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Milk provides VFX for Adrift, adds new head of production Kat Mann

As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, Oscar-, Emmy- and BAFTA-winning VFX studio Milk has taken an additional floor at its London location on Clipstone Street. This visual effects house has worked on projects such as Annihilation, Altered Carbon and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Milk’s expansion increases its artist capacity to 250, and includes two 4K FilmLight Baselight screening rooms and a dedicated client area. The studio has upgraded its pipeline, with all its rendering requirements (along with additional storage and workstation capacity) now entirely in the cloud, allowing full scalability for its roster of film and TV projects.

Annihilation

Milk has just completed production as the main vendor on STXfilms’ new feature film Adrift, the Baltasar Kormákur-directed true story of survival at sea, starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. The Milk team created all the major water and storm sequences for the feature, which were rendered entirely in the cloud.

Milk has just begun work on new projects, including Four Kids And It — Dan Films/Kindle Entertainment’s upcoming feature film — based on Jacqueline Wilson’s modern-day variation on the 1902 E Nesbit classic novel Five Children And It for which the Milk team will create the protagonist CG sand fairy character. Milk is also in production as sole VFX vendor on Neil Gaiman’s and Terry Pratchett’s six-part TV adaptation of Good Omens for Amazon/BBC.

In other news, Milk has brought on VFX producer Kat Mann as head of production. She will oversee all aspects of the studio’s production at its premises in London and at their Cardiff location. Mann has held senior production roles at ILM and Weta Digital with credits, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Thor: The Dark World and Avatar. Milk’s former head of production Clare Norman has been promoted to business development director.

Milk was founded by a small team of VFX supervisors and producers in June 2013,

Emmy-winning audio pro Brian Beatrice joins Nutmeg Post

Emmy Award-winning sound designer and engineer Brian Beatrice has joined New York’s Nutmeg Post.

Before joining Nutmeg, Beatrice worked at audioEngine, Bionic and Tonic. He began his career in 1997 at National Video Center and Recording Studios in New York.

Beatrice is known for his short-form work for Nickelodeon, Food Network, USA Network, Syfy Channel and truTV, as well as commercials for Baron and Baron, Publicis, Anomaly and Consulate.

In addition, Beatrice’s work on long-form programs includes WNET/PBS’s Nature, Secrets of the Dead, Wide Angle and National Geographic Channel’s Secret Service series. Documentary credits include work for PBS, VH1, Lifetime and The History Channel. He has also worked on numerous independent films. He won an Emmy for his work on Christmas in Yellowstone, an hour-long documentary that airs seasonally on PBS.

“Nutmeg provides all of the services and resources that clients demand today. You can work here on any format, with an experienced and dedicated in-house support staff ready to help,” he says. “We make it easy for clients by offering mixing, editing, graphics and color grading all under one roof, while realizing significant cost savings along the way. This is a great time to be at Nutmeg.”

In his spare time, Beatrice is actively engaged in various exploratory studio projects, enjoys composing original music and tours with his acclaimed band.

Formosa Group takes over former POP Sound location

Formosa Group, which serves film, broadcast, commercial and interactive clients, will re-open the facility formerly known as POP Sound (Pacific Ocean Post). The Santa Monica-based facility closed on July 7 of this year.

Bob Rosenthal

Bob Rosenthal

“We are pleased to re-open this outstanding post-production sound facility,” said Formosa president/COO Robert C. Rosenthal. “With this addition, we will now have an expanded west side presence. It also enables the core clientele to continue their great work here with many of the accomplished creative artists and support staff formerly associated with POP.”

The former POP Sound features 10 mixing stages, eight voiceover booths and an ADR stage. The facility will be refurbished and rebranded for a launch this month, with some of the existing gear.

Rosenthal is reportedly in talks with several of the former POP artists and staff members to rejoin the facility under Formosa’s management; it’s estimated that approximately 10 will rejoin.

Formosa Group, based at The Lot in West Hollywood, also has a second West Hollywood location, along with West LA and Burbank locations.

Todd-Soundelux and 424 Post join forces

Hollywood — Post production sound company Todd-Soundelux has entered into a multi-year strategic relationship with Culver City-based 424 Post.

As part of this agreement, Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar of 424 Post will join Todd-Soundelux as supervising sound editors, including the addition of their creative team comprised of Tim Tuchrello; Erin Oakley; Benjamin L. Cook; Will Riley; and Sebastian Sheehan Visconti.

Additionally, Todd-Soundelux (www.toddsoundelux.com) will add 424 Post’s (http://424post.com) facility to its portfolio of locations.

“The team at Todd-Soundelux has long enjoyed a great collaborative working relationship with 424 Post, and we have deep respect for Sean and Kami, as well as their entire team,” said David F. Alfonso, the company’s owner. “This partnership makes perfect sense for both companies, and represents an excellent fit with the desire of Todd-Soundelux to further expand its editorial capabilities, providing best-in-class creative sound solutions for content creators working across all media platforms.”

“Todd-Soundelux is a strong creative and technical leader in our creative community, and is home to a wonderful group of talented individuals and committed professionals,” said Sean McCormack. “As we contemplated the path forward for our team at 424 Post, we explored a number of options, but partnering with the team at Todd-Soundelux quickly emerged as an exciting solution, and offered a solid path forward.”

“Having worked with Sean and Kami on numerous projects as a Re-recording Mixer, I have a unique perspective on, and a particular appreciation for, the creativity, talent and dedication they bring to the table for their clients,” said Kevin O’Connell, who, in addition to working as a re-recording mixer at Todd-Soundelux , also serves as the company’s chief creative officer.

“We admire and respect the talented artists and staff at Todd-Soundelux a great deal, and look forward to the opportunity to work even closer with them. This partnership just seemed like a very organic and natural evolution for our group at 424 Post,” said Kami Asgar.  “Additionally, it is critically important for us to work in an environment where creative talent is respected, our team is allowed to thrive, and where management is sound, stabile and highly ethical. We enthusiastically look forward to partnering with everyone at Todd-Soundelux as part of this new venture.”

Having shared an Academy Award-nomination for their work on “Apocalypto” (2007), McCormack and Asgar’s extensive list of credits also include notable highlights such as “Secretariat,” “The Muppets,” “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” and “Pitch Perfect.”

The 424 Post complex, located at 10375 Jefferson Boulevard in Culver City, features editorial suites and state-of-the art 5.1 and 7.1 mixing and re-mastering studios suitable for working across all media platforms.