September/October 2021

  • 22-Sep-2021
    September/October 2021
    In this issue:

    - FX on Hulu'sY: The Last Man
    By Marc Loftus

    - Storage Report
    By Tom Coughlin

    - Hulu's Only Murders in the Building
    By Marc Loftus

    - Intrusion director Adam Salky
    By Marc Loftus

    - NFTs
    By Karen Moltenbrey

    - Careers
    Director/designer/animator Diego Coutinho 


  • Director's Chair: <I>Blue Bayou</I> - Justin Chon
    Director's Chair: Blue Bayou - Justin Chon

    Actor-turned-filmmaker Justin Chon is at the front of the new wave of Asian-American filmmakers. The Twilight Saga star took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2017 with his second film, the start ...

    October 8, 2021


  • <I>The French Dispatch</I>: Editor Andrew Weisblum helps Wes Anderson realize his latest vision
    The French Dispatch: Editor Andrew Weisblum helps Wes Anderson realize his latest vision

    Director Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, brings to life a collection of stories from a fictitious middle-American magazine that covers the 20th-century happenings of the imaginary Fre ...

    November 3, 2021

  • Hulu's <I>Only Murders in the Building</I>
    Hulu's Only Murders in the Building

    Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building is a comedic crime drama involving three strangers — all living in the same Upper West Side apartment building — who share an obsession with true crimes. When a gri ...

    October 7, 2021

  • Making FX on Hulu's <I>Y: The Last Man</I>
    Making FX on Hulu's Y: The Last Man

    Y: The Last Man is a new FX on Hulu drama based on the DC Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. After a cataclysmic event decimates nearly every mammal with a Y chromosome, one man and his ...

    October 4, 2021

Web Exclusives

  • <I>Intrusion</I> director Adam Salky
    Intrusion director Adam Salky

    Intrusion is a new Netflix feature that began streaming on September 22nd. Directed by Adam Salky, the film stars Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green as a couple that moves to a small town in New Me ...

    September 23, 2021

  • <I>Invasion</I> director/EP Jakob Verbruggen
    Invasion director/EP Jakob Verbruggen

    Apple TV+ will begin streaming Invasion on October 22nd. The 10-episode science fiction drama is a character-driven series that follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the worl ...

    October 5, 2021

  • <I>Muppets Haunted Mansion</I>: editor Alexandra Amick
    Muppets Haunted Mansion: editor Alexandra Amick

    Disney+ began streaming Muppets Haunted Mansion on October 8th. Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher, the feature was inspired by the Disney Haunted Mansion attractions located at themeparks across the globe. ...

    October 18, 2021

  • <I>Naked Ambition</I>: Stripper's experience inspires live-action short
    Naked Ambition: Stripper's experience inspires live-action short

    Naked Ambition is a 15-minute short from Candice Edwards-Marchrones of CEM Casting, who wrote and stars in the piece, which was inspired by her own experience as a New York City stripper trying to bre ...

    October 18, 2021

  • <I>Nightbooks</I> director David Yarovesky
    Nightbooks director David Yarovesky

    Nightbooks is a new Netflix film from director David Yarovesky. The feature stars Winslow Fegley as Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, who is trapped by an evil witch (Krysten Ritter) in her mag ...

    September 30, 2021

  • <I>Orbital Redux</I>: Shooting a live, interactive sci-fi drama
    Orbital Redux: Shooting a live, interactive sci-fi drama

    Orbital Redux ( is an eight-episode web series set in the year 2050. On another delivery mission to the moon, a washed-up astronaut is stuck with a new trainee that he can’t stand ...

    October 6, 2021

  • <I>The Power of the Dog</I> cinematographer Ari Wegner
    The Power of the Dog cinematographer Ari Wegner

    Netflix’s The Power of the Dog is a feature about a charismatic rancher, who inspires fear and awe in those around him. When Phil Burbank’s brother brings home a new wife and her son, he torments them ...

    November 12, 2021

  • Boston's GBH takes on massive archiving effort
    Boston's GBH takes on massive archiving effort

    Just before the global pandemic hit, public television and radio producer GBH of Boston had embarked on a massive media archive project. Data Expedition, Inc., and Cloudian helped adapt it into a more ...

    October 15, 2021

  • Careers: Director/designer/animator Diego Coutinho
    Careers: Director/designer/animator Diego Coutinho

    Diego Coutinho is a Brazilian director, designer and animator, based in Los Angeles. With a background in graphic design, illustration and mixed-media, his work brings a wide range of artistic craft i ...

    September 22, 2021

  • Careers: VFX artist Fenner Rockliffe
    Careers: VFX artist Fenner Rockliffe

    Growing up in a ski town, watching films like Star Wars and Lord of The Rings, the world of Hollywood (or Hobbiton) seemed like another whole planet. Even as a little kid, I always wanted to “make mov ...

    September 20, 2021

  • Director's Chair: <I>The Protege</I> — Martin Campbell
    Director's Chair: The Protege — Martin Campbell

    Director Martin Campbell long ago established himself as one of the top action directors in the world, with credits that include two critically acclaimed James Bond films. He directed Pierce Brosnan i ...

    October 29, 2021

  • Motion Design: 6 career-building tips
    Motion Design: 6 career-building tips

    Victoria Nece, product manager for Adobe After Effects, recently put together a number of tips that can help graphic designers, illustrators and creatives build on their existing skills and level up t ...

    October 5, 2021

  • Soundtrack: Nat Geo's <I>Genius: Aretha</I>
    Soundtrack: Nat Geo's Genius: Aretha

    National Geographic’s eight-episode series, Genius: Aretha, is the definitive scripted series on the life of ‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin. The dramatized life of the gospel prodigy, outspoken civi ...

    October 20, 2021

  • Soundtrack: Scoring <I>Y: The Last Man</I>
    Soundtrack: Scoring Y: The Last Man

    Composer/songwriter/electronic musician Herdís Stefánsdóttir created the original score for the FX on Hulu series, Y: The Last Man. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Stefánsdóttir graduated from New York Un ...

    October 1, 2021

  • Soundtrack: Scoring Netflix's <I>Maya and the Three</I>
    Soundtrack: Scoring Netflix's Maya and the Three

    Maya and the Three is a new animated series that will be shown on Netflix in nine chapters. The project was created by Jorge R. Gutiérrez (El Tigre, The Book of Life) and is set in a fictional fantasy ...

    October 21, 2021

  • VFX: <I>No Time To Die</I>
    VFX: No Time To Die

    Cinesite (, in London, delivered several visual effects sequences for No Time To Die, the 25th instalment in the James Bond film series. The feature is the ninth James Bond film for which ...

    October 25, 2021

  • VFX: Digital Domain creates nearly 250 shots for <I>Shang-Chi</I>
    VFX: Digital Domain creates nearly 250 shots for Shang-Chi

    LOS ANGELES – In Marvel Studios’ latest feature film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the film’s antagonist Wenwu (Tony Leung) is unlike most of the villains seen in the Marvel Cinematic Un ...

    October 1, 2021

  • VFX: Netflix's <I>Outer Banks</I>
    VFX: Netflix's Outer Banks

    The Netflix teen drama Outer Banks is set in North Carolina, where wealth splits the community of seasonal residents and working-class locals. Season 2 debuted in late July and features visual effects ...

    September 15, 2021

  • VFX: RSP builds Ta Lo environment for <I>Shang-Chi</I>
    VFX: RSP builds Ta Lo environment for Shang-Chi

    ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA — For Marvel Studios’ latest project, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Rising Sun Pictures delivered nearly 300 visual effects shots. The project is the studio’s fi ...

    September 30, 2021

  • Workflow: Visual Data improves color correction & QC suite
    Workflow: Visual Data improves color correction & QC suite

    At Visual Data one of our core services is content preparation for distribution platforms, primarily OTT and streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and others, as well as European distributors.

    September 29, 2021