November/December 2021

  • 7-Dec-2021
    November/December 2021
    In This Issue:

    - Madame X
    Making Madonna's new Paramount+ concert feature

    - Editing: The French Dispatch
    Andrew Weisblum, ACE, helps Wes Anderson realize his latest creative vision

    - Outlook 2022
    Pros from throughout the industry look at how COVID is changing post production

    - Directors SWOT
     Joe Wright, Reinaldo Marcus Green, Mike Mills & Sean Baker weigh in on the future of filmmaking 

    - Review
    Blackmagic Design's Fairlight Desktop Console

    ...and much more!

Features

  • <I>Madame X</I>: Making Madonna's Paramount+ concert film
    Madame X: Making Madonna's Paramount+ concert film

    Madame X is a new concert film that captures the live experience of Madonna’s latest tour. Shot in Lisbon, Portugal, and Paris, France, the film is a combination of singing, dancing, moving set pieces ...

    December 22, 2021

  • Animation: Disney's <I>Encanto</I>
    Animation: Disney's Encanto

    Home is where the heart is, but for the Madrigals, the focus of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ (WDAS’) 60th feature film, Encanto, home is where the magic happens.

    January 7, 2022

  • Outlook: Audio post in 2022
    Outlook: Audio post in 2022

    The MPSE hosted several virtual events in 2021, including our 68th Golden Reel Awards ceremony. It was a huge success and attended by sound editors and many others around the globe. But, as much fun a ...

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: Making virtual production a reality
    Outlook: Making virtual production a reality

    Virtual production using LED screens has rapidly gone from a pioneering specialty to a mainstream technique. But the experience has not always been smooth, with the LED screen often being a fixed poin ...

    December 7, 2021

  • Outlook: MetaHuman Creator and the future of digital humans
    Outlook: MetaHuman Creator and the future of digital humans

    For as long as I’ve been in the VFX industry, creating photorealistic digital humans has always been one of the hardest challenges. Though incredible progress has been made, this type of work is still ...

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: Navigating the pandemic and adapting remote workflows
    Outlook: Navigating the pandemic and adapting remote workflows

    If you had told me in March of 2020 that our studios would remain mostly empty for 18 months and we would still be in business, I would have bet against that. And, thankfully, I would have been wrong.

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: Optimism for the year ahead
    Outlook: Optimism for the year ahead

    During the pandemic, post production was challenged to make swift technological changes to how we and the people we support work. People adapted to working from home, which for many has become a forev ...

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: Pandemic-era evolutions will drive M&E innovation
    Outlook: Pandemic-era evolutions will drive M&E innovation

    The media and entertainment (M&E) industry is one driven by innovation and creative problem solving, traits that are essential in difficult times, especially during a global pandemic. When it beca ...

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: Tackling unstructured data pains in post
    Outlook: Tackling unstructured data pains in post

    The amount of data created in the next three years is projected to exceed the volume of data from the last three decades, according to an IDC report. This explosive growth is fueled, in part, by the o ...

    December 7, 2021

  • Outlook: The creative editorial boom continues in 2022
    Outlook: The creative editorial boom continues in 2022

    At the start of the COVID lockdown, surrounded by a fortress of all the G-Drives I could fit into an Uber when I fled my Manhattan office, the thought of more work than I could handle seemed impossibl ...

    December 7, 2021

  • Outlook: The future of the cloud in content production
    Outlook: The future of the cloud in content production

    The events of the last two years have transformed our personal and professional lives, challenging us to find new paths to continue moving forward. For many in the content-production industry, this tr ...

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: The state of open source in VFX & animation
    Outlook: The state of open source in VFX & animation

    The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) was established in 2018 in partnership between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Linux Foundation with the aim of serving as a neutral fo ...

    December 7, 2021

  • Outlook: What the shift to remote work means for secure content protection
    Outlook: What the shift to remote work means for secure content protection

    For many artists and studios unaccustomed to remote workflows, 2020 was a year of trial and error. In 2021, the focus shifted from remote workflow adoption to optimization, a trend that will continue ...

    December 13, 2021

Web Exclusives

  • <I>Arcane</I>: Editors Lawrence Gan &  Ernesto Matamoros-Cox
    Arcane: Editors Lawrence Gan & Ernesto Matamoros-Cox

    The editing duo of Lawrence Gan and Ernesto Matamoros-Cox recently worked on Arcane (https://arcane.com), Riot Games’ flagship animated series, based on the global game phenomenon “League of Legends”.

    December 9, 2021

  • <I>Being the Ricardos</I>: Composer Daniel Pemberton
    Being the Ricardos: Composer Daniel Pemberton

    Daniel Pemberton is the composer behind the new Amazon Studios film Being the Ricardos. Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film stars Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arn ...

    January 4, 2022

  • Animation: <I>The Spine of Night</I>
    Animation: The Spine of Night

    The Spine of Night is an independently-animated film, produced and drawn frame-by-frame by a small team of animators. Inspired by the fantasy genre of the 1970s, but not based on any specific work, th ...

    January 19, 2022

  • Animation: Disney-Pixar's <I>Luca</I>
    Animation: Disney-Pixar's Luca

    We all know someone in our life who pushes us beyond our comfort zone, to try new things, even when that little voice inside our head tells us we can’t or we shouldn’t. Enrico Casarosa, director of Di ...

    December 16, 2021

  • Animation: Sony Pictures' <I>The Mitchells vs. the Machines</I>
    Animation: Sony Pictures' The Mitchells vs. the Machines

    Perhaps it is ironic that complex 3D technology was used to create The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated feature about a Luddite father who utilizes his low-tech natural skills to save his famil ...

    December 16, 2021

  • Capturing <I>WandaVision</I>'s production sound
    Capturing WandaVision's production sound

    As the production world becomes more dynamic, distinguishing which details deserve attention is paramount to maintaining the authenticity of a performance. This level of expectation goes for audio jus ...

    December 9, 2021

  • Director's Chair: Joe Wright — <I>Cyrano</I>
    Director's Chair: Joe Wright — Cyrano

    British director/producer Joe Wright first grabbed Hollywood’s attention with his debut film, 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, which won a raft of awards and four Oscar nominations. He followed that up w ...

    January 5, 2022

  • Outlook: 2022, the year of virtual production
    Outlook: 2022, the year of virtual production

    There is no question that 2022 will be the year of virtual production. Although the pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated awareness around virtual production (VP) technology and workflows, it also made ...

    December 21, 2021

  • Outlook: A 2022 resolution to be 'lighter weight'
    Outlook: A 2022 resolution to be 'lighter weight'

    The notion of moving away from expensive, custom solutions with multi-year buildouts and vendor lock-in isn’t new. What appears to be new going into 2022 is much faster movement away from that model t ...

    December 10, 2021

  • Outlook: Eyes stray further from the wide screen
    Outlook: Eyes stray further from the wide screen

    Quick, take out your phone. Now snap a picture of this screen. What direction was your phone pointing?

    December 13, 2021

  • Outlook: From NFTs to advanced Zoom collaboration
    Outlook: From NFTs to advanced Zoom collaboration

    2021 was a landmark year, filled with remaining uncertainty about the pandemic and how our industry would adjust accordingly. We have all been incredibly resourceful, resilient and flexible the past y ...

    January 3, 2022

  • Outlook: Studios will continue to refine production pipelines
    Outlook: Studios will continue to refine production pipelines

    Over the course of 2020 and 2021, studios and artists have had to adapt to the new normal of remote and hybrid work environments. The idea of this was unsettling to some from a productivity, IT, logis ...

    January 6, 2022

  • Outlook: The evolving business model
    Outlook: The evolving business model

    Over the past year, remote work has become a permanent fixture of post production. Many artists like the flexibility of working from home, and clients have grown to accept it. Prior to the pandemic, i ...

    January 5, 2022

  • Outlook: The new normal
    Outlook: The new normal

    We’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster the past year and a half, and not just those of us in post production, but people in every industry. It’s been a little scary, but it’s also been a time for re ...

    December 7, 2021

  • Outlook: The shift to volumetric video
    Outlook: The shift to volumetric video

    Over the next few years, the nature of how we view video is going to change. In fact, it’s already begun. For decades, the evolution of video has been fairly linear: Updates have brought crisper image ...

    December 21, 2021

  • Outlook: Three trends to watch
    Outlook: Three trends to watch

    Three key trends we’ll see in 2022 are that content will remain king, teams that effectively work and collaborate remotely will win the content race, and we’ll continue to see the benefits of shared s ...

    December 22, 2021

  • Outlook: Why media productions should spotlight sustainability in 2022
    Outlook: Why media productions should spotlight sustainability in 2022

    As you binge watched your favorite TV show last weekend, the carbon footprint of its production was probably the last thing on your mind. However, given the current global climate emergency, it’s no s ...

    December 21, 2021

  • Parsec helps London's Storm go remote
    Parsec helps London's Storm go remote

    Before the onset of the pandemic, working from home was not so “workable” for one particular category of professionals: post production creatives. This is because editors, finishing editors and motion ...

    December 15, 2021

  • Polish short <I>The Dress</I> qualifies for Oscar consideration
    Polish short The Dress qualifies for Oscar consideration

    Tadeusz Lysiak’s live-action short The Dress (Sukienka) won an Oscar-qualifying award at the 2021 Atlanta Film Festival. The 30-minute Polish film focuses on a woman with dwarfism, Julia, who works as ...

    December 8, 2021

  • Short: <I>Like the Ones I Used to Know</I>
    Short: Like the Ones I Used to Know

    Annie St-Pierre’s live-action short film Like the Ones I Used to Know (Les Grandes Claques) focuses on a father who goes to his former in-laws’ house to collect his children on Christmas Eve. The shor ...

    December 16, 2021