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  • Fortium Security Measures Ward Off DVD Piracy

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    As award season gears up, so do concerns about piracy.  Although many studios distribute password protected and expiring links to content, much of the voting public depend on DVDs to view nominated films.  DVD screeners remain a controversial source for many studios. While they come with stern warnings against sharing or tampering with the discs, screeners…

     

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  • Pixomondo Trailblazes in Themed Entertainment VFX For National Geographic’s ” Ocean Odyssey”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    International creative design and VFX company Pixomondo, known for its Emmy-award winning VFX work on “Game of Thrones” VES Award for “Hugo”, debuted an underground aquarium attraction, a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience, in Times Square.  The underwater attraction was created for National Geographic, and is called National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. The exhibit harnesses…

     

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  • Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Brings Popular TV Show’s World To Fans

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Fans of “Downton Abbey” and the gorgeous sets and costumes seen throughout its six seasons have reason to celebrate.   NBCUniversal International Studios is presenting a traveling exhibit highlighting the elegant gowns, suits and jewelry in a traveling exhibition called Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.  The exhibit will make its US debut in New York City on Saturday, November…

     

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  • “Stranger Things 2” Sound Team Highlight Details For Authenticity

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    There’s a lot in store for fans  of “Stranger Things.”  As the second season, called “Stranger Things 2”, hits the airwaves, new characters, creatures, even worlds, will be revealed.  Despite the many changes on screen, behind the scenes it is business as usual. The sound team found themselves right back where they started from, at the Technicolor…

     

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  • Costume Designer Janie Bryant Creates 50’s Inspired Style Line For Women

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Merging sophistication in design, realistic functionality and period authenticity is something costume designer Janie Bryant excels at. The past ten years have seen her create iconic looks as she’s tackled projects that scaled the decades.  She received her first Emmy win for the western designs in HBO’s “Deadwood.” “Mad Men” found her tackling the sophisticated…

     

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  • KitSplit Brings Shared Economy Production Rental Platform To Los Angeles

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    KitSplit is the latest entry into the film production “shared economy.” Originated in New York in 2015 by Kristina Budelis, the org experienced a wild growth spurt in 2017 after acquiring its competitor CameraLends.  Now, the Brooklyn-based production equipment rental platform is further expanding its reach by opening a satellite office in Los Angeles.  The…

     

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  • Pollen Music Group Highlights 360/VR Audio & Working on Google Spotlight Stories’ Oscar Nominee, “Pearl”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Pollen Music Group & Google Spotlight Stories has released a behind-the-scenes video detailing their process scoring the music for the first VR project to receive an Oscar nomination and one of the first to win an Emmy, Pearl. The four-minute video (watch here: https://youtu.be/EirRYlGnROs) details how Alexis Harte, Scot Stafford, and JJ Wiesler of Pollen…

     

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  • 2018 SOC Technical Achievement Award Nominees Revealed

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) has released the names of the products and manufacturers to be considered for the org’s 2018 Technical Achievement Awards.  The awards will be presented at the Saturday February 3, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards evening hosted at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.  In order to become a competing nominee, each selected candidate must participate…

     

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  • Kathryn Bigelow To Receive 2018 MPSE Filmmaker Award

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honor Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker Award during the org’s Golden Reel Award ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema.. A trailblazing filmmaker whose…

     

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  • Winners Announced For Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    To promote the art of animation, GKIDS, Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood, with major sponsors LA Times, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events and Google presented the inaugural edition of ANIMATION IS FILM.  The festival took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood and was attended by a…

     

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  • Makeup Artist Donald Mowat Captures Realities In “Blade Runner 2049” And “Stronger”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Donald Mowat greatly admired the artistry of “Blade Runner.” When director Denis Villeneuve called Mowat to lead the makeup department for “Blade Runner 2049” – a revisiting of the LA-based futuristic tale set thirty years later – Mowat was excited.  Fighting off tremendous anxiety and panic attacks at the scale of the film’s epic scope,…

     

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  • Bailey, Clairmont 2018 SOC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    John Bailey and Denny Clairmount will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the upcoming Society of Camera Operators (SOC) Awards.  Bailey will receive the 2017 Governors Lifetime Achievement Award the Lifetime Achievement for Distinguished Service Award will be bestowed upon Clairmont at the black tie event February 2, 2018 Awards at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel. The…

     

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  • Rising To Visual Challenges: Engine House VFX

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Picturesque beaches and sandy shores are not the only thing placing Cornwall, England on the map these days.  The picturesque peninsula is also home to Engine House VFX, an animation and visual effects company that’s making some pretty big waves. Mike Richter, a 3D freelancer whose architectural visualization skills enabled him to create extremely realistic…

     

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  • Submissions for 2017 MUAHS Awards Now Open

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Online submissions for consideration for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, or MUAHS, is now open.  S. Submissions will close on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5 PM (PT). This year’s awards gala returns to the NOVO in L.A. Live on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS)…

     

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  • American Society of Cinematographers Names 2018 Honorees

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    In recognition of their special contributions to the art of cinematography, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has named four honorees who will be honored at the 32nd ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Russell Carpenter, ASC will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Russell Boyd, ASC, ACS will earn the org’s International Award; Alan Caso, ASC will be…

     

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  • Submissions For 2018 ADG Excellence In Production Design Awards Open

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Television and feature film submissions for the Art Directors Guild (ADG) 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards are currently accepting submissions. “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination” will be this year’s theme as the guild debuts its new award category Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film. The ADG…

     

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  • Vanishing Point Media Elevates VR Thriller “The Hidden”

    By 411 Update

     

    Produced by Annie Lukowski & BJ Schwartz of Vanishing Point Media, The Hidden is a VR thriller that allows you to step into the shoes of an undocumented immigrant as you watch your daughter being grilled by two ICE officers while you hold your breath hiding.  The story follows Sophia, a young Mexican-American woman living in rural America, as she is harangued,…

     

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  • Winners Of The 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships In Screenwriting Announced

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 2, at the Samuel…

     

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  • Canon’s 4K Field Production Zoom Lenses To Be Honored At Technology & Engineering Emmys

    By 411 Update

     

    Canon Inc. will be recognized at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for its complete lineup of 4K field production zoom lenses for large-format, single-sensor cameras.  This includes all of  Canon’s CN-E, CINE-SERVO and COMPACT-SERVO lines of zoom lenses. Presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the Technology & Engineering…

     

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  • Alchemy Post Sound Adds Second Foley Stage

    By 411 Update

     

    Alchemy Post Sound, a specialist in Foley sound for motion pictures and television, has added a second Foley stage to its facility in New York. The new space is designed to complement the company’s original Foley stage with a “live” sound environment meant to enhance the production of interior effects that can benefit from natural…

     

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