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Bob Minkler Passes Away

By Staff

Academy Award-winning sound mixer, Robert Alan (Bob ) Minkler, died of respiratory failure Oct. 11, at his home in Oregon with his wife Patty at his side. »

Lord of the Rings Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie Dies at 59

By Jack Egan

Oscar-winning Australian director of photography Andrew Lesnie, best known for his imaginative and groundbreaking cinematography on his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings trilogy of films, died on Monday of a heart attack at the age of 59. »

Video of the Day: How many projectionists does it take to change an IMAX bulb?

By Staff

Freelance filmmaker John Ruddock recently released this video that shows how much work IMAX film projectionists go through to change a bulb in a 2,000 lbs projector. Shot with GoPro, the video goes behind the scenes at the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater inside San Jose's Tech Museum. It covers the process of a lamp... »

Video of the Day: Dennis Quaid’s On Set Freak Out: The Full Video

By Staff

After a video of actor Dennis Quaid allegedly throwing a temper tantrum on set went viral earlier this week, comedy web site Funny or Die fessed up yesterday and admitted that it was all a prank, releasing this hilarious behind-the-scenes footage. »

Contenders – Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Boxtrolls

By Phil Rhodes

Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's film The Boxtrolls ends with a shot in which a long pull-out begins to reveal an animator at work around the foot-high puppets with which the film was shot. The fact that modern audiences may actually need this reminder of the almost absurd amount of effort that's intrinsic to... »

SMPTE to Produce Documentary on the Evolution of Motion-Imaging Technology

By Staff

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, (SMPTE), is producing a documentary on the history of motion-imaging technology to celebrate the society’s centennial anniversary in 2016. SMPTE has named creative visionary Randall Dark as producer. Howard Lukk, former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, will serve as director. Chris... »

Derek McLane – From Broadway to Live Television to The Oscars

By Scott Essman

Having designed the previous two Oscar ceremonies and last year’s wildly successful live television presentation of The Sound of Music Live, Emmy and Tony Award-winning production designer Derek McLane is regularly working on multiple projects, being highly in demand for such prestigious ventures in addition to his ongoing role as one of Broadway’s top... »

SIM Group Acquires Toronto’s Pixel Underground

By Staff

Continuing its rapid expansion, the SIM Group has acquired Toronto postproduction facility Pixel Underground and its associated companies FINI Films and stationEX. The move gives SIM Group the ability to deliver complete postproduction and media distribution services in the Toronto market. Pixel Underground is one of Ontario's leading providers of postproduction services for television,... »

Panavision Acquires Light Iron

By Staff

Panavision has acquired the postproduction technology company Light Iron. The acquisition leverages the strengths of the camera rental company with the digital postproduction workflow at Light Iron. With facilities in Los Angeles and New York City, Light Iron will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Panavision, maintaining its executive leadership and talent. Light Iron’s popular Outpost... »

Contender – Composer Marco Beltrami, The Homesman

By Mary Ann Skweres

In talking about The Homesman – his third collaboration with actor/director Tommy Lee Jones – composer Marco Beltrami shared his satisfaction with their creative partnership. “I respond first off to his writing, his script, the way his mind puts things together. I respond to his quest for creativity and originality.” »

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