From children of the 1980s to teenagers and everyone in between, the Netflix series Stranger Things has connected with audiences worldwide. The fourth season features superpowered showdowns, exploding helicopters and sinister vine attacks. These episodes presented Scanline VFX with many opportunities to create a number of new and exciting effects. “The visual effects work in previous seasons was stellar, but this season was more like nine blockbuster movies,” says Justin Mitchell, visual effects supervisor at Scanline VFX. “We were given some huge sequences and complex effects to work on across eight of the episodes.”
Production & Post-Production
Hill Country Studios today announced a partnership with the Houston-based video production company Vision to serve as its lead technology partner. Hill Country Studios says it will leverage Vision’s production and design expertise to construct two LED virtual production stages.
Remote Picture Labs today announced the appointment of Rich Venezian as the company's director of business development. Venezian will work alongside Sal Baldomar, who serves as vice president of sales for Remote Picture Labs, in bringing content creators the hybrid and remote post-production workflows that help them tell their stories and deliver their shows with efficiency.
SMPTE Hollywood will explore the latest developments in camera color science and their impact on production and post-production at its monthly meeting slated for August 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The event is free and open to everyone.
The 13th annual Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, which is set to run from September 14-18 at Regal L.A. Live, has announced its full lineup today. A total of 112 titles including 36 features and 76 short films are slated to screen, with virtually all making their world, West Coast, or Los Angeles premieres, and all eligible for awards.
The American Film Institute has announced a new partnership with the Telluride Film Festival and its FilmLab program. The 49th annual festival will take place September 2-5.
Streamland Media announced today that it has acquired the London-based sound facility Sonorous Trident. The company will join Streamland Media’s sound division, Formosa Group, further expanding its talent roster and facilities in the United Kingdom.
Teradek and Sony Electronics have announced an integration that will provide productions in the cine and broadcast markets with greater flexibility in camera-to-cloud workflows. Sony’s Ci Media Cloud will natively integrate with Serv 4K and Prism Flex, Teradek’s 4K high dynamic range encoding systems. Now, any camera used on-set, in-studio, or remotely will be able to upload footage to Ci directly from Teradek’s encoders.
Nice Shoes helped bring the landscapes of Florida’s Gulf Coast vividly to life by providing post services for the Amazon Prime dramedy Life’s Rewards. Colorist Lenny Mastrandrea collaborated with writer and director Damian Fitzsimmons, executive producer Jordan Wollman, and cinematographer Erik Van Lenten at honing the final look of the show’s eight-episode second season.
The Hollywood Producers Association Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2022 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence.