When director Carlos Montero finalized the deal to turn his novel, The Mess You Leave Behind, into an eight-episode mini-series for Netflix, one of the first calls he made was to cinematographer Isaac Vila to ask him to take on the project. Vila, a frequent Cooke lenses user, knew the range of S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses would allow him to achieve a sharp, subtle and smooth rendering to create magical scenery when playing around with the fog, humidity, stone, and contrasts of the scenery the series would have in the background.
Production & Post-Production
Atlanta-based dry-cleaning startup Presso says it has recently closed deals several major movie studios including Netflix, HBO, Apple TV, Fox, Disney, Hulu, and Shudder to handle the cleaning of costumes during productions.
For the fifth consecutive year, the award for outstanding writing of a Nordic drama series, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, will be handed out during TV Drama Vision, Göteborg Film Festival’s conference event and series market. Five drama series from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have been nominated for the prize, which will be awarded to the main writer.
Visualization services company Opsis recently provided end-to-end services from concept, pre-vis, post-vis, and finalizing VFX shots to assembling the right talent on Songbird, director Adam Mason's new dystopian thriller from producer Michael Bay. Opsis integrated VFX Legion into its effects team.
New York Women in Film & Television has presented two filmmakers with grants funded by the Alan M. & Mildred S. Ravenal Foundation. The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant supports the production of a feature film from a female director over 40. Funds may be used for pre-production, production, or post-production.
The historic Michelson Cinema Research Library, the legendary repository of all things Hollywood, was donated to the Internet Archive was today by the Library’s founder, Lillian Michelson. She and the Internet Archive’s founder and digital librarian, Brewster Kahle made the announcement jointly. A virtual ribbon cutting, panel discussion and a screening of the documentary Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, will be held on Wednesday, January 27 from 4-6:30 PM PST. At that time Michelson, 92, will unveil the first phase of her new digital collection.
The documentary Baby God, from first-time director Hannah Olson and executive produced by Academy Award nominees Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, is a shocking examination of the work of a Las Vegas fertility specialist, Dr. Quincy Fortier, and the many women he guided to pregnancy through the use of his own sperm, often without their knowledge or consent. The documentary follows his newly discovered offspring as they grapple with the scope of his misdeeds and the impact that his genes may have on their own identities.
Deluxe has appointed George Eyles executive vice president and general manager, worldwide cinema. He will report directly to Deluxe chief operating officer Warren Stein and be responsible for the company’s global cinema (formerly digital cinema) strategy and operations.
German cine lens manufacturer Ernst Leitz Wetzlar has added a Henri cinematographer’s viewfinder to the new Leica SL2-S camera. The upgraded cine application of the new SL2-S was the main trigger for Leitz to collaborate on this project.
This Wednesday, December 16, at 11:00 a.m. PST, G-Technology’s Martin Christien is hosting a live Zoom conversation with cinematographers Eve Cohen and Jim Geduldick to discuss the various challenges that they have each encountered recently in the midst of the pandemic regarding schedules, production workflows, products/gear, and ensuring safety within physical and virtual production spaces.