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Killer Tracks Delivers the Music for a NASA Moon Video

Music from the library’s ICON collection featured in new video presenting stunning 4K views of the lunar surface. SANTA MONICA, Calif.—  Killer Tracks, a Universal Publishing Production Music Company, supplied the otherworldly soundscape for a new video from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission that reveals Earth’s nearest neighbor as it’s never been seen before. Titled Tour of the Moon in ...

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SMPTE Hollywood Section to Explore Diversity in STEM Employment at October Meeting

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology, will examine the entertainment industry’s need for greater diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent at its monthly meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11, in Hollywood. “Studios, production companies, postproduction facilities, and other employers in the ...

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PowerHouse VFX Leverages World-Class Talent and Strategic Partnership with Sixteen19 to Rise to the Top of New York’s VFX Industry

Building on a rock-solid foundation of quality work and deep relationships, the boutique VFX house looks back on a stellar first year in operation. NEW YORK—Buoyed by a string of high-profile film and television projects, PowerHouse VFX has quickly solidified its place as an industry leader on New York’s VFX scene. Founded last year by Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor ...

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Thistle Communications Puts Cartoni to the Test

North Hollywood, Calif.— Pelham, New Hampshire-based Thistle Communications provides turnkey production services for sports, concerts, political campaigns, conventions and other events across New England. The company’s clientele ranges from national broadcasters, such as Fox Sports, ESPN, NBC and CNN, to local universities and corporations. Launched in 2006, Thistle has built a reputation for quality and professionalism, and emerged as a ...

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Rising Sun Pictures’ Delivers Adrenaline-Fueled VFX for Fox’s “The Predator”

Working on a short schedule, studio produces more than 100 shots for alien adventure. Adelaide, South Australia— In The Predator, 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the sci-fi horror franchise, the universe’s most lethal hunters return to Earth, stronger and deadlier than ever. Having upgraded themselves with DNA from other species, they take on a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an ...

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Josh Hayward Celebrates a Renaissance in Southeast Asia in “Still/Life”

New short film centers on young athletes who are transforming a city emerging from five decades of isolation. New York City—Still/Life, director Josh Hayward’s new short film, describes a rebirth ongoing in the historic city of Yangon. Once known as Rangoon, the Southeast Asian capital recently emerged from 50 years of repressive, military rule and is now experiencing a cultural ...

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Sponsors Announced for MPSE and CAS Charity Golf and Poker Tournament

Annual entertainment sound fundraising event slated for October 14. Studio City, California –  The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the Editors Guild, Formosa Group and NBCUniversal are among the official sponsors of the annual MPSE & CAS Charity Golf and Poker Tournament scheduled for October 14, 2018 at Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, California. Co-hosted by the Motion ...

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Killer Tracks’ Mark Rome to Take Part in Production Music Conference Competition

Director of the library’s music department will take part in an on-the-spot competition to find the perfect track. SANTA MONICA, Calif.—  Mark Rome, Director of the Music Department at Killer Tracks, will put his wide-ranging musical knowledge to the test in a Battle of the Music Directors event at next month’s PMA’s Production Music Conference in Hollywood. Rome will compete ...

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MTI Film to Showcase Improved Cortex and DRS™NOVA v4 at IBC 2018

See MTI Film at IBC, Stand 8.A01. HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film will demonstrate the latest versions of Cortex Enterprise, its multifaceted toolset for post production, and DRS™NOVA, the industry-leading digital film restoration software, at IBC 2018, September 14 – 18 in Amsterdam. Show attendees can see Cortex v5.0.2 and DRS™NOVA v4 for the first time in Europe at the MTI Film ...

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connectr from axle ai Extends Workflow Automation Benefits to All

Open, visual programming system offers powerful capabilities to smaller teams, freelancers, and solution vendors Boston – axle ai, the leader in bringing radical simplicity to video search and collaboration, announced immediate availability of axle ai connectr™, revolutionary new software which lets media teams automate workflows via a drag-and-drop graphical user interface; no programming skills required. These teams are typically at broadcasters, ...

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SMPTE Hollywood Section to Host Panel on Storage for 4K and Beyond at September Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, will review emerging storage and workflow solutions for 4K postproduction at its monthly meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Hollywood. Representatives from Walt Disney Studios, Mellanox Technologies, ATTO Technology, and ROUSH ...

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Eli Green’s New Campaign for RaceTrac is “Wintastic”

Comedy spots out of R/GA Austin introduce a tough coach as pitchman for new rewards program. LOS ANGELES— Eli Green of A Common Thread has directed a new campaign for RaceTrac with Austin agency R/GA that rewrites the playbook for convenience store advertising in a very funny way. The series of :30, :15 and :06 second spots star actor Leland ...

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FSU’s Seminole Productions Upgrades Camera Support with Cartoni Magnum

University’s busy production unit adds three fluid head and tripod systems as it prepares for ACC network launch. North Hollywood, Calif.—Seminole Productions, Florida State University’s professional production group, has increased its complement of camera support gear through the purchase of three Cartoni Magnum fluid head systems from Manios Digital & Film. The production group plans to employ the systems in its ...

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MTI Film Restores Jim Henson’s Time Piece, Critically Acclaimed Oscar-Nominated Classic

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film recently completed a 4K restoration of Time Piece, a 1965 short film written, directed and starring the late Jim Henson. The story of a man’s desperate attempt to escape the passage of time, the short received an Academy Award nomination and is a testament to Henson’s underappreciated work as an experimental filmmaker. Restoring the film presented formidable ...

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axle ai Announces Support for Oracle Front Porch DIVArchive

Integration partnership with CloudFirst.io to support next-generation archives   Boston– axle ai, the leader in bringing artificial intelligence to video workflows, announces the availability of a new software module connecting its systems to Oracle’s Front Porch DIVArchive, the most broadly deployed archive platform today.  The software provides archiving and restore capabilities directly to and from DIVArchive via axle ai’s radically ...

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Rising Sun Pictures Education: Russel Balugo Interview

RSP Visual Effects Students Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds Adelaide, South Australia— Russel Balugo successfully completed The RSP / UniSA Graduate Certificate program in Dynamic Effects and Lighting earlier this year. A short time later, he accepted a position as a 3D generalist at Rotor Studios, a live action and production studio in Sydney that has produced award-winning work ...

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