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Post Break 16: Making Moves - How to get Promoted in Post

Posted By Ryan Penny, Thursday, September 3, 2020

 

Post Break - Making Moves: How To Get Promoted in Post

 

Post Break - Making Moves: How To Get Promoted in Post

This week’s post break will focus on moving up and advancing in the post industry. Hear from our panelists on how they made the jump from one position level to another, what their expectations were, any surprises they had along the way, and how their experiences may have differed.

 

Thursday, August 13th at 4pm EST via ZOOM


PANELISTS:
Gloria Tello, Apprentice Editor

Gloria has worked in NY post production for the past five years. She recently transitioned into the world of assistant editing as an Apprentice Editor on Lee Daniels’ The United States vs Billie Holiday. Before that, she worked as a Post PA on four narrative features and one television series. With the goal of editing feature films, she continually edits shorts and web-series on the side.

David Massachi, Assistant Editor & Editor

David Massachi is a film editor who has worked in post-production for over 20 years. He started his professional career in Portland, Ore., where he edited several live-action and animated shorts, as well as many commercials and industrials. He relocated to New York City in Sept 2001, and worked as an assistant editor on films by noteworthy directors including James Ivory, Ron Howard, David Chase, and the Coen brothers. Massachi was the additional editor on FoxcatcherAllegiant, and The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. He was the editor of the feature film Dixieland (dir: Hank Bedford), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the award-winning shorts Approaching A Breakthrough and Lefty/Righty. Most recently, he was the assembly editor for the HBO mini-series The Undoing (dir: Susanne Bier), and the editor of The Laureate (dir: William Nunez), an independent feature currently in post-production. 

Shelby Siegel, Editor ACE

Shelby Siegel is an Emmy award winning film and television editor that has been working in New York for over twenty years. She began her career with some of the industry’s top directors: Paul Haggis, In the Valley of Elah, Mike Nichols Charlie Wilson’s War and Ang Lee on his Oscar winning films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. In addition, Shelby worked on the critically acclaimed series The Wire.
After The Wire, she worked as an editor on Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans (DVD) and All Good Things, Jonathan Caouette‘s Tarnation, Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica and Urbanized. Other projects include Jared Leto’s Artifact (Supervising Editor) and Zach Heinserling’s Oscar nominated documentaryCutie & The Boxer (Consulting Editor). She won both an Emmy and ACE award for her work on the acclaimed HBO six-part series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Most recently Shelby edited episodes of Quantico (ABC), High Maintenance (HBO) and The Deuce (HBO).

Jamal Bilal, Post Production Supervisor

Jamal has worked on the likes of The Deuce, Quantico, and Tommy. Over the last ten years, Jamal has gained experience in both production and post-production honing his craft as a storyteller and expressing it through writing, producing, and directing. In 2020 he had his directorial debut at the New Faces, New Voices film festival where The Norm won the audience choice award. He has written and produced two comic books, the latest of which, Half Breeds was released this year and has been well received. He produced the indie feature Long Goodbye, among several shorts. Jamal had many adventures before finding his way into film and television. Jamal Bilal was born on an island in the Caribbean known as TNT. One filled with sorrel and sand, as opposed to the island with subways and skyscrapers he lives in today. He is a storyteller, who has enjoyed many detours working as an airplane cleaner and loader, an academic advisor at a community college, and he's even spent a little time on the line as a steakhouse cook. Jamal is also a burgeoning entrepreneur having founded two fledgling companies both in the pursuit of developing outlets for creators to show their talents. Same But Different is a film development and production company, and Between The Page turns written poems and stories into wearable art. But Jamal isn't all work, he enjoys learning to surf, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and the odd comic book, riding his bike and lifting things up and putting them down.
See some of Jamal's work at www.jamalbilal.com.

MODERATOR:
Claire Shanley, Post Producer

Claire Shanley is a Post Producer whose recent projects include The Plot Against America and The Deuce. Her background also includes post facility & technical management roles, among them Managing Director for Sixteen19, Technical Director for Broadway Video, and others. She Co-Chairs the Board of Directors of the NYC LGBT Center and serves on the Advisory Board of NYWIFT (NY Women in Film & Television).

 

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Post Break 15 - Facilities Reopening

Posted By Ryan Penny, Thursday, September 3, 2020

 

Post Break: Re-imagining Post Production During and After COVID-19

 

  

Post Break: Re-imagining Post Production During and After COVID-19

Re-imagining post production during and after the pandemic. How are facilities handling their clients and staff remotely and the re-opening of their facilities? Is remote post production the new normal? Join us to chat with a variety of post facilities in NY about their current and future plans.

 

Thursday, August 6th at 4pm EST via ZOOM


PANELISTS:
Kim Spikes, SIM NY

Currently the Senior Vice President of Post in New York, Kimberly has been with Sim, previously FactoryNY, for over 11 years. Along the way, she has overseen five facilities throughout SoHo, TriBeCa and Brooklyn providing dailies, offline, picture and sound finishing to hundreds of film and television shows

Rochelle Brown, The Mill 

Rochelle is a PNYA Company Board member with 20 years of TV/Film Production experience beginning in 2000 in commercial broadcast production and moving into post in 2007. Her cutting-edge expertise has catapulted her to become an Executive Producer at The Mill Group, in NY where she currently manages the telecine department supporting both long and short form projects ranging from commercials and music videos to scripted and feature films.

Carlie Bergman, Soundtrack NY

Carlie joined the Soundtrack family in 2003 after receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sound Recording Technology. Originally working on the stages as an ADR recordist she soon moved her focus toward ADR Scheduling and management of Soundtrack’s episodic and long form work. Her time on the ADR Stage gave her a unique skill set and perspective of workflow that she uses for all the projects she looks after. Carlie aims to make the post sound process as easy and stress-free as it can be.

Stina Hamlin, East Coast Digital

Stina Hamlin, Director of Post Production at East Coast Digital, is also a traditional producer and an award-winning VR creator. A long time member of the Producers’ Guild, she continues to be an active member of the New York creative media community. In her 20 year career, she has worked in many positions; from being in the field, to production management, and finally landing in post production supervision. Being of Cherokee and Choctaw descent, her focus is on projects that amplify Indigenous voices, in front of and behind the camera. In addition to running East Coast Digital, she is currently working on XR project, Blood Memory: The ExperienceRed House Series, a multi-platform project, and she produces and edits the podcast, Not Invisible: Native Womxn on the Frontlines.

MODERATOR:
Russ Hammonds, Producer

Russ Hammonds is a producer with over ten years of experience in post production and supervision for scripted episodic television. Recent credits include Netflix’s interactive project, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. The Reverend”, and Syfy’s “Happy!” Prior to joining the post community, Russ worked as a talent manager, representing actors.
Russ also serves as a co-founding board member of The Uncomfortable Conversation, which produces shortform video content dedicated to normalizing conversations around sexual violence, particularly among young men.

 

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Post Break 14 - Music Editorial

Posted By Ryan Penny, Friday, August 28, 2020

Music Edit: Make Em' Laugh, Make Em' Cry, Scare the Hell Out of Em'

New York State Post Production Community,

POST BREAK- Music Edit: Make Em' Laugh, Make Em' Cry, Scare the Hell Out of Em'

What is Music Editing? What are the differences between features/docs and scripted TV? How the scale of the gig, budget, time can determine the job? A step by step process from getting hired, to spotting sessions, temp score vs composers or source music, recording music, creating sessions and stems for mixes through final delivery. We'll address what needs to change to help break into the industry.


Thursday, July 30th at 4pm EST via ZOOM


PANELISTS:
Shari Johanson

Shari is a NYC-based music editor who has been working in the film and television industry for nearly 30 years. She has collaborated with directors such as Milos Forman, Cary Fukanaga, and Kevin Smith, as well as with composers such as R.E.M., Howard Shore, and Hans Zimmer, among others.
Shari won a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Music Editing for her work on the film High Fidelity, and was nominated for the M.P.S.E Golden Reel Award for both the Showtime series Billions as well as for the Netflix limited series Maniac.
Additional credits include the Oscar- and Golden-Globe winning biopic I, Tonya; the HBO sensation Bad Education; the Emmy-winning hit series True Detective; the Netflix original series Marco Polo; and most recently, John Turturro’s Jesus Rolls.

Dan Evans Farkas

Dan has been a music editor since the mid-90s. He’s worked with composers Jeff Russo, Jeff Beal, Howard Shore, Marc Shaiman, Shigeru Umebeyashi and a host of others. A sampling of directors/showrunners: Michael Moore, Sidney Lumet, Nora Ephron, Noah Hawley, Steve Zaillian, Jonathan Tropper, John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Aronofsky. 
Project highlights: The Impractical Jokers: The MovieThe Night Of (2016), Let’s Be Cops (2014), Smash (2012-13), Winter’s Bone (2010), The Wrestler(2008), SiCKO (2007), Ed (2001-2003) and The Game (1997). 
His career is a long justification for having all those records and CDs. 

Jennifer Dunnington

Jennifer has worked with critically acclaimed directors such as Martin Scorsese, Rob Marshall, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Mira Nair, Barry Levinson and David Cronenberg among others. Her projects range from large musicals to intimate documentaries and include films such as Mary Poppins Returns, The Irishman, Spotlight, The Wolf of Wall Street, Into The Woods, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, George Harrison: Living in the Material World andBoardwalk Empire. She is currently working on In The Heights.
She has won several Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel awards and a prime-time Emmy award.

Todd Kasow 

Todd has over 120 films to his credit, including a 30 year collaboration with Carter Burwell and the Coen Brothers. He iknows all the ins and outs of film and film mixing while also being able to act as a creative producer on the scoring stage and in the mix studios. His collaborative skills between composers and directors have always kept him in high demand. Directors he’s worked with include Ethan and Joel Coen, Alan J Pakula, Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Bill Condon, George C Wolfe, Michael Mann, Nora Ephron, Robert DeNiro, and Ted Demme. He’s worked with top composers including, Carter Burwell, Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore, Alexander Desplat, Nicholas Britell, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Antonio Pinto, Burt Bacharach, Robbie Robertson Gil Evans, and many others. While continuing to work, Todd made an effort to give back to the next generation for the last 7 years teaching Music Editing for Motion Pictures at NYU.

MODERATOR:
David Woods, Producer

David is an experienced Award-Winning Producer, Post Production Supervisor, and Filmmaker with experience on scripted television shows, documentary feature films, scripted feature films and short films.

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Post Break 13: Anatomy of a Scene

Posted By Ryan Penny, Monday, August 3, 2020

POST BREAK- Anatomy of a Scene: Breaking Down the Editing Process

 

New York State Post Production Community,

  

The 13th in our series, POST BREAK- Anatomy of a Scene: Breaking Down the Editing Process. Industry veterans, Shannon Baker Davis and Allyson Johnson will discuss the art and craft of film editing by breaking down their favorite scenes while giving us an insight into their creative process. 


Thursday, July 23rd at 4pm via ZOOM


The following projects and scenes will be discussed


-The Get Down: P1/Ep5. Netflix—First 10 minutes of the episode.
-The Photograph: Universal Pictures—First 10 minutes of the feature film.
-#BlackAF: S1/EP5. Netflix—Video Call with Kenya Barris, Issa Rae, Ava Duverney, etc. (start at 37:20 to 42:37)

 

PANELISTS:

Shannon Baker Davis, ACE 

Shannon is an award-winning television and film editor, who began her career in New York, editing unscripted shows and documentaries. After 10 years working on many iconic and Emmy-winning shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway, Shannon began adding narrative television and feature films to her resume. Her credits include Insecure, from Issa Rae, Grown-ish, a spin-off of the highly acclaimed series, Black-ish, from creator, Kenya Barris and Queen Sugar, from creator Ava DuVernay. In features, she edited Armstrong, starring Vicky Jeudy, Sean Parsons, Jason Antoon and Kevin Pollak, and The Weekend (Lionsgate), starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell and DeWanda Wise, from director, Stella Meghie. The Weekend had it’s World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival in 2018, and screened at AFI Fest, South by Southwest and Tribeca Film Festival. Next, she cut the feature, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, directed by Ali LeRoi (creator, Everybody Hates Chris) which premiered at TIFF in 2019. Shannon reunited with Stella Meghie on The Photograph (Universal), starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield. Her most recent project is the Netflix series #blackaf, created by Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Grown-ish, Mixed-ish), which stars Barris and Rashida Jones. Her series and film credits run the gamut, from funny to heartbreaking, provocative to visual-effects-heavy and action-packed. She is a member of ACE, where she is a mentor in their Diversity Mentorship Program, and she is the Co-chair of the African-American Steering Committee of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Shannon grew up in Augusta, GA, earned degrees from Howard University and The American Film Institute, and resides in Los Angeles, CA, with her husband and 2 children.

Allyson C. Johnson, ACE

Allyson graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Clarinet Performance and lives in Jersey City, NJ with her wife and son. Her editing career began in documentaries working with Bill Moyers at PBS and then moving into Rockumentaries such as Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America and The Who’s Tommy: The Amazing Journey for which she received an Emmy nomination. Johnson’s move into narrative began with Spike Lee’s He Got Game and Summer of Sam where she was Associate Editor to Barry Alexander Brown. Her feature work as an editor includes such works as: Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (2001 Golden Lion winner for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival) The Namesake and Vanity Fair plus Evening. To Dust which won the audience award and Best New Director at the Tribeca Film Festival, Griffin Dunne’s Fierce People and Rock & Roll films like Prey for Rock & Roll and Losers Take All. Her television work includes: Smash, The Wire, The Slap and The Good Fight among others. For Netflix she edited Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, Marco Polo, Soundtrack and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Allyson is currently editing the Apple TV series Mosquito Coast and is temporarily working remotely from her cabin in upstate NY until life goes somewhat back to normal.


MODERATOR:
Isabel Sadurni, Producer & Editor 

Isabel has been working in documentary-filmmaking for nearly twenty years. Her work includes award winning feature-length documentaries and short narratives that have played in top-tier festivals such as Berlin, Telluride and Tribeca and on HBO, PBS and The Discovery Channel including the recently released WHAT SHE SAID THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL (Juno) and THE AMERICAN NURSE (Kino Lorber). She's collaborated with film professionals in over 35 countries and is currently writing a fictional multi-episode girl-gang Western. She's also collaborating with the creators of WisdomVR Project on a VR documentary project set in her home town of Mill Valley, California and Mount Tamalpais.

 

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Post Break 12 - VFX Solutions to Covid Problems: Part II

Posted By Ryan Penny, Monday, August 3, 2020

POST BREAK: VFX Solutions to Covid Problems - Part II

  

New York State Post Production Community,

  

Join the Post NY Alliance & the Visual Effects Society for the 2nd part of our event  POST BREAK: VFX Solutions to Covid Problems - Part II

A continuation of Panel I, we will explore the new workflows, new teams, shifting schedules and new technology available to help solve some of these post-COVID problems. We'll be taking an in-depth look at traditional VFX vs Virtual Production; Where does one excel over the other? What are the capabilities and potential pitfalls? How might it change our workflows and how can we prepare for the future? We'll be discussing this and more with experts in the fields of Virtual Production, LED, VFX Compositing and CG. Join us to listen and bring your questions to the table!

 

Thursday, July 16th at 4pm via ZOOM

PANEL II-PANELISTS:

Leslie Chung, VFX Supervisor


Leslie’s dreams of being an artist began when she was three years old, drawing on the walls and furniture of her childhood home in New York City. In time, her artistic pursuits led her to the School of Visual Arts, where she majored in computer art before landing in the world of VFX. Now a 12 year veteran of the industry, the roster of studios she has worked for is numerous. Some highlights include several years at Psyop, Look FX, MPC, and now Crafty Apes. Leslie has worked on commercials, game cinematics, films and TV shows as a compositor, producer, and supervisor, with credits including VFX designer for The Knick, Midsommar, Deadpool 2, Boardwalk Empire, Marvel Runaways and most recently 3 seasons of Star Trek Discovery. In addition to her day job, she has also spent the last six years helping to grow the VFX community in New York, and has been heavily involved on the VES New York board as a past chair officer. But she still makes time for her artistic passions, including illustration, painting, and photography, along with taking care of her three adorable pet rats.

David Eschrich, CG Supervisor / On-Set Supervisor / VESNY Co-Chair


David Eschrich is a seasoned CG supervisor with extensive experience across episodic, feature film and commercial. A self-taught artist, he built his own portfolio and left a career in finance to become a highly sought after artist and now supervisor in the NYC VFX industry. He has worked for top NYC shops including The Mill, Look Effects, Brainstorm Digital, The Molecule and Alkemy X, and is currently at Zoic studios. His credits include work on films and episodics such as Noah, Warrior, Iron Fist, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Homeland and The Lost City of Z. David is an active member of the visual effects community and currently serves on the VES New York board as Co-Chair.

Robert Keyghobad, Virtual Productions Producer

Robert Keyghobad began his career in Hollywood working for former Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Peter Guber. Over the past 20 years, Robert set up several major studio deals including the acclaimed HBO series “Carnivále,” and the detective comedy “Honey Vicarro” with Jenny McCarthy at 20th Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting Corporation. Robert has also worked on numerous projects with artists such as screenwriter-producer David S. Goyer (Man of Steel), pilot director David Nutter (Game of Thrones), and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter).
After working on director Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol,” and Disney’s “Tron Legacy,” Robert took a position with video game developer Electronic Arts (EA) at its worldwide virtual production studio in Vancouver, Canada. In this role, Robert oversaw all aspects of EA’s worldwide physical and virtual production. From there he worked as Consultant/UPM on the Starz sci-fi drama series “Incursion,” created by Steven DeKnight (Spartacus); as Virtual Production Producer for Legendary and Universal Studios on “Warcraft”; and as Production Consultant/UPM on Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual reality short, “Carne y Arena” for Prada/Legendary Entertainment.
Robert then took an executive consulting position at Netflix, and in that capacity covered over 50 International Original series. He returned to the freelance market and is currently consulting for Amazon Studios.

Dan Pack, Managing Director


Dan Pack has been working in NY production and post for nearly the past 20 years. As a founding partner and Managing Director of Brooklyn-based Silver Spoon, Dan Pack oversees all production, client relationships and R&D, notably in the ever expanding field of virtual production. Dan and his team have contributed their motion capture and animation services to numerous commercials, video games, television shows, and features, with recent innovations in real-time character animation, broadcast AR and LED wall production. Prior to Silver Spoon, he held the position of Director of Business Development for Click 3X, and served as an Executive Producer for ASB, a global 3D previz shop. He began his career as a production assistant at Aero Film before joining Grey NY as a producer.

 

MODERATOR PART II:
Tehmina Beg, VFX Supervisor, VESNY Treasurer


Tehmina grew up in a family of artists, musicians and engineers - and has always had a keen interest in photography, science, and world building. From a very early age, she wanted to understand everything needed to create what she imagined. She studied audio engineering, film and computer science and then worked as a programmer for four years before transitioning into visual effects through NYUs Digital Imaging Masters program. She started as a 3D artist in commercials, working for studios such as MassMarket, The Mill and MPC. She gained experience in over 20 of the VFX studios in New York, before moving into episodics where she became well versed in matte painting and compositing techniques. Her first on set experience was with AMCs docu-drama, Making of The Mob, where she fell in love with the magic of the film world. She has since gone on to supervise on 11 shows including Roman Empire, Manifest, Wu-Tang American Saga, Defenders and Miracle Workers. She has also worked as a senior artist on countless shows with Stephen David and Zoic studios and is currently a VFX supervisor with The Molecule. Tehmina serves on the New York VES board as treasurer and is an active advocate for the visual effects community.

 

 

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Post Break 11 - VFX Solutions to Covid Problems: Part I

Posted By Ryan Penny, Wednesday, July 15, 2020

POST BREAK: VFX Solutions to Covid Problems - Part I

POST BREAK: VFX Solutions to Covid Problems - Part I

How can Visual Effects help production & post in a post Covid Landscape? These two panels will join Visual effects experts and have conversations geared towards post production. The initial panel will be an overall view of what is being asked of Visual Effects and what that means for production and post. The second panel would be covering and discussing new technology and new tools Visual Effects can offer.

Thursday, July 9th at 4pm via ZOOM


PANEL I:

Jim Rider, Visual Effects Supervisor


Jim Rider is a NYC-based visual effects supervisor with 30 years of experience in the industry. After starting his career in New York in commercial production, Jim moved to Los Angeles in the ’90s, where he specialized in motion control camera work and models/miniatures, shooting fun things like spaceships for Star Trek and submarines for Titanic. As the industry moved toward more digital visual effects, Jim transitioned to Flame and Nuke compositing, working as an artist and VFX supervisor at facilities such as Method, Gravity and The Mill. As an independent visual effects supervisor, Jim is able to bring his extensive on-set experience as well as post-production knowledge to help clients solve problems and bring their projects to life. Jim’s recent credits include The Plot Against America, The Deuce and Fahrenheit 451.

Julie Long, Visual Effects Producer


Julie Long is an award-winning Visual Effects Producer for Film and Television. After graduating from NYU's Tisch, she began her career at CHRLX, an animation and design studio in New York. She went on to join the initial VFX team at Shade New York, where she discovered her passion for producing. In her four years at Shade, she led her team to Emmy nominations and awards for their work on Marvel / Netflix's Daredevil and HBO's Westworld. Following Shade, Julie explored working production side, joining the VFX production team for Sci-Fi’s Happy! Season 2. Missing direct collaboration with the artists and working on multiple projects at a time, she decided to return back to the vendor side and helped establish the Episodic Department at Framestore New York, alongside Creative Director, John Kilshaw. Julie's passion for visual effects is deepened by her team's enthusiasm for the work and collaborating with creatives to help realize their vision

Greg Anderson, VFX Supervisor/Head of Studio


Greg Anderson is currently Sr. VFX Supervisor and Head of Studio for the New York office of FuseFX, a global visual effects studio for television, features and commercials. He started the office in 2014 and since then, it has grown to over 70 employees. In his role as VFX Supervisor, most recently, he supervised the visual effects for the Netflix limited series, When They See Us, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. He has directly supervised the visual effects for several hit Marvel television shows as well; Luke Cage, The Punisher and Iron Fist. In addition, he has overseen the work on several other award-winning shows like The Blacklist, The Get Down and Mr. Robot; the last of which, he and his team were nominated in 2018 for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role.
Originally from St. Louis, Greg attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a B.S. in Art and Design and an M.S. with a focus in Design and Computation, both from the School of Architecture and Planning. He started his career at Sony Pictures Imageworks designing the visual effects for several blockbuster, Oscar-nominated features including Starship Troopers, Hollow Man, Spider-Man and Matrix Revolutions. He then transitioned into advertising as a visual effects supervisor and director of campaigns for Target, Nissan, Microsoft, and many others. In 2009, he co-founded his own design/vfx studio called burn.crash.repeat., producing promos for MTV, Comedy Central and OWN. This experience led to his current position with FuseFX.
Greg is a member of both the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lotta Forssman, VFX Supervisor / VESNY Board Member


Lotta Forssman is a VFX supervisor at The Molecule VFX. She grew up in Sweden prior to graduating College at Ohio University with a major in Video Production and minor in film.
She was introduced to the world of Post-production at her first internship on a Swedish Game Show. She started as a PA then got experience as an Assistant Editor and Motion Graphics Artist before making a move into Visual Effects. In 2009 she moved to New York and in 2010, joined The Molecule team as an artist. From there she transitioned to a VFX editor and worked her way up to a Visual Effects Producer and now, Visual Effects Supervisor. Experience being the best teacher, Lotta credits her understanding of the full process to her having had many seats within the company.
Some of the projects Lotta has overseen as VFX Supervisor have been Ballers for HBO, Good Cop, Master of None & Gypsy for Netflix, Red Oaks for Amazon and most recently the Apple series Dickinson.

Moderated by:

Leah Orsini - Visual Effects Producer / VESNY Secretary


Leah has 15 years of TV/Film Production experience beginning her career in production for commercials in 2005 before moving to post in 2008, then finding her passion for visual effects in 2011. She has worked as a VFX Producer on TV, Feature Films and commercials for several companies including Framestore, Method, Alkemy X and Zoic where she was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy. For the past 2.5 years Leah has been working as a VFX Producer on the show side recently completing 2 seasons of WARRIOR for Cinemax. Once shooting resumes, she will be in production for HBO’s, The Gilded Age. In her spare time, Leah enjoys photography, music and spending time with her family, including her new 10-month old baby boy, her husband & their rescue dog, Clark.

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Post Break 10 - Fix It in Post: Re-imagining an Inclusive Workplace

Posted By Ryan Penny, Thursday, July 2, 2020

Post Break Forum: Fix it in Post—Re-imagining an Inclusive Workplace

 

New York State Post Production Community,

A reminder to please join us for a very special Post Break Forum: Fix it in Post—Re-imagining an Inclusive Workplace. Join us to make your voice heard. How can we stand together and work towards a better future for our industry?

 

Thursday, June 25th at 4pm via ZOOM

The events surrounding the death of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many that came before them have brought to national attention the racial inequalities within our country.

Join us and be part of a coalition of creative artists and innovative post facilities that have a direct impact in changing the status quo—now and for future generations.

How you can participate in this Forum:

  • Join the Zoom call the same way you do each week.
  • After a short introduction, we will send all participants RANDOMLY into breakout rooms to have smaller focused discussions, with up to four other participants.
  • Discussions in the breakout rooms will revolve around the following 3 questions:

     

    1. What does an inclusive workplace look like? 
    2. What are some roadblocks that have historically prevented diversity in post that we can address? 
    3. What's one concrete thing YOU can commit to promote an inclusive workplace?

 

  • After 15 minutes of discussion, we will then reconvene and share our findings with the rest of the participants.
If you have any questions or suggestions, email membership@postnewyork.org  or in the #member_events channel of our PNYA Slack Workspace .

 

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Post Break 9 - The Hidden World of Sound Mixing

Posted By Ryan Penny, Thursday, June 25, 2020

POST BREAK- The People Behind the Board: Revealing the Hidden World of Sound Mixing

 


For the 9th in our PNYA POST BREAK series - this week we jump into the world of Sound Mixing with a lineup of award winning panelists to give us an overview of this hidden and mysterious art form. Each from a different background and entry point, the conversation will cover the pathways and challenges of getting into the field, navigating the current remote process, and thoughts on creating opportunities to foster a more diverse talent pool.

 

POST BREAK- The People Behind the Board: Revealing the Hidden World of Sound Mixing

Thursday, June 18th at 4pm on Zoom

 

PANELISTS:
Andy Kris
, Re-Recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor

Andy has been working in the New York sound community for the better part of 25 years. He made the move to NY right after college where he found an internship at Good Machine, and a front row seat to the independent film explosion of the 90s. That led to the post production facility, Spin Cycle Post, where he was able to be a part of the digital post production revolution which kickstarted his career in sound post. He is forever grateful to have worked with many of the legends in the industry at a multitude of NY facilities, including: C5, Good Edit, Gun for Hire, Goldcrest Post, Sound One, Postworks, Sixteen19, Harbor Sound, and Warner Brothers NY. Recently, Andy has been navigating his greatest technological challenge, mixing and delivering television shows at the kitchen table with a laptop and headphones while trying to share internet bandwidth with his kids’ school Zoom classes.

Glenfield Payne, Sound Supervisor/Mixer

Glenfield has been working in Post Production sound since 1992. He’s been lucky to work with such amazing directors as The Coen Brothers, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Lodge Kerrigan, Amy Seimetz and Cary Fukunaga to name a few. While he mainly works on feature films he has done quite a bit of television these past few years. He also really loves when he gets the opportunity to work on documentaries. He has branched out from an FX editor, to a supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer. He still feels that it’s better than working for a living.

Chris Chae, Sound Supervisor/Mixer

Grew up in Queens - attended Ithaca College and graduated from their Television Radio - Audio Production program. I always was determined on becoming a mixer - originally thought I would go into the music industry - but I got involved in post sound and discovered what a re-recording mixer was and it all clicked - hence turning my focus towards becoming a re-recording mixer. I had started off in NY as an intern at Soundtrack - due to some great luck of opportunities and support from the senior editors and mixers - I had become one of the editors and mixers on staff and remained there for several years and recently made the transition to freelance. Recent projects I’ve mixed are Country Music by Ken Burns - Never Too Late (Dir. Michael Lembeck). Currently I’m supervising and mixing - a film by Billy Crystal called Here Today and been working with Ken Burns’ UNUM team on their shorts for the web.

 

Julienne Guffain, Sound Designer/Mixer

With over a decade of experience, Virginia native Julienne Guffain has worked in every capacity of Audio post production, from Foley to Sound Design, Stereo to ATMOS and across a wide range of film, commercial and branded projects. Her passion for Audio comes from the nuanced ability to breath life into the flat image. Having worked at boutique shops like Hobo Audio, to leading the sound department at Crew Cuts, Julienne is now a part of the award winning Sonic Union team. She's worked with top clients such as Urban Decay, NBA, and Cadillac.

MODERATOR:
Brian Bowles, Dialogue & ADR Supervision

Brian Bowles has collaborated with Bill Condon, the Safdie Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, and most recently Jon Chu on In The Heights. As a Dialogue and ADR Supervisor, he has worked closely with directors and actors on a wide range of films from Beauty and The Beast, The Greatest Showman, Mid90s, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Only Lovers Left Alive. Episodic series like Fosse/Verdon and High Maintenance. As well as documentaries for Errol Morris and The Museum of Natural History.

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Post Break 8 - Crafty Apes in Space: Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's Space Force

Posted By Ryan Penny, Friday, June 19, 2020

Post Break: Crafty Apes in Space - Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's 'Space Force'




For the 8th in our PNYA POST BREAK series - this week we speak with visual effects studio Crafty Apes about the work they did on Netflix's new hit show, 'Space Force.' They will give a breakdown on the most challenging shots, discuss how they collaborated with the filmmakers on the show, and talk about the differences between working on a streaming show vs cable or film, the visual effects process and more. 

 

POST BREAK: Crafty Apes in Space - Breaking Down the VFX on Netflix's 'Space Force'

Thursday, June 11th at 4pm on Zoom

Check out the TRAILER for 'Space Force'

 

PANELISTS:

Jason Sanford, VFX Producer/Crafty Apes Co-Founder

Sanford, a Santa Barbara native, grew up playing competitive tennis, but it didn’t take long for his dreams to beckon, and Jason headed to UCLA to study theatre. Soon after, his love of the theatrical took him to The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where he pursued further study in acting and writing. While there, he met mentor Anna Deavere Smith, who continues to inspire him to expand his knowledge of his craft, and to always think outside of the box. He would later go on to help found Crafty Apes, with credits as a VFX producer on films including Ant-Man and the Wasp, John Wick 2, and La La Land.

Brandon Nelson, VFX Supervisor, Crafty Apes

Brandon Nelson hails from the sticky, gator-ridden lands of the Southeast and grew up on a steady diet of 80s movies from his father’s masking-tape-labeled VHS film library. That early understanding of the importance of the visual arts led him to eventually pursue a higher education in the field at Savannah College of Art and Design, taking every class and obtaining every degree offered in visual effects and animation.
Today Brandon is an accomplished artist and supervisor; an alumnus of Rhythm and Hues and Method Studios. He cites the movie Hackers and the pink and teal Solo Jazz pattern as chief amongst his artistic influences. His list of credits include Fast & Furious, Life of Pi, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and too many talking animal movies to name.

 

Jabber Raisani, Consulting VFX Supervisor for Netflix 

Jabbar Raisani began his film career at the age of 17 working at a Visual Effects studio in San Antonio. In 2004 he moved to LA to work at Stan Winston Studio where he was the CG Supervisor on projects including Iron Man and Fantastic 4. He then teamed up with Robert Rodriguez as the on-set VFX Supervisor on Machete and Predators. Following that, he supervised the digital modeling of Superman's live-action suit for Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel. In 2013 he won his first Emmy for VFX Supervision on Game of Thrones. The following year, IFC released his directorial debut Alien Outpost, which he also co-wrote. After Outpost, Jabbar received another VFX Emmy for Game of Thrones and was nominated for Lost in Space. His 2nd unit directing credits include WB's The Flash, HBO's Pilot The Devil You Know, and Game of Thrones. Most recently Jabbar directed Episode 208 of Lost in Space for Legendary/ Netflix.

Patrick Sullivan, CG Lead, Crafty Apes


Los Angeles resident with a Boston accent. He has been in visual effects for about 10 years. When he is not making things blow up on screen or making magic, you will find him high up in the mountains.

MODERATOR:
Jennifer Lane, Post Production Supervisor/Associate Producer


Jennifer Lane has worked on over 30 features. As a freelance post supervisor, she has worked for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Pictures, and Focus Features among other studios. Some of her recent feature credits as an Associate Producer are include Disney’s musical Mary Poppins Returns (Rob Marshall) and Gemini Man (Ang Lee) for Skydance Media. She is currently Associate Producing a Netflix original series Dash & Lily.

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Post Break 7 - Ask Us Anything: New York State Tax Credits

Posted By Ryan Penny, Wednesday, June 10, 2020

POST BREAK: Ask Us Anything: Post Budgeting, Tax Credits, Post Everything....


New York State Post-Production Community!

The 7th in our PNYA POST BREAK series - this week “Ask Us Anything: Post Budgeting, Tax Credits, Post Everything....”. All the questions you have about the NYS Tax Incentive program will be answered at this week’s ASK US ANYTHING. Our panel of Tax Credit experts includes tax credit application administrators, auditors and certifiers. Join us for a Q&A on the current state of the incentive, recent changes to the legislation and what the future may bring. All topics incentive and post budget related are up for discussion.


POST BREAK: Ask Us Anything: Post Budgeting, Tax Credits, Post Everything....

Thursday, June 4th at 4pm on Zoom

 


PANELISTS:

 

Connie McFeeley, Director, NYS Film/Commercials/Musical & Theatrical Programs, Economic Incentives, ESD


Jon Lizarraga Diaz, 
Senior Program Manager, NYS Film/Commercials/Musical & Theatrical Programs, Economic Incentives, ESD

 

Kelsey Schuyler, Trevanna Representative and PNYA Treasurer. Kelsey has been a post production accountant at Trevanna Post since 2011. She is an active member of Local 161.

 

Daniel Gates, Brauer & Co. - has been working at Brauer & Co. for the last eight years. He manages the day to day audit of tax incentives and specializes in the following jurisdictions: New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia. 

 

David Brauer, CPA, Brauer & Co. - has been working in the entertainment industry for 25 years. For the last 10 years, he has been involved with tax incentives audits throughout the United States, including, but not limited to New York, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, New Mexico, California, and Hawaii. Additionally, he has worked with incentive programs on drafting audit procedures to test compliance.

 

MODERATOR:

Yana Collins Lehman, Chairman of the PNYA Board & President and COO of Trevanna Post - Yana currently oversees strategy and operations of the New York, Los Angeles and London offices, overseeing a staff of 40. She has been a post production accountant at Trevanna, working on feature films and television shows since 2004. She is an active member of Local 161.

 


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