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Creative nominees named for HPA Awards

Nominees in the creative categories for the 2017 HPA Awards have been announced. 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 on November 16 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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

Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

Hidden Figures

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

Game of Thrones

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 Serano // Formosa Group

Doctor Strange
Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Lauris // Skywalker Sound

Outstanding Sound – Television
Underground – Soldier
Larry Goeb, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Pictures Post

Stranger Things – Chapter 8: The Upside Down
Craig Henigham // FOX
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

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

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

Westworld

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

In other awards news, 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 as well.

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.

SoldAnim to demo virtual production tech with Muto camera system

SolidAnim, which makes virtual production products, will showcase the latest version of its SolidTrack solution, combined with XD Motion’s Muto, at SATIS 2015.

The combination of Solidtrack, with XD Motion‘s aerial filming systems, offers broadcasters and filmmakers a solution to use and integrate live virtual effects. The combined systems can be used in feature films, broadcast shows, sports, advertising and commercials. The SolidTrack system is compatible with any camera and supports high speeds.

SolidAnim will present a special demo at its booth at SATIS, showcasing SolidTrack’s new version combined with Muto. SolidTrack is a realtime camera tracking solution for recording camera moves and logging data on the virtual set and the Muto is a very light cable camera system. With its onboard engine and power supply, it is designed to be rigged very quickly, either indoor or outdoor. Useful for the integration of post effects, the motion control version is able to reproduce multi positions and movements. The XD Motion gyro-stabilitzed Mini Flight head is also motion control.

SolidTrack’s new version includes a box that gathers all tracking and other data in a single wire, which makes the organization of data and global information significantly easier. In addition, a new feature to genlock SolidTrack tracking data and the film camera has been implemented. This two-way synchronization ensures there are no frame delays.

MPC LA adds five veteran 3D artists, promotes one

MPC in Los Angeles had added five veteran artists to its 3D advertising division. Steward Burris joins as head of animation, Zach Tucker as VFX supervisor, George Saavedra as rigging lead, Brian Broussard as texture and look development supervisor and Matthew Maude as head of lighting. In addition, Charles Trippe has been promoted to head of FX after two years on staff as FX TD.

“Our new 3D team has collaborated on some of the most renowned films and commercials of recent years and, along with being frontrunners in their FX specialties, they have extensive experience as problem solvers,” says MPC LA managing director Andrew Bell.

Burris brings 20 years of experience at studios such as Digital Domain, Psyop, The Mill, Framestore and Rhythm and Hues to his new role. His credits include spots for Kia (remember the hamsters?), Call of Duty and Acura; the TV series Breaking Bad and The X Files; and films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, George of the Jungle and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Tucker’s experience includes time at Weta Digital in New Zealand, where he worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Two Towers. Domestically he has been at Digital Domain, Asylum, Riot, Radium and Mirada. Additional film credits are Pacific Rim and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, as well as spots for Lexus, Porsche, Under Armour and Microsoft.

Saavedra has spent time at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Method Studios, Psyop and Digital Domain. He has worked on films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, X-Men: First Class, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Star Trek. His spot resume includes work for Kia, Intel and DirecTV.

Broussard worked on Robert Stromberg’s Cannes Lion-winning, branded film What Lives Inside for Intel and Dell and Call of Duty: Advanced trailer Warfare Discover Your Power, both while a freelancer at MPC LA. An AICP honored trailer for Destiny, Become Legend, is another credit for Broussard, this one while at Digital Domain.

Maude has worked at studios all over the world, including Cinesite in London, Double Negative Singapore, Asylum, Method LA, Wildfire Studios in New Orleans and, most recently, Atomic Fiction in Montreal. He has collaborated on feature films such as Fast & Furious 6, Twelve Years A Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Into the Woods. Spot work includes Apple’s iPhone, GMC, Diet Dr. Pepper and Hershey’s.

The new head of FX, Trippe has been instrumental on some of the Los Angeles studio’s most highly touted commercials, including the Kia 2014 Super Bowl spot and Fiat Godzilla.

Meet Light Iron co-founder/VP of operations Katie Fellion

NAME: Katie Fellion

COMPANY: LA- and NYC-based Light Iron (@light_iron)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Light Iron asks creatives what is important for them to tell their stories, and then pairs those answers with specific technologies to create the best pictures possible.

Sometimes we create a new tool or process to accomplish those goals. Sometimes we repurpose how a current technology is being used. But we package all that innovation and experimentation under the auspices of post-production services for on-set mobile dailies and picture finishing so we can continue to develop our creative and technological curiosity as well as pay our bills.

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Todd-Soundelux files for Chapter 11

The story broke yesterday that legendary audio post company Todd-Soundelux, formerly CSS Studios, filed for Chapter 11. The company, which has 56 Academy Award nominations to its credit and 23 Oscars, says it’s restructuring and readying itself for sale.

While the company’s POP Sound and Burbank locations remain fully operational and working on contracted film and television projects, the Santa Monica and Hollywood offices have closed. That leaves some of the largest and most storied stages sitting idle for now.

According to a Todd-Soundelux press release, “This action has been necessitated by a significant decline in revenues, primarily in the feature film segment, which has impacted the independent post production sound business in the Los Angeles area.”

Please check back for more information on this developing story.

Pictured is Stage 1 at the now shuttered Todd-Soundelux Hollywood location.

Shade VFX expands to NYC, ups David Van Dyke to VP

New York — Client requests and an uptick in work being done in New York City, thanks to an aggressive post-production tax incentive, have spurred Santa Monica-based Shade VFX  to open its second location, this one in the Big Apple.

In addition, Shade executive producer David Van Dyke, who has been with the company since its inception five years ago, has been promoted to VP. He will remain in LA and continue to report directly to Bryan Godwin, Shade’s founder, owner and visual effects supervisor.

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Bryan Godwin

“We’ve been researching expanding to an incentivized area, and New York was a no-brainer for us,” states Godwin, who will now be spending time on both coasts. “Having grown up in New York as well as having been an executive in two post production firms there, I have great ties to the artist community in NYC — and, of course, great artists is what makes a great VFX firm. The particular rules for the New York incentive are very favorable for visual effects and not tied to physical production like most other states.”

Says Van Dyke, “We’ve kept our team very nimble so we can quickly respond and adapt to the various challenges that come our way, and New York will continue that mission of giving clients the attention they deserve.”

Shade VFX operates as a boutique studio but offers an infrastructure, pipeline and technology expected from larger studios.

Shade’s New York office is located at 475 Park Avenue South. A medium-sized staff will be built up over the coming months. The New York location is currently in production on a D.J. Caruso project. Shade previously worked with Caruso on I Am Number Four.

On the television front, Shade’s Los Angeles office  is the sole vendor for HBO and Playtone’s upcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge. There is a possibility that some TD work on this might be done in New York.

For features, the LA studio is currently in production on work for Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Recently completed feature projects include Jon Favreau’s Chef and Disney’s Million Dollar Arm.

This week’s #PostChat: ‘Working with Relatives’ featuring The Diamond Brothers

By Randi Altman

As anyone who has attended a family Thanksgiving can attest, spending time with relatives can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful. No one knows you better, no one trusts you more.

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Jens Rumbert joins Codex as director of product strategy

London — Codex has hired Jens Rumberg as its new director of product strategy. Rumberg brings over a decade of experience in motion picture image-science, digital camera and workflow development to Codex, and will focus on developing the company’s current and next-gen product ranges for motion picture and high-end TV production and post.

He comes to Codex (www.codexdigital.com) following a 10-year stint in senior technology — roles at Arri, Germany. He was most recently the technical supervisor of Arri’s popular Alexa XT digital cinema camera, whose pioneering in-camera recording and workflow capabilities were developed in collaboration with Codex.

Rumberg studied solid-state physics at The Technical University, Berlin, and completed a PhD in experimental physics at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. He then worked in high-precision, optical measurement systems, and executive produced the sci-fi short Invasion Of The Planet Earth, before joining Arri in 2004 as senior software architect on the ArriScan film scanner team.

In 2009, Rumberg headed Arri’s software development team for the Alexa digital cinema camera system, and became overall project leader after the product started shipping in 2010. In this role he was responsible for the on-going development of the Alexa Studio and Alexa Plus camera platforms, which included the introduction of high-quality recording at high frame-rates (HFR), and the implementation of DNxHD and ProRes codecs.

Rumberg went on to become Alexa’s primary contact for strategic technical partnerships, with companies such as Apple and Intel. In 2012 he was technical supervisor for the Alexa XT project. Working closely with Codex to develop and bring the Alexa XT successfully to market, this latest addition to the Alexa family ushered in uncompressed ArriRaw recording at up to 120fps.

“The digital media landscape is constantly evolving, and Codex is constantly looking at new technologies and technology partnerships that further streamline and enhance production and post production processes for feature and TV production,” said Marc Dando, managing director of Codex. “Jens’ addition to the Codex team, who he already knows through successful collaboration, is a perfect fit and gives added momentum to our product strategy as the company moves forwards with these goals in sight.”

Codex recording and workflow technology has been used on hundreds of motion picture productions worldwide. Recent and upcoming releases to rely on Codex products include: Prisoners, The Wolf Of Wall Street, All Is Lost, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, A Winter’s Tale, Gravity, Need For Speed and The Book Thief.

 

Meet The Business Owner: Zero VFX’s Sean Devereaux

NAME: Sean Devereaux

COMPANY: Boston’s ZeroVFX (https://www.zerovfx.com, @ZeroVFX)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Zero is a nimble and creative studio that is largely team based. Although we have specialties within our discipline it is common for you to be contributing on an agency call in the morning and finishing a shot with three other artists for a feature film in the afternoon.

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