Buoyed by a boom in motion picture and series production, and commitments from multiple international film productions and streaming series Rising Sun Pictures has expanded by taking charge of the building next to its main studio located in Pulteney Street in Adelaide. The new 5,167 square-foot space, which was acquired to house additional staff, includes a cinema-style screening room, sound proofed meeting and review facilities, and a workspace for up to 80 artists.
AFX Creative of Santa Monica, California, has hired seasoned systems engineer and administrator Toby Gallo as director of technology. The company also promoted Esther Minitser to head of production, Jessica Amburgey to senior color producer, and Stefan Kim to production coordinator. Company founder and managing director Mark Leiss made the announcement.
Fans eagerly awaiting this month’s release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max get intriguing insight into its characters’ backstories and hints at what’s to come through an exhilarating new teaser created by the design studio yU+co.
MTI Film in Hollywood is expanding its Remote Data Center, boosting capacity and adding new, cloud-based services, as editing teams increasingly embrace remote work, not merely as a stopgap measure during the pandemic, but as the new and more efficient paradigm for post-production. MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff says that editors who began working remotely out of necessity are now doing so by choice. “Editors like the practical benefits of being able to work from home or other remote sites,” he said. “The pandemic was the catalyst, but remote work is quickly becoming the preferred choice for editing because it improves productivity and flexibility, and it enhances lifestyles. Based on the experience thus far, we believe the future will be a hybrid of remote and on-premises operations supported by universal connectivity.”
Film and television visual effects company VFX Legion delivered all of the effects for Nocturne, director Ze Quirke’s feature film debut, for Welcome to Blumhouse. Amazon Studios joined forces with Blumhouse Television to create the theme-related series showcasing emerging filmmakers who bring a fresh perspective to the horror genre. Legion’s team produced a mix of complex computer-generated effects that helped elevate the visceral fear and foreboding evoked by the thriller’s untraditional occult theme.
One of the benefits of the visual effects training program at Rising Sun Pictures is that classes are taught within a working visual effects studio, one that has brought to life extraordinary visuals for such box offices hits as Ford v Ferrari, Spider-Man: Far from Home and Captain Marvel. Students enrolled in these courses receive a first-rate education in visual effects and witness, first-hand, how those skills are put to use by top-level professional artists weaving cinematic magic for the blockbusters of tomorrow.
Assimilate today announced DIT Pack, a new product bundle that includes Assimilate’s advanced Scratch dailies software and Live Looks for live grading single and multi-cam set-ups. The DIT Pack is ideal for modern production workflows that require extensive previz on-set to increase creative control, and to streamline post workflows after the shoot.
Snake White: Love Endures is a mesmerizing new independent film based on a timeless Chinese love fable. The earliest known written version of the story appeared in the 1600s during the Ming Dynasty. Over the centuries it has been repeated many times in operas, movies and television series and is considered to be one of China's Four Great Folktales. This latest film, while faithful to the spirit of the original folktale, is almost in a category of its own as it combines traditional Cantonese opera with modern music and breathtaking visual effects.
VFX Legion created more than 200 visual effects for Black Box, one of the series of films in the Welcome to Blumhouse anthology, the thematically connected package of dark genre movies marks Amazon's first-ever global direct to services deal. Director/writer Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.’s psychological thriller is the story of Noland (Mamoudou Athie), an amnesiac desperate to return to his former self. Dr. Brooks (Phylicia Rashad) offers to help the main character regain his memory with the Black Box, an experimental device that immerses him in virtual memories of pivotal life events.
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.