The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has voted on the organization’s 2021-2022 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president. He will serve his next one-year term alongside vice presidents Amy Vincent, Steven Fierberg and John Simmons; treasurer Steven Poster; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms Jim Denault.
Production & Post-Production
“Sound is important in all films, but in a supernatural thriller, it’s gigantic,” says writer/director Evan Spiliotopoulos, talking about his new film The Unholy. “What you hear and what you don’t hear are essential to crafting scares.” The new Screen Gems thriller follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate.
AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's documentary film festival, has announced that it will honor Dawn Porter as the 2021 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The festival runs June 22-27.
Technicolor has launched Technicolor Creative Studios, forming a collaborative global structure to drive innovation and creativity across its family of studios. As the company’s flagship division, it will focus on the transformation of the entertainment, experiential, and advertising industries. Technicolor Creative Studios’ new proposition – Beyond Imagination – comes from a desire to spark unparalleled creativity, pushing the boundaries of the imagination to bring groundbreaking and unforgettable ideas to life.
In the next edition of Post Break, the free webinar series from Post New York Alliance, a panel of production and post-production experts will offer advice to independent filmmakers on how to finish their projects on time, on budget…and without compromising their creative vision. The session, titled Small Budgets, Big Imaginations - Post for Indie Films, is scheduled for Thursday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Zoom.
VFX Legion has announced the signing of veteran VFX producer Tony Gallardo. He will work in the company’s British Columbia office with Dylan Yastremski, Legion Studios/B.C.’s head of production and partner, and VFX supervisor/founder James David Hattin, who oversees the company’s global creative resources from its Burbank studio.
Nugen Audio has announced its Show Us Your Setup contest. Running May 18 to June 1, the contest asks mixers and producers to submit beauty photos of their studio or workstation with Nugen Audio’s Paragon reverb on their monitors. Contestants have a chance to win a selection of Nugen Audio swag and a $599 voucher, good for a full download of the Paragon plug-in or any Nugen product of equivalent value.
Feature film and television colorist Aidan Stanford has joined ArsenalFX Color. Stanford is a 25-year industry veteran whose recent credits include the hit Lionsgate feature Knives Out as well as the television series Better Call Saul (AMC), Bonding (Netflix), Briarpatch (USA) and Central Park (Apple TV+). He joins a growing post-production finishing department at ArsenalFX Color’s facility in Santa Monica where he will grade episodic television, independent features, studio features and other projects
Founded by colorists Kevin Shaw and Warren Eagles, the International Colorist Academy has been a place for industry professionals to learn since its inception. With more than 50 years of grading experience between them, and 30 years of training and demo experience, Shaw and Eagles know what they are about. They know that confidence, mentorship, and community are as important as the skills themselves.
The Hollywood Professional Association has announced the honorees for its first HPA League Honors, which recognize diverse members of the media and entertainment community who shine as examples of accomplishment, innovation, and leadership. Recipients of the HPA League Honors were determined by a jury of industry experts. The HPA League Honors are the culmination of HPA’s All In event, a weeklong exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry taking place May 24-27.