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“A Movie We See with Our Ears”

Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:14 -- Nick Dager

This week, the Motion Picture Sound Editors will present George Miller with its annual Filmmaker Award, the organization’s highest honor. The Australian director is being recognized for a diverse body of work that includes Happy Feet (an Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature), Babe: A Pig in the City and Lorenzo’s Oil, as well as Mad Max and its three sequels. Miller has called his masterpiece, Mad Max: Fury Road, “A movie we see with our ears.”

Aquarium Theatre Gets Laser Projection Upgrade

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

Located in Long Beach, California, the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is Southern California’s largest aquarium and the fourth largest aquarium in the United States. The aquarium includes 12,000 animals and more than 100 exhibits that celebrate the inhabitants and ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean. In 2019, the aquarium opened Pacific Visions, a 29,000 square foot, two-story expansion that includes an art gallery, orientation gallery, culmination gallery, and the Honda Pacific Visions Theatre, the centerpiece of the aquarium’s 2019 expansion.

Finding Your Bliss

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 08:43 -- Nick Dager

Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK doesn’t take chances on set. He considers shooting days precious, so he rigorously tests new gear, new moves and new ideas long before he gets to set. “Shooting days are there to shoot” he says, “not to set up and light,” so he comes to the set prepared. The highly visually driven film, Bliss was no exception. A science fiction drama, it stars Owen Wilson as Greg and Salma Hayek as Isabel. The story is set around a man whose life is in disarray when he meets a beautiful woman who tries to convince him he is living in a simulation.

The Effects of a Road Trip

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 08:31 -- Nick Dager

Led by visual effects supervisor James David Hattin, VFX Legion's team delivered a challenging mix of shots for Half Brothers, director Luke Greenfield's new film for Focus Features. A fully remote company since its inception, Legion efficiently created a mix of complex photorealistic effects for the comedic road trip.

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NCG Cinema Opens 26th Location

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

NCG Cinema today unveiled their 26th location in the United States, a brand new, eight-screen theatre in Alton, Illinois. The theatre is one of the first new theatres to be constructed and open in the country following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The new NCG Cinema Alton is designed with more than 850 ultra-plush luxury recliners and the Dolby Digital Sound experience.

Mixing Live Action with VFX

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

Following its Netflix launch in January, Fate: The Winx Saga, the live-action TV adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated series Winx Club quickly shot to number one in the U.S. and number three in the U.K. Cinematographer Frida Wendel FSF shot the series. As Wendell put it, one of her considerations during the live action shoot was how to play around with the visual effects.

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