Contenders – Directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Boxtrolls

Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi‘s film The Boxtrolls ends with a shot in which a long pull-out begins to reveal an animator at work around the foot-high puppets with which the film was shot. The fact that modern audiences may actually need this reminder of the almost absurd amount of effort that’s intrinsic to stop motion is an indication of how rare it is; not since Laika‘s previous film, the Oscar-nominated ParaNorman, has the technique won such widespread acclaim. […]

Art Direction

Derek McLane – From Broadway to Live Television to The Oscars

Having designed the previous two Oscar ceremonies and last year’s wildly successful live television presentation of The Sound of Music Live, Emmy and Tony Award-winning production designer Derek McLane is regularly working on multiple projects, being highly in demand for such prestigious ventures in addition to his ongoing role as one of Broadway’s top live stage designers. […]


Panavision Acquires Light Iron

Panavision has acquired the postproduction technology company Light Iron. The acquisition leverages the strengths of the camera rental company with the digital postproduction workflow at Light Iron. With facilities in Los Angeles and New York City, Light Iron will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Panavision, maintaining its executive leadership and talent. Light Iron’s popular Outpost mobile post systems will be available at Panavision rental facilities worldwide. “This acquisition is an opportunity […]


Contender – Composer Marco Beltrami, The Homesman

In talking about The Homesman – his third collaboration with actor/director Tommy Lee Jones – composer Marco Beltrami shared his satisfaction with their creative partnership. “I respond first off to his writing, his script, the way his mind puts things together. I respond to his quest for creativity and originality.” […]

No Picture

Film Lab New York to Close

Film Lab New York, the last motion picture film processing laboratory in New York City, will cease operations as of Dec. 19. The company, launched in 2011 as a joint venture between Technicolor-PostWorks New York and Deluxe New York, provided laboratory services to motion picture, television and commercial productions operating on the East Coast and around the world. […]


Hollywood Center Studios Plans Major Expansion

Hollywood Center Studios is finalizing plans to construct a 106,000 square foot office complex designed to serve the area’s burgeoning film and television community. The project will also include a new parking structure and other amenities. […]


Shahs of Sunset Editors End Strike Against Ryan Seacrest Productions, Bravo Media

Editors on Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset have reached a deal with Ryan Seacrest Productions, ending a month-long strike. Union supporters had staged more than half a dozen demonstrations in Los Angeles and New York, but the union called off its picketing Friday afternoon, indicating that a deal was imminent. […]


MPC Delivers Key VFX for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

London-based visual effects house MPC completed 857 shots for Marvel‘s recent blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Led by MPC VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi and producer Marianne Speight, the team created CG characters, environments and spacecraft, for the James Gunn-directed production. […]


Exceptional Minds’ Summer Film Program Educates Youth With Autism

A dinosaur in search of Starbucks and Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to The Moon,” set to an orchestra of Star Wars characters, were just a few of the animated adventures that took place at this summer’s Exceptional Minds digital arts workshop for youth with autism, which ended Aug. 16. […]