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December 2014

Christine Bunish
Christine Bunish began in publishing with an international newsmagazine group. She moved to Broadcast Management/Engineering where she helped launch World Broadcast News and later served as a writer and research director at Millimeter. She has been a freelance writer for Post Magazine for over 20 years.
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Editing: A look at the business's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats
Published: December 9, 2014

Editors and facilities are seeing an unparalleled demand for content worldwide. It’s coming from new media and new sources of business outside the traditional business models. Editors are able to do more post themselves, thanks to comprehensive toolkits and facilities offering under-one-roof services or a family of businesses that fill clients’ needs.
Restoration: 1928's 'Lonesome'
Published: November 17, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY — Independent colorist, post production supervisor and director Jerome Thelia has done a number of HD restorations for The Criterion Collection of classic DVD and Blu-ray titles. The features are also available on Hulu and other on-demand outlets. Much of this work is done in his Brooklyn studio using Assimilate’s Scratch for color grading and compositing.
Advertising & The Internet
Published: November 10, 2014

Advertising on the Internet has definitely gained momentum. “While budgets are still generally higher for TV spots than for online films, the gap is lessening and advertisers are beginning to understand the amount of care and attention that needs to be invested if their ‘content’ is to be seen at all,” says Andrew Watson, creative director with Amsterdam-based Minivegas.  “On the flip side, it’s actually an extremely liberating time for filmmakers and advertisers,” he reports. “Huge TV budgets are no longer necessary to make awe-inspiring films, and failure needn’t break the bank, so we have the chance to experiment and create more.”  Sounds like a win-win situation.
Posting Fall TV Series
Published: October 8, 2014

With the fall TV season underway, viewers are tuning in to new shows and old favorites. Post facilities and VFX studios coast to coast have worked their magic to bring high-profile politicos, troubled towns, superheroes, post-apocalyptic castaways and picturesque whodunits to living rooms nationwide. Here’s a look at what some of the studios have to offer viewers this season.
Previs: 'Hercules'
Published: August 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The original superhero, “Hercules” fills the big screen with his larger-than-life presence in the new summer blockbuster of the same name, directed by Brett Ratner. The Third Floor (www.thethirdfloorinc.com) in Los Angeles began working with Ratner in November 2012, providing previs for a number of important VFX sequences.
Broadcast Design Trends
Published: June 5, 2014

If “broadcast design” still conjures up images of shiny, monumental logos and busy clip montages, take a look at the show opens, promos and network IDs on the air today.  Clean graphics, customized live-action footage and even fun character animation speak more of “design for broadcast” than the “broadcast design” of yesteryear.  After all, it’s “good design and great storytelling that continue to define the networks,” says Bigstar’s Josh Norton.
VFX for TV Series
Published: April 1, 2014

Iconic characters, both fictional and historical, and a tale from suspense master Stephen King have come alive on the small screen with help from VFX studios. From creating digital environments, futuristic transports and retro inventions to crafting supernatural beings and otherworldly events, VFX enhance the stories of superheroes, pirates, retail magnates, time travelers, small-town Americans and the world’s most famous vampire.
'Need for Speed': FotoKem ensures a smooth ride
Published: April 1, 2014

LOS ANGELES — DreamWorks’ feature film Need for Speed brings a high-stakes, revenge-fueled, cross-country car race to the big screen for fans of the EA videogame franchise. While the racers’ need for speed plays out in high-octane action, the filmmakers’ need for efficiency in post followed a less frenetic scenario.  

Careers: Dean Cundey, ASC
Published: February 11, 2014

“Diverse” describes the films shot by Dean Cundey, A.S.C., who received the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award on February 1. From John Carpenter’s classic Halloween and the landmark Who Framed Roger Rabbit, to the iconic Back to the Future series, the breakthrough Jurassic Park and the gripping Apollo 13, Cundey has captured the history of modern American cinema through his lens.
Posting Reality TV Shows
Published: February 11, 2014

Unscripted reality programming poses unique challenges for the production companies that shoot crime shows, home-themed content and paranormal adventures, and to the post facilities that support them too. It’s a world where massive amounts of footage is the norm. Workflows can be tape- or file-based, or both, and color grading can range from filmic to edgy and authentic.
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