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Giving Hierro a New Look

Mon, 03/15/2021 - 13:21 -- Nick Dager

Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of Hierro recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain. Created by brothers Pepe and Jorge Coira, Hierro follows the story of investigating magistrate Candela Montes who is transferred to El Hierro, the most remote of the Canary Islands. When planning the second season, cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal, who shot season one, was very clear that he wanted to go a step further with the look of the show, to get to something different, while ensuring the soul of the story was untouched.

Allison Casey: Expanding Diversity

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 09:45 -- Nick Dager

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.

Is Remote Post-Production Here to Stay?

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 10:07 -- Nick Dager

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.”

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Film Urges Vigilance in Pandemic

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 09:59 -- Nick Dager

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.

Humax Cinema Installs Harman Sound

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

Enhancing its theatres to offer guests a one-of-a-kind movie experience, Humax Cinema hired Xebex to design and install Harman Professional cinema audio technology that delivers incredible sound. Featuring 10 screens and accommodating up to 1,200 guests, Humax Cinema is one of the most versatile movie complexes in Japan. In addition to showing films, the cinema doubles as a multipurpose venue that hosts jazz performances and other live sound events.

Bringing One Night in Miami to the Screen

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 12:39 -- Nick Dager

Nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for first-time director Regina King, the film One Night in Miami… explores the dialectic that might have ensued between four young, famous Black men in 1964 as they each stood at a personal crossroads within the larger context of the civil rights movement. The film was shot by cinematographer Tami Reiker, ASC.

Karo Installs Barco Laser in Moscow Cinema

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 13:06 -- Nick Dager

Karo, one of Russia’s largest cinema chains, has a selected Barco Flagship Laser Projector from Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, for its premiere hall at Moscow’s historic Karo 11 October cinema. Home to the Moscow International Film Festival and the preferred location for major movie premieres in Russia, the distinguished 1,500 seat hall is widely regarded as Russia’s leading movie premiere and festival site.

Arc Cinema to Open at Ayr’s Kyle Centre

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:33 -- Nick Dager

The Arc Cinema has signed a long-term lease with developer and investor Squarestone Asset Management to become the leisure anchor at Ayr’s Kyle Centre. Coupled with South Ayrshire Council’s planned Leisure Centre on the Arran Mall site, which is also controlled by Squarestone Asset Management. This will see a key area in the heart of the town center repurposed into a vibrant cultural and leisure destination.

Nocturnal Effects

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 10:16 -- Nick Dager

Film and television visual effects company VFX Legion delivered all of the effects for Nocturne, director Ze Quirke’s feature film debut, for Welcome to Blumhouse. Amazon Studios joined forces with Blumhouse Television to create the theme-related series showcasing emerging filmmakers who bring a fresh perspective to the horror genre. Legion’s team produced a mix of complex computer-generated effects that helped elevate the visceral fear and foreboding evoked by the thriller’s untraditional occult theme.

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