Production & Post-Production

Black Christmas Re-Imagines ‘70s Horror Classic

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

As Hawthorne College winds down for the Christmas holidays, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority sisters one by one. Produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Get Out) for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic for the 21st century audience. The horror film was directed and co-written by Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Although Takal was a fan of the original film, she wanted to bring attention to contemporary women’s rights issues, in particular the Me-Too movement

Signature Post Launches in Burbank

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:26 -- Nick Dager

Aiming to tap the current boom in film and television production, Signature Post, a fully immersive sound editorial and mixing facility, has launched in Burbank, California. Built by Kaiser Comm Construction, the all-new facility features three Dolby Atmos-certified mix stages and an automated dialogue replacement production stage and will cater to high-end feature and television projects.

MPSE Announces Nominees for the 67th Annual Golden Reel Awards

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 13:41 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced the nominees for the 67th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation, computer entertainment and student productions.

Recreating the Sounds of ‘60s Harlem

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:43 -- Nick Dager

The riveting crime drama Godfather of Harlem has earned critical praise and popular success for its unflinching portrait of 1960s Harlem under the sway of competing criminal gangs. A big part of the show’s uncanny realism derives from its soundtrack, edited and mixed at Goldcrest Post, which blends the idiosyncratic dialogue of Italian and African-American mobsters with meticulously-detailed New York City soundscapes and an absorbing blend of period and contemporary music.

Nugen Audio Awarded Trademark in China

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 11:12 -- Nick Dager

Nugen Audio today announced that its brand has earned an official trademark in China, following a several months-long approvals process. The trademark was fully authorized by the China Trademark Office on October 7. Nugen registered for the trademark on recommendation from its Chinese distributor, Music Marketing, as a means of protecting the brand name and company IP within the Chinese market. This trademark gives the company total control over its brand for the next ten years.

Jellyfish Pictures Claims World’s Largest Virtual VFX and Animation Studio

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 09:42 -- Nick Dager

Multi-award winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures today announced that it has opened its newest facility in South London, Brixton. The new studio seats 200 artists and, in addition to its other four studios spread across South London and Sheffield, will be the company’s official headquarters.

A Conversation with Colorist Julien von Schultzendorff

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:01 -- Nick Dager

Julien von Schultzendorff is a colorist at nhb studios in Germany, which has Baselight grading facilities in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Munich. He has now been with nhb for five years and is well established in the color-grading scene in Germany. At present most of his work is in high-end commercials, for clients like Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Rimowa, Lufthansa and more. His long-term goal is to work on feature films. At the end of 2019 von Schultzendorff will move to Berlin, where nhb is currently building a new Baselight suite, to work alongside Pana Argueta. His father is cinematographer Wedigo von Schultzendorff and his mother a photographer, so he has virtually grown up on set being surrounded by cameras and film crew and equipment, and learning about the visual appeal of pictures. That experience played a big part in how von Schultzendorff chose a career in color grading. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with von Schultzendorff and that’s where our conversation begins.

Recreating One of History’s Biggest Races

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures helped to recreate one of the most thrilling events in the history of auto racing for Ford v Ferrari, the new film from 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold. The studio produced 223 visual effects shots for the film, the majority for an eight-minute sequence depicting the first 24 Hours of Daytona race in 1966. Artists created a historically accurate, digital replica of the famous speedway and filled it with cheering fans.

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