San Francisco-based cinematographer/colorist Stephen Berke was director of photography for the award-winning short film Snaggletooth, which had its New York premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Berke was also the DP for two additional short films, The Interview (currently showing on the festival circuit and Best in Show winner at the 2019 Albany Film Fest) and The Shepherds of Cat Island, a 10-minute single-take, premiering soon. His camera of choice is the Panasonic VariCam LT.
Production & Post-Production
Documentary filmmakers understand that the job requires contending with all kinds of weather, environmental conditions, outside noise and un-trained talent. Freelance cinematographer Neil Fernandez, owner of Lucky Finn Productions, has traveled to the Black Rock Desert to shoot a short about Burning Man, along Route 66 filming Alien Highway for the Travel Channel and to Bora Bora, Jamaica and the Bahamas to shoot various swimsuit campaigns.
Production studio Alkemy X has named Clare O’Brien vice president of business development. O’Brien comes to Alkemy to help forge new business relationships with like-minded companies seeking high impact content, nationally and internationally. O’Brien, who will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio, brings deep experience in sales, creative and production roles and a passion for building strong, long-lasting client relations with agencies, brands and media companies.
Continuing its association with 20th Century Fox’ acclaimed X-Men franchise, Rising Sun Pictures contributed nearly 150 visual effects shots to the latest film in the superhero saga, Dark Phoenix. RSP’s work on the film spanned nearly 18 months and involved close collaboration with director Simon Kinberg, VFX supervisor Phil Brennan and VFX producer Kurt Williams
“Mixers are artists, and I am a firm believer in the creative process,” says re-recording mixer Binder. “In the post-production audio business, we get looked at as technicians instead of artists. I believe that George Lucas was right when he said, ‘sound and music are 50 percent of the entertainment in a movie.’ ” Binder should know. He’s worked with some of the most notable names in the TV and film industry, including the Russo brothers, J.J. Abrams and Mark Mangini. His resumé also boasts a variety of high-profile projects such as Star Trek, Paranormal Activity, Community, Channel Zero, Deadly Class and Super 8.
Ymagis Group today announced the appointment of Benoît Jacheet as chief financial officer. He succeeds Jean Firôme in the position. Jacheet joined Ymagis Group’s finance department last month to assist in its current financial restructuring. His appointment as CFO as part of a transition mission gives him the means to carry out the necessary reforms to reorganize the finance function and quickly establish a cash culture and improved operational performance among all managers across the group.
Belgium media facility Videohouse recently upgraded its SubtitleNext Explorer and Expert software suites from PBT EU, primarily for creating subtitles for TV series and movies. Videohouse chose SubtitleNext in September 2018, to enhance its content services department. Since then, Videohouse has been working nonstop on several projects that have been subtitled using SubtitleNext. Recent notable projects include series Vikings, Big Little Lies and Siren.
Following his successful role as Éclair commercial director, UK, which he has held since January 2018, Dan Clark has been promoted to UK country manager effective June 1.
Sony has announced that, following the Version 4.0 firmware release this June for its Venice digital cinema camera, which includes a high frame rate license to support 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, 110fps at 4K 17:9, 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 60fps at 6K 3:2, Venice’s Version 5.0 update will further enable cinematographers to shoot at speeds of up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9/1.85:1. This addition enables Venice to capture three times slow motion at 24p, even in 6K. Cinematographers can utilize the same camera across multiple speeds, maintaining the full-frame shallow depth of field, as well as the high picture quality of oversampling in 6K.
Atomos Limited has introduced Neon, an all-new line-up of precision 4K HDR field monitor-recorders for on-set or in-studio production where reliable and trustworthy monitoring is essential. Neon comes in four screen sizes, 17-inch, 24-inch, 31-inch and 55-inch, ensuring that no matter the critical production usage, every crew member sees an accurate image representation so directors know with confidence that they have got the shot, that cinematographers ensure consistent exposure, focus pullers maintain the sharpness of an actor's eyes, and so editors and color graders can lock down the creative intent from shot to shot.