OWC 12.4

67th MPSE Golden Reel Winners

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE)’s Golden Reel Awards were presented at a black-tie ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles this past weekend. The Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 23 categories including feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries, games, special venue and other media. Continue reading

OWC 12.4

ACE Eddie Awards: Parasite and Jojo Rabbit among winners

By Dayna McCalllum

At the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Parasite (edited by Jinmo Yang) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Jojo Rabbit (edited by Tom Eagles) won for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy). The ACE Eddies recognized the best editing of 2019 in 11 categories of film, Continue reading


The 71st NATAS Technical & Engineering Emmy Award winners

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The event will take place in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters, during the NAB Show on Sunday, April 19 in Las Vegas.

The Technology & Continue reading


Picture Shop VFX acquires Denmark’s Ghost VFX

Burbank’s Picture Shop VFX has acquired Denmark’s Ghost VFX. This Copenhagen-base studio, founded in 1999, provides high-end visual work for film, television and several streaming platforms. The move helps Picture Shop “increase its services worldwide and broaden its talent and expertise,” according to Picture Shop VFX’s president Tom Kendall.

Over the years, Continue reading


Sohonet beefs up offerings with Exchange acquisition

Sohonet, which provides connectivity, media services and network security for media and entertainment, has acquired Exchange Communications, which has been providing IT services to film and television productions for more than 20 years. The acquisition broadens the range of connectivity and collaboration solutions that each organization can offer its customers. Continue reading


Conductor Companion app targets VFX boutiques and freelancers

Conductor Technologies has introduced Conductor Companion, a desktop app designed to simplify the use of the cloud-based rendering service. Tailored for boutique studios and freelance artists, Companion streamlines the Conductor on-ramp and rendering experience, allowing users to easily manage and download files, write commands and handle custom submissions or plug-ins from their laptops or workstations. Continue reading


The Mill opens boutique studio in Berlin

Technicolor’s The Mill has officially launched in Berlin. This new boutique studio is located in the heart of Berlin, situated in the creative hub of Mitte, near many of Germany’s agencies, production companies and brands.

The Mill has been working with German clients for years. Recent projects include the Mercedes’ Bertha Benz spot with director Sebastian Strasser; Continue reading


Quantum F1000: a lower-cost NVMe storage option

Quantum is now offering the F1000, a lower-priced addition to the Quantum F-Series family of NVMe storage appliances. Using the software-defined architecture introduced with the F2000, the F1000 offers “ultra-fast streaming” performance and response times at a lower entry price. The F-Series can be used to accelerate the capture, edit and finishing of high-definition content and to accelerate VFX and CGI render speeds up to 100 times for developing augmented and virtual reality. Continue reading

Directing Olly’s ‘Happy Inside Out’ campaign

How do you express how vitamins make you feel? Well, production company 1stAveMachine partnered with independent creative agency Yard NYC to develop the stylized “Happy Inside Out” campaign for Olly multivitamin gummies to show just that.

The directing duo of Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli, known as Mathery, highlighted the brand’s products and benefits by using rich textures, Continue reading

VES Awards: The Lion King and Alita earn five noms each

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced its nominees for the 18th Annual VES Awards, which recognize outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. Alita: Battle Angel and The Lion King both have five nominations each; Continue reading

Plugable intros three new connectivity products at CES

Plugable, a developer of USB devices, introduced three new products at CES 2020: the TBT3-UDZ Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C docking station with 100W power, the 2.5Gbps USB Ethernet adapter, and the USB-C DisplayPort 1.4 MST to Dual HDMI 2.0 Adapter.

The Plugable TBT3-UDZ allows users to connect up to two additional 4K displays using either HDMI or DisplayPort without the need of external adapters. Continue reading

CVLT adds Joe Simons as lead editor

Bi-coastal production studio CVLT, which offers full-service production and post, has Joe Simons as lead editor. He will be tasked with growing CVLT’s editorial department. He edits on Adobe Premiere and will be based in the New York studio.

Simons joins CVLT after three years at The Mill, where his edited the “It’s What Connects Us” campaign for HBO, Continue reading

Dell launches PCs and displays featuring AI and 5G

Dell Technologies has new products and software across its premium Latitude, XPS and displays that feature AI and 5G.

The Dell Latitude 9000 series laptops are smaller and thinner than before, with a larger display. The new Latitude 9510 offers longer battery life, a 5G-ready design, enhanced audio features and intelligent solutions designed to increase productivity. Continue reading

ASC’s feature film nominees include 1917, Joker

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the ASC’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

This year’s nominees are:

Theatrical Release

Roger Deakins, Continue reading

Recreating the Vatican and Sistine Chapel for Netflix’s The Two Popes

The Two Popes, directed by Fernando Meirelles, stars Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as current pontiff Pope Francis in a story about one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the Catholic Church’s history. The film follows a frustrated Cardinal Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis) who in 2012 requests permission from Pope Benedict to retire because of his issues with the direction of the church. Continue reading

Skywalker Sound and Cinnafilm create next-gen audio toolset

Iconic audio post studio Skywalker Sound and the makers of PixelStrings media conversion technology Cinnafilm are working together on a new audio tool expected to hit in the first quarter of 2020.

As the paradigms of theatrical, broadcast and online content begin to converge, the need to properly conform finished programs to specifications suitable for a variety of distribution channels has become more important than ever. Continue reading

UPM releases ‘Evolution’ from music label Icon

Universal Production Music has released “Evolution,” a new album from music label Icon. Featuring original work from Icon co-founder Frederik Wiedmann and other top cinema, trailer and game composers, “Evolution” contains expansive, experimental compositions for film, television, advertising, trailers and promos. “Evolution” is available now for sync and download through the UPM website. Continue reading

Maxon and Red Giant to merge

Maxon, developers of pro 3D software solutions, and Red Giant, makers of tools for editors, VFX artists, and motion designers, have agreed to merge under the media and entertainment division of Nemetschek Group. The transaction is expected to close in January 2020, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. Continue reading

Atomos Shogun 7 updated to 10.4, offers multicam switching

Atomos has updated its Shogun 7 HDR monitor-recorder/switcher designed to make multicamera filmmaking available to a variety of content creators. The update adds touch-controlled switching, quad monitoring and ISO recording functionality to the Shogun 7. This allows users to accurately switch back and forth between four live HD SDI video streams up to 1080p/60fps. Continue reading

Shape+Light VFX boutique opens in LA with Trent, Lehr at helm


Visual effects and design studio boutique Shape+Light has officially launched in Santa Monica. At the helm is managing director/creative director Rob Trent and executive producer Cara Lehr. Shape+Light provides visual effects, design and finishing services for agency and brand-direct clients. The studio, which has been quietly operating since this summer, has already delivered work for Nike, Continue reading

Frame.io platform is now on the iPad

Frame.io’s review and collaboration platform is now available on the iPad. The company acknowledges there are times when watching dailies, evaluating VFX shots or getting a better sense of composition and color benefits from a larger display than a smartphone can offer. Enter Frame.io for iPad. They also point to the tablet’s high-resolution screen, Continue reading

Colorfront’s Express Dailies 2020 for Mac Pro, new rental model

Coinciding with Apple’s launch of the latest Mac Pro workstation, Colorfront announced a new, annual rental model for Colorfront Express Dailies.

Launching in Q1 2020, Colorfront’s subscription service allows users to rent Express Dailies 2020 for an annual fee of $5,000, including maintenance support, updates and upgrades. Additionally, the availability of Apple’s brand-new Pro Display XDR, Continue reading

The 70th annual ACE Eddie Award nominations

The American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of the world’s top film editors, has announced its nominations for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in 11 categories of film, television and documentaries.

For the first time in ACE’s history, three foreign language films are among the nominees, Continue reading

Maya 2020 and Arnold 6 now available from Autodesk

Autodesk has released Autodesk Maya 2020 and Arnold 6 with Arnold GPU. Maya 2020 brings animators, modelers, riggers and technical artists a host of new tools and improvements for CG content creation, while Arnold 6 allows for production rendering on both the CPU and GPU.

Maya 2020 adds more than 60 new updates, Continue reading

Company 3 ups Jill Bogdanowicz to co-creative head, feature post  

Company 3 senior colorist Jill Bogdanowicz will now share the title of creative head, feature post with senior colorist Stephen Nakamura. In this new role she will collaborate with Nakamura working to foster communication among artists, operations and management in designing and implementing workflows to meet the ever-changing needs of feature post clients. Continue reading

Reallusion’s Headshot plugin for realistic digi-doubles via AI

Reallusion has introduced a plugin for Character Creator 3 to help create realistic-looking digital doubles. According to the company, the Headshot plugin uses AI technology to automatically generate a digital human in minutes from one single photo, and those characters are fully rigged for voice lipsync, facial expression and full body animation.

Headshot allows game developers and virtual production teams to quickly funnel a cast of digital doubles into iClone, Continue reading

Redshift integrates Cinema 4D noises, nodes and more

Maxon and Redshift Rendering Technologies have released Redshift 3.0.12, which has native support for Cinema 4D noises and deeper integration with Cinema 4D, including the option to define materials using Cinema 4D’s native node-based material system.

Cinema 4D noise effects have been in demand within other 3D software packages because of their flexibility, Continue reading

Creative Outpost buys Dolby-certified studios, takes on long-form

After acquiring the studio assets from now-closed Angell Sound, commercial audio house Creative Outpost is now expanding its VFX and audio offerings by entering the world of long-form audio. Already in picture post on its first Netflix series, the company is now open for long-form ADR, mix and review bookings.

“Space is at a premium in central Soho, Continue reading

Framestore VFX will open in Mumbai in 2020

Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore will be opening a full-service visual effects studio in Mumbai in 2020 to target India’s booming creative industry. The studio will be located in the Nesco IT Park in Goregaon, in the center of Mumbai’s technology district. The news hammers home Framestore’s continued interest in India, after having made a major investment in Jesh Krishna Murthy’s VFX studio, Continue reading

London’s Freefolk beefs up VFX team

Soho-based visual effects studio Freefolk, which has seen growth in its commercials and longform work, has grown its staff to meet this demand. As part of the uptick in work, Freefolk promoted Cheryl Payne from senior producer to head of commercial production. Additionally, Laura Rickets has joined as senior producer, and 2D artist Bradley Cocksedge has been added to the commercials VFX team. Continue reading

Review: Acer ConceptD 7 laptop with Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU

By Brady Betzel

This year, Nvidia announced a new line of drivers for its latest desktop and mobile RTX GPUs. Nvidia has seen the need for more speed and power from today’s multimedia creators who aren’t necessarily going to buy a high-end workstation.

The latest line of Nvidia RTX GPUs, built on the latest Turing architecture, Continue reading

Deluxe NY adds color to Mister Rogers biopic

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks as children’s television icon Fred Rogers in a story about kindness triumphing over cynicism. Inspired by the article “Can You Say…Hero?” by journalist Tom Junod, the film is directed by Marielle Heller. The cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes worked on the color finishing with Deluxe New York’s Sam Daley. Continue reading

Alaina Zanotti rejoins Cartel as executive producer

Santa Monica-based editorial and post studio Cartel has named Alaina Zanotti as executive producer to help with business development and to oversee creative operations along with partner and executive producer Lauren Bleiweiss. Additionally, Cartel has bolstered its roster with the signing of comedic editor Kevin Zimmerman.

With more than 15 years of experience, Continue reading

HitFilm Pro supports After Effects plugins from Video Copilot, Red Giant

FXhome’s HitFilm 14 is the newest version of the editing, VFX and compositing platform for content creators, filmmakers, editors and visual effects artists. Among the upgrades is support for After Effects plugins from Red Giant and Andrew Kramer’s Video Copilot directly within HitFilm.

From Red Giant, HitFilm 14 supports:
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Chris Hellman joins Harbor as ECD of editorial

Harbor has added award-winning editor Chris Hellman as executive creative director of editorial. Hellman brings 35 years of experience collaborating and editing with producers, art directors, writers and directors working on commercials. He will be based at Harbor in New York but available at its locations in LA and London as well.

During his long and distinguished career, Continue reading

Object Matrix and Arvato partner for managing digital archives

Object Matrix and Arvato Systems have partnered to help companies instantly access, manage, browse and edit clips from their digital archives.

Using Arvato’s production asset management platform, VPMS EditMate along with the media-focused object storage solution from Object Matrix, MatrixStore, the companies report that organizations can significantly reduce the time needed to manage media workflows, Continue reading

Alkemy X adds Albert Mason as head of production

Albert Mason has joined VFX house Alkemy X as head of production. He comes to Alkemy X with over two decades of experience in visual effects and post production. He has worked on projects directed by such industry icons as Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tim Burton on Alice in Wonderland and Robert Zemeckis on The Polar Express. Continue reading

Motorola’s next-gen Razr gets a campaign for today

Many of us have fond memories of our Razr flip phone. At the time, it was the latest and greatest. Then new technology came along, and the smartphone era was born. Now Motorola is asking, “Why can’t you have both?”

Available as of November 13, the new Razr fits in a palm or pocket when shut and flips open to reveal an immersive, Continue reading

IDC goes bicoastal, adds Hollywood post facility 


New York’s International Digital Centre (IDC) has opened a new 6,800-square-foot digital post facility in Hollywood, with Rosanna Marino serving as COO. She will manage the day-to-day operations of the West Coast post house. IDC LA will focus on serving the entertainment, content creation, distribution and streaming industries.

Marino will manage sales, Continue reading

Carbon New York grows with three industry vets

Carbon in New York has grown with two senior hires — executive producer Nick Haynes and head of CG Frank Grecco — and the relocation of existing ECD Liam Chapple, who joins from the Chicago office.

Chapple joined Carbon in 2016, moving from Mainframe in London to open Carbon’s Chicago facility.  Continue reading

Final Cut ups Zoe Schack to editor

Final Cut in LA has promoted Zoe Schack to editor after working at the studio as an assistant editor for three years. While at Final Cut, Schack has been mentored by Final Cut editors Crispin Struthers, Joe Guest, Jeff Buchanan and Rick Russell.

Schack has edited branded content and commercials for Audi, Continue reading

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 is now Dolby Vision certified

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 has become Dolby Vision certified in an effort to meet the demand for color grading and mastering Dolby Vision HDR content. twofour54 is the first certified Dolby Vision facility in the UAE, providing work in both Arabic and English.

“The way we consume content has been transformed by connectivity and digitalization, Continue reading

James Norris joins Nomad in London as editor, partner

Nomad in London has added James Norris as editor and partner. A self-taught, natural editor, James started out running for the likes of Working Title, Partizan and Tomboy Films. He then moved to Whitehouse Post as an assistant where he refined his craft and rose through the ranks to become an editor.

Over the past 15 years, Continue reading

Production and post boutique Destro opens in LA

Industry veterans Drew Neujahr, Sean McAllen, and Shane McAllen have partnered to form Destro, a live-action and post production boutique based in Los Angeles. Destro has already developed and produced an original documentary series, Seed, which profiles artists and innovators across a range of disciplines. In addition, the team has recently worked on projects for Google, Continue reading

Dell intros new 4K monitors for creators

Dell Technologies is offering a new 4K monitor developed with creatives in mind. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q) is a 27-inch 4K monitor with built-in colorimeter and Thunderbolt 3 for content creators who require color-critical performance and a fast connection to any dock or PC.

Creatives get optimal color performance by calibrating the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor monitor with the built-in colorimeter, Continue reading

Dalet AmberFin now includes Dolby Vision HDR technology

Dalet’s AmberFin software-based transcoding asset management system now includes Dolby Vision HDR technology targeting media professionals, studios and streaming service providers. The newly updated Dalet AmberFin engine enables mastering and distribution workflows for production, post and streaming

In addition to Dolby Vision and a bunch of other new software-only features, Dalet AmberFin can also be enhanced with hardware acceleration tools such as the M820L HEVC encoder plugin card from SoC (System On a Chip) specialist Socionext. 

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Bonfire adds Jason Mayo as managing director/partner

Jason Mayo has joined digital production company Bonfire in New York as managing director and partner. Industry veteran Mayo will be working with Bonfire’s new leadership lineup, which includes founder/Flame artist Brendan O’Neil, CD Aron Baxter, executive producer Dave Dimeola and partner Peter Corbett. Bonfire’s offerings include VFX, design, CG, animation, color, finishing and live action. Continue reading

Technicolor Post opens in Wales 

Technicolor has opened a new facility in Cardiff, Wales, within Wolf Studios. This expansion of the company’s post production footprint in the UK is a result of the growing demand for more high-quality content across streaming platforms and the need to post these projects, as well as the growth of production in Wales. Continue reading

The 5th annual Art of Cinematography speaker series set for NYC

Manhattan Edit Workshop’s “Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography” returns to New York City on November 14, taking place at the NYIT Auditorium Theater on Broadway.

This year’s line-up features cinematographers Dean Cundey, ASC, (Jurassic Park, Halloween, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, Apollo 13), Continue reading