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July 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
Post Script: The GPU Technology Conference
Published: April 3, 2013

I attended the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose in March, which promotes awareness of the value of GPU computing. The conference/exhibition had a heavy focus on research and education, with hundreds of panels, papers and tutorials, but also featured a media and entertainment path that applied to post.
Editing: 'Olympus Has Fallen'
Published: March 28, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Wildfire Post Production Studios (www.wildfirepost.com) provided sound design and mixing services for Millennium Films’, Olympus Has Fallen. The studio also hosted picture editor John Refoua, who spent time cutting the film at Wildfire after working on location in Shreveport, Louisiana, where the film was shot.
Post Script: 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Black Swan' editor Andrew Weisblum
Published: March 8, 2013

Manhattan Edit Workshop launched its “Inside the Cutting Room” series last month with a sit down with editor Andrew Weisblum, ACE. Hosted by author/film historian Bobbie O’Steen, the two-hour event looked at Weisblum’s career as a film editor and his relationships with two very different directors: Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom) and Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan).
VFX: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'
Published: March 8, 2013

CULVER CITY — Sony Pictures Imageworks contributed more than 1,100 shots to the new Disney film, Oz The Great and Powerful, which hit theatres on March 8. The film was shot natively in 3D and called on the Imageworks team to help director Sam Raimi achieve his stylized vision of the Land of Oz and its magical characters.
Post Script: Resourceful filmmaking
Published: February 4, 2013

Post has long covered affordable technologies that can improve workflows, lower production costs and expand the user base. This month, we have a feature on Visual Effects Plug-Ins (page 26), which do much of the aforementioned. Companies like Digieffects and Red Giant see the industry expanding thanks to new digital cameras and apps like FCP, and are releasing plug-ins geared toward those very users.
Post Script: Reinventing Autodesk's Smoke
Published: January 3, 2013

On December 17,  Autodesk “finally” released Smoke 2013, the latest version of its Mac-driven editing and visual effects tool. I say finally because it was supposed to come to market in September, but ran into “some snags,” says senior product marketing manager Marc Hamaker. The extra time, however, allowed the company to take in even more user feedback — over 31,000 downloads were made during the beta period — enabling Autodesk to deliver an end product that’s “more aligned with what the market needs,” he notes.
On-Set Dailies
Published: December 14, 2012

Whether it’s the securing of camera files or the creation of media for editorial, the dailies process is considered by many where ‘post’ begins. While the terms “on-set” and “digital dailies” are often mentioned during the production and post processes, what they mean will depend on whom you ask.
Sound designer Gary Rydstrom details 'Wreck-It Ralph' and 'Lincoln'
Published: December 3, 2012

SAN RAFAEL, CA — For Academy Award-winning sound designer and film mixer Gary Rydstrom (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Titanic), 2012 was a busy year. He lent his talents to the animated hits Brave and Wreck-It Ralph, as well as to Steven Spielberg’s historical live-action drama Lincoln. The films actually represent several years of thought and development from a sound design perspective, with Rydstrom moving back and forth from project to project as each moved forward in production and post.
Post & Politics
Published: November 7, 2012

Political coverage is not something you’d typically find in the pages of Post, but with it being an election year, we thought the timing was right. We touched base with the NAB, VES and Post New York Alliance to find out about the issues that are of concern to their members, and how — if at all — they are working with politicians to address those concerns.
Director's Chair: Jim Field Smith - 'Butter'
Published: October 8, 2012

NEW YORK — On October 5th, Radius-TWC released Butter, a new comedic feature that looks at the competitive world of butter carving in the heartland of America.
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