The Hollywood Post Alliance announces the opening of the Call for Entries for the Eighth Annual HPA Awards, which will take place on the evening of November 7th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. Considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation, the HPA Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the post production industry.
Production & Post-Production
Recently DP Tom Guilmette took on an assignment at the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, nicknamed Home of the World’s Worst Weather. Guilmette was hired to capture video of meteorologists and observers working during the brutal Mt. Washington winter. The footage will be used in the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum that’s due to open summer 2014
Austin, Texas video rental house Omega Broadcast Group has acquired five new Fujinon Cabrio PL Mount telephoto zooms lenses including four 19-90mm (ZK4.7x19) and one 85-300mm (ZK3.5x85) for 35mm and digital cinematography.
National Geographic magazine challenged director of photography Greg Wilson to create a shot tracking a sprinting cheetah—in the spirit of Eadweard Muybridge’s 1878 image of a running horse. Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, Wilson and his team were responsible for simultaneously capturing motion picture images and high-resolution stills of the cheetah for use in the magazine.
Post-production on Disconnect has been completed at Technicolor-Postworks in New York, where the work ran the gamut from dailies processing through digital intermediates colorist Tim Stipan (Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan) applied the final grade, working alongside Rubin and cinematographer Ken Seng. Disconnect, the new drama from LD Entertainment and director Henry Alex Rubin, weaves three loosely related narrative lines, each of which relates to the Internet and the way it is affecting human relationships.
Post house Light Iron has expanded its use of Christie digital cinema projectors. “We’ve used other manufacturer’s 4K projectors when 4K projectors first hit the streets, but the fact to the matter is it’s more important to be the best at something than the first. And the best 4K solution is exactly what Christie brings to the market. With its reliable and proven name, it was an easy decision to make Christie the standard for our screening rooms in both Los Angeles and New York City, with Christie Solaria 2K and 4K projectors in operation at both locations,” said Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron.
When Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni made the move to Manhattan from Los Angeles this past January, he wasn’t worrying about finding a good rental opportunity. After all, without really having to search, he was already set up quite nicely at 580 Broadway after a few months renovation. In a real estate deal said to go off with minimum hassle, Cioni’s Light Iron had taken the eighth floor space held by OffHollywood’s post-production operations, which included a sleek digital intermediates grading theater.
Autodesk’s Smoke 2013 Extension 1 professional video editing software is now available. It is the first outcome of the collaboration between Autodesk and Blackmagic Design. As part of the product roadmap and influenced by extensive feedback from editors, the release features numerous enhancements to help improve functionality, add flexibility and increase speed.
With the success of The Hobbit and the first film to launch in high frame rate (HFR), what exactly is HFR? Why do moviegoers need yet another option at the Cineplex? These questions were all addressed recently during an HFR 3D promotional shoot, hosted by GDC Technology and Red Digital Cinema. Salvy Maleki, as lead producer and executive vice president at GDC Technology, was in need of original HFR footage to use in a promo to showcase GDC’s HFR Integrated Media Block (IMB), only to find that there was no content available to license. She took the initiative to organize a live-action, special effects shoot, shot in HFR 3D, to show off different frame rates, comparing 24 to 48 and 60 frames per second.
The new Movcam Cage system provides maximum accessory support for Sony’s recently released PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 modular, 4K-capable cameras, allowing camera operators what the company says is a near limitless ability to configure accessories specifically to his or her shooting needs—without a confining high price tag.