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February 2016

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Page 3 of 51 2 POST FEBRUARY 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 WHAT'S COOKING IN REALITY TV A VIRTUAL SUNDANCE EXPERIENCE his month, Post is featuring on its cover one of the busiest men in Reality TV — celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. As the star of Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell and Best New Restaurant, Ramsay has 'cooked up' (I had to do it) quite the career in the reality TV genre. But it's not just the on-camera personalities — Ramsay, the Kardashians, Theresa Caputo and NeNe Leakes — who are benefitting from the genre (one, I might add, that has simply ex- ploded over recent years). It's also the below the line folks, the post and production pros and studios that are busy making a living, producing and posting unscripted television. Once a year, Post takes an in-depth look at what's going on behind the scenes of some of TV's most popular unscripted series — and believe me, there's plenty to choose from! In this issue (page 22), Christine Bunish reports on Hell's Kitchen, Long Island Medium, Tree- house Masters and the multiple Emmy-award winning The Amazing Race (on the air for an amazing 28 seasons). Bunish looks at the efficient workflows that, as she puts it, keep these shows "grounded in reality" and speaks with the post pros about the range of cam- eras, editing systems and other post tools — mainly a mix of Sony, Canon, Panasonic and GoPros, along with Avid Media Com- posers and storage on Avid ISIS; Treehouse and Race both also report the use of drones for some nice vista and overhead shots that help deliver the action to viewers. According to Rick Shirey, post supervisor on Treehouse Masters, "You can tell the GoPro footage, but the GoPros are always used for unusual locations," he explains. "And the beauty shots with the [Canon] 5D are always beautiful." Other issue highlights include Post con- tributor Jennifer Walden's feature on re-re - cording mixers and their approach to han- dling dialogue, and other mix issues, when working with independent films (three are Sundance picks) — which typically face both time and budget constraints. Her report begins on page 32. While you're at it, find out how Splash Entertainment managed the workflow on the 3D computer-animated adventure, Norm of the North, from our sister publica- tion, CGW's editor-in-chief, Karen Molten- brey (page 28). Enjoy! he annual Sundance Film Festival was just wrapping up as this issue went to print, and we were lucky enough to have boots on the ground to report back on all the happenings from Park City, UT. The Molecule's Audra Coulombe served as a guest blogger for Post, sharing many of her experiences as a first-time attendee. You can read all of Audra's blogs on the Post Website. Interestingly, virtual reality had a prom- inent presence in Park City. The Molecule, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is an established visual effects studio, and is looking to broaden its services while taking advantage of its existing infrastructure and talents. The company believes VR is a natural extension. At the festival, Audra got to check out The Martian VR Experience, taking her to a planet far away. The Presence of Animals brought her into the wild, where she was able to safely get up close to jaguars, bears and bison. But the Factory Farming presen- tation, she says, was almost too real, giving the viewer an animal's perspective as they are being prepared for slaughter. "I just wasn't ready to be so close to that particular story," she notes. "VR puts you right next to your subject, seeing the world from their level, for better or worse." Filmmakers are embracing the VR for- mat, and there's no doubt that a well-exe- cuted concept can have a strong impact on the viewer. On the independent film side of the show, I had a chance to speak with director Matt Johnson, whose Operation Avalanche screened at the festival. The film is a 'mocu- mentary,' set in 1967, when undercover CIA agents, posing as a documentary film crew, visit NASA and learn of an incredible con- spiracy. Johnson provides complete details of his filmmaking experience at postmaga- I also spoke with George A. Loucas, VFX supervisor at Baked FX, which handled more than 100 complex VFX shots for The Birth of a Nation. The film took home sever- al awards, and Loucas provides insight into its VFX challenges. There's a lot to check out, so visit us online! 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. Subscriptions: Address all subscription correspondence to Post Magazine, 620 West Elk Ave, Glendale, CA 91204. 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