The Unholy, a Sony Pictures/Screen Gems feature film produced by Sam Raimi came to a grinding halt just 10 days shy of their wrap date, due to the COVID pandemic. But with the ingenuity of the visual effects and post-production team, the film was pulled off the shelf, solutions were devised, and the film was completed. It hit the big screen in theatres across the country in April – one of the first films to be released theatrically, in the U.S., since the COVID-19 outbreak.
The European Audiovisual Observatory and the UK, which holds the Observatory Presidency for 2021, have announced an international conference to be held June 9, focused on how to accelerate environmental sustainability across the film, TV, and streaming platforms sector.
The Hollywood Professional Association has called for submissions for the HPA Engineering Excellence Awards. Entries will be accepted until June 18. Celebrating the creative brilliance and ingenuity of the HPA community since 2006, the HPA Awards are sought after recognition by artists, companies, and technologists. In 2021, the HPA Awards gala will take place as an in person and online event in mid-November. The date, as well as further details, will be announced shortly.
The Event Cinema Association’s Slate Day will return on Wednesday 9 June and will be free to all to join. The association promises a full slate of presentations from a range of content providers showcasing new event cinema content plus a series of topical panel discussions and presentations.
On Thursday May 6 the Post New York Alliance will feature the second part in its series on entrepreneurship in the post-production industry in the next edition of Post Break, its free webinar series. A trio of pros, with experience both as freelancers and business owners, will reveal how they launched their careers, found success, and offer advice to others seeking to follow in their footsteps.
Hollywood Professional Association has announced the launch of HPA ALL, a foundational new program that will drive HPA-led initiatives for outreach, education, and networking focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry. Under the leadership of ALL co-chairs and HPA board members Kari Grubin and Renard Jenkins, HPA ALL is designed to highlight career pathways and create opportunities for contributions by and visibility for underrepresented groups, which in turn, strengthens the media & entertainment community.
The Post New York Alliance will delve into the intricacies of imaging science in the next edition of its free webinar series Post Break. Color scientists Matthew Tomlinson and Joachim Zell will explain what imaging science is and describe its role in each aspect of production, from the set to the screen. The event, moderated by post-production supervisor Justin Scutieri, is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 4:00p.m. EDT.
The American Society of Cinematographers presented its annual awards during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, with Erik Messerschmidt, ASC claiming the top prize in feature film for Mank. The 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards also honored Aurélien Marra for Two of Us in the Spotlight Award category, and Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for the documentary The Truffle Hunters.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association presented the 68th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards Friday evening, April 16, at a virtual, international ceremony. Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 22 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue, and other media.
SMPTE Hollywood will offer a glimpse into moviemaking in a post-COVID-19 world as it hosts the production team behind The Ripple Effect at its virtual meeting scheduled for April 22nd at 6:00 p.m. PDT on Zoom. Produced through The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California, The Ripple Effect is a live-action, sci-fi short film designed to test cutting edge virtual production technologies and remote workflow solutions.