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March 2015

Linda Romanello
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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.
Primetime: AMC's 'The Walking Dead'
Published: March 7, 2015

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead, airing Sunday nights on AMC, knows that zombies can be blown up, dismembered, stabbed, shot, crushed and set on fire — but the only way to actually kill them, is to kill their brains. The highly-successful, Emmy Award-winning series, based on Robert Kirkman’s original comics, has, for the past five seasons, been feeding viewers’ appetites for a zombiepocalypse.  The Walking Dead tells the story of how survivors (non-zombies) of the pandemic are left to exist, relying solely on basic survival skills. While there’s not much by way of electricity, heat, gas or pre-packaged food for survivors, there certainly are plenty of zombies — as well as a multitude of ways to kill them. According to Al Lopez, VP of creative services at LA’s Stargate Studios, which works closely with the show’s VFX supervisor Victor Scalise, the “zombie kills” are “the bread and butter shots,” and the majority of the studio’s work on the series.
Primetime: 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'
Published: February 6, 2015

In an issue focused on unscripted television and the unique challenges of producing and posting shows for the genre, it only seems fitting to look at one of Food Network’s most highly-rated series. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, starring culinary host Guy Fieri, is twice nominated for the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program. Food Network rolled out the series in 2006, with Fieri at the wheel of his red '68 Camaro, driving cross country, visiting some of America’s favorite self-proclaimed diners, drive-ins and dives. There, he spends time with each establishment’s owners in their respective kitchens and samples the signature dishes along the way.
FuseFX creates 'a-ha' moment for 'Glee'
Published: January 15, 2015

During this month’s premiere episode of Glee, now in its final season on Fox, show stars Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer lead the students of McKinley High, along with viewers at home, back to the ‘80s, where MTV featured a-ha’s  Take On Me music video on heavy rotation.
Primetime: NBC's 'The Blacklist'
Published: January 9, 2015

NBC’s The Blacklist has maintained a high-rating on the Nielson charts since its debut in 2013. The show, which has been as warmly received by critics as viewers with several Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations, stars James Spader and Megan Boone as an unlikely international crime-solving duo. Spader plays former-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington, now one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, who negotiates deals with the agency to help capture a long “blacklist” of villains from around the world, with the one caveat that he partners with newly-hired agent, Elizabeth Keen (Boone).
Editing 'Unbroken'
Published: January 8, 2015

Immediately following her phone conversation with actress/director Angelina Jolie, Becky Sullivan started researching B-24 bombers. Jolie had just asked Sullivan to serve as the supervising sound editor (along with Andrew DeCristofaro) on her next project, Unbroken, Jolie’s Hollywood adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by author Lauren Hillenbrand ( Sea Biscuit). Sullivan knew that a B-24 from the film’s era, and a key piece of the story, would be hard to find.
Editing: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken'
Published: December 23, 2014

Immediately following her phone conversation with actress/director Angelina Jolie, Becky Sullivan started researching B-24 bombers. Jolie had just asked Sullivan to serve as the supervising sound editor (along with Andrew DeCristofaro) on her next project, Unbroken, Jolie’s Hollywood adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by author Lauren Hillenbrand ( Sea Biscuit). Sullivan knew that a B-24 from the film’s era, and a key piece of the story, would be hard to find. 

Edit This! Disney's 'Into the Woods'
Published: December 9, 2014

Long before ABC’s fantasy-drama Once Upon a Time made its primetime debut, and blended the plots and storylines of many of literature’s most beloved fairy tales and characters, lived a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine that enjoyed a successful and Tony award-winning run on Broadway in the 1980s. Into the Woods, an original story that also ties together fairy tale characters from many of the Brothers Grimm's most noted classics, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk, focuses on a baker and his wife, their quest to begin a family, and their interactions with a witch and other storybook characters.
Primetime: ABC's 'Once Upon A Time'
Published: December 2, 2014

Since its premiere in 2011, ABC’s highly-successful series Once Upon A Time (OUAT) has been bringing some of Disney’s most beloved story- book characters — including Snow White, Prince Charming, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Rumplestiltskin — to the small screen, working overtime to turn even the most jaded viewers into believers of magic and fairy tales.
'Interstellar': Space crafts, robots & science
Published: November 25, 2014

In the November issue of Post, we speak with VFX supervisor Paul Franklin of Double Negative about how he and his team worked closely with Christopher Nolan ( Batman, Inception) on the director’s latest sci-fi epic,  Interstellar. For the film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Franklin tells us how he and his crew created a number of planetary environments, such as an ice planet, a water planet, and teamed with Nolan’s DPs on creating incredible dust storms on our dying planet, Earth.
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