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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.



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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.
QUANTEL SHOWS NEO, PREVIEWS DINO
Published: April 13, 2008

LAS VEGAS - UK-based Quantel (www.quantel.com) is at NAB with Neo, a new control panel for its Pablo color correction system. The controller was designed with feedback from Pablo users and incorporates a layout that allows for fast work by either left- or right-handed operators.
HIGHER LEARNING: THE CENTRE FOR DIGITAL MEDIA
Published: March 31, 2008

VANCOUVER, BC — The Centre for Digital Media opened at the Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC) in Vancouver last fall and is currently instructing its inaugural class through its Masters of Digital Media Program.
SETTING UP SHOP
Published: March 31, 2008

In recent weeks, a number of new studios have come to our attention, and they all seem to fit into the boutique model, which relies on small but efficient teams using the latest in desktop tools.
INDIE FILMMAKER SHOOTS, POSTS 'IF I WERE DICTATOR'
Published: March 12, 2008

MIAMI — Independent filmmaker Justin Routt and his Birch Creek Films (www.bcfs.us) completed production and post on a new feature-length comedy called If I Were Dictator (www.myspace.com/dictatormovie). The film centers around a man who has a solution to make the world a utopia.
INTERNSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Published: February 27, 2008

In January, I wrote about Escape Studios in London and how — through Sohonet — the training facility is able to connect its eager student body with post houses that allow them to work on real jobs, and even get paid. This “Building a Farm Team” piece resonated with some of our readers, including Kevin Seguin-Scollin, who is director of placement at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Detroit.
BROADCAST MONITORS
Published: January 25, 2008

Manufacturers help studios deal with change as the CRT heads toward extinction.
STOP-MOTION, ONLY TOUGHER
Published: January 24, 2008

A team of animators recently came together to produce a feature unlike many of today’s slick CG studio releases. In a shuttered elementary school east of Vancouver, the stop-motion film Edison and Leo is wrapping production and heading for post. The $10M project is one of the first Canadian films of its kind and centers around a greedy father who accidentally shocks his son, turning him into an electric boy.


BUILDING A FARM TEAM
Published: December 27, 2007

London's Escape Studios opened its training school back in '02, emphasizing techniques needed for success in the VFX field. Company CEO Dominic Davenport was an effects artist himself and knew the hardest part of breaking into the VFX industry was gaining real-world production experience. Escape is working to help its graduates overcome that hurdle.
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