Ang Lee’s recent film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Sony Pictures) has received widespread attention for its technical innovation and groundbreaking “high frame rate” cinema experience. The film based on the best-selling novel of the same name opened nationwide in November. We recently caught up with industry veterans Michael Huber and Alex Lemke, who co-own East Side Effects, a NYC-based visual effects boutique. Huber and Lemke were brought into the project early as the in-house compositing artists and in-house VFX Supervisors.
Burbank-based AlphaDogsis the brainchild of Finishing Editor/Colorist Terence Curren. Curren, whose love of production and post-production began as a teenager editing his own 8MM movies, predicted that once video editing went digital it would mark the end of the “big iron” post house model. As a result, he founded AlphaDogs in 2002 which specializes in finishing (color correction, VFX, graphic design, and audio mixing) for reality TV shows, indie features, and documentaries.
Mon Agranat is a freelance film and TV Online Editor and Colorist with over twenty years experience in post production. His credits include ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Discovery’s Naked & Afraid. The long-time Boris FX user relies on Continuum Complete 10 in both Avid and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve for his work on broadcast reality and competition shows.
His latest project, FUSE TV’s Fluffy Breaks Even, is a fun light-hearted reality show that follows comedian Gabriel Iglesias as he and his tour mates eat their way through each stop and then try to burn off all those extra calories with extreme workouts.
O.J.: Made in America, a five part mini-series produced by ESPN Films (home to the award-winning series 30 for 30), had its broadcast premiere earlier this summer. The documentary event, helmed by Peabody award-winning documentarian Ezra Edelman, marked a first for ESPN Films.
The team relied on hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage mixed with current interviews from members of the trial, journalists, community activists, and friends of O.
The Edit Store is a post production facility located in two listed Georgian townhouses on tranquil Bedford Square, a short walk from the bustle of Soho and Fitzrovia. Founded in 1990, The Edit Store remains an independent facility, a rarity in today’s post production world. The team has a wealth of experience working on documentary, factual, current affairs and factual entertainment content. The Edit Store provides full post services for programmes such as “Panorama,” for the BBC and Channel 4’s award-winning “Dispatches,” and “Unreported World.
What happens when mocha artists are let loose on a classic Kubrick film? VFX artists and directors, Nick DenBoer and Davy Force recently wowed the audience at the Sundance Film Festival with their raunchy and absurd remix of The Shining. Making the waves at many film festivals, this short takes Kubrick’s original horror film footage and magically reworks the characters into a fictional trailer for a bizarre new viewing experience.
Conventional wisdom tells us that successful post-houses are in the media hubs of NYC or Los Angeles. As their name suggests, Trailblazer Studios breaks that mold. Trailblazer is a full service production, post, and sound facility located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their passion is to tell great stories, whether that be in film, TV, commercials or web videos.
Trailblazer works on a variety of content. Recently, that’s included HBO’s Private Violence , DIY's Salvage Dawgs , PBS's A Chef's Life and Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit (with Markay Media), TLC's Sister Wives and many regional and national commercial campaigns.
Home to hit reality shows like FOX’s American Idol , ABC’s Shark Tank , and History Channel’s Ancient Aliens , along with popular episodic series like HBO’s Game of Thrones (a recent pick-up), CW’s Pretty Little Liars , and MTV’s Teen Wolf , Hollywood-based Chainsaw is a well-oiled machine. Add Post Factory NY , one of New York’s largest independent post production facilities, to the SIM Group family (Chainsaw, Bling, Pixel Underground, and Tattersall Sound & Picture) and you have a post powerhouse that easily serves both East Coast and West Coast clients.
GoConvergence (GOCO) is a full service ad agency headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The talented team provides a one-stop shop experience for its clients by offering film and video production, special venue experiences, interactive development, and marketing and media strategy. In the past year, GOCO has created national spots for Atlantis Resorts and Nassau Paradise Island in the Bahamas as well as Rockwell Tools and Ninja Blender.
“When we switched over from Final Cut 7 to Adobe Premiere Pro, we really noticed the lack of stock effects and filters that Premiere had in comparison,” says Toby Dalsgaard, Director of Creative Services.
London-based HALO Post ’s projects run the gamut from documentaries, drama, and light entertainment to commercials, film, and animation. The team prides itself on its diverse clientele, the fact that the owners actually work there, and knowing what it takes to get the job done in comfort. “We need to make sure our clients are able to ask for – and get – everything they want for their project,” says Paul Wilkes, Operations Director.
Roger Bansemer knew he wanted to be an artist since childhood. The mostly self-taught painter has honed his craft over the decades. After watching shows on PBS geared towards painting, Bansemer felt he could develop a show, but needed the technology, crew, time, and money. With the encouragement of his wife, Sarah, Bansemer bought everything he needed for a first episode. Together, they created Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer , which was accepted to PBS after a long and arduous journey.
We’re always happy to help out the local arts scene in our hometown of Boston. Recently, Paul Ezzy, Boris TV trainer and QA, was approached by Director Myriam Cyr to produce a series visual effects for the play “ Simon Says ” currently running at the Boston Center for the Arts (Feb 26-March 14th).
The play, “a dramatized seance,” follows a young psychic channeling “Simon,” an all-knowing being, in an effort to scientifically prove the existence of the soul after death.
If you’re on the one yard line with a few seconds left, you want RED57 on your side. The Burbank-based full service post-production facility works on FOX Sports shows including the FOX NFL Sunday pre-game show, FOX NFL Kickoff on FS1, NASCAR on FOX, and FOX Sports Live on FS1.
RED57’s quarterback is Mikey Carr, the founder/owner as well as Senior Post Pro. After working as an online editor on shows like The O.
Imagineer Systems left an indelible mark on Hollywood when it introduced mocha – the premier planar tracking software for visual effects that can handle virtually any shot. The Academy Award® winning results can be seen in The Hobbit , Black Swan, and Harry Potter . Boris Continuum Complete is the first plug-in suite to offer a feature that allows users to import mocha tracking data directly into its filters.
“Monday Night Fever” is gripping the nation once again. ABC’s Emmy Award winning Dancing with the Stars is a ratings juggernaut averaging 12.7 million viewers a week. The flashy reality dance competition that pairs professional ballroom dancers with celebrities is now in its nineteenth season.
Yoram Tal (he goes simply by Tal) is one of DWTS ’s two online finishing editors. The Israeli-born freelance editor, whose credits include, ABC’s The Oscars , VH1’s Behind the Music , ABC’s Wipeout , and TNT’s The Hero , has been a longtime user of Boris FX products.
David Helfand is a four-time Emmy nominated editor. His credits include Weeds , That ’70s Show , Friends , and Dream On . He was an editor on FOX’s The Mindy Project for the first two seasons.
Although you’re more likely to see a pratfall on the half hour rom-com than a VFX-laden escape from an exploding building, Helfand subtlety builds BCC AVX filters into his cuts to help sell ideas and gags or even just make a scene more realistic.
Splice’s latest project, the BBC’s upcoming 6-part comedy series, Siblings , follows the misadventures of a slovenly, unhinged brother and sister. The series, filmed entirely with handheld cameras, presented the award-winning London-based studio with a unique FX challenge. Following a recent expansion, Splice now has thirty nine offline edit suites as well as two online Avid DS Suites, one online Symphony Suite – all of which have Boris Continuum Complete – an eleven-seat Baselight Grading Theatre & audio, VFX & content repurposing services.
Who doesn’t love cute, fun, and funny pet videos? Need a midday break? Watch “24: Twenty-Fur,” the harrowing tale about the threat of chocolate being released into the water supply, or catch a parody of John Legend’s “All of Me” called “All of Meat.”
Since its launch in 2012, ThePetCollective (a branch of Fremantle Media) and its videos have been viewed millions and millions of times, and it’s easy to see why.
Bruce Tovsky is a Renaissance Man.
His career spans across the arts — editor, painter, printmaker, experimental musician, composer, record producer, and sound engineer.
Currently an editor for Razor & Tie, a New York-based independent music label, Tovsky specializes in music videos (BCC Film Damage is a fave for heavy metal), EPKs (electronic press kits), and tv spots, along with documentaries (a personal love).
Tovsky depends on Boris Continuum Complete in Adobe After Effects, Avid, and Final Cut Pro for all his varied projects.
With episode titles like "The Hungry Games," "Grape Expectations," and "Iron Apple," Annoying Orange — a cartoon featuring a motley, pun-filled crew of fruit with live action mouths and eyes — doesn't take itself too seriously. Its creation, however, is serious business for Kappa Studios, Inc., an award-winning, full service post-production studio based in Burbank, CA.
Patrick Francis Xavier Murphy (aka F.X. Murphy), Kappa's Animation Director/VFX Supervisor and long-time user of Boris FX products, leads the team.
Greg Walton, owner of Spot On Productions, believes in a lifelong evolution.
From a copywriter for the top theatrical ad agency in New York to Charter Media's head of Creative Services in Michigan to an independent producer/editor, Walton, who has also jumped from Avid to FCP to Adobe Premiere Pro, candidly offers up some advice, "Learn as much as you can about as many different aspects of the industry as possible.
Like its namesake "Powder House," where colonists stored gunpowder in the 1770s, Powderhouse Productions packs a punch. Tucked into a tiny bustling neighborhood outside Boston, Powderhouse is a full service production company, creating original programming for cable and broadcast networks (A&E, History, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery, PBS, Food Network, and VH1), agencies, brands, and corporations.
Earlier this year, Stephen Barker, Director of Post-Production, and the team at Powderhouse Productions underwent a major Avid upgrade.
Founded in 1969, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) has developed into a prestigious multi-award winning, multi-platform institution of American culture. Boston-based WGBH is its single largest producer of tv and web content.
Meet Paul Sanni, Creative Services for WGBH. Sanni, a longtime user of Boris FX products, edits and does sound design on short form broadcast pieces. His work includes series promos for Masterpiece, American Experience, and NOVA, broadcast IDs, fillers, and ever increasingly online videos such as "
HARD CHARGE® is the first and only televised obstacle race course. For four to five grueling miles, individuals compete in 20+ obstacles with names like "No Holds Barred™," "Hit the Wall™," and "Iron Will™." To avoid a post-production obstacle course with similar imagery, the team at HARD CHARGE® turned to Boris FX and Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) 8 AE as it launched this summer.
"BCC 8 has been crucial in our TV show so far with both the everyday editing as well as the more complex VFX we have created,"
Rob Kelly is a filmmaker and music producer as well as a percussionist with the Tran-Siberian March Band (TSMB). TSMB recently collaborated with DJ Yoda , one of the world's best-known hip-hop DJs, and a master turntablist who is also well known for his use of video in his live shows. As part of the collaboration, TSMB performed with DJ Yoda live on stage at a series of shows including WOMAD Festival, Kendall Calling Festival, Bestival, Camp Bestival, and The Camden Roundhouse.
As Restoration Producer for Cinerama, Inc., David Strohmaier is responsible for restoration of original Cinerama films - the first truly widescreen presentations of movies. Cinerama is the trademarked name for a widescreen process which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen, subtending 146° of arc. It is also the trademarked name for Cinerama, Inc., the corporation which was formed to market the process.
David Helfand is an Emmy-winning film editor. He started his editing career cutting promo reels, commercials, music videos, and documentaries for a small production company in Los Angeles. His first editing break came on the acclaimed HBO series "Dream On," for which he earned a CableAce Award and three nominations during its five year run. His next editing job came with NBC's "Friends," which he also produced. In 1998, he received editing and writing Emmys for a news feature chronicling his father's return to Poland 50 years after leaving Auschwitz.
Michael Svirsky is entering his sixth season with This Old House and Time Inc. as VFX Artist and Post-Production Supervisor. This Old House and Ask This Old House air on PBS, are syndicated on CW channels, and are served on ThisOldHouse.com and PBS.org. This Old House also provides content for This Old House Ventures' marketing and sales initiatives and constantly develops new shows and series.
This Old House has a library of 30 years of content that is processed and mined for information and content on daily basis.
By Jeffrey Hellman Moving Box Studios
Filmmaker Jeffrey Hellman has a passion for creating socially conscious media. He has worked on a wide variety of international documentaries for several NGOs, NPOs, and grassroots organizations. He’s also an editor and motion graphics designer at multimedia production company Moving Box Studios. When working on the documentary Honoring Home, he discovered Boris Soundbite, a unique dialogue search tool that quickly and accurately finds any word or phrase spoken in recorded media.
Sean Lee is a video editor, engineer, producer, and musician who has been editing on Sony Vegas Pro for over a decade. He founded The Voice Mechanic in 1996, where he has served as a vocal coach for over 2,000 students - including many well-known names within the music and film industries. His clients include members of AC/DC, Great White, The Scorpions, and Quiet Riot. Sean also operates Melrose Studios , offering video production, photography, web design, video editing, music recording/mastering services, and more.
Syfy, formerly known as the Sci-Fi Channel, is an American cable channel featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, paranormal, and reality programming. Syfy is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast and General Electric.
Two Syfy shows, Eureka and Warehouse 13, recently moved to Avid Media Composer for offline editing, but still use Apple Final Cut Pro for online editing. Warehouse 13 is shot with RED Digital Cinema cameras and dailies are encoded to Avid's DNxHD 36 codec.
For over 17 years, db Editorial has produced commercials, broadcast and cable programming, and corporate videos, accumulating Tellys, ADDYs, a CLIO, and an Emmy along the way. Owner David Baertsch has worked in production for over 30 years. His career has spanned live news, online editing, and complete post-production.
db Editorial primarily focuses on turnkey production for corporate clients. Corporate clients come in with a concept and db Editorial writes, shoots, designs graphics, and edits.
AlphaDogs Post Production is a full service post-production company based in Burbank, California. Operating in the heart of Burbank's media district, AlphaDogs offers state of the art editing bays, color correction, audio mixing, visual effects, graphics design, production offices, and equipment rentals.
AlphaDogs recently completed all post-production services for Pregnant in Heels, a new docu-drama series that profiles "MomPrep", a high-end maternity training academy that assists sophisticated expectant mothers with bizarre baby needs ranging from Brazilian waxing for the labor room to getting the baby into British aristocracy.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in the Midwest, with stops in Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota, before my family headed west to Arizona. After serving a church mission in Mexico City, I went on to Brigham Young University to become a television sports anchor. I quickly found out I had the face for radio and voice for closed-captioning. So I switched to production behind the camera.
Harry B. Miller III, A.C.E. is a picture and sound editor who works in the feature film and television business. He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and attended Boston University and the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1978, he attended the University of Southern California (USC) Cinema School where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production. He has since worked in the Southern California film business.
NDR, the northern division of Germany`s national broadcast association, uses Boris Continuum Complete FxPlug as the standard effects package on 30+ Apple Final Cut Pro edit suites. Senior editor and editing supervisor Oliver Krau shares how and why BCC is used in every day editing projects:
"We decided to equip all of our FCP suites with BCC FxPlug as that makes it easier to schedule them for all of the different editing jobs.
In 1988, Sherrie White co-founded New Generations, Inc., one of Hawaii's largest independent production/post-production companies. Last year, she split from New Generations and started HDTV Hawaii, Inc. Sherrie is one of the original users of Avid DS, having worked on DS since the first beta version in 1998 through the current Avid DS release. HDTV Hawaii specializes in documentaries, long-form multi-show series, program opens and graphics packages, and corporate and government presentations.
HD Heaven is a state-of-the-art video post-production facility located in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The shared vision of husband-and-wife team Tony & Patti Quinsee-Jover, HD Heaven caters to high-end broadcasters and corporate clients. They have edited several thousand TV commercials and several hundred broadcast programs. At the heart of HD Heaven's studio is Avid DS Nitris, handling HD, SD, 2K, and 4K film, all in real-time.
HD Heaven does a lot of conforming on their Avid DS systems from projects offlined on Avid Media Composer.
This Old House TV was awarded an Emmy for its New Orleans Project episode, which featured the rebuilding of an 1892 Creole-style shotgun home located in Lower Ninth Ward that was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Throughout its 30-year history, This Old House has earned a grand total of 17 Emmy Awards and garnered an impressive 82 nominations. The production crew traveled from Massachusetts to New Orleans to capture this story and other stories of the city's revival.
Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its debut on PBS as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 27 seasons is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.
The responsibility for creating FRONTLINE's promos and packaging materials falls to John MacGibbon, winner of two national Emmy awards in the last two years and a recent nominee for two additional Emmys, and writer/producer Missy Frederick.
Martin Zwanzger proves that you don't need to run a million dollar film studio in order to work on big movies. Out of his home office in Nuremberg, Germany, Martin offers his services for all kinds of graphics, post production, film, and VFX work. His customers include ScanlineVFX, ARRI Film & TV, Constantin Film, and Concorde Filmverleih, working on projects such as " The Chronicles of Narnia 2 "
Rev13 Films provides post-production workflow and conform for Toronto International Film Festival's documentary film feature, Reel Injun, produced by Rezolution Pictures International.
Reel Injun traces the cinematic evolution of the Native people from the silent film era to today. To display this journey, the film uses clips from hundreds of classic and recent films, as well as candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors, and activists, including Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Sacheen Littlefeather, John Trudell and Russell Means,
Digital Kitchen is a creative agency that focuses on film production, experiential design, motion graphics, brand identity, and interactive work for marketing and entertainment. With studios in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Los Angeles, Digital Kitchen has created experiential campaigns for Target and Microsoft, broadcast spots for hundreds of leading brands, interactive work for AT&T, Budweiser, and Mercedes, the Emmy Award-winning main titles for "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under", a series of manga comic books for Nike, and the live show content for The 2008 Webby Awards.
Carl McKay is a Fire Editor at Fox Digital, Los Angeles. He has been working with Discreet's Fire and Smoke for about six years. Despite the pressures of working in such a high-profile environment, Carl has found time to beta test the SGI IRIX-based Boris Continuum Complete for Discreet Sparks. BCC includes over 100 dynamic filters that extend the capabilities of Discreet Inferno®, Fire®, Flame®, Flint® and Smoke® systems. The Discreet¹s Sparks architecture is an advanced Application Programming Interface (API) for developing custom plug-ins for Discreet finishing systems.
Steve Pankow is a Senior Editor at KEZI, the ABC affiliate in Eugene, Oregon. He runs both Boris Red and Boris Continuum Complete AVX 3 on his Avid system. Two additional Xpress Pro systems also include RED and BCC AVX. Despite the fact that Eugene is a small market (#120), if you watch the demo movie, you will agree that their work is worthy of a top five market.
“KEZI has the fortune of being affiliated with the Oregon Sports Network, which produces weekly television shows promoting the University of Oregon's sports teams,” said Pankow.
Some say baseball is a boring game. Those people have never been to The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, home of the Texas Rangers. Photographer/Editor Hugo Carbajal and Creative Director Rush Olson have found the winning combination using the Boris Motion Graphics Package with their two Avid systems.
The process starts before the team ever assembles in Surprise, AZ for training. Rush and Hugo put together a list of things that need to be accomplished, from player shots, to commercials to in-park imaging needs.
Kristi Joiner-Simpson doesn’t have a lot of time. With dozens of promos to produce each week for the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, AZ, she typically has 5 hours from the time she gets her assignment to the time she hands over a tape to air. She needs high-impact effects and titling that produce results, and she needs them fast.
She’s obviously been getting them, too. Among the results she’s produced are five Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.
The Need for Speed In a deadline-driven television newsroom environment, speed is a MAJOR issue. When breaking news hits, priorities shift quickly to cover stories that will inform and help the public. While speed-to-air is a must, even late-breaking news alerts need a polished presentation and brand affiliation. However, these professional looking packages need to be assembled easily and quickly.
Inevitably, there is a battle between these two areas.
Steve Oakley is the owner of Practical Illusions and lead creative artist. Practical Illusions provides high-end editorial, effects and production for the Midwest market.
“Our clients are typically television networks and fortune 500 companies. A lot of them are back in NY. They can be very demanding to say the least, and that’s fine. With dependable tools, we can be confident about meeting their needs.”
“We do a mix of show opens for TV, spots, and occasional long form work.
Randy Rike serves on the Board of Trustees for Capital Christian Ministries International as the Director of Media & Technical USA. He lives in southern California, and works in Hollywood, at a large post production facility. CCMI is based in Lusaka, Zambia. His duties include researching and procuring anything technical, but primarily production and post production resources.
Over the last five years Capital Christian Media has acquired four Avid editing systems, two Xpress Pros, and two Media Composers.
A Wide Variety of Native Filters and Transitions Magic Eye is located in Hürth, Germany, outside Cologne. The facility created the post-production of several award-winning German TV shows including "Genial Daneben," "Schillerstrasse" and the first seasons of "Was guckst Du?!?" which was nominated for the International Emmy in 2001. But they also specialize in on-screen design such as show openers, commercials and highresolution design for tradeshows.
Florian Peters is one of the owners of Magic Eye.