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Looking into Her Eyes, Director Pablo Larraín Finds Jackie

Set during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination, Jackie recounts one of the most tragic events in American history as seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Director Pablo Larraín has an affinity for historical characters of mythic proportions. Of the seven films that he has directed, five are period pieces, although that was never his plan. He embraces stories based on […]

Industry Sector

Nice Shoes Creative Studio Transports Viewers To A Meditative and Magical VR Garden

Nice Shoes Creative Studio has entered the world of virtual reality, debuting an interactive meditative experience “Mio Garden” to an audience of marketing leaders at the 2016 ANA Masters of Marketing Conference in Orlando. The piece explores the new storytelling form from a different point of view, aiming to craft a unique experience that would leave a viewer feeling calm and refreshed. Harry Dorrington served as conceptor and executive creative […]

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Gear

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Extends Relationship with Wazee Digital

Wazee Digital, a provider of cloud-based video management and licensing services, announced that Sony Pictures Post Production Services has extended its long-standing relationship with Wazee Digital through December 2017. Under the extended contract, Sony Pictures will continue using Wazee Digital Core and its automated metadata-processing technology to store, view, and manage assets from Sony Pictures’ inventory of feature films, including stock footage, full-length features, and clip selects, with granular specificity. […]

Awards

Contender – Composer Lesley Barber, Manchester By the Sea

Composer Lesley Barber was tasked with setting the tone for the heartbreaking family drama, Manchester by the Sea. The story follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who must face the ghosts of his past when he returns home to take care of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his brother’s death. Having worked on his award-winning film, You Can Count on Me, Barber had an established relationship with writer/director Kenneth […]

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CBC Upgrades TV Production and Delivery Services With NetApp

“Although CBC‘s legacy storage infrastructure gave them the basic media bandwidth they required, they quickly found they needed additional enterprise-class scalability, reliability, and support to guarantee video throughput for all of their graphics and edit workgroups,” said Barry Evans, CTO, Pixit Media. “Given their needs, we knew immediately that a mix of the NetApp E-Series all-flash and hybrid systems would best support their video and audio production needs.” Since 1994, […]

Featured

Heavy Metal Parking Lot — 30th Anniversary

When co-creators of the short cinema verité classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot, John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, went to the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland outside of Washington, DC to film the accumulating outdoor scene before a Judas Priest concert, much of what resulted, according to the filmmakers on the 30th anniversary of the project, was “dumb luck.” “It was John’s idea,” said Krulik, “and I had equipment at this […]

Animation

Director Rémi Chayé Journeys a Long Way North

In the animated adventure, Long Way North, an adventurous young aristocrat searches for her explorer grandfather, lost with his Russian icebreaker in the treacherous seas of the Arctic’s northeast passage. From a script by animation teachers Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix of La Poudriere animation school, the French-Danish co-production was directed on a small 6.4 million euro budget by Rémi Chayé. The financial constraints on the film meant that the […]

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44th Annual Annie Awards Nominees Announced

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 44th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Finding Dory (Pixar Animation Studios), Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika), Kung Fu Panda 3 (DreamWorks Animation), Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios) and Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios). Nominees in the Annies newest category, Best Feature-Independent, spotlighting features with […]

Awards

Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Technical Achievement Awards

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) today announced the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award for Technical Achievement to SHOTOVER: The SHOTOVER K1 6 Axis Gyro-Stabilized Camera Platform and That Cat Camera Support: the patented Silent Cat Camera Slider. The SOC hosted a full day of demonstrations with fifteen technologies presented to the blue ribbon panel of judges, which was a group of award winning active members of the Society. “It was […]

Crafts

Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds Home Theater Dub Stage For Next Generation Immersive Sound Formats

Responding to the growing popularity of home theater systems with immersive sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a new mix stage dedicated to next-generation home theater audio formats. Located on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, the new stage is designed to simulate a home theater environment and equipped to master feature film and television projects in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D and other immersive sound formats. This new […]