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17 2017 Oct

DaVinci Resolve Studio Manages Color Pipeline on Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Fremont, CA  – Blackmagic Design recently announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio has been used throughout production and post production on 20th Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” including SDR and HDR delivery. Joshua Callis-Smith was responsible for the onset dailies while the online edit and final DI were completed by Goldcrest Post.

The second installment of the Kingsman comic book adaption saw cinematographer George Richmond reunite with DIT Callis-Smith and Goldcrest senior colorist, Rob Pizzey following their work together on“Kingsman: The Secret Service” in 2014.

“Our goal with ‘The Golden Circle’ was to maintain the same slick, rich overall aesthetic as the first film,’ while also ensuring we gave the sequel its own unique look,” begins Callis Smith.

“Building on our use of Resolve on the first Kingsman film, I ran all of the images into 25 inch OLED monitors which were calibrated to match the DI suite at Goldcrest, and used a Smart Videohub to route pictures to the video operator, who would in turn distribute those images to everyone else.”

The onset DIT cart also incorporated a Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K capture and playback device along with multiple SmartScope Duo 4K preview monitors. The first grading pass was subsequently completed in DaVinci Resolve with the help of look up tables (LUT) created ahead of time by the colorist, Rob Pizzey.

“‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ was a much bigger proposition than ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service,’ with more ambitious VFX shots as well as an HDR deliverable to consider,“ Pizzey explains. “Along with the fact that we were delivering multiple HDR versions including Dolby Vision for theatrical and HDR10 for domestic viewing, we also had a larger number of VFX set pieces, all of which Resolve handled smoothly.”

The conform and online edit was also completed in Resolve Studio by Goldcrest’s Daniel Tomlinson, which allowed the in house team to turn around any edit changes and visual effects updates that took place quickly and efficiently.

“Working from the RAW rushes gave us maximum flexibility. As for all our deliveries, the HDR grade would originate from the live DI timeline, so we could access any part of the original grade and finesse to achieve the best results in HDR,” adds Pizzey. “Grading the HDR is not just about reproducing the REC 709 version on a HDR monitor. It all boils down to how the original material was shot in the first place. On The Golden Circle we could justify sensitively opening up the contrast ratio as we had the dynamic range to work with. Used in a controlled approach, the results can be stunning.”

He concludes: “Our color pipeline has certainly evolved since the first ‘Kingsman,’ we all worked on together, but one piece of the puzzle has remained the same: DaVinci Resolve. Resolve was central to the successful delivery of post production on ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle.’ Using it ensured color management remained consistent throughout the entire editorial pipeline, from DIT through to the final results.”

17 2017 Oct

Avid Powers the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 with Dome Productions

Avid MediaCentral gives Dome Productions a fast, efficient workflow to meet tight turnaround times for inspiring international sporting event

 Avid recently announced that production mobile facilities company, Dome Productions, relied on Avid solutions to deliver the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions gave Dome Productions the speed and efficiency needed to create and deliver content for global broadcasters each day of the inspirational tournament.

Established in 2014 by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured armed services personnel and veterans. This year’s multi-sport games in Toronto, Canada saw more than 550 competitors from 17 nations take part in a dozen adapted sports—including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. As host broadcaster for this year’s games, Dome Productions needed a fast-turnaround workflow to produce and deliver a 48-minute highlight show for broadcasters all over the world just an hour after the events ended each day.

With almost 10 years’ experience using Avid solutions for high-profile sporting events, Dome turned to Avid and equipment rental company SIM Digital to implement a fast, efficient workflow powered by Avid MediaCentral®, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media. To streamline the collaboration of 9 editing systems on one shared storage system, Dome deployed Avid NEXIS®, the world’s first and only software-defined storage platform for media.

“The Avid workflow solutions helped us in meeting the tight turnaround challenges the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 presented, by enabling us to work on the content while we were ingesting it,” said Seann Harding, Technical Manager, Engineering at Dome Productions. “Avid NEXIS’ web interface is extremely streamlined, making it much more intuitive to configure. Avid solutions worked very well and integrated into our production workflow effortlessly.”

Avid and SIM Video worked closely with Dome to implement the workflow, which included MediaCentral | Production Management  for asset management and the industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing system Avid Media Composer® in addition to Avid NEXIS.

“In the fast-paced world of global sporting events, production teams need to start working on content as soon as the footage arrives,” said Avid President Jeff Rosica. “With Avid sports solutions powered by the MediaCentral Platform, Dome Productions had the fast, efficient and tightly integrated tools and workflow solutions needed to produce and deliver content to multiple broadcasters across the globe under extremely tight deadlines for this truly inspiring sporting event.”

 

17 2017 Oct

Avid Graphics Solutions Selected by Glasgow 2018 European Championships to Deliver Captivating Viewer Experience

As an Official Supporter of the inaugural 2018 European Championships, Avid’s state-of-the-art broadcast graphics solutions will be used to engage viewers with powerful visual storytelling

Avid recently announced that it has been appointed as the broadcast graphics platform supplier for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. As an Official Supporter of the major new multi-sport event, Avid will provide its comprehensive tools and workflow solutions for graphics creation to captivate audiences across Europe and help bring the multi-sport event to life for a potential TV audience of up to 1.03 billion.

The Glasgow 2018 European Championships is set to join the sporting calendar as one of the world’s top events where Europe’s best athletes compete in events including aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon, with athletics staged in Berlin. Taking place between August 2 and August 12, 2018, the inaugural event will see 4,500 world-class athletes compete before crowds at venues throughout Scotland and Berlin.

European Championships Management (ECM) and Fanview selected Avid – whom Glasgow 2018 have now contracted – to provide powerful broadcast graphics solutions based on the company’s extensive track record in supporting its preeminent customer community at high-profile sporting events, including NBC’s broadcast of the Olympic Games, Fox Sports’ Super Bowl and the Chinese National Games. Avid will work closely with the Championships’ timing, scoring and results providers to ensure a high-quality viewing experience for a potential TV audience of over one billion—as well as many more viewers across multiple digital platforms.

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said: “With less than one year to go until the first ever European Championships, we are gearing up to deliver a must-attend, must-watch experience for visitors and audiences from across Europe. By engaging a world-class organization with unrivalled experience in delivering the very best sporting events, we will ensure Glasgow shines on the world stage in 2018.”

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor Susan Aitken said: “We are delighted to team up with one of the world’s leading media technology providers. Avid’s experience in providing broadcast graphics solutions to major sports broadcasters worldwide will help guarantee a fantastic viewing experience for European Championships fans.”

Powered by MediaCentral®, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media, Avid’s powerful broadcast graphics solutions will deliver hundreds of on-air 3D graphics. Avid Maestro™ | Designer and Avid’s underlying HDVG rendering platform will give the tournament’s production teams unprecedented creative power and speed to design and deliver stunning graphics.

“Powerful visual storytelling and stunning imagery are critical to building a compelling brand and attracting viewers in the competitive sports media landscape,” said Avid President Jeff Rosica. “With Avid’s powerful graphics platform and our successful track record in supporting sports events on the global stage, Glasgow 2018 European Championships can establish itself as one of the world’s top sporting events and boost viewership through eye-catching 3D graphics, timely news updates, and other captivating visual content.”

In a session titled Bringing the European Championship to Life at Leaders Week London 2017, on Wednesday, October 4 European Championships Management’s Director Paul Bristow and Head of Commercial Andrew Wilding will discuss the journey to create a major new sporting event and the key technology they will bring to viewers in partnership with Avid.

 

17 2017 Oct

Celebrate VES Hall of Fame honorees at VES Summit on 10/28

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Saturday, October 28

Register Now!

 Register now for the Visual Effects Society’s 9th annual VES Summit ​on Saturday, October​ 28 at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills.  Keynote speakers include:  acclaimed director Ava DuVernay and visionary futurist Syd Mead.

At the close of the Summit, join us in honoring 21 legends in entertainment and VFX as we celebrate the inaugural VES Hall of Fame class. You’ll be part of the 200+ industry decision-makers who consider the VES Summit their “must attend” event of the year.

The VES Summit features technical wizards, enlightened storytellers, fearless problem-solvers, VR pioneers, and VFX Visionaries.  Get the latest insights from:  Hollywood Data Hack Expert Hemu Nigam; IMAX Home Entertainment President, Jason Brenek; along with speakers from: Adobe, Autodesk, NVIDIA, SideFX, The Mill, WME with many more!

Register now to enjoy:

  • top thought-leading speakers
  • roundtable discussions on key industry topics
  • networking, lunch, cocktails and more!

Click here for more info/register.

17 2017 Oct

American Society of Cinematographers Honors Student Filmmakers at Annual Heritage Awards

Winners Hail from AFI, LMU and USC

ASC Student Heritage Award winners (L-R) Logan Fulton, Connor Ellmann, and Favienne Howsepian

ASC Student Heritage Award winners (L-R) Logan Fulton, Connor Ellmann, and Favienne Howsepian

LOS ANGELES (October 16, 2017) – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced their annual Student Heritage Award winners Saturday night during a presentation at the organization’s clubhouse in Hollywood. Three student filmmakers were singled out for demonstrating exceptional abilities in cinematography. The competition is designed to highlight the work of emerging talent, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

The 2017 winners are:

ASC Andrew Lesnie Student Heritage Award, Graduate Category

Favienne Howsepian from the American Film Institute (AFI) for “Snowplow”

ASC Andrew Lesnie Student Heritage Award, Undergraduate Category

Logan Fulton from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) for “Widow”

ASC Haskell Wexler Student Award, Documentary Category

Connor Ellmann from University of Southern California (USC) for “Forever Home”

A panel of ASC members judged the entries, and the winners were selected from 13 nominees.

“The level of cinematography we see coming from students these days seems to get more exciting and visually challenging each year,” says ASC President Kees van Oostrum. “It’s a testament to the quality and commitment of the younger generation of cinematographers, and promises an exciting future.”

The ASC student awards are named in honor of Lesnie and Wexler, revered members of the organization. Lesnie won an Oscar® for best cinematography for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. His work on Doing Time for Patsy Cline earned an ACS Award of Distinction, as well as won the Australian Film Institute and The Australian Film Critics’ awards for best cinematography. He also won the ACS Cinematographer of the Year Award twice, for You Seng and Babe.

Wexler earned Academy Awards® for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory, and received additional nominations for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (shared with Bill Butler, ASC), Matewan and Blaze. Wexler wrote, directed and shot Medium Cool, which is studied by film students worldwide for its cinéma vérité style. In 1992, he was honored with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The ASC Student Awards were inaugurated in 1999, with the Documentary category added in 2012. Past winners include Lisa Wiegand, ASC; Lukas Ettlin; Masanobu Takayanagi, ASC; Nelson Cragg; and Benji Bakshi, among many others who have become directors of photography or carved out careers in the filmmaking industry.

 

About the ASC
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join American Cinematographer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@the_asc).

(Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Emmy is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.)

 

 

17 2017 Oct

Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) to Present Solutions for Diversity Programs at SMPTE Technical Conference

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A paper on fixing diversity programs will be presented by BCPC leadership at SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference in Hollywood on October 25. 

Members of The Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC)’s leadership including president Kylee Peña, co-founder and board chairperson Katie Hinsen, and mentor coordinator Meaghan Wilbur, have co-authored a paper titled “Why Diversity Programs Fail – and How to Fix Them” for presentation at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Annual Technical Conference in Hollywood on October 25.

Over the last decade, many different programs have emerged to meet rising awareness over the diversity gap at the intersection of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and entertainment. However, upon reflection of combined data across these fields, there has been no significant improvement for women and minorities over the last twenty years despite a continued increase in interest and college graduates. In their paper, Peña, Wilbur, and Hinsen build a case for why this has happened, why it’s important, and how organizations can work to make tangible change for the future of diversity programs.

“The diversity gap in entertainment engineering isn’t a simple problem to solve. We have to look carefully at things like implicit bias and privilege which can affect our ability to create programs that are realistic and useful for people with vastly different backgrounds. We’re making very practical recommendations that approach diversity differently — from the bottom up instead of the top down, making the bridge from entry level to mid-career more sturdy for everyone,” notes Peña.

The paper and presentation session will help to guide decision-makers and influencers toward actionable takeaways which make better use of an organization’s resources and time than current diversity solutions.

All full-time post production professionals – Peña as a Workflow Supervisor for Bling Digital, Wilbur as a film editor, and Hinsen as Head of Operations for Department of Post in New Zealand – the co-authors have constructed the paper from over a year of academic research, an independent study of recent graduates, and their own experiences in the industry.

“Why Diversity Programs Fail – and How to Fix Them” will be presented by Peña and Wilbur at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference as part of the “Innovation People” session at 2:30PM on October 25th in Hollywood. The full manuscript will be made available following the conference.

About the Blue Collar Post Collective

The Blue Collar Post Collective is an accessible and focused grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization, supporting emerging talent in post production.

Their goal is to foster an all-inclusive community and to provide unique opportunities for their members to develop professionally. There are no prerequisites or membership fees to join the BCPC. It is a group of over 5000 post-production professionals worldwide who want to share their experiences and support each other. It appeals to those who have questions about getting started in post, people looking to advance in their careers, and professionals who want to connect with more of their peers.

The BCPC holds monthly meetups and organizes events focused on offering alternative educational and career development opportunities with no barriers to attend. Not only are they building networks for emerging talent, but they work to strengthen the ties between the group and the wider community, through collaborative partnerships, advocacy, social events and innovative programs.

 

17 2017 Oct

Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) Partners With NAB Show for Career Roundtables

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The Blue Collar Post Collective (BCPC) will be participating as an education partner during this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in New York, a trade event for people of all areas of the broadcasting and entertainment industry.

As the conference expands again from Las Vegas to New York this October, BCPC will be taking part on October 19th, moderating and producing a roundtable discussion titled “Get Ahead and Stay on Top: How to Fast Track Your Career”. The event, oriented around short break-out sessions with focused table hosts, will be providing media professionals with tips and tools for navigating the New York production scene.

BCPC NY’s Vice President Ryan Penny, will be hosting the event. “At its core, BCPC supports emerging talent by facilitating connections. No one is better at bringing industry pros together than NAB, so it’s a natural fit. We’re looking forward to a lively and fun event that will start a lot of conversations,” states Ryan.

Those who would like to attend NAB NY can register for a free pass using the discount code EP04.

Table topics include:

“Broadening vs. Specializing Your Skill Set”

Hosted by Ethan Anderson (Freelance Editor) and Brian Golding (Editor/Post Supervisor at Alucia Productions). 

“Staying Healthy and Motivated”

Hosted by Ana Cipolla (colorist) and Natasha Livia Mottola (Documentary Editor and BCPC NY Event Producer/Meetup Coordinator)

“Contract vs. Full-Time vs. Working for Free”

Hosted by Amy Leland Hemphill (Editor, CBS Sports Network) and Derek Haager (colorist, Sharp Entertainment)

“First Year in New York”

Hosted by Briana Kay Stodden (Post Production Assistant) and Jackie Basse (Assistant Editor, She’s Gotta Have It).

 

 

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27 2017 Sep

HPA Awards Announces 2017 Nominees

Editing, Sound, Visual Effects and Color Grading Categories Revealed

26 September 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association(HPA) has announced nominees in the creative categories for the 2017 HPA Awards. Considered the standard-bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, the HPA Awards honor creative achievement and artistic excellence.  Receiving a record breaking number of entrants this year, the HPA Awards creative categories recognize the outstanding work done by individuals and teams who bring compelling content to a global audience.

Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 12th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on 16 November 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The 2017 HPA Award nominees are:

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“The Birth of a Nation”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Ghost in the Shell”
Michael Hatzer // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Hidden Figures”
Natasha Leonnet // EFILM

“Doctor Strange”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Beauty and the Beast”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Fences”
Michael Hatzer // Technicolor – Hollywood

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“The Last Tycoon – Burying the Boy Genius”
Timothy Vincent // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Joe Finley // Chainsaw

“Genius – Einstein: Chapter 1”
Pankaj Bajpai // Encore Hollywood

“The Crown – Smoke and Mirrors”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Man in the High Castle – Detonation”
Roy Vasich // Technicolor

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Land O’ Lakes – “The Farmer”
Billy Gabor // Company 3

Pennzoil – “JOYRIDE Tundra”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Jose Cuervo – “Last Days”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Nedbank – “The Tale of a Note”
Sofie Borup // Company 3

Squarespace – “John’s Journey”
Tom Poole // Company 3

 

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Hidden Figures”
Peter Teschner

“Dunkirk”
Lee Smith, ACE

“The Ivory Game”
Verena Schönauer

“Get Out”
Gregory Plotkin

“Lion”
Alexandre de Franceschi

 

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Game of Thrones – Stormborn”
Tim Porter, ACE

“Stranger Things – Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Dean Zimmerman

“Game of Thrones – The Queen’s Justice”
Jesse Parker

“Narcos – Al Fin Cayo!”
Matthew V. Colonna, Trevor Baker

“Westworld – The Original”
Stephen Semel, ACE, Marc Jozefowicz

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Crispin Green

 

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Bonafont – “Choices”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Optum – “Heroes”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

 

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Fate of the Furious”
Peter Brown, Mark Stoeckinger, Paul Aulicino, Steve Robinson, Bobbi Banks // Formosa Group

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Addison Teague, Dave Acord, Chris Boyes, Lora Hirschberg // Skywalker Sound

“Sully”
Alan Murray, Bub Asman, John Reitz, Tom Ozanich // Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services

“John Wick: Chapter 2”
Mark Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin, Andy Koyama, Martyn Zub, Gabe Serrano // Formosa Group

“Doctor Strange”
Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound

 

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Underground – Soldier”
Larry Goeb, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Pictures Post

“Stranger Things – Chapter 8: The Upside Down”
Craig Henighan // FOX
Bradley North, Joe Barnett, Adam Jenkins, Jordan Wilby, Tiffany Griffith // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – The Spoils of War”
Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Paula Fairfield, Mathew Waters, CAS, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch // Formosa Group

“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”
Pete Horner // Skywalker Sound
Dimitri Tisseyre // Envelope Music + Sound
Dennis Hamlin // Hamlin Sound

“American Gods – The Bone Orchard”
Bradley North, Joseph DeAngelis, Kenneth Kobett, David Werntz, Tiffany S. Griffith // Technicolor – Hollywood

 

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda – “Up”
Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson, Jack Hallett // Factory
Sian Rogers // SIREN

Virgin Media – “This Is Fibre”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Kia – “Hero’s Journey”
Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – “We’re the Superhumans”
Anthony Moore // Factory

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
Gary Brozenich, Sheldon Stopsack, Patrick Ledda, Richard Clegg, Richard Little // MPC

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Dan Lemmon, Anders Langlands, Luke Millar, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett // Weta Digital

“Beauty and the Beast”
Kyle McCulloch, Glen  Pratt, Richard Hoover, Dale Newton, Neil Weatherley // Framestore

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Guy Williams, Kevin Andrew Smith, Charles Tait, Daniel Macarin, David Clayton // Weta Digital

“Ghost in the Shell”
Guillaume Rocheron, Axel Bonami, Arundi Asregadoo, Pier Lefebvre, Ruslan Borysov // MPC

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Black Sails – XXIX”
Erik Henry
Yafei Wu, Nicklas Andersson, David Wahlberg  // Important Looking Pirates
Martin Lippman // Rodeo

“The Crown – Windsor”
Ben Turner, Tom Debenham, Oliver Cubbage, Lionel Heath, Charlie Bennett // One of Us

“Taboo – Episode One”
Henry Badgett, Nic Birmingham, Simon Rowe, Alexander Kirichenko, Finlay Duncan // BlueBolt VFX

“Ripper Street – Occurrence Reports”
Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, Piotr Swigut, Mark Pinheiro  // Screen Scene

“Westworld – The Bicameral Mind”
Jay Worth // Deep Water FX
Bobo  Skipper, Gustav  Ahren, Jens Tenland // Important Looking Pirates
Paul Ghezzo // COSA VFX

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Walmart – “Lost & Found”
Morgan MacCuish, Michael Ralla, Aron Hjartarson, Todd Herman // Framestore

Honda – “Keep the Peace”
Laurent Ledru, Georgia Tribuiani, Justin Booth-Clibborn, Ellen Turner // Psyop

Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Martin Lazaro, Murray Butler, Nick Fraser, Callum McKevney // Framestore

Kia – “Hero’s Journey”
Robert Sethi, Chris Knight, Tom Graham, Jason Bergman // The Mill

Walmart – “The Gift”
Mike Warner, Kurt Lawson, Charles Trippe, Robby Geis // ZERO VFX

 

Recipients of several special awards have been previously announced by the HPA. Larry Chernoff has been named recipient of the  Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners of the coveted Engineering Excellence Award include Colorfront Engine by Colorfront, Dolby Vision Post Production Tools by Dolby, Mistika VR by SGO, and the WEAPON 8K Vista Vision by RED Digital Cinema.  These special awards will be bestowed at the HPA Awards gala.

The HPA Awards gala ceremony is expected to be a sold-out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net. For all inquiries and sponsorship information, call the HPA at +1 (818) 273-7482 or email at info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Foundation Members AVID, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; Platinum Sponsors IMAX and Sohonet; Engineering Excellence Sponsor HGST; Bronze Sponsor Sony Post Production Facilities; and Supporting Sponsor Fuse FX are among the sponsors of the 2017 HPA Awards.

 

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About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Assciation. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

 

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19 2017 Sep

SIM Lab LA and Panasonic Cinema Present Conjuring Color for Just Add Magic on September 27

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September 27, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
at Sim Group
1017 N Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90038

Establishing and maintaining the look and feel of a show from pre-production through finishing is often a daunting feat for a director of photography on Hollywood schedules and budgets. The creatives and technicians behind Amazon’s Just Add Magic will discuss how the open collaboration and technical expertise offered by SimLab has created a system of color accuracy and advocacy that serves the creative intent through the entire workflow.

19 2017 Sep

New Content Protection Option for Sending Files with Media Shuttle

By Danielle Rita

With the latest high-profile cyberattack within Media & Entertainment, this one on HBO, occurring just months after the much-reported hack of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, cybersecurity and the importance of safeguarding  valuable media content is once again on everyone’s mind. Recognizing these concerns Signiant has added an optional extra layer of security for Send operations though Media Shuttle, designed to further protect your content in those situations where it is desired – such as when sending sensitive files.

Security was built-in to the design of Media Shuttle – Signiant’s industry-leading, SaaS solution for fast, easy and reliable person-to-person file sending and sharing – from the very outset.  Adhering to the principles of multi-layered “defense in depth”, Media Shuttle has long been recognized as the most secure method for sending and sharing large files by many of the world’s most security-conscious media and entertainment companies.

The new Content Protection option, already automatically available for all Media Shuttle Send portals, complements and enhances the existing security by allowing customers to increase the confidentiality of file transfers by using a password to encrypt sent files on disk prior to their delivery.  For these “your eyes only” transfers, the password “locks” the files on the designated Send portal storage such that no one other than the intended recipient, by entering the password, is able to ‘unlock’ the files for downloading. This additional layer of protection applies not only to recipients attempting to download files sent to them, but also to anyone within the organization who has access to the storage, but not necessarily the right to view all (or some) of the files on it.

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There are many potential use cases for this new feature, but obvious ones include for sending: pre-release screeners to reviewers; high profile work-in-progress for review and approval; proprietary or sensitive imaging or video data from drones; corporate data such as financial or personnel files.

The content protection option can be enabled either by the end user for specific Send transfers, or by an IT administrator as a global setting for all transfers from specific Send portals. The option works for both local storage and cloud storage deployments of Media Shuttle, and the exportable Events view visually indicates all transfers where content protection was enabled, thus ensuring full visibility to managers and supervisors.

As Signiant continues to enhance and expand all of its file transfer products, maintaining and improving security will always be a cornerstone of Signiant’s design and development philosophy.