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May 2015

Linda Romanello
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Edit This!: Universal's 'Pitch Perfect 2'
Published: May 18, 2015

It’s been three years since the Barden Bellas a cappella’d their way to championship status in Universal’s 2012 surprise hit, Pitch Perfect. With a film that grossed more than $64M at the box office and had built a strong cult following, it only makes sense that co-producer Elizabeth Banks would go for a repeat performance, this time taking the wheel as director and returning, along with leading Bellas Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow, for the sequel,  Pitch Perfect 2.
Primetime: AMC's 'Mad Men'
Published: May 18, 2015

For the past eight seasons, AMC’s Mad Men has been bringing viewers back to the 1960’s, maintaining the period’s authentic look with, according to Blake McCormick, producer in charge of post production, an almost “obsessive-compulsive” approach.
Prime Focus World handles stereo conversion for 'Avengers'
Published: May 7, 2015

In the May issue of Post magazine, and here online, we are offering readers extensive coverage of the VFX and previs/post work studios such as ILM, Trixter and The Third Floor completed for the summer blockbuster,  Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here, in a Web exclusive,  Post speaks with Richard Baker, senior stereo supervisor of Prime Focus World, on his studio’s stereo 3D contributions to the film that has earned a whopping $200M+ thus far.
Previs helps Joss Whedon realize VFX vision for 'Avengers'
Published: May 6, 2015

LOS ANGELES — As previs/postvis supervisor at The Third Floor (, working on such Hollywood blockbusters as The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and  Thor, Gerardo Ramirez has plenty to say about the important role that previs and postvis played in Marvel’s newest  Avengersoffering, directed by Joss Whedon.
VFX For TV: 'Agent Carter'
Published: April 6, 2015

Born from Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America film franchise was heroine and military officer Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell. The character has been so popular with moviegoers that she earned her own starring eight-episode run on ABC in  Marvel’s Agent Carter, which recently wrapped (episodes are available through iTunes, Hulu and on-demand) and looks to be grabbing a spot in the newest  Avengers sequel,  Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming out in May, as well as Marvel’s  Ant-Man, to be released this summer.
VFX For TV: 'Penny Dreadful'
Published: April 6, 2015

Bringing to television some of literature’s creepiest characters — including Dorian Grey, Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, a feast of vampires, and a black spider with a key role — is creator John Logan’s Showtime drama/horror series, Penny Dreadful. With Season 2 set to premiere next month, the show, which takes place in Victorian-era London, stars Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett as the mysterious Vanessa Ives, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (respectively), who come together to face off against a variety of supernatural threats. With visual effects support from Toronto’s Mr. X (via post vendor Take 5 Productions, also Toronto based), James Cooper, VFX supervisor on the series, says there’s quite a bit of environmental work, such as set extensions, green screens and matte paintings, required to turn Dublin, where the show is shot, into Victorian London.
VFX For TV: 'Orphan Black'
Published: April 6, 2015

Season 3 of Orphan Black, BBC America’s popular sci-fi clone drama, returns this month with all-new episodes centered around lead character Sarah Manning, who had discovered an unsettling truth in Season 1 — that she was part of a cloning experiment. Lead actress Tatiana Maslany masterfully portrays all iterations of her clone, from soccer mom Alison Hendrix and science geek Cosima Niehaus, to the ruthless corporate Rachel Duncan and the unstable and sometimes dangerous Helena.
VFX For TV: 'Chicago Fire'
Published: April 6, 2015

For the past three years, LA’s Spy Post (, a FotoKem company, has been setting TV on fire with some of its visual effects — literally — as the sole VFX provider on NBC’s hit drama Chicago Fire (a Wolf Films show, along with spin-off  Chicago PD).
VFX For TV: 'The Librarians'
Published: April 6, 2015

In 2004, TNT introduced TV viewers to librarian Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle), hired by the Metropolitan Public Library who discovered that the establishment was actually protecting a range of historical and often magical items in a secret section. The made-for-TV movie, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, spurred two sequels and most recently, a television series on TNT starring Rebecca Romjin. In the same vein as the successful film franchise, The Librarians find themselves in a series of adventures, often times facing mythical creatures or being transported to amazing places.
VFX: 'Jupiter Ascending'
Published: March 9, 2015

Warner Bros.’ latest sci-fi action/adventure film, Jupiter Ascending (starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis), from Andy and Lana Wachowski, tells the futuristic story of a young, destitute caretaker (Jupiter), who goes on an unexpected journey, taking her to a world outside our universe. Accompanied by a genetically-engineered soldier (Caine), she encounters a tyrannical ruler of a planet in need of a new heir, who she helps stop.
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