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December 2014

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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Authored Articles
Primetime: Discovery's 'Alaska - The Last Frontier'
Published: August 19, 2014

HOLLYWOOD — Discovery Studios, the full-service production company within Discovery Communications, is in production of Season 4 of the popular program, Alaska: The Last Frontier. The show has been nominated for two Emmys under the “Unstructured Reality Program” and “Reality Cinematography” categories, and follows the Kilcher family, who live on a 600-acre homestead in Alaska. For four generations, the family has lived off the land in a subsistence lifestyle.  Much of the program details the preparations the family makes to survive the brutal Alaskan winters. 
Technicolor-PostWorks completes 'Hundred-Foot Journey'
Published: August 7, 2014

NEW YORK — Mark Gethin, the creative director of color at MPC USA, recently spent several weeks in New York City, providing final color for the new DreamWorks feature The Hundred-Foot Journey. The film — produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey — is set in the south of France, where the proprietress (Helen Mirren) of a celebrated French restaurant sees competition from the Kadam family, who open a new restaurant directly across the street. The film also stars Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon.
Primetime: FX Networks' 'Louie'
Published: August 5, 2014

FX Networks recently aired the fourth season of Louie, the half-hour scripted series that stars comedian Louis CK. Each episode spotlights his hectic life in New York City, which includes raising two young daughters, dating, observational humor, and performing a stand-up routine.
Into The Void completes VFX for 'Shockwave Darkside'
Published: July 17, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Into The Void FX, LLC (http://intothevoidfx.com), recently completed visual effects work on the new feature film Shockwave Darkside. The 3D feature is about the last war on the moon and an ice mining operation designed to harvest a resource that’s been depleted on the Earth. The film will premiere at London’s Fright Fest 2014 on August 22nd. 
VFX: Disney's 'Maleficent'
Published: June 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty (1959), Princess Aurora is cursed to fall into a death-like sleep on her 16th birthday. Maleficent, the fairy and mistress of all evil, applied the spell in anger after not being invited to the royal christening.
Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'
Published: March 11, 2014

BURBANK — Jill Bogdanowicz, senior supervising DI colorist at Modern Videofilm (www.mvfinc.com), here, worked closely with director Wes Anderson to create the look of the new Fox Searchlight film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. The feature was shot on film and centers around the adventures of a concierge at a grand hotel before the war, and the lobby boy who looks up to him. 
Special Report: ABC's 'Mistresses' to employ cloud-based workflow
Published: March 6, 2014

LOS ANGELES — DigitalFilm Tree provided consulting and post services for the first season of ABC’s Mistresses, starring Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Rochelle Aytes. Produced by ABC for the network, the show is a provocative drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of girlfriends, each on her own path to self discovery.
Editor's Letter: The Secret VFX of 'Walter Mitty'
Published: January 15, 2014

I remember a couple of years ago, you would do a 400-shot movie and it was a huge film,” recalls VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron, who was part of the Oscar-winning team that worked on The Life of Pi. “You work on the blockbusters nowadays, and you work on 1,200 shots pretty easily. And some go up to 1,500. It’s a pretty significant number of shots.”
Editor's Letter: Wrapping up 2014
Published: December 10, 2013

For more than a decade now, Post has been using its December issue to look back at the past 12 months, and on to the year ahead. Each December, our issue takes on a SWOT theme, where we look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing different segments of the market. This year we look at the Editing landscape, Audio Post, The Business of Post Production, and at studios working in Animation, Design & VFX. We also check in with a number of high-profile Directors, who give their take on Hollywood, the post processs, and the film industry as a whole.
Edit This!: 'The Hunger Games - Catching Fire'
Published: December 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Editor Alan Bell recently extended his working relationship with director Francis Lawrence, this time cutting the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise. Bell, whose credits include The Green Mile and The Amazing Spider-Man, worked with the director (I am Legend, Constantine) on the 2011 feature Water for Elephants. Lawrence has since committed to directing two additional installments of The Hunger Games, and Bell is already at work on the third release.
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