With its fourth season, the National Geographic series Genius presents a dual portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, inspirational leaders who paved parallel paths as pioneers in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s. Genius: MLK/X traces their journeys from their formative years through their rise to prominence, as they each shaped a legacy that remains vitally important. Trevor Forrest, the lead director of photography for MLK/X, worked closely with Panavision to select an equipment package based around Panavised Arri Alexa 35 cameras and Primo spherical lenses, with modified Anamorphic Flare Attachments used for key moments.
Production & Post-Production
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of Camera Operator of the Year in Film and Television. Juanjo Sánchez, SOC and Manuel Branáa took home the title of Camera Operator of the Year in Film for their work on Society of the Snow.
11 Dollar Bill has hired ad industry veteran Jamie Slade as executive producer at its Boulder studio. Slade, whose background includes serving as senior producer with Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will oversee production and head sales for the post-production studio, which specializes in creative design, editing and finishing for advertising, branded content, and other media.
Pixelogic, a global provider of premium creative, localization, and distribution services for the media and entertainment industry, has acquired the Berlin, Germany-based content platform provider Mediafellows. Established in 2020, Mediafellows is a provider of business-to-business software as a service that enable media asset management, content marketing and sales, and cloud-based fulfillment services.
Ten years after the initial rollout of laser cinema projectors, the technology and the people who developed it are being honored with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards. Sixteen people from seven companies will be recognized on February 23. I am humbled to be recognized for my pioneering utilization of semiconductor lasers for theatrical laser projection systems. My advocacy and education to the cinema industry while at Laser Light Engines contributed to the transition to laser projection in theatrical exhibition. The other honorees are:
Blazing Griffin, a BAFTA-winning games, post-production, film, and TV production facility based in Glasgow has installed an Alcons pro ribbon system for its high-end film mixing room. It’s the first Alcons mix room in Scotland and also the first installation of an Alcons CRMSC Compact Cinema Reference Monitor System in the United Kingdom.
Specialist systems integration developer Profuz Digital has been accepted by the Trusted Partner Network. The TPN is owned by the Motion Picture Association and is a global initiative that helps create a culture that understands that security is a critical part of the supply chain and is everybody’s responsibility.
The Mersin Cinema Office, established by Mersin Metropolitan Municipality to increase the city's recognition in the cinema industry and make it a center of attraction in the sector, continues to meet with city stakeholders. Established with the slogan Mersin as a film city to assist all productions planning to shoot films in Mersin, Mersin Cinema Office aims to find locations, resources, and creative solutions for projects to be realized in the city.
The Advanced Systems Group, a solutions provider for media creatives and content owners, has appointed Jimmy Biro as a senior account executive to support the company’s accelerated growth in the Southern California post-production market.
Rising Sun Pictures’ visual effects supervisor Julian Hutchens and visual effects producers Ian Cope, Andrew Whitehurst, Kathy Siegel and Alistair Williams, won the 2024 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for their work on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.