Over 70 feature films posted in NY
including recent and upcoming releases: SPOTLIGHT, CHI-RAQ, LOVE THE COOPERS , WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, BEAST OF NO NATION, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, ZOOLANDER 2, HAIL, CAESAR, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON II - SWORD OF DESTINY.
Over 35 TV shows posted in NY
including current and upcoming TV
shows: VINYL, BILLIONS, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, THE BREAKS, THE KNICK, MASTER OF NONE, THE AMERICANS, RED OAKS, QUANTICO, DONNY!, BLUEBLOODS, ROYAL PAINS, BENDERS, HAP AND LEONARD, CHARACTERS
As Post Production Continues to Thrive in New York, Sixteen19 Leads the Way With New Chelsea Space
Sixteen19, one of New York's premier post companies, is just one of many
success stories stemming from the state's Film Tax Credit Program, on track
to receive a record number of applications for the fourth year in a row.
For post production, credit level increases to 30 percent (and 35 percent
for costs incurred outside of the New York City area) have helped companies
like Sixteen19 expand at an unprecedented pace.
Founded in 2010 by industry vets Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman,
Sixteen19 offers a range of services from digital intermediate color, to
dailies, to editing to VFX. The company is known for providing a
technology-driven, individualized suite of services to some of the most
high-profile projects that have recently posted in New York, including
TRUE DETECTIVE, FOXCATCHER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and THE GIVER.
Named for its first home in the famous Brill Building at 1619 Broadway,
the NYC-based company recently moved to a new space in Chelsea. This
state-of-the-art, 20,000- square-foot office reflects the quality of
service that has made Sixteen19 one of the most respected and recognized
names in post. Geared towards high-end feature, episodic, and commercial
content, the space includes a 15-seat DI finishing theater, five color correction
suites, two visual effects suites, and 40 editorial suites. It also
features advanced security systems compliant with the standards used
by all major studios, and high-speed bandwidth required to connect
Sixteen19 to facilities around the globe, including its Los Angeles,
Atlanta, and London locations.
In addition to these features, which will allow projects that post at
Sixteen19 to take advantage of the latest advances in technology and
workflows, the company’s new office offers an abundance of
natural light, plenty of common space, and artwork that goes beyond the
standard box office posters that define most post houses. Together,
these assets produce an effect of imaginative elegance in a space where
creators can collaborate and thrive.
"We are very happy with our new home at 44 West 18th Street," said Conlin.
"We continue the traditions founded in the Brill building - working in
elegance, pursuing excellence."
"We knew that our clients, directors and producers, had high expectations
of our new facility," said Hoffman. "With this in mind, we set out to
build the new Sixteen19 with natural light, open environments, wide hallways,
large editing suites and abundance of communal space for our talent to work,
collaborate and create. When the dust settled, the community’s response
was incredible and within two weeks of our opening we were 100 percent committed."
The new space comes on the heels of Sixteen19's 2014 expansion across
the East River, to a space located on the lot at Steiner Studios in the
Brooklyn Navy Yard. To read more about this outpost, which features a
100-seat DI theater, click here.
Sixteen19's expansions are supported by the tax credit program, which
to date in 2015 has received 80 applications from productions which
project to spend an estimated $123 million and make over 1,000 hires in
New York State.
The kitchen in Sixteen19's new facility.
The Molecule Experiences Record Growth in 2015
State Tax Incentives Help Grow NYC-Based VFX and Motion Graphics Studio
The Molecule, an NYC-headquartered, bicoastal VFX, Motion Graphics,
and VR studio has experienced its largest year of growth since its
inception in 2005.
Including celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year, The
Molecule has reached other milestones in 2015. Andrew Bly, The Molecule's
EP and partner says, "Over the past year we've been able to double our
size in New York alone. We've expanded our office space here to
accommodate our 20 new full-time staff and 30 additional freelancers."
The Molecule now employs, on average, 35 full-time staff and 30
freelancers every day. New positions have included VFX producers,
compositors, animators, programmers, and on-set supervisors.
Bly is optimistic about the year to come, especially given the
support provided by the local government. "The current environment in
NY has given us the confidence that as long as the incentives are here,
business will continue to grow. Because of this, we're able to plan out
a more aggressive plan for 2016 by taking on even more office space
that will allow us to hire more jobs both full time and freelance."
CEO Chris Healer emphasizes, "An important focus of our expansion
is creating an environment that allows us to dedicate more attention
to each project."
Upcoming projects to be released in 2016 include Jodie Foster's film
Money Monster, an ABC limited-series called MADOFF, a Hulu original
series entitled THE PATH, and returning seasons of THE AMERICANS (FX),
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix), BLOODLINE (Netflix), and BALLERS
The Molecule Producers (clockwise from left): Ian Sheddan, Charlotta Forssman, Chris Hayes, David McElfresh, Jamie McIntyre, Lauren F. Ellis, John Sesumi, Drew Wood, Michael Fernandes
Technicolor PostWorks NY
Company Benefits from Production Boom
Buoyed by strong demand across all sectors of entertainment media,
Technicolor PostWorks New York serviced a diverse mix of feature,
television and documentary projects in 2015.
After completing work on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, which ended an award-winning
5-year run on HBO this fall, the facility welcomed some of the year's
hottest new shows, including the critically-acclaimed Netflix original
comedy MASTER OF NONE and ABC's hit crime drama QUANTICO. Continuing
series work included Emmy-nominees NURSE JACKIE, THE AMERICANS, UNBREAKABLE
KIMMY SCHMIDT and VICE. Technicolor PostWorks was also the finishing house
for HBO's superb 6-part drama SHOW ME A HERO.
"The growth of streaming and other new distribution platforms is
fueling a television boom, and we are supporting producers by developing
new workflows to finish shows efficiently," says Technicolor PostWorks
COO Rob DeMartin. He points to MASTER OF NONE, where the facility assisted
cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard by designing a workflow for the new
Panasonic VariCam 35 digital camera. The "Ultra HD" camera is a big part
of the show's cinematic look.
Documentaries provided some of the year's biggest creative, technical
and logistical challenges. Continuing its long-standing relationship with
director Alex Gibney, the facility provided editorial conforming and
color grading for three long-form docs, GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY and the
PRISON OF BELIEF, SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL AND STEVE JOBS: THE MAN
IN THE MACHINE. It provided similar services for Andrew Jarecki's probing
real-life crime investigation, THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST.
Additionally, Technicolor PostWorks played a key role in the restoration
of Ken Burns' 11-hour masterpiece THE CIVIL WAR in preparation for its
25th anniversary broadcast on PBS and release on Blu-ray. "Technicolor
PostWorks did remarkable work on a challenging project," says Restoration
Producer Daniel J. White. "They encountered many complications along
the way, but they dealt with them one by one. It was wonderful to see
how well their workflow performs."
Technicolor PostWorks furthered its support of independent film,
preparing dozens of features, shorts and docs for festival debuts.
Two films that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in
August were finished at the facility: Peter Sollett's FREEHELD and
Rebecca Miller's MAGGIE'S PLAN. A Signature Sponsor of DOC NYC, the
facility finished five films that screened at the festival and co-hosted
a panel on post-production featuring CTO Joe Beirne.
As the year closes, work is ramping up on a number of films slated
for next year's Sundance Film Festival, including five premieres
(COMPLETE UNKNOWN, FRANK AND LOLA, INDIGNATION, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA,
WIENER-DOG and THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING) and three films entered in
the U.S. Dramatic Competition (CHRISTINE, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU and WHITE GIRL).
"It's been a great year," says DeMartin. "We've been privileged to
work with some very talented people on some amazing projects. We're
expecting 2016 to be even better."
2016 will mark a major expansion for NY---based VFX house, Phosphene.
Their new home at 5 Hanover Square will more than double their current
space and capacity. Partners John Bair and Vivian Connolly are thrilled
to take this next step with their amazing team. In addition to their
staff producers and artists, Phosphene now has four visual effects
supervisors, allowing them to manage multiple broadcast and feature
film projects simultaneously. Phosphene's expansion will be overseen
by Head of Production and Strategy, Beck Dunn.
Phosphene's recent television credits include THE GET DOWN (Netflix),
BILLIONS (Showtime), VINYL (HBO), and THE WIZARD OF LIES (HBO). Recent
film credits include PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Sony Screen Gems),
LOVE THE COOPERS (CBS Films), and WILSON (Fox Searchlight).
GPL Technologies Launches New York Office
Production IT specialist offers consulting, rentals and support to
post facilities, VFX shops and others; introduces VFXnow Hardware
as a Service model to the East Coast.
a premier provider of technology solutions and managed services to the
media and entertainment industry, has opened its New York City office.
Based in Los Angeles and in business since 2003, the company's New York
office will provide IT consulting, workflow design, system rentals,
staffing and support services for post-production facilities, visual
effects shops, game developers and other creative services companies.
Additionally, the company's VFXnow
division will provide pipeline support to visual effects companies and
others though its innovative hardware-as-a-service model.
GPL's new office in midtown Manhattan addresses the city's shortage
of rental IT solutions geared toward the post, production and VFX industries.
"We fill a critical need in the New York market for IT specialists
who understand the unique needs of companies in creative industries,"
said GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. "We offer proven experience in
supporting the rental and managed services requirements of such companies.
We understand the technology, how to implement it in existing pipelines
and how to build out new workflows."
GPL is particularly excited to introduce VFXnow to the East Coast.
The HaaS offering pairs an agile, production-minded engineering team
with a top-tier arsenal of rentable hardware to deliver an immediate and
cost-effective solution for pipeline needs. "VFXnow enables New York-based
studios to ramp up or build out their facilities with no long term investment
in infrastructure," Terrell explains. "The priority of visual effects
providers is to get the work done on time. We make sure that happens."
GPL's growing New York office is staffed by Chris Peterson, Account
Manager Northeast and Jonathan Handler, Solutions Engineer. Chris comes
to GPL from Post Factory/The SIM Group and is a board member of the
Post New York Alliance. Jonathan was previously at the CBS Sports
Recent projects include indie dramatic comedy feature, A CAT'S TALE
directed by comedian, Rick Mowat, completing a sound and picture package
of sound edit, 5.1 mix, with 4K conform, Color, VFX Title sequence,
Online and 2k DCP. Editors included Sam Adelman, picture editor, Carl
Marxer, Online-VFX, Tim Hedden, Colorist, Brian Langman, sound and
foley editor, Rich Macar, ADR, editing sound sup and 5.1 rerecording mixer.
Jon Tropea completed LCR and 5.1 mix of feature doc, BY SYDNEY LUMET,
and Rich, Carl, and Tim completed the Cinema Trailer for the indie doc,
CODE GIRL, Online, Color, and 5.1 theatrical mix.
Buttons ADR included Tim Gunn for PROJECT RUNWAY, Ben Chaplin for
Amazon's MAD DOGS with Sony POST, and Elizabeth Debicki from THE GREAT
GATSBY, for the TV series, THE KETTERING INCIDENT.
Television projects included Rich mixing AX MEN promos for History
Channel, Rich Engineering Music record for THE WIZ on NBC, and Jon Tropea
mixed reality shows, FILTHY RICH GUIDE for NBC Prime, and DIRTY ROTTEN
SURVIVAL for NatGeo, RETURN TO AMISH, and ESCAPING ALASKA.
Company adds onsite music composition services.
PRG POST, a subsidiary of Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG)
the world's leading provider of production solutions for events and
entertainment, announced today that they will now offer original music
creation on site as Bruce Aronson, renowned composer for film and
television, has joined their New York studio. Aronson is available to
write and record original music during the post-production and
production processes. PRG POST is a video post-production facility and
production center based in Midtown Manhattan.
"It's a major advantage to PRG POST's clients that I am now located
at a facility where last minute changes to music tracks can easily be
made," says Aronson. "It's also tremendous gaining access to PRG POST's
leading-edge surround sound audio mixing suite. Clients already come
to PRG for their post-production and production needs, making use of
PRG's state-of-the-art video editing rooms, color-grading rooms, and
the 5.1 surround sound audio mixing suite. Now for the first time,
they can enjoy the benefits of original music scoring at the same time
and in the same place."
According to one client, John Sands, Music Director at IMG and owner
of Zero Point Productions, "Bruce is one of the most gifted composers
and musicians. I have been producing main title themes and custom
scoring with Bruce for 12 years, and he is a huge talent. PRG POST is
lucky to have him on site and I am looking forward to the amazing work
that will come from having both original music and leading
post-production services in one place."
Aronson brings passion and a lifetime of making music to every
project. From earning his degree in classical composition to performing
as a band leader and singer/songwriter on the Manhattan club circuit,
Aronson brings his eclectic background to his work as a composer.
An accomplished guitar, bass, keyboard player and vocalist, as well as
a mad scientist-programmer, audio engineer, and producer, Aronson
loves every aspect of creating music. His work can be heard all over
network and cable TV, as well as in films and video games.
"Now we can offer original music services to our clients," states
Bob Barzyk, PRG POST's Vice President of Post Production. "Productions
that already come to us for our edit rooms, color, and mix services
can now get the help they need with music composition all under one
roof." PRG POST's Senior Video Content Producer, Chris Albert, adds,
"We're also ramping up our corporate, advertising, and marketing
production business within the PRG family. Now the videos we produce
can have original music that is specifically written for our clients
and their projects."
For more information, please go to: www.prg.com
or contact Chris
Raffaele worked under the supervision of series creator Darren Star
(SEX AND THE CITY) and cinematographer John Thomas, who previously
teamed with Star on SEX AND THE CITY, and more recently lensed GOSSIP
GIRL and THE BIG C.
Sean Grace, Director of Sales, Reports on 2015
2015 was a transformative year for Nice Shoes - it was our first
full year with Nice Shoes Creative Studio and we added a number of key
people to our team including our new Executive Producers Angela Bowen
and Tara Holmes. We also expanded our remote partnerships around the
country making Nice Shoes a truly national brand.
Our artists have also had the privilege to work on some amazing
projects. Nice Shoes Creative Studio's James Coulson and Steve Parish
worked with director Elizabeth Banks on one of the year's top comedies,
PITCH PERFECT 2, designing and animating a memorable end title sequence
utilizing light drawing techniques.
Creative Studio director Harry Dorrington's collaboration with
Digitas to produce a series of web films for Astrazeneca was honored
with a Grand Prix win at the Cannes Lions festival, where we hosted a
fun-filled event with clients and our friends from Sound Lounge and
Our color team expanded their work in the feature film realm with
colorist Sal Malfitano grading the acclaimed HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, which
has been nominated for multiple Film Independent Spirit Awards; as
well as LOVESONG, which was recently announced for Sundance. Colorist
Phil Choe collaborated with director Tom Donahue on THANK YOU FOR YOUR
SERVICE, which recently premiered at DOC NYC. Colorist Chris Ryan
worked on a pair of documentaries, TINY: THE LIFE OF ERIN BLACKWELL
directed by Martin Bell and THE INCOMPARABLE ROSE HARTMAN directed by
Otis Mass, with both films making their debuts in 2016.
We also had the opportunity to deliver some stellar advertising
projects, with colorist Gene Curley grading Autumn de Wilde's
LIA-winning Prada webseries, Oscar Oboza working with the team from
Fallon on their ongoing Arby's campaign including a memorable send
off to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, Chris Ryan delivering a Nespresso
spot featuring the unlikely duo of George Clooney and Danny DeVito,
and Lenny Mastrandrea helping Barnes & Noble kick off the holiday
season with a warm spot starring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett singing
"Baby It's Cold Outside."
Our partnership with the Producer's Guild in 2015 featured both a
"Colorists & Cocktails" event hosted at our studios as well as
participation in their Produced By: New York conference sponsoring a
panel entitled "Fix It In...Prep?" which spoke to the value of
incorporating post production artists earlier in the production workflow.
The projects delivered by our Creative Studio and Color & Finishing
teams in 2015 demonstrated how we can collaborate at any stage of the
production process, whether commercial, branded content, or longform.
2016 marks Nice Shoes' 20th anniversary and the momentum we've created
this past year puts us in a great position for even greater success
in the new year as we begin our next 20 years serving this amazing,
creative and constantly evolving industry.
Still from the film LOVESONG
IDC New York Makes Big Strides in 2015!
2015 has been a banner year for IDC as it continues its leadership
role as a digital hub in New York City for 4K & High Definition
services, Asset Management, Quality Control, Digital Storage &
IP Distribution using the company's 1 GigE+ bandwidth.
Continuing its strong partnership with Netflix as part of their
"preferred vendor" network, IDC has continued to expand its global
reach & capabilities offering its clientele a wide variety of prep,
subtitle, captioning, & foreign dubbing services.
Some notable projects in 2015 included an array of subtitle, caption,
& dubbing languages for the romantic comedy NAOMI & ELY'S NO
KISS LIST starring Victoria Justice & Pierson Fode as well as a
slew of documentary titles including DAVE ATTELL: ROAD WORK, FROM
BAGHDAD TO BROOKLYN, RETURN TO THE PHILIPPINES and PANTANI: THE
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF A CYCLIST.
IDC has also assisted in the creation of countless broadcast
deliverable file & tape formats for such popular documentary
programs as RX: DOCTORS OF TOMORROW, RX: THE QUIET REVOLUTION, as well
as continuing episodes of the popular INSIDE THE ACTOR'S STUDIO hosted
by James Lipton & the new cooking program PATTI LABELLE'S PLACE
starring of course, the incomparable Patti LaBelle.
Showing its lighter side, IDC also contributed to & won an
international vendor-wide competition highlighting its Netflix
Preferred Vendor (NPV) status by writing, shooting, & editing a
movie trailer parody entitled, NPV: THE MOVIE! Writer-Director Scott
Carroll called it "a great way to not only showcase our strong
relationship with Netflix, but also strengthen the commitment &
bond amongst our staff all of whom participated in the trailer as
actors. It was a really fun project."
IDC continues to ride the edge & push the envelope to provide
its clientele the very best in cutting edge technology, seeing to it
that producers & creative enterprises can deliver their content to
both broadcast & web based outlets in the best possible presentation
formats available. IDC recently integrated the Interoperable Master
Format (IMF) into its wide scope of delivery formats. IMF is a flexible
and extendable mezzanine level delivery package that allows content to
be formatted for a wide number of regional market language and editorial
variations while eliminating the problem of file bloat due to common
President/CEO Marcy Gilbert sees IDC in a unique position among post
facilities in its consistent ability to adapt, integrate, and embrace
all manner of ever changing digital formats & technologies. "We've
always been able to roll with the times and invest in whatever new &
exciting format emerges on the horizon. Our clients expect not only the
best from us in terms of the "look" of their projects, but also
appreciate our attentiveness to detail & our willingness to discuss
and recommend whatever workflow & delivery detail best suit their
individual needs. It's never a dull moment, that's for sure."
2016 is shaping up to be another busy & exciting year.
Buffalo Post Production Company Wraps an Exciting Year
dPost, Buffalo's premier production/post production company, is
winding down 2015 by celebrating a year of growth and great projects.
January saw the launch of NYC sister company, Lux Content – a production
company formed in partnership with director Todd Bellanca. Another
animator joined the dPost team in Buffalo, and numerous projects
featuring animation, compositing and color garnered awards, including
projects for New Era/NFL ( https://vimeo.com/143011732
) and Soho International Film Festival (https://vimeo.com/96015491.)
Summer and fall brought a whirlwind of production and post work that
included campaigns for Community Bank of Central New York
and SUNY Fredonia (https://vimeo.com/146248459?from=outro-local.)
dPost provided extensive camera-tracking, composite and color-grade work
for a PSA shot in LA for Wild Aid which seeks to raise awareness on
ivory trafficking (https://vimeo.com/147842240?from=outro-local.)
Currently, dPost is working on a collaboration with Cinemastreet
Pictures in New York, as well as animations for a 1-800-CONTACTS web
series and a promotional in-theatre product for Screenvision. The
company is also in the process of upgrading all edit suites to a PC
platform for increased flexibility and processing power, which will
include the addition of Houdini VFX software.
Looking forward to the new year, dPost anxiously awaits the
completion of a 4,000 square foot expansion, which is expected by
February 1. Nearly half the space will be devoted to a studio/sound
stage complete with lighting grid and cyc wall. In addition to dPost
projects, the studio will be available for use by local and out-of-town
production companies and photographers.
Light Iron NY
Solving Workflow Puzzles
From acquisition to editorial to finishing, file-based technologies are constantly changing how content is created. But the expert team at Light Iron NY is adept at helping clients fit each unique workflow puzzle together to realize their vision.
Megan Marquis, VP of Operations, says that understanding media in terms of data is key: "Our progressive techniques start on set with our Live Play 3 iPad app, which leverages metadata and cloud storage to improve dailies review and creative collaboration."
With the help of new parent company Panavision, Light Iron has also redesigned its popular OUTPOST Mobile Post System. "Outpost has been saving productions time and money with its efficient dailies processing services for years," says Marquis. "And now we've worked closely with Panavision designers to develop a modular form factor that is lighter and customizable to an even wider variety of uses."
Light Iron also continues to expand their SoHo facility, with new editorial suites planned to open in early 2016. Marquis notes, "Some of our most satisfied clients are those who work with us from dailies to editorial to DI, like THE WANNABE." The Nick Sandow directed feature premiered at Tribeca before releasing in theaters this December.
Marquis says that one of the recent projects she's proudest of is Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING, an Amazon pilot finished in 4K and HDR. Z utilized Light Iron's on-set post services, cut in Light Iron's suites, and was colored by Senior Colorist Sean Dunckley. Looking ahead, Marquis expects more episodic work to come to Light Iron NY, with the 2016 facility remodel also including an additional TV Bay.
PNYA Provides New York State Tax Incentive information at the PGA's Produced By: New York Conference
The Producer's Guild of America hosted the second east coast Produced
By Conference in New York in October 2015. For the second year in a
row, the PNYA sponsored this successful event and attended several of
the seminars. At our table, we provided detailed information regarding
the production, post production and VFX tax incentives in New York
State. This event at the Time Warner Center, sponsored by Discovery
Communication, was attended by over 400 leading film, television and
digital producers. It was a full day of extraordinary networking,
sessions and panels. This is the only event in the world where the
most influential decision-makers in the entertainment
industry—producers—gather in one place to talk about every facet of
the entertainment business. To learn more and see photos, go to
To see videos from the conference, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/ProducersGuild.
Rebekah Hernandez, PNYA member, at the PNYA table at Produced By: New York 2015.
SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN
NY Posted Feature at Sundance
SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN will premiere at Sundance on Friday, January 22nd and was chosen to be the Salt Lake City Gala Premiere. Set in a small Southern US town in the autumn of 1941, Sophie's lonely life is transformed when an Asian man arrives under mysterious circumstances. Their love affair becomes the lightning rod for long buried conflicts that erupt in bigotry and violence, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets- Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper- reject law and propriety, risking their lives to save him.
Director Maggie Greenwald (THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, SONGCATCHER) returns to the Sundance Film Festival with an elegant historical drama and moving love story. The film stars Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, and Lorraine Toussaint, and introduces audiences to Takashi Yamaguchi.
All Post-Production was done in New York City, including dailies, editing, DI and sound mix, at Harbor Picture Company. Susan Lazarus was Co-Producer. The post-editing team was lead by editor Keith Reamer, with first assistant editors Zach Wolf and Jasmin Way. Color was by Roman Hankewycz. Supervising Sound Editor was Pam DeMetruis, the Composer David Mansfield. Harbor's re-recording mixers were Roberto Fernandez with Grant Elder. Diana Ascher of Trevanna did the post accounting. Produced by Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard and Maggie Greenwald, this production participated in the New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development's Post Production Credit Program.
Happy Holidays from Soundtrack NY! We're pleased to announce that we are currently building out a new edit/mix stage that will be ready to use in early 2016! This past year has been action packed with tons of great projects. To mention a few; ROGER WATER'S THE WALL (which has been nominated for a Grammy!); Michael Moore's upcoming documentary WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, HBO's upcoming 70s Rock and Roll series VINYL and many more!
Sundance projects Soundtrack has worked on:
EQUITY - Full sound edit & Mix, ADR, Foley
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA - ADR, Sound Editorial
THE FREE WORLD - ADR
BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS - Sound Editorial and Sound Mixing
THe looping Division
PNYA Member AnnounceS Current Loop Group Projects
Partners Jason Harris and Peter Pamela Rose (ADR Loop Group Coordinators) are happy to be coordinating the Loop Group on the following NY Projects: ABC's QUANTICO, SundanceTV's HAP AND LEONARD, Netflix's MASTER OF NONE, Showtime's THE AFFAIR, Amazon's MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, FX's THE AMERICANS, as well as such films as: Oliver Stone's SNOWDEN, and Ben Younger's BLEED FOR THIS. Other projects include: TRUMBO directed by Jay Roach, Blumhouse/STX Entertainment's THE GIFT, Dimension's VIRAL, Universal's THE VEIL and SyFy Channel's 12 MONKEYS.
Post New York Alliance Member Tyler H. Walk edited two documentaries this past year.
Michael Moore's WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, which had its world premiere at the
Toronto International Film Festival, and Eric Weinrib's ROSEANNE FOR PRESIDENT!
which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
made the Oscar shortlist and will premiere in limited release in December,
nationwide in January. Tyler is currently editing a documentary about the
Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, he is also directing a documentary
about the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Tyler's Bacon number is 2.
His Busy Season INCLUDING HIS WORK ON CHI-RAQ
It's been a busy season for Randy Balsmeyer. He was the VFX Supervisor for Spike Lee's CHI-RAQ, shooting in Chicago and producing over 150 VFX composites and the title graphics as well. Randy has been working with Spike Lee since SCHOOL DAZE, and they've done over 20 films together.
Randy designed title sequences for Tom McCarthy's SPOTLIGHT using the font from the Boston Globe, and building the sequence of cards at the end of the film that illuminate the global extent of the scandal. Randy also designed the title sequence for Jessie Nelson's LOVE THE COOPERS, creating the main title in a snow globe effect.
Randy recently wrapped season 4 of A&E's UNFORGETTABLE, where he was the on-set VFX supervisor for all 13 episodes. In addition to the usual assortment of visual effects needed, UNFORGETTABLE features at least one unique shot called the "traveler" in every episode. In the "traveler," the main character travels back in time to watch herself in a prior scene, where she remembers the details of everything she saw at the time. It's a split-screen "twinning" effect, but each one is a little bit different.
Randy also created titles and graphics for two films that will be screening at Sundance next month: Doug McGrath's BECOMING MIKE NICHOLS from HBO, and Spike Lee's second documentary about Michael Jackson, OFF THE WALL.
Randy is currently working on the Coen Brothers' HAIL, CAESAR!, Malcolm Lee's BARBERSHOP - THE NEXT CUT, and Ron Howard's INFERNO.
PNYA Member Recent Work
As a Post Supervisor and Associate Producer, Ben Baker completes the following work in 2015 / early 2016:
A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, directed by Sofia Coppola- Netflix Original Feature
THE CHARACTERS, directed by Andrew Gaynord- Netflix Original Comedy Series
LOOK AWAY- directed by Andrew Delaney and Monty Whitebloom- Locomotive
THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, directed by Stephen Herek- Independent
BREAKABLE YOU- directed by Andrew Wagner- Independent
EMELIE- directed by Michael Thelin- Independant, premiered at Tribeca FF.
As a workflow consultant, he has had a very busy year consulting for:
Warner Bros Post & Archive Departments- Digital Asset Management over the whole feature workflow to archive. The Ford Foundation- Digital Asset Management and editorial workflow across 14 worldwide offices VICE Media- Workflow Workshop for Digital Asset Management and editorial. NY Life- Workflow Workshop for internal production/ post. Showtime- Media Workflow Workshop
Jonathan l. Proctor
PNYA Member Success Story
Jonathan Proctor has been an assistant editor in unscripted television for many years. He joined the Post NY Alliance earlier this year in hopes of moving over to scripted television, a desire he has had for many years. "I was itching to break my way into the scripted side of post to no avail…" said Proctor. Six months after he joined the PNYA, with our help, his wish came true.
The PNYA was contacted by the HBO scripted series "Vinyl." They were looking for an Edit Room Assistant (aka Apprentice Editor), and the PNYA sent resumes of candidates. Proctor was contacted for an interview, and was offered the position. He went on to work as both an Edit Room Assistant, and Assistant Editor on the show.
Proctor recently wrapped on the series. He said "It's been an amazing experience. I've learned so much and because both of the assistant editors were given the chance to co-edit some episodes, I was upgraded to an assistant editor for the last two months. It really has been a dream come true. It feels like I'm in an entirely new world. Thank you once again. Words can't express how grateful I am."
We hope that Proctor continues to have success with scripted content. Many of the individual members in the PNYA share similar stories. The PNYA is all about helping its members stay connected and employed. We encourage our post community to help one another!!
Variety of editing projects.
2015 has been hectic but a very productive year for me.
The year started out well. PAPER WRAP FIRE, a short I help cut, continued its award winning festival run. In the spring, the indie feature film, FRONT COVER, premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and has recently been picked up for distribution. In terms of freelance work, I continued to edit branded content for clients like SAP and Unicef.
This summer I started a new long from transmedia documentary titled, REFRAME IRAN, on Dubai's art market and Iranian art. In December, we got picked up by The Guardian, where they are posting short segments on their portal. Looking back, it has been a great time to be an editor in NYC. I can't wait for 2016.
PNYA New Member
PNYA new member Faisal Azam is an award-winning narrative and documentary editor, producer and writer who has worked in film and television for over a decade and had the opportunity to serve as a judge for the Emmy Awards for the first time in 2015.
A banner year that started with a bang, a short online documentary Faisal edited for The Weather Channel called FRACKING THE EAGLE FORD SHALE attracted plenty of recognition in early 2015: Telly, Webby, and Eppy awards, as well as a Stokes Award for Environmental Reporting, a Science in Society Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. After receiving more than 40,000 views in the first 24 hours, the hard-hitting story was picked up by The Huffington Post, Salon and Rachel Maddow.
A long-awaited payoff, 2015 also saw the release of WITHOUT SHEPHERDS, an award-winning independent feature doc that Faisal spent two years producing and editing. A look at Pakistan beyond the soundbites, WITHOUT SHEPHERDS reveals the human face of a country frequently maligned in the news. An incredibly challenging project—800 hours of raw footage, six languages, the usual indie fundraising travails—the film won the Grand Prize at the Brooklyn Film Festival two years ago and is now finally available on Hulu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo On Demand.
Getting some closure on another project as well, this year saw the completion of BLACK DOG, RED DOG, an independent narrative film produced by James Franco. Based on the work of acclaimed poet Stephen Dobyns, the film was shot as ten different shorts by ten NYU MFA directing students, which resulted in an extremely disjointed and troubled rough cut. Seeing a lot of potential in work that featured performances by Logan Marshall Green, Chloe Sevigny, James Franco, Olivia Wilde and Whoopi Goldberg, Faisal dramatically edited and reshaped the film to give it a coherent story arc, complete with an interlocking structure of flashbacks and stories within stories.
2015 also saw Faisal complete two new television shows. The first, WORLD'S EDGE for The Travel Channel, is a hybrid-style series premiering in 2016 that takes viewers to conflict zones around the world to discover what happened and how the spirit of the people in each country ultimately triumphed over great adversity. As the editor of the pilot, and of two of the following six episodes, Faisal shaped and created a contemporary, kinetic visual style for the show. The second TV show, ASPIREIST is a doc-style news show for millennials featuring multiple correspondents who investigate compelling, under-reported stories. It will air on MSNBC in 2016, and will be the first of its kind to be featured on the Flipboard app.
Though Faisal's versatility shines through in the broad spectrum of work he undertakes, he is especially interested in segueing into narrative TV work, where he can make fuller use of his artistic sensibilities, storytelling skills, and knack for strengthening characters and getting the most dramatic impact out of scenes.
2016 Sundance Film Festival will screen an Impressive Array of New York Posted Films
Congratulations to our PNYA members who worked on the following films that will screen at the Sundance Film Festival!
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