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Page 5 of 53 2 POST JANUARY 2016 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 THE FORCE GOES ON KICKING OFF 2016 still have a distinct memory of standing on what seemed like an endless line of people, snaking around our local movie theater, waiting to see this new movie everyone was talking about. It was the summer of 1977, long before people could order advanced tickets online and when I was still young enough for my dad to have to take me. This new film was called Star Wars and it changed movies forever. My family, a bunch of sci-fi enthusiasts not particular about whether it was The Day The Earth Stood Still, Godzilla or It Came From Outer Space that we were watching, educated me well on the stuff. Even at a young age, I knew there was something special about this new movie Star Wars. From the opening shot of that space ship flying overhead, the unforget- table characters and the unmistakable and distinctive sounds of Darth Vader's lightsa- ber, Chewbacca's primal roars and R2-D2's familiar blips and bleeps, I knew this movie was different. Almost 40 years later, award-winning director/writer/creator JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness), along with Lucasfilm and Disney, delivers a brand new chapter in the franchise saga. Here, in our January issue and featured on our cover, is Post's own Jennifer Walden's in-depth interview with the audio post team at Skywalker Sound (page 38), who talk about what went into creating some of the film's signature and new sounds. Also, in an online extension, find out how editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey cut the new blockbuster. While feeling nostalgic, this is also a good time to mention Fox's reboot of the sci-fi phenomenon, The X-Files, coming to televi- sion this month. Check out our "Primetime" column (page 12) and read about what show producer Garfield Whitman was able to tell me about the return of Mulder and Scully. Last, in a nod to awards season, Post decided to really go big with a special expanded Oscar section (page 17) that's busting at the seams with interviews — edi- tors, directors (Alejandro González Iñárritu, David O. Russell, John Crowley), animated films ( Shaun the Sheep), documentaries (Winter on Fire) and more are waiting. En- joy — and may the force be with you! s we send this issue to press, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to break box office records, already taking in $1.5 billion in just its first two weeks, and quickly closing on Avatar for the top spot on the all-time list. Jennifer Walden takes read- ers inside the audio of Star Wars this month, and that coverage continues at postmaga-, where Linda Romanello talks with the film's editors Maryann Brandon, ACE, and Mary Jo Markey, ACE, both of whom have worked with director JJ Abrams in the past. The Post Website also has an exclusive interview with Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni, the directors of Kung Fu Panda 3, which opens in theaters on January 29 th . Jack Black returns to voice Po, and is joined by the talents of Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu in the fully-CG, stereo 3D Dream- Works Animation film. The directing team has interesting insight into the franchise, as they've worked on it from the get-go, and have been able to see both its story evolve, as well as the technology to support it. They look back at the limitations they faced on the first film and how new software has opened up their storytelling options, including the ability to create a 'spirit realm' for this film, which would have been almost impossible in earlier releases. On the 'studio' side, check out my visit to The Molecule in NYC, where they are work- ing on VFX for popular shows such as FX's The Americans, Starz's Flesh & Bone, CBS's Limitless and Elementary, NBC's Shades of Blue and Hulu's The Path. The Molecule handled somewhere around 15K shots in 2015, and is in the process of expanding its New York space. Partner Luke DiTommaso takes us on a tour. Continuing the studio theme, read Sally House's piece on how her music company The Hit House has been able to grow over the past decade without a formal office. On the 'tech' side, we've got a number of Reviews online. Brady Betzel evaluates a customized Cerise workstation. Dariush De- rakhshani looks at HP's Z27s 27-inch 4K dis- play. 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