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April 2016

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
Filmmaking: IMAX & NASA collaborate on 'A Beautiful Planet'
Published: April 29, 2016

TORONTO — Once again, IMAX has teamed up with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create a large-format feature that looks at our planet and the future of humanity — all from outer space. A Beautiful Planet was produced, directed and edited by Toni Myers, and was shot by the crew of the International Space Station. The film is narrated by Jennifer Lawrence and was released in IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters on April 29th.

VFX: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
Published: April 8, 2016

I first had a chance to speak with MPC VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron two summers ago, not long after he had finished work on the feature, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Rocheron recently headed up the MPC team to create 450 shots for the new Warner Bros. film  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opened on March 25th and at press time, had taken in close to $700M worldwide.
Filmmaking: 'The Phoenix Incident'
Published: April 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The docu/drama The Phoenix Incident (www.phoenixincident.com) has its LA premiere today. Produced by PCB Productions ( Titanfall, Far Cry 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts), the film centers around the disappearance of four men who went missing after taking their ATVs into the Phoenix, AZ, mountains at the same time unexplained lights appeared over the city in 1997. The film is presented in the form of a documentary, with found footage from the outing, eyewitness accounts, military interviews, and interviews with the victims’ families, all of whom suggest a cover up.
Animation: 'The Angry Birds Movie'
Published: April 6, 2016

In 2009, Rovio Entertainment released Angry Birds, one of the best-selling apps of all time. The Angry Birds property rapidly expanded into entertainment, publishing, and licensing, becoming a beloved international brand.  On May 20th, Rovio partners with Sony Pictures to release   The Angry Birds Movie , a fully-CG, 3D-animated feature that centers around the birds, slingshots, pigs and the attempt to get the birds' eggs back. The feature marks Rovio’s first foray into films, though fans have been introduced to the animated  Angry Birds   world via the weekly   Angry Birds Toons  series.
Music Video: Slayer - 'You Against You'
Published: March 22, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Editor Ed Marx once again partnered with director BJ McDonnell on a new music video for heavy metal band Slayer. The two worked together last summer on the band’s Repentless video, which launched in September in conjunction with Slayer’s album of the same name. This latest project ties in to their existing work for the band, as the new  You Against You video serves as a prequel to  Repentless, showing fans the violent events that took place in the week leading up to the prison riot.
Music Video: Black Stone Cherry - 'In Our Dreams'
Published: March 18, 2016

CHICAGO — Director/editor Kyle Cogan and the team at Simian Design (www.simiandesign.tv), here, recently conceived, produced and posted a new music video for the southern heavy metal band Black Stone Cherry. The In Our Dreams video is the first track off the band’s upcoming album, “Kentucky,” which is set for release on April 1st. The video makes use of a range of material, including archival footage, newly-shot footage, visual effects, slow-motion photography and animation, all to visualize the song’s concept about the Earth being overcome by its oceans.
Music Video: All Hail the Yeti — 'Before the Flames'
Published: March 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Director Brian Cox of Flarelight Films (http://flarelightfilms.com) recently completed work on two music videos for the metal band, All Hail the Yeti. The videos follow a story arc that connects the band’s new album, “Screams From A Black Wilderness,” with their self-titled debut from 2012. After The Great Fire is considered the ‘Part 2,’ of the video series. It’s a track from the 2012 album, but was released only a few weeks ago. The video visualizes the 2012 song about an orphanage run by evil nuns who abuse children.
Soundtracks: 'Star Trek Continues'
Published: March 7, 2016

Die-hard ‘Trekkies’ may already be familiar with Star Trek Continues, a popular, fan-produced Web series that picks up where ‘The Original Series’ left off in 1969. The show is produced and directed by Vic Mignogna, who also stars in it, and is shot on a stage in Georgia, complete with recreations of the Enterprise’s bridge, corridors, transporter room and sick bay.
Music Video: Eliot Lewis - 'Soundtrack'
Published: February 8, 2016

MILFORD, CT — The team at In-Class Productions (www.inclassproductions.com), here, spent the better part of a year coordinating, shooting and editing the new Soundtrack music video for artist Eliot Lewis, who is also a member of the Daryl Hall & John Oates band.
Animation: 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
Published: January 28, 2016

GLENDALE, CA — On January 29th, Jack Black returns to voice Po in Kung Fu Panda 3, the newest animated feature from DreamWorks Animation, here. The film also features the voice talents of Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), and Lucy Liu (Viper), among others, and once again brings together Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, who co-directed the feature.
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