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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.
Authored Articles
New Business: Stereo 3D Conversion
Published: September 2, 2010

Inner-D is a new 3D stereo conversion studio that just completed its first job, Weinstein Company’s Piranha 3D. The studio ( managed the 35mm 2D-to-3D conversion process, as well as first pass color grading and finishing for the film. At press time, Inner-D was getting ready to move into space in North Hollywood, where founder Grant Boucher says they’ll be able to handled conversion on as many as four features at a time.
Published: August 10, 2010

As this issue was going to press, Avid announced that it is expanding its ISIS shared storage product family with the introduction of the ISIS 5000. The company introduced the flagship Unity ISIS back in November of 2005, and James Frantzreb, Avid’s senior marketing segment manager for broadcast and storage, says the ISIS file system has since “been proven in the most demanding and high-profile media production environments in the world.”

Published: July 13, 2010

Last month in this space, I mentioned what I perceived as a slight hiring trend throughout the industry. Another month has gone by, and we’ve come across numerous similar announcements. I call it: “good news.”

Published: May 28, 2010

During any given month, Post will learn of new hirings at studios throughout the industry. But this month there seemed to be more activity than usual. While the industry as a whole may not be on a hiring spree, there are positions out there.

Published: May 7, 2010

It was impossible to attend this year’s NAB show and not pick up on the stereo 3D trend, be it in the form of acquisition, workflow or display products.

Published: April 1, 2010

SANTA MONICA — In mid-March, HBO began broadcasting its new 10-part miniseries, The Pacific. Executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the series recreates the stories of three real-life Marines — Robert Laeckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge — who served during World War II. But unlike the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers by the same executive producing team, this drama takes a look at the battle with Japan in the Pacific, as opposed to the war taking place in Eastern Europe.
Published: April 1, 2010

This month, Post looks at the advantages offered by studios that can handle everything “under one roof.” Director Kim Bass, who’s a partner in Hollywood’s Bass Entertainment Pictures (, completed work on two feature films in just the past year, and credits Digital Jungle with making it happen.
Published: February 2, 2010

Post studios have long realized the benefits of working with freelance talent. They can bring in creatives based on the job, and not have to lay off when things slow down. But what about those serving in non-creative roles, such as business strategists?
Published: December 23, 2009

In mid-December, Autodesk released Smoke on the Mac, a software-only application that offers tools for editorial finishing, conforming, tracking, stabilizing, 2D/3D text, 3D compositing, color correction and VFX. Autodesk industry manager Bruno Sargeant says the Mac version of Smoke ($14,995) makes the company’s tools more accessible to the market.
Published: November 24, 2009

For several years now, our December issue has taken a SWOT focus, looking at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of the different post markets. On our Website this month, we offer a “bonus” SWOT, where pros comment on the studio business itself. Here’s a look at what some had to say…
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