Production & Post-Production

SMPTE to Outline Best Practices When Moving to the Cloud

Wed, 08/11/2021 - 11:08 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced that the SMPTE+ virtual event Migrating Media & Entertainment into the Cloud: A Real-World Perspective, now slated for August 31, will feature a session exploring preservation, continuity, and resilience after the move to the cloud. In addition to outlining best practices across these areas, experts will answer the uncomfortable question, "What happens in the unlikely event that the internet fails?"

The Destruction of Lamentis-1

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

In the third episode of Marvel Studios’ episodic series Loki, the characters Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) find themselves on the doomed alien moon Lamentis-1 orbiting a planet on the verge of total collapse. The location sets the stage for a photorealistic look at celestial destruction, but it also offers a glimpse of humanity’s all-too-possible future. Created by Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain, it is unique and visually stunning. [Editor’s Note: Warning. This article contains spoilers.]

ScooterMusic Studio Downsizes

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 10:27 -- Nick Dager

Emmy-nominated composer/playwright, novelist, musician and TV producer, Scooter Pietsch (pronounced peach) has created film and television music across the media landscape. Pietsch’s underscores, themes and original songs have graced thousands of TV series episodes including ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, USA Network’s Burn Notice, USA ‘s All Dogs Go to Heaven and E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Assimilate DIT Pack+ Available Now with Hedge Backup Software

Mon, 08/09/2021 - 10:06 -- Nick Dager

Assimilate has announced the immediate availability of its new Digital Imaging Technician Pack+, a bundle of three tightly integrated applications that greatly simplifies the DIT’s day-to-day operations with the most efficient and streamlined workflow to date. The bundle includes Assimilate's Live Looks for live grading, Hedge for camera-media offload and back-up, and Assimilate’s Scratch.

Deluxe in Talks to Acquire Éclair

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 11:45 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe and JMS Group announced today that they have entered into exclusive discussions to finalize the acquisition by Deluxe of Europe based Éclair Theatrical Services, a provider of cinema services including mastering and electronic delivery to content production studios and distributors controlled by JMS. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deluxe is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity.

NEP Launches Virtual Production Business

Wed, 08/04/2021 - 09:16 -- Nick Dager

The NEP Group has launched a virtual production business segment, to be called NEP Virtual Studios, bringing on board industry leaders in real-time production with the acquisition of Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment. As part of this new venture, NEP welcomes a group of experts and world-class talent, including entertainment industry veteran Cliff Plumer to lead this new segment, Jeff Ruggels as senior vice president of finance and operations, Phil Galler and Zach Alexander as co-presidents of the Lux Machina NEP Business Unit, and Daniel Gregoire and Chris Ferriter as executive creative director and president, respectively, of the Halon NEP Business Unit.

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Fifty Fifty Post Installs a Leader Waveform Monitor

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

Awarding-winning production and post-production house Fifty Fifty in London has invested in a Leader LV5600 broadcast-quality waveform monitor for use at its Soho headquarters. The newly installed instrument is being used as the master reference for quality control of television and digital film productions. It was supplied by Leader distribution partner Thameside.

Virtual Reality Returns to Venice

Mon, 08/02/2021 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

The selection is complete for the Virtual Reality works of the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The Venice VR Expanded will again be held online September 1-19. From September 1-11 the Venice VR Expanded Program will be available on site for accredited festival guests, at the VR Gallery in the Palazzo del Casinò (Lido di Venezia), Sala Amici, upon reservation.

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