicated plug-in for rendering VR content to streamline the production workflow. The film, which stars Paul Scheer (The League, 30 Rock), John Gemberling (Broad City, Santa Clarita Diet), Will Greenberg (Wrecked), and Annie Tedesco (Bella and the Bulldogs), debuted to positive acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive Virtual Arcade and will make its European premiere during the Cannes Film Festival May 17-28 at the Marche du Film Next VR program.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is accepting submissions for the 2017 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival. Hosted by SMPTE and the Hollywood Professional Alliance, the film festival is an international competition open to full-time students from around the globe.
Technicolor has installed a FilmLight Baselight X system in its Hollywood facility for high dynamic range color grading services. The expansion in Baselight grading in this location reflects the increasing demand from the local industry to deliver an uncompromised finish that still pushes creative boundaries.