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August 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
Music Video: Kendrick Lamar — 'Alright'
Published: August 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Ntropic (www.ntropic.com) colorist Trevor Durtschi worked closely with London Alley Entertainment director Colin Tilley, and DPs Rob Witt and Corey Jennings to create a dramatic black and white video for rapper Kendrick Lamar. The Alright video marks a continuing collaboration between the colorist and director, as the previously teamed up on Nicki Minaj’s  Anaconda.
VFX: Starz's 'Black Sails'
Published: August 10, 2015

Starz’s hit series Black Sails premiered in early 2014 and recently completed airing its second season. Set in the 1700s, during the golden age of piracy, the show fictionalizes real-life pirates, including Anne Bonny, Jack Rackham and Charles Vane.  While the show’s setting is New Providence Island in the Bahamas, it’s actually shot in Cape Town, South Africa. At press time, Season 3 was in post production and the team was planning to begin shooting Season 4 in November.
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.
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