Art Direction

Halloween Comes Early as Horror Runs Amok in Big Bear

In Southern California, one location offers a rocky lakeside backdrop that might be the setting in a classic ’80s slasher film such as Friday The 13th. The region famously boasts scenery as diverse as mountains, beaches and desert, and what better place to set a horror film festival than a gothic mountainous resort town? Thus, the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival was set up to provide a forum for both established and novice genre filmmakers. […]


Gradient FX Relies on Mocha

Founded in 2006, Gradient FX is an award-winning artist and technology-driven VFX studio. Balancing the ideal blend of art and technology, Gradient FX mix their technological savvy with high design and artistry to deliver unconventional, yet visually stunning results for their clients. Gradient FX has over 30 feature films under their belts – from arthouse indies to global blockbuster films, as well as music videos, television commercials and game cinematics. […]


ASSIMILATE Announces Support For 64-Bit THX CineSpace LUTs

ASSIMILATE announced support within SCRATCH Six and SCRATCH Lab for the latest release of THX cineSpace color management software for 64-bit operating systems. THX cineSpace plug-ins are used by SCRATCH colorists at major DI postproduction, visual effects and animation facilities worldwide to apply looks using THX cineSpace LUTs, and to establish end-to-end color pipelines. […]

Film Makes the Grade Online has launched an innovative new web-based service to provide professional color correction services to independent film productions. “ was born out of frustration,” said Ryan Byrne, company founder and CEO. “Simply put, we felt that this part of the post industry wasn’t set up in a way that allowed every indie filmmaker the opportunity to access professional color correction.” Byrne also pointed out that, if a filmmaker doesn’t reside in a filmmaking center, access to quality color correction service is extremely limited. […]

Facility in Focus

Light Iron Installs Third Pablo

Hollywood-based DI facility Light Iron has purchased a third Quantel Pablo 4K color correction and finishing system together with a Pablo PA workflow assist station. These will be connected via their GenePool to Light Iron’s two other Pablos, creating a collaborative and highly efficient digital workflow. The systems are installed at Light Iron’s new 10,000-square-foot facility in Hollywood, which includes three DI theaters. […]


Image Systems Names Colorist Adam Hawkey as Strategic Consultant

Image Systems has named Adam Hawkey to the company’s staff of strategic consultants. Hawkey is a respected DI colorist and technical expert who has worked in a number of leading facilities. In his new role, he will work closely with clients in the integration of Image Systems solutions into facilities. Based in the company’s Hollywood office, Hawkey will also lead Image System’s training initiatives. […]