Hula Post Production provided 3D editorial gear and space for Metallica: Through the Never, the new feature-length 3D concert film released worldwidelast month by Picturehouse. Editor Joe Hutshing (Savages, Almost Famous) and his crew spent more than eight months at Hula’s facility in West Los Angeles cutting the film, which blends footage from Metallica concerts in Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia, with a narrative story about a roadie on a surreal odyssey to recover a mysterious bag. Metallica: Through the Never will screen both in digital 3D cinemas and IMAX theaters.
Los Angeles post house Shapeshifter used Blackmagic Design’s Teranex 2D Processor and DaVinci Resolve color correction software to finish the PBS documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, an episode of the public broadcaster’s American Masters series. Director Robert Trachtenburg’s 4K interview footage was edited into a 29.97 fps project and combined with archival footage taken from more than five decades of Mel Brooks’ work in film, television and on stage. Archival material was already 29.97 fps.
Company 3 in London used Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve to color grade Ron Howard’s F1 racing film Rush. Tracing the true story of drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl) and their pivotal competition throughout the 1976 F1 World Championship, Rush was shot using a variety of digital formats by cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, ASC, BSC, DFF.
Over the years, Adobe Photoshop has become the go-to photo and design application for many editors, yet others have simply never warmed to it. For those with an interest in alternative solutions, there’s Pixelmator. The company responsible for Pixelmator, called Pixelmator Team, was an early proponent of selling through the Mac App Store, a move that quickly vaulted Pixelmator to the top of the Mac App Store’s sales list and earned it the “Best of Mac App Store” honor in 2011.
One of the biggest treats each week on Saturday Night Live is to see what kind of bizarre short films will be shown. These mini-movies are the product of the writers along with the filmmaking unit headed by director/producer Rhys Thomas. Adam Epstein is their editor.
We spoke with the busy editor when he caught his breath after the season premiere episode, for which he put together a sendup of a promo for the HBO show Girls in which Albanian visitor Blerta (Tina Fey) helps put some of that show’s characters’ complaints in perspective.
The new Mac Pro brings Thunderbolt 2 with 20Gbps bi-directional support to the forefront. Join Bryce Button, AJA Product Marketing Manager to learn more about the AJA Io 4K, AJA's new Thunderbolt 2 I/O device as well as the eco system to utilize it with the new Mac Pro and more. Thunderbolt 2 is also backwards compatible and we will explore how to use the AJA Io XT as well as desktop cards from the KONA family in a Thunderbolt 2 workflow.
This free webinar takes place on November 21st at 12:00 PM EST. Register here.
FCP.co praises the newly released GoPro Studio 2.0 as the best way to get your GoPro footage into Final Cut Pro X.
They write, "We have to admit that we just suck our footage straight off the card into FCPX and let it do the conversion to ProRes 422. A few days ago, GoPro announced Studio 2, an application that prepares the footage before importing it into your NLE of choice. We thought this is an unnecessary step, but after watching a demo on the very flash GoPro stand (every stand should have a Formula 1 car!), we think this method is probably the best route to take with GoPro footage."
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Editors Dan Hanley and Mike Hill, longtime collaborators with Ron Howard, talk to Editors Guild about editing his latest feature film, the car racing drama Rush.
Says Hanley about their process, "You have to start on the written page and find the visual sense. Ron sends us early drafts of a script to get our sense of what scenes work dramatically, but when you’re assembling the movie, the scenes play differently. You’re surprised you have to change the rhythm."
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Richard Taylor of RevUp Transmedia speculates on what might be expected from Final Cut Pro 10.1 and the upcoming Apple Mac Pro.
He writes, "I expect Final Cut Pro X 10.1 to be a major version upgrade. I expect it to not only add jaw-dropping new original features, but also add back some of the requested features that have been missing from Final Cut Pro X in its first 2+ years. According to Apple, there have been no major FCPX feature updates for a year. It looks like they've been saving the new features for 10.1."
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The folks at Red Giant Software are smart. Not only do they create some amazing tools, they design those tools for maximum user productivity. The release of BulletProof 1.0 proves the point. For the past several months, Red Giant has put the software through a public beta testing period, soliciting feedback on all features of the media workflow tool. From the stability and usability of the 1.0 release, it would seem they listened to their users.