Abu Dhabi-based production company Genomedia Studios has agreed to take over management and ownership of twofour54’s post-production facility, in a strategic move that reflects twofour54’s role in supporting the growth of its partners and the growth of the media and entertainment industry as a whole.
Production & Post-Production
Allison Casey is the owner and senior mixer of Gramercy Post in New York City. She first began working there as an intern in 2008, when she was just 22. While she later switched to freelancing, she continued to keep a close relationship with the company and its founder, Joe Mendelson. Toward the end of 2012, Mendelson decided to retire from sound and sell Gramercy to her. She says that since he’d been able to train her from the ground up and knew they had similarly intense work ethics, she thinks he knew his studio would be in good hands. In the wake of this week’s celebration of International Women’s Day, I spoke with Casey about her career, about how far women and other minority groups have advanced in production and post-production, and how far they have to go to reach full equality in the industry.
Managing director Cara Sheppard has announced that Tomasz Witkowski has been named director of technology & engineering of Twickenham Film Studios, which is operated by Time+Space Studios. She said the addition of Witkowski will enable the studios to completely rethink and fully evolve their technology and innovation offering, overseeing and developing a next level technology pipeline and creating bespoke technical services for their clients.
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.”
As we pass the one-year anniversary of the pandemic’s onset in the US, people are suffering from quarantine fatigue and vaccine roll-out frustrations. Even after people manage to get vaccinated, many are left wondering: What’s the point? Why do we have to continue to make the sacrifice? To answer that question, the makers of a new short film entitled Daniel turned for help to a war veteran.
MovieLabs will be taking a pivotal role at this year’s Hollywood Producer’s Association Tech Retreat, happening virtually March 15-24. MovieLabs will be presenting across three strategic topics, hosting a number of round tables, providing a sneak peek of a common visual language that they are developing for the industry, and partnering with the HPA to host the second day SuperSession event which will be a live demonstration of production through editorial, visual effects, conform, color, sound and delivery.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors today announced that it will honor supervising sound editor Dennis Drummond with its 2021 MPSE Career Achievement Award. Drummond’s long list of credits includes The Intern, The Help, It’s Complicated and The Pursuit of Happyness. He has developed close relationships with several top directors including Nancy Meyers, James L. Brooks and Penny Marshall. He will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, which will be held as an international virtual ceremony on April 16th.
Noted cinematographer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, will be a featured keynote speaker at the Hollywood Producers Association’s annual Tech Retreat, which is being held March 15-24. Walker, whose recent work includes Mulan (2020) and Hidden Figures (2016), is a respected artist who has been working throughout the pandemic and will share her experiences and insights. The event features live and recorded content, live Q&A’s, interactive roundtables, and networking opportunities, all presented in HPA’s new Engage portal.
The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television call for submissions for its film preservation grants for the 2020 cycle is still open but time is running out. The extended deadline is May 1.
The Digital Cinema Society has completed a short documentary entitled Getting Safely Back to Work in the Age of COVID. The program is dedicated to the memory of the association’s friend and longtime DCS member, Allen Daviau, ASC, an early victim of the disease.