May/June 2021

  • 7-Jun-2021
    May/June 2021
    In This Issue:

    Godzilla, Kong and Mechagodzilla face off in epic battles
    By Marc Loftus & Karen Moltenbrey 

    The latest powerhouses for post production workflows
    By Marc Loftus

    The Underground Railroad’s Barry Jenkins
    By Iain Blair

    Art Confidential
    By Marc Loftus

    Nugen Audio’s Paragon 
    By Fernando Richard, & Ivan Markovic

    ...and much more!


  • Review: Nugen Audio's Paragon
    Review: Nugen Audio's Paragon

    Formed in the early, pre-COVID days of 2020, Immersive Audio Solutions (IAS) is a Dolby Atmos-approved studio based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Founded together with our partner/sound designer Francis ...

    June 7, 2021


  • VFX: <I>Godzilla vs. Kong</I>
    VFX: Godzilla vs. Kong

    The clash between mega-monsters King Kong and Godzilla began on-screen in the 1960s, three decades after the colossal ape made his movie debut. Back then, the beasts were played by actors in full-body ...

    June 7, 2021

  • Workstations

    Workstation manufacturers are taking advantage of the latest chips — be it from Intel, AMD, or in Apple’s case, their own M1 — to create powerful solutions for work in media & entertainment. The C ...

    June 8, 2021

Web Exclusives

  • <I>Secrets of the Whales</I>: Composer Raphaelle Thibaut
    Secrets of the Whales: Composer Raphaelle Thibaut

    Secrets of the Whales, from National Geographic, takes viewers deep into the epicenter of whale culture to experience the communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale s ...

    June 10, 2021

  • <I>The Underground Railroad</I>: VFX supervisor Dottie Starling
    The Underground Railroad: VFX supervisor Dottie Starling

    Director Barry Jenkins’ latest project for Amazon Prime Video is an adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s slavery epic "The Underground Railroad". The ten episode limited series chronicles the desperate jo ...

    June 8, 2021

  • Audio Post: The evolution of remote workflows
    Audio Post: The evolution of remote workflows

    It’s not hyperbolic to say that COVID-19 changed everything. Live events and entertainment took particularly heavy hits — major motion pictures were delayed or scrapped altogether. Some projects trans ...

    June 30, 2021

  • CG: EA's <I>Battlefield 2042</I> reveal trailer
    CG: EA's Battlefield 2042 reveal trailer

    REDWOOD CITY, CA — Electronic Arts Inc. ( and Dice have announced the upcoming launch of Battlefield 2042, a new, first-person shooter set for release later this year. A new cinematic ...

    June 11, 2021

  • Editing: <I>False Positive</I>
    Editing: False Positive

    Editor Jon Philpot recently cut director John Lee’s new feature False Positive, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now streaming on Hulu. The dramatic thriller stars Ilana Glazer as Lu ...

    July 2, 2021

  • Editing: <I>India Sweets and Spices</I>
    Editing: India Sweets and Spices

    India Sweets and Spices is a coming-of-age film from writer/director Geeta Malik, about a college freshman - Alia - who returns home for the summer and discovers secrets and lies in her parents' past. ...

    June 25, 2021

  • Editing: <I>No Man of God</I>
    Editing: No Man of God

    Editor Patrick Nelson Barnes recently cut the film No Man of God, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Directed by Amber Sealey, the film stars Elijah Wood as FBI analyst Bil ...

    June 23, 2021

  • Editing: Bitchin': <I>The Sound and Fury of Rick James</I>
    Editing: Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James

    Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The documentary profiles legendary funk/R&B icon Rick James, looking at the highs and lo ...

    June 28, 2021

  • Konsonant music applies 'sonic activism' to five Tribeca films
    Konsonant music applies 'sonic activism' to five Tribeca films

    Konsonant Music (, which makes a point of supporting projects that promote positivity, peace, equality and diversity through ‘sonic activism’, contributed to five films that screened ...

    June 22, 2021

  • Review: Velocity Micro ProMagix HD80A
    Review: Velocity Micro ProMagix HD80A

    When I decided to do a review on the ProMagix HD80A computer by Velocity Micro, I realized that it is tricky to do a review on a totally-customizable, high-end desktop computer. The review machine is ...

    June 10, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>American Murder: The Family Next Door</I>
    Soundtrack: American Murder: The Family Next Door

    London-based composer Nainita Desai recently crafted the original score for the Netflix true-crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door. The project is one Netflix’s most watched document ...

    June 14, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Ginny & Georgia</I>
    Soundtrack: Ginny & Georgia

    Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia just aired its first season. The family drama centers on the free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, who move north in search of a fresh start in New En ...

    June 14, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Immigration Nation</I>
    Soundtrack: Immigration Nation

    Composer Jeremy Turner created the original score for the six-part Netflix documentary series Immigration Nation. The series, from Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, offers a nuanced view of the ong ...

    June 14, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Poser</I>
    Soundtrack: Poser

    Ori Segev and Noah Dixon are known for their work on music videos, shorts and documentaries. They made their feature debut with Poser, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York ...

    June 23, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>The Queen's Gambit</I>
    Soundtrack: The Queen's Gambit

    Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit follows the life of Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), an orphan who rises to the top of the chess world while struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. Set in the 1950s an ...

    June 15, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Tom and Jerry in New York</I>
    Soundtrack: Tom and Jerry in New York

    Keith Baxter and Greg Sims are the musical duo behind the new HBO Max animated series Tom and Jerry in New York, which premiered on July 1st. Baxter is a director, songwriter, story artist and guitari ...

    July 12, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Warrior</I>
    Soundtrack: Warrior

    Warrior is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, the first ...

    June 14, 2021

  • Soundtrack: <I>Your Honor</I>
    Soundtrack: Your Honor

    Showtime’s 10-episode legal thriller Your Honor stars Bryan Cranston as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan) is involved in a hit-and-run. The inciden ...

    June 14, 2021

  • Soundtrack: Netflix's <I>Trinkets</I>
    Soundtrack: Netflix's Trinkets

    In Netflix’s Trinkets, three teenage girls find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, where they form an unlikely friendship. The show stars grieving misfit Elodie (Brianna Hi ...

    July 12, 2021

  • Streaming: Disney+'s <I>The Falcon and The Winter Soldier</I>
    Streaming: Disney+'s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

    In Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities and their patience. Accordi ...

    June 14, 2021