Rising Sun Pictures served as a principal visual effects provider for The Eight Hundred, the epic war film from director Guan Hu and Huayi Brothers Media and Haining Seventh Image Movie & Media Company. To date, the film has already earned more than $200 million in Chinese theatres alone. The film centers on the true story of the 1937 Battle of Shanghai where a Chinese battalion mounted a determined defense of the Sihang Warehouse from the invasion of the Japanese army. Working in collaboration with BangBang Pictures, Beijing, and overall VFX supervisor RSP’s Tim Crosbie, RSP contributed scores of richly detailed, seamless visual effects to support the film’s riveting combat scenes, all set around a massive warehouse complex near the city center.
Production & Post-Production
For more than three decades, Warner Bros. re-recording mixer Jonathan Wales has created audio magic for numerous feature films, documentaries and television shows. Two recent projects were the Warner Bros. movie Doctor Sleep and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. As content creation and technical specifications change, Wales finds himself having to adapt to newer audio compliance standards across a variety of platforms.
DejaSoft has released version 3.2 of DejaEdit to further expand its Avid remote file sharing software and to support Microsoft Azure secure storage. Another major highlight includes the safeguarding of project files with robust prior encryption before they are directed to an assigned media server chosen by the customer.
When New York City began Phase 4 reopening of its economy, it paved the way for the resumption of film and television production under restrictions designed to forestall the spread of coronavirus. Productions must implement testing, apply rigorous cleaning measures and practice social distancing. But the good news is, the city is back in the business of making films and television shows.
OwnZones Entertainment Technologies has announced that its cloud-based platform Connect, and its integrated features like FrameDNA have been named finalists in both the SaaS Awards, for Best Data-Driven SaaS technology and the CSI Awards for Best Use of Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning in Video.
The heads of two of New York’s leading animation studios will discuss prospects for their industry in the next edition of Post Break, the weekly webinar series from Post New York Alliance. James Belfer of Brooklyn’s Cartuna and Mary Nittolo of the Studio NYC will reveal how their companies are surviving the pandemic and how they plan to thrive in the future. The free event, which is called The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future is slated for Thursday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Production sound mixer Ben Nimkin has worked on a long list of compelling documentaries including Fyre Fraud; Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story; States of Undress; Gaycation and more. With a specialty for investigative documentaries, Nimkin is no stranger to capturing highly emotional conversations and working in extreme environments. Experience has taught him – sometimes the hard way – that in documentary work you usually have just one chance to get the sound right.
Integrated Media Technologies has joined the Active Archive Alliance, which promotes modern strategies to solve data growth challenges. IMT’s software division recently introduced SoDA, an intelligent data management software application that provides real-time, actionable insights for data management strategies and cloud storage spend.
VFX Legion, a remote boutique-style global company, has announced the opening of a full-scale division in British Columbia. An early proponent of the virtualization of visual effects, industry veteran James David Hattin launched the company in 2013, introducing a groundbreaking collaborative work-from-home business model almost a decade before COVID-19 made social distancing essential. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company’s new Kelowna-based division takes its road-tested remote visual effect services to the next level.
The Hollywood Professional Association will hold its second Industry Recovery Task Force virtual global town hall meeting on August 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT.