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HPA Accepting Entries for Creativity Awards in Editing, Color Grading, Sound and Visual Effects

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has opened its call for entries in creative categories for the HPA Awards. The Awards, now in their 14th year, are considered important recognition for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, acknowledging creative artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, episodic, and commercials. The 14th HPA Awards gala will be returning to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019.

VFX Veteran Rebecca Manning Joins Alkemy X

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Alkemy X has hired Rebecca Manning as compositing supervisor for its visual effects division. Manning brings 16 years of experience and more than 40 major feature film and television credits, including Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avatar. Manning will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio and will lead its compositing team on projects including the television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fear of the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes and Blindspot.

Ymagis Group Reports First-Quarter 2019 Revenue

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 13:08 -- Nick Dager

The Ymagis Group’s today reported an increase in revenue of 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 following four consecutive quarters in decline. Thanks to robust equipment sales and its geographical expansion, CinemaNext recorded a 45 percent increase in revenue at €17.0 million, which more than offset the scheduled reduction in virtual print fee revenue.

Fighting RF Interference

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Production sound mixer Adam P. Lawrence has had a lifelong love for audio/visual storytelling. For the last decade, Lawrence has turned that passion into a career, mixing audio on countless film and television productions. As with any field production, radio frequency interruptions rank highly on the list of worst-case scenarios among audio professionals.

What is a Movie (Theatre)?

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:22 -- Nick Dager

Am I alone in thinking that filmmakers and exhibitors have embraced the digital cinema transition with more enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence than the Hollywood studios? Given that Hollywood started the drive to digital, that would be incredibly ironic. I ask this because, last week in Vanity Fair, Nicole Sperling wrote a fascinating article about the current debate apparently raging in Hollywood over the question: what is a movie? But the article raised a different question for me: in the second decade of the digital cinema era, what is a movie theatre?

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Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Lil Peep Documentary Everybody’s Everything

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 13:01 -- Nick Dager

Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired worldwide rights to Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan’s SXSW music documentary, Everybody’s Everything. The film follows the life and career of Lil Peep, the genre-bending rapper who was just rising to fame when he died of an accidental drug overdose at 21 years old. Dubbed the future of emo by Pitchfork, Gustav Åhr was influential in bringing emo and pop-punk to hip-hop through his mixtapes, released via SoundCloud. Ahr’s first mixtape, 2015’s Lil Peep Part One generated 4,000 plays in its first week.

Panasonic V-Log Update Earns Netflix Post Alliance Approval

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:06 -- Nick Dager

The latest free firmware upgrade to Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 4K/HD HDR-capable camera system has added V-Log output, incorporating the full power of the colorimetry of the company’s line of VariCam and AU-EVA1 cinema cameras and making the camera useful for post-production workflows. With the inclusion of V-Log, the AK-UC4000 has earned approval of the Netflix Post Alliance for creating Netflix-approved content, joining the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, VariCam PURE and EVA1 on the sanctioned list.

Screenvision’s Corner Stories Open for Business

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:02 -- Nick Dager

In honor of Small Business Week, Screenvision Media has announced today that it will host its nationwide Corner Stories promotion for the second year in a row. Corner Stories, a feature in Screenvision’s Front + Center cinema preshow, was created by the company’s in-house creative team, and is part of Screenvision Media’s ongoing efforts to champion small businesses and highlight their compelling stories on the big screen.

Alcons Loudspeaker Designed for All Immersive Sound Formats

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:56 -- Nick Dager

The Alcons Audio CRS8 is a 2-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats. Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRS8 combines an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible.

Bi-Coastal ACES Workflow for Little

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:27 -- Nick Dager

Once principal photography began in Atlanta last summer for Universal Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ fantasy comedy Little the post-production workflow also began. The bi-coastal effort by FotoKem’s Atlanta and Burbank facilities supported the production from digital dailies all the way through a full Academy Color Encoding System finish.

Shooting The Enemy Within

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Frank Prinzi ASC chose Panasonic VariCam 4K cinema cameras to shoot The Enemy Within, a prime-time psychological thriller that recently premiered on NBC. The hour-long show follows the exploits of a former CIA operative serving a life sentence for treason who is freed by the FBI to help track down a dangerous and elusive criminal.

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