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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
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.
Published: January 25, 2008

Manufacturers help studios deal with change as the CRT heads toward extinction.
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.

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.
Published: November 30, 2007

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Curt Friesen and his wife Julie purchased Dakota Video & Post Productions (www. in 1995, and over the years have grown their video post house from a staff of five to a dozen. Most of the studio's work is for car dealers and trade schools nationwide. Friesen estimates they have two to three thousand clients. With all those different jobs and a staff of 12, finding a shared storing system had become a priority for the studio...
Published: November 30, 2007

Ask five people how to make money on the Internet and you're likely to get 10 different answers. I've often heard the 'net — and new media in general — referred to as the Wild West: unregulated, full of promise, and open to anyone with a dream and ambition.
Published: November 1, 2007

The NY AES was held last month, and there were a number of new product introductions, many of which can be found in our News and Products sections. But talking with several companies at the show revealed more than just new audio tools. Many are responding to legislation that demands manufacturers create more environmentally-friendly products.
Published: October 1, 2007

Writer, producer, director Neil Mandt is a realist. When he set out to create Last Stop for Paul with his brother Michael and cinematographer Marc Carter, he had visions of television broadcast and DVD release. But by using the Web, he was able to generate considerable interest in the film. Its festival track record includes more than 30 awards, making it one of 2007’s most successful independent films. And soon, Last Stop for Paul will see true theatrical release.
Published: September 26, 2007

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Chainsaw Europe ( recently posted a feature by Romanian filmmaker Nae Caranfil. Restul e tacere (The Rest is Silence) is the story of the making of the first Romanian feature — The War of Independence — at the beginning of the 20th Century, and had one of the largest budgets in Romanian film history at 2.6 million Euros.
Published: September 4, 2007

David Peto co-founded London’s Unit ( a little over a year ago, basing the editing, grading, VFX and mixing facility on an all-Apple workflow. The studio has 19 suites that rely on Final Cut Studio, Shake, After Effects, CineForm and Combustion, and has seen steady growth working on commercial and broadcast projects.
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