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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
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MOBILE...AND GAMING
Published: September 2, 2008

The annual SIGGRAPH show offers a great opportunity to check out the latest developments in the animation industry. Whether you are interested in software or hardware, or are just an artist just looking for inspiration, the show doesn't disappoint.

ANIMATION: 'THE WONDER PETS!'
Published: August 4, 2008

Little Airplane Productions uses teamwork to produce Nick Jr.'s popular Wonder Pets series.


CREATING A PITCH BIBLE
Published: August 4, 2008

While many post pros spend their day providing creative services to outside clients, we’ll often hear about “the side project” they’re working on, based on an original idea or collaboration they’re involved in, all with the goal of creating original content.

HIGHER LEARNING: VIDEO SYMPHONY
Published: August 4, 2008

BURBANK - Ask Video Symphony president Mike Flanagan how his school differs from other educational institutions that offer training, and he’ll tell you it’s the “post production focus” that sets it apart. Video Symphony opened in 1994, initially serving as an Avid authorized education center and corporate training company, but evolved into a career/vocational/technical college and now trains established industry professionals as well as those looking to break into the business.
MIXING DISCOVERY'S 'WHEN WE LEFT EARTH'
Published: June 26, 2008

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Sound engineer Cliff Jones recently completed mixing a six-episode documentary series for Discovery Channel that details the history of the US space program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Produced by London's Dangerous Films (www.dangerousfilms.co.uk), When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions digs deep into NASA's vault, revealing never-before-seen footage that documents the successes and failures of the program over the years.
HIGHER LEARNING: INTERNSHIPS
Published: June 25, 2008

For those aspiring to break into the  industry, an internship can play an important role. It's also a way to see how a studio operates from the inside, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn from veteran talent. Many facilities are opening their doors to students, giving them hands-on experience that goes beyond what can be learned in a classroom. And those who show aptitude and desire are often rewarded with paid positions down the road, when openings become available.
GETTING A FOOT IN THE DOOR
Published: June 23, 2008

I remember my first internship. Right after graduating college, I started volunteering at my local PBS station on Long Island. I had visions of working with cameras and capturing sound, but the reality was that I spent more time in their mailroom, stuffing umbrellas and coffee mugs into padded envelopes for shipping to the station’s donors.
POSTING SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Published: May 22, 2008

Benjamin Fernandez Maribona operates independent post house Digital Sprockets (www.digitalsprockets.net) in Mexico City. The studio offers an array of services, and Fernandez Maribona serves as a jack-of-all-trades, handling editing, color correction, telecine and even production when the situation calls for it. He'll even answer the phone, because he doesn't have a secretary. And in his "free" time, he teaches post at Anahuac University.

ON-BOARD STORAGE
Published: April 30, 2008

Many return home from NAB with stacks of information they hope will help them in making purchase decisions in the year ahead. We noticed a clear trend this year from manufacturers showing on-board storage solutions for content creators who want to capture to hard disk.
AUTODESK IMPROVES 'HIGH-VALUE CONTENT CREATION TOOLS'
Published: April 13, 2008

LAS VEGAS - Montreal-based Autodesk (www.autodesk.com) is at NAB with a collection of tools designed to improve the creation of high-value content, says Maurice Patel, head of industry management for the company's media and entertainment division. The company is showing Inferno, Flint and Flame 2009, all of which received updates that add new creative tools, including effects for blurs and glows.
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