Joel Paisner
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Producer Joel Paisner Joins Boutique Visual Effects Company Jogger Studios

Producer Joel Paisner has joined the boutique visual effects studio Jogger. Based out of Jogger Los Angeles, Paisner will work closely with the producing teams in the Santa Monica, Austin, and San Francisco offices. “Everyone’s really happy to have Joel join us here at Jogger,” Jogger Creative Director Andy Brown said in a statement. “As we have continued to grow, adding Joel to the team has already made a massive […]

Austin Film Festival 2022
Columns

Union Roundup: A Dispatch From the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference, Where James Gray Deemed Cinema to Be “In a Strange Place” Now

Filing into the awards show luncheon, I immediately took an available seat facing the stage, as I usually do at, say, the VES or ASC awards, to better watch the speeches, awardees, and film clips. Only the twist here is that I was doing the journalist equivalent of breaking the fourth wall, or making like She-Hulk busting through the on-screen Disney+ menu — I was, in this instance, one of […]

12 Angry Men
Accidental Turitz

The Accidental Turitz: Facebook Got Caught Censoring Advertising for a Holocaust Movie and Now It May Get Sued

I don’t get really mad all that often. Peeved? Yes. Aggravated? Sure. Irritated? Rather easily, actually. It’s something for which my wife makes great fun of me, how quickly I will express displeasure at someone for thoughtlessness or douchebaggery — like when you let someone cut in front of you in traffic and they don’t wave a thank you, or then turns without using their signal, or that jerk who […]

2023 Writers Guild Awards
Awards

WGA Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Writers Guild Awards and Some Changes to Eligibility Criteria

The Writers Guild of America has announced that the 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards, which honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories, will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Before we get to the key dates, it’s important to note that the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have made some changes to the eligibility and submission […]

Hank the Cowdog
Accidental Turitz

The Accidental Turitz: As Podcast Listenership Continues to Grow, So, Too, Does A-List Actors’ Interest in the Medium

Like most people these days, I spend a fair amount of my day listening to podcasts. Every morning, I get on my bike and ride for a couple hours, listening to a series of entries that vary across the spectrum. There are podcast versions of daily news and sports shows, political opinion stuff like Pod Save America, interview options like Marc Maron’s WTF, a Mission: Impossible podcast called Light the […]

Move.ai
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SIGGRAPH 2022: The Most Exciting New Tech Unveiled So Far

SIGGRAPH, the world’s premiere computer graphics showcase, begins its live, in-person event this week in Vancouver, where many leading scientists and tech creators will be sharing their latest work publicly for the very first time. Here’s a rundown of some of the most exciting new tech that has been introduced so far, from our perspective: Feature Film Quality Markerless Mocap Traditional motion capture processes normally require expensive mocap suits and […]

No Picture
Columns

Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

The Walt Disney Company has a creeping neo-fascism problem, one that won’t always be restricted to Disney, either. As readers already know, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis found himself cornered by his own rhetoric, signing the “Don’t Say ‘Gay’” bill into law after taking larger umbrage at Disney’s umbrage on behalf of its LGBTQ+ employees (and heck, people everywhere) as the move to strip the Mouse House of its special jurisdictional […]

Disguise Unreal Engine
Featured

Disguise Launches New Unreal Engine 5 Plugin for Next-Generation Visuals Across Live and Virtual Production

Following the launch of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, users of visual storytelling platform disguise can, with the help of disguise‘s new RenderStream plugin, immediately benefit from the game engine’s next-generation photorealistic visual capabilities. disguise has been working closely with Epic Games to develop and launch the latest version of their free, open-sourced proprietary RenderStream plugin that allows its user community to seamlessly integrate Unreal Engine into their disguise workflow […]

Val Kilmer
Awards

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Zola and Encanto‘s Big Wins Ring Loud and Clear

A24’s Zola and Disney’s Encanto — the first time those two movies have appeared in the same sentence before, no doubt — were among the big winners at the Guild of Music Supervisors‘ 12th annual awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday. Netflix’s Tick, Tick… Boom! (supervised by Steven Gizicki), and Lionsgate’s comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Julianne Jordan, Justine von Winterfeldt) were also among the night’s victors, while […]

No Picture
Featured

Teamsters Local 399 Casts Landslide Vote to Ratify New Film and TV Contract

In a landslide devoid of drama, Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 has voted to ratify a new three-year film and TV contract, with 89% of voters casting their ballot in favor of ratification, leaving just 11% to vote against it — and that’s with more than two-thirds of the local’s members casting a vote. The new agreement with the AMPTP includes higher wages and greater overtime penalties, and also makes it […]