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Ken McGorry
Consulting Editor Ken McGorry has been writing about the TV and film industries since 1987 and has worked for Post magazine since 1988.

mcgorry@optonline.net
Authored Articles
Editing 'Life In A Day'
Published: January 3, 2011

LONDON — What if Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald, each armed with directing Oscars, entrusted shooting their new film to literally thousands of unknowns? And what if they also distributed hundreds of cameras to people around the world who lacked computers and Internet access? The result could be, no, should be total chaos.
MOVING IN 3D STEREO
Published: June 29, 2010

Blockbuster movies, animation, concert films, horror flicks, even indies and producers of short films are getting on the stereo 3D bandwagon.


COVER STORY: TWILIGHT ECLIPSE'S FURRY WOODLAND CREATURES
Published: May 28, 2010

BERKELEY, CA — For New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight vampire series, director Chris Weitz tapped Phil Tippett’s studio to help introduce five menacing new characters — wolfmen (and woman) who shape shift from humans to realistic wolves.
VFX FOR TV
Published: April 21, 2010

Where are the writers writing better, the directors directing better, and the planes flying higher? On your TV! (Thanks to post.)
INTERACTIVE AUDIO
Published: March 24, 2010

Games lovers, always looking for a more immersive experience, appreciate great audio. Even when they don’t know it — they’ve come to expect 5.1 surround and the satisfaction derived from earning access to bigger, deadlier, louder weapons.
ADVERTISING'S CHANGING EQUATION
Published: January 7, 2010

Technology and the economy play major roles in what agencies and post houses can do while client expectations remain as high as ever.
VFX FOR FILMS
Published: August 24, 2009

Visual effects people's job is to trick you. And today some of the best effects are the subtlest. Add to that sleek new workflows and capturing lots of stills for plates and you're looking at the current state of VFX…If you can actually see them.
VFX: 'INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS'
Published: August 24, 2009

As a filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino is a dedicated purist. He likes practical special effects, especially for a raw, blood-and-guts story set in WWII France like Inglourious Basterds - not a lot of digital manipulation and chicanery. There are some blue-screen shots, but not many. Tarantino even shot his film in Germany. So what are people like two-time VFX Oscar-winner John Dykstra and the crew at CIS doing on Inglourious Basterds? Keeping it real. Or, in some cases, surreal.
COVER STORY: 'HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE'
Published: July 13, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - The climactic sequence in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the most (if not the most) complex compositions of live actors, greenscreen, CG characters, environment, simulated natural phenomena and simulated fantasy phenomena I have encountered in 21 years of writing for Post.
RED SPOTS
Published: June 1, 2009

Commercial producers have discovered a way to capture crisp imagery quickly and for less money. Now, about that workflow…
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