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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 Andy Stout

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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