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.
intoPix has introduced its JPEG XS Plugin for Adobe Premiere for video editing and live streaming, which the company says is an innovative solution that significantly speeds up the pre- and post-production pipeline in JPEG XS format.
Editorial and post-production finishing for the eight-episode, first season of the hit Starz series P-Valley was centered in New York as several Post New York Alliance member companies helped bring the fictional small town of Chucalissa, Mississippi vibrantly to life. New York City facilities Goldcrest Post, Harbor and Technicolor PostWorks each played a role in the project, as did Foley specialist Alchemy Post Sound and VFX studio The Molecule.
Pacific Post in Los Angeles has released the remote collaboration platform PacPost.live. Originally built as an internal solution to immediately address the demands for remote work in March due to pandemic lockdowns, Pacific Post has added features to make PacPost.live a robust live streaming solution, and is now offering it to the broader industry.
DejaSoft has released version 3.2 of DejaEdit to further expand its Avid remote file sharing software and to support Microsoft Azure secure storage. Another major highlight includes the safeguarding of project files with robust prior encryption before they are directed to an assigned media server chosen by the customer.
With normal production not an option during the pandemic, at the request of advertising agency The Marketing Arm, the Chicago creative company The Colonie remotely edited, color graded and finished a live-action commercial for State Farm insurance. Its team rallied, pulling volumes of stock shots, user generated content in conjunction with Catch & Release and even augmented footage by filming their own families at home in scenarios that have become the new norm.
The White Wall has been called one of the most exciting scripted television series to come out of Scandinavia in recent years with its unique storyline, high production value and superb cast. It was primarily shot in a remote village in northern Finland and set in the present time with science fiction elements. The story was based on an unusual white wall discovered deep underground at a mining site of one of the world’s largest nuclear waste depositories.
Hula Post, Burbank, California, has launched Hula Post Everywhere, its newest post-production service. Primarily developed as a solution to create remote workflows during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hula Post Everywhere is wherever feature and television editors need to be, anywhere in the U.S.