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October 2014

Marc Loftus

Marc Loftus is the Senior Editor and Director of Web Content for Post Magazine. He has been with the monthly publication since 1992, reporting on new technologies and creative techniques relating to film, television and commercial post production. In that time, he has witnessed the transition from linear to nonlinear, analog to digital, stereo to surround, SD to HD, tape-based to file-based, and 2D to 3D. Marc is a graduate of The New York Institute of Technology.



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Authored Articles
Editor's Letter: The Secret VFX of 'Walter Mitty'
Published: January 15, 2014

I remember a couple of years ago, you would do a 400-shot movie and it was a huge film,” recalls VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron, who was part of the Oscar-winning team that worked on The Life of Pi. “You work on the blockbusters nowadays, and you work on 1,200 shots pretty easily. And some go up to 1,500. It’s a pretty significant number of shots.”
Editor's Letter: Wrapping up 2014
Published: December 10, 2013

For more than a decade now, Post has been using its December issue to look back at the past 12 months, and on to the year ahead. Each December, our issue takes on a SWOT theme, where we look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing different segments of the market. This year we look at the Editing landscape, Audio Post, The Business of Post Production, and at studios working in Animation, Design & VFX. We also check in with a number of high-profile Directors, who give their take on Hollywood, the post processs, and the film industry as a whole.
Edit This!: 'The Hunger Games - Catching Fire'
Published: December 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Editor Alan Bell recently extended his working relationship with director Francis Lawrence, this time cutting the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise. Bell, whose credits include The Green Mile and The Amazing Spider-Man, worked with the director (I am Legend, Constantine) on the 2011 feature Water for Elephants. Lawrence has since committed to directing two additional installments of The Hunger Games, and Bell is already at work on the third release.
Edit This!: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'
Published: November 5, 2013

Editor Kevin Tent, ACE, was reunited once again with director Alexander Payne, this time on the Paramount feature, Nebraska. The film, which is presented in black & white, follows the journey of an aging, alcoholic father (Bruce Dern), who is making the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Will Forte) to claim a million-dollar prize.
Editor's Letter: Giving thanks
Published: November 5, 2013

It’s November and the holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving signals “the beginning of the end” of the year, and is cause for celebration — that is, unless you’re a turkey.
Editor's Letter: Film, Sound & More...
Published: October 8, 2013

I was lucky enough to attend the premier of Warner Bros.’ Gravity last month. The outer-space feature starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as Space Shuttle astronauts, who get stranded during a mission, was presented in both Stereo 3D and with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
Director's Chair: Billy Bob Thornton - 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'
Published: October 8, 2013

Billy Bob Thornton is a writer, director, actor and musician, who says his best work comes from that inspired by real life. He recently completed work on Jayne Mansfield’s Car, an Anchor Bay Films feature set in Alabama, back in 1969. The comedic drama centers around two very different families, brought together by a funeral.
Editor's Letter: Web Entertainment
Published: September 6, 2013

Not all that long ago, it was thought that programming found on the Web was inferior in many ways to traditional broadcast content. But Web programming, such as series, has come a long way in just a short amount of time.
VFX: 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Published: September 5, 2013

NEW YORK — VFX producer/supervisor Mark Russell is currently working on The Wolf of Wall Street, an upcoming theatrical release being directed by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, who was convicted of crimes related to the stock market back in the late ‘90s.
Post Script: Thoughts from SIGGRAPH 2013
Published: August 12, 2013

SIGGRAPH 2013 took place in Anaheim, CA, last month, bringing together more than 17,000 animators, artists, technology developers and researchers from 77 different countries. Holding an animation-oriented show in Disneyland’s back yard would seem like a good match, and by many counts, the convention could be billed as a success. Yet, there were underlying hints that reflected the shaky state of the animation and visual effects industry.
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