In Dopesick Nation, recovering addicts Frankie and Allie take on the heroin epidemic by working to save as many addicts as they can. The series, which premiered on Viceland last year, takes place in southern Florida and also tries to expose the corruption and exploitation that takes place in the rehab industry.
Production & Post-Production
Audio specialist Sennheiser has taken a majority shareholding in Dear Reality, a leader in spatial audio algorithms and VR/AR audio software. The company will continue to operate as a separate business based in Düsseldorf and customers will be able to rely on existing dearVR products. In addition, they can look forward to joint VR/AR workflows by Sennheiser and Dear Reality. Uwe Cremering, responsible for Ambeo Immersive Audio at Sennheiser, will support the company as a third CEO alongside founders Achim Fell and Christian Sander.
Post-production sound for this summer’s blockbuster hit from Columbia Pictures, in association with Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was completed by Sony Pictures Post Production Services. Supervising sound editor and sound designer Steven Ticknor, re-recording mixer and supervising sound editor and sound designer Tony Lamberti and re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell led a team of veteran sound artists in delivering dynamic soundscapes to match the film’s full throttle action, mind-blowing superhero gadgetry and larger-than-life characters, the latter including a quartet of extra-dimensional creatures with colossal powers known as the Elemental Creatures.
Sam Chynoweth joined Technicolor in July 2018 and brings a mixture of animation and live action experience to Technicolor’s London color team. Chynoweth previously worked as a colorist in Australia on a number of different projects, including The Lego Movie, The Infiltrator, Peter Rabbit and The Lego Batman Movie. He spoke with Digital Cinema Report recently about his work.
Part Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, part Goonies on skateboards, director Lije Sarki’s Concrete Kids tells the story of two nine-year-old boys from Venice, California who, for a contest, set off on a mission to cross Los Angeles on skateboards at night to reach the Staples Center by morning. Now streaming on Amazon Prime, the low-budget feature from The Orchard was shot by cinematographer Daron Keet with Panasonic VariCam LTs in available light mainly at night.
Victoria Logan has been named manager, versioning and accessibility at Éclair Media’s Strasbourg office. Logan is a graduate of the Cinema, Radio & TV School at Louvain University in Belgium and spent most of her career at Arte G.E.I.E in Strasbourg as production manager.
Éclair has hired Christophe Massie as the new head of its preservation division, effective immediately. An alliance has also been struck with Massie’s conservation and media management company, Orfeo. Under the agreement, Orfeo benefits from Éclair’s European sales and business services and relocates from its current premises to Éclair’s Paris-Vanves and Auxerre locations.
Creative media company Alkemy X has appointed Rich Shurtliff as director of information technology. Shurtliff, who brings deep experience in IT for visual effects, design and content production, will oversee the company’s information technology strategy, services and operations at its Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles studios. He succeeds the retiring Bob Pyle, who held the post for nearly 30 years.
With a unique improvisational acting style at the heart of the Netflix original film, Paddleton, capturing audio was of paramount concern for sound supervisor Daniel S. McCoy CAS, owner and operator of ToneMesa, Inc. “Sometimes, the team would go off to unplanned locations and I’d have to be ready to follow immediately,” says McCoy.
VFX Legion recently wrapped work on Ma, Blumhouse Productions’ new psychological horror film. The Burbank and British Columbia-based independent studio digitally mutilated and eviscerated characters, and augmented practical footage with computer-generated sequences, large-scale dynamics, new digital assets and composited shots that enhanced some of the movie’s most gruesome scenes.