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Visual Effects Collective PHD Launches in LA

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:07 -- Nick Dager

PHD has been launched in Los Angeles as a new collective led by visual effects industry veterans John Hughes and Helena Packer and film/TV/commercials director Kevin Donovan. The company, a full service post-production house working across the genres of VR/AR, independent films, documentaries, select TV projects including limited series, and commercials, also offers clients live action production services. PHD has offices in Los Angeles, India, Malaysia and South Africa.

Kees van Oostrum to Serve Second Term as ASC President

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers has re-appointed Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization, based on votes by the board of governors. The ASC board also elected its officers for the 2017-2018 term, including: Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.

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.

Filming Big Cats in Kenya

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

Filming big cats in Kenya isn’t easy. Unlike actors, these magnificent animals don’t follow cues or take direction. Catching, focusing and framing your shots is paramount. You really need to see what’s going on. That’s why ACS 2017 Australian Cinematographer of the Year Abraham Joffe turned to the Atomos Shogun monitor recorders with their daylight-viewable high brightness screens for his latest project. Every Flame and Inferno series recorder has a seven-inch display with an incredible 1500 nits of brightness. “When we are out here in the African bush we are often in pretty strong light. Even without a hood I can see what’s going on on the screen,” Joffe said. “Atomos is the best screen on the market in my opinion and it’s a piece of kit that would stay in my bag wherever I go around the world.”

AFI Launches Three-Year 50th Anniversary Celebration

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:27 -- Nick Dager

Fifty years ago the American Film Institute began its mission to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. Established by Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential mandate in the White House Rose Garden, AFI is commemorating its golden milestone today at the AFI Conservatory Commencement on the grounds of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Indiepay Rebrands Itself as GreenSlate

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

Entertainment payroll company Indiepay officially unveiled its rebrand today as GreenSlate with the launch of enhanced entertainment payroll and accounting software. Now, GreenSlate users have all-digital employee start-work capabilities, digital/mobile timecards, online purchase order management, and prepaid cards to replace petty cash.

Sony Developing CineAlta Cinema Camera with 36x24mm Sensor

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:17 -- Nick Dager

Sony Electronics has announced plans for its next-generation CineAlta digital motion picture camera system, which would include a full frame 36x24mm sensor exclusively designed for this camera.This latest addition to the CineAlta family is being developed through careful research and close collaboration with creative professionals including directors, cinematographers and digital imaging technicians.

Fate Top 4DX Film of 2017

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:32 -- Nick Dager

The Fate of the Furious is the most watched 4DX film of 2017, and is expected to surpass the 1.5 million-attendance mark. The box office success was driven by the best opening week performance in 4DX history, reaching 760,000 moviegoers – 31 percent more than the first week attendance for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (580,000) in 2015.

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Dolby, Universal Music Celebrate Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and Universal Music Group today announced special listening events for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, remixed in Dolby Atmos at the illustrious Abbey Road Studios in London, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic album. Listening events will take place today at select cinemas in the United States and Canada.

Through a Different Prism

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:32 -- Nick Dager

Director of photography Bobby Bukowski (When We Rise, Weeds, The Messenger, Arlington Road) has completed production of the upcoming Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts and Billy Crudup. Bukowski shot the 10-episode dramatic series with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “The greatest gift of the VariCam is the impetus to drop old habits, reinvent techniques and redefine who you are as an artist,” said Bukowski. “It’s wonderful and exciting to look at your craft through a different prism.

SMPTE New York Considers Production Options for HDR and WCG

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:23 -- Nick Dager

The June meeting of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, New York region, will be devoted to discussions surrounding two essential topics facing the video industry today – the 2110 SMPTE production standard for video-over-IP and how to optimize video signals for wide color gamut and high dynamic range formats.

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