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August 2015

Linda Romanello
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4K/HDR: Grading the Marvel/Netflix series 'Daredevil'
Published: August 19, 2015

Marvel’s DareDevil is the latest hit from Netflix and, just like the provider’s other shows, is being streamed online in 4K. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who, with his enhanced senses, fights crime as the costumed superhero. To maintain the show’s moody and stylized look — shot dark on Red Dragon cameras by DP Matthew J. Lloyd — the DPX files are handed over to Encore’s Tony D’Amore for the grading and mastering. Here, D’Amore discusses how he gets just the right look for the series, and how DaVinci Resolve fits into the 4K workflow.
Editing: ABC's 'Modern Family'
Published: August 18, 2015

Modern Family has remained on the Television Academy’s Emmy nomination list since its premiere in 2009, recognized for and winning numerous awards as Outstanding Comedy Series. This year, among the ABC comedy’s achievements is its “Connection Lost” episode, which took place entirely over various social media devices. It’s being recognized by the Academy for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation, but editing the episode (on Avid Media Composer) was also key to its success. According to editor Tony Orcena, “It was definitely a different way to tell a story that a lot of people hadn’t done before — certainly we hadn’t done. There are other examples out there, some short films and commercials that have used that format, but in the [structure] of a half hour television program, no one has done that. I think it succeeded as really unique.”
Primetime: TNT's 'The Last Ship'
Published: August 10, 2015

The Last Ship, from executive producer Michael Bay, set sail on TNT in 2014 and continues its voyage in Season 2, taking viewers on one sea-bound adventure after another. Here, the crew of US naval destroyer the USS Nathan James is forced to confront reality when a pandemic kills off most of the Earth's population. Setting off on the high seas with a cure for the deadly virus for survivors is CO CDR Tom Chandler (star Eric Dane), scientist Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra), who developed the cure, and the ship’s crew. However, not everyone they encounter along the way is as anxious to deliver a cure to survivors — many have their own agenda — and the team faces opposition in a variety of scenarios.
Summer Movies: 'Pixels'
Published: July 24, 2015

In Columbia Pictures’ new comedy Pixels, directed by Chris Columbus (his first major feature in five years), aliens misinterpret US video feeds of 1980s classic arcade games as the Earth’s declaration of war. In response, they attack the planet, in the 3D forms of iconic game characters, such as Pac-Man, Centipede, Galaga, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, Tetris, and Frogger. The President (played by Kevin James) calls on his old school chums and game masters (led by Adam Sandler) to head off the attack. Game on!
Stereo 3D: 'Ant-Man'
Published: July 20, 2015

The Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps growing. The studio’s latest offering, Ant-Man, marks the 12th release in Marvel Studios' highly successful film franchise. Directed by Peyton Reed and featuring Paul Rudd as the title character, Ant-Man tells the story of con-man Scott Lang who, once in possession of a special suit, gains the ability to shrink in size, but become incredibly strong. This month,  Post takes a look at the visual effects geniuses behind some of the summer’s biggest blockbusters —  Terminator Genisys, Pixels, San Andreas, Mad Max: Fury Road, Spy and  Jurassic World — and here, speaks with Prime Focus World’s Richard Baker, senior stereo supervisor, about his studio’s stereo 3D conversion for Marvel's summer flick.
Primetime: Starz's 'Outlander'
Published: July 6, 2015

In Starz's original series, Outlander, 18th century Scotland is alive and well — and looking better than ever. With its expansive highlands, authentic Scottish castles, and lush valleys wrapped in a thick mist, it’s hard to believe the show is actually shot in the 21st century. But thanks to its high-quality production team (production design, cinematography, costumes, editing, etc.) and the outstanding work of VFX supervisor Jonathan Privett and the artists at UK’s Double Negative (Dneg), 1743 Scotland couldn’t look more real. And, according to Privett, keeping it real was one of the early mandates from show producers.
Summer Movies: 'San Andreas'
Published: July 3, 2015

Earlier this summer, Warner Bros. Pictures took on the disaster film genre with director Brad Peyton’s San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. Shaking up the box office early on, the film grossed more than $134M at press time, and looks to end up as a season winner.
Primetime: Starz's 'Outlander'
Published: June 17, 2015

In Starz's original series, Outlander, 18th century Scotland is alive and well — and looking better than ever. With its expansive highlands, authentic Scottish castles, and lush valleys wrapped in a thick mist, it’s hard to believe the show is actually shot in the 21st century. But thanks to its high-quality production team (production design, cinematography, costumes, editing, etc.) and the outstanding work of VFX supervisor Jonathan Privett and the artists at UK’s Double Negative (Dneg), 1743 Scotland couldn’t look more real. And, according to Privett, keeping it real was one of the early mandates from show producers.
VFX: Cinesite shakes things up for 'San Andreas'
Published: June 1, 2015

Last summer, Into The Storm followed a series of tornadoes as they wreaked havoc across the town of Silverton, OK. This summer, Warner Bros. Pictures takes on the disaster film genre with director Brad Peyton’s  San Andreas (starring Dwayne Johnson) that looks to be shaking up the box office as the weekend numbers winner and perhaps ending up as one of the season’s big Hollywood VFX flicks.
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.
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