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December 2015

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Page 3 of 51 2 POST DECEMBER 2015 SEE US ON EDITORIAL LINDA ROMANELLO Managing Editor 516.931.0730 MARC LOFTUS Senior Editor/Director of Web Content 516.376.1087 CHRISTINE BUNISH Film & Video IAIN BLAIR Film JENNIFER WALDEN Audio MICHELLE VILLAS Art Director ADVERTISING 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 NEELY 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 781.255.0625 • 818.291.1153 LA SALES OFFICE: 620 West Elk Avenue, Glendale, California 91204 800.280.6446 WILLIAM R. RITTWAGE President / CEO MILESTONES AND ADVANCEMENTS POST PRODUCTION'S CRYSTAL BALL ere we are again, in the midst of the holiday season and thinking about what we've learned over the past 12 months — and what we are looking forward to in the year ahead. For this reason, Post has been dedicating its December issue to the topics and trends that are most relevant or emerging within the post community. Our SWOT issue takes a look at the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing our industry with professionals weighing in on where the community is now and where we're going. Post's own Iain Blair, Christine Bunish and Jennifer Walden dive right in (page 24) with some of the industry's leading directors, editors, VFX/animation artists and audio post pros, who have lots to share on the matter. We also have a great mix of articles from studio creatives and product gurus on topics from 4K/HDR and storage to color grading, virtual reality and more. Over the past year, our industry has made inroads in many of these areas, with continued advancements and product intro- ductions of new 4K cameras and reference displays, and some impressive real-life ap- plications and projects in virtual reality. With all the buzz, Post devoted special sections to both topics in issues this past year. We'll have more special sections coming in 2016, including a report on Drones in February. While we're looking at milestones and advancements, hopefully some of you have noticed a few things about our cover. First, Jim Henson's beloved Muppets have returned to television with a new weekly series. I spoke with The Muppets' DP Craig Kief, colorist Chris Boyer, and editors Richie Edelson and Ivan Victor. Check out how the team brings this unique world to life in our "Primetime" column on page 18. Second, Post is celebrating a milestone of its own — our 30 th anniversary. Our cover logo reflects it and, to launch the year-long celebration, Post partied with drinks, cake, raffles, t-shirts and more during our annual event in New York. Thanks to sponsors Blackmagic Design, Dell, Light Iron, JMR, The Sim Group, G-Technology and Nvidia, it was a truly memorable event. See our "Post Party" pictorial on page 4. I look forward to the year ahead — cheers to more magic in 2016! ong-time Post readers know that our December issue takes on a slightly different approach, where we check in with pros from throughout the industry to get their individual takes on the past 12 months and the year ahead. These 'SWOT' and Outlook pieces provide insight into the different segments that make up the post production industry, and collectively, provide a big-picture view. This issue has really grown in popularity over the past 10-plus years, so much so that we get many inquiries from profession- als asking to lend their respective voices to the discussion too. Many of these submis- sions can be found at, including that from Dr. Siegfried Foessel of Fraunhofer IIS, who looks at the idea of an all-purpose post production/mastering format that could simplify workflows. On the visual effects side of the busi- ness, Patrik Forsberg of Stiller Studios in Sweden and David Altenau of Fuse FX (LA/NY/Vancouver) chime in on trends, the business, and where they are seeing oppor- tunities. Both note the increased demand for content on newer delivery platforms as a growth opportunity for their FX studios. Jason Blum of GPL Technologies brings up the threats created by outsourcing and tax incentives looking to draw work away from traditional Hollywood studios. But he also points to opportunities that may come through advancements in virtualized GPU technology, which can allow a studio to diversify its pool of talent. Ken Yas of WCPMedia Services also points to emerging technology that can affect post workflows. WCP has developed a cloud-based content management/distri- bution system that offers a fast and afford- able way to upload, manage, transcode and deliver assets securely to producers, editors and broadcasters internationally. These assets can range from camera-original foot- age and dailies to finished feature films and TV series. There's a lot to take in, so visit our site and social media platforms to see what pros are identifying as emerging trends and hear their predictions for the year ahead. 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 responsi- bility 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. 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