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Deluxe Companies Finish American Gods

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:24 -- Nick Dager

Starz's original series American Gods adapts author Neil Gaiman's novel into a feast of visceral imagery. Developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the ambitious project features extensive visual effects, which were facilitated via The Portal, Deluxe’s cloud-based proprietary service.

Creating a Period Look

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:08 -- Nick Dager

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be a real mermaid, in the 1930s period tale The Little Mermaid, a live-action film inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and co-directed by Chris Bouchard and Blake Harris. Book-ended in the present day, The Little Mermaid gave cinematographer Neil Oseman the opportunity to use Cooke S4/i lenses to their fullest, capturing the look he loves from the fantasy/adventure films of the 1980s and1990s for The Little Mermaid’s 1930s look.

Christie Returns to SIFF

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:02 -- Nick Dager

Christie is the exclusive digital projection partner for the Shanghai International Film Festival for the ninth consecutive year. The event, which is taking place from June 17-26, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films. Currently in its 20th year, the star-studded festival kicked off in style with the screening of Danish Academy Award-winning film and television director Bille August’s latest film The Chinese Widow starring Emile Hirsch and Crystal Liu, while Chinese director Zheng Chang’s crime action film Detonator will close the event.

Horse Soldiers 100th Dolby Cinema Title

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Horse Soldiers is the 100th Dolby Cinema title. "Reaching the 100th announced title for Dolby Cinema is a tremendous accomplishment that couldn’t have been achieved without the support from the directors and filmmakers who want to use the best technology for their storytelling,” said Doug Darrow, senior vice president, cinema business group, Dolby Laboratories. “In 2017 we announced 44 Dolby Cinema titles, more than any other premium format, which is a testament to the ongoing commitment from Hollywood and studios around the world to deliver the best experience to the cinema.”

Avoiding Torn Frames in Ghost

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:38 -- Nick Dager

Typically, torn frames appear when a flash or strobe is not properly timed with a camera’s shutter and frame rate. They appear as a flash in the bottom half of one frame followed by a flash in the top half of the next frame. An innovative light source helped Ghost in the Shell cinematographer Jess Hall, BSC avoid the problem and bring a new level of visual sophistication to director Rupert Sanders’ epic feature.

Long Distance Snow Job

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

For Nissan’s Return of the Snowman spot, visual effects specialists The Embassy in Vancouver banded together with post house Alter Ego in Toronto. The Embassy is well known for its photo-realistic, hard surface VFX work, from creating the digital Iron Man suits for all three films to building massive drop ship hangers for The Hunger Games trilogy. Having worked on countless commercials with Alter Ego, The Embassy made the decision to become part of the creative process for grading, to improve the efficiency and precision of their VFX work and present a consistent preview to their clients.

Jellyfish Opens Virtual VFX Studios

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:48 -- Nick Dager

BAFTA and multi-award winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures has opened two new virtual visual effects facilities in Oval, London, creating what it believes are the first virtual VFX studios in Europe and marking great advancements in the way VFX practitioners work. The new sites are in addition to Jellyfish Pictures’ established studios in Brixton, South London, and Fitzrovia, Central London, and increase capacity by a further 70 artists, taking the company’s total workforce to nearly 200 employees.

Genelec Upgrades 1032 Monitors

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:40 -- Nick Dager

Genelec has upgraded its popular 1032 two-way nearfield monitors with the features and flexibility of Smart Active Monitoring. Offering the wide dynamic range, pristine imaging and on/off axis response for which the Genelec 1000 Series is known, the 1032C adds advanced monitor auto-calibration and networking software, plus across-the-board improvements including a digital input, higher SPL and increased low frequency extension.

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