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This is Us: Talking with showrunner Dan Fogelman

By Iain Blair

In a time when issues of diversity and social change are at the forefront of society’s collective conversation, the Emmy Award-winning series This Is Us has proved to be very timely. Created by Dan Fogelman, produced by 20th Century Fox Television and airing on NBC and Hulu, the show chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their kids Kevin, Continue reading

Audionamix – 7.1.20

VFX supervisor Jay Worth talks Season 2 of Netflix’s Altered Carbon

By Barry Goch

Netflix’s Altered Carbon is now streaming Season 2, with a new lead in Anthony Mackie as Takeshi Kovacs in a new skin. He’s the only surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, continuing his centuries-old quest to find his lost love, Quellcrist Falconer (Renée Elise Goldsberry). Continue reading


Behind the Title: Two Fresh creative director Phil Guthrie

“One of the biggest things I have learned but not mastered yet is taking time off. Do not underestimate a good recharge and break from thinking about work,” shares Phil Guthrie.

Name: Phil Guthrie

Company: Two Fresh Creative 

Can you describe your company? Continue reading


VFX supervisors talk Amazing Stories and Stargirl

By Iain Blair

Even if you don’t know who Crafty Apes are, you’ve definitely seen their visual effects work in movies such as Deadpool 2, La La Land, Captain America: Civil War and Little Women, and in episodics like Star Trek: Picard and Westworld. Continue reading


Behind the Title: Orci’s CD of production Allen Perez

To become a better producer, he became an editor, sound engineer, motion graphics artist and camera assistant… then went back to producing.

Name: Allen Perez

Company: Orci

Can you describe your company?
Orci is a multi-segment marketing agency that has worked with global brands including Verizon, Continue reading


Creating the soundscape for Hulu’s Normal People

By Patrick Birk

Normal People, a new Hulu series based on Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel of the same name, details the intense yet strained romance between Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal). The athletic and popular Connell and the witty and socially outcast Marianne attend the same high school in County Sligo, Continue reading


Battlesuit: Creating a pilot remotely, in realtime with Unreal Engine

By Randi Altman

Filmmaker Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull, who began his career as a visual effects artist and VFX supervisor, enjoys working on sci-fi projects. His reel is full of them, including his own films, such as The Beyond and 2036: Origin Unknown. Even the Disney show he directed, Continue reading


Getting creative to shoot Eckrich sausage spot during COVID

By Randi Altman

During this pandemic, many brands have found creative ways to keep producing commercials. Some with recurring characters, like Progressive, have had actors shoot from their homes while taking part in a Zoom-like call. The creatives behind sausage brand Eckrich went in a different direction — San Francisco-based production and post company Kaboom used some staff and their families to create the live-action spot, Continue reading

DP James Whitaker on Amazon’s Troop Zero

The Amazon Studios film Troop Zero follows a bright and quirky young girl named Christmas and her eccentric friends on their quest to become a Birdie Scout troop and travel to Jamboree to take part in a science competition. Christmas’ mother nurtured her into believing that meteors and shooting stars were messages from the heavens above, Continue reading

Quick Chat: Compositor Jen Howard on her move from films to spots

By Randi Altman

Industry veteran Jen Howard started her career as a model maker before transitioning to a career as a compositor. After spending the last 20 years at ILM working on features — including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Hulk and Jurassic World — she recently made the move to Carbon Chicago to work on commercials. Continue reading

How CBS’ All Rise went remote for season finale

By Daniel Restuccio

When the coronavirus forced just about everything to shut down back in mid-March, many broadcast television series had no choice but to make their last-shot episodes their season finales. Others got creative.

While NBC’s The Blacklist opted for a CG/live-action hybrid to end its season, Continue reading

Collaborating on color for HBO’s I Know This Much is True

In HBO’s emotionally devastating limited series I Know This Much is True, Mark Ruffalo portrays identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey — a pair of men who might look alike and share the same difficult childhood experiences but who are actually quite different. Thomas has schizophrenia that has caused him to frequently act out in frightening and erratic ways, Continue reading

Review: Sound Devices MixPre 3-II portable 5-track audio recorder

By Brady Betzel

Even though things are opening up slowly, many of us are still spending the majority of our time at home. Some of us are lucky enough to be working, some still furloughed and some unemployed. Many are using the time to try new things.

Here is one idea: While podcasts might not be a moneymaker out of the gate, Continue reading

DP Chat: Defending Jacob’s Jonathan Freeman

When the Apple TV+ crime drama Defending Jacob begins, viewers meet the seemingly perfect Barber family — assistant DA Andy, teacher Laurie and their teenage son, Jacob. Fairly quickly, things start falling apart after a local boy is found murdered in a park, and Jacob becomes the prime suspect.

Andy and Laurie both lose their jobs, Continue reading

Ramy Youssef talks about creating and showrunning Hulu’s Ramy

By Iain Blair

Egyptian-American comedian and writer Ramy Youssef created, produced and stars in the Hulu show Ramy. Part comedy, part drama, the show immediately endeared itself to audiences and critics for its thoughtful, non-stereotypical take on the American Muslim community, as well as its humorous take on the millennial experience. Continue reading

Creating a sonic identity for Fiat’s new electric car

More and more, people are looking for an alternative to gas-powered vehicles, and Fiat’s new electric car is one of those alternatives. The Fiat 500e was going to be unveiled at the Milan Auto Show, but the COVID-19 crisis hit, and new plans were made. Instead, the car was introduced via a video shot on nearly empty Italian streets by Fiat’s Olivier François. Continue reading

Back to the ‘70s to edit Hulu’s Mrs. America

By Randi Altman

The ‘70s in America was a lot of things, but boring wasn’t one of them. There was the on-going war in Vietnam; there were widespread protests against that war; there was a developing major political scandal; and the feminist movement was in full swing. It’s also when Hulu’s Mrs. Continue reading

Review:Dell UltraSharp monitors — 49-inch curved and 27-inch 4K

By Brady Betzel

I’ve been using dual monitors for most of my life. When I was a kid learning Avid, Premiere, Photoshop and more, I had two separate monitors. This was so I could watch tutorials on one monitor while working in the app on the other. What I love about using two separate monitors is the ability to section off different parts of my monitoring. Continue reading

Behind the Title: Trollbäck ECD Elliot Chaffer

This artist’s biggest passion is live-action directing, “specifically in-camera VFX and CG integration.”

Name: Elliott Chaffer

Company: Trollbäck+Company

What does Trollbäck do?
We are a branding and design studio that builds strategy, multi-platform brands and moving experiences. Our founder, Continue reading

AATranslator tool updated for additional compatibility

By Cory Choy

The new beta of AATranslator v6.3.287 has been released and is designed to help pros transfer audio/video projects across multiple platforms. Product makers like Avid and Adobe are constantly updating their tools — Pro Tools, Media Composer, Premiere and Audition — and that can cause compatibility issues. That’s where AATranslator comes in. Continue reading

Tales From the Loop DP talks large-format and natural light

By Adrian Pennington

“Not everything in life makes sense,” a woman tells a little girl in the first episode of Amazon’s series Tales From the Loop. Sage advice from any adult to a child, but in this case the pair are both versions of the same character caught in a time-travelling paradox. Continue reading

The sonic world of Quibi’s Survive

By Patrick Birk

In response to shortened attention spans and an increase in people watching content on smaller devices, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman started Quibi. This new streaming service aims to deliver Hollywood-quality productions, with a twist — the platform is solely focused on mobile viewership, with episodes of each big-budget series divided into “quick bites” that are generally 10 minutes long. Continue reading

Colorist Chat: Light Iron’s Nick Hasson

Photography plays a big role in this colorist’s world; he often finds inspiration through others’ images.

Name: Nick Hasson

Company: Light Iron

Can you describe what Light Iron does?
Light Iron is a full-service post company providing end-to-end solutions — including dailies and finishing in both HDR and SDR. Continue reading

DP Chat: Cinematographer John Grillo talks Westworld, inspiration

By Randi Altman

HBO’s Westworld ended its third season in early May, and it was quite a ride. There was anarchy, rioting, robots, humans, humans who are really robots, robots who had other robots’ brains. Let’s just say there was a lot going on. This season took many of our characters — including Dolores, Continue reading

Hulu’s The Great: Creator and showrunner Tony McNamara

By Iain Blair

Aussie writer/director Tony McNamara is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of Hulu’s The Great, the new 10-episode series starring Elle Fanning as Catherine the Great and Nicholas Hoult as Russian Emperor Peter III. The Great is a comedy-drama about the rise of Catherine the Great — from German outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history (from 1762 until 1796). Continue reading

Alkemy X: VFX supervisors share work from home process

By Bilali Mack and Erin Nash

On the heels of joining Alkemy X’s VFX team, what we expected of our first few weeks was quickly interrupted by a global crisis. After getting to know the company and settling in, we were tasked with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and transitioning the staff to remote work as quickly and efficiently as possible. Continue reading

Posting Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance — before and during lockdown

By Craig Ellenport

One thing viewers learned from watching The Last Dance — ESPN’s 10-part documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls — is that Jordan might be the most competitive person on the planet. Even the slightest challenge led him to raise his game to new heights.

Jordan’s competitive nature may have rubbed off on Sim NY, Continue reading

Invisible VFX on Hulu’s Big Time Adolescence

By Randi Altman

Hulu’s original film Big Time Adolescence is a coming-of-age story that follows 16-year-old Mo, who is befriended by his sister’s older and sketchy ex-boyfriend Zeke. This aimless college dropout happily introduces the innocent-but-curious Mo to drink and drugs and a poorly thought-out tattoo.

Big Time Adolescence stars Pete Davidson (Zeke), Continue reading

Due to COVID, The Blacklist turns to live-action/animation season finale

By Daniel Restuccio

When the COVID-19 crisis shut down production in New York City, necessity became the mother of invention for The Blacklist showrunners. They took the 21 minutes of live-action footage they had shot for Episode 19, “The Kazanjian Brothers,” and combined it with 21 minutes of graphic-novel-style animation to give viewers the season finale they deserved. Continue reading

Color grading Togo with an Autochrome-type look

Before principal photography began on the Disney+ period drama Togo, the film’s director and cinematographer, Ericson Core, asked Company 3 senior colorist Siggy Ferstl to help design a visual approach for the color grade that would give the 1920s-era drama a unique look. Based on a true story, Togo is named for the lead sled dog on Leonhard Seppala’s (Willem Dafoe) team and tells the story of their life-and-death relay through Alaska’s tundra to deliver diphtheria antitoxin to the desperate citizens of Nome. Continue reading

Behind the Title: Gretel designer/animator Johannes Geier

Back in his home country of Germany, Johannes Geier started building cars in Photoshop when he was 11. Now he’s working on campaigns for IFC and The New York Times.

Name: Johannes Geier

Company: NYC’s Gretel

Can you describe what Gretel does? Continue reading

Review: Boris FX Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020

By Brady Betzel

The latest Boris FX 2020 plugin releases like Continuum, Sapphire and Mocha, as well as the addition of the Silhouette software (and paint plugin!), have really changed the landscape of effects and compositing.

Over the course of two reviews I will be covering all four of Boris FX’s 2020 offerings — Continuum 2020.5 and Sapphire 2020 now, Continue reading

DP Chat: Jeffrey Waldron on Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere

By Randi Altman

Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as, well, frenemies? Maybe? It’s hard to describe their relationship, other than a powderkeg covered with a fake smile. From the minute Washington’s Mia, a wandering artist and single mom, pulls into the upper-class Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights and meets Witherspoon’s Elena, Continue reading

Production begins again on New Zealand’s Shortland Street series

By Katie Hinsen

The current global pandemic has shut down production all over the world. Those who can have moved to working from home, and there’s speculation about how and when we’ll get back to work again.

New Zealand, a country with a significant production economy, has announced that it will soon reopen for shoots. Continue reading

Posting John Krasinski’s Some Good News

By Randi Altman

Need an escape from a world filled with coronavirus and murder hornets? You should try John Krasinski’s weekly YouTube show, Some Good News. It focuses on the good things that are happening during the COVID-19 crisis, giving people a reason to smile with things such as a virtual prom, Continue reading

Video Chat: Posting Late Night With Seth Meyers from home

By Randi Altman

For many, late-night shows have been offering up laughs during a really tough time, with hosts continuing to shoot from dens, living rooms, backyards and country houses, often with spouses and kids pitching in as crew.

NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers is one of those shows. Continue reading

Chimney Group: Adapting workflows in a time of crisis

By Dana Bonomo

In early March, Chimney delivered a piece for TED, created to honor women on International Women’s Day featuring Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code. This was in the early days of coronavirus taking hold in the United States. We had little comprehension at that point of the true extent to which we would be impacted as a country and as an industry. Continue reading

Behind the Title: Squeak E. Clean executive producer Chris Clark

This executive producer combines his background as a musician with his 11 years working at advertising  agencies to ensure clients get their audio post needs met.

Name: Chris Clark

Company: Squeak E. Clean Studios

Can you describe your company? Continue reading

Director/EP Lenny Abrahamson on Hulu’s Normal People

By Iain Blair

Irish director Lenny Abrahamson first burst onto the international scene in 2015 with the harrowing drama Room, which picked up four Oscar nominations, including for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. Abrahamson’s latest project is Hulu’s Normal People, based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name. Continue reading

How VFX house Phosphene has been working remotely

By Randi Altman

In our ongoing coverage of how studios are working remotely, we reached out to New York City-based visual effects house Phosphene. Founded in 2010 by Vivian Connolly and John Bair, Phosphene specializes in photorealistic VFX for film and television, and is particularly known for their detailed CG environments and set extensions. Continue reading

RuckSackNY: Branding, targeted videos and high-quality masks

By Randi Altman

Fred Ruckel got his start in post at New York’s Post Perfect in the ‘90s. From there he grew his skills and experience before opening his own shop, Stitch. While spending his days as a Flame artist, in his spare time Ruckel and his wife Natasha invented something called the Ripple Rug. Continue reading

Adding precise and realistic Foley to The Invisible Man

Foley artists normally produce sound effects by mimicking the action of characters on a screen, but for Universal Pictures’ new horror-thriller, The Invisible Man, the Foley team from New York’s Alchemy Post Sound faced the novel assignment of creating the patter of footsteps and swish of clothing for a character who cannot be seen. Continue reading

Hecho Studios: Mobilizing talent and pipeline to keep working

By Ryan Curtis

When Hecho first learned of the possibility of a shutdown due to COVID-19, we started putting together a game plan to maintain the level of production quality and collaboration that we are all used to, but this time remotely. Working closely with our chief content officer Tom Dunlap, Continue reading

Colorist Chat: I Am Not Okay With This’ Toby Tomkins

Colorist Toby Tomkins, co-founder of London color grading and finishing boutique Cheat, collaborated once again with The End of the F***ing World director Jonathan Entwistle on another Charles Forsman novel, I Am Not Okay With This. The now-streaming Netflix show is produced by Entwistle alongside Stranger Things EPs Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, Continue reading

Working From Home: VFX house The Molecule

By Randi Altman

With the COVID-19 crisis affecting all aspects of our industry, we’ve been talking to companies that have set up remote workflows to meet their clients’ needs. One of those studios is The Molecule, which is based in New York and has a location in LA as well. Continue reading

More words of wisdom from editor Jesse Averna, ACE

We are all living in a world we’ve never had to navigate before. People’s jobs are in flux, others are working from home, and anxiety is a regular part of our lives. Through all the chaos, Jesse Averna has been a calming voice on social media, so postPerspective reached out to ask him once again to address our readership directly. Continue reading

Talking localization with Deluxe’s Chris Reynolds

In a world where cable networks and streaming services have made global content the norm, localization work is more important than ever. For example, Deluxe’s global localization team provides content creators with transcription, scripting, translation, audio description, subtitling and dubbing services. Their team is made up of 1,300 full-time employees and a distributed workforce of over 6,000 translators, Continue reading

Mixing and sound design for NatGeo’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds

By Patrick Birk

National Geographic’s Cosmos returned for 2020 with Possible Worlds, writer/director/producer Ann Druyan’s reimagining of the house that Carl Sagan built. Through cutting-edge visuals combined with the earnest, insightful narration of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the series aims to show audiences how brilliant the future could be… if we learn to better understand the natural phenomena of which we are a part. Continue reading