In an open letter to Liquid Media Group shareholders, CEO Joshua Jackson expressed confidence in the future of cinema. “Over the last eight months, we have been meticulously striving to shore up partnerships and acquisitions to provide our clients with infrastructure, services, research, and resources that will position Liquid Media Group as a leader in the independent content creation universe, and unique in its scope of offerings unlike any other provider in our space,” Jackson said
Production & Post-Production
In its second outing with the wildly popular superhero drama The Boys, developed by Eric Kripke and based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Rising Sun Pictures delivered more than 100 visual effects shots for the show’s eight-episode third season. The studio’s contributions included a jaw-dropping sequence that opens the first episode, depicting the spectacular, near total destruction of New York City.
The 13th annual DTLA Film Festival has announced its winners. Florencia Krochik’s The Rest of Us, a feature documentary about DACA kids shot over a decade, won Best Picture. Other winners included director Martin Torrez’ The Great American Low Rider Tradition, a feature documentary about the Lowrider culture of East Los Angeles, which took the Audience Favorite Award Sophie Galibert was named Best Director for Cherry, a narrative dramedy that tackles the hot-button topic of abortion.
Dolby Laboratories today announced the winners of the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School Filmmaker Challenge: Finish the Script Year 2. The program challenges GFS alumni ages 18—35 to create an original short film proposal in response to a creative prompt from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and returning mentor Carlos López Estrada (Raya and the Last Dragon, Blindspotting). This year’s winners are filmmakers Kaitlyn Ali, Britney Bautista, Miguel Ramirez, and Thomas Sawyer.
The world premiere of the Apple Original film Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me will open the 36th edition of the American Film Institute AFI Fest on November 2.
The National Film & Television School, based in Beaconsfield, to the west of London, has been nurturing talent in the industry for more than 50 years. So, you can imagine how scary it felt when, back in March 2020, I had to send an email telling all our students that the gathering pandemic meant we had to close our doors.
Audrey Rosenberg has a long list of impressive credits in film and television. To name just a few, she co-founded Invisible Pictures, where she was a producer on Bull, which premiered in the Uncertain Regard section of Cannes 2019; and is an executive producer on the Topic.com premiere digital series Soul City. Rosenberg was Emmy-nominated as executive producer along with Steven Soderbergh on the HBO documentary, His Way; executive producer on the Emmy- winning HBO documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, produced with Edward Norton. She was part of the producing team with Christine Vachon on Douglas McGrath’s Infamous, starring Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, and Toby Jones. She produced Sean Gullette’s award-winning feature, Traitors, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and had its North America premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. A member of New York Women in Film and Television and the Producer's Guild of America, Rosenberg is also on the board of Zimbabwe based organization The Soft Foot Alliance. She co-executive produced Dawn Porter’s Trapped, which won a special jury prize at Sundance for social impact filmmaking and was consulting producer in charge of the U.S. strategy for Raoul Peck’s Academy-Award nominated film I Am Not Your Negro. Her most recent film is the HBO documentary Katrina’s Babies, which has been well-received on the festival circuit. I recently spoke with her via email about this latest project and about her career in general. Here is our conversation.
Low budget films with a captivating story and compelling cinematography can compete with films budgeted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a lesson proven by the Netflix independent feature Purple Hearts from director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and cinematographer Matt Sakatani Roe. Purple Hearts became number seven in Netflix’s Most Popular Films List just 28 days after its release on July 29 with 220.6 million hours watched. It also became the number one film on Netflix in the UK within one week of its premiere.
Bullet Train, from Sony Pictures and director David Leitch centers on an unlucky assassin named Ladybug (Brad Pitt), determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, has other plans as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe —all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives— on the world's fastest train. Post-production sound for Bullet Train was based at Sony Pictures Post Production Services and presented a myriad of creative opportunities through its furious action, whip-smart comedy, crackling dialogue and ripping-good story.
After a grim and gritty fourth season, the Showtime series The Chi returned to its more optimistic roots for Season 5, changing not only the tone of its stories but also the palette of its visuals. To finalize this look, Season 5 cinematographer Nathan Ray Salter collaborated with Light Iron colorist Katie Jordan, who had also graded Season 4.