SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, has announced the program for its annual technical conference, SMPTE 2021 ATC, a virtual event with half-day sessions running over six days from November 9-11 and November 16-18. Through technical sessions, networking and social events, interactive discussions, and keynote presentations, SMPTE 2021 ATC participants will gain access to the people, knowledge, and perspectives driving the ongoing evolution of media and entertainment.
Production & Post-Production
Rising Sun Pictures has added two post-doctoral researchers from the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to lead a new initiative centered on the application of artificial intelligence to its visual effects pipeline. Dr. John Bastian and Dr. Ben Ward will develop pipeline tools based on machine learning and other AI applications as a means of streamlining visual effects production and creating visuals that look more photorealistic.
With a total area of 11,265 square metres and claiming the largest LED wall in Korea, VA Corporation’s new VA Studio Hanam in Hanam, South Korea, provides what the company is calling state-of-the-art in-camera visual effects facilities optimized for immersive content production. Created in partnership with ARK Ventures in South Korea, this unique virtual production infrastructure is powered by Brompton Technology LED processing, with 4K Tessera SX40 processors driving four large LED walls that are all part of the new virtual production hub located in Hanam.
Projects that originate on film are increasingly rare and one current standout is the HBO series Succession. Working with film creates some interesting challenges and opportunities for Light Iron senior colorist Sam Daley, whose involvement in the series goes back to the pilot episode.
Rokoko today announced the launch of the Smartsuit Pro II, the next generation of the company’s Smartsuit Pro, a motion capture suit for independent creators. The mocap suit enables anyone to animate characters in real-time, at studio-quality, via a simple WiFi connection to their computer running our free Rokoko Studio software.
The winners of this year’s Young Animator of the Year UK award have been announced by Access:VFX, the ScreenSkills Animation Fund and #Dami. Through its awards program, YAY UK aims to provide aspiring animators from a range of backgrounds with access to and advice from professionals and studios in the animation, games and visual effects industry. The winning work will premiere at the Manchester Animation Festival, which runs November 14-19.
When it came time to record the Netflix original French-language film, Oxygène (Oxygen in English), the audio team had quite the challenge in front of them. The premise of the scientific horror film focuses on a scientist, played by French actress Melanie Laurent, who has lost her memory, awakens, trapped in a medical pod and must find her way out before the oxygen levels diminish. Given the setting, the pod is used for 90 percent of the film, and, with its tight quarters, production sound mixer Ken Yasumoto and boom operator Josselin Panchout knew they needed a reliable and unobtrusive microphone solution.
The Colorist Society International and the International Colorist Academy have announced that the next Color Space Cadets event is slated for Thursday, October 28 at 6:00 pm GMT and will feature CSI president Kevin Shaw and colorist Warren Eagles, with other iColorist trainers and special guest speakers, in a discussion titled 2021 Show and Film Looks.
Goldcrest Post provided final color grading and editorial finishing for five films screening at next month’s Doc NYC fest. They include three world premieres and two films making their New York City premieres. The largest documentary film festival in the country, Doc NYC 2021 will feature in-person screenings November 10-18 and will continue online through November 28.
The Hollywood Professional Association has opened the call for applications for its 2022 Young Entertainment Professionals program. Since its inception in 2015, the growing YEP program has supported the careers of talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 through mentorship, community building and educational offerings. Applications are due Monday, November 8 and applicants will be notified of their status in early December.