Premiering at the 2017 Austin Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Short, Demon tells the story of a desperate man emerging from the night where he encounters a solitary shack in the middle of the desert. It is in this night setting where he discovers a dark secret that the property owner possesses. Cinematographer Drew Dawson shot the supernatural drama/thriller, directed by Caleb Slain just outside Joshua Tree National Park. The Demon script had the setting as a desert landscape with a full moon. According to Dawson, the goal was to capture the entire film with moonlight, practicals, and minimal film lights
Production & Post-Production
Tower 3, a new documentary short from Irish filmmaker and artist Marcus Robinson, commemorates the massive construction project behind the latest addition to New York’s World Trade Center site, an 80-story structure that is now the city’s fifth largest building. Commissioned by Silverstein Properties for ribbon-cutting ceremonies marking the building’s completion, the five-minute film was produced by Robinson with technical and creative assistance from Technicolor PostWorks New York.
On the traditional sound stage, wired boom mics largely defined the limits and possibilities for film and television production. Over the past thirty years, sound engineer Edward Tise has pioneered advances in wireless audio to expand the possible. Now, equipped with the Sony DWX Series digital wireless microphone system, he wields a creative palette that alters the look and feel of what we see and hear on screen.
Panasonic has launched a free VariCam look up tables Library to help filmmakers create a variety of looks with VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras. The VariCam LUT Library contains 35 unique 3D LUTs, created by Panasonic in conjunction with Local 600 D.I.T.s. The VariCam LUT Library contains display conversion LUTs, as well as artistic look LUTs. In camera, on set, or in post, users can preview or capture various looks using a high-contrast black-and-white LUT, a warm golden hour LUT, a colorful high fashion LUT, a faded vintage LUT, or many others.
Audionamix has released the Instant Dialogue Cleaner plug-in, its first real-time, cloudless tool that uses deep neural network artificial intelligence to automatically clean up speech. IDC features unique and effective dialogue cleaning technology through an intuitive interface, offering cleanup with the turn of a knob.
The producers of the Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival, which starts September 14-16 on Vashon Island, Washington, are calling it the first of its kind worldwide. Conscious Cartoons will feature three days of animated shorts – many of them award winning – from around the world with socially conscious, humanist themes. The festival includes something for everyone, from kids to adults. The goal is to harness the power of animation to inspire compassion and provide insights into the human condition in ways that live action media often fails to do.
Swapnil Patole is senior colorist and digital intermediate head of department at Famous Studio in Mumbai, which opened in 1946 and has become one of the finest post-production houses in India. Since starting his career 14 years ago, he has graded a long list of commercials in all genres and for brands such as L’Oreal, Garnier, McDonalds, Honda and Nivea, to name a few. He has more recently worked on feature films, festival short films and music videos, including a project for Sony Music India. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with him about his career and how evolving technology has changed the work of colorists around the world.
The University of Michigan Library will welcome the archive of the late award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Jonathan Demme. The donation from the Demme family was announced last week at the Traverse City Film Festival ahead of a special screening of Swimming to Cambodia, a 1987 film directed by Demme.
The 22nd annual Arab Film Festival begins October 12 at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and this year, for the first-time, will partner with the Asian World Film Festival for its screenings in Culver City at ArcLight Cinema.
New York Women in Film & Television has announced the results of its 2018 board of directors election. As a nonprofit 501c3 public charity, NYWIFT is governed by an 18-member board of directors. Board members serve on committees in the areas of development, membership, communications, programming and special events. The board is elected by the membership. Six spots on the board have been filled, with four returning members and two new members.