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JUL
28
20 HRS

'Lucy': How Sound Design Helped Unlock the Brain

'Lucy': How Sound Design Helped Unlock the Brain

Luc Besson's Lucy — which topped the North American box office this past weekend with a $44 million debut — features Scarlett Johansson as a woman who, accidentally caught in dangerous circumstances involving drugs, gains access to the full potential of her brain.

The visuals include CG images to show the inside of Lucy's brain as it transforms, as well as many images reflecting periods of evolution. This gave sound designer Shannon Mills of Skywalker Sound a wide creative canvas.

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JUL
27
2 DAYS

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Made Using DWA's New Animation Software

'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Made Using DWA's New Animation Software

How To Train Your Dragon 2 marks the first feature created using DreamWorks Animation's new Apollo animation platform, developed and implemented over the course of the past five years. And this topic will be part of a featured session presented by DWA on the acclaimed sequel during Siggraph, the annual CG conference that begins Aug. 10 in Vancouver.

Apollo will now be used on all future DWA productions, including upcoming releases The Penguins of Madagascar and Home.

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JUL
26
2 DAYS

Hollywood Stakeholders Organizing to Support Drones in Production

Hollywood Stakeholders Organizing to Support Drones in Production

Hollywood's aerial filmmaking community is organizing under the newly named Society of Aerial Cinematographers, which kicked off with an education and training event Saturday, held by camera gear provider and training facility AbelCine in Burbank.

Prompted by the growing interest in attaching cameras to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — also referred to as drones — the new group was initiated by aerial cinematography enthusiast Robert Rodriguez, who is also director of technical operations for Technicolor Creative Services.

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JUL
22
6 DAYS

'Boyhood' Editor Sandra Adair Looks Back on 12-Year Production

'Boyhood' Editor Sandra Adair Looks Back on 12-Year Production

Richard Linklater's longtime editor Sandra Adair, whose credits include his Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight films, says she was thrilled when the director approached her about his unique concept for Boyhood, the touching drama about a boy, Mason, as he grows from age six to 18, that was filmed over a 12-year period.

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JUL
22
6 DAYS

Sony PlayStation, Disney Debut Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Collector's Edition

Sony PlayStation, Disney Debut Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Collector's Edition

Sony has teamed up with Disney Interactive to release a Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Collector’s Edition and Playstation bundle, Sony announced Tuesday on the PlayStation blog. They will be available for demos and pre-order this week at Comic-Con.

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JUL
22
7 DAYS

Academy to Explore Advances in Filmmaking Technology and Aviation

Academy to Explore Advances in Filmmaking Technology and Aviation

Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will examine side-by-side advances in filmmaking technology and aviation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' four-evening series, Hollywood Takes to the Air, beginning on Aug. 14.

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JUL
21
1 week

Origin Aiming to Build Working Model For VFX Work

At a time when the footprint of the visual effects business continues to shrink in Los Angeles, Origin Digital Studios launched last March in Burbank with a conservative business model.

Miami-based Lincoln Road Advisors, headed by Eric J. Bertrand, is the primary investor in the company. Its president is Mark Miller an industry vet who is an alum of  companies including Pixomondo, Eden FX and the former Digital Magic.

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JUL
21
1 week

Women in Animation Launches Mentoring Program

The professional nonprofit Women in Animation (WIA) is kicking off a mentoring program.

It's open to WIA members in the Los Angeles area for its initial run, from October through March. Based on the outcome, WIA hopes to expand the program.

The mentoring committee is spearheaded by WIA co-president Kristy Scanlan and committee chair Kaaren Lee Brown. Said Scanlan: “Mentoring is one of the principles at the heart of WIA's mission and vision.”

E-mail: Carolyn.Giardina@THR.com

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JUL
18
1 week

Hollywood Remembers Editor Tom Rolf

Hollywood Remembers Editor Tom Rolf

Hollywood is remembering Tom Rolf, the Academy Award-winning editor of The Right Stuff and dozens of other films who died July 14 at age 82.

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JUL
17
2 WKS

UAV Association Urges FAA to 'Promptly' Allow Drone Use in Movie Production

UAV Association Urges FAA to 'Promptly' Allow Drone Use in Movie Production

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International is getting behind Hollywood's bid to use drones — also called Unmanned Vehicle Systems, or UAVs — in film and TV production. The association has submitted official comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation asserting that "The Federal Aviation Administration should promptly grant [a production] exemption request, look for ways to allow for more commercial use of very small UAS immediately and get on with rule making."

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JUL
16
2 WKS

Tom Rolf, Oscar-Winning Editor of 'The Right Stuff,' Dies at 82

Tom Rolf, Oscar-Winning Editor of 'The Right Stuff,' Dies at 82

Tom Rolf, the Academy Award-winning editor of The Right Stuff and dozens of other films, died July 14 at his home in France from complications following hip surgery. He was 82.

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JUL
15
2 WKS

'Marvel Experience' Taps Director Jerry Rees, VFX Vendors Rhythm & Hues and Prana

'Marvel Experience' Taps Director Jerry Rees, VFX Vendors Rhythm & Hues and Prana

Hero Ventures, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, is gearing up to make The Marvel Experience traveling attraction, teaming with theme park attraction director, producer and writer Jerry Rees, as well as vendors including VFX houses Rhythm & Hues (Life of Pi) and its parent Prana Studios.

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JUL
14
2 WKS

Deluxe Confirms That It Will Support Dolby Vision Mastering

Deluxe Confirms That It Will Support Dolby Vision Mastering

Deluxe has confirmed the whispers that it will offer mastering for Dolby Vision, Dolby’s new format that supports high dynamic range (HDR) imagery, an expanded range between the darkest and brightest images a display can produce.

The Dolby Vision mastering suite is based at Deluxe’s Hollywood Way facility in Burbank and uses FilmLight’s Baselight, a color grading system that is capable of creating Dolby Vision masters. According to Deluxe, these will be used for episodic TV and long-form content.

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JUL
11
2 WKS

'Apes' Director Matt Reeves on Why He Insisted on Creating a 'Caeser-centric' Film (Photos)

'Apes' Director Matt Reeves on Why He Insisted on Creating a 'Caeser-centric' Film (Photos)

One day on the set of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves was blocking a scene with a few of the actors, including Andy Serkis, who plays the movie's simian hero Caesar. "It was an emotional scene, and all we were doing was talking about it," says the director. "I turned to Andy, and he has tears streaming down his face. It took my breath away, because I realized he was already in the scene emotionally."

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