The Hollywood Professional Association has awarded the organization’s prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company, for the first public live 4K stream from the International Space Station. The honor, whose recipient was selected by a jury of industry veterans, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process or project to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. The coveted distinction will be bestowed
Production & Post-Production
For most of the country, the arrival of fall means cooler temperatures and leaves turning colors, but in Hollywood it marks the official start of awards season and with it the annual deluge of Academy screeners.
Instrument of War is a period piece based on the true story of Clair Cline, a US Army Air Forces pilot shot down over occupied Holland during World War II and held at the German Stalag Luft 1 POW camp, and The Prison Camp Violin he made from materials found in the camp and by trading Red Cross cigarettes for a bow. “We shot in Lithuania for the authenticity of the architecture, and built the POW camp around existing buildings to enhance the film’s production value,” said cinematographer Wes Johnson. With the authentic look of their sets, and a strong U.S. dollar, Instrument of War looks like it was shot for several times its actual production cost.
A crash landing, a bruised hero, a crowd about to swarm. For Montreal post house Framestore, Blade Runner 2049’s thrilling Trash Mesa attack sequence had all the elements of a classic set piece, it only needed its band of scavengers. With two days to prep, Framestore turned to Vicon motion capture products and a live link that helped two production teams make crucial decisions, five time zones away.
The American Film Institute’s Tech Showcase for AFI Fest 2017 will include a selection of 360-degree, virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive short film experiences representing a cross-section of what's currently possible in this new cinematic medium. The showcase will be on display November 11–14 at The Hollywood Roosevelt, in the Academy Room and Johnny Grant Suite.
Australian visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures produced more than 170 final visual effects shots for Thor: Ragnarok¸ the new film from Marvel Studios. Working under the supervision of director Taika Waititi, production visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison and production visual effects producer Cyndi Ochs, RSP’s team spent more than 18 months helping to craft some of the film’s most memorable, creative and technically challenging scenes. It was RSP’s first project for Marvel.
Deluxe announced today that it has strengthened its suite of managed services from Deluxe Distribution with new over the top capabilities by adding Smart Video Engine to the video supply chain technology stack built by Deluxe Technologies. This new OTT platform gives Deluxe a game changing, unified end-to-end solution that removes the complexity and burdensome cost of managing multiple vendors and integrations across the video supply chain. With this platform, Deluxe Distribution is a global “one stop shop” for clients looking for solutions that simplify the growing challenges and complexities of content management and distribution.
The United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens paid family leave. In the new documentary Zero Weeks, which premieres November 11 at DOC NYC in New York City, director Ky Dickens explores the impact of that policy on families dealing with the birth of a child, a medical crisis or an aging parent. For many Americans, especially those with low incomes, it comes down to a choice between keeping a job and caring for someone they love.
Visual effects studio FuseFX has named Jim Rygiel executive visual effects supervisor. Rygiel is a three-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who has been a leader in visual effects for many years.
Panasonic is delivering its AU-EVA1 5.7K handheld cinema camera, which has a suggested list price of $7,495.