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July 2015

Marc Loftus

Marc Loftus is the Senior Editor and Director of Web Content for Post Magazine. He has been with the monthly publication since 1992, reporting on new technologies and creative techniques relating to film, television and commercial post production. In that time, he has witnessed the transition from linear to nonlinear, analog to digital, stereo to surround, SD to HD, tape-based to file-based, and 2D to 3D. Marc is a graduate of The New York Institute of Technology.



mloftus@postmagazine.com
Authored Articles
Summer Movies: 'Terminator Genisys'
Published: July 3, 2015

MPC Film (www.moving-picture.com) spent a year producing visual effects for the new Terminator Genisys film, but the studio’s involvement dates back even further. MPC and its VFX supervisor Gary Brozenich had worked with  Terminator Genisys VFX producer Shari Hanson on  Lone Ranger, and she once again turned to the studio to help fulfill a vision for the big screen.
VFX: 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
Published: May 29, 2015

SYDNEY — Mad Max: Fury Road, the new feature from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, marks the return of director George Miller, who created the original and hugely-popular  Mad Max/Road Warrior films and helped launch the career of Mel Gibson. The latest release stars Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, who is haunted by his turbulent past, and wanders the barren landscape on his own, trying to survive. 
'Poltergeist': The Dub Stage mixes paranormal feature
Published: May 27, 2015

BURBANK, CA — The Dub Stage (www.thedubstage.com) provided mixing services for the new Poltergeist film from 20th Century Fox, which opened in theaters on May 22nd. The film was directed by Gil Kenan and produced by Sam Raimi. It plays as a contemporized version of the ‘80s supernatural thriller, in which a suburban family’s young daughter is held captive by ghostly forces.  Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Jared Harris and Kennedi Clements.
Primetime: Fox's 'Wayward Pines'
Published: May 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Fox’s new 10-episode series Wayward Pines saw its broadcast debut on May 14th, but viewers that downloaded the “Fox Now” app were able to watch the entire episode online two weeks earlier.  Produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who also directed an episode, the series stars Matt Dillon as a government agent Ethan Burke, who was sent into the field to investigate the disappearance of two missing colleagues. A car accident leaves him hospitalized in Wayward Pines, ID, a peculiar small town that appears to be trapped in time. Soon, he finds himself with a growing number of unanswered questions and an inability to leave its limits under his own free will.
Director's Chair: Henry Hobson — 'Maggie'
Published: May 8, 2015

Director Henry Hobson recently completed work on his first feature: Maggie, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. The film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where vegetation has died, electricity is out, and teenager Maggie (Breslin), along with many of her neighbors, has become infected with a deadly virus. Her father (Schwarzenegger) must deal with his family’s disintegration, as well as with the leaders of the small town, who are rounding up the infected and casting them into a mandatory quarantine.
Trixter creates Quicksilver, Ultron Mark I for 'Avengers'
Published: May 5, 2015

MUNICH, GERMANY — Trixter (www.trixter.de), which has German offices in Munich and Berlin, as well as Los Angeles, was responsible for more than 300 VFX shots that appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The studio’s work included effects for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and the first time audiences see Ultron (Mark I). According to VFX supervisor Alessandro Cioffi, the studio got involved in early 2014, collaborating during preproduction with the film’s visual effects supervisor, Christopher Townsend.
ILM completes 800+ shots for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Published: May 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — ILM’s facilities in San Francisco, Vancouver, London and Singapore contributed to more than 800 shots featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron, making them one of the film’s largest VFX vendors.
VFX For TV: 'CSI: Cyber'
Published: April 6, 2015

CSI: Cyber recently premiered on CBS, bringing with it storylines set deep in the bowels of the Web, where hackers and criminals prey anonymously and crimes are often untraceable. Patricia Arquette stars as Special Agent Avery Ryan, who heads up the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. In just the first few episodes of what is scheduled to be a 13-program series, her team has dealt with baby abductions using common nanny-cam technology, and the murder of those who use popular ride-sharing applications.
VFX For TV: 'Olympus'
Published: April 6, 2015

London’s LipSync Post (www.lipsyncpost.co.uk) spent the past year and a half working on the new SyFy series Olympus, which debuted on April 2nd. The show spans 13 episodes, each approximately 45-minutes in length, and takes viewers back to a mythological world in the year 2,000 BC. In this ancient Athens setting, Hero embarks on an adventure, where he is faced with the desires of lust, betrayal, jealousy, greed, ambition, fear, trust and love.
VFX For TV: 'The Leftovers'
Published: April 6, 2015

Alkemy X (www.alkemy-x.com), formerly DIVE, regularly works on visual effects for television programs. The studio contributes to Starz’s Power, as well as to an upcoming network series called  Flesh & Bone. TNT’s upcoming, 1950s cop drama Public Morals will also contain their VFX work. And last year, the studio provided VFX for a number of pilots, including ABC’s  How to Get Away with Murder and HBO’s  The Leftovers.
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