Awarding-winning production and post-production house Fifty Fifty in London has invested in a Leader LV5600 broadcast-quality waveform monitor for use at its Soho headquarters. The newly installed instrument is being used as the master reference for quality control of television and digital film productions. It was supplied by Leader distribution partner Thameside.
MTI Film has released an updated version of Cortex, its line of software for managing media from the set to the screen. Cortex v5.4 includes dozens of new and enhanced features designed to improve the handling of camera media, dailies production, post-production processing and deliverables packaging. User experience has also been significantly improved, making it even easier to manage projects through successive stages of production and post.
Hula Post provided Avid systems, technical support, creative space, and remote editing solutions for Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action Cruella recently released in theaters and simultaneously on Disney+. Tatiana S. Riegel, ACE, edited the long-awaited feature.
Big Pic Media has delivered 4K high dynamic range monitoring, display calibration and mastering systems to Evolutions, one of Britain's largest independent post-production companies. The project forms part of ongoing investment in new resources. It includes four Sony BVM-HX310 4K HDR master monitors, an MTI Film Cortex Enterprise mastering and validation system and a Portrait Display Calman Ultimate display calibration bundle.
Acclaimed voice actors Kelly Stables and David Cowgill will host the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Stables and Cowgill will be joined by presenters from around the world in honoring outstanding achievement in sound editing across 22 categories, spanning motion pictures, television, animation, computer entertainment, and student work.
MTI Film in Hollywood is expanding its Remote Data Center, boosting capacity and adding new, cloud-based services, as editing teams increasingly embrace remote work, not merely as a stopgap measure during the pandemic, but as the new and more efficient paradigm for post-production. MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff says that editors who began working remotely out of necessity are now doing so by choice. “Editors like the practical benefits of being able to work from home or other remote sites,” he said. “The pandemic was the catalyst, but remote work is quickly becoming the preferred choice for editing because it improves productivity and flexibility, and it enhances lifestyles. Based on the experience thus far, we believe the future will be a hybrid of remote and on-premises operations supported by universal connectivity.”
Creative Solutions has announced that Teradek has partnered with Frame.io to support Frame.io C2C (camera to cloud), a cloud-based workflow that bridges on-set camera capture with post-production NLE systems. This process is poised to forever transform the way in which production and editorial interact.
Assimilate today announced DIT Pack, a new product bundle that includes Assimilate’s advanced Scratch dailies software and Live Looks for live grading single and multi-cam set-ups. The DIT Pack is ideal for modern production workflows that require extensive previz on-set to increase creative control, and to streamline post workflows after the shoot.
The Hollywood Professional Association Industry Recovery Task Force will explore how CBS/ITV Entertainment’s Love Island USA moved from Fiji to Las Vegas and kept their exacting production and delivery schedule intact in the midst of the Coronavirus upheaval, late in 2020. HPA’s Virtual Town Hall, the latest in the series produced by the Industry Recovery Task Force, will take place on February 10 from 11:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. PDT.
Erin Vassilopoulos’ directorial feature debut, Superior, is having its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Superior was inspired by a short film of the same name that she wrote and directed in 2015 when she was working on her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While both films explore the relationship of identical twins and feature the same actresses, they tell very different stories. In the feature length version, when Marian is on the run, she goes to the only place she knows is safe: her childhood home. She is greeted by her estranged sister, Vivian, a stay-at-home housewife struggling to conceive and on the verge of a failing marriage. Though the two are identical twins, they live opposite lives. Marian’s mysterious return disrupts Vivian’s small-town routine, and the sisters must learn to reconnect and reconcile. When Marian's haunting past finally catches up to her, their separate worlds collide, catapulting both sisters into grave danger. I spoke with Vassilopoulos by email during the Festival. Our conversation began with what it was about twins that captured her imagination as a storyteller.