Runway has appointed Jeff Buchignani as president. An 18-year veteran of the post-production industry, Buchignani arrives from a similar position with Pivotal Post, and brings strong credentials as a manager, business strategist and industry leader. In his new role, he will oversee operations, direct strategy, and orchestrate an ambitious expansion effort. The latter will include extending the company’s footprint in Southern California, as well as to other parts of the U.S. and markets abroad.
Production & Post-Production
Seattle software developer SpectraCal today released a new version of its CalMan video calibration software with fully integrated direct support for Dolby professional reference monitor models PRM-4200 and PRM-4220.
As an expedition-style-documentary sound mixer, David Ruddick has worked in some of Earth’s most extreme environments. From scorching heat to blistering cold, Ruddick knows the importance of having reliable gear on location.
Defenders of Life is the first fictional portrayal of this indigenous community of Costa Rica. Igor Darbo feels strongly that this story needs to be told. It is the story of the Ngobe people, an indigenous community of Costa Rica, covering their lives, community, culture and struggles. Darbo, a resident of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital, is in the process of making the first fiction feature film with and about the Ngobes.
When planning the post-production phase for her film Movie Night, Anne McCarthy turned to Burbank-based AlphaDogs, having worked with them previously. “I now use AlphaDogs exclusively after they were able to fix a problem I had on a past project in just 24 hours. I knew my film would be in good hands and would not have risked taking it anywhere else,” said McCarthy.
SGO has released version 2.0 of Mamba FX, which gives compositors new toolsets that extend the existing SGO product line and draw on Mistika's compositing and image quality technology. The company says the update also adds several innovative features and functionality.
Manios Digital & Film’s MD7 is a lightweight, 7-inch LED 1080p field monitor that combines an economical price – list is $440 – with a feature set comparable to, and in some cases exceeding, monitors costing several times more. Among the first pros to test drive the MD7 was Curt Pair, a Phoenix-based director of photography and principal of Picture This Productions. Pair, whose credits range from news and documentaries to commercials, corporate media and music videos, conducted camera tests with the monitor at an air show in March. Since then, he’s used it on a pair of real-world assignments: a segment for the Golf Channel series In Play with Jimmy Rogers and a commercial for Ford, all with superb results.
The Chicago Access Network (CAN-TV) operates five public access television stations reaching more than a million viewers in the Chicago metropolitan area. Recently, the non-profit organization began the process of remodeling its 30-year-old studios.
The SIM Group has reached an agreement in principle to merge with Hollywood-based Chainsaw. The deal unites the film and television production equipment and post-production services provider, with the independent post-production house that services such renowned shows as The Academy Awards and American Idol. The merger is expected to close next month.
Entrepreneurs Greg Campbell and Wendy and B. Wayne Hughes Jr. have founded Cantinas Entertainment, a fully funded venture dedicated to releasing multi-platform entertainment that inspires and informs through positive, life affirming stories. The company will finance the development, production and P&A for films as well as the development and production for television properties.