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We open the year with an in-depth look at the visual effects from Tron: Legacy. Also featured are ASC Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Roger Deakins and Michael D. O'Shea; the latest trends in music libraries; and a Spotlight on the South.
When Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC received the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award at a celebration at LA's Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on February 13, he joined a list of recent winners, such as Caleb Deschanel and Allen Daviau, who are still very much in the midst of busy careers.
When Michael D. O'Shea presented the 2010 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Career Achievement in Television Award to his longtime friend, John C. Flinn, III, O'Shea never expected to be back on that stage a year later.
Fans of 1982's Tron, the groundbreaking VFX film of its day, have waited almost three decades for its sequel, Tron: Legacy, which picks up the story with a now-grown Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) discovering a way to enter The Grid, a virtual world inside the computer where his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges), disappeared.
Production music libraries are as much subject to trends as any other slice of the film and video business. They're witnessing a wave of acquisitions and global expansion, new technology demands, increased business from the video game sector and growth in original song placement. But whether they're following trends or setting their own, libraries are primed to meet clients' needs for top-quality, fresh, easy-access sounds.
The powerhouse Southeast continues to build its production creds with Florida and Georgia remaining strong in feature film and episodic TV production, South Carolina holding its own and North Carolina experiencing a boost thanks to an increased incentive package that just took effect.
It’s the season for industry awards and televised award shows. Broadcasts of the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Oscars may be high on glitz, short on hosting talent and include some questionable nominees and glaring oversights, but they do serve to remind us that film plays a major role in all of our lives.
In the second episode of Dominate Another Day, the new Nike Air Jordan campaign from Wieden+Kennedy/NY, brand spokesman Dwyane Wade escapes from a Zen Master, leaps a snake pit and whips a gang of ninjas — with the help of Animal Logic, a computer-animation and VFX house based in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Santa Monica.
At first glance, Blue Bloods looks like a cop show. And it is. But it is at least as much about the characters as it is about cops: The new CBS drama tells the story of a New York City family in law enforcement.