December 1, 2017

  • 11-Dec-2017
    December 2017
    Outlook 2018: The year ahead
    Oscar Contenders
    Cover Story: Editing Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Director's Chair: The Greatest Showman's Michael Gracey
    Color Grading: Darkest Hour
    Review: GoPro Hero6
    ...and much more!




Departments

  • Case Study: SIM improves storage performance, cuts costs with Panasas
    Case Study: SIM improves storage performance, cuts costs with Panasas

    Audiences relish the crisp, larger-than-life images of high-definition movies and television. For media production companies, however, growing format sizes and increasing image complexity can radicall ...

    December 12, 2017

  • Documentary: Nat Geo's <I>Secrets In The Mist</I>
    Documentary: Nat Geo's Secrets In The Mist

    National Geographic began airing the three-part documentary special Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist back in December. The program takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Fossey, who spent year ...

    January 3, 2018

  • Editing: <I>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</I>
    Editing: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson, and hit theaters with much anticipation on December 15th. The Lucasfilm saga features many of the franchise’s familiar talent, includ ...

    December 18, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: Trends in M&E
    Outlook 2018: Trends in M&E

    David Sallak is the VP/CTO, M&E for Sunnyvale, CA’s Panasas (panasas.com), the provider of high-performance storage solutions. Here, he looks at how studios might employ cloud storage to make the ...

    January 10, 2018

Features

  • Outlook 2018: A changing industry
    Outlook 2018: A changing industry

    Our industry is changing, but the change is actually good. Audiences have begun looking to on-demand content, versus traditional forms of broadcast. This new trend has put a strain on larger networks, ...

    December 21, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: Creative editorial
    Outlook 2018: Creative editorial

    Though the industry continues to change and shift, and agencies are under more pressure to deliver more and more content with little increases in budgets, the value of creative collaborative relations ...

    December 19, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: Making HDR work in production & post
    Outlook 2018: Making HDR work in production & post

    High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a hot topic in both production and post, and being considered for a broad range of productions across the board as we dive into 2018. Every new smart phone is supporting it ...

    December 19, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: The demand for animated content is at an all-time high
    Outlook 2018: The demand for animated content is at an all-time high

    Renegade Animation is a Glendale, CA-based studio that produces cross platform digital animation, with a focus on smart, funny, original and occasionally remunerative animated content for all media, i ...

    December 20, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: The growth of music libraries
    Outlook 2018: The growth of music libraries

    Killer Tracks is a leader in production music and a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media. With more than 2,800 active albums from 39 global libra ...

    December 20, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: The need for heightened VFX business intelligence
    Outlook 2018: The need for heightened VFX business intelligence

    Every year we’re seeing VFX schedules and budgets tightened – but client expectations remain high. With such opposing forces operating in every day production, it’s a wonder that studios can remain pr ...

    December 22, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: The new era of entertainment as software
    Outlook 2018: The new era of entertainment as software

    The history of the media industry has been shaped by the technology it uses to distribute content — print, film, broadcast, satellite, cable — the “medium” the content is conveyed to the consumer. Tod ...

    December 21, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: The rise of Netflix
    Outlook 2018: The rise of Netflix

    The rise of Netflix has posed and interesting challenge to the post industry. On the one hand, direct streaming funnelled into every viewer’s house means an increased need for post work across the glo ...

    December 22, 2017

Web Exclusives

  • Animation: <I>Coco</I>
    Animation: Coco

    Once again, the skilled artists working at Pixar Animation Studios have exercised their expertise in computer graphics, animation, and storytelling to raise the art of CGI filmmaking with a colorful, ...

    December 18, 2017

  • Filmmaking: <I>The Ballad of Lefty Brown</I>
    Filmmaking: The Ballad of Lefty Brown

    A24’s new Western film The Ballad of Lefty Brown stars Bill Pullman as a cowboy’s sidekick, set on avenging the death of his long-time partner. The story explores themes of loyalty, friendship, betray ...

    December 18, 2017

  • Filmmaking: <I>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</I>
    Filmmaking: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh ( In Bruges ), is a dark comedic drama from Fox Searchlight Pictures that takes place in the sma ...

    December 12, 2017

  • Outlook 2018: Audio trends
    Outlook 2018: Audio trends

    Eric P. Sherman is the CEO/Founder of Bang Zoom! Studios (www.bangzoomstudios.com) in Burbank, CA. Here, he looks at some of the latest trends in audio post and whether or not technology should trump ...

    January 5, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: Bigger budgets, faster turnarounds
    Outlook 2018: Bigger budgets, faster turnarounds

    The creation of today’s expansive, world-spanning motion pictures is dependent on the contribution of hundreds – if not thousands – of creative collaborators. It never fails to hugely impress when you ...

    January 2, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: Bridging the gap between content creation & distribution
    Outlook 2018: Bridging the gap between content creation & distribution

    Andy Manidis is VP, Technical Solutions at Deluxe. Here, he details how the studio is helping to bridge the gaps of content creation and distribution through end-to-end technologies that span a global ...

    January 3, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: Capitalizing on render farm elasticity
    Outlook 2018: Capitalizing on render farm elasticity

    Chris Bond is the Founder of Thinkbox Software (www.thinkboxsoftware.com) and Director of Product Management, Amazon EC2 at AWS. Here, he looks at the power, flexibility and cost savings that cloud re ...

    January 12, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: Realtime visualization tools
    Outlook 2018: Realtime visualization tools

    Mariana Acuña Acosta is a Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer with Opaque Studios (www.opaque.studio) in Los Angeles. The company specializes in using VR and game engine technologies to create realti ...

    January 8, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: The cloud's benefits & risks
    Outlook 2018: The cloud's benefits & risks

    Kenneth Yas is the Managing Director, Americas, for WCPMedia Services (www.wcpmediaservices.com), a provider of asset management solutions to the media and entertainment industry. Here, he looks at th ...

    January 3, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: The future is realtime
    Outlook 2018: The future is realtime

    Marc Petit is the General Manager for Unreal Engine Enterprise, Epic Games (www.unrealengine.com). Here, he looks at the use of game engines as realtime production tools.

    January 8, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: The future of VR is location-based
    Outlook 2018: The future of VR is location-based

    Brian Nilles is the Chief Strategy Officer for OptiTrack (http://optitrack.com), a developer of 3D tracking systems. Here, he looks at some of the opportunities location-based VR offers and its potent ...

    January 11, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: The importance of 'passion projects'
    Outlook 2018: The importance of 'passion projects'

    Anthony Marinelli is a Partner and Editor at TwoPointO (www.twopoint0.tv), a creative collective of editors. Here, he discusses the importance of taking on the occasional ‘passion project.’

    January 4, 2018

  • Outlook 2018: The price of content security
    Outlook 2018: The price of content security

    Adam Krentzman is the VP, Strategic Planning/US for Fortium (www.fortiumtech.com). The Bridgend, UK-based company is a provider of digital content protection solutions for film, entertainment and broa ...

    January 2, 2018

  • Outlook: The state of cloud computing
    Outlook: The state of cloud computing

    Kevin Baillie is the CEO of Conductor (www.conductortech.com), a company that encourages the use of cloud-based rendering solutions. Here, he details how studios can benefit from the idea of using the ...

    January 10, 2018

  • Primetime: NatGeo's <I>The Long Road Home</I>
    Primetime: NatGeo's The Long Road Home

    Several years after 9/11, with troops deployed in the Middle East, The Long Road Home tells the story of an eight-hour battle in Sadr City, Baghdad, on April 4, 2004 (“Black Sunday”) that followed the ...

    December 18, 2017

  • VFX: <I>Dementia 13</I>
    VFX: Dementia 13

    Jeremy Wanek recently served as the lead VFX artist on NBC/Universal's remake of Dementia 13, Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film. The film centers around a vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, ...

    January 4, 2018

  • VFX: Amazon's <I>The Tick</I>
    VFX: Amazon's The Tick

    NEW YORK CITY — FuseFX is collaborating with Amazon Video to provide VFX for The Tick. The studio is the sole visual effects provider on the series, handling anywhere up to 160 shots per episode. Work ...

    December 11, 2017

Reviews

  • Review: GoPro Hero6
    Review: GoPro Hero6

    When GoPro recently held a launch event, I was admittedly curious about what news they were going to share. Fusion had been announced a few months earlier, with few details, and I was interested in wh ...

    January 26, 2018