The Unholy, a Sony Pictures/Screen Gems feature film produced by Sam Raimi came to a grinding halt just 10 days shy of their wrap date, due to the COVID pandemic. But with the ingenuity of the visual effects and post-production team, the film was pulled off the shelf, solutions were devised, and the film was completed. It hit the big screen in theatres across the country in April – one of the first films to be released theatrically, in the U.S., since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Production & Post-Production
The European Audiovisual Observatory and the UK, which holds the Observatory Presidency for 2021, have announced an international conference to be held June 9, focused on how to accelerate environmental sustainability across the film, TV, and streaming platforms sector.
AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration will once again offer an opportunity for movie fans to view documentary films online and anticipate welcoming a limited number of festivalgoers back to the storied AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland for in-person screenings. Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held June 22-27.
2G Digital Post, Burbank. California has acquired the operating assets and intellectual property of Sub-Techs, a premier localization company and is launching a new, wholly owned localization subsidiary in India called 2G Localization.
The Hollywood Professional Association has called for submissions for the HPA Engineering Excellence Awards. Entries will be accepted until June 18. Celebrating the creative brilliance and ingenuity of the HPA community since 2006, the HPA Awards are sought after recognition by artists, companies, and technologists. In 2021, the HPA Awards gala will take place as an in person and online event in mid-November. The date, as well as further details, will be announced shortly.
The Tribeca Film Festival has selected the Latin American documentary Primera to participate in the 20th anniversary of the international film festival. This year's festival, to be held June 9-20 offers a hybrid of in-person events and Tribeca at Home, the festival’s exclusive online premiere screenings and virtual events. Primera, which will premiere at the festival, was selected among foreign films and documentaries due to its vibrant Latin American production quality, story, and vision.
Joining a growing list of production and post-production companies, Deluxe has announced its support for Amazon’s AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative to accelerate, simplify and deliver a cloud-based media supply chain management system for their clients. Together, the companies provide a flexible cloud service and cloud management portfolio that gives enterprise customers rapid and flexible access to the cloud.
Amazon Web Services has announced the general availability of Amazon Nimble Studio, a new service that enables customers to set up a content production studio in hours instead of weeks, with elasticity that gives them near limitless scale and access to rendering on demand. With Amazon Nimble Studio, the company says customers can rapidly onboard and collaborate with artists from anywhere in the world and produce content faster and more cost effectively.
Streamland Media’s agreement to acquire the Technicolor Post business became final May 1. The company said that Technicolor Post operations have been merged into Streamland Media’s existing portfolio of businesses, including Picture Shop, Formosa Group, Ghost VFX, Picture Head, The Farm Group, and Finalé Post.
On Thursday May 6 the Post New York Alliance will feature the second part in its series on entrepreneurship in the post-production industry in the next edition of Post Break, its free webinar series. A trio of pros, with experience both as freelancers and business owners, will reveal how they launched their careers, found success, and offer advice to others seeking to follow in their footsteps.