Arri will support the Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ The Future is Calling campaign with a contribution of $300,000 in Canadian currency. The $3.75 million campaign, launched in November, will support a national outreach, education, internship, and online educational program to break down barriers marginalized communities face in accessing jobs in the film and television industry. The campaign has received support from the industry, government, and philanthropic funders. More than half the goal has been pledged to date.
Production & Post-Production
The Post New York Alliance has added three new members to its association: Cadence Effects, Running Man, and Shishkin Productions. The PNYA continues to grow as New York’s post-production industry expands and more companies and individual professionals seek to support its mission of advocating for the state’s media tax credit program and other issues of common interest.
SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, is partnering with the Open Services Alliance for media to present the Media Microservices Summit, hosted by Microsoft in New York City, May 11-12. The free two-day event will offer a comprehensive review of current progress and future initiatives aimed at bringing interoperability to media processing in the cloud and to microservices in particular.
New York Women in Film & Television will provide film production grants to El Pueblo vs. Austeridad / The People vs. Austerity and Coquito. The projects come from two of the 12 media making teams selected for Good Pitch Local Puerto Rico, where they pitched live from Puerto Rico via webcast to a group of advisors, with connections to non-governmental organizations, distributors, and foundations.
Hifi Productions has launched Storyteller, a new production music label from Emmy Award-winning composer/producer Joel Goodman. Available exclusively through Universal Production Music, the label’s initial release comprises seven albums of production-ready music drawing on Goodman’s singular ability to weave human emotion into contemporary musical narratives.
The winning films in the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Finish the Script Challenge were screened late last month in separate events in Los Angeles and New York. The winners are Alejandra Araujo of Jamaica, New York for Shipped Out; Eleanor Cho of Artesia, California for Dinner is Ready; Antonio Salume of Mexico City, Mexico, and Amy B. Tiong of Waterbury, Connecticut for Take Care Zora; and Christian Osagiede of Los Angeles, California for Hunted.
HBO Max’s new series Tokyo Vice, a co-production with Endeavor Content and WoWow, is a gripping crime drama loosely inspired by Jake Adelstein’s bestseller about his real-life experiences as an American journalist working for a major Japanese newspaper in the late ‘90s. The show’s eight-episode first season follows Adelstein (Ansel Elgort) as he pursues members of the Yakuza crime family while navigating the vagaries of Japanese culture and bonding with veteran detective, Hiroto Katagiri (Ken Watanabe).
Zeiss has introduced CinCraft Mapper, a new digital service that quickly and easily provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for the visual effects industry. This data is essential for digital compositing to achieve a cinematic result that is as realistic and precise as possible.
Laika, the studio known for the Academy Award-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, has announced The Night Gardener, a new project in conjunction with Bill Dubuque, creator of Netflix’s hit series Ozark. Laika’s CEO and president Travis Knight, who directed Kubo and the Two Strings and Paramount’s Bumblebee, will direct from Dubuque’s original screenplay.
Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street film series have been haunting horror film lovers for forty years. One of the people behind this successful iconic movie was Bill Terezakis, the visual effects master who created the Freddy Krueger double full body burn and the claw gloves among many other things.