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.
Production & Post-Production
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal has earned a Distinction Award from the New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro, Atlanta, and Rochester Chapters of the Society for Technical Communication. By receiving this honor in the STC regional competition, in which entries are judged on technical content, achievement of purpose, and technical execution, the Journal advances to the STC International Summit Awards competition.
For the second year, the Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have collaborated to produce a series of podcast conversations with the artists nominated for Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Sound Editing and Best Achievement in Sound Mixing.
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.
Award-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, relied on the Creamsource Sky, a water resistant five-color 1200W LED light system from Outsight for Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “Creamsource Sky is just so flexible and renders colors amazingly,” said Fraser. “I am obsessed with the technical, and Creamsource Sky produces really great skin tones. That can be a benefit and a curse when having to mix Sky with lights from other manufacturers, so I use a single brand of lighting for each source — one for skylight, one for a window, and another for facial lighting.”
Cooke Optics has confirmed that it is planning to open a second factory less than two miles from its current Leicester, England premises in order to keep up with growing demand for its award-winning lenses, as well as to facilitate the development and manufacture of new ranges. The new facility, scheduled to open in June, is expected to increase output by 25 percent.
Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for the VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras and VariCam HS high-speed 1080P camera that includes additional ProRes codecs and HD-SDI Monitor output improvements.
Post Time Studios, a full service film and video production company, announces the promotion of David Cottingham to chief operating officer effective immediately. Cottingham is a veteran film producer and editor and most recently senior vice president, operations at Post Time Studios.
The thriller Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde Para La Ira) won a plethora of awards at Spain’s Goya Awards, including the award for Best Film. The film, directed by newcomer Raul Arevalo and starring Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Diaz and Raul Jimenez, was finished at Madrid post-production facility Free Your Mind, which carried out the conforming, color grading and finishing using an SGO Mistika.
Rodeo FX won three Visual Effects Society Awards for its work on Game of Thrones at the 15th VES Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The awards honored the studio’s work on Battle of the Bastards, the ninth and most memorable episode of season six.