HAPPENINGS

  • Cut+Run Editor Gary Knight Illuminates Powerful Reactions to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”

    Sometimes people's reactions to a painting can be as compelling as the artwork itself.  Edited by Cut+Run’s Gary Knight and directed by Nadav Kander of Chelsea Pictures for Droga5, this hidden camera short film illuminates candid and powerful reactions to Leonardo da Vinci’s uncovered masterpiece “Salvator Mundi”. 

  • Full Force Financial Launches; Unveils Innovative F3 System™

     Full Force Financial Launches; Unveils Innovative F3 System™

    Led by Founder Tim Tortora, a former Studio Executive and Production Accountant, Full Force Financial has launched with its innovative F3 System™ -- the production industry’s first subscription-based, end-to-end, proprietary, remote production accounting system – which promises to modernize the production accounting process, as the entertainment industry has known it to date. www.fullforcefinacial.com

    Full Force Financial’s F3 System™ was designed for content creators, filmmakers, and producers. It scales to a production’s needs, whether you are shooting with a crew of 7 or 70. The proprietary F3 System™ achieves this by the convergence of innovative, cloud-powered tools and time-tested production accounting practices. With a user interface that mimics the familiar look and feel of traditional production paperwork, the F3 System™ enables you to work remotely from any browser enabled device and be completely paperless.

    Full Force Founder & Entrepreneur Tim Tortora has spent his, 30-year career in the entertainment industry garnering extensive production accounting and producing experience before launching his new company, Full Force Financial. For several decades, Tim served as a Film & Television Executive at a series of studios, including significant tenures at Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, Mandalay, and the Walt Disney Company. This management experience has enabled Tim to have a real-world understanding of the day-to-day needs of Production Accountants in the entertainment industry. Tim’s experience as an Executive merged last year with his drive for innovation to always improve the production accounting process and provide long-lasting solutions. This motivated him and his team to launch Full Force Financial this fall. Tim oversees day-to-day management of the new company and its F3 System™.

  • Senior Flame Artist Dan Margules Joins Lucky Post

    Senior Flame Artist Dan Margules Joins Lucky Post

    Lucky Post welcomes Senior Flame Artist Dan Margules to the company. Margules is known for his work on such projects as Lego Batman for Sky, Gold Bond “Shaq Wisdom,” Canada Dry’s “Busy,” the Prey game trailer, and groundbreaking 360VR experiences for the Oscar-Winning film The Arrival, and the Shinola Factory Tour, 2016 Lumiere Award winner for Best Branded VR Content, and GMC’s #enlistme, a 360 awareness campaign to benefit injured veterans. 

    A Toronto native, Margules spent his early career in entertainment as a rapper, and producer/ radio host at night. His show, the longest running hip hop radio program in Canada, featured such guest appearances as Chuck D, the Wu Tang Clan and Drake, to great acclaim. Working in a post house by day, his talent for solving the intricate puzzles of projects and workflow pulled Margules deeper into postproduction and initiated his career as a Flame Artist. Since his successful decade-long tenure at Toronto’ Crush Inc., he has expanded his repertoire from advertising campaigns to installations and VR. 

    One of his seminal projects for Crush Inc. was the video installation “Civilization,” directed by Marco Brambilla for the opening of The Standard Hotel in New York. Located in the hotel’s elevators, the video collage of famous and infamous films was inspired by Dante’s Inferno. He also worked on commercials for Kellogg’s iconic brands, incorporating character animations of Tony The Tiger and Toucan Sam by noted artist Chuck Gammage (Supervising Animator, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) into live action narratives.   

    After freelancing with Canadian VFX and post houses, Margules was offered the Senior Flame Artist position at Reel FX Dallas. There, Margules collaborated on the company’s early 360VR pieces, helping to pioneer the production process. With no roadmap, Margules and his colleagues created such immersive projects as Oculus For Good, The Hunger Games VR Experience, and the JC Penney Christmas Holiday VR Advent Calendar. This time of innovation and exploration was followed by a period of freelancing, including at Lucky Post.

  • Merman Welcomes Director Paul Briganti, Known For SNL shorts, Late Late Show with James Corden and C

    Merman Welcomes Director Paul Briganti, Known For SNL shorts, Late Late Show with James Corden and C

    Merman is excited to announce the addition of Paul Briganti to their directing roster. Paul Briganti is a comedy television, film, and commercial director in Los Angeles whose filmed pieces for Saturday Night Live include Melissa McCarthy’s musical transformation into Sean Spicer and Totino’s parody spot starring Kristen Stewart.

    “Paul is a director whose film is driven by concept, and where his astute observations of pop culture and brand allow him to craft films that capture specific visual genres for great comedic effect,” comments Merman Global Managing Partner/EP Kira Carstensen. “Paul is a multifaceted talent – he writes, directs, and has been in

    Paul has directed and produced several comedy TV pilots: Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV), Imaginary Friend (NBC), Pick Me Up (MTV), and Middle Of The Night Show (MTV). He's directed episodes of those shows, as well as an episode for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW).  His award winning short films have premiered at many festivals, including South By Southwest, Clermont-Ferrand in France, LA Comedy Fest, and Palm Springs Shortfest. His debut feature film, "Village People,” shot last March in Nicaragua will be released next year.  He has also made films for Comedy Central, CollegeHumor, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Funny Or Die, The Onion, and more. Paul played Ryan in the movie "Obvious Child,” and was in a few comedy groups, including UCB's Onassis and Bleak! Comedy.

  • Eleven Mixer/Sound Designer Jordan Meltzer Explores The Art Of Print Photography In HP’s Latest Campaign

    Eleven Mixer/Sound Designer Jordan Meltzer takes a trip down memory lane in HP’s latest campaign, highlighting the state-of-the-art HP Indigo Digital Presses for print photography and HP’s partnership with Shutterfly. The nostalgic spot takes viewers back to the endearing tradition of physical prints, bringing memories to life in the highest possible quality with HP Indigo.

     

  • Bullitt Signs Award-Winning Directors Sasie Sealy & Jonathan Zames To Filmmaker Roster

    Bullitt Signs Award-Winning Directors Sasie Sealy & Jonathan Zames To Filmmaker Roster

    Bullitt is excited to welcome two award-winning directors to its roster: Sasie Sealy and Jonathan Zames. Both are conversant in both long and short form projects, and work at the intersection of advertising and entertainment. 

    Sasie Sealy is director with a love of striking visuals and cheeky scripts. She first made her mark in the commercial world of fashion and beauty with clients such as Maybelline, Tory Burch, Suave, and Sally Hansen, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Refinery29, and Teen Vogue, among others. Sasie’s projects are known for transcending category by embodying an original vantage point or unique narrative facet. Sealy’s short films have screened at festivals around the world, and her work has won support from the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Film Independent, and the Sloan Foundation. A short with HBO in 2014 led to a chance to direct episodic television and her first DGA nomination for her work on Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons’ Life on Normal Street.  In addition to her advertising work, now exclusively via Bullitt, she is currently in development on a pilot with Sarah Jessica Parker’s company Pretty Matches.Director Jonathan Zames combines visual artistry and a comedy writer's edge in work that piques curiosity while delivering maximum impact. Humanity, technology and captivating imagery often align in unexpected ways in Jonathan’s projects, among them the 2017 Cannes Lion-winning Google “Pride For Everyone.”  His background as a screenwriter and cinematographer shape and inform his work for such noted brands as Canon, Luminosity, Glad, and Benjamin Moore, among others. Additionally, his experience as an award winning Creative Director for Google ensures work that makes brands stand out and accentuates their message authentically and playfully.  Originally from Montreal, Jonathan lives in New York and works in Los Angeles, Europe and Asia, giving him a truly global perspective.

  • Arcade Editors Call On Gaming World To Prep Squads For Action In Call Of Duty’s New, Worldwide Campaign

    Arcade Editors Geoff Hounsell, Paul Martinez & Graham Chisholm re-unite lifelong gaming squads in a hilarious international campaign for popular video game franchise “Call of Duty.” The three spots bring together a variety of comrades in different corners of the world, as they search for one another through cheeky plot twists in celebration of the new installment of the franchise.

  • Fireflies West Rides Home Having Raised $575,000 for City of Hope

    Fireflies West Rides Home Having Raised $575,000 for City of Hope

    The 10th Annual Fireflies West ride was the largest in the event’s history, featuring 60 cyclists who traversed a 700 mile journey down the California coast for the ultimate cause: cancer research and treatment. As the riders - exhausted and exhilarated - crossed the finish line, they were greeted with cheers and the uplifting news that this year’s event has raised an unprecedented $575,000 for City of Hope Hospital. 

    At the welcome home event held at 72andSunny, Fireflies West Co-Founders Jake Scott and Bryan Farhy spoke about the Fireflies genesis and evolution, culminating in a rousing rallying cry: For Those Who Suffer, We Ride. What began as a few intrepid cycling enthusiasts has, over the last decade, included 250 participating Fireflies West riders, along with a supporting volunteer network, and over 30 industry sponsors. The total raised to date for City of Hope Hospital is $2,500,000. 

    City of Hope is a leading research, treatment center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life threatening illnesses guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy.  Every dollar raised via Fireflies West goes directly to City of Hope without any administration costs throughout, ensuring that every tax-deductible donation goes directly to fighting cancer. Moreover, the annual riders fund their own way and expenses out of their own pocket, a reflection of their incredibly generous spirits. 

    To view a list of this year’s riders, and the supporting sponsors, please visit: http://www.fireflieswest.com/#2017intro

  • kaboom signs director malek haneen

    kaboom signs director malek haneen

    kaboom productions is excited to welcome malek haneen to the director roster. The signing is the first representation for the director, who has worked independently for brands like Nike, PlayStation, Under Armor, Pabst Blue Ribbon and PowerAde, with striking results.

    malek haneen’s life has been informed by a combination of art, science, and technology, ultimately resulting in magic on screen.  His contemporary visual style infuses branded narratives with effortless beauty and authentic connections. malek defines his collaborations with agencies and clients as an investigation of theme to convey the message. 

    malek found his true passion in art, first in photography and then in the moving image. After studying film at USC, malek came to directing by way of cinematography. He spent time traveling around the country working on film and television, before moving to Portland where he collaborated with Nike and music artists The Shins, among others, while working on his own scripts. He recently relocated to Los Angeles. 

  • Arcade Editor Paul Martinez Highlights The “Stunt Man” Experience In Toyota’s Latest Campaign

    Arcade Editor Paul Martinez takes viewers on an entertaining thrill ride in Toyota’s latest spot, “Stunt Man,” which highlights the unanticipated strength of Toyota’s break systems when an on-set stunt man amusingly fails to deliver.