Noting that “like everyone else here, I’m the dreamer,” George Lucas accepted the rare distinction of honorary membership in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers at the society's annual awards ceremony Thursday night.
Mitch Singer, president of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem consortium behind UltraViolet, warned the Hollywood studios that they might not want to “rush to produce a lot of 4K content. [They may also] soon be producing HDR (high dynamic range).
"The question is how to monetize the content," he added. "My feeling is it’s going to be challenging for the studios.”
Burbank-headquartered postproduction house Modern VideoFilm (The Book of Life, Whiplash), which has been the subject of much speculation since it severed its relationship with longtime CEO Moshe Barkat and CFO Hugh Miller last month, has set up a new management team and its board has "no plan to sell" the company.
It's not unusual for department heads to be hired onto features at different times, but these productions can benefit — creatively and likely with cost savings — if they join forces at the same time so that they can get involved, plan and collaborate, starting in prepro. That was the message of a panel at the Visual Effects Society Production Summit.
Marvel "wants to make movies in L.A.," asserted the studio's executive vp of visual effects and postproduction Victoria Alonso, when asked about the recently passed bill to increase tax incentives for filming in California.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will receive the Philo. T. Farnsworth Award for its impact on TV technology and engineering during the Television Academy’s 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards.
Daniel Seah, current CEO of visual effects company Digital Domain, has been promoted to the position of executive director and CEO of its parent company, Digital Domain Holdings Limited, which is traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
As head of Digital Domain Holdings (previously Sun Innovation) Seah effectively has more authority to broker new ventures, co-productions or other such deals. He will also continue as CEO at Digital Domain, a position he started in July 2013 when the VFX business was sold to Sun.
Three influential production designers – John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler – will be inducted posthumously into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame at the guild’s 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony Jan. 31 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
A group of Hollywood visual effects pros that have dubbed themselves the “digital human league" are trying to raise the bar in what we think of as synthetic humans — and they aim to get their work out in early 2015.
Robert Seidel, vp engineering and advanced technology at CBS, has been elected president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1.
SMPTE is a global society for the engineering community, and its work involves setting global technical standards that support the motion picture and TV industries. Currently work includes the areas of high dynamic range and immersive sound.