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August 2014

Randi Altman
Randi Altman is editor in chief of Post Magazine


raltman@postmagazine.com
Authored Articles
Storage for VFX
Published: July 12, 2013

What is the best kind of storage? The kind you don’t have to worry about. That is, across the board, the consensus from visual effects pros.  

With 2K, 4K and stereo projects coming into studios, storage is more important than ever, and having a system that is fast, flexible and able to grow with artists’ needs hits home. Also important? Not needing a small electrical plant to power the system or having to break the bank to keep things cool.
Editor's Letter: MPC's 550 shots for 'The Lone Ranger'
Published: July 8, 2013

While our cover story this month is about ILM’s work as lead VFX house on Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, from Disney Studios, London’s MPC (www. moving-picture.com/film) also provided a significant amount of shots, 550 to be exact, ranging from full CG canyons and caves to Comanche attacks, CG trains, horses, birds, arrows, fire and scorpions.
VFX: Creating a zombie apocalypse for 'World War Z'
Published: July 8, 2013

LONDON — It’s everyone’s worst nightmare, or at least it should be — a zombie pandemic! And Brad Pitt, playing a former UN employee, seems to be the only one who can stop it. He travels the world and takes on the undead in order to save humanity.
Big Things, Little Packages
Published: June 13, 2013


Editor's Letter: The independent post house
Published: June 7, 2013

It just makes sense that the less encumbered you are, the faster and more flexible you can be. Owners of independent post house appreciate  the ability to grow and evolve at their own pace. But it’s not easy. The economy is still in recovery mode and competition is coming from all angles.
Edit This!: 'The Great Gatsby'
Published: June 7, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Baz Luhrmann’s romantic epic, The Great Gatsby, features beautiful locales, a glimpse into an over-the-top lavish lifestyle and the high drama it brings… all in 3D stereo. The director’s goal with this film, whose story doesn’t necessarily scream 3D movie, was to bring the viewer into the room with the characters and make them feel a part of what was happening around them. 
Eco Friendly
Published: May 7, 2013

Are you doing all you can to reduce your carbon footprint?
Editor's Letter: Be better at being green
Published: May 6, 2013

The production and post industries have slowly and steadily been adopting green practices while doing their business. Changes can be seen on sets, in studios and in company parking lots, where charging stations and bike racks are starting to appear.
Editor's Letter: Game Plan: NAB
Published: April 3, 2013

As part of my training for NAB 2013, I’ve deprived myself of water and lip balm for long periods of time, been eating breath mints for lunch and dinner, and have been hitting my heels with a hammer. How prepared are you?
How Pros Got Their Start
Published: April 3, 2013

When you look back at what inspired you to do the job you have today, what do you see? Last year when I first tackled this story, Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark came up often. This year, it’s a bit different. While some people believe they were born to do what they do now, others sort of found their way there. Regardless, they all have a passion for their work that goes beyond learning. It’s something you have to feel.
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