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Rokoko Introduces Smartgloves

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning motion capture creator Rokoko has instroduced Smartgloves, a hand and finger tracking solution that captures every nuance of a hand in the most affordable way possible. Durable enough for fight scenes, but precise enough for individual fingers, Smartgloves can capture the full spectrum of an actor’s hand performance, giving VFX, VR, game dev and digital artists a faster way to create better characters, and one less thing to animate.

Keeping Focus Shooting Full Frame

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:16 -- Nick Dager

One of the challenges for Cooke Optics for the remaining months of 2020, according to the company, will be demonstrating to current and potential customers how it believes its /i technology provides new technical solutions to age old problems. And few problems have been given as much of a twist in recent years as keeping focus while shooting full frame.

The Challenges of Production Sound

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:00 -- Nick Dager

Like many of his colleagues in the sound production industry, Scott Harber began his audio career as a musician, more specifically as a member of a San Diego punk rock band. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, Harber has worked on leading TV and film productions, including Borat, Noctunal Animals, Get Smart, Hell’s Kitchen, Gangster Squad, Wilfred and Castle, to name a few. He also owns Dang Me Sound, a production sound company based in Los Angeles. I recently spoke with Harber about some of the highlights his long career and the challenges of production sound.

Shooting Film for a Period Look

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

Set from 1913 to the early 1990s, HBO’s six-episode limited series I Know This Much is True required director Derek Cianfrance and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes to make a choice: What would the show look like? They agreed that a cohesive, period look for the project would be the correct choice — as opposed to a contemporary look.

Bulletproof Sound

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:46 -- Nick Dager

Simon Hill, senior dubbing mixer at Halo Post in London, has worked on some of the biggest dramas for television and streaming outlets. Included among these is Bulletproof, which airs on Sky One in the UK and CW in the U.S., as well as the British film, Ghost Stories. With audiences craving more and more content, post houses must turn out projects at increasing speeds.

ILM Announces Expansion Plans

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:41 -- Nick Dager

Industrial Light & Magic has announced the next phase of its global expansion plan for the company’s virtual production and StageCraft LED volume services. This expansion of services is tied to a proactive initiative for increasing diversity in the industry by combining ILM’s growth in this innovative methodology with a global trainee program geared for underrepresented VFX talent.

Cinionic Offers Support to Exhibitors

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:27 -- Nick Dager

For the past few months, movie theatres around the world have been working hard to prepare to welcome audiences back safely. In response, Cinionic, the Barco, ALPD, and CGS cinema joint venture, launched the #CinemaReady campaign. The initiative celebrates the shared love for the big screen experience and provides resources on what to expect during your next trip to the movies.

Wanying to Open Ten New Dolby Cinemas

Tue, 09/01/2020 - 12:10 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and China’s Wanying Cinema Line today announced that the two companies have strengthened cooperation to further extend the Dolby Cinema experience to more moviegoers with a plan to add more than ten additional Dolby Cinema locations across China. Wanying Cinema Line is wholly owned by China Resources Land, a leading commercial real estate company in China.

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