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The Molecule: VFX for The Affair
and so much more

By Randi Altman

Luke DiTommaso, co-founder of New York City’s The Molecule, recalls "humble" beginnings when he thinks about the visual effects, motion graphics and VR studio’s launch as a small compositing shop. When The Molecule opened in 2005, New York’s production landscape was quite a bit different than the tax-incentive-driven hotbed that exists today.

Rescue Me was our big break,” explains DiTommaso. “That show was the very beginning of this wave of production that started happening in New York. Then we got Damages and Royal Pains, but were still just starting to get our feet wet with real productions.”

Then, thanks to a healthy boost from New York’s production and post tax incentives, things exploded, and The Molecule was at the right place at the right time. They had an established infrastructure, talent and experience providing VFX for television series.

Since then DiTommaso and his partners Chris Healer and Andrew Bly have seen the company grow considerably, doing everything from shooting and editing to creating VFX and animation, all under one roof. With 35 full-time employees spread between their New York and LA offices — oh, yeah, they opened an office in LA! — they also average 30 freelance artists a day, but can seat 65 if needed.

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The value between screens
By Jayson Whitmore

In this day and age of “getting what we want when we want it,” viewers don’t want to be bothered by ads any longer. The ability to skip commercials while viewing content has been a long time coming, thanks to the development of the VCR, then TiVo, and now streaming services like Apple TV and Hulu, which enable commercial-free viewing.

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Quick Chat: FilmLight CEO
Wolfgang Lempp on HDR

FilmLight, creator of the popular BaseLight color grading system, has been making products targeting color since 2002. Over the years they have added other products that surround the color workflow, such as image processing applications and on-set tools for film and television.

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Production Rendering:
Tips for 2016, beyond
By Andrew C. Jones

Sundance 2016: My
Festival to-do list

By Kristine Pregot

Review: Pro Sound Effects NYC Ambisonics library
By Michael Hanish

Sean Strong joins Arri
Rental NY as coordinator

Local Hero hires CTO Duck Grossberg to grow VR biz

Behind the Title:
ECD Erin Sarofsky

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