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The A-List: Atomic Blonde
director David Leitch

By Iain Blair

Before becoming a director known for his hyper-kinetic, immersive, stunt-driven style, David Leitch spent over a decade in the stunt business and doubled actors, including Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, on such films as Bourne Ultimatum, Fight Club and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Leitch — a martial artist by trade who co-owns action design and production company 87Eleven Action Design — was also a fight choreographer, stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director on many films, including Wolverine, Anchorman 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain America: Civil War and Jurassic World.

Leitch brought all that experience to the table for his directorial debut, the 2014 Keanu Reeves hit John Wick, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski, his partner in 87Eleven Action Design.

For his new film, the pulpy, punk-noir, take-no-prisoners Atomic Blonde, Leitch teamed with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron who plays MI6’s most elite spy, agent Lorraine Broughton, and kicks non-stop ass in the breakneck action-thriller that’s set in Berlin in 1989 with a backdrop of revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

Sexy and fearless, Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. Mayhem and destruction quickly ensue.

The film, which also stars John Goodman, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones, has a top-notch creative team led by cinematographer Jonathan Sela (John Wick, Deadpool 2), production designer David Scheunemann (Deadpool 2, The Hunger Games series), editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir (John Wick) and composer Tyler Bates (John Wick series, Guardians of the Galaxy).

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Behind the Title: Alma Mater EP/producer Ben Apley

Apley says his role really does shift around a lot based on where he is in the sales and production cycle. It's about adapting to immediate needs while still planning for longer-term business strategies.

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Quick Look: Jaunt One’s 360 camera
By Claudio Santos

To those who have been following VR from the start, one very interesting phenomenon is how the hardware development seems to have outpaced both content creation and software development.

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Blackmagic’s Fusion 9 is now
VR-enabled

At SIGGRAPH, Blackmagic announced Fusion 9 with upgraded VFX, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software and featuring new VR tools, a new keyer technology, planar tracking and more.

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Dell at SIGGRAPH with new Precision workstations

Maxon debuts Cinema 4D Release 19 at SIGGRAPH

PNY’s PrevailPro laptops:
4K displays, VR-ready

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