Traditional workflows are making way for transformative digital workflows that enable greater efficiency, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. This is very true of digital cinema. Now, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is offering a virtual course entitled Understanding the Digital Cinema Package for members and non-members. With this course, professionals working in media production, distribution, or mastering can learn how to leverage the SMPTE Digital Cinema Package to enable innovation, automation, and cost savings.
Production & Post-Production
With awards season in full swing, Post Break, the free webinar from Post New York Alliance, will host post-production professionals behind some of this year’s most celebrated films. What is it like to work on a project that’s generating Oscar buzz? Did they know from the start that the project was special? What career benefits come from association with a film that wins an Academy Award or other top honor?
Deluxe has acquired Sony New Media Solutions, a subsidiary of Sony Electronics. Sony NMS provides a wide array of media platform services to many leading global media companies including Sony Pictures Entertainment. Terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Burrell Communications recently returned to The Colonie, tapping the talents of editor Graham Chapman and the Chicago-based company’s design team for the multi-platform launch of Black Experience on Xfinity (BEOX). The package of broadcast and social media spots introduces a first-of-its-kind collection of movies, TV shows, news, and more celebrating Black culture.
Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK doesn’t take chances on set. He considers shooting days precious, so he rigorously tests new gear, new moves and new ideas long before he gets to set. “Shooting days are there to shoot” he says, “not to set up and light,” so he comes to the set prepared. The highly visually driven film, Bliss was no exception. A science fiction drama, it stars Owen Wilson as Greg and Salma Hayek as Isabel. The story is set around a man whose life is in disarray when he meets a beautiful woman who tries to convince him he is living in a simulation.
Led by visual effects supervisor James David Hattin, VFX Legion's team delivered a challenging mix of shots for Half Brothers, director Luke Greenfield's new film for Focus Features. A fully remote company since its inception, Legion efficiently created a mix of complex photorealistic effects for the comedic road trip.
Acclaimed voice actors Kelly Stables and David Cowgill will host the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Stables and Cowgill will be joined by presenters from around the world in honoring outstanding achievement in sound editing across 22 categories, spanning motion pictures, television, animation, computer entertainment, and student work.
Working with cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC, well known for his work on award-winning films including Erin Brockovich, Far from Heaven and Carol, Panasonic has created a new exposure map tool EL Zone, as part of the VariCam firmware version 9.0 update. The new tool is designed to assist in the shooting process and to provide even more precise exposure control.
Pixitmedia’s pixstor has been recognized by 3D design, engineering and entertainment software specialists Autodesk as a trusted and reliable storage option for creative and media workflows that utilize the Flame product family.
The award-winning animation company Laika known for such films as Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, is expanding into live action. The studio has optioned Seventeen, the upcoming first novel by acclaimed screenwriter John Brownlow (The Minaturist, Sylvia). Currently in production on its sixth animated feature film, Laika secured the rights in an intense bidding war and plans to adapt it as a live action project. The announcement was made by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight.