January/February 2021

  • 12-Jan-2021
    January/February 2021
    In This Issue:

    - Filmmaking: One Night In Miami...
    Oscar-winner Regina King directs her first feature

    - Soundtrack: Shawn Mendes — In Wonder
    Composer/music editor Shie Rozow details his work on the Netflix music documentary

    - Director's Chair: The Stand showrunner/producer Benjamin Cavell
    Reimagining Stephen King's classic novel for CBS All Access


  • <I>The Stand</I>: Showrunner/producer Benjamin Cavell
    The Stand: Showrunner/producer Benjamin Cavell

    Talk about timely. When Stephen King’s 1978 novel “The Stand”, a story of a world brought to its knees by a lethal pandemic nicknamed “Captain Trips”, first hit the bestseller lists, no one could have ...

    January 28, 2021

  • Filmmaking: <I>One Night In Miami...</I> director Regina King
    Filmmaking: One Night In Miami... director Regina King

    Set in 1964, One Night In Miami… is a fictional imagining of the historic night that brought together four legends of black sports, entertainment and activism. On February 25th of that year, Cassius C ...

    February 8, 2021

  • Graphics: <I>The Social Dilemma</i>
    Graphics: The Social Dilemma

    Poignant, chilling and more relevant than ever today, the award-winning documentary The Social Dilemma turned a global spotlight on the addictiveness of social media and its role in radicalizing users ...

    February 4, 2021

  • Object Storage: Better monetizing content by transitioning from tape
    Object Storage: Better monetizing content by transitioning from tape

    Media and entertainment companies derive significant recurring revenue through old content. From traditional television syndication to YouTube uploads, this content can be distributed and monetized in ...

    April 22, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Ma Rainey's Black Bottom</I>
    Soundtrack: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    The opening moments of George C. Wolfe’s new adaptation of the August Wilson play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” take place in the deep South. Crickets and barking dogs overtake the soundtrack as a pair o ...

    February 3, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>The Trial of the Chicago 7</I>
    Soundtrack: The Trial of the Chicago 7

    In August of 1968, thousands of protestors gathered in Chicago’s Grant Park to demonstrate against the Vietnam War. Concerned that the protests would disturb the Democratic National Convention going o ...

    February 19, 2021

  • VFX: HBO's <I>The Flight Attendant</I>
    VFX: HBO's The Flight Attendant

    HBO’s The Flight Attendant is a dark, comedic thriller based on the novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian. The series stars Kaley Cuoco as flight attendant Cassie Bowden, who wakes up in her Bangk ...

    January 29, 2021

Web Exclusives

  • Animation: CG short <I>Windup</I> showcases music's healing power
    Animation: CG short Windup showcases music's healing power

    SAN FRANCISCO — Windup is an animated short by Chinese filmmaker Yibing Jiang that showcases how music can provide healing powers. The project centers on a father, who tries to communicate with his un ...

    February 3, 2021

  • Careers: Composer Virginia Kilbertus
    Careers: Composer Virginia Kilbertus

    Virginia Kilbertus is an award-winning composer working in the film and television industries. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from McGill University, where she graduated with a citation ...

    March 1, 2021

  • Color Grading: Amazon's <I>Uncle Frank</I>
    Color Grading: Amazon's Uncle Frank

    LOS ANGELES – Technicolor’s Andrew Francis handled the color grade for the 2020 Sundance hit Uncle Frank, from filmmaker Alan Ball. The feature, which recently premiered on Amazon, is set in the late ...

    February 9, 2021

  • Diversity: Let Hollywood stories be told by the people who have lived them
    Diversity: Let Hollywood stories be told by the people who have lived them

    For Latinos to succeed in Hollywood, they face a catch-22. Imagine you're a young Latino and for your entire life, you have loved film and dreamed of being in it in some capacity: either behind the ca ...

    February 2, 2021

  • Dubbing: Are subtitles the secret to editing foreign language content?
    Dubbing: Are subtitles the secret to editing foreign language content?

    When the world remembers 2020, it’s unlikely that the Academy Awards will spring to mind. They’d barely finished rolling up the (soggy) red carpet when COVID-19 commanded our attention, and we thought ...

    March 2, 2021

  • Filmmaking: <I>Da Yie</I>
    Filmmaking: Da Yie

    Anthony Nti’s Da Yie shares a story of two African children who, unknowingly, are on their way to being abducted. The African film has been accepted into more than 140 film festivals and is now shortl ...

    February 23, 2021

  • Filmmaking: <I>Love Sarah</I> director Eliza Schroeder
    Filmmaking: Love Sarah director Eliza Schroeder

    Eliza Schroeder’s new film Love Sarah makes its US debut on January 15th. The film marks Schroeder’s feature directorial debut, following a string of successful shorts and commercials.

    January 14, 2021

  • Filmmaking: <I>White Eye</I>
    Filmmaking: White Eye

    Director Tomer Shushan's White Eye has been shortlisted for the 2021 Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category. The 20-minute Israeli production shows the harsh realities of undocumented i ...

    February 22, 2021

  • Filmmaking: Goldcrest Post completes <I>The Forty-Year-Old Version</I>
    Filmmaking: Goldcrest Post completes The Forty-Year-Old Version

    NEW YORK CITY — Now streaming on Netflix, writer/director Radha Blank’s debut feature The Forty-Year-Old Version is the semi-autobiographical tale of a struggling black playwright who, pressured by he ...

    February 10, 2021

  • Fox turns to Open Storage for scoring stage
    Fox turns to Open Storage for scoring stage

    The Newman Scoring Stage on the Fox Studio premises in Los Angeles is one of the oldest large-scale scoring facilities in Los Angeles - and the world. Built in the early 20th century, it is named afte ...

    March 8, 2021

  • Indie Filmmaking: <I>Tulsa</I>
    Indie Filmmaking: Tulsa

    Atlanta-based production company Pryor Entertainment (pryorentertaiment.com) specializes in creating films that inspire, empower and educate. The company is run by Scott Pryor, a trial lawyer, and his ...

    February 26, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Nomadland</i>
    Soundtrack: Nomadland

    Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland follows Fern (Frances McDormand), a woman who packs her van and sets off on the road following the economic collapse of her rural Nevada town. Fern’s journey explores life outsi ...

    March 3, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Shawn Mendes — In Wonder</I>
    Soundtrack: Shawn Mendes — In Wonder

    Netflix’s Shawn Mendes — In Wonder is a new documentary about the musician in which he opens up about his stardom, relationships and musical future, all while on a world tour. The feature runs one hou ...

    January 12, 2021