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Formosa Group Adding Sound Pros, Taking Over POP Sound Space

Postproduction sound company Formosa Group is opening a base at the Santa Monica facility formerly known as POP Sound and additionally hiring some of its former sound pros. POP Sound was part of postproduction sound business Todd-Soundelux, which closed last month, not long after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Formosa Group was still negotiating contracts at press time, but said it plans to hire roughly 10, a combination of sound postproduction professionals and some additional staff.

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Martin Scorsese Speaks Out in Support of Keeping Kodak Film Alive

Martin Scorsese Speaks Out in Support of Keeping Kodak Film Alive

Calling Kodak's decision to continue its production of film stock a "positive one," director Martin Scorsese said "our industry — our filmmakers — rallied behind Kodak because we knew that we couldn't afford to lose them, the way we've lost so many other film stocks."

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How Spike Jonze's Films Come Together in Editing

How Spike Jonze's Films Come Together in Editing

Editor Eric Zumbrunnen — whose longtime collaboration with Spike Jonze started in music videos and most recently included Her — got a big laugh during American Cinema Editors' EditFest LA.

He joked that the stages of editing included " 'It's going to be amazing.'; 'I don't know what I can do with this.' 'What if everyone finds out I'm a fraud?' 'Damn the deadline'; and finally, the 'I'm a genius' point."

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'The Voice,' 'Duck Dynasty' Editors on Big Challenges, Crafting Stories

'The Voice,' 'Duck Dynasty' Editors on Big Challenges, Crafting Stories

American Cinema Editors’ annual EditFest L.A. program kicked off with a session focused on non-scripted TV — what moderator Jason Rosenfield (Law & Order: Crime & Punishment) reported has been the fastest-growing genre in TV for the past decade, now constituting roughly 25 percent of primetime.

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'Sharknado 2:' Behind the Visual Effects of 'The Second One'

'Sharknado 2:' Behind the Visual Effects of 'The Second One'

The visual effects team at Burbank’s The Asylum were back in the shark tank with Sharknado 2: The Second One, having previously completed the tornadoes and flying sharks for the original.

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"If it didn't look real, it wouldn't be funny," said VFX supervisor Emile Smith of their aim.

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Michael Apted Gives ‘Bending the Light' Doc a Human Touch for Canon (Video)

Michael Apted Gives ‘Bending the Light' Doc a Human Touch for Canon (Video)

Director Michael Apted — whose work has spanned features such as the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and documentaries including the Up series — turns the camera on photographers and their lenses in his new documentary, Bending the Light, which is scheduled to premiere this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.

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JUL
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Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams Win Studio Bailout Plan to Save Kodak Film

Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams Win Studio Bailout Plan to Save Kodak Film

Troubled Kodak has all but finalized a deal with the major Hollywood studios that will allow film to remain alive in certain instances, at least for the near future.

“After extensive discussions with filmmakers, leading studios and others who recognize the unique artistic and archival qualities of film, we intend to continue production. Kodak thanks these industry leaders for their support and ingenuity in finding a way to extend the life of film," Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said in a statement Wednesday.

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'Lucy:' How VFX House ILM 'Surprised' Luc Besson With the Visuals

'Lucy:' How VFX House ILM 'Surprised' Luc Besson With the Visuals

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Lucy.]

To create the unique visual effects for sci-fi action film Lucy — which topped the North American box office this past weekend with a $44 million debut — director Luc Besson started by working with the film's VFX supervisor, Nicholas Brooks.

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Kodak, Studios Negotiating Last-Ditch Effort to Keep Film in Hollywood

Kodak, Studios Negotiating Last-Ditch Effort to Keep Film in Hollywood

Iconic film manufacturer Kodak is in negotiations with all of the major studios to make a last-ditch deal to keep celluloid alive as its use faces a steep decline in the motion picture and TV industry, much of which has shifted to capturing images digitally.

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MPAA, Aerospace Industries Urge FAA to Support Drone Use in Production

MPAA, Aerospace Industries Urge FAA to Support Drone Use in Production

The Motion Picture Association of America and Aerospace Industries Association are urging the Federal Aviation Administration to support the use of drones — also known as small Unmanned Aircraft Systems — in film production, warning that without its support, the country's technical advantage in this area could be "short lived."

There's been growing interest in attaching cameras to unmanned aircrafts for film and TV production, but the FAA currently regulates their use in U.S. airspace.

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'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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'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
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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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'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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