In early 2010, Anna Foerster was one of the first cinematographers to shoot a feature film using a prototype Arri Alexa camera and Codex Recorders. That film, Anonymous, blended court intrigue, scandalous romance and the timeless lust for power, all set in the visually rich period of Shakespeare’s England. Foerster won the German Film Award for best cinematographer for her work on Anonymous. Now Foerster has reteamed with Roland Emmerich on White House Down, a contemporary action thriller about an attack on the U.S. president and the cop who defends him. Foerster and Emmerich chose to work with the Alexa and Codex once again. “It’s a fully developed, fantastic way of working,” says Foerster.
Recognized with an Academy Award for Hugo and an Emmy Award for the second season of Game of Thrones, visual effects house Pixomondo recently created nearly 300 shots for J.J. Abrams' epic Star Trek Into Darkness.
PipelineFX has released Qube! 6.5 with tools for job tagging, configuration, and reporting.
Light Illusion has released a free Display Check version of their LightSpace CMS display color management system.
In anticipation of the mass adoption of 4K/Ultra High Definition technology worldwide, New York’s Digital Arts has opened what it is calling the first true-4K post production facility on the East Coast.
Shotgun Software has released Shotgun Version 5.0, which encompasses production tracking, scheduling, review and approval, helping modern production pipelines run as efficiently as possible and now includes a new UI and toolset designed specifically for artists and supervisors. Shotgun 5.0 also adds new tools for task tracking, review and approval, collaboration and search, and is still priced at $49 per seat, per month.
MTI Film has announced that its Cortex product line now includes full support for Sony’s recently developed XAVC recording format. XAVC is included in Cortex::Control Dailies DP, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions and in the Stream, Pro, Studio and Ultimate editions of Cortex::Convey. Support for Sony RAW and SR Masterformats is already included in all Cortex editions including the free edition of Cortex::Control Dailies.
As part of Kodak’s ongoing efforts to support the motion picture film infrastructure, the company has appointed Christian Richter to the newly created role of film lab and studio relationship manager, effective immediately.
When Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni made the move to Manhattan from Los Angeles this past January, he wasn’t worrying about finding a good rental opportunity. After all, without really having to search, he was already set up quite nicely at 580 Broadway after a few months renovation. In a real estate deal said to go off with minimum hassle, Cioni’s Light Iron had taken the eighth floor space held by OffHollywood’s post-production operations, which included a sleek digital intermediates grading theater.
Autodesk’s Smoke 2013 Extension 1 professional video editing software is now available. It is the first outcome of the collaboration between Autodesk and Blackmagic Design. As part of the product roadmap and influenced by extensive feedback from editors, the release features numerous enhancements to help improve functionality, add flexibility and increase speed.