FilmLight’s On-Set and Dailies products win an Emmy

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

LONDON— FilmLight has been awarded a 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for its innovative colour preview and dailies products Truelight On-Set and Baselight TRANSFER.

The Primetime Emmy Awards in Engineering are presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for significant innovations in TV technology.

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London’s Take 2 Adds to Codex Inventory

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012

London, UK – Take 2, one of the largest camera rental companies in the UK, has added to its existing inventory of Codex equipment through a new investment in Codex Vaults and Recorders.

The company, which has facilities in London and Cape Town, South Africa, has shown its commitment to Codex technology by buying 4 Codex Vaults as well as additional Codex M recorders and datapacks.

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Filmworkers and Creative Partners Extend Reach in Feature Films

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012

Post house teams with design studio Vitamin and editorial company Treehouse for the comedy feature “Johnson”

CHICAGO—Over the past few years, Filmworkers has been building a network of creative services companies as a way of better serving its advertising clients. Now, the fruits of those efforts are beginning to show up at the local multiplex.

Filmworkers is slated to provide visual effects, color grading and other post production services for Johnson, an independent comedy shooting in Chicago this month.  Its affiliate, the design and production studio Vitamin will create the film’s titles. Johnson will be edited by Peter Tarter, whose newly-launched editorial studio Treehouse is adjacent to Filmworkers’ facility in Dallas.

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A Common Thread Creates a Ghoulish Campaign for Universal Studios

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012

LOS ANGELES—A new commercial for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is meant to spur viewers to run for their lives…and straight into the amusement park. A Common Thread produced the spot for Los Angeles agency David & Goliath, delivering a chilling piece of filmmaking that plays like a 30-second horror flick.

In Gates, four teens are walking along a foggy street in the dead of night when they spot another teen running at breakneck speed, pursued by a horde of crazed and ravenous zombies. Screaming, they bolt and seek safety behind a pair of towering iron gates. However, the moment they slam the gates shut and turn around, they find themselves confronted by another blood-thirsty mob of horrific creatures —they’ve locked themselves inside Universal Studios.

A Common Thread and director Clay Staub invested the spot with all the trappings of a teen slasher movie: kinetic cinematography, ghoulish make-up, creepy locations and fevered performances. “Clay pulled from his background as a 2nd Unit Director on Dawn of the Dead, 300 and The Thing,” explains A Common Thread executive producer J.P. McMahon. “He knows how to manage zombies and monsters. He worked with them intensely on how to run, crawl and growl—it’s got a hellish vibe.”

To lens the spot, A Common Thread tapped director of photography Gonzalo Amat, whose credits include The Devil Inside. His footage is both beautiful and haunting.

One of the challenges of the production, notes McMahon, was to squeeze the classic horror movie narrative arc into a half-minute format. “The story starts off in slow motion but ramps up quickly and takes viewers on a high-speed thrill ride to the end,” he says. “The goal was to make it as scary as hell.”

A Common Thread is located at 4081 Redwood Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90066. For more information, call 310.823.7300 or visit


Title:                      Gates

Client:                   Universal Studios

Agency:                David & Goliath, Los Angeles.  David Angelo, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer; Ben Purcell, Creative Director; Steve Yee, Creative Director; Carrie Lighthall, Agency Senior Producer.

Production:        A Common Thread, Los Angeles. Clay Staub, director; J.P. McMahon, Executive Producer; Tristan Drew, Executive Producer; Gonzalo Amat, Director of Photography.

Creature FX:       Sota FX. Roy Knyrim.

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FilmLight Introduces 5-for-1 Academic Pricing for Baselight for Avid

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012

LONDON— FilmLight today announces the worldwide availability of a fully-functional Academic Edition of Baselight for Avid® (Mac), the newest product in its Baselight Editions line, which makes the world’s most powerful colour grading toolset directly available within Avid Media Composer® or Symphony®.

The week of October 22, universities and other educational institutions will be able to purchase five Baselight for Avid licenses for just $995, the price of one commercial license.  Alternatively, institutions can obtain ten, 12 month licenses for an annual subscription of $995.

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Codex Appoints Rainer Hercher as Business Development Manager for Europe and Asia

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012

London, England –Codex, the leading developer of digital media recorders and media management systems for film and television production, has appointed Rainer Hercher to the post of Business Development Manager for Europe and Asia. Formerly Managing Director of Band Pro, Munich, Hercher will lead the company’s customer relations and sales effort in film and television production markets across both continents.

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2012

Original Signs Director Eden Tyler

LOS ANGELES— Director Eden Tyler has joined bi-coastal Original for exclusive U.S. representation. Known as a visual storyteller and as an “actor’s director,” Tyler has directed work for such brands as Sony, Doritos, AMC, Pringles and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

Tyler has directed several campaigns for Johnson & Johnson’s Clear & Clear teen beauty products via DDB, New York, including, most recently, the viral ad Splash Mob. Shot in Buenos Aires, the spot shows 50 girls throwing water balloons at a grime-covered wall to reveal a mural depicting the beautiful face of a young woman. Tyler works frequently for Johnson & Johnson in international markets and directed launch campaigns for Clean & Clear and Neutrogena in India.

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Soundelux Supervising Sound Editor Michael D. Wilhoit Takes “Low Tech” Approach for “End of Watch”

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012

HOLLYWOOD – For Director David Ayer’s new police thriller End of Watch, Supervising Sound Editor Michael D. Wilhoit and his crew from Soundelux  were tasked with recreating the sonic world of a Los Angeles beat cop.  Released by Open Road Films, the movie tells the story of two young police officers, Brian Taylor and Mike Zavala, (played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) who become the targets of a Mexican drug cartel.

End of Watch is told in a found-footage manner. Taylor and Zavala use a handheld HD camera to covertly record their shifts in South Los Angeles for a film class. This stylistic device lends the story a sense of immediacy and verisimilitude that contributes to the ratcheting tension.

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Treehouse Scores for Russell Athletic

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012

John McStravick edits broadcast and online campaign out of The Richards Group on the team values in football. 

DALLAS—Treehouse editor John McStravick helped capture the spirit of team sport in editing a new campaign for sporting apparel innovator Russell Athletic®. Conceived by Dallas agency The Richards Group, the campaign includes broadcast and online ads and features high school football players discussing values that bind their teams and lead them to excel.

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Colorworks Checks into “Hotel Transylvania”

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012

DI facility teams with Sony Pictures Imageworks to ready 3D animated feature for theatrical release.

Culver City, Calif.—October 2, 2012— Final post-production work for Hotel Transylvania, the new animated comedy from Sony Pictures Animation, was recently completed at Colorworks, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s digital intermediate facility. The facility performed final color grading and stereoscopic 3D finishing for the film, released in the U.S. release on September 28th.

The project involved close collaboration between Colorworks and Sony Pictures Imageworks, which created the film’s spectacular animation. Image files were exchanged between the two facilities, via direct fiber link.

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