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January 2018

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Page 3 of 43 2 POST JANUARY 2018 EDITOR'S NOTE ur Outlook 2018 coverage continues online again this month with contributions from professionals from across the post industry. Opaque Studios' Mariana Acuña Acosta and Unreal Engine Enterprise, Epic Games' Marc Petit both, separately, comment on the use of game engines as realtime production tools that can help productions overcome rendering blocks in their VFX and CG pipelines. "I honestly believe that the introduction of realtime game engine technology represents the next wave of groundbreaking development in computer graphics," says Petit. "The flexi- bility is a force multiplier for iteration speed and time, and costs are plummeting due to the elimination of expensive render farms in many instances." Andy Manidis of Deluxe takes time to detail how the studio is helping to bridge the gaps of content creation and distribution through end-to-end technologies that span a global scale. Eric P. Sherman of Bang Zoom! Studios looks at some of the latest trends in audio post and whether or not too much focus is being placed on technology these days, rather than quality. Fortium's Adam Krentzman looks at some of the issues facing content security, including cloud storage. "It's fair to say that 2018 will bring more hacking and piracy to the film and television business, and probably more than in the past two years," says Krentzman, who cites recent hacks at Yahoo, Forever 21, HBO, WWE, Gmail, The US Air Force and more than a dozen others. "There is very little legislation in the US and virtually no enforcement. It's the Wild West." Kenneth Yas of WCPMedia Services also looks at the risks and rewards of implementing cloud-based solutions. "Companies are hesitant to change if they believe that the system they have now is working, even if it's antiquated, inefficient or obtuse," says Yas. "They fall back on it because it's familiar." He continues, "There is widespread resistance in the indus- try to any cloud-based solution for fear of compromising security." More than a dozen post pros look at the year ahead and the challenges studios will be facing, so head on over to to read all about their projections for the next 12 months. here's a time of year I refer to as, the "Golden State," and we're in it right now. It's when we are looking to the year ahead, but Hollywood pauses to take one last look back on some of the best films of the past year. The Golden Globes already had its big night, with the Hollywood Foreign Press handing out its top prizes and, at press time, the SAG awards and BAFTAs were getting ready to crown their own winners. Typically, the industry keeps a close watch on these awards, as we're about to make our own predictions about Academy Award nominees and winners, which will be announced later this month on January 23 rd . In this issue, Iain Blair offers up his annual "Oscar Contenders" report (page 18), where he looks at what the year had to offer and what films would likely generate the most atten- tion come Oscar night. He spoke with a host of BTL folks, including directors Dee Reese (Mudbound) and Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), for their thoughts on the upcoming nomina- tions. The issue is also chock full o' stories covering some of these noteworthy films, includ- ing Blair's Director's Chair Q&A with Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig (page 16), Marc Loftus' in- terview with Downsizing editor Kevin Tent (page 12) and my own story on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, featuring interviews with director Martin McDonagh and editor Jon Gregory (page 14). We also have a Q&A with Eight VFX's Juliet Tierney about the work her studio completed for I, Tonya in our upfront Bits & Pieces section. While not everyone is going to win on Oscar night, or even get nominated, I feel compelled to point out that there truly is something to be said when all of this activity generates an overall buzz about some of the best work of the past year. People are talking…they're making predications…and they're going to see these films before awards night. There are lively discussions about the directors, cinematographers, editors, visual effects artists, sound mixers and editors, composers, animation artists and certainly the best pictures themselves. That alone truly does make many of these films big, big winners…and isn't that worth something? 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