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Making a Pig Splash Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, which opens in the UK on March 26th 2010, is the sequel to the hugely successful (over $120m internationally) 2005 family hit, Nanny McPhee. As with the first film, Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and also stars as the eponymous child minder. ...Read More »
Cut + Run's Williams and Swietlik Edit Carl Rinsch' Film " Podarok" for Philips Cinema's Parallel Lines Project This morning Philips debuted five innovative and compelling films that comprise "Parallel Lines" a project commissioned for Philips Cinema 21:9 TV. Among them is the dazzling, cinematic thriller "Podarok" which was written and directed by RSA's Carl Erik Rinsch and edited by Cut + Run's Dayn Williams and Dan Swietlik. ...Read More »
A Non-Blizzard Doesn't Keep Lit Post From Its Appointed Snow Job Much to the consternation of millions of people, the U.S. was hit last winter by a series of bone-chilling blizzards. But for Frozen, a feature film about three skiers stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death, a snowstorm was what was exactly called for to make the peril complete. Plans were dashed, however, when the weather turned uncooperative and the film had literally no budget to create the demanding visual effects in post. ...Read More »
QLab in Mumbai: Five SCRATCH Systems for High-End DI and Training India's QLab turned to SCRATCH when its existing DI system ran into "issues". The experience was so good, the company now has five SCRATCH systems deployed across its DI/photochemical lab and burgeoning Digital Film School training facility. ...Read More »
Kommitted Takes Continental Airlines Around The World in 30 Seconds, via Kaplan Thaler Kommitted Director Nathan McGuinness, in collaboration with the VFX pros at Asylum and the Kaplan Thaler Group, lensed a recent :30 promoting the ease of travel on Continental Airlines. ...Read More »
Hybrid Production Boutique DETOX Launches with Integrated Campaign for Henson Alternative DETOX, a brand-new hybrid production boutique in New York, has officially launched. Headed by Founder/Creative Director Barney Miller, alongside experienced industry pros Rachelle Way, Head of Production, and Alice Mintzer, Creative Development, DETOX features a roster of top creative and emerging talent whose professional backgrounds span the spectrum of production and post. ...Read More »
Cinefilm DI in SCRATCH for NFocus Indie Feature While many corporate and commercial production companies dream of making a feature film, a Lakeland, Florida team brought their dream into focus, befitting a company named NFocus. To create its first feature, Endure (2010), NFocus used the latest digital cinema technologies -- the RED ONE(tm) 4K Digital Camera for the shoot and ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH(r) Digital 4K Workflow at Cinefilm in Atlanta, GA for the post production. ...Read More »
Absolute Helps Stride Keep Secrets For JWT Some things are best left unsaid. JWT NY and Director Jack Cole of Pulse Films London tapped Absolute and Lead Flame Artist Daniel Morris to send this message with a hilarious :30 promoting the secret flavor of Stride Gum's new Mega Mystery brand. ...Read More »
FuseFX Taps Nuke For Extensive VFX on Showtime's "United States of Tara" When Burbank-based visual effects studio FuseFX began working on the new season of Showtime's "United States of Tara," it turned to Nuke, The Foundry's powerful compositing application, to facilitate the extensive green screen effects required for a series about a woman with a multiple personality disorder. ...Read More »
Anonymous Pumps Out Lexus Hybrid Spot for Team One Anonymous Content Director Andrew Douglas, via Team One, recently completed a compelling :60 promoting Lexus' line of hybrid vehicles. The spot is a masterpiece of choreography and a beautiful ode to the luxury car maker's foresight. ...Read More »
Loyalkaspar Teams With Agency Brooklyn Brothers For Cable Provider Insight Communication's Ten-Spot Branding Campaign When ad agency The Brooklyn Brothers approached New York-based design and story-driven creative engagement studio, Loyalkaspar, about collaborating on a campaign for Insight Communication, the U.S's ninth largest cable operator (serving the Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana areas), they knew it would be a test on a number of levels. Not only was the idea creatively challenging, but given the project's budget restrictions it would also force them to rethink how to achieve the spectacular results the concept demanded. ...Read More »
"The Exploding Girl" Premiere Set for March 12 Award winning drama, The Exploding Girl (2010), starring Zoe Kazan of Revolutionary Road, makes its theatrical premiere on March 12 at New York City's Landmark Sunshine Theater. Working on a typically tight indie budget and schedule, the filmmaker's challenge was to get the highest quality feature at the lowest possible cost. ...Read More »
Calabash Animation animates Captain Night Night for Frosted Cheerios By John Virata Calabash Animation just completed animation work for Frosted Cheerios that brings to animated life Captain Night Night, a zany wrestling character that spends his time trying to jostle a live action teenager back to bed. As the teen tries to get out of bed, Captain Night Night tries to wrestle him back to bed. ...Read More »
Asylum and Smuggler Change Life Into Art for Samsung Mobile Asylum Design CD Simon Cassels, in collaboration with Smuggler directing team The Guard Brothers via Leo Burnett, Chicago, handled post, VFX, design and animation on an imaginative spot promoting the Android-powered Samsung Behold(r) II mobile phone. The :30 advertisement, Graphic Artist, continues Samsung Mobile's overarching campaign to show off the innovative and practical uses for their smart phones in everyday life. ...Read More »
INTERspectacular Brings Bold Back to BET BET has a new look, thanks to the creative genius of INTERspectacular. It is bright, bold, and exudes confidence just like the popular programming from the ever-expanding cable network. ...Read More »
Joachim Back's The New Tenants Wins Oscar - VFX by SMNY Joachim Back's The New Tenants took home an Oscar last night in the best Live-Action Short category. With VFX and Finishing courtesy of Smoke & Mirrors New York (SMNY), The New Tenants tells the terrifying story of two men who move into an apartment and discover its cursed history through a disturbed cast of neighbors. ...Read More »
Asylum Bursts Through a Wall to Save Money for Priceline Customers Asylum working with @radical.media Director Steve Miller via Butler, Shine, and Stern, handled the post and FX for the latest in Priceline's well-regarded faux-superhero Priceline Negotiator campaign. ...Read More »
Superfad Directs Colorful Vision in " Eye Candy" for Sony BRAVIA HDTV Superfad's new in-store campaign for Sony is a startlingly beautiful and surreal homage to Sony's global brand message of "make.believe" and a tribute to the pleasure of "Eye Candy". Unfolding in three parts, "Birth of Color," "Explosion of Color," and "Release of Color," the project was directed and produced by Superfad and will be seen in stores and trade shows throughout the world. ...Read More »
Smoke & Mirrors Teaches R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Ogilvy Smoke & Mirrors New York (SMNY) Lead VFX/Inferno Artist Nic Seresin, in collaboration with Ogilvy, and Smith & Jones Director Ulf Johansson, created the post and VFX for a hysterical Capri Sun campaign. In each of the four :30s, SMNY playfully transforms a child into an animal or object, showcasing the studio's ability to seamlessly manipulate live-action footage with VFX. ...Read More »
Absolute Dazzles With New Sundance Channel Spot Starring Famous Skater Johnny Weir To support the launch of Sundance Channel's newest series, Be Good Johnny Weir, the network designed a promo concept and secured Absolute Post and @radical.media's Matthew Rolston to create the dazzling spot. The series follows the day-to-day exploits of U.S. National Champion skater Johnny Weir. The promo airs nationally on the Sundance Channel. ...Read More »
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