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LOGAN Expands into Film and Television with the Launch of Logan Pictures
Award-winning creative studio and production company, LOGAN, is expanding the boundaries of its leading edge creative prowess with a new content development arm called Logan Pictures, which launches with a diverse slate of film, television, and new media projects. The company’s first feature film, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, was received with high praise and positive reviews from critics at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and kicked off the 2014 New Directors / New Films Festival at the MoMA in New York City. The new operation will be led by producer Nick Moceri and overseen by LOGAN founders, Ben Conrad and Alexei Tylevich.
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3rd Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Wraps; 'Little Accidents' Takes Home the Vision Award, While 'Blue Ruin' and 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice' Pick Up the One-In-A-Million Awards
News: 3rd Annual Sun Valley Film Festival Wraps; 'Little Accidents' Takes Home the Vision Award, While 'Blue Ruin' and 'Antarctica: A Year on Ice' Pick Up the One-In-A-Million AwardsThe 3rd annual Sun Valley Film Festival wrapped up a successful, fun-packed festival over the weekend with a jumping Saturday night awards party hosted by actor Michael Weaver and a rousing set by Nashville rockers Those Darlins entertained the crowd with the winners pogoing and moshing their way into the night. Sunday saw a final Coffee Talk with filmmaker Kevin Smith on hand to delight a packed house at the nexStage Theater, as well as present an encore 20th anniversary screening of his landmark film CLERKS.
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Aussie Director Gemma Lee Makes U.S. Debut Via Madheart
News: Aussie Director Gemma Lee Makes U.S. Debut Via MadheartAustralian commercials director Gemma Lee is entering the U.S. advertising market for the first time via Los Angeles-based Madheart. Although she has been directing ads for only four years, Lee has accumulated an impressive body of work that includes campaigns for Hyundai, Colgate Palmolive, Weight Watchers and Australian automaker Holden. She has drawn high marks for her skills as a visual storyteller and for a style of commercial making that is dynamic, contemporary, emotionally-driven and, often, provocative.
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LightWave 3D: Creating a Superhero’s Challenging Past
News: LightWave 3D: Creating a Superhero’s Challenging PastLost Hero: The Search for Dr. Obsidian moves toward final release with LightWave 3D software powering the production pipeline
Superheroes are conceived for the realm of myth and might. This is especially true for the masked character Dr. Obsidian, a comic-book hero created by Mark Kochinski in hopes of captivating movie audiences.
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"A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir The Essential Reference Guide" by John Grant Now Available for Pre-Order
News: "A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir The Essential Reference Guide"  by John Grant Now Available for Pre-OrderJohn Grant features more than 3,500 movie entries, including classic U.S. film noirs from the 1940s through 1960s in Encyclopedic venture
With rumpled PIs, shyster lawyers, corrupt politicians, double-crossers, and femme fatales, film noir is a genre that emerged from the cinema’s shadowy wainscots. It flourished because so often the movies that collectively built it went unobserved by the shapers of opinion.
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SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab Are Key to Rolling Out Red Carpet for Cannes Film Festival 2013
ASSIMILATE Congratulates SCRATCH Artists on Festival de Cannes 2013 Entries
At the 66th Festival de Cannes, May 15 - 26, several films on the competition roster have been created by filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® DI software in their digital workflows for conform, color grading, and finishing, and/or SCRATCH Lab® for their production dailies or VFX reviews. The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s premier showcase for independent and international filmmakers. (http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en.html)
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Autodesk Honors Promising Filmmakers with 5th Annual Visual Effects Society Student Award
News: Autodesk Honors Promising Filmmakers with 5th Annual Visual Effects Society Student Award"Natalis" From Filmakademie in Germany Wins Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
For the fifth consecutive year, Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) extended its support for tomorrow's artists, animators, designers and filmmakers by sponsoring the Visual Effects Society's (VES) award for "Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project" at the 11th annual VES Awards held on February 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president at Autodesk presented the honor to Jan-Marcel Kühn from Filmakademie for Natalis.
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Very Rare 3-D Screening of Inferno 3-D and Dark Country 3D
A screening of classic and contemporary “Desert Noir 3D” films, Inferno 3D (1953) and Dark Country 3D (2009), sponsored by the LA3D Club, will take place at the Downtown Independent Theater on Sunday October 28 at 7pm. On hand to introduce the films will be the “Czar of Noir,” Eddie Muller, founder of the Film Noir Foundation, and Thomas Jane, director and star of Dark Country 3D. Jane will also be doing a book signing at 5pm at the theater for his new graphic novel publication of Dark Country, with art by Thomas Ott.
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Photographer Alan Weissman Gets His Film Noir Look with Litepanels
News: Photographer Alan Weissman Gets His Film Noir Look with LitepanelsCelebrity portrait photographer Alan Weissman recently outfitted his Los Angeles studio with Litepanels®, giving him cutting-edge technology to create the classic film noir look for which he is known.
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The 56th BFI London Film Festival
News: The 56th BFI London Film FestivalThe programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched on Wednesday 5 September under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 12 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres and 35 European Premieres*. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events. The 56th BFI London Film Festival will run from 10-21 October 2012.
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Academy Acquires 70,000 Vintage Production Stills from Bison Archives
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the private collection of renowned film historian Marc Wanamaker, Academy COO Ric Robertson announced today. The images document nearly every facet of film production between 1909 and the present day, focusing on the first half of the 20th century. Many of these images are the only known photographs of their subjects, including a group of eight behind-the-scenes color images of the filming of the opening sequence of Orson Welles’s 1958 noir classic, "Touch of Evil."
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More Than 50 TV Series This Fall Season Created With Autodesk VFX Software
News: More Than 50 TV Series This Fall Season Created With Autodesk VFX SoftwareFrom Comedies 'The Big Bang Theory' to 'Two and a Half Men,' Dramas 'NCIS' to 'Criminal Minds,' to Fantasy and Sci-Fi -- TV Technology Rivals Hollywood Effects
This year's fall television season features an impressive array of visual effects (VFX) created using Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) on sci-fi thrillers, dramas and sitcoms, new shows and returning favorites. Postproduction studios are applying blockbuster movie techniques and technologies to create compelling and immersive television programming on at least 50 shows this season, from the prehistoric creatures in "Terra Nova," to crime scene re-creations in "NCIS," to a powerful tornado in "Criminal Minds."
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GenArts Partners with Sony to Offer Exclusive Pre-Built VFX Looks for Sony Vegas Pro
Pairing of Sapphire Edge VFX Software and Award-Winning Non-Linear Editor Makes High Quality Professional Looks Easier for Videographers to Produce
GenArts Inc., the global leader in visual effects (VFX) software for the media and advertising industries, today announces a strategic alliance with Sony Creative Software to provide an exclusive visual effects collection for their Vegas Pro content creation software for Vegas™ Pro and Sapphire Edge users. Sapphire Edge makes studio-quality looks accessible to videographers without the steep learning curve or the need to compromise quality for cost or time spent.
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Offhollywood Takes 'The Mortician 3D' to Another Dimension With State-of-the-Art 3D Production Gear, Technical Support, and Talent
Urban Noir Thriller Starring Method Man Relies on Bleeding-Edge Technology From Offhollywood to Become First 3D Film Shot in 4.5K Resolution
Leading digital cinema company Offhollywood has provided "The Mortician 3D," a gritty urban gangster film written and directed by Gareth Maxwell Roberts, with the latest in high-end 3D production tools, 3D technical support, and behind-the-camera talent.
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Sony Pictures Film Noir Thriller "Dark Country" Takes 3D Cinematography to New Levels using Silicon Imaging SI-2K Digital Cinema Cameras
Actor/Director Thomas Jane and Director of Photography Geoff Boyle immerse audiences in a visceral 3D world using the Silicon Imaging SI-2K camera system.
3D cinematography has always held the potential for delivering to audiences a more realistic, immersive, story-telling experience, yet it's a promise that has been largely unfulfilled due to the visually-restrained stylistic choices dictated by the physical reality of dual-camera 3D rigs, whose immense physical size and weight often limit the creative direction of each and every shot.
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Gasket Studios Animates Graphic Novel Style Microsoft Anti-Piracy Short
Project Tackles International Issue of Bootlegged Software With Online Film
Drama, intrigue, dark shadows and the long arm of the law. Using pirated software doesn't pay and it can also result in significant cost, as illustrated in a new online video by Microsoft by DDB Seattle, produced by Griak and Company and with visual effects and animation by Gasket Studios.
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News: Autodesk Congratulates Academy Award Winners and Nominees Numerous Films Created with Autodesk Solutions
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) congratulates Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Animal Logic for their Academy Award-winning work in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Happy Feet, respectively. Autodesk also congratulates ILM, LOLA VFX, Hydraulx, LaserPacific Media Corporation and Blue Sky Studios for their work on the Academy Award-nominated films Poseidon, The Black Dahlia and No Time for Nuts. From visualizing early concepts to finishing and color timing the final pixels, artists rely on Autodesk solutions to achieve their creative vision.
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News: Upcoming Robert Altman Film, "A Prairie Home Companion," Shot with Fujinon HD Lenses
Long, Moving Shots; Dimly Lit Environs; and Need for Superior Optical Quality Cited as Key Reasons for Selection
 
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News: Sin City Gets A Touch Of Noir From Genarts Sapphire Plug-Ins
Visual effects company Hybride uses Sapphire Plug-ins on 735 shots of Robert Rodriguez' film
Set in the dark alleys of Basin City, a fictitious corrupt city populated by crooks, bent cops and hookers, the noir drama Sin City is Robert Rodriguez’ stunning film interpretation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel series. 
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News: CafeFX Relies on LightWave 3D
VFX House Supplies Nearly 600 Shots for Hit Movie
NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced that CafeFX used LightWave 3D® for the 3D elements in nearly 600 shots produced for the blockbuster film Sin City, a stylistic groundbreaker directed by Robert Rodriguez that is now filling theaters coast to coast. Based on Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novels, the film visually recreates the noir graphic style Miller used in his stories, requiring virtually every shot to include effects work.
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News: AMD64 Technology Redefines Movie Making in All-Digital 'Sin City'
Robert Rodriguez' High-Definition Film Noir Built on Top of AMD Opteron Processor Pipeline at Troublemaker Studios
AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that dual AMD Opteron™ processor-based workstations and servers from Verari Systems were used throughout the production pipeline for maverick director Robert Rodriguez' ("Spy Kids," "Once Upon A Time in Mexico") latest all-digital feature. Sin City, based on the acclaimed Frank Miller comic book, opens today in movie theaters across the United States.
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