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August 2015

3D Stereo

Nvidia introduces DesignWorks VR Nvidia introduces DesignWorks VR
August 11, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — At the SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, Nvidia introduced DesignWorks VR, a GPU-accelerated toolset that enables headset and application developers to push the limits of photorealism ...
RocketComp, new plug-in for Maya RocketComp, new plug-in for Maya
July 14, 2015 –  HALIFAX, NS, CANADA — Dover Studios co-founder Andrew Hazelden has released a new Maya plug-in called RocketComp, which quickly connects Maya to 10 of today’s popular desktop compositing applications. ...
Cinesite & Image Engine merge Cinesite & Image Engine merge
July 2, 2015 –  LONDON — Cinesite (www.cinesite.com) and Image Engine (http://image-engine.com) have announced a merger of the two companies. The alliance gives the two entities a combined staff of over 525 artists w ...

Animation

VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX
August 28, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES & VANCOUVER — Character-effects firm MastersFX (www.mastersfx.com) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP/EP of visual effects. He worked with the studio and its f ...
Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course
August 25, 2015 –  ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Aspiring visual effects artists have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures (www.rsp.com.au), here. “Introduc ...
OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration
August 24, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 scientific and technical achievements, involving 11 distinct investigat ...

Audio

Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com
August 25, 2015 –  MYRTLE CREEK, OR — Stock footage provider Artbeats has launched a new sales platform (www.artbeatsexpress.com), which offers individual downloads of 4K versions of the company’s most popular categorie ...
Dolby & SoundWorks launch audio podcast series Dolby & SoundWorks launch audio podcast series
August 25, 2015 –  Post is excited to share The Dolby Institute and SoundWorks Collection's weekly audio podcast with post professionals. Each Tuesday, for the next 10 weeks, we will share the podcast, which will includ ...
Now 35, FirstCom looks back at its production music beginnings Now 35, FirstCom looks back at its production music beginnings
August 20, 2015 –  DALLAS — The 1980s were known for a number of music firsts — the Sony Walkman and the evolution of the music video for example — but it also marked the debut of FirstCom Music (FirstCom Broadcast Serv ...

Cameras

OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration
August 24, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 scientific and technical achievements, involving 11 distinct investigat ...
SMPTE announces awards recipients SMPTE announces awards recipients
August 21, 2015 –  WHITE PLAINS, NY — Aug. 20, 2015 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, an ...
Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows
August 20, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — Chainsaw, a Sim Group company (www.simgroup.com), provided post production services for 11 television productions that received a total of 54 nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. The ...

Digital Intermediates

Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...
OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration
August 24, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 scientific and technical achievements, involving 11 distinct investigat ...
SmallHD giving away free LUTs based on iconic films SmallHD giving away free LUTs based on iconic films
August 19, 2015 –  CARY, NC — SmallHD (www.smallhd.com), which offers compact, full HD on-camera monitors, is giving away a free set of color grades that recreate the distinctive look of seven different iconic films. Th ...

Editing

Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com
August 25, 2015 –  MYRTLE CREEK, OR — Stock footage provider Artbeats has launched a new sales platform (www.artbeatsexpress.com), which offers individual downloads of 4K versions of the company’s most popular categorie ...
Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...
Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course
August 25, 2015 –  ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Aspiring visual effects artists have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures (www.rsp.com.au), here. “Introduc ...

Education

Free 'Pixar in a Box' curriculum goes live on KahnAcademy.com Free 'Pixar in a Box' curriculum goes live on KahnAcademy.com
August 27, 2015 –  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Pixar in a Box is a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. The online curriculum just went live on KhanAcademy.or ...
OSCARS: Academy names 15 student winners OSCARS: Academy names 15 student winners
August 26, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domesti ...
Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...

HD

Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com Artbeats launches subscription-based ArtbeatsExpress.com
August 25, 2015 –  MYRTLE CREEK, OR — Stock footage provider Artbeats has launched a new sales platform (www.artbeatsexpress.com), which offers individual downloads of 4K versions of the company’s most popular categorie ...
Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...
OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration OSCARS: 20 Scientific and Technical Achievements under consideration
August 24, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 scientific and technical achievements, involving 11 distinct investigat ...

New Media

Josh Olson joins Refinery AV Josh Olson joins Refinery AV
August 21, 2015 –  SHERMAN OAKS, CA — Marketing agency The Refinery AV (www.therefinerycreative.com) has hired Josh Olson as SVP of theatrical/creative director. He brings more than a decade of experience in entertainme ...
Cogswell students named finalists in Google developer contest Cogswell students named finalists in Google developer contest
August 19, 2015 –  SUNNYVALE, CA — Two original apps developed by students at Cogswell College (www.cogswell.edu) have been named as finalists in Google’s 2015 “Project Tango Developer” Contest. These two projects are n ...
8/19 Webcast brings together 4K experts 8/19 Webcast brings together 4K experts
August 14, 2015 –  CULVER CITY, CA — Better pixels or more pixels? Nearly 50 percent of US homes will own a 4K TV by 2020, yet both Netflix and Amazon Prime say High Dynamic Range (HDR) is more important. Meanwhile, edi ...

New York

SMPTE announces awards recipients SMPTE announces awards recipients
August 21, 2015 –  WHITE PLAINS, NY — Aug. 20, 2015 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, an ...
Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows
August 20, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — Chainsaw, a Sim Group company (www.simgroup.com), provided post production services for 11 television productions that received a total of 54 nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. The ...
Post Factory adds Colin Davis as DI producer Post Factory adds Colin Davis as DI producer
August 18, 2015 –  NEW YORK — Post Factory NY continues to grow its resources for motion picture finishing with the recent hiring of Colin Davis, who will serve as DI producer. Davis held a similar position with Company ...


People

VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX
August 28, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES & VANCOUVER — Character-effects firm MastersFX (www.mastersfx.com) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP/EP of visual effects. He worked with the studio and its f ...
OSCARS: Academy names 15 student winners OSCARS: Academy names 15 student winners
August 26, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domesti ...
Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...

Recent Work

Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows Sim Group companies support numerous Emmy-nominated shows
August 20, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — Chainsaw, a Sim Group company (www.simgroup.com), provided post production services for 11 television productions that received a total of 54 nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. The ...
Mytherapy grades comedic sci-fi feature 'Absolutely Anything' Mytherapy grades comedic sci-fi feature 'Absolutely Anything'
August 14, 2015 –  LONDON — Absolutely Anything, the British sci-fi/comedy starring Simon Pegg, was graded by Mytherapy (http://mytherapy.tv) founder/chief colorist Dado Valentic using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolv ...
'The Reel Thing' symposium to look at preservation & restoration 'The Reel Thing' symposium to look at preservation & restoration
August 13, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — The 35th edition of The Reel Thing (www.the-reel-thing.com) technical symposium returns to Los Angeles this month, with two full days of sessions that look at the preservation of media a ...

Sound Libraries

Pro Sound Effects releases NYC Ambisonics library Pro Sound Effects releases NYC Ambisonics library
July 14, 2015 –  BROOKLYN, NY — Pro Sound Effects (www.prosoundeffects.com) announced its newest library — NYC Ambisonics — available now for pre-order. Previewed earlier this year at NAB 2015, NYC Ambisonics is a 35G ...
Warner/Chappell Production Music builds 'News' collection via Gari Warner/Chappell Production Music builds 'News' collection via Gari
January 12, 2015 –  NASHVILLE — Warner/Chappell Production Music (www.warnerchappellpm.com), Warner Music Group’s production music arm, has acquired the music assets of Frank Gari Productions and Gari Communications. Fra ...
Riptide introduces new 'one-stop' music catalog Riptide introduces new 'one-stop' music catalog
June 11, 2014 –  CULVER CITY, CA — Riptide Music Group (www.riptidemusic.com), the LA-based music sync licensing and publishing company, has created “Riptide One,” an exclusively-represented, one-stop music catalog. R ...

Stock Footage

Videoblocks to award $10K grants Videoblocks to award $10K grants
July 28, 2015 –  RESTON, VA — VideoBlocks (www.videoblocks.com), the subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty-free stock video, has launched its Digital Media Action Grant. The company will award two grants of ...
Videoblocks launches premium stock video marketplace Videoblocks launches premium stock video marketplace
April 14, 2015 –  RESTON, VA — Videoblocks (www.videoblocks.com), a subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty-free stock video, announced the official public launch of a new Marketplace that allows members to pu ...
Videoblocks' new stock video site offers full commission to contributors Videoblocks' new stock video site offers full commission to contributors
November 20, 2014 –  RESTON, VA — VideoBlocks (www.videoblocks.com) , a subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty-free stock video, announced the launch of its “contributor-friendly” marketplace that rewards conten ...

Storage

January conference to look at 'Storage for the next 5,000 years' January conference to look at 'Storage for the next 5,000 years'
August 20, 2015 –  LAS VEGAS — The Fifteenth Annual Storage Visions Conference will take place in Las Vegas at the Luxor Hotel Convention Center on January 4th and 5th, 2016 at the Luxor Hotel Convention Center in Las V ...
Frame.io extends cloud-based platform to FCP X Frame.io extends cloud-based platform to FCP X
June 26, 2015 –  NEW YORK — Frame.io (http://frame.io), which launched back in April as a solution designed to replace the hodgepodge of Dropbox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review, and e-mail for communication, ...
Codex expands beyond recording solutions Codex expands beyond recording solutions
June 9, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES — At the recent Cinegear 2015 show, Codex (www.codexdigital.com) demonstrated solutions that position the manufacturer as more than a provider of recording solutions.

Studios

VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX
August 28, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES & VANCOUVER — Character-effects firm MastersFX (www.mastersfx.com) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP/EP of visual effects. He worked with the studio and its f ...
Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team Modern VideoFilm shares knowledge, expands team
August 25, 2015 –  BURBANK, CA — Modern VideoFilm colorist Bryan McMahan recently participated in a 4K/HDR panel discussion presented by Key Code Media. The event took place on the Sony lot and gave McMahan ( Knight of ...
Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course
August 25, 2015 –  ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Aspiring visual effects artists have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures (www.rsp.com.au), here. “Introduc ...

Video/Film

VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX
August 28, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES & VANCOUVER — Character-effects firm MastersFX (www.mastersfx.com) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP/EP of visual effects. He worked with the studio and its f ...
Blackmagic releases free beta version of Fusion 8 Blackmagic releases free beta version of Fusion 8
August 27, 2015 –  FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design has released the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, its visual effects and motion graphics software. The software can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design ...
Free 'Pixar in a Box' curriculum goes live on KahnAcademy.com Free 'Pixar in a Box' curriculum goes live on KahnAcademy.com
August 27, 2015 –  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Pixar in a Box is a new online resource that explores the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process. The online curriculum just went live on KhanAcademy.or ...

Visual Effects

VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX VFX producer Scott Coulter joins MastersFX
August 28, 2015 –  LOS ANGELES & VANCOUVER — Character-effects firm MastersFX (www.mastersfx.com) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP/EP of visual effects. He worked with the studio and its f ...
Blackmagic releases free beta version of Fusion 8 Blackmagic releases free beta version of Fusion 8
August 27, 2015 –  FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design has released the public beta of the free version of Fusion 8, its visual effects and motion graphics software. The software can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design ...
Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course Rising Sun Pictures to offer compositing course
August 25, 2015 –  ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Aspiring visual effects artists have an opportunity to learn the basics of compositing through a new course offered by Rising Sun Pictures (www.rsp.com.au), here. “Introduc ...