The Sound of How to Train Your Dragon 2

In this exclusive profile, SoundWorks Collection talks with Skywalker Sound re-recording mixer and sound designer Randy Thom and director Dean DeBlois about Dreamworks Animation’s animated action-adventure film How to Train Your Dragon 2. […]


The SIM Group Merges with Hollywood’s Chainsaw

The SIM Group announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to merge with Hollywood-based Chainsaw. SIM supplies production equipment and specialized postproduction services to the film and television industry, while Chainsaw is an L.A.-based postproduction facility that specializes in unscripted and live event television. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to close next month, Chainsaw will continue to operate under its current name as a unit of The SIM Group. […]


Fabric Software Launches Fabric Engine 1.12

Montreal-based Fabric Software announced the launch of version 1.12 of Fabric Engine – a platform designed to help visual effects and games facilities easily develop their own GPU-accelerated code and build high performance custom tools. The new version includes a new character tools API, as well as Splice Drawing – a customizable integrated real-time renderer. […]

Facility in Focus

Super Star Power Productions Chooses Qube Cinema System for New 4K DI Suite

Qube Cinema has installed its XP-I server and Xi 4K integrated media block (IMB) in Super Star Power Productions‘ new 4K DI suite in Los Angeles. The combination postproduction facility and theater offers a seamless 4K pipeline from review of uncompressed 4K image files taken directly from 4K cameras, through color grading at 4K, to the Qube XP-I server and Xi IMB and projected via Barco‘s new DP4K-P postproduction projector. Clients will be able to review 4K images, color grade at 4K in real time and generate 4K DCPs for final QC, all from a single 4K projector in a home-like setting. […]

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 271 artists and executives to join the organization this year. Every year, Academy members may sponsor one candidate for membership within their branch. New member application reviews take place in the spring. […]

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California’s Tax Incentive Bill Clears Another Hurdle

California’s Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed the California Film and Television Job Retention and Promotion Act of 2014 (AB 1839) by a vote of 6-0. The legislation, authored by Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and co-authored by more than 65 other legislators, would expand and improve the state’s current program to keep production jobs in California. […]


Hydraulx Launches Hydraulx Filmz

Playa Vista-based visual effects house Hydraulx announced the launch of a new production stage and camera equipment rental division called Hydraulx Filmz. The new location offers clients a 40,000 square foot facility with 22,000 square feet of usable sound stage space, 25-foot high ceilings and 60’ x 30’ green screens. Hydraulx Filmz will also rent camera and lens packages, with an inventory that includes nine Red Epic Dragon 6K cameras, four stereo camera rigs with matching lenses and a QTake Video Assist System. […]