Making a successful feature film is one of the most difficult things there is to do. Having adequate financing in place is just part of the challenge. Several other elements are just as critical including a good script, a talented cast and crew, a laundry list of sophisticated technology, decent weather, and a lot of luck. With a completed feature film in hand, a filmmaker still must find a company that shares a passion for that film and will agree to distribute it properly. For many successful independent filmmakers, that is where their job ends. But should it end there?
The American Film Institute has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to embark upon a landmark initiative to study thousands of short films released in the silent and early sound eras. Titled Behind the Veil after a lost 1914 film directed by pioneering filmmaker Lois Weber, the project will be spearheaded by the AFI research team at the AFI Catalog, the world’s most authoritative, freely accessible database of every American feature film and co-production released in the first century of the art form. The project is intended to document the cultural impact of women and people of color in the creation, distribution, and reception of early cinema.
The Trusted Partner Network, the world’s leading film and television content security initiative, is expanding its program to better serve the media and entertainment industry as it continues to grow globally and in complexity, and now conducts much of its business in the cloud. TPN’s expansion will be rolled out in phases and will introduce a more flexible and comprehensive program to better suit service providers’ and content owners’ priorities and needs.
Hula Post supplied editing systems for The Batman, the long-running franchise on the superhero, based on the DC Comics character Batman. The feature harkens back to his second year of crime-fighting when he pursues the Riddler. Hula Post provided Avid Media Composer workstations, Nexis storage, and workflow designs for editor William Hoy, ACE, and first assistant editor Matthew Simpson initially in their homes then later at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California for the entire editorial team.
Digital image solutions provider for movies and TV shows, DITBrazil, relies on Dejero for connectivity in a new virtual workflow to streamline the creative process for cinematic and commercial productions. Dejero EnGo and GateWay solutions have enabled uninterrupted real-time streaming of high-quality video and data directly from film and commercial sets across Brazil to disparate creative teams, enabling instant remote collaboration.
The data company Hammerspace has expanded its European presence to provide organizations with ability to consolidate datacenter and cloud storage while orchestrating global data to decentralized applications and users. Today, more than 35 percent of the Hammerspace customer base is in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EMEA growth has been fueled by the availability of the Hammerspace software in local regions of AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. The company says the addition of a London-based hub, local sales team, and a new distribution partner enables it to support its EMEA customers most effectively and accelerate business in high-growth markets.
In a virtual meeting scheduled for March 2, SMPTE Hollywood will explore the challenges of cybersecurity in the post-pandemic world. A panel of security experts will discuss threats and vulnerabilities that have arisen due to the expansion of remote working and changes in production practices in the wake of COVID-19—and offer advice on how to protect against them.
The European Audiovisual Observatory has announced the Lumiere film database.
Liquid Media has signed a letter of intent to acquire Digital Cinema United. “With the acquisition of DCU, Liquid inherits DCU’s longstanding position as a company of choice for the entertainment and media industry,” says Liquid Media CEO Ron Thomson. “The services DCU provides are essential to film and TV producers and distributors, engage with clients across every aspect of the supply chain, supercharge our solution engine and further our reach.
Autodesk has acquired Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world’s most complex and challenging productions, including The Midnight Sky, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and The Matrix Resurrections. The acquisition of Moxion’s talent and technology will expand Autodesk’s own cloud platform for media and entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain.