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Behind the scenes: War of the Worlds

2019-11-15T10:19:00+00:00By

The War of the Worlds started on the radio, but the sound is just as important in the latest small screen turn of the HG Wells classic. Adrian Pennington goes behind the scenes of the audio behind the BBC’s new TV adaptation.

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Looking behind live esports production

2019-11-14T18:53:00+00:00By

Delivering live esports production at scale requires seamless technology integration and tight workflows to optimise the operation and produce esports for massive international audiences.

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Industry Innovators: Bill Warner, Avid

2019-11-14T16:59:00+00:00By

In the first of this series looking at innovators who have changed the media and broadcast industry, IBC365 speaks to Avid founder Bill Warner about transforming the editing landscape.

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Deluxe appoints new CEO

2019-11-08T13:36:00+00:00By

Deluxe has completed a restructure of the business and appointed Eric Cummins to the role of chief executive.

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VFX: De-aging tech

2019-11-08T11:15:00+00:00By

The current crop of films featuring digitally de-aged characters has brought new life to older actors, and now a pioneering example of age regression for a TV series shows just how much the technology is evolving.

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Behind the scenes: Diego Maradona

2019-11-05T16:46:00+00:00By

Editor Chris King and director Asif Kapadia tackle Argentina’s footballing enigma, Diego Maradona, in this documentary which comes to DVD this month

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Visual Data buys London content services firm MX1

2019-11-04T15:49:00+00:00By

Visual Data buys London-based MX1 UK from SES Ongoing M&A among the media services sector SES to focus on distribution and content management

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Behind the scenes: His Dark Materials

2019-11-01T10:03:00+00:00By

Any adaptation of Philip Pullman’s multi-layered fantasy His Dark Materials must decide how to represent the cast of animalistic ‘daemons’ which feature constantly throughout the story. Adrian Pennington spoke with key members of the VFX team to find out how.

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Why productions should focus on security

2019-10-25T11:43:00+01:00By

SMPTE 2019: Security is a key concern for the media industry, but security needs to be integrated into production cycles from the start, according to HBO’s Marc Zorn.

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SMPTE focusses on storytellers at 2019 conference

2019-10-22T10:52:00+01:00By , at SMPTE 2019

SMPTE 2019: Non-profit training and studio organisation Exceptional Minds kicked off SMPTE’s Storytellers agenda at the SMPTE 2019 conference with a discussion about people with autism working in VFX and production.

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Deluxe files for bankruptcy

2019-10-07T11:12:00+01:00By

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group insists that it is business as usual for the post-production company despite filing for bankruptcy.

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Behind the scenes: Joker

2019-10-03T15:58:00+01:00By

Production designer Mark Friedberg and editor Jeff Groth explain how they mapped Manhattan to fit the warped and rotting mind of the clown’s alter ego.

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How to tell a better story

2019-10-01T15:59:00+01:00By

Sound should be used to help editors tell the story. Sound editor Tormod Ringnes speaks to Carolyn Giardina about the impact of immersive sound technology.

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Fleabag and Game of Thrones win big at Emmy Awards

2019-09-23T11:43:00+01:00By

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards last night celebrated excellence in programming and individual achievements for the 2018 to 2019 television season.

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Apple and Microsoft join Academy Software Foundation

2019-09-20T14:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Apple and Microsoft have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Software Foundation, bringing its membership to 27 companies.

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Netflix chief Hastings pledges increased investment in UK content

2019-09-20T11:07:00+01:00By Tim Dams

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said today that the streamer would step up its spend in the UK, its biggest production market outside the US.

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IBC2019 Keynote: Cinematic trailblazer Andy Serkis

2019-09-16T13:47:00+01:00

IBC2019: Actor and director Andy Serkis discusses his journey into performance capture and the ethics of capturing actors’ likenesses in his IBC2019 Keynote session.

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Andy Serkis: Immortalising characters with technology

2019-09-15T14:54:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Celebrated actor, producer, director and studio head Andy Serkis took to the IBC2019 mainstage this afternoon to share the highlights of his career, the power of motion capture, performance technology and the epiphanies which transformed his craft.

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IBC2019 Preview: Monday

2019-09-15T14:24:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Monday mega movie showcasing Toy Story 4.

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Video: Steve Beres and Greg Spence, Game of Thrones

2019-09-15T11:51:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Game of Thrones The Long Night was on the Big Screen at IBC2019. Steve Beres and Greg Spence talk about the challenges and technologies involved in creating the season 8 episode

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Lion King team looked to Attenborough documentaries

2019-09-14T14:51:00+01:00By

IBC2019:The Lion King cinematographer Caleb Deschanel has revealed that the BBC’s blockbuster natural history series Planet Earth 2 played a huge influence in the way that Disney’s all digital photorealistic remake was shot.

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IBC2019 Preview: Friday

2019-09-12T14:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights and the must-see conference sessions, feature areas, Elton John’s Rocket Man on the Big Screen, and AWS 4K Charity run sign up.

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Video: Andy Serkis on the future of motion capture

2019-09-12T12:31:00+01:00By

Actor, director, producer and studio head - Andy Serkis has done it all. Ahead of his appearance at IBC2019 the Lord of the Rings star talks to IBC365 about developments in MoCap technology, industry trends and the challenges offered by OTTs.

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Behind the scenes: Gemini Man

2019-09-09T12:16:00+01:00By

Ang Lee chose to shoot his upcoming sci-fi film Gemini Man, starring Will Smith, in HFR. Editor Tim Squyres explains how the director fell in love with higher frame rates.

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Astonishing performances

2019-09-06T09:50:00+01:00By

From Gollum to King Kong, Andy Serkis is widely credited as the man who brought performance capture into the mainstream. Ahead of IBC2019, the actor/director sat down with James Pearce to discuss the growth of this technology and his long association with it.

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Tuning into talent

2019-09-05T14:34:00+01:00

The UK TV industry is diversifying both culturally and geographically and the Royal Television Society (RTS) is at the heart of championing this change, says Theresa Wise.

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UK BAME workforce exceeds average for VFX, post and animation sectors

2019-09-05T10:24:00+01:00By

UK Screen Alliance, Access VFX and Animation UK have released a report on the progress and challenges for diversity and inclusion across the VFX, post-production and animation industries.

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In today’s ever-changing digital landscape, video quality drives viewer engagement and user experience. People want to enjoy video anywhere, anytime and this drives demand for higher quality content, improved bandwidth and faster processing. And with that, video codec quality, performance and reliability have never been more important.

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Lenses and the quest for character in changing times for film

2019-09-03T12:59:00+01:00By

Growing demand for large format lenses that enable rich video depiction using a shallow depth of field is among the trends affecting a highly competitive sector of equipment manufacturing, writes David Davies.

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Behind the scenes: The Lion King

2019-09-02T12:42:00+01:00By

The animated remake of the Disney classic employed a live-action film crew that could work inside virtual reality using traditional camera equipment to set up and execute shots in the animated world the same way they would be achieved in the real world.

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Behind the scenes: The Man in the High Castle

2019-08-28T14:58:00+01:00By

With the fourth and final season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle set to launch, Adrian Pennington chats to cinematographer Gonzalo Amat about creating the show’s dystopian noir look.

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Interview: Dr. Oliver Schreer

2019-08-26T11:35:00+01:00By

Prior to his Monday conference session at IBC, ‘VR meets AR. Real and Virtual Space Become One’, Dr. Oliver Schreer talks to George Jarrett about his incredible 25-year research career in 3D and latterly VR.

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Netflix inks deal for Uxbridge production space

2019-08-22T14:20:00+01:00By

Netflix has signed a deal to rent out 134,000 square-feet of production space in Uxbridge in a push to establish itself in the UK ahead of the opening of its Shepperton studios base.

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Hollywood tech chiefs call for collaboration and innovation

2019-08-20T06:00:00+01:00By

“Inherent inefficiencies” in production workflows “threaten to limit our future ability to innovate,” MovieLabs boss warns.

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Insight: Your guide to IBC2019

2019-08-16T09:58:00+01:00By

IBC preview magazine Insight contains interviews with keynote speakers, an overview of some of the technology trends that will dominate IBC2019 as well as guides to the show’s exciting and innovative features, from the Future Zone to the Esports Showcase.

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Brexit creates VFX visa “uncertainty”

2019-08-12T11:18:00+01:00By

VFX, animation and post-production employees from the European Union are being urged to apply for settled status before the UK introduces a new visa system for working in the country.

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Making the grade: How colourists are meeting the challenge of HDR

2019-07-29T13:44:00+01:00By

The increasing prevalence of HDR and the need to cater to additional platforms is adding to colourists’ already-substantial workloads. David Davies finds out how vendors are helping them rise to the challenge and previews some new system features.

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UK VFX firm DNEG poised for London IPO

2019-07-22T10:42:00+01:00By

VFX firm DNEG is set for a listing on the London stock exchange, according to Sky News.

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Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO lead Emmys 2019 nominees

2019-07-17T15:19:00+01:00By

UK productions Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Bodyguard and Fleabag lead the 2019 Emmys nominees with limited series Chernobyl and When They See Us recognised as expanding the TV landscape.

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Behind the Scenes: Toy Story 4

2019-07-15T15:24:00+01:00By

Pixar director of photography Patrick Lin explains how he brings a live-action filmmaking approach to computer animation.

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How streamer spend is reshaping programme making

2019-07-11T14:21:00+01:00By Tim Dams

The rise of the streaming platforms has sparked a production boom, affecting superindie groups through to smaller indies. It has had a major impact on all genres of programme making too -  and the way that shows are now financed. Tim Dams reports.

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EditFest 2019: Just keep cutting

2019-07-11T10:28:00+01:00By

The seventh annual American Cinema Editors’ London EditFest offered insights into cutting for factual, TV drama, and features, George Jarrett reports.

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Craft Leaders: Lee Smith, Editor

2019-07-09T15:17:00+01:00By

Editing films is “very instinctual”, says Oscar winning editor Lee Smith

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How AI is reinventing Visual Effects

2019-07-04T15:01:00+01:00By

AI/ML and deep learning is having a huge impact in computer graphics research with potential to transform VFX production.

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Behind the scenes: Men in Black: International

2019-06-27T13:54:00+01:00By

The MIB reboot opened last week. IBC365 goes behind the scenes with VFX Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro to find how he created a world with aliens living on Earth.

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Behind the scenes: Tonight with Vladimir Putin

2019-06-26T13:11:00+01:00By

Vladimir Putin has been brought to life as a chat show host for a new BBC comedy. James Pearce goes behind the scenes with Framestore to see how the VFX firm used motion capture to create a VFX Putin in real-time.

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Behind the Scenes: Apollo 11

2019-06-26T08:00:00+01:00By

A new documentary film about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing features previously unseen 70mm footage that helps provide a whole new take on the mission and its legacy as it nears its 50th Anniversary.

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Rental houses reveal what productions want now

2019-05-31T09:28:00+01:00By

From an iPhone to an expensive full-frame digital cinema camera, you can shoot a TV show or even a movie on a range of devices. But what do most mainstream productions use? These rental houses reveal all.

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Craft Leaders: Laura Jans Fazio, Colourist

2019-05-30T09:17:00+01:00By

Laura Jans Fazio explains how an interest in art and design led her to become the colourist for the likes of House of Cards, Mr Robot, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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ASC turns 100: Who is the greatest cinematographer ever?

2019-05-29T16:15:00+01:00By

IBC365 pays tribute to the international cinematographers who have shaped the art of motion pictures and asks ASC members who they think is the greatest of all time.

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Behind the scenes: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

2019-05-25T09:00:00+01:00By

Robert Richardson ASC describes recreating the summer of 1969 for Quentin Tarantino’s new blockbuster.

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Behind the scenes: Good Omens

2019-05-21T10:09:00+01:00By

VFX supervisor Jean-Claude Deguara discusses creating a fantasy world straight out of the minds of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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Crafting quality: Skills for successful UHD and HDR production

2019-05-16T12:28:00+01:00

Join IBC365 on demand to explore how pixels, higher frame rates, wide colour gamut and high dynamic range are transforming the production process.

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Behind the scenes: John Wick 3

2019-05-16T07:00:00+01:00By

Cinematographer Dan Laustsen brings visual panache to the stunt-fuelled franchise

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Spotlight on: Film trailers

2019-05-10T10:11:00+01:00By Pippa Considine

Film trailers play a vital role in marketing budgets that can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but different changing consumption methods have changed the nature of trailers.

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Bafta Craft Awards: The winners

2019-04-29T09:50:00+01:00By

BBC TV dramas A Very English Scandal and Killing Eve were among the winners last night at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

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Video: How Sweden's SVT has adopted the cloud

2019-04-25T10:08:00+01:00

SVT CTO Adde Granberg speaks about how the Swedish public service broadcaster is using the cloud and the barriers to adopting remote production.

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Posthumous performances: Should we digitally recreate dead actors?

2019-04-12T07:00:00+01:00By

NAB 2019: The ethics of digitally recreated performances by actors who have passed away was questioned during an SMPTE panel at NAB.

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Ex-Apple, Warner execs launch Media Musketeers indie

2019-04-11T12:57:00+01:00By

Former Apple and Warner Bros executives have partnered to launch a European production company focused on high-end TV and feature films.

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Cinema tech: High frame rates take a bold leap forward

2019-04-10T10:30:00+01:00By

The jury is out on the aesthetic qualities of high frame rates (HFR) for cinema but the technique seems an inevitable part of the future theatrical experience.

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Behind the scenes: Shane Meadows’ The Virtues

2019-04-09T11:43:00+01:00By

The latest drama from This is England writer-director Shane Meadows was created in a semi-improvised fashion which required highly flexible production planning from indie producer Warp Films

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Game of Thrones Season 8: Battling the pirates

2019-04-08T15:37:00+01:00By

Ahead of the final season of Game of Thrones premiering on Sunday (14 April), Adrian Pennington looks at the huge security operation to prevent it from being pirated and previews the epic battle scenes and visual effects that lie at the heart of the franchise finale.

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Netflix original: Inside Netflix’s post-production operation

2019-04-08T10:04:00+01:00By

From interactive episodes of Black Mirror to Bear Grylls’ latest series, Netflix’s post-production operation and supply chain is responsible for servicing the insatiable appetite for original content that will see it deliver more than 1,000 branded shows this year.

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Avid unveils "reimagined" Media Composer at NAB2019

2019-04-07T01:58:00+01:00By

NAB 2019: Avid today unveiled an overhauled Media Composer at the company’s Connect event, where chief executive Jeff Rosica pledged to end the practice of announcing products without an imminent shipping date.

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EU VFX workers in UK urged to apply for settled status

2019-04-03T13:10:00+01:00By

UK-based VFX, post and animation workers have been urged to apply for settled status before Brexit potentially ends free movement.

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Transforming creative workflows: Making great content in the cloud

2019-04-02T11:51:00+01:00

Join IBC365 on demand to explore why creators are turning to cloud to transform the way they make great content.

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Spotlight on: Foley artists

2019-03-29T11:21:00+00:00By

Foley artists whose credits include Breaking Bad, The Revenant, Killing Eve, Black Mirror and Suicide Squad explain all about Foley.

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What Brexit means for European VFX firms

2019-03-27T17:20:00+00:00By

While UK VFX and animation houses operate in the almost certain knowledge that Brexit will dent their global competitiveness, facilities in Europe expect to benefit.

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Craft Leaders: Demetri Portelli, Stereographer

2019-03-26T07:00:00+00:00By

One of the world’s leading specialists in 3D production, Demetri Portelli’s credits include Oscar winner Hugo through to Ang Lee’s upcoming sci-fi film Gemini Man – and he thinks that 3D filmmaking remains vital to the future of cinema

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Behind the scenes: Dumbo

2019-03-25T15:28:00+00:00By

Chris Lebenzon, Tim Burton’s regular collaborator in the edit room, explains how they brought their CG lead character to life

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Interview: Black Mirror series designer Joel Collins

2019-03-18T14:57:00+00:00By Tim Dams

As series designer of Netflix’s Black Mirror, Joel Collins was integral to creating the look of the Charlie Brooker series. But after four series he has moved on to a new challenge – working on the hugely complex BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. He reveals how he ...

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UK VFX industry weighs the cost of Brexit

2019-03-12T17:16:00+00:00By

The UK’s VFX houses warn that cost of visas under current Brexit proposals risks the sector’s global competitiveness

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Behind the scenes: Captain Marvel

2019-03-08T13:09:00+00:00By

IBC365 marvels behind the scenes of Disney’s first female-fronted superhero release.

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Interview: Mandy Walker, DoP

2019-03-08T12:09:00+00:00By

In the latest in IBC365’s series of interviews with inspirational women, director of photography Mandy Walker reflects on working on projects as diverse as Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, Ted Melfi’s Hidden Figures and Niki Caro’s upcoming Disney blockbuster Mulan.

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Christopher Nolan rallies filmmakers

2019-03-06T12:35:00+00:00By

Nolan has urged filmmakers to give audiences a reason to leave the house and to continue inventing new genres for the future success of cinema.

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Interview: Carolina Costa, DoP

2019-03-05T15:01:00+00:00By

In the second in a series of interviews with inspirational women in the run up to International Women’s Day, director of photography Carolina Costa reveals what motivates her.

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Maryann Brandon: Editing with emotion

2019-03-04T10:00:00+00:00By

In the first of a series of interviews with inspirational female leaders in the run up to International Women’s Day, IBC365 spoke with Maryann Brandon about how she became an editor and what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated part of the industry.

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Oscars 2019: The winners

2019-02-25T15:22:00+00:00By Joe Crimp

Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther and Roma were among the big winners at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.

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Craft leaders: Adam Gough, Editor

2019-02-20T10:25:00+00:00By

Roma editor Adam Gough on his route into the industry and what it was like working with Alfonso Cuarón on the Oscar-nominated film.

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Oscars 2019: Inside the Best Film Editing category

2019-02-20T10:23:00+00:00By

From an eccentric costume drama to the story of the ultimate stadium rockers, what all the nominations in the best film editing category have in common is that their stories are based on real life biographies.

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Behind the scenes: Cold War

2019-02-12T13:52:00+00:00By

Oscar-nominated cinematographer Lukasz Zal reveals how he created the black-and-white look for Pawel Pawlikowski’s Soviet-era love story.

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UK film and TV spend hits £3.1bn in 2018

2019-02-05T09:18:00+00:00By

Production spend on film and TV in the UK reached £3.1bn in 2018, which the BFI said was a vote of confidence in the UK’s crews, facilities and locations.

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We can do it: Taking action and changing culture

2019-02-01T08:40:00+00:00

With women remaining notably absent from this year’s Academy Awards nominations, it is of vital importance that the industry does more to attract and retain women, says Digital Orchard managing director Sam Margaritis.

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2019 Oscars: Inside the best cinematography and VFX categories

2019-01-30T13:10:00+00:00By

From shooting in black and white to creating in-camera effects, we take a look at the technology and technique behind Oscar nominated films.

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Behind the scenes: A Quiet Place

2019-01-22T10:22:00+00:00By

Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, the supervising sound editors of Oscar-nominated A Quiet Place, on establishing the rules of silence and the shock of what happens if you break it.

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Behind the scenes: First Man

2019-01-21T17:12:00+00:00By

The sonic soundscape of Neil Armstrong biopic First Man fuses authentic reconstruction with the insanity of the race into space.

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Why diversity is a business imperative

2019-01-18T11:46:00+00:00

Diversity and inclusion are the key to delivering engaging content, says Mill Film’s Lauren McCallum.

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Behind the scenes: The Favourite

2019-01-14T15:51:00+00:00By

Cinematographer Robbie Ryan on the bold lens choices for Yorgos Lanthimos’ acerbic awards-tipped period drama.

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In search of next gen broadcast media storage

2018-12-21T12:16:00+00:00Brought to you by

At IBC2018, Rohde & Schwarz introduced a new multi-user shared access storage system: R&S SpycerNode. In this article, we take a closer look at SpycerNode to see how its approach differs and where this might add value to broadcasters, content owners and facilities.

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Craft Leaders: Douglas Trumbull, Special Effects Supervisor

2018-12-13T13:36:00+00:00By

The VFX wizard behind movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, Douglas Trumbull has spent the last decade developing Magi, which can capture and show films at high resolution and high frame rates – and deliver the immersive experience he says cinema audiences are looking for.

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Behind the scenes: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

2018-12-05T10:28:00+00:00By Pippa Considine

With around half of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’s $200m budget comprising VFX shots, Framestore Creative Director Christian Manz reveals the VFX story to IBC365, detailing work on key scenes, the re-invention of Paris and the creation of some of the more fantastic of the beasts.

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BBC and C4 triumph at RTS Awards

2018-11-27T15:51:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) 2018 Craft and Design Awards have awarded the best in UK broadcast television from directing and effects to costume and make up.

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UK’s VFX close up

2018-11-27T11:53:00+00:00By

IBC365 spoke with the One Strange Rock, The Crown and Katy VFX teams shortlisted for last night’s RTS Craft and Design Awards.

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The art of animation success

2018-11-09T11:00:00+00:00By Lorcan Archer

Based out of Kilkenny in Ireland, Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon has racked up Oscar nominations and interest from streaming platforms. Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon explains how OTT content hunger is fuelling the global animation market.

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Craft leaders: Ben Davis, Cinematographer

2018-11-08T11:46:00+00:00By

Ben Davis’ extraordinary list of credits includes Marvel blockbusters through to lower budget gems. This year alone he shot multi-million dollar shows Captain Marvel and Dumbo, back to back. He talks to Adrian Pennington about the art of the Director of Photography (DoP), his influences and the future of cinematography

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Craft leaders: John Mathieson, Cinematographer

2018-11-06T15:38:00+00:00By

The craft of cinematography is at risk in this era of digitally shot films, warns Oscar-nominated DoP John Mathieson, whose latest films include Mary Queen of Scots and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

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A game-changing revolution

2018-11-06T13:31:00+00:00By

It’s rare when something can be truly said to represent a revolutionary approach to filmmaking. Attendees of a jaw-dropping Big Screen session at IBC2018 got to see for themselves how game technology is fundamentally changing the way films are made.

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Special effects: Keeping it real

2018-11-05T16:42:00+00:00By

Far from being killed off by digital, practical special effects are routinely used to heighten the effectiveness of scenes and emotional beats in a way impossible in a computer.

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Craft Leaders: Robert Richardson, Cinematographer

2018-10-29T14:47:00+00:00By

Three-time Oscar winning DoP Robert Richardson reflects on a career that has spanned 30 years, working with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone – and working in formats ranging from digital 3D to ultra-wide 70mm.

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Interview: Harry Miller, Editor

2018-10-29T11:37:00+00:00By

How many people does it take to cut a Hollywood feature film? More than one, in the case of The Predator, Editor Harry Miller tells IBC365.

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Fine-tuning Bohemian Rhapsody

2018-10-24T10:32:00+01:00By

The Editor and Production Designer of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody tell IBC365 how the film recreated the classic Live Aid concert from Wembley Stadium – with 800 extras at Bovingdon airfield near Hemel Hempstead.

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Interview: Jack Watts, Deluxe Technicolor

2018-10-17T14:59:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

Jack Watts doesn’t shy away from having strong opinions about Digital Cinema Packages, demanding clients and film industry politics. IBC365 got his thoughts on these topics and much more.

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Interview: Maxine Gervais, Colourist

2018-10-17T06:00:00+01:00By

Working on over 50 blockbusters and critically-acclaimed feature films, the award-winning colourist Maxine Gervais has always been passionate about creative expression with technology and colour. Now she brings that enthusiasm to IBC.

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Watch: Peter Jackson brings colour to WW1

2018-10-16T18:54:00+01:00By

Grainy, black and white footage of World War One has been given the ultimate restoration treatment to startling effect in They Shall Not Grow Old.

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Behind the scenes: Mike Leigh’s Peterloo

2018-10-16T11:29:00+01:00By Stuart Kemp

Period epic Peterloo required some innovative VFX to recreate the crowd scenes that sit at the heart of Mike Leigh’s latest film.  

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Interview: Hauke Richter, Game of Thrones

2018-10-15T07:00:00+01:00By Steve Fairclough

One of the key factors in making Game of Thrones a worldwide television phenomenon is the style and look of the sets. Art director Hauke Richter spoke to IBC365 to reveal the secrets behind the show’s designs.

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Colour management for cinematic immersive experiences

2018-10-04T14:41:00+01:00By T. Pouli P.Morvan S.Thiebaud A.Orhand & N. Mitchell

In this paper, explore the challenges that have to be overcome to create colour-accurate immersive experiences at a cinematic quality level.

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Craft Leaders: Barry Alexander Brown, Editor

2018-10-02T09:43:00+01:00By

Barry Alexander Brown has edited over 100 Spike Lee ‘joints’, and is an acclaimed filmmaker himself. He tells Adrian Pennington about a career that encompasses editing legendary films such as Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X through to Lee’s latest, Blackkklansman.

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IBC2018 Tech Talks: Advances in sport production

2018-09-27T09:22:00+01:00

Read Dolby Laboratories, Sennheiser, EVS, UEFA and BT Technology technical papers and watch their presentation from IBC2018 on the exciting technology developments in sports production.

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SMPTE: Shaping the next generation of standards

2018-09-12T12:06:00+01:00By Staff writer

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), which has led the development of industry standards and progressive work in HD, Ultra HD, 4K and 8K for the advancement of the moving image, will be out in force at IBC.

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Defining HDR colour space

2018-09-07T09:34:00+01:00By

Don’t mention the HDR standards war to Jeremy Booth because he is happily distanced from it. The compositing TD from Jellyfish Pictures is much more concerned with the bigger picture around colour and VFX.

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Final cut: Should producers take post in-house?

2018-09-03T17:52:00+01:00By

As post-production technology has become more accessible and cheaper, a big question facing many production companies is: should post production be brought inhouse? Three leading indies explain the pros – and cons – of going inhouse.

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AI: Building the future of broadcast

2018-08-22T16:23:00+01:00By

Artificial intelligence technology is swiftly moving from experiment to practical use across production workflows and into the heart of content creation.

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On-demand webinar: IBC2018 themes

2018-08-17T10:02:00+01:00Brought to you by , by

Watch on demand as IBC365 previews the anticipated themes and highlights of IBC2018.

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Brexit: Media industry concerns

2018-08-02T06:00:00+01:00By

With the deadline to Brexit fast approaching, IBC365 asks leading media executives about the big issues they want government to resolve.

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Making the grade in HDR

2018-08-01T07:00:00+01:00By

With more dramas and films now delivering in HDR, IBC365 asks leading colourists to reveal all about the pros and cons of grading in the format.

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Craft Leaders: Joe Letteri, Visual Effects Supervisor

2018-07-31T12:04:00+01:00By

He doesn’t draw or paint nor animates in the traditional sense but give Joe Letteri a computer and he can figure out how to create any image in the world – or a world yet unknown. The four times visual effects Oscar and BAFTA winner has shaped three decades of ...

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Craft Leaders: Jean-Clément Soret, Colourist

2018-07-17T08:17:00+01:00By

Jean-Clément Soret on the mystery of being a colourist and the different requirements of grading commercials, film and TV.

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Craft Leaders: Andy Serkis, Director and Actor

2018-06-14T11:56:00+01:00By

Andy Serkis speaks about the “liberating tool” of performance capture and reveals all about his latest project Mowgli.

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Craft Leaders: Joe Walker, Editor

2018-05-31T15:02:00+01:00By

Cutting films for an auteur is a tough challenge, one that demands a deep immersion in the script and the personality of the filmmaker. Imagine then what a balancing act must have to be performed when you are the go to editor for two of the world’s leading directors.

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Post-production priorities: UHD, HDR and the adoption of IP

2018-05-30T16:52:00+01:00By

Post-production companies, long considered to be the ‘last stage’ in the broadcast and film chain, are often the most enthusiastic early adopters of cutting edge technology.

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Craft Leaders: Roger Deakins, Cinematographer

2018-05-16T14:54:00+01:00By

Looking back on almost 50 years of iconic films, ranging from The Shawshank Redemption and The Big Lebowski to Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049, the British cinematographer discusses his creative approach and his life in pictures.

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Love Island and This Country scoop Baftas

2018-05-14T11:55:00+01:00By

Love Island, This Country and Detectorists were among the programmes honoured at last night’s Baftas, with Peaky Blinders and The Handmaid’s Tale also triumphing in their categories.  

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Spotlight on: Mobile journalists

2018-04-27T10:28:00+01:00By

Mobile video journalists (MoJo) from CBC, RTE and BBC offer insight into how technology has revolutionised reporting, the impact of mobile apps and the threat to traditional reporting.

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BBC, Discovery and YouTube execs to deliver keynote speeches at IBC2018

2018-04-25T15:29:00+01:00

BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie, Discovery Networks International President and Chief Executive Jean-Briac ‘JB’ Perrette and YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan are to deliver keynotes at the IBC2018 Conference.

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Craft Leaders: Jet Omoshebi, Colourist

2018-04-25T10:31:00+01:00By

In the first in a series of interviews with industry-leading craft talent, Goldcrest’s Jet Omoshebi speaks about breaking into the world of grading and the essential attributes of a colourist. 

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UHD and HDR in the frame at NAB 2018

2018-04-12T19:32:00+01:00By

NAB 2018: A glut of statistics on consumer interest in UHD, as well as the unveiling of kit from the likes of Sony, Blackmagic, Canon and Panasonic point to the steady uptake of UHD.

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How archive was used for Michael Caine’s My Generation

2018-04-10T02:19:00+01:00By

The power of archive is dramatically on show in Lionsgate’s Michael Caine-fronted feature documentary My Generation, which traces the cultural revolution that occurred in the 1960s.

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The Crown and Black Mirror vie for top Baftas

2018-04-04T10:08:00+01:00By

Black Mirror, Line of Duty, The Crown and Three Girls have all been nominated in three categories for the 2018 Bafta television awards.

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On-demand webinar: NAB Show 2018 Deconstructed

2018-03-28T14:30:00+01:00

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.

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Spotlight on: Digital Imaging Technicians

2018-03-09T11:39:00+00:00By

In the first of a series of articles that look at job roles and their relationship with technology, Alana Foster speaks with three digital imaging technicians whose credits include Black Mirror, Skyfall and McMafia.

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Oscars 2018 winners

2018-03-05T12:37:00+00:00By

The Shape of Water scooped the Best Picture gong during the 90th Academy Awards with I, Tonya, Three Billboards and Darkest Hour also awarded across the categories.

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The week in numbers: Media plurality to media awards

2018-02-22T14:37:00+00:00By

Murdoch extends Sky News promise and Disney and Marvel break box office records.

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Bafta 2018 winners

2018-02-19T17:15:00+00:00By

Sir Ridley Scott awarded the highest honour at the Baftas as Three Billboards, Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water scoop top awards.  

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Grass Valley and SAM: The challenges and benefits of consolidation

2018-02-19T16:44:00+00:00By

Belden’s decision to buy SAM and combine it with Grass Valley continues a long history of acquisitions for both companies, but what are the challenges in merging the firms and what does the deal mean for the wider industry?

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Editing in the era of seamless VFX

2018-02-16T10:44:00+00:00By

The creative talent responsible for VFX and editing of big screen blockbusters Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Downsizing and Paddington 2 discuss their craft.

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Video: How colour management advances VR, AR & beyond

2018-02-14T15:40:00+00:00

Technicolor’s Nick Mitchell and Tania Pouli discuss the importance of colour management even beyond virtual and augmented reality.

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Belden to merge SAM with Grass Valley

2018-02-08T23:55:00+00:00By

Belden has completed its acquisition of SAM (Snell Advanced Media), which it will now merge with Grass Valley.

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What's new in the world of grading?

2018-02-05T17:23:00+00:00By

With increasing demand for UHD and HDR content, colour management and workflow optimisation are at the heart of product development.

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2018 Oscar nominations: Inside the technical categories

2018-01-24T10:40:00+00:00By

IBC365 previews the technical categories for the 90th Academy Awards in which digital acquisition dominates.

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Top 10 most-read Production articles

2017-12-19T12:31:00+00:00By

The making of the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and the rise of virtual reality content were among IBC365’s most-read Production articles of 2017.

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360 cinematic literacy: A case study

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By Peter J Passmore Maxine Glancy Adam Philpot and Bob Fields

360 degree film making necessitates a new language for storytelling, the case study is based on material from two user studies on a 360 video profile of an artist.

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Interview: David Stump, ASC, steps into the light field

2017-09-19T09:26:00+01:00By

Cinematographer and visual effects pro David Stump, ASC, sees light-field technology as a huge opportunity for film, TV, virtual reality and other areas of content creation.

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Lost in Time with mixed reality

2017-09-05T11:39:00+01:00By

The use of mixed reality technology has enabled the creation of formats with levels of interactivity that have not been seen before, says FremantleMedia’s Petter Testmann Koch.

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TV productions return to revamped BBC Television Centre

2017-09-01T11:02:00+01:00By

The iconic Television Centre in West London has reopened, with The Jonathan Ross Show the first production to use the overhauled studios that were dubbed ’the home of British television’.

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VFX: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

2017-07-28T09:38:00+01:00By

From an immense space city to a Lexus inspired spaceship, Rodeo FX played a crucial part in bringing director Luc Besson’s vision of the graphic novel to the big screen

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HDR and IMF on the agenda at Sky-hosted SMPTE meeting

2017-07-11T08:44:00+01:00By

Sky will host the third-quarter SMPTE Technology Committee meetings at its London HQ in September.

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What can broadcast learn from the music industry?

2017-06-21T12:13:00+01:00By

Advances in technology mean that broadcast engineers have an increasingly important role to play in aiding the creative process, says John Maxwell Hobbs.

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Building a virtually perfect studio

2017-06-14T11:43:00+01:00

Moving to the cloud makes sense for VFX firms, says Jellyfish Pictures’ Jeremy Smith.

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Object-based audio for television

2017-04-26T09:00:00+01:00By Steven A. Silva 21st Century Fox USA

Since the beginning of TV production, channel based audio mixing has been the norm.

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The Jungle Book: advancing virtual production

2017-04-18T09:00:00+01:00By

Meticulous planning and pre-visualisation were used to create Disney feature The Jungle Book.

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Is virtual reality for real?

2017-04-05T09:00:00+01:00By

Projections for virtual reality hardware are extraordinarily positive, with findings from UK-based Business Insider Intelligence suggesting in excess of five-fold growth over the the next five years.

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High frame rates will become the norm, says Ang Lee

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00

Released in the US late last year, Iraq war drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk broke new ground when it came to technical production, Oscar winning Director Ang Lee talks about his experience with the newest cinema technology

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Alex Mahon: Playing games with reality

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00

Media execs should look to the gaming industry and the success of games such as Pokemon Go to realise there’s a market for AR and VR content.

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Derek Bradley: Facing the future of motion capture

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00

From Avatar to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, motion capture has enabled animation to become ever more lifelike and photo realistic. Now Disney Research is advancing this science with emotion capture, and systems that offer filmmakers continuous control of facial performance in live action motion pictures.

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Jon Karafin: Conjuring with light

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00

The merger between science and the arts has energised Jon Karafin throughout his career, culminating in what may be the most exciting breakthrough in imaging since the invention of photography.

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Michael Zink: 'HDR provides a truly differentiated experience for viewers'

2017-04-03T00:00:00+01:00By

As VP of Technology, Warner Bros. Michael Zink is responsible for exploring the emerging technologies that could enhance Warner Bros.’ capabilities in production, post production and distribution.

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Kevin Baillie: Expanding the view of virtual production

2017-04-03T00:00:00+01:00By

Visual effects pro Kevin Baillie sees the notion of virtual production moving beyond use of a virtual camera, to involve tasks such a location scouting and incorporating an increased reliance on the cloud.

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Dreamspace: A platform and tools for collaborative virtual production

2017-03-14T16:39:00+00:00By O. Grau V. Helzle E. Joris T. Knop B. Michoud P. Slusallek P. Bekaert J.Starck

The film and TV industry is seeking ways of producing audio-visual media that combines the real world, CGI and 3D animation in ever increasing quality but at lower cost.

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