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Manhattan Edit Workshop Presents: "Sight, Sound & Story"
Manhattan Edit Workshop's one-day summit, "Sight, Sound & Story," returns to New York on June 14th, 2014. The event gathers a collection of diverse and intriguing speakers spanning the world of post production. Panels include to art and processes of editing film and television, the techniques of visual effects, and the craft behind sound design. The summit culminates in a gala reception and networking session for over 300 guest, panelists and vendors.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for Draft Day
LOOK Effects is proud to announce that they produced the visual effects for Draft Day, which opened last Friday, April 11th.
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Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”
News: Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”Visual Effects House Was Lead Vendor for Futuristic Action Adventure
Visual effects house Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, was the lead vendor on Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent,” which has grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box office in its first four weeks of release. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, brought the film to theaters in North America on March 21, 2014.
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"Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"
News: "Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"Big Block Creates Futuristic Drone Squadron for Subaru and DDB Canada
Bicoastal digital production and design studio Big Block produced the live action shoot, virtual obstacle course and animated drone fleet for the television, cinema and online commercial “Subaru WRX STI vs. the Drones.” To show off the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s best-in-its-class high performance power and impeccable control, DDB Canada’s Toronto office developed the concept of a futuristic autocross course made of CG drone quadcopters to challenge the WRX STI with real-time precision driving.
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Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure Gold
News: Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure GoldVHI recently called upon Galaxy 61 to create a show intro for the new 2014 season of ’The Fabulous Life,’ the hit series that reveals the extravagant places, possessions and pastimes of pop-culture’s most famous celebrities. The Brooklyn-based animation and visual effect boutique created a lavish intro that personifies the opulent lifestyle with a series of iconic objects formed out of cascading simulated liquid gold.
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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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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for AMC’s "TURN"
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they have produced all the visual effects for AMC’s new period drama, TURN, which aired last night, Sunday, April 6th, at 9:00 pm EST.
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AJA Announces KONA 4 Supporting High Frame Rate 4K up to 60fps
News: AJA Announces KONA 4 Supporting High Frame Rate 4K up to 60fpsDevelopment Partners Autodesk, Cisco, Codex and Colorfront Integrate KONA 4 to Drive 4K HFR Workflows
NAB Conference, Booth SL2505 -- AJA Video Systems today announced KONA 4, the latest generation in its award-winning line of professional desktop video and audio I/O cards. KONA 4 offers unparalleled features for handling everything from SD to HD, 2K and 4K with full 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 color spaces for fantastic image clarity. New with KONA 4 is support for high frame rate (HFR) 4K/UltraHD up to 60p and HFR UltraHD HDMI output.
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Blackmagic Design Announces New DeckLink 4K PCI Express Capture Cards
New DeckLink SDI 4K and DeckLink Studio 4K capture and playback cards now include 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K connections for capture and playback in SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats!
Blackmagic Design today announced 2 new PCI Express capture cards, DeckLink SDI 4K and the DeckLink Studio 4K models, that now includes all the features of the previous models, but now with faster 4 lane PCIe connections and 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K connections to allow SD, HD and Ultra HD capture and playback.
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Qube! Helps MPC Work Lean and Mean on E4’s Brand Spots
News: Qube! Helps MPC Work Lean and Mean on E4’s Brand SpotsPowerful, Easy-To-Use Render Farm Management Tools Let Artists in MPC’s Motion Design Studio Become Their Own Render Wranglers for High-Profile Rebrand Job
When one of the UK's largest broadcasters asks you to create a series of station identification clips (idents) for a major channel rebrand, you know that millions of people will be scrutinizing every frame. So how do you ensure the rendering goes without a hitch – without the need for dedicated support staff? If you're MPC, the answer is simple: you turn to PipelineFX and its Qube! render farm management system.
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Hula Post’s Josh Rizzo to Moderate Panel on “Distributive Creativity”
News: Hula Post’s Josh Rizzo to Moderate Panel on “Distributive Creativity”Collaboration in the age of cloud computing will be the subject of an expert panel discussion at the 2014 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema. Titled “Distributive Creativity,” the special session will offer an in-depth view on the advent of cloud-based, distributed workflows for editorial, visual effects and other processes, and how they will affect the role of post-production houses.
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Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO Technology
News: Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO TechnologyHollywood's most innovative stereoscopic and visual effects company Legend3D, has invested in SGO's trail-blazing technology to launch them to the next level. Esteemed for delivering the highest-quality Stereo 3D film conversions, Legend3D will integrate its Mistika post production system with two Assist Stations into the conversion and visual effects pipeline at the Company's impressive 60,000 sq. ft. studio with multiple theatres and R&D facilities. With the capacity to work on up to three full feature films and multiple commercials concurrently, Legend3D delivers world-class high quality projects such as "The Lego Movie," "Man of Steel," "Life of Pi," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Smurfs 1 & 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and many others.
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MA 135/T1.9 Completes Master Anamorphic Family from ZEISS and ARRI
News: MA 135/T1.9 Completes Master Anamorphic Family from ZEISS and ARRIComprehensive Range of High-Performance Anamorphic Cine Lenses Now Availablele on the Market
ARRI and ZEISS will be presenting the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA135/T1.9 at their booths at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. This lens completes the Master Anamorphic family, bringing it to a total of seven focal lengths.
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Creation Effects Releases Creation Glitch Effects Template for After Effects
This week, Creation Effects announces the release of Creation Glitch Effects, an After Effects template for creating realistic, digital glitch effects for video footage. Compatible with CS3 and up, Creation Glitch Effects allows users to import their footage, and immediately export up to 19 glitch-look presets. Or, users can build their own unique glitch-look by combining any of the 200+ included effects. Effects can be customized with easy-to-use slider controls. Skipping, freezing, blocky displacement, RGB split, timecode jitter, pixel stretch, digital noise, and color corruption are some of the effects included in the template. Creation Glitch Effects is also the first product to "fake" the popular Datamosh effect, without the need to alter a video file's code.
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Creative Profile: Rick Sander, Creative Director, HOAX Films
News: Creative Profile: Rick Sander, Creative Director, HOAX FilmsRick Sander and His Crew from Culver City-based HOAX Films are Finding Success by Redefining the Model for what a Boutique Visual Effects Design Company Can Achieve.
Rick Sander is Creative Director for HOAX Films, a digital production studio he founded with Executive Producer Alexis Nelson in 2010. HOAX Films provides VFX, color and finishing services for commercial, feature and web clients worldwide while maintaining a Southern California local presence.
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SMPTE® to Co-produce the 2014 NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound
Two-Day Conference to Feature Live Discussion by Oscar® Award-Winning 'Gravity' Team and Keynote by Industry Visionary Chris Cookson
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the 2014 NAB Show's Technology Summit on Cinema: The Future of Motion Imaging and Sound (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will provide an in-depth global view of the current state and future of filmmaking innovation.
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Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 9
News: Boris FX Announces Boris Continuum Complete 9Boris FX™, the leading developer of integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, announces Boris Continuum Complete 9 - a package of visual effects for NLE and compositing platforms on Windows and Mac OS. Building on the strengths of previous BCC releases, version 9 adds over 30 new filters and transitions in key areas such as Image Restoration, Film, Stylize, Keying and Compositing, Lights, and Perspective. All BCC effects and presets can now be viewed in the new FX Browser™ window, which is integrated into every BCC filter or transition.
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Legend3D Enters Strategic Partnership with Imagineer Systems
Leading 2D-to-3D Stereo Conversion Company Integrates Imagineer Technology within Award-Winning Conversion and VFX Pipeline to Add Increased Efficiency to 3D Film Production
Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, today announced a strategic partnership with world-renowned 2D-to-3D stereo conversion company Legend3D. Imagineer Systems recently completed an innovative R&D initiative, optimizing integration of mocha Pro with Legend3D’s proprietary VFX tools. The new workflow features mocha Pro fully integrated into the Legend3D conversion and visual effects pipeline in its Southern California and India facilities. For 2D-to-3D conversions, mocha Pro is used for multiple processes including segmentation and clean plating: the process to recreate and fill in background pixels that do not exist in the 2D version. This custom development gave Legend3D access to Imagineer’s engineering team, resulting in a streamlined workflow for mocha Pro and Legend3D’s internal systems. With support for up to 325 artists, Legend3D represents the largest mocha Pro installation to date.
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Brand New Media Selects Shared Storage Solution from Small Tree
Multi-Office International Digital Media Company Accelerates Workflow with Plug and Play Implementation
Ideal Systems, an industry leading, multi-national systems integrator providing innovative solutions to broadcasting, telecoms and enterprise companies, recently integrated technology from Small Tree at Brand New Media’s broadcast facility in Singapore. Brand New Media (BNM) is a global digital media company that required a robust shared storage solution to accelerate its workflow without disruption to their infrastructure and manpower.
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Baselight Gets ‘Under the Skin’ of Scarlett Johansson Film
News: Baselight Gets ‘Under the Skin’ of Scarlett Johansson FilmCollaborative Digital Workflow Creates Look for Sci-Fi Movie Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Dirty Looks, the London colour grading studio specialising in Baselight grading for independent movies, carried out the finish of "Under the Skin" - the latest movie from director Jonathan Glazer, starring Scarlett Johansson. Visual effects were completed by Dirty Looks’ creative partner, One of Us; sharing the same building made collaboration even easier to realise the director’s vision.
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How to Speed Up Your Video Workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud and NVIDIA GPUs
As a creative video editing pro, you want to focus on creating content that amazes the audience, makes your clients come back for more, and inspires your creative peers.
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Barry Sandrew of Legend3D Named to International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Board of Governors
News: Barry Sandrew of Legend3D Named to International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Board of GovernorsFounder, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Leading Creative 3D Studio Appointed to Board by Industry Peers
Legend3D, Inc., an industry pioneer in 2D to 3D conversion technology and services, today announced that Barry Sandrew, Ph.D., the company’s founder, chief creative officer and chief technology officer, has been inducted to the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society (3D Society) Board of Governors. Each year, the organization appoints distinguished industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of 3D and imaging technologies to the society board.
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LOOK Effects Produces Effects for The Grand Budapest Hotel
LOOK Continues Long Relationship with Director Wes Anderson
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they produced visual effects for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens today. This film is the fifth film in which LOOK has collaborated with the brilliant director.
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OTOY’s acclaimed OctaneRender™ Software Now Free for Students
Technology Used By The World’s Best Professional Artists, Animators, and Designers Now Available at No Cost to Emerging Talents
Cloud graphics pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced that its renowned 3D rendering software, OctaneRender™, along with OctaneRender™ plugins for Blender™ and Autodesk’s 3ds MAX® and shortly, Maya®, are now free for students. The move puts the same cutting-edge software that’s used by hundreds of thousands of professional artists, animators, and designers, in the hands of today’s up-and-coming talents at no cost if purchased using a .edu email address.
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Mirada Creates ‘Dark Horse’ World for Katy Perry’s New Music Video
News: Mirada Creates ‘Dark Horse’ World for Katy Perry’s New Music VideoKaty Perry's latest music video for the hip hop-infused #1 hit single "Dark Horse" is a bold, Egyptian-themed cinematic epic created by storytelling studio Mirada. Starring “Katy-Pätra,” the video is a larger-than-life tale that follows the legendary “Queen of Memphis” as a parade of would-be suitors vie for her heart.
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Filmworkers Nashville Supports Award-Winning Campaigns for Lewis Communications and The Buntin Group
News: Filmworkers Nashville Supports Award-Winning Campaigns for Lewis Communications and The Buntin GroupFacility Provides Editorial, Visual Effects and Color Grading Services for ADDY and EMMY-Winning Work for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, the Tennessee Lottery and Chinet.
The advertising awards season is in full swing and Filmworkers, Nashville, is proud to have contributed to a number of local and regional campaigns that are bringing home the gold.
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MAXON CINEMA 4D Powers M dot Strange’s Third Animated Fantasy Feature Film, “I am Nightmare”
News: MAXON CINEMA 4D Powers M dot Strange’s Third Animated Fantasy Feature Film, “I am Nightmare”Award-Winning Indie Filmmaker Single-handedly Deploys End-to-End MAXON 3D Workflow to Create Entire CG Film Featuring 1420 Shots of Haunting Images and Landscapes
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced that its industry-leading 3D software solutions, CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, helped to streamline the entire filmmaking workflow for award-winning indie filmmaker M dot Strange in his new animated feature film, "I am Nightmare."
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Beer-Soaked Knight In Shining Armor Rides Through AlphaDogs
Burbank-based AlphaDogs announced they have completed post services for the new romantic comedy "Pacoima Can Wait." The story follows the adventures of self-destructive Nigel Waferhouse who through his humiliating calamities discovers he can still be a knight, even if it’s in beer-soaked shining armor. The film will screen later this year at film festivals across the country.
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FxFactory: Movie Color Plugin Release for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE & Motion
FxFactory introduces Sheffield Softworks Movie Color, now available for Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Easily apply beautifully stylized, cinematic looks to your footage with Movie Color. With over 50 presets and the ability to design and save your own, Movie Color offers a full realm of customizable options for the perfect photo colorization every time.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces Sheffield Softworks Movie Color, now available for Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects. Easily apply beautifully stylized, cinematic looks to your footage with Movie Color. With over 50 presets and the ability to design and save your own, Movie Color offers a full realm of customizable options for the perfect photo colorization every time.
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Romancing “Her”
News: Romancing “Her”The Room Completes Post Production for Oscar®-nominated Filmmaker Spike Jonze’s Original Love Story Exploring the Evolving Nature—and the Risks—of Intimacy in the Modern World.
In Annapurna Pictures’ "Her," Director Spike Jonze tells a story, set in the slight future, of Theodore, a complex, soulful man who becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system that promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, and featuring the voice of Scarlett Johansson, the film has attracted extraordinary critical praise as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Score and Best Original Song.
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ShootersNYC Signs Editor Debbie Mcmurtrey To Diverse Roster Of Editorial Talent
News: ShootersNYC Signs Editor Debbie Mcmurtrey To Diverse Roster Of Editorial TalentShootersNYC, the creative multi-dimensional content company, has signed Editor Debbie McMurtrey to the company’s diverse roster, which also includes Editors Anthony Marinelli, Dave Bradley, and Mark Hutchinson; as well as a large resource of editorial, design, visual effects, and post talent within the Shooters family of companies.
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Boise Based Film Company Imperium Cinema Launches Operations
Imperium Cinema To Feature "Red" Cameras and Other State of the Art Audio, VFX and Post Production Equipment
Imperium Cinema (http://www.imperiumcinema.com) has officially launched operations in Boise, Idaho. Imperium Cinema will provide Idaho filmmakers with the finest digital camera and sound equipment available anywhere, as well as industry standard grip and electric equipment, and a post-production facility. As Idaho's filming community continues to grow, Imperium Cinema will be there to ensure that the quality of film, television and video projects produced here in Idaho will be of the highest possible quality. Imperium Cinema will also feature a team of talented camera, lighting, sound, VFX and post-production artists that are available to execute or to train others on this amazing, state of the art equipment. Currently, Imperium Cinema owns two "Red" digital cameras which are being used more and more in major motion pictures like "The Hobbit" and "Ender's Game".
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AlphaDogs Knocks Out New Celebrity Reality Series For Hispanic Cable Network mun2
News: AlphaDogs Knocks Out New Celebrity Reality Series For Hispanic Cable Network mun2Burbank-based AlphaDogs Post Production announced they are working on the new mun2 Hispanic celebrity reality series "Welcome To Los Vargas." In the 13 episode series, audiences get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of retired three-time World Boxing Champion, Fernando Vargas, and his wife of 20 years, Martha, and their four children. The series airs Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on mun2, the leading Hispanic entertainment cable network.
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Picture This Productions Gets Confident with Bluefish444 Create 3D Ultra
News: Picture This Productions Gets Confident with Bluefish444 Create 3D UltraFounded in 1999, Phoenix-based Picture This Productions Inc. (PTP) has been providing fully equipped professional production crews to major studios, broadcast networks, national television shows, advertising agencies, and corporate clients, and is well-versed in all facets of video production, from dramatic productions, comedies, music videos, independent features, documentaries, commercials, electronic press kits, behind the scenes, multi-camera shoots, reality TV, sports and full feature stories for national news and television shows. PTP offers complete post-production editing services with state of the art equipment, and has global experience in 5K, 4K and High Definition resolution motion pictures, with services from script to screen.
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Final Cut Pro X Bristol Effect Release on FxFactory
Bristol from SUGARfx was Designed for Exclusive Use in FCP X.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces Bristol to its extensive family of SUGARfx plugins. A sleek and stylish animated 3D theme, Bristol uses 15 animated elements that can be completely customized to fit any project. Use main titles, multiple screen bumpers, title generators and transition elements to create anything from a clean, monochromatic look to a design with a wild color combination that fits the mood of any project. Bristol from SUGARfx was designed for exclusive use in FCP X.
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ARRI Hosts Nebraska & Monuments Men Event
News: ARRI Hosts Nebraska & Monuments Men EventReflecting its long-running association with the Berlin International Film Festival, yesterday ARRI hosted a well-attended Berlinale event at the city’s famous Hotel Adlon with cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, who recently used ARRI ALEXA cameras and the ARRIRAW format to shoot the anamorphic feature films "Nebraska" and "The Monuments Men."
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Roger Hypes the Visual Gags in Hilarious Teaser Campaign for FX’s “Chozen”
News: Roger Hypes the Visual Gags in Hilarious Teaser Campaign for FX’s “Chozen”Mixed-media production studio Roger recently lent its animation and comedic chops to a launch teaser campaign for “Chozen,” the new animated series on FX, which premiered on January 13th. Bobby Moynihan, an SNL cast member, voices the title character, a rapper who’s trying to reclaim his rightful position as the world’s best rap artist.
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iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology Accelerates Post Production Workflow For “The Boy and His Robot”
News: iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology Accelerates Post Production Workflow For “The Boy and His Robot”First-Ever Asian Mecha Live-Action and Animated Feature Film Series Leverages Markerless iPi Motion Capture Software Using Sony PS Eye Game Webcams
iPi Soft, LLC, today announced that the company’s line of markerless iPi Motion Capture technology will be used to capture all the motion in the ground-breaking live-action mecha feature film, “The Boy and His Robot (TBAHR).” Directed by Rich Ho, founder of the award-winning Singapore-based production company Richmanclub Studios,(http://www.richmanclub.com/) the film marks the first time iPi Motion Capture’s six Sony PS Eye gaming webcams set up was used for main actors and robot action, proprietary crowd simulation and more.
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Mr. Wonderful Adds Creative Director Gary Keenan
News: Mr. Wonderful Adds Creative Director Gary KeenanNew York-based design/animation boutique Mr. Wonderful has added Gary Keenan as Creative Director. His diverse body of work includes national and international on-air network branding, TV show packaging, including sports and news, commercial direction and design. Keenan has directed a variety of promotional campaigns for top networks such as NBC, ESPN, Channel 4 (UK) and HBO, working with A-list actors Martin Sheen, Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anthony Edwards, Mike Myers, Kelsey Grammer and P Diddy. His compelling visual style has garnered over 30 international awards from the BDA, ICAD, New York Festivals, Telly Awards and Rx Video Awards.
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ThinkBreatheLive Transforms Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Crowd into Panoramic Concert Screen Featuring Bruno Mars Live
News: ThinkBreatheLive Transforms Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Crowd into Panoramic Concert Screen Featuring Bruno Mars LiveThinkBreatheLive (TBL) helped more than 80,000 spectators at MetLife Stadium play a VIP role in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show featuring Bruno Mars. Touchdown Entertainment engaged the creative shop to produce digital environments for America's hallmark entertainment event, including a dynamic LED experience that turned the entire stadium into an immersive panoramic concert screen.
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Digital Juice “Brings It” With Latest Clip-Based Effects Release
All-New Drag & Drop Series 2 product line features over 400 Full HD QuickTime Video Effects
Digital Juice® announced today that it is releasing its much anticipated follow-up collection of clip-based video effects called Drag & Drop Series 2. This all-new Drag & Drop series consists of 8 unique volumes of clip-based video effects that you can combine with your video footage for dramatic effect. All effects are delivered as 1920x1080 Full HD Quicktime clips that will work with all editing and motion design software including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Apple Motion, Edius and more.
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New Pictorvision Eclipse™ Multicam Array for VFX Plate Shots
News: New Pictorvision Eclipse™ Multicam Array for VFX Plate ShotsPictorvision is proud to introduce the newest feature of their popular Eclipse™ gyro-stabilized system. Already being flown on multiple blockbuster franchises, the new Eclipse Multicam Array is designed to capture the highest resolution Panoramic VFX plate shots.
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The Republic Collective Ushers In New Collaborative Production Model
News: The Republic Collective Ushers In New Collaborative Production ModelAgency & Production Pros Align To Form Resource Solution
The Republic Collective officially launches today, presenting a new collaborative resource model targeted at regional advertising. The Republic is a national network built on the principle of collaboration, quality resources and reach. Whether you live in Portland, OR, or Richmond, VA, The Republic connects advertising agencies and carefully curated and vetted production partners around the nation.
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FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X Released on FxFactory
News: FrostyGlass Effects for Final Cut Pro X Released on FxFactoryFxFactory introduces FrostyGlass to its extensive family of SUGARfx plugins.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces FrostyGlass to its extensive family of SUGARfx plugins. A set of eight fully customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X, FrostyGlass enhances any project by simulating the effect of glass distortions on a video. FrostyGlass freezes the competition with its easy-to-use interface and numerous controls that allow for complete customization, it is the perfect plugin for adding a unique look to your project. SUGARfx FrostyGlass is now available through FxFactory for only 49 USD.
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Mistika's Stunning Colour Grading Tools Helped Create Spectacular Filmic Look in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at Park Road Post Production
News: Mistika's Stunning Colour Grading Tools Helped Create Spectacular Filmic Look in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" at Park Road Post Production
Mistika's Award-Winning Grading and Workflow Technology plays a Crucial Role at Park Road Post Production in "The Hobbit Trilogy"
SGO's award-winning Mistika DI Colour Grading post systems form the core at Park Road Post Production and were utilised again in epic fantasy film "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the second film in "The Hobbit Trilogy" directed by Peter Jackson.
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THE LOOK and Mistika Achieve "PLAYTIME" - Breathtaking 7-Screen Projection Work-of-Art
News: THE LOOK and Mistika Achieve "PLAYTIME"  -  Breathtaking 7-Screen Projection Work-of-Art“Mistika's ability to work from the RED files so well, and at such a high resolution, meant it was perfectly suited to this kind of project.” Thomas Urbye, Colourist, THE LOOK
THE LOOK has finished an impressive 70-minute, seven-screen projection work-of-art using Mistika. Titled "PLAYTIME," the stunning artwork installation was created by celebrated video artist Isaac Julien, designed to explore the relevant and dramatically nuanced subject of capital. The creatively and technically challenging feat is available for viewing from 24th January through to 1st March at Victoria Miro Gallery at 16 Wharf Road in London N1 7RW, before being showcased around the world.
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ALT Systems Appoints New Director of Sales
News: ALT Systems Appoints New Director of SalesMichael Ogorek Joins as Sales Executive, Bringing Wealth of Experience to Company
ALT Systems, a full-service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, has appointed Michael Ogorek to the new role of director of sales. Ogorek will be responsible for managing sales activities for all of ALT Systems’ products and services including Autodesk® Creative Finishing products, Colorfront’s on-set dailies solutions, game development packages, compositing, editing, color correction, restoration, data storage, networking, rendering, archiving and large format film recording solutions.
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Elastic’s Patrick Clair Creates Haunting Main Titles for HBO’s “True Detective”
News: Elastic’s Patrick Clair Creates Haunting Main Titles for HBO’s “True Detective”When HBO’s highly anticipated “True Detective” drama debuted on Jan. 12, it launched into viewers’ homes with an engrossing title sequence from Elastic Director Patrick Clair. Rolling out as a series of industrial and rural panoramas set within translucent character silhouettes against a stark white backdrop, the titles are a gripping and somber tour of the show’s people, places and events, portraying a universe rife with evil and defined by mystery.
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Actor/Comedian Patton Oswalt to Host the 12th Annual VES Awards Audience Favorite Returns for Third Hosting Gig
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced that award-winning actor/comedian/author Patton Oswalt will serve as host of the 12th Annual VES Awards on February 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This marks Oswalt’s third engagement as host of the prestigious annual celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation.
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CineText Final Cut Pro X Titles Released on FxFactory
News: CineText Final Cut Pro X Titles Released on FxFactoryFxFactory is proud to introduce CineFlare CineText to its family of plugins.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces CineFlare CineText to its extensive family of plugins. Designed exclusively for use in Final Cut Pro X, CineText is the first of many highly anticipated animated title packages coming from CineFlare. Just the right tool for adding professional, animated text titles, CineText adds a burst of life to any project.
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Elastic Signs Designer/Director Patrick Clair
News: Elastic Signs Designer/Director Patrick ClairElastic has added innovative Designer/Director Patrick Clair to its studio roster. A specialist in combining storytelling with visual design, adept in creating both branding and entertainment content, and an expert in motion design, music visuals and information graphics, Clair brings a massive skillset to Elastic’s talented group of filmmakers.
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ARTIXELS Releases New VFX Plug-In Resonance For Nuke
News: ARTIXELS Releases New VFX Plug-In Resonance For NukeARTIXELS, today announced immediate availability of a new visual effects (VFX) software plug-in "Resonance for Nuke." Resonance is a high performance image generator designed for look dev and abstract effects purposes. Based on a fully vectorized caustics rendering engine and multiple intuitive user-directed wave emitters, Resonance allows artists to create sophisticated organic visuals quickly. There is no inter-frame dependency of Resonance outputs, users are always free to scrub through the timeline for maximum interactive creative design freedom.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for Grudge Match
Fills the New Orleans’ Arena with 10,000 Fight Fans
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they produced the visual effects for Grudge Match. The film stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone and opened in theaters on December 25th.
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Chainsaw Hires Veteran DI Colorist John Persichetti
News: Chainsaw Hires Veteran DI Colorist John PersichettiIndependent post-production facility forges strategic alliance with on-set dailies specialist Creative Science to provide turnkey post-production solutions for feature films.
Continuing to build its post production services for feature films, Chainsaw has hired John Persichetti as Senior DI Colorist. Persichetti brings more than 20 years of experience as a feature film colorist, most recently at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. His credits there included "This Is the End," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "21 Jump Street" and "Hotel Transylvania." At Chainsaw, Persichetti will operate out of the company’s new, 4K digital intermediate theater. His first project will be "A Haunted House 2" for Wayan Bros. Entertainment.
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Shane Meadows Chooses Blackmagic Cameras For Jake Bugg’s “Slumville Sunrise” Music Video
News: Shane Meadows Chooses Blackmagic Cameras For Jake Bugg’s “Slumville Sunrise” Music VideoBlackmagic Design today announced that director Shane Meadows shot Jake Bugg’s latest music video on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera, and completed color correction on DaVinci Resolve.
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Stephen Arnold Music Refreshes The Sound of Cinema For HDNet Movies Brand Update
News: Stephen Arnold Music Refreshes The Sound of Cinema For HDNet Movies Brand UpdateLeaders in Sonic Banding Score Network’s New Graphic Look with an Immersive, Contemporary Theme
Before a network can captivate viewers with a first-rate film, the audience needs to know what attraction is next. The sophisticated new on-air branding for HDNet Movies succeeds in capturing viewer attention, thanks to a striking new look matched by an engaging new theme composed by Stephen Arnold Music.
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Light Of Day Creates Fierce Visuals For Beyonce’s New Surprise Album
News: Light Of Day Creates Fierce Visuals For Beyonce’s New Surprise AlbumNY-based VFX and production shop Light of Day pulls out all the visual stops for the launch of Beyonce’s surprise self-titled visual album, released on iTunes in the early hours of December 13th. The album includes 14 tracks and 17 videos, and features the likes of Jay Z, Drake and Blue Ivy. Light of Day contributed visual effects on both the “Grown Woman” and “Drunk in Love” videos, working closely with Good Company and Beyonce’s own Parkwood Entertainment. The wildly successful album is available exclusively on iTunes and has already shattered records, with over 800k downloads in the first three days, making it the platform’s fastest selling album to date.
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All-New Premium Customizable Animation Sets for AE, Motion, Vegas & Premiere Pro
Digital Juice releases all-new Toxic Toolkit Singles for instant download
Digital Juice® announced today that it is releasing a new premium line of customizable animated graphics sets called Toxic Toolkit Singles. Each Toxic Toolkit Single contains a coordinated set of match moving animated templates and elements that make it easy to give your productions a cutting edge professional look. These matching elements include customizable text and video project segments, animated backgrounds, animated lower thirds and animated wipes (with sound effects) in full HD. Each set also includes a matching high-resolution layered photoshop file.
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MTI Film Restores John Wayne Classic “North to Alaska” for Twentieth Century Fox
News: MTI Film Restores John Wayne Classic “North to Alaska” for Twentieth Century Fox
MTI Film recently completed an all-new digital restoration of "North to Alaska," Twentieth Century Fox’s 1960 comedy starring John Wayne. Employing proprietary technology and image processing techniques, MTI Film scanned the original 35mm cut negative at 4K before putting the film through an intensive restoration process to address faded color, Newton rings, dirt, scratches and many other defects. MTI Film ultimately delivered fully restored 4K files to produce a new 35mm negative for long-term preservation, along with a 4K DCP Master and high definition masters in a variety of aspect ratios.
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Rising Sun Pictures VFX Producer Richard Thwaites: A Man with a Plan
News: Rising Sun Pictures VFX Producer Richard Thwaites: A Man with a PlanProducers are the unsung heroes of the visual effects industry. Working on the periphery, their contributions aren’t always acknowledged, but their role as project manager, budget overseer, client advocate and cheerleader to the visual effects team is essential to the success of the project. If artists are the gears that drive the visual effects engine, producers are the grease that allows the gears to turn smoothly.
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Sound Editor Randy Thom to be Honored with MPSE’s Career Achievement Award
News: Sound Editor Randy Thom to be Honored with MPSE’s Career Achievement AwardMotion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards Slated for February 16
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that it will be honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, with its prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award. Thom is a two-time Academy Award-winner ("The Right Stuff," " The Incredibles") and a 14-time Oscar nominee. He has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. He will receive the award at the 61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.
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Thinkbox Software Announces Krakatoa for MAXON CINEMA 4D
News: Thinkbox Software Announces Krakatoa for MAXON CINEMA 4DThinkbox Software today announced that it has acquired code to bring its powerful particle renderer, Krakatoa, into MAXON’s CINEMA 4D modeling and animation software. Initial efforts to link the plug-in with CINEMA 4D were led by Ugly Kids artist Daniel Hennies, who collaborated with a developer to program a bridge to the stand-alone version of Krakatoa (SR). Leveraging the C++ API of Krakatoa SR, Hennies and a small team were able to fully integrate the particle renderer with CINEMA 4D and first demoed the technology at SIGGRAPH 2013.
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All-New Animated Overlay Sets Feature Custom Entry & Exit Motions
Digital Juice releases Animated Overlay Sets, Collection 3: Glossy Finish for instant download
Digital Juice® announced today the release of Animated Overlay Sets, Collection 3: Glossy Finish. Animated Overlay Sets are collections of matching QuickTime animation files, including dynamic Entry and Exit motions for each looping animated overlay. They are perfect for adding impact to any video production. Available as an instant download, this new collection features 10 new Animated Overlay Sets that can be used in any video or motion graphics editing application.
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Price Chopper Returns To Galaxy 61 To Create A Pair of FX-Driven Holiday Spots
News: Price Chopper Returns To Galaxy 61 To Create A Pair of FX-Driven Holiday Spots
Price Chopper recently returned to Galaxy 61 to design and execute a campaign that kicked off the season with a pair of visually enticing spots designed to drive sales and position the supermarket retail chain’s brand just right for the holidays.
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Lifetime TV & Roger Pay Homage To A-Ha’s Classic “Take On Me” Video For “Dance Moms”
News: Lifetime TV & Roger Pay Homage To A-Ha’s Classic “Take On Me” Video For “Dance Moms”Continuing its fun ‘80s streak after the hilarious "Maniac" spot for "Dance Moms," LA-based mixed-media production studio Roger reunited with Lifetime TV to create a new spot for the popular reality TV series, which enters its fourth season on January 1, 2014. Led by Executive Creative Director Terence Lee, the promo honors A-Ha’s classic “Take On Me” to animated effect.
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Proof London's Creative Director Pawl Fulker Presents Previsualization Session During ParisFX 2013 International Event
News: Proof London's Creative Director Pawl Fulker Presents Previsualization Session During ParisFX 2013 International Event 
Proof London’s Creative Director Pawl Fulker presented a previsualization session during last week’s ParisFX international event. Proof is one of the film industry's leading visualization services houses, with locations in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Australia, and Montreal & Vancouver, Canada.
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ZERO VFX Boston Expands Management Team, Appoints Sarah Spitz as Executive Producer
News:  ZERO VFX Boston Expands Management Team, Appoints Sarah Spitz as Executive ProducerAd Agency Veteran Spitz Joins ZERO to Expand Commercial Business; ZERO Seeks to Bring New Feature Films to Boston
ZERO VFX today announced it has expanded its management team with the appointment of Sarah Spitz as executive producer. In her new role, Sarah will be charged with expanding ZERO’s global commercial business, as well as with overseeing content production for ZERO’s existing client base. Sarah will work directly with ZERO’s founding executive/creative team, Brian Drewes and Sean Devereaux.
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Encore VFX's Stephan Fleet Selected to Speak at The Foundry's NUKE 8 global digital Launch Event
Encore, a Deluxe Creative Services company, is very excited that Executive Creative Director Stephan Fleet was selected by The Foundry, the makers of NUKE, as one of three special guest speakers who helped introduce the new version of the professional compositing software. Fleet discussed the product from the perspective of its capabilities in the hyper kinetic world of VFX for TV.
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ArsenalFX Expands Post Production Team: David Carlson of Digital Domain Joins as Senior CG Generalist; Cortney Haile Promoted to Head of Operations, and Casey Conroy is Named VFX Director
News: ArsenalFX Expands Post Production Team: David Carlson of Digital Domain Joins as Senior CG Generalist; Cortney Haile Promoted to Head of Operations, and Casey Conroy is Named VFX DirectorArsenalFX, a leading Visual Effects Post Production studio specializing in high end commercial finishing, has significantly expanded and bolstered its in-house team. David Carlson has joined ArsenalFX as Senior CG Generalist, after having served as a Senior CG Generalist for many years at Digital Domain. Cortney Haile has been promoted to Head of Operations for ArsenalFX, while Casey Conroy has joined the company as VFX Director. The announcements were made today by ArsenalFX Executive Producer Ashley Hydrick.
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All-New Premium After Effects Templates Featuring Cutting-Edge Styles!
Digital Juice releases Toxic Templates™ for Adobe After Effects® Collection 6: Anticipation
Digital Juice®, the highly acclaimed developer of digital content for video and motion graphics artists, announced today that it is releasing Toxic Templates™ for Adobe After Effects, Collection 6: Anticipation. Toxic Templates™ are unique premium quality animated template graphics that provide After Effects users with a variety of professional finished looks, and feature multiple photo, video and editable text zones per segment. Toxic Templates can be used for everything from movie trailers, opens, segues and video montages to photo galleries and broadcast commercial spots.
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Alphadogs In Tune With Creative Workflows For Documentary Feature Sing Over Me
News: Alphadogs In Tune With Creative Workflows For Documentary Feature Sing Over MeThe journey to your true and authentic self is something almost all people aspire to attain. Going about finding your true self however, takes a lot of courage and strength. Recently completing post services at Burbank based AlphaDogs Post Production, the documentary feature "Sing Over Me" explores how modern-day psalmist Dennis Jernigan went from years of depression and despair while leading a double life, to becoming a writer of some of the most popular Christian songs of all time, discovering his true identity along the way.
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MPC Brings NBA Stars Together for “Jingle Hoops”
News: MPC Brings NBA Stars Together for “Jingle Hoops”Holiday Spot Promotes “BIG LOGO” Uniforms for Christmas Day Games
MPC recently collaborated with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and O Positive Director Jonathan Klein on a revamped Christmas carol starring a cast of NBA royalty promoting the league’s Xmas Day uniforms. An MPC team led by VFX Supervisor / 2D Lead Jake Montgomery synched footage of six different NBA stars – LeBron James (Miami Heat), Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Steve Nash (Los Angeles Lakers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets) – shot by Klein on several different stages, to make them appear as though they were all in the same gym, firing shots at bell-festooned hoops in perfect time to play the Christmas classic "Jingle Bells."
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Milk Delivers VFX to Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special in Stereoscopic 3D
News: Milk Delivers VFX to Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special in Stereoscopic 3DVFX house Milk Visual Effects worked with the BBC to create the visual effects for the BBC’s hotly anticipated 75-minute special Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode: The Day of the Doctor. Shot in stereoscopic 3D, the episode was broadcast on BBC One in the UK on Saturday 23rd November achieving an average audience of 10.2 million and was simulcast in 94 countries and in more than 1500 cinemas across the world, winning a Guinness World Record as the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history.
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AMPAS Invites Four SMPTE Members to Serve on Science and Technology Council
SMPTE Members Represent Majority of New Additions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Council
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that four of its members — Wendy Aylsworth, Douglas Greenfield, Rob Hummel, and Beverly Pasterczyk — have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
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Look Original’s Film “A Face in the Crowd” Opens in Washington, DC
Director Alex Prager’s Short to be Included in Exhibit at The Corcoran Gallery
Look Original is very proud to announce that the short film Look Original produced with contemporary California photographer, Alex Prager, is to premiere at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC tonight. The film is included in the exhibit Alex Prager: "A Face in the Crowd," which runs from November 23, 2013 through March 9, 2014.
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Santa Monica Based Visual Effects Studio Eight VFX Is Announcing Nationwide Sales Representation.
On the west coast, Eight has joined forces with Brad Grubaugh. Baptiste Andrieux, Partner and EP said ”We have had the pleasure of working with great directors on visible projects, this year…and I’m very happy to work with Brad on helping us reach the next level”.
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Rodeo FX Turns To iPi Motion Capture to Create Key Scene In Summit Entertainment’s “Now You See Me”
News: Rodeo FX Turns To iPi Motion Capture to Create Key Scene In Summit Entertainment’s “Now You See Me”Markerless Motion Capture Solution Rises to the Occasion for Pivotal Sequence Set in Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena
The summer blockbuster “Now You See Me”, which has grossed more than $350 million USD worldwide since Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE (NYSE: LGF) company, released the film in the US, features several complex visual effects sequences created by Montreal-based studio Rodeo VFX. But none proved more challenging than a key scene set at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – aided immeasurably by iPi Soft’s markerless motion capture solution iPi Motion Capture.
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Alphadogs Cruise The Sunset Strip
News: Alphadogs Cruise The Sunset StripHollywood’s infamous Sunset Strip has a heart and soul of its very own. Just a mile-and-a-half long, the strip started as just a humble dirt road that connected Hollywood studios to a new development called Beverly Hills. This was only the beginning of what would later become one of the most recognized boulevards in the world. In the feature documentary "Sunset Strip," written and directed by Hans Fjellestad, audiences are taken on a journey through time with gangsters, musicians, movie celebrities and dreamers from all walks of life that have made Sunset Strip what it is today. Recently finishing post services with Burbank based AlphaDogs, the film is now available On Demand and DVD. (http://sunsetstripthemovie.com/)
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Calabash Animation Hits The Right Notes With Latest Lucky Charms Spot “Rainbow Music”
News: Calabash Animation Hits The Right Notes With Latest Lucky Charms Spot “Rainbow Music”Latest Work Highlights Acclaimed Studio’s CG Animation Mastery
Calabash Animation is once again making beautiful music with Lucky Charms and agency Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, as evidenced by the award-winning animation studio’s latest spot for the venerable brand, entitled “Rainbow Music.”
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Nina Davenport Joins Animation Studio Clockwork VFX As Executive Producer
New York-Based Agency Production Veteran Will Lead Company’s Gotham Outpost
Solidifying its mark on the U.S. commercial animation market, acclaimed animation studio Clockwork VFX has added veteran agency producer Nina Davenport to its team. Davenport comes aboard the eight-year-old studio, following nearly five years as a Producer at UPROAR!,the New York-based kid /family centered marketing agency.
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Vancouver's Emily Carr University of Art + Design invests in Pablo Rio
Leading art, media and design University chooses Quantel for HFR, UHD and S3D research
Vancouver-based Emily Carr University of Art + Design has purchased a Quantel Pablo Rio color correction and finishing system and two Pablo PA workflow assist stations to further research into advanced media techniques and workflows. The systems will be used for the production of S3D content, and research into high frame rate 4K-8K S3D production pipelines. Quantel's Canadian post-production reseller, Annex Pro, designed the system which includes the first Pablo Rio 4K in Vancouver.
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Oscar®-Nominated KANDOR Graphics Maximises on Mistika's Colour Grading and Finishing Creativity in 3D CG Fantasy Feature Film "Justin and the Knights of Valour"
News: Oscar®-Nominated KANDOR Graphics Maximises on Mistika's Colour Grading and Finishing Creativity in 3D CG Fantasy Feature Film "Justin and the Knights of Valour""I was impressed with how the Spanish Mistika technology which we have embraced at KANDOR Graphics enhanced "Justin and the Knights of Valour" in Stereo 3D. It is great to see passionate companies like SGO contribute to innovation in our industry in such a significant way." Manuel Sicilia, Company Partner & Chief Creative Officer of KANDOR Graphics & Director & Author of Justin and the Knights of Valour
KANDOR Graphics, with Antonio Banderas as Company Partner, invested in SGO's technology to support its growing production demands, and chose Mistika for its stunning capabilities to colour grade and finish its very first 3D CG children's feature film Justin and the Knights of Valour in 2D and stereoscopic 3D.
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ArsenalFX Provides Visual Effects for Three Celebrity-Directed Short Films Featured within the Canon/Ron Howard "Project Imagination" Film Festival
News: ArsenalFX Provides Visual Effects for Three Celebrity-Directed Short Films Featured within the Canon/Ron Howard "Project Imagination" Film FestivalArsenalFX Works with Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx and Biz Stone
ArsenalFX, a leading Visual Effects Post Production studio, recently produced visual effects featured within three celebrity-directed short films. These films, which were directed by Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, have just been presented as part of the 2013 Canon/Ron Howard “Project Imagination” Film Festival, both in New York and Los Angeles. ArsenalFX’s Creative Director Lauren Mayer-Beug was the VFX On-Set Supervisor during physical production of all three films.
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Jon Robertson Joins Visual Effects House Mokko Studio as Head of Business Development for Los Angeles
With its new presence in Los Angeles, Mokko Studio, a leading visual effects studio based here, has brought aboard Jon Robertson as head of new business development.
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NextComputing Unveils New High-Performance Workstation for Content Creation Professionals
Compact, mini-tower workstation offers ultimate balance of processing, storage for working unhindered with high-resolution imagery
NextComputing, a leading manufacturer of small footprint, high-performance workstations and servers, has announced the Nucleus EXP - the latest and most powerful addition yet to its Nucleus family of workstation computers. The Nucleus EXP features a mini-tower chassis housing dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 series processors, up to twenty (20) internal 2.5" hard drives or SSDs (Solid State Drives), and support for three high-end, dual-width graphics cards. These unique capabilities allow creative professionals working with high-resolution imagery such as 4K and 6K video to work fluidly in real time, freeing them from restrictive and time-consuming workflows.
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LOOK Effects’ Work to Open Berlin Film Festival
LOOK Produced the Visual Effects for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they produced the visual effects for the film that will open the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. The film will premiere at the Berlinale Palast on February 6, 2014. Grand Budapest Hotel is the fifth film in which LOOK has collaborated with the brilliant director.
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Major Updates to Adobe Video Apps Now Available
Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of major new updates to the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, including new capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.
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BWM Uses Frankie Video Review Technology to Produce Animated Bank Commercials
News: BWM Uses Frankie Video Review Technology to Produce Animated Bank CommercialsSimplifying TV Commercial Production with Remote Clients
The Australian agency BWM recently relied on Frankie interactive video review technology to creatively review a series of dynamic TV commercials for the Bank of Queensland (BOQ). BWM, located in Sydney, was able to go over the animation content with their clients in Brisbane and the animation house in London using Frankie’s browser-based software. Advertising agencies like BWM can review works-in-progress, regardless of where their collaborators and clients are located, with this click-and-play video review technology.
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Blackmagic Design Announces UltraStudio 4K with Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology
News: Blackmagic Design Announces UltraStudio 4K with Thunderbolt™ 2 TechnologyBlackmagic Design today announced a new model of UltraStudio 4K, the world's first video solution to include super fast Thunderbolt 2 technology. The new UltraStudio 4K replaces the previous model and is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only US$995.
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In Major Expansion Big Block Launches Big Block NY
News: In Major Expansion Big Block Launches Big Block NYBig Block Live And Big Block Entertainment Group To Develop and Produce Branded Content, Live Theater, Feature Films and Television
Big Block has extended its reach with a major expansion to New York City and the creation of two new divisions dedicated to multi-screen content: Big Block Live and Big Block Entertainment Group/BBEG. Through Big Block Live, the studio will continue to specialize in branded content, live action production and design for commercials, broadcast, interactive and mobile platforms, while serving as a local interface for Big Block Design Group/BBDG and the studio’s VFX, DI (digital intermediate) and finishing services in Santa Monica. Big Block Live will also sign and represent its own roster of directorial talent. Big Block Entertainment Group is producing live theater for Broadway and other stages, feature films and television. Big Block Entertainment Group represents the most significant creative and financial evolution of the Big Block brand since its inception. The group will acquire the rights for the properties they will develop and will also co-finance their production partnerships.
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HOBO Audio Sets The Tone For “Documented,” Powerful New Documentary On Immigration In America
News: HOBO Audio Sets The Tone For “Documented,” Powerful New Documentary On Immigration In AmericaFilm Written and Co-Directed By Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Ignites Conversation On Hot Button Political Issue
Creative work is never more rewarding than when it tells a compelling story. Audio post house HOBO found that in “Documented” – a powerful new documentary feature written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, and co-directed by Ann Lupo.
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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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Modern VideoFilm Uses DaVinci Resolve to Color FOX’s Hit Television Show “Sleepy Hollow”
Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve is being used for color correction on FOX’s hit television show “Sleepy Hollow.” Supervising Senior Colorist Todd Bochner, of L.A. based post production facility Modern VideoFilm, is responsible for coloring the series and relies on DaVinci Resolve to help deliver the show’s highly stylized look on tight deadlines.
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Visual Effects Masterminds Behind “Hugo,” “Avatar” and “The Adjustment Bureau” Join Manhattan Edit Workshop for From the Cutting Room
Celebrated visual effects artists Rob Legato and Mark Russell headline MEWshop’s next installment of the popular speaker series, to be held on November 21st
Manhattan Edit Workshop, the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, announced today the return of popular series, "From the Cutting Room". The upcoming industry event, which is slated for Thursday, November 21st, will feature Rob Legato ("Hugo," "Avatar," "Shutter Island") and Mark Russell ("The Adjustment Bureau," "Doubt," "Minority Report"). The celebrated VFX duo, currently at work on the upcoming Scorsese film, "Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will give attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques behind creating stunning visual effects and discuss how they take full advantage of the performance and reliability of HP Z Workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors. The evening event, moderated by MEWShop’s Josh Apter, will take place at the famed French Institute on November 21st at 7pm.
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Digital Juice Delivers A Little Magic With Latest Clip-Based Effects Collection
News: Digital Juice Delivers A Little Magic With Latest Clip-Based Effects CollectionAll-New Matte Magic product line features easy-to-use Full HD QuickTime black & white animated mattes
Digital Juice® announced today that it is releasing a new product line called Matte Magic that features 10 unique volumes of black & white animated mattes designed by video editors for video editors. All effects are Quicktime clips that will work with all editing and motion design software including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro After Effects, Apple Motion and more.
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Colorflow Adds Its Color Wizardry to Lost Star Wars-Related Short “Black Angel”
News: Colorflow Adds Its Color Wizardry to Lost Star Wars-Related Short “Black Angel”Newly-restored short that originally screened with “The Empire Strikes Back” premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
Colorflow recently applied its color grading expertise to a newly-restored version of Black Angel, a fantasy-themed short film with a Star Wars connection that was believed lost for more than 30 years.
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Visual Effects Society Names Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment Chris Meledandri as Keynote Speaker at 2013 VES Summit
Andrew Merkin, Head of Special Projects and Transmedia at Mirada Studios and Max Michael, Head of Business Development, Asia at UTA Among Highlighted Speakers
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, announced Chris Meledandri, Founder, CEO, Producer at Illumination Entertainment as Keynote Speaker at its 5th annual Summit, “A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution.” The daylong interactive forum on October 26th will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to illustrate new pathways to creativity and problem solving in a TED Talks-like atmosphere.
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AlphaDogs Sheds New Light On The Life Of JFK
News: AlphaDogs Sheds New Light On The Life Of JFK“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country,” is by far one of the most recognizable quotes of the 20th Century. Although it’s been 50 years since John F. Kennedy's assassination shocked the nation, he still remains one of the most memorable presidents of our time.
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Company 3 Uses DaVinci Resolve to Color Correct "Captain Phillips"
News: Company 3 Uses DaVinci Resolve to Color Correct "Captain Phillips"Blackmagic Design today announced that Company 3 London has used DaVinci Resolve for color grading the film adaptation of “Captain Phillips,” the new blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks.
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Autodesk Smoke Essentials E-Book Hits Amazon
News: Autodesk Smoke Essentials E-Book Hits AmazonAutodesk Smoke Essentials - a new e-book from industry-renowned writer, director and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman and Wiley Publishing - is now available for purchase on Amazon and Wiley. The e-book gives artists and editors a practical new resource for learning the fundamentals of Autodesk Smoke - the powerful software application that combines a familiar track-based editing environment with robust features for digital compositing, color correcting and effects.
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A Distinctive LOOK For A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'
In his third time working with Wes Anderson, LOOK Effects VFX Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez helped implement the director's singular vision on The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay LookAdvanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created "in-camera", there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post. Once you see how to create this effect, it will become a "go-to" effect you can keep in your back pocket for those clients whose footage needs that extra boost!
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Learn AppleLearn Apple's Motion: Lesson 19: Text Part 6
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe wraps up his look at text by talking about the text type-on feature inside of Motion 5. What might seem like a simple concept can have a few simple effects added to it, to make it a very stylized end product.
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Learn AppleLearn Apple's Motion: Lesson 9 - The Canvas Part 4: Lights
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe continues his look at the Canvas by talking about creating lights, and the ins and outs of figuring out and adjusting their parameters. He also starts out the lesson by creating basic geometrics inside of Motion 5 to work with, to create realistic lighting effects in no time flat.
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VFX Titans Remember Ray HarryhausenVFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen
"When we grieve Ray Harryhausen's passing, we are at least in part grieving perhaps the last living link to the earliest days of movie visual effects," says Creative COW's Debra Kaufman. She spoke to many of today's VFX giants who were inspired by Ray, including Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Jeffrey A. Okun and ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel, who says, "Ray Harryhausen's impact on an entire generation (several actually) of filmmakers cannot be overstated, each of them trying again and again to reproduce the wonder they first felt as a child watching Jason fight those skeletons."
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Setting the stage for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
Video Playback and Graphics team uses Adobe Creative Cloud and plugins from FxFactory to create period-specific news content To make the set of GNN, the 24-hour news channel featured in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as realistic as possible required one essential element: content. It was the job of the...
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Recreating reality with visual effects
Seamless visual effects for The Wolf of Wall Street created with help from Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Photoshop CC Paul and Christina Graff of Crazy Horse Effects (CHE) are visual effects aficionados, with projects to their credit such as There Will Be Blood and Life of Pi ....
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Interactive video invention
Powster creates striking user-interactive music video for Bombay Bicycle Club with Adobe Creative Cloud Powster is nothing if not innovative. The interactive and motion graphics company provides “over-the-top” content, concepts, and apps for the entertainment industry. Powster’s inspiring work has earned the firm multiple accolades, including Webby and FWA awards,...
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Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 19: Text Part 6
In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe wraps up his look at text by talking about the text type-on feature inside of Motion 5. What might seem like a simple concept can have a few simple effects added to it, to make it a very stylized end product.
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 45: Advanced Marquee Techniques
Advanced Marquee Techniques, Part TWO: In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how simple it is to create a complex animation inside of Marquee in a matter of minutes, when creating the same look in After Effects or a 3D application could take hours.
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Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 64: Color 17: Day for Night
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows a simple method for using footage shot during the day to make a it look like the shot was filmed in the early morning or late evening. Andrew uses a couple of effects to colorize the shot and change its contrast.
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