The Nordic region's largest film festival is happy to return to the cinemas in Göteborg next year. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition of Göteborg Film Festival became a digital event. The digital edition turned out to be a great audience success with visitors from all over the country. Therefore, Göteborg Film Festival 2022 will show films both in cinemas and online from January 28 through February 6, 2022.
Production & Post-Production
The Entertainment Globalization Association has released a report on consumer viewing habits of localized content versions. The EGA, working in part with Whip Media, surveyed more than 15,000 consumers from France, Italy, Germany, and Spain (FIGS) regarding their viewing habits on streaming platforms. The overall findings indicate that 61 percent of respondents encountered poor localization quality on a monthly basis, and perhaps more concerning, that nearly 65 percent have stopped watching a movie or TV show in the last year as a result.
The Producers Guild of America and Google have announced up to two $50,000 grants as part of The Short Film Project presented by the Producers Guild and Google. This opportunity is offered exclusively to PGA Create Fellows from its recent scripted lab for emerging and mid-career creative producers from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry. This new opportunity extends Google’s previously announced lead sponsorship of the PGA Create lab.
Southern California-based Arcadian is a specialist in creating and managing workflows to produce streaming content. It offers expertise in transcoding and interoperable media format packaging, ensuring that content is ready for delivery to consumers according to the specific protocols, formats and packaging requirements of individual streaming services. The workhorse tool the company uses to accomplish that task is Cortex from MTI Film.
MBS Equipment Company, which calls itself the largest studio-based equipment company in the world for film, television, and events, is opening new east coast headquarters in Georgia. The headquarters, based in Fayette County at Trilith Studios, will span 100,000 square feet, making it the company’s largest global hub.
The UK-based career planning service My First Job in Film, which is focused on aspiring film and television industry professionals, has launched in North America. It helps students and others get a foot in the door in the entertainment industry through a wealth of career planning tools and access to short- and long-term employment opportunities and internships across a range of production and post-production roles. Begun in 2011, the company’s UK program has successfully helped hundreds of aspirants embark on industry career paths.
While it begins as a “dull, dark and soundless day,” the famous Edgar Allen Poe short story, The Fall of the House of Usher, is anything but boring or quiet. In fact, the chilling tale of Roderick Usher, a man living alone, seemingly descending into madness, comes to life in the upcoming horror/thriller film 3 Days Rising. As the film’s gruesome story unravels, sound plays a pivotal role in telling the tale. But that was not without its challenges.
SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, has announced the program for its annual technical conference, SMPTE 2021 ATC, a virtual event with half-day sessions running over six days from November 9-11 and November 16-18. Through technical sessions, networking and social events, interactive discussions, and keynote presentations, SMPTE 2021 ATC participants will gain access to the people, knowledge, and perspectives driving the ongoing evolution of media and entertainment.
Rising Sun Pictures has added two post-doctoral researchers from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to lead a new initiative centered on the application of artificial intelligence to its visual effects pipeline. Dr. John Bastian and Dr. Ben Ward will develop pipeline tools based on machine learning and other AI applications as a means of streamlining visual effects production and creating visuals that look more photorealistic.
With a total area of 11,265 square metres and claiming the largest LED wall in Korea, VA Corporation’s new VA Studio Hanam in Hanam, South Korea, provides what the company is calling state-of-the-art in-camera visual effects facilities optimized for immersive content production. Created in partnership with ARK Ventures in South Korea, this unique virtual production infrastructure is powered by Brompton Technology LED processing, with 4K Tessera SX40 processors driving four large LED walls that are all part of the new virtual production hub located in Hanam.