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September 2014

Christine Bunish
Christine Bunish began in publishing with an international newsmagazine group. She moved to Broadcast Management/Engineering where she helped launch World Broadcast News and later served as a writer and research director at Millimeter. She has been a freelance writer for Post Magazine for over 20 years.
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Previs: 'Hercules'
Published: August 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The original superhero, “Hercules” fills the big screen with his larger-than-life presence in the new summer blockbuster of the same name, directed by Brett Ratner. The Third Floor (www.thethirdfloorinc.com) in Los Angeles began working with Ratner in November 2012, providing previs for a number of important VFX sequences.
Broadcast Design Trends
Published: June 5, 2014

If “broadcast design” still conjures up images of shiny, monumental logos and busy clip montages, take a look at the show opens, promos and network IDs on the air today.  Clean graphics, customized live-action footage and even fun character animation speak more of “design for broadcast” than the “broadcast design” of yesteryear.  After all, it’s “good design and great storytelling that continue to define the networks,” says Bigstar’s Josh Norton.
VFX for TV Series
Published: April 1, 2014

Iconic characters, both fictional and historical, and a tale from suspense master Stephen King have come alive on the small screen with help from VFX studios. From creating digital environments, futuristic transports and retro inventions to crafting supernatural beings and otherworldly events, VFX enhance the stories of superheroes, pirates, retail magnates, time travelers, small-town Americans and the world’s most famous vampire.
'Need for Speed': FotoKem ensures a smooth ride
Published: April 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks’ feature film Need for Speed brings a high-stakes, revenge-fueled, cross-country car race to the big screen for fans of the EA videogame franchise. While the racers’ need for speed plays out in high-octane action, the filmmakers’ need for efficiency in post followed a less frenetic scenario.  

Careers: Dean Cundey, ASC
Published: February 11, 2014

“Diverse” describes the films shot by Dean Cundey, A.S.C., who received the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award on February 1. From John Carpenter’s classic Halloween and the landmark Who Framed Roger Rabbit, to the iconic Back to the Future series, the breakthrough Jurassic Park and the gripping Apollo 13, Cundey has captured the history of modern American cinema through his lens.
Posting Reality TV Shows
Published: February 11, 2014

Unscripted reality programming poses unique challenges for the production companies that shoot crime shows, home-themed content and paranormal adventures, and to the post facilities that support them too. It’s a world where massive amounts of footage is the norm. Workflows can be tape- or file-based, or both, and color grading can range from filmic to edgy and authentic.
SWOT: Animation, Graphics & VFX - The Brigade
Published: December 10, 2013

Clients need beautiful visuals to accompany their stories and knock out the viewer in a unique way each time. And our current artistic and technical abilities are better than ever to tell those stories. We see art and science rapidly merging at many creative shops around the world as programmers become artists and artists pick up coding.
Advertising & the Internet
Published: November 5, 2013

It wasn’t too long ago when Internet advertising ranked tiers below broadcast and cable spots. “There was the opinion that doing a Web spot was not as important as doing a broadcast commercial,” says Sean Koriakin, a director with LA’s Iron Claw. “Nowadays, it’s more about what the spot is than where’s it’s going to be shown. Sometimes more time and energy are expended on Web spots and more people see them than they do on TV. Internet advertising will become as important or more important than broadcast in the coming years.”
Posting TV Series
Published: October 9, 2013

Posting episodic television is a complex process. From on-set color and data management to the creative cut and final color correction, workflows must run smoothly and seamlessly. Editors, colorists and DPs share with Post their unique perspectives on how TV series get from the camera to the viewing platform of choice for today’s audiences.
VFX for Films
Published: August 12, 2013

If any summer called for cooling off in a multiplex with a summer movie, it’s this one. VFX studios around the world have enhanced sci-fi and superheroes, the paranormal and the undead, helping pack cinemas with fans eager to see their latest handiwork.
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