VFX Legion supports Michael Bay’s ‘Songbird’

Visualization services company, OPSIS, recently called on VFX Legion to lend its talents to Songbird, director Adam Mason’s new dystopian thriller from producer Michael Bay. As the film’s primary visual effects vendor, OPSIS provided end-to-end services – from Concept, Previs, Postvis, and finalizing VFX shots to assembling the right talent for the job. The film, which sits at … Continue reading “VFX Legion supports Michael Bay’s ‘Songbird’”

Michael Bay signs with Supply&Demand

Bi-coastal production company Supply&Demand has added American film director and producer Michael Bay to its roster of award-winning talent. One of the most commercially successful directors in history, Bay is perhaps best known for his big-budget and excitement-rich action films, yet the filmmaker also has an extensive pedigree in advertising and music videos. A graduate … Continue reading “Michael Bay signs with Supply&Demand”

Michael Bay helms Hard Rock’s first Super Bowl spot

Hard Rock International is celebrating another milestone in the brand’s almost 50-year history, with the announcement of the first ever brand commercial coinciding with the big game, being held at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida. The hospitality and lifestyle brand will debut its first ever prime time advertisement during the upcoming big game broadcast on February … Continue reading “Michael Bay helms Hard Rock’s first Super Bowl spot”

ALKEMY X adds Michael Porterfield as Head of 2D

As a part of its rapidly growing West Coast VFX team, Alkemy X has tapped Emmy-nominated VFX veteran Michael Porterfield as the company’s Head of 2D, based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With over 30 years of experience in visual effects, Porterfield will leverage his expertise in leading teams, with a keen eye toward cultivating creativity … Continue reading “ALKEMY X adds Michael Porterfield as Head of 2D”

Colman Domingo cast as Bayard Rustin In ‘Rustin’ From George C. Wolfe

Award-winning actor, and Philly native, Colman Domingo has been cast in the first feature film from production company Higher Ground and Netflix, Rustin. The film tells the story of charismatic, gay, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin,  who overcame an onslaught of obstacles and altered the course of American history by organizing the 1963 March on Washington. … Continue reading “Colman Domingo cast as Bayard Rustin In ‘Rustin’ From George C. Wolfe”

Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering

Producer and director Michael Bay released the trailer for his new feature, Songbird. The first feature filmed in Los Angeles since quarantine, which has sparked criticism as a tone-deaf movie about an ongoing horror that America and the world is still experiencing. For months, experts have hammered home a critical point: the US’s disastrous handling … Continue reading “Bay’s pandemic movie ‘Song Bird’ is triggering”

Bayer, Castro in unscripted Massage Envy campaign

Today, there are more masks, peels, serums and beauty influencers than ever before and it’s overwhelming to know where to start. A new campaign from Massage Envy wants people to know that no matter where you are in your skin care journey, a facial is a good place to start. Only an esthetician, a real … Continue reading “Bayer, Castro in unscripted Massage Envy campaign”

Terrence Howard records “Empire” finale tune at CRC

It wasn’t too long ago that giant recording studios were the norm in Chicago. There was Streeterville, Universal and Paragon.

Now? All gone. But still left standing is CRC. Recently, the recording studio has provided ADR and mixing for films including Hidden Figures, Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight as well as numerous commercials and podcasts even.

If you ask CRC business affairs director, Dave Dakich, CRC’s continued success is due in part to their constant mix of music artists, films and commercials.

Costello’s director journey continues, part 2 – an essay

So here we were. NJ Bourque and myself. Yep, we were going to do it. We were going to make a short film on our own and I was going to direct this puppy.

On the surface, I felt as confident as Jordan in the paint, as I had worked with some of the best in the business — Spike Lee, Michael Bay, Marcus Nispel, Jaume Collet-Sera, Pam Thomas and Malcolm Lee. I was ready. I could do this. Yes, yes.

All of that sounded great over wine with NJ. However, in the morning, while drinking coffee, I was more like, “What the fuck have I committed myself to?”

Frito-Lay fuels soccer vs football debate

For years, fans from around the globe have argued about whether the sport is called football or soccer. Frito-Lay, the first-ever salty-snack brand sponsor in FIFA and FIFA World Cup history, is fueling the debate by bringing together a roster of global sports icons, including three-time FIFA World Cup player David Beckham and American football legend Peyton Manning, … Continue reading “Frito-Lay fuels soccer vs football debate”

A remake of Gareth Evans’ The Raid is coming to Netflix

Michael Bay and XYZ Films have announced a reimagining of Gareth Evans’ classic The Raid is heading to Netflix. Patrick Hughes (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, The Man from Toronto) will pen the film with James Beaufort and direct the feature, with Michael Bay and XYZ Films producing.  A description from Netflix says, “In Philadelphia’s drug-infested ‘Badlands’, an … Continue reading “A remake of Gareth Evans’ The Raid is coming to Netflix”

Cloud 21 & Kultura PR presents 4th annual Production Without Borders

Cloud 21 International (www.cloud21.com) and Kultura PR International (www.kulturapr.com) are pleased to present the fourth annual “Production Without Borders” special event that will be held on November 2, 2021, at 2 PM PST during the 2021 virtual American Film Market. “We’re delighted to announce the fourth annual Production Without Borders event,” comments event co-producer Nicole Muj, president/founder Kultura PR International. “Our … Continue reading “Cloud 21 & Kultura PR presents 4th annual Production Without Borders”

Sex and the City’s Willie Garson passes at 57

Willie Garson, an actor best known for playing Stanford Blatch on Sex and the City and Mozzie on White Collar, has passed away at age 57. News of his passing was confirmed by his son Nathen Garson on Instagram: “I love you so much papa. Rest In Peace and I’m so glad you got to … Continue reading “Sex and the City’s Willie Garson passes at 57”

The Forever Purge: Watch the newest trailer

This summer, as theaters and studios are going all out to bring audiences back, Universal has now released the exciting and terrifying trailer for The Forever Purge. Al the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end. Vaulting from … Continue reading “The Forever Purge: Watch the newest trailer”

Tony Gallardo joins VFX Legion’s B.C. studio

VFX Legion has announced the signing of veteran VFX Producer Tony Gallardo to its British Columbia division’s leadership team. Gallardo will work closely with Dylan Yastremski, Legion Studios/B.C.’s Head Production and partner, as well as with VFX Supervisor/Founder James David Hattin, who oversees the company’s global creative resources from its Burbank studio.    Gallardo comes onboard … Continue reading “Tony Gallardo joins VFX Legion’s B.C. studio”

TV permits up, Commercials down in March

FilmLA issued an update regarding regional filming activity. And it would seem that things are on the upswing for the most part. Since the resumption of on-location filming last June, FilmLA has received 6,585 film permit applications, spanning 4,421 unique projects. After the COVID-19 holiday surge and voluntarily industry production pause in December and January, … Continue reading “TV permits up, Commercials down in March”

Anthony Anderson set to host 2021 MUAHS Awards

Emmy® and Golden Globe®- nominated actor, Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of ABC’s multi-award-nominated sitcom “black-ish,” will host the 8th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) Awards, bringing his humor and talent to the star-studded event honoring  outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.  The reimagined … Continue reading “Anthony Anderson set to host 2021 MUAHS Awards”

Film permits increase 43.1% in LA

Some good news for the LA production community. FilmLA, partner film office for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions – today issued an update regarding regional permit activity since the reopening of LA County to on-location filming last June. Over the last thirty-seven weeks, FilmLA has processed approximately 5,533 film … Continue reading “Film permits increase 43.1% in LA”

Biden Campaign enlists Nice Shoes for campaign success

Creative production studio Nice Shoes announced today its creative involvement in Joe Biden’s presidential election campaign. The studio formed a small, dedicated team of artists and producers to handle post production for the crucial final stretch of the Biden campaign, beginning with a series of films at the Democratic National Convention and continuing right up … Continue reading “Biden Campaign enlists Nice Shoes for campaign success”

Woodshop director Peter Cote delivers new work for Cracker Barrel, Dunkin’ Cereal

WoodShop Founders Executive Producer Sam Swisher and ECD/Director Trevor Shepard have welcomed Director Peter Cote to the company’s expanding roster of directorial talent. Cote joins the WoodShop team with the launch of a brand-new Cracker Barrel campaign for fall, which has received over 1.8 Million Views.  “Peter is a unicorn; he has a robust skill … Continue reading “Woodshop director Peter Cote delivers new work for Cracker Barrel, Dunkin’ Cereal”