Production & Post-Production

DTLA Now Accepting Films for Submission

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 10:11 -- Nick Dager

The Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival is now accepting submissions for all genres of films as well as narrative feature, short film and TV pilot screenplays for its 13th annual edition to be held September 7-11, 2022, at Regal L.A. Live cinemas. Known for its wide-ranging content and commitment to diversity, the festival has shown more than a thousand features, documentaries, shorts, and other motion pictures over the past decade-plus.

Documentary Filmmaker R.J. Cutler to Receive Pennebaker Award

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 10:06 -- Nick Dager

The Pennebaker Award will be presented to documentarian R.J. Cutler during the sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards gala November 14 at the BRIC Arts Media Center in Brooklyn, New York. The award is named for Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner, D A Pennebaker, who passed away in 2019. The award will be presented to Cutler by Pennebaker’s producing partner and wife, Chris Hegedus.

MTI Upgrades Nova Digital Restoration Software

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 08:46 -- Nick Dager

MTI Film has released DRS Nova v5, the latest version of its digital restoration software. The company says V5 has new features to perform common restoration tasks more easily and manage projects more efficiently, especially those delivering in 4K high dynamic range. MTI Film also introduced Shine, a utility for DRS Nova that automates the filtering of dirt and fleeting scratches, reducing the time to make those repairs by as much as 70 percent.

Creating Wenwu’s Compound

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 12:11 -- Nick Dager

In Marvel Studios’ latest feature film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the film’s antagonist Wenwu (Tony Leung) is unlike most of the villains seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ancient character operates out of a remote fortress that has existed for centuries, and over the years, has grown and changed, reflecting his loves and losses. It’s an ever changing and fluid structure, created and edited by Marvel Studios longtime collaborator, Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain. [Editor’s Note: This article contains some spoilers.]

Shooting in Rain, Salt Water and Sand

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Some of the world’s most spectacular views are best seen from halfway up a wall of rock. That’s a place where gear has to be reliable, whether it’s crucial safety equipment or the cameras that let the rest of us experience the same dizzying panorama. It’s also a familiar situation to alpinist Renan Ozturk, whose experience includes some of the steepest climbing challenges on the planet as well as documentary filmmaking and photojournalism covering everything from the freezing Himalayas to the African deserts of Chad.

Rising Sun Delivers for Candyman

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 11:45 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures recreated Chicago’s iconic Cabrini-Green housing project, exactly as it appeared in 1992, for Candyman, the new horror film from director Nia DaCosta, producer Jordan Peele and MGM. Artists from the studio also provided the film’s title character with his trademark hook as part of a package of more than 100 intricately detailed visual effects shots that appear throughout the film.

ASC Now Accepting Entries for its 36th Annual Awards

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 11:22 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers will hold its 36th Annual ASC Awards on March 20, 2022. Recognizing excellence in cinematography, the ASC Awards honor the extraordinary work of directors of photography who have excelled in the art and craft of visual storytelling in feature films, episodics, and documentaries. The annual ceremony will be held at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood and live streamed worldwide.

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