Production & Post-Production

Facing the Challenge of Giant Screen Close-Ups

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Peter Chang has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. In a break from giant screen tradition, his film features close-ups. To accomplish that, he turned to Cooke lenses.

New Jumanji Raised the Stakes in Sound Production

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:29 -- Nick Dager

In Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang from the 2017 hit, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. The film, which made its way to North American theatres in December, has collected more than $600 million at the global box office. Also marking a return engagement is the team from Sony Pictures Post Production Services that created the earlier film’s soundtrack.

HPA Tech Retreat 2020 Main Program Lineup Announced

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:17 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has announced additional details for its 2020 HPA Tech Retreat, which will take place February 17-20. The HPA Tech Retreat includes the main conference program, Supersession, TR-X and the Innovation Zone as well as extensive networking and meeting opportunities that are incorporated throughout the four day event. The 2020 HPA Tech Retreat will take place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Dolby Salutes Oscar Nominees

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:12 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories congratulates this year’s Academy Award nominees who have used Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to bring their films to life. With the help of Dolby technologies these artists delivered spectacular experiences to audiences globally. The Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9.

Elite Media Adds Sony 4K HDR Mastering Monitors

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

Santa Clarita, California post-production facility Elite Media Technologies has added two Sony BVM-HX310 31-inch 4K high dynamic range master monitors to complement several BVM-X300, 30-inch 4K/HDR OLED reference monitors. The new HX310s work in conjunction with the X300s in critical monitoring situations, mastering and quality control environments and advance Elite’s HDR capabilities by offering support for wider color gamuts and providing up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. In addition, the HX310s can be color-matched to the incumbent X300 monitors for accurate color reproduction throughout the facility.

Goldcrest Post Supports Five Sundance Films

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 12:17 -- Nick Dager

Goldcrest Post provided post-production services for five films making their world premieres in the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Four of those films, The 40-Year-Old Version, Nine Days, Save Yourselves! and Shirley, have each been accepted in the festival’s prestigious U.S. Dramatic Competition. The Truffle Hunters is included in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The festival runs January 23 to February 2 in Park City, Utah.

ASC Announces Feature Film Nominees

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:34 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated eight feature films in the theatrical and spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Leading the list of nominees is Roger Deakins for 1917. This is his 16th nomination; he has won four times for The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Skyfall, and Blade Runner 2049.

Grading a VFX Tour de Force

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:38 -- Nick Dager

One of the most awaited drama series of 2019, His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf for BBC and HBO, was finished at Technicolor in London. With a story set in a parallel universe that seems like the Britain of a century ago, and with fantastic elements such as giant armored polar bears and ever-present demons – animal representations of the human soul – the production is a tour de force of visual effects, and therefore somewhat demanding of the colorist, Jean-Clément Soret.

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