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November 2015

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
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.
Edit This!: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'
Published: November 5, 2013

Editor Kevin Tent, ACE, was reunited once again with director Alexander Payne, this time on the Paramount feature, Nebraska. The film, which is presented in black & white, follows the journey of an aging, alcoholic father (Bruce Dern), who is making the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) to claim a million-dollar prize.
Editor's Letter: Giving thanks
Published: November 5, 2013

It’s November and the holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving signals “the beginning of the end” of the year, and is cause for celebration — that is, unless you’re a turkey.
Editor's Letter: Film, Sound & More...
Published: October 8, 2013

I was lucky enough to attend the premier of Warner Bros.’ Gravity last month. The outer-space feature starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as Space Shuttle astronauts, who get stranded during a mission, was presented in both Stereo 3D and with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
Director's Chair: Billy Bob Thornton - 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'
Published: October 8, 2013

Billy Bob Thornton is a writer, director, actor and musician, who says his best work comes from that inspired by real life. He recently completed work on Jayne Mansfield’s Car, an Anchor Bay Films feature set in Alabama, back in 1969. The comedic drama centers around two very different families, brought together by a funeral.
Editor's Letter: Web Entertainment
Published: September 6, 2013

Not all that long ago, it was thought that programming found on the Web was inferior in many ways to traditional broadcast content. But Web programming, such as series, has come a long way in just a short amount of time.
VFX: 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published: September 5, 2013

NEW YORK — VFX producer/supervisor Mark Russell is currently working on The Wolf of Wall Street, an upcoming theatrical release being directed by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who was convicted of crimes related to the stock market back in the late ‘90s.
Post Script: Thoughts from SIGGRAPH 2013
Published: August 12, 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 took place in Anaheim, CA, last month, bringing together more than 17,000 animators, artists, technology developers and researchers from 77 different countries. Holding an animation-oriented show in Disneyland’s back yard would seem like a good match, and by many counts, the convention could be billed as a success. Yet, there were underlying hints that reflected the shaky state of the animation and visual effects industry.
Director's Chair: Jeffrey Hornaday - Disney's 'Teen Beach Movie'
Published: July 19, 2013

Choreographer and director Jeffrey Hornaday recently complete work on Disney Channel’s new summer-event special, Teen Beach Movie, which debuts on the network on Friday, July 19. The movie is a stylized mash-up of classic surfer movies and West Side Story, featuring nearly a dozen musical numbers, all shot on location in Puerto Rico.
Post Script: Witnessing change
Published: July 8, 2013

Ken Ashe is the new GM at ZapBoomBang Studios in Houston, an audio and video production studio and post house that specializes in commercial work, and one that hopes to expand into long-form and corporate work too. When I spoke with Ashe, he’d been at the studio for just three weeks, but his career actually spans more than three decades. He founded Match Frame in Texas many years ago, which later became 1080, Inc.
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