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January/ February 2013

This issue takes a look at the stunning visual effects from Life of Pi. Also featured are stories on ASC Honoree, Rodney Charters; music libraries featured in video games; and Taylor Hackford, producer-director of the recent hit, Parker. Finally, we visit the Southeast in Spotlight and see what’s happening in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Taking the Non-traditional Route

Taking the Non-traditional Route

Fortunately for moviegoers, director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds, White Nights, Dolores Claiborne, The Devil’s Advocate, Ray) only lasted two weeks in law school.Read more...

ASC Career Achievement in Television Honoree: Rodney Charters

ASC Career Achievement in Television Honoree:  Rodney Charters

When Rodney Charters, ASC, was growing up in New Zealand “Hollywood was so far away it was unimaginable.” But Charters, the latest recipient of the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award, eventually made his way to the production ...Read more...

Spotlight: Southeast Success Stories

Spotlight: Southeast Success Stories

It would be a chicken-and-egg argument to determine which came first, Hollywood taking up residence in the Southeast or the Southeast sending enticing invitations with its growing infrastructure of studios, post facilities and rental houses.Read more...

Knowing the Score

Knowing the Score

The next time you see a video game on the shelf at a retailer near you or on a PC or gaming console, it might be time to stop and consider the growing enormity of these projects.Read more...

Making Feature Film VFX Look as Easy as Pi

Making Feature Film VFX Look  as Easy as Pi

If watching Ang Lee’s Life of Pi was an extraordinary experience for moviegoers, imagine the challenge of creating many of the film’s amazing visual effects.Read more...

Inside View: Douglas Sloan

Inside View: Douglas Sloan

Markee: What is the focus of Icontent? Mr. Sloan: “My forte as a director is in the documentary realm, and our core strength as a company is storytelling. We were early pioneers of digital content and longer-form pieces and launched Icontent in 2001 to leverage our strength in that area and merge it with our TV commercial business. Icontent operates in parallel with the passion work I direct for Icontent Films.”Read more...

Making Commercials: Ring of Fire

Making Commercials: Ring of Fire

Most car commercials put viewers to sleep. A car drives down the road, first in this direction, then in that direction. When viewers have seen the car from every angle, cut to the logo.Read more...

Making TV: Making Grimm Faces

Making TV: Making Grimm Faces

Marshall Adams shoots Wesen monsters. But he is not a Grimm. Working with visual effects experts, Grimm Cinematographer Marshall Adams, ASC, lensed eight of 15 episodes shot so far in the second season of NBC’s hit police drama with a monstrous twist. Cinematographer Eliot Rockett alternates with Adams and handled the other seven episodes. Rocket also shot four of the last nine episodes in season one, alternating with Cort Fey.Read more...

From the Editor: Southeast Success Stories

From the Editor: Southeast Success Stories

As a Georgia native and proud Southerner, I am thrilled at the thriving film, television and music production industry that has developed in the Southeast. As I have stated before in these pages, this region is many things to many people. To some, it is the heart of religious and political conservatism; to others, it is a growing economic force and the headquarters for many of the world’s largest companies.Read more...