Visual FX

Frame Studio Explores the History of Music

Montreal-based motion design/VFX facility Frame Studio recently completed “RIFF” – a 30-second spot for a special music exhibit at the Musée de la civilisation de Québec. The piece, produced via ad agency Bleublancrouge, traces the history of musical forms from hip hop through disco, rock & roll, jazz, and blues back to traditional African rhythms. Called “RIFF,” the spot presented an interesting challenge for the boutique facility, which was founded […]

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Events

NYC’s Hottest VFX Artists Show and Tell

Createasphere returns to New York for its third outing on Sept. 21-22, 2010, presenting two full days of panels, exhibitions and networking. On Sept. 21, the Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo will present HOT VFX NYC, a panel discussion and screening with representatives from some of the most creative and successful visual effects companies and artists in New York. Moderated by Rob Morgenroth, business development director of the Visual Effects Society […]

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Origami Digital Expands Facility with Move to New Location

Visual effects company Origami Digital recently moved in to a new location near the Hawthorne Airport. The 8,000-square-foot building includes an expanded performance-capture stage, a large studio for the artists and state-of-the-art infrastructure. “We’ve always had a full-service approach to our work, and in the new space we can offer the whole range of our services more efficiently,” said Oliver Hotz, founder of Origami Digital and visual effects supervisor at […]

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Camera

Panavizing the iPhone

Panavision has launched a new iPhone application called PANASCOUT that simulates the cinematographer’s viewpoint from a professional cinema camera. It allows filmmakers to capture the cinematic qualities of any location and record metadata including GPS, compass heading, date/time, voice notes and a sunrise/sunset readout for your present location. Photos can be framed in true widescreen 2.40 (anamorphic), 1.85 (Super 35mm), 1.78 (16×9 HD) and 1.33 (4×3) aspect ratios with PANAFRAME […]

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News

Overall On-Location Filming Springs Forward in Los Angeles

FilmL.A. – the not-for-profit community benefit organization that coordinates permits for filmed entertainment shot on location in the City of Los Angeles, unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County and other local jurisdictions – released its official report showing an 18 percent first quarter increase in area on-location filming. A total of 11,087 permitted production days (PPD) were recorded for the period, compared to the 9,408 PPD logged in 2009. On-location […]

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Crash+Sues opens CS Films

Award-wining commercial production company Crash+Sues recently opened CS Films – a Minneapolis-based post house dedicated to the independent filmmakers. For its first project, the company provided color correction, online editing and finishing for writer/director Matt Osterman’s debut feature, the supernatural thriller Phasma Ex Machina. “This project was a great opportunity for CS Films to work on a high-end film with an innovative, top-notch director,” says CS Films producer Amanda Burgland. […]

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News

Dave Grove Joins EFILM Hollywood

  EFILM Hollywood, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, announced that Dave Grove has joined the company as vice president of marketing and sales. Grove has been vice president of sales at Deluxe Laboratories Hollywood for the last five years. In his new role he will be bridging services between the Hollywood lab and EFILM’S Digital Laboratory services. Grove will be responsible for promoting EFILM’S end–to-end digital workflow, a […]

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Editing

Fix It In Post Edits The Bannen Way

Los Angeles-based editorial boutique Fix It In Post recently edited The Bannen Way, a series of 16, 5-7 minute-long webisodes created by filmmakers Mark Gantt and Jess Warren airing on Sony Digital’s Crackle.com. Editor Zack Arnold, owner of Fix It In Post, responded to a Craig’s List ad looking for an editor that would work next to nothing on a spec show. The result is a series that has had […]

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News

Stephen Nakamura Colors Waiting for Superman

Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim recently turned to Santa Monica-based Company 3 and colorist Stephen Nakamura for the DI work on his powerful new documentary, Waiting for Superman. Nakamura, who has brought his sensitivity and technical savvy to blockbuster features including James Bond action thriller Quantum of Solace and upcoming Russell Crowe adventure Robin Hood, was thrilled with the opportunity to apply his talents to this smaller, independent film, made up […]