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Page 3 of 47 2 POST JULY/AUG 2021 EDITOR'S NOTE or a short time, it seemed as if things were returning to normal. Businesses — including mov- ie theaters — were opening up, and mask policies were being relaxed. Unfortunately, that didn't last long. I was able to get to the theater a few times in recent weeks to take in a number of this summer's big- screen releases, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it! I went during off-peak times, so the theater was mostly empty. It was nice to spend a few hours engrossed in an alternate reality, away from the troubles of the real world and its virus variants. This month, as we do every year, Post looks at many of the summer's biggest films, as well as some of the lesser known, all of which presented production and post production challenges for one reason or another. For many of this summer's films to make it to the big screen, they had to wrap up production and post during the height of the 2020 pandemic, and in our "Summer Movies" feature on page 20, pros share their experiences working on films that include Jungle Cruise, Black Widow, F9, Escape Room: Tournament of Champions and several others. On page 8 of our "Bits & Pieces" section, we also cover Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, including the editing of the live-action film, which incorporates photoreal VFX of Peter and his furry friends, and the film's audio post. That coverage continues online with Karen Moltenbrey's extensive breakdown of the feature's visual effects, many of which were created by the crew at Animal Logic in Sydney, Australia, as well as the creatives at Method Studios in Melbourne. Karen also reports on the Disney-Pixar film Luca (page 30), which was inspired by director Enrico Casarosa's own childhood on the Italian Riviera. The film — Pixar's 24 th feature — chal- lenged the studio to create a 2D cartoon aesthetic within Luca's 3D structure. The film, about two young sea monsters who are looking to enjoy some of life's finer things — on land — is a fish-out-of-water story in more ways than one. Iain Blair also contributes to our "Summer Movies" theme with an interview of director Patrick Hughes, who returned to direct the sequel to the 2017 film, The Hitman's Bodyguard. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson are joined by Salma Hayek in the action/comedy The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, which shot in numerous global locations and relied on the talents of several VFX vendors. Hughes details his experience on the shoot and post, and shares insight into how the film's score adds to the film's comedic feel. And on our Website, Iain reports on the new Aretha Franklin film, Respect, which follows the late music legend's career, from a childhood to international stardom. Jennifer Hudson plays "The Queen of Soul", with Liesl Tommy directing. Tommy details her experience shooting in New York and Atlanta, as well as working with fellow South African — editor Avril Beukes. We've got extended film coverage online, so enjoy this issue and then head to our website — — for more on 2021's summer blockbusters. BY MARC LOFTUS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MLOFTUS@ POSTMAGAZINE.COM F SUMMER MOVIES SEE US ON EDITORIAL MARC LOFTUS Editor-In-Chief 516.376.1087 IAIN BLAIR Film & TV KAREN MOLTENBREY Animation & VFX MICHELLE VILLAS Senior Art Director NIKKI SMITH Graphic Designer ADVERTISING MARI KOHN Director of Sales 818.291.1153 cell 818.472.1491 LISA NEELY Corporate Sales Executive, Events, Custom and Integrated Print/Publishing Services 818.660.5828 JUNIOR LOPEZ Customer Service 818.291.1117 DALE ESCEN Account Manager 818.291.1122 REPRINTS 781.255.0625 • 818.291.1153 WILLIAM R. RITTWAGE President/CEO Post Magazine is published by Post, LLC, a COP communications company. 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