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MPSE to Honor John Paul Fasal with Career Achievement Award

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:05 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced today that it will present sound designer and sound recordist John Paul Fasal with its 2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award. A 30-year veteran of the sound industry, Fasal has contributed to more than 150 motion pictures and is best known for his groundbreaking work in field recording. Among his many credits are Top Gun, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and this year’s box office hit Dunkirk. Fasal will receive his award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Gearing Up for The Letdown

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Netflix and the Australian Broadcast Corporation have partnered to produce a new comedy series, The Letdown. Produced and written by Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, the pilot and six half hour episodes follows Audrey, played by Bell, as she navigates the chaos of motherhood while still trying to balance a career-focused husband, a self-absorbed mother, and a care-free best friend. The series also stars Duncan Fellows, Sacha Horler, Noni Hazelhurst and Celeste Barber. Cinematographer Judd Overton shot the series with Panasonic VariCam LT cameras.

HPA Gives Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to NASA, Amazon

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:15 -- Nick Dager

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

Shooting Instrument of War

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:20 -- Nick Dager

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.

Creating the Trash Mesa

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:07 -- Nick Dager

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.

AFI Tech Showcase to be held November 11-14

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:58 -- Nick Dager

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.

Thor Turns to Rising Sun

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

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.

Centerplex Installs Dolby Atmos on Ten Screens

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 14:14 -- Nick Dager

Centerplex Cinemas, one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in Brazil, has announced that it plans to deliver Dolby Atmos immersive audio to 10 screens throughout Brazil. In addition, Centerplex will deploy several Dolby IMS3000 integrated media servers, Dolby multichannel amplifiers and SLS 3-Axis Speakers across its circuit, becoming the first exhibitor in Brazil to install the latest Dolby technology. Plans call for the installation to be completed by the end of 2018.

Deluxe Upgrades OTT Capabilities

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 13:56 -- Nick Dager

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.

Zero Weeks Premieres at DOC NYC

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 08:33 -- Nick Dager

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.

Filmhouse Cinemas Installs Vista Software

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

Filmhouse Cinemas has announced that it will roll out Vista Cinema software across all ten of their cinema sites, comprising 43 screens in total, located throughout Nigeria. The project will commence immediately and is due to be completed by the end of the year. Filmhouse Cinemas holds the largest cinema exhibition market share in Nigeria and operates the only IMAX site in West Africa.

Renegade Animation Promotes Brittney Jorgensen

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:25 -- Nick Dager

Continuing to grow its original programming unit, Renegade Animation has promoted Brittney Jorgensen to the newly created post of head of marketing and development. Jorgensen will work with creators, writers and animators in developing concepts for animated television series and features, and serve as the studio’s chief liaison with studios, broadcasters and streaming services.


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