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December 2013

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editor's note Wrapping up 2013 F By MARC LOFTUS Senior Editor/ Director of Web Content or more than a decade now, Post has been using its December issue to look back at the past 12 months, and on to the year ahead. Each December, our issue takes on a SWOT theme, where we look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing different segments of the market. This year we look at the Editing landscape, Audio Post, The Business of Post Production, and at studios working in Animation, Design & VFX. We also check in with a number of high-profile Directors, who give their take on Hollywood, the post processs, and the film industry as a whole. Collectively, the issue provides a very well rounded outlook at the business of post production and what's on the minds of professionals throughout the industry. It will come as no surprise to learn that many of the talented individuals we spoke with are concerned with continually-diminishing budgets and the trend that sees content producers asking facilities to provide full service, even if some of those services are not in their line of expertise. Is quality suffering because of this? One can wonder. Still, most are optimistic about the year ahead thanks to new content delivery outlets — namely, the Internet.There is a steady increase for content that viewers can enjoy on their own schedule, and on their preferred device.This content will need production, editing, graphics and sound services, so many feel there won't be a shortage of work in the year ahead. Check out our SWOT and Outlook pieces to get a feel for what's happening throughout the industry. EDITORIAL Marc Loftus Senior Editor/Director of Web Content (516) 376-1087 Christine Bunish Film& Video IAIN BLAIR Film JENNIFER WALDEN Audio DanIEL Restuccio West Coast Bureau BARRY GOCH West Coast Blogger/Reporter Michael Viggiano Art Director A DV E RT I S I N G Mari Kohn Director of Sales (818) 291-1153 cell: (818) 472-1491 Gary Rhodes Eastern & Intl Sales Manager (631) 274-9530 cell (516)410-8638 Lisa Black Corporate Sales Executive, Events, Custom and Integrated Print/Publishing Services (818) 660-5828 SUBSCRIPTIONS (818) 291-1158 Customer Service 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204 (800) 280 6446 Dale Escen Account Manager 818-291-1122 REPRINTS Reprints (781) 255-0625 • (818) 291-1153 LA SALES office: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, California 91204 (800) 280-6446 William R. Rittwage President / CEO Our cover story (page 10) this month looks at the editing process for the new blockbuster Lionsgate film, The Hunger Game: Catching Fire, which represents the second feature in a successful franchise. Editor Alan Bell, who worked with director Francis Lawrence on his 2011 feature Water for Elephants, was challenged with cutting together a number of different formats (some of the film was shot in IMAX) to achieve the final two-plus hour cut that's showing in theaters. Bell edited the film on an Avid, and in this issue, details his set up, along with the process and his collaboration with the director. And I had a chance to visit the Vice offices in Brooklyn this month, where they are in production of the documentary series Vice, which will return to HBO in 2014 for Season 2. The program's documentary shorts are shot predominantly on Canon cameras and are edited in Final Cut Pro 7. VP of post production Mike Daniels details the company's history and workflow on page 4. Enjoy the issue. Let us know what you think? Here's to a successful 2014! 2 Post • December 2013 See us on Post Magazine is published by Post, LLC, a COP communications company. Post does not verify any claims or other information appearing in any of the advertisements contained in the publication, and cannot take any responsibility for any losses or other damages incurred by readers in reliance on such content. Post cannot be held responsible for the safekeeping or return of unsolicited articles, manuscripts, photographs, illustrations or other materials. Subscriptions: Address all subscription correspondence to Post Magazine, 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204. Subscribers may also contact customer service at 818-291-1158, or send an email to  For change of address please include the old and new address information, and if possible, include an address label from a recent issue. Subscriptions are available free to qualified individuals within the United States. Non-qualified 1 year rates: USA $63.00. Canada & Mexico $94.00. All Other Countries $133.00. Airmail Delivery is available for an additional $75.00 annually. Postmaster: Send address changes to Post Magazine, P.O. Box 3551, Northbrook, IL 60065-3551. Please send customer service inquiries to 620 W. Elk Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

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