With 2020 having been a highly unusual year for the recording industry, the release of Taylor Swift’s Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on the Disney+ platform at the end of November provided a welcome, intimate insight into one of the biggest recording stars of our time. A mix between documentary film and live performance, the 106-minute-long movie sees Swift perform all the tracks from her Folklore album live at the secluded Long Pond Studio in upstate New York.
Production & Post-Production
Continuing its long-time support for independent film, Goldcrest Post provided post-production sound and/or picture services for six films screening in this year’s Sundance Film Festival. They include four films taking part in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, and one each including in the NEXT and Shorts tracks. All are world premieres. The festival will be held via new proprietary streaming platform from January 28 to February 3.
Deluxe announced today that it has acquired UK-based Sundog Media Toolkit. Financial terms were not disclosed.
As virtual production has gained momentum during the pandemic, and could well continue when it’s over, Sony Electronics has introduced two-direct view LED screens – the modular C-series with high contrast and the B-series with high brightness. The B-series was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment to reflect the creator's needs.
SMPTE today announced that the members newly elected and returning to the SMPTE Board of Governors have begun the 2021-22 term. The board includes experienced SMPTE leaders, some moving into new roles, as well as several new additions.
One Union Recording Studios, the Bay Area’s largest, independent recording facility, has added senior engineer Eduardo Mendoza to its mix staff. Mendoza arrives from a similar post with Facebook and brings more than 15 years of experience in audio recording, editing and mixing for broadcast, digital, corporate and other media.
When Graham Sheldon got the call from showrunner Johnny Fountain to be his DP for remote production on the new Behind Every Man series, he felt up to the challenge. Sheldon’s technical background, and his willingness to try new and potentially unproven shooting methods gave him the confidence to capture the interview-heavy documentary-series amid COVID-19 restrictions.
The global pandemic has forced the world’s cinemas to close down. The biggest film festival in Scandinavia is therefore creating The Isolated Cinema on the lighthouse island of Pater Noster. One film enthusiast will be able to enjoy the festival in total isolation on a rock far out at sea, with film as his or her only companion. There will also be exclusive one-person film screenings at two iconic venues in Göteborg. Our world looks very different today, and so too does the Göteborg Film Festival. The 2021 festival will be digital, with audience having access to all the films, premieres and talks via a digital platform. Some participants will also get a real-life experience with the opportunity to watch the films in total seclusion: The Isolated Cinema.
Matt Scott has joined media and entertainment storage company GB Labs to further develop the company’s presence in the Americas. As solutions architect and pre-sales engineer, Scott will be based in California, and work with both resellers and end users.
The future of independent film production in a post-covd-19 world is taking “virtual” shape at Pace Pictures in Hollywood. The boutique facility recently used groundbreaking virtual production technology to produce Match, a feature-length romantic comedy from director Sean McGinly (Silver Lake, The Great Buck Howard). Actors were shot on a green screen stage and placed into virtual three-dimensional environments while incorporating complex camera movement and lighting. Most remarkably, principal photography was accomplished in just five days and at a fraction of the cost of most conventional film productions.