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Creative Handbook puts together a bi-monthly newsletter featuring up-to-date information on events, news and industry changes.


By: SIGGRAPH 2018 | July 19, 2018

Ralph Breaks the Internet Wreck-It Ralph 2 © 2018 Walt Disney Animation Studios

25th Anniversary "Jurassic Park" Screening to be Held 12 August;
Year Two of Production Gallery to Feature Artworks by Visual Futurist Syd Mead

Chicago, IL, July 19, 2018 -SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced news from its Production Sessions program. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit

Kicking off the first evening of the conference on Sunday, 12 August, the Production Sessions program will host a special 25th anniversary tribute screening of the original "Jurassic Park" (1993), giving attendees the chance to see it on the big screen again. Steve "Spaz" Williams, one of the visual effects pioneers on this groundbreaking ...READ MORE>>

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Aero Mock-Ups' Newest Addition: The Bombardier Learjet 60XR

By: Aero Mock-Ups | July 18, 2018

Aero Mock-Ups\' Newest Addition: The Bombardier Learjet 60XR
Aero Mock-Ups' newest executive jet mock-up, the Bombardier Learjet 60 XR, features a 20'-long cabin interior set with 3-place sofa, 4 club chairs, refreshment/bar, rear lavatory, and cargo compartment with camera port. LED lighting and fully functional monitors add camera-ready detail. The Learjet cockpit with illuminating instrument panels is also available to rent separately or with the cabin. Both the cabin and cockpit are attached to a metal framing with gimbal tie-downs, making them travel- and gimbal-ready.

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Take advantage of our special Limited Time Offer - Rent the Learjet 60 XR and receive complimentary use of our LED lighting package - a value worth over $5,000/day - when you film at Aero Mock-Ups.

Located at 13126 Saticoy St. in North Hollywood, Aero Mock-Ups' production facility is within the Studio Zone with easy freeway access and expanded parking ...READ MORE>>

Star Power is more than just an equipment rental company.

By: Star Power Generators | July 17, 2018

Star Power is more than just an equipment rental company.
For over 15 years, we have been providing temporary power design and installation solutions from San Diego to Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to the highest level of service, we are competitive with pricing, available 24/7, pull electrical permits with our C-10 electrical contractors, deploy C-10 contractors for all of our building shut-off's and deploy these same C-10 contractors for all 911 power-ups.

We can provide small generators, as well as larger trailer generators depending on your needs for your event.


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We are located in North Hollywood, and serve all of the Los Angeles area and beyond. Let us know where you are located and we'll be happy to help.

7416 Varna Ave
Ste F
North Hollywood, CA 91605

Call us:
818-982-2200 ...READ MORE>>

Cleanbox Technology at Future Tech Live! San Diego Comic Con 2018

By: Cleanbox | July 17, 2018

Cleanbox Technology at Future Tech Live! San Diego Comic Con 2018
SAN DIEGO, California-- July 16, 2018 - Cleanbox Technology will be showcasing their CX1 and CX4 technology in conjunction with the Future Tech Live exhibit at San Diego Comic Con July 18-22, 2018, at the Omni Hotel in San Diego.

"The use of virtual and augmented reality will continue to grow as an increasing variety of industries begin to better understand and make use of these mediums. Cleanbox will be there to ensure each user's experience is hygienic and eco-friendly," states Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Amy Hedrick. "No one wants to put on a headset and feel sweat or grime from the previous person, or spend a single moment concerned about how sanitary the headset might be. They should able to focus 100% on enjoying their virtual experience."

Cleanbox Technology has developed effective and modular solutions for the decontamination and drying of any type of ...READ MORE>>

5 Technologies Every Production Office Needs to Know About

By: eTech Rentals | July 16, 2018

5 Technologies Every Production Office Needs to Know About
Just as "The Force" is the driving factor behind any good Jedi, the production office is the force behind every great film. From pre-to post-production, it's essential that every office is armed with cutting-edge technologies for productivity, mobility, speed, and flexibility. With that in mind, here are 5 technologies every production office needs.

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1. iPads with Final Draft

Final Draft is that popular software used for writing and developing stories, properly formatting scripts, tracking revisions, production and collaboration. Many, if not most, productions use Final Draft in some capacity.

We most often think of Final Draft as software for desktop or laptop computers. However Final Draft is also easy to use on iPads which is perfect on set, location, or on the go, making this ideal for production companies. iPad Final ...READ MORE>>

Set Masters is a Design and Fabrication Company

By: Set Masters | July 16, 2018

Set Masters is a Design and Fabrication Company
Set Masters is a design and fabrication company that specializes in producing results. With tremendous in-house capacity, our clients come to us because we are fast, efficient and meet deadlines. Our creative team is closely involved in every final product. Anything we produce will only leave our studio after careful inspection and testing. This minimizes the risk of any surprises.

Set Masters performs work for: Production Designers, Prop Masters, Interior Designers, Branding Agencies, Event Producers, etc. Feel free to contact us for custom props and scenery for film, television, theater, live events, exhibitions, architectural art, public reception areas and themed environments. Below is a list of our credentials.

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Set Masters is a resource to anyone with a great idea. As a design and fabrication company with over 15 years of experience, we have mastered a wide variety of services. We ...READ MORE>>

FLUOTEC WINS AGAIN IN NAB Las Vegas and Hollywood CineGear

By: Fluotec | July 16, 2018

FLUOTEC WINS AGAIN IN NAB Las Vegas and Hollywood CineGear
FLUOTEC, the multi award winning and leading manufacturer of LED professional lighting fixtures for television studios, motion picture, video and photography showcased in Hollywood LA at Paramount Studios the following Cinema and Broadcast Television Lighting Fixtures

FLUOTEC VEGALUX 200 UHP Ultra High-Performance StudioLED DMX FRESNELS with Motorized ZOOM Winners of 2018 NAB Best of Show Award

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In Alliance with Chimera Lighting FLUOTEC presented the new Lanterns and Frameless Light control accessories for the new CINELIGHT™ Studio DMX Bicolor LED PANELS, a powerful constant output tunable pure white light in versions of 4f t(120cm), 2ft (60cm) and 1ft (30Cm) long.

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Also presented the new powerful 2.5K equivalent fresnels VEGALUX 300 DMX StudioLED FRESNELS adding to the Tunable Version the Tungsten and Daylight dedicated versions

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The new improved AURALUX 100 Tungsten 5" DMX STUDIOLED MANUAL ZOOM DMX Fresnel

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These new LED Fresnels and long throw DMX LED Panels include the improved technology of FLUOTEC PURE WHITE LIGHT

These specialized white lights are ...READ MORE>>


By: ART DIRECTORS GUILD | IATSE Local 800 | July 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES - Academy Award®-nominated Art Director and Production Illustrator, George Jenson, died of cancer at the age of 87 on May 25, 2018.

Jenson began his career in the film industry in 1964 as a Production Illustrator/Storyboard Artist at 20th Century-Fox Studios working for producer Irwin Allen's series Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. George then moved to Filmation Associates as a Layout Artist and Illustrator on the animated TV series, Star Trek, Mission: Magic!, Lassie's Rescue Rangers and My Favorite Martian thru 1972-75. Still serving as Production Illustrator, Jensen's focus on live-action feature films followed, including Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain and MGM's Logan's Run. He joined Steven Spielberg's company for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941. Subsequently, he worked on 9 to 5, Looker, Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi, Christine, ...READ MORE>>


By: SIGGRAPH 2018 | July 12, 2018


Electronic Theater Announces Lineup of 25 Short Films and Presentations, Award Winners; VR Theater to Present 14 Projects, Including First Student Work

CHICAGO, July 12, 2018 -SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, announces the full lineup for its Computer Animation Festival Electronic and VR Theaters. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is known for continuously pushing the boundaries of computer-generated storytelling in film, games, visual effects, and more. In-line with the 2018 conference theme of "Generations," this year's Electronic Theater lineup is poised to epitomize a next-generation showcase of 25 short films and presentations, culled from over 400 submissions. Truly an international show, the Electronic Theater will feature works from Ecuador, Spain, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, New Zealand, Sweden, and ...READ MORE>>

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair

By: PACKAIR | July 11, 2018

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair

In-house custom crating and packing comes standard.

In keeping with this one-stop shopping and shipping approach, Packair was among the first to become a certified cargo screening facility in Los Angeles to offer customers one more time-saving, security-providing service.


With our own fleet of trucks and vans, Packair can pick up items from your location or from the designated pick up location so that we can properly transport the items to our warehouse for packaging. We usually blanket wrap items, but will also bring pre-made crating for the items if we feel need additional security. Pick-ups are scheduled ahead of time and we will do our best to work within your time parameters.

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We offer custom crating and blocking & bracing for difficult, irregular, or fragile equipment. Our services also include a consultative approach on your product's packaging requirements. ...READ MORE>>


By: ABOUT MOB SCENE | July 10, 2018

Los Angeles, CA - As a reflection of the rapidly changing entertainment industry landscape, Mob Scene, one of Hollywood's leading entertainment marketing agencies for major motion picture studios, television networks, and streaming services, continues to diversify to meet the current demands of the industry. As such, the company has launched a dedicated Broadcast & Streaming Group, naming industry veteran Cary Sachs to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Broadcast and Streaming. The new division will build upon - and expand - Mob Scene's current work within the broadcasting and streaming arenas. The announcement was made today by Thomas Grane, CEO, Mob Scene.

In his new post, Sachs will report to John Zaffarano, Mob Scene's President, Global Creative Marketing. Sachs will be responsible for leading and expanding the agency's existing capabilities further into those areas by offering clients trailers, promos and sizzle reels, along with in-house shoots, ...READ MORE>>

AntigravityCam Demo - Los Angeles - July - 2018

By: Cinema Devices | Antigravity Cam | July 9, 2018

AntigravityCam Demo - Los Angeles - July - 2018
We are excited to invite the public to a limited seating demo of our AntigravityCam by Owner/Inventor Adam Teichman.

With the use of our AGC rig on many studio feature films; Venom, A Star is Born, with Matthew Libatique - Rogue Warrior, with John Connor - and Rim of The World with Shane Hurlbut ASC - the AntigravityCam is makinging an indelible mark in the Film and Television industry, providing a camera stabilization system for Gimbals and handheld rigs unlike ever before.

Please join us for an in-depth walk through of the rig, it's different configurations, and see how we are solving problems for handheld rigs, Gimbals with single operator, or Gimbals on our very popular Jib rig, with duel operators - one in the rig, and the other op on the A1tools Alpha Wheels, effectively turning the AGC into almost a ...READ MORE>>

Greetings Ghouls from HALLOWEEN TOWN!!

By: HALLOWEEN TOWN | July 6, 2018

Greetings Ghouls from HALLOWEEN TOWN!!
Things are heating up, and we are constantly filling our crypt with new stuff for you!!

Click over to our New For July section for the latest goodies!!

Also be sure to keep checking our Clearance Section for killer deals on tons of great items - ...READ MORE>>

'Sacred Games' marks Netflix debut into Indian original series

By: Netflix | Reuters | Jill Serjeant | July 5, 2018

\'Sacred Games\' marks Netflix debut into Indian original series
LOS ANGELES - Netflix's first Indian original series makes its debut on Friday, the first of a slate of new shows aimed at the vast Bollywood entertainment market.

"Sacred Games," based on the 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, is a thriller set in Mumbai with a cast of police officers, politicians and spies, and stars some of Bollywood's biggest personalities: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte.

The eight-episode series, in Hindi and with English subtitles, is the first of seven original Indian series for Netflix, including a new adaptation announced last week of Salman Rushdie's 1981 epic novel "Midnight's Children."

Netflix now has more than 125 million subscribers around the world and has said it expects a large chunk of future growth to come from India.

Cheap data has spurred the rise of streaming video usage in India, the world's fastest growing Web services ...READ MORE>>

Star Spangled Sale! 20% off

By: Step and Repeat LA | July 3, 2018

Star Spangled Sale! 20% off
Step and Repeat LA is the leading red carpet company in the Los Angeles area.

We specialize in step and repeat backdrops for red carpet events. If you're looking for a red-carpet display, we are a one-stop shop for all your needs!

We are a tight crew, dedicated to creating the highest quality backdrops and media walls for VIP events. We have been in the sign business for over 40 years, and now specialize in red carpet displays.

We have worked with some of the top companies around including Google, Disney, Nike, Hustler, Whole Foods, Harrah's Casino, and worked with event planners for fundraisers initiated by Rihanna, Sean Penn, Ian Somerhalder and more.

We are passionate about our work and are here to make sure your project goes right no matter what. We offer 24-hour turnaround and are here to ...READ MORE>>

The Complex Studios | Save 10% in July | Book Now!

By: The Complex Studios | July 2, 2018

The Complex Studios | Save 10% in July | Book Now!
Located in West Los Angeles we're considered the go-to spot for your production needs. Our sound stages and studios have been used for a multitude of productions for live television shows, pilots, Indie Films, Motion Pictures, Satellite Media Tours, Webcasts, commercial, corporate and music videos, all types of chroma/ virtual shoots, Facebook Live, YouTube Live, still photography and much more. When clients rent our stages, they get access to clean, well-maintained makeup and holding rooms, ...READ MORE>>

Hit videogame Halo gets TV drama series adaptation

By: REUTERS | Jill Serjeant; Editing by Paul Simao | June 29, 2018

Hit videogame Halo gets TV drama series adaptation
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - International hit military science fiction videogame Halo is coming to television in the form of a scripted drama series, cable channel Showtime said on Thursday.

The 10-episode series, based on the best-selling Xbox franchise, will dramatize a 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, as well as weaving personal stories with action and adventure, Showtime said in a statement.

Halo, a first-person shooter game developed for Microsoft Corp's Xbox in 2001, has grown into a global phenomenon, selling more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossing more than $5 billion in sales. It has already spurred spinoff novels, graphic novels and toys.

Showtime Chief Executive David Nevins described Halo as the network's "most ambitious series ever."

"HALO will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate ...READ MORE>>

Extension of California Film and Television Tax Incentive Program Signed into Law: CALIFORNIA FILM AND TV TAX CREDIT PROGRAM 3.0

By: California Film Commission | June 28, 2018

Extension of CA Film and Television Tax Incentive Program Law Signed
Senate Bill 871, the California Film & Television Job Retention and Promotion Act, was signed into law by Governor Brown on June 27, 2018. The California Film Commission (CFC) will be developing regulations, program guidelines, and other procedures to administer the newly extended tax credit program (Program 3.0) which will go into effect July 1, 2020. Please check the CFC website periodically for program updates.

SB 871 will enable CFC to administer Program 3.0 with $330 million per year from July 2020 through June 2025. The current Program 2.0 sunsets in June 2020.

The bill makes several improvements and modifications to the current film and TV tax credit program, including:

• Creates a pilot program for training Californians from under-served communities for careers in the skilled craft occupations in motion picture and television productions. Program is funded by a fee accessed on approved ...READ MORE>>

SIGGRAPH 2018 TO DEBUT IMMERSIVE PAVILION WITH VRCADE AND VILLAGE: Pavilion To Host Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Projects - Walt Disney Animation Studios' First VR Short, "Cycles," to Make World Debut

By: ACM SIGGRAPH | June 27, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced information about this year's Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit

As virtual reality (VR) expands into the consumer market, and augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) get ready for prime time, SIGGRAPH 2018 stands as a prime place for these emerging media and experiences to offer a glimpse into the future from innovators around the globe. Cementing its status at the cutting-edge, SIGGRAPH 2018 will feature a brand-new space: the Immersive Pavilion. The Pavilion is devoted exclusively to these three mediums and will contain: the Vrcade, a space for VR, AR, and MR games or experiences; the well-known Village, for showcasing ...READ MORE>>

Action Picture Cars has Vintage Motorcycles and Vespas for your next production!

By: Action Picture Cars | June 26, 2018

Action Picture Cars: Vintage Motorcycles & Vespas for production!
Action Picture Cars is an old company with a new name. Howard Brown and Sons Auto Sales, Inc. has been a successful auto sales company for more than thirty five years. Action Picture Cars is our new studio rental company. Howard Brown and Sons has been renting picture cars since the late 90's and now its part of our business. Our company owns hundreds of cars to fill the needs of various types of production companies. We supply vehicles for film, television, commercials, print advertising, music videos and more. We have a wide range of vehicles to choose from. We have cars ranging from show quality period piece vehicles, heavily damaged vehicles to both late and early model vehicles. Our specialty is damaged vehicles of all years; from Ferraris to Hybrids you'll find a large inventory to choose from. We also specialize in matching those damaged vehicles with whole, undamaged vehicles for before and after shots. Our business is located in Sun Valley, California and is only minutes away from Bob Hope / Burbank Airport.

For references, please don't hesitate to call, as our client list is very long. You can see some examples of where our vehicles have been on the "Seen In" page of our Web site at Action Picture Cars truly looks forward to doing business with you to make your rental experience the best possible. Please don't hesitate to call and ask questions as questions are answered at no cost.

Action Picture Cars can be reached at:

or by e-mail at:

Below is a vintage piece that is used as Yard Art First one 1950's CZ Motorcycle from the Czech Republic

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And this is a cute vintage Vespa we have around 1979 Vespa P200

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And we have later model Vespas too 2015


SoHo Coaches Celebrates 6 years of production vehicle rental business!

By: SOHO COACHES | June 25, 2018

SoHo Coaches Celebrates 6 years of production vehicle rental business!
Celebrating 6 years of production vehicle rental business. We're offering 20% OFF all Jobs booked in July. Use Discount Code JULY20

SoHo Coaches strives to bring something new to the production vehicle world. Providing an atmosphere of creativity, fun, and functionality while aboard one of our custom coaches, ...READ MORE>>


By: Matthews Studio Equipment | June 22, 2018

Burbank, CA. Matthews Studio Equipment recently finished another production run of their Dutti Dolly - and they are flying off the shelves. First out the door are new black dollies for key grips Michael Pizzuto (Secrets and Lies, The Goldbergs, Matador, Vegas) of Bullet Proof Grips, Seth Greenwald (Glow, Ray Donovan, House of Lies, The Last Man on Earth) and Adrian "Ace" Dominguez (Speechless, NCIS, Ray Donovan)), and for creator, Dolly Grip, James Saldutti.

"Since its debut in April, we have sold dollies to a wide variety of cinematographers, videographers, camera operators and rental houses, and now most recently a bunch of well-known local 80 union grips," says Tyler Phillips, Vice President Product Development and Marketing for MSE. "Until now most of them have been renting their gear, but with its proven performance and reliability, Dutti Dolly has become a necessary part of their production package.

"They especially ...READ MORE>>

Disney willing to divest more Fox assets for deal clearance

By: Reuters | Disney | Fox | June 21, 2018

Disney willing to divest more Fox assets for deal clearance
Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said on Thursday it was willing to divest Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O) assets that generated up to $1 billion in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to get a regulatory nod for the deal.

Disney in a regulatory filing said it was willing to divest the assets, potentially including regional sports networks. The media conglomerate had previously planned to divest Fox assets that generated $500 million in EBITDA.

Fox has been in the middle of a bidding war between Disney and Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), with Disney on Wednesday raising its bid for the bulk of Fox's film and television assets to $71.3 billion. Comcast is likely to further raise its offer.

Disney and Comcast want to add to their own entertainment businesses with Fox's well-known TV shows and movie franchises, like the "X-Men" superheroes and "The Simpsons," to better compete ...READ MORE>>

Hello Summer with Step and Repeat LA!

By: Step and Repeat LA | June 19, 2018

Hello Summer with Step and Repeat LA!
At Step and Repeat LA, we specialize in step and repeats, providing high-quality logo backdrops ...READ MORE>>


By: Riptide Music Group | June 19, 2018

Culver City, CA -- Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization, rights management, and creative company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, videogames, and multi-media productions, has announced a new alliance with music industry veteran Jonathan Palmer along with his music catalog A Suit of Leaves.

Palmer will work with Riptide's roster in Creative Licensing, while concurrently continuing to serve the music community with A Suit of Leaves, the music licensing and consulting company he founded earlier in 2018. A Suit of Leaves' dynamic roster includes Ziggy Marley, Nina Nesbitt, Gothic Tropic, Fantastic Negrito, Diane Birch, Noah Gundersen, Dead Horses, WAX LTD, Faction Management, and many other artists.

Palmer will be based at Riptide's offices in Culver City.

Dan Silver, Riptide's Vice President of Creative and A&R, said, "Jonathan is totally integrated across the full ...READ MORE>>

Pursuit Aviation Aerial Cinematography

By: Pursuit Aviation | June 19, 2018

Pursuit Aviation Aerial Cinematography
Pursuit Aviation has a true passion for aerial cinematography. Our team of highly trained stunt pilots, aerial coordinators and cinematographers of the sky have countless feature/television credits, and most importantly an excellent safety record. We offer a multitude of turnkey production, aerial and technical services from concept to completion in a mindful, budget-conscious manner to meet our clients' needs. Whether it's chasing a car or chasing the sun, we can coordinate the exact helicopter camera movements with the Aerial DP to support a Director in achieving his or her creative vision from the air.

Simply put, aerial cinematography is in our blood. Defying gravity to bring a creative vision to life from the air is our ultimate passion. Our team of highly trained stunt pilots, aerial coordinators and cinematographers have countless feature/television credits and most importantly, an excellent safety record. Whether ...READ MORE>>

Encirco Studios: Miniatures, Practical EFX, Stop-Motion, Animatronics, Puppets, Creature Costumes

By: Encirco Studios | June 19, 2018

Encirco Studios: Miniatures, Practical EFX...
At Encirco Studios we offer full design, fabrication and production services. Using a variety of traditional techniques and new technology we build unique Props, Miniatures, Animatronics, and Sets. We also specialize in Stop-Motion Animation and have a talented crew that can take a project from Pre-Production all the way through post.

Main Office

The Main Office at the Studio has our communal drafting table and workspace where we gather concept artists and hold meetings. This section also has our 3D Printer Station and a Stop Motion/Edit Bay.

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The Shop

The heart of our studio is the workshop where we have all of the tools necessary for our various builds. Our techniques include sculpting, Mold making, castings, vacuum forming, Laser cutting, ...READ MORE>>

Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' shatters records with heroic $180 million opening

By: Reuters | | June 18, 2018

\'Incredibles 2\' shatters records with $180 million opening
Actor and director Brad Bird, and actors Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson pose at the premiere for the movie "Incredibles 2" at El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES - The opening weekend of "Incredibles 2" was, well, incredible.

The Disney-Pixar movie flew to a record-breaking launch of $180 million in 4,410 locations, easily landing the superhero sequel the best debut of all time for an animated film. That title was previously held by fellow Pixar sequel "Finding Dory," which bowed with $135 million in 2016.

"Incredibles 2" also landed the eighth-biggest domestic opening of all time, and surpassed 2017's "Beauty and the Beast" ($174.6 million) for the best debut for a PG-rated film.

Overseas, where it has opened in 26 percent of the international market, Pixar's 20th film collected $51.5 million, bringing ...READ MORE>>


By: TEMP LOVE | June 18, 2018


Full Service Music Company Provides Original Scores, Sound Design, and a Nearly 3,000 Track Production Music Library to Diverse Client Base

San Rafael, CA - Rapidly rising "Audio Story-Tellers" Temp Love are celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary with a new home base, having relocated into the historic 32Ten Studios site in San Rafael (Marin County) California. The announcement was made by Temp Love Co-Owners John McDermott and Christian Hanlon.

Industry News ImageTemp Love Co-Founders Christian Hanlon, left, and John McDermott, right

A young, up and coming music company built from years of experience, the Temp Love team, comprised of 20 audio professionals nationwide - composers, mixers, music supervisors, and music legal specialists - brings a holistic audio approach to every one of their clients' productions.

With their brand new creative and production studios at the legendary 32Ten Studios (the birthplace of ...READ MORE>>

Aero Mock-Ups: Flying High with Our Expanded Production Facility

By: Aero Mock-Ups | June 15, 2018

Aero Mock-Ups: Flying High with Our Expanded Production Facility
Now bigger than ever, Aero Mock-Ups' production facility houses a new Airport Terminal set featuring Wi-Fi controlled green screens, a complimentary LED lighting package, and dimmable recessed & wall wash lighting. Located within the Studio Zone with easy freeway access and expanded parking for 50+ cars, our Skyway Stage includes a production suite, makeup and wardrobe/fitting rooms, and restrooms -making Aero Mock-Ups perfect for your next airport location shoot. No TSA restrictions. No crowd control. No shooting schedule restrictions. Our amenities also make Aero Mock-Ups the perfect base camp.

Our standing Wide body and Narrow body sets are modular and can be transported to your location site or soundstage anywhere in the world-or we welcome you to shoot your project at our facility in North Hollywood. To add realism to your set, Aero Mock-Ups includes set-related set dressing at no extra charge.

For 30 ...READ MORE>>

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair

By: PACKAIR | June 15, 2018

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair
When it comes to Custom Crating high value and delicate items for your film productions or time sensitive projects, Packair understands how important personalized service has become.

In today's market, rates have become more competitive than ever. It is coupling these competitive rates with detailed attention to time-sensitive shipments that create the uniquely distinguishable Packair approach to logistics. With the experience, capabilities and flexibility of a full-service air, ocean and land-based forwarder, ATA Carnet service provider, and in-house Customs Brokerage, it is the personal touch that sets Packair apart.

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Custom Crating Services Los Angeles

Packair's Team of Custom Crating & Packing Experts will handle your most challenging crating, packaging and logistics needs. Our crates are individually and uniquely designed to reflect the item's fragility, sensitivity, and weight distribution as well as a mode of transport. Packair provides the following ...READ MORE>>


By: STUN | June 15, 2018

Brad Roth, second from left in back row, and his Stun Team Celebrate their 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Agency Award

Los Angeles, CA - LA-based Stun, an award winning entertainment industry content studio, ad agency and commercial production company, has been named the PromaxBDA 2018 Global Excellence Agency of the Year, during ceremonies held June 14 in New York City.

Last year, Stun was named by PromaxBDA as North America Agency of the Year in 2017.

Overall, Stun won a number of 2018 PromaxBDA Awards, including three golds, three silvers, and five bronzes in the global excellence categories, with several of those awards coming in digital and mobile arenas.

Stun brought home gold for its mobile application design for CNN's Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History.

Industry News ImageStun Team in Los Angeles Celebrates their 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Agency of the Year Award

Stun won another gold for its online takeover for CNN's The Nineties homepage.
Stun's third gold was ...READ MORE>>

How to Break into Movie and T.V. Work with Drones: An Interview with Ryan Deremo, President of SkyFly Cinematics

By: UAV COACH | Zacc Dukowitz | June 13, 2018

How to Break into Movie and T.V. Work with Drones
Ryan Deremo is a Drone Pilot Ground School alum who's found success doing drone work for television and movies in Los Angeles with his UAV services company SkyFly Cinematics.

For a while now Ryan has been filling us in on the growth of his company and his list of impressive projects. We wanted to sit down and learn more about how he's found drone work in the entertainment industry, and what that work looks like.

You've done a lot of work in the film industry. How did you get your first job, and how have you grown your career in aerial cinematography?
The importance of networking can't be understated.

To get my first job, a fellow drone pilot I know recommended me to the director for a pro bono gig. It turned out to be aerial videography for a Stevie Kalinich music video in Burbank, California.

Not only did I shoot the aerial shots, but the director ended up using me as an extra in several of the scenes. During down time on set, I found myself chatting with an older gentleman who turned out to be Stephen Kalinich himself.

Kalinich is a long-time collaborator and friend of the Beach Boys, and co-wrote several of their famous songs-so I had my brush with one of the greatest spoken word artists of all time, and made more valuable contacts at the same time! ...READ MORE>>


By: ACM SIGGRAPH | June 13, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced juried selections for its Emerging Technologies and Studio programs. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register, visit

The SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies program plans to expand the boundaries of technology's future in three core areas of the human experience: health, home, and entertainment. The internet of things, the quantitative self, and immersive technologies have matured, and the new data systems that support these innovations are now making way for more interconnected technologies. The program's tagline is "Changing the Human Experience."

"This year's program showcases a variety of health and medical research focused on personal wellness as well as new home technologies that redefine modern living. Emerging entertainment technologies that focus on the changing ways we approach sports, games, and active watching will also be present," said SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies Chair Gerry Derksen. "I am excited to offer attendees examples of not only the leading edge of innovation but also new system relationships, highlighting the consequences of integrating these technologies into modern life."

Highlights include:

SEER: Simulative Emotional Expression Robot

Creator: Takayuki Todo (independent)

SEER (Simulative Emotional Expression Robot) is an animatronic-humanoid robot that generates gaze and emotional facial expressions to improve animated expression, life-like facial movement, and emit emotions by the integrated design of modeling, mechanism, ...READ MORE>>

The American Black Film Festival Unites 10,000+ Movie Lovers for a Week of Star-Studded Film Screenings

By: American Black Film Festival | June 12, 2018

The American Black Film Festival Unites 10,000+ Movie Lovers for a Week
The Short Version: If you and your partner enjoy watching movies together, a film festival can provide a date-worthy marathon of entertainment. It's a great way to enjoy original films, discover new talent, and learn about industry trends. For over two decades, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has attracted thousands of film and television enthusiasts from around the world. Every summer, the ABFF takes over Miami Beach with a fantastically fun five-day event. From the opening night party to the closing ceremony, you can enjoy a full schedule of engaging and educational events focused on people of color. The ABFF celebrates black culture and encourages up-and-coming filmmakers to network with established names in the business. This action-packed event can be a great date activity for movie buffs who want to support creators in the black community.

You can practically feel the excitement in the air as the first day of the American Black Film Festival ramps up. The ABFF attendees walk through the Industry Expo, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and eagerly await the Opening Night Film. After the 8 p.m. screening, people funnel into the after-party. The Opening Night Gala is the perfect opportunity to mingle, network, and maybe even find romance as you discuss compelling films late into the night. It's a great opening act for the five-day event in the middle of June.

Every year, a diverse crowd of movie lovers comes together at the American Black Film Festival to celebrate and recognize talented black artists in the TV and film industry. Since its first festival in 1996, the ABFF has elevated content created by and focused on people of African descent.

The festival's dynamic film screenings attract people from all walks of life and offer couples a chance to create lasting memories together.

The American Black Film Festival has a solid reputation in the industry as the largest film festival of its kind. The festival draws over 10,000 attendees hailing from all around the world. From the outset, the goal of ...READ MORE>>


By: ACM Siggraph | June 11, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced that Rob Bredow, senior vice president, executive creative director, and head of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), will deliver the keynote address during this year's conference. In its 45th year, SIGGRAPH 2018 will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit

ILM, a Lucasfilm company based in San Francisco, recently announced the promotion of industry veteran and longtime SIGGRAPH conference contributor Rob Bredow to SVP, Executive Creative Director, and Head of ILM, after serving as CTO of Lucasfilm since 2016. Bredow joined ILM as a visual effects supervisor in 2014, and soon afterward was named vice president of new media and head of Lucasfilm's Advanced Development Group. During his time with Lucasfilm and ILM, Bredow also helped launch its ILMxLAB division in 2015. ILMxLAB combines the talent of Lucasfilm, ILM, and Skywalker Sound to create next-generation immersive entertainment experiences.

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"I have been attending SIGGRAPH since before dinosaurs were a commonplace occurrence," noted Bredow. "The chance to see the latest innovations and meet up with colleagues is an opportunity I look forward to each year. I've been personally so inspired by so many of the keynote addresses at SIGGRAPH - it's an honor to be asked to give the keynote for this year's theme, ...READ MORE>>


By: Film Independent | June 7, 2018

Of the many Film Independent Fellows debuting their projects at Sundance this year, by far one of the buzziest was Christina Choe's Nancy. The film-the intense tale of a deeply flawed woman (Andrea Riseborough) who comes to believe that she was kidnapped as a child, subsequently insinuating herself into the lives the grieving couple (Steve Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron) mourning the disappearance of their young daughter 30 years earlier-won Choe the Festival's prestigious Waldo Salt Award for Screenwriting and was directly supported by Film Independent's (Fi) 2015 Directing Lab.

Nancy is Choe's feature debut, inspired in part by the filmmaker's fascination with imposter stories and the age-old question: if something feels real, does it matter if it's actually fraudulent? The result is a compelling psychodrama that touches on big ideas without sacrificing the pleasures of genre. Prior to further developing the project in Directing Lab, Choe took the project through Fi's Fast Track film financing market in 2014.

Choe has subsequently directed an episode of OWN's Queen Sugar for executive producer Ava DuVernay and is prepping a variety of upcoming projects. Nancy hits theaters this weekend, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. To learn more about Film Independent's Artist Development programs, click here.

We recently spoke to Choe about her own real-life imposter story, the utility (and not) of telling stories in a genre framework, collaborating with actors, Directing Lab, Fast Track and more. Here's the conversation:


Industry News ImageChristina Choe (center, in red) directing Steve Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron on the set of 'Nancy'

This is a pretty dark premise for a film. As a writer and director, what inspired you to tell this particular story?

Choe: I was really interested in creating a female character that was morally ambiguous, kind of like an antihero-type character. We see a lot of male characters like that. I just felt like for women it was pretty limited. I was also really obsessed with imposter stories. And then, while I was writing [the script], I found ...READ MORE>>


By: Friends of Mine | June 6, 2018

Denver & New York - Emmy Award® - winning design and branding studio Friends of Mine (FOM) created and produced an inspired graphics show package for the 2018 PromaxBDA Awards show which will be held on June 14th at the New York Hilton Hotel. The honor of designing the package each year is bestowed by invitation only to the best up-and-coming creative shops in the world.

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The PromaxBDA Awards are the world's premier celebration of outstanding achievement in entertainment marketing and design. Across eleven regional and global competitions, the PromaxBDA Awards honor the teams harnessing passionate fandom to drive audiences, create value, and build the biggest brands in entertainment. The PromaxBDA North America Awards show kicks off the season in New York City on June 14th.

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AFI Launches Two Cinematography Programs for Women

By: American Film Institute | June 4, 2018

AFI Launches Two Cinematography Programs for Women
AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Aspiring Female Filmmakers and Fox DP Lab for AFI Conservatory Alumnae

AFI has announced the inaugural AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women (CIIW), sponsored by 21st Century Fox. The tuition-free program, taking place on the AFI campus in Los Angeles, August 3-6, 2018, will introduce the fundamentals of visual storytelling to women who are interested in a career in cinematography. In addition, Twentieth Century Fox Film and AFI will partner to launch the Fox DP Lab for recently graduated female cinematographers from the AFI Conservatory.

The AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women, a four-day workshop led by world-class AFI Cinematography faculty and master-level guests, will inform participants about a cinematography career - with production workshops, discussions, screenings of the work of pioneering female cinematographers and more. The workshop will encourage participants to continue their studies and become a working professional in the field, ...READ MORE>>



Los Angeles, CA -The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocacy group for the global production music industry, has announced that renowned film composer Tyler Bates ("Deadpool 2," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "John Wick"), will be the Keynote Speaker for the 5th annual Production Music Conference, to be held September 26-28 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The announcement was made by Adam Taylor, PMA Chairman.

The keynote session will take place on September 27th. Jon Burlingame, the nation's leading writer on the subject of music for films and television, and a contributing writer for Variety, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post and the Hollywood Reporter, will interview Bates during the session.

"Tyler Bates is one of the preeminent composers for major motion pictures in the world today," Taylor said. "His remarkable success across a diverse range of successful film, TV, and ...READ MORE>>

Chosen Research Projects Showcase Significant Advances
By Worldwide Scholars

By: SIGGRAPH 2018 | May 29, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present 128 cutting-edge Technical Papers culled from 38 countries around the world, showcasing significant, scholarly new work. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit

SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process by a prestigious international jury of scholars and scientists. Each chosen paper adheres to the highest scientific standards and will be published in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics. In addition to papers selected by the conference jury, select papers that have been published in ACM Transactions on Graphics during the past year will also be showcased in Vancouver.

"Vancouver is about to be brimming with the 'who's-who' of graphics. Be ...READ MORE>>

New York's largest prop company offers a walk through TV and film history

By: Eclectic Encore | May 29, 2018

New York\'s largest prop company
Back in 1979 Suri Bieler had $175, hundreds of items collected off the streets of Manhattan and a dream. Thirty-eight years later, her prop company, Eclectic/Encore Properties, owns one of the largest collections of antiques, furniture and accessories for rent on the East Coast and is a go-to source for thousands of New York theater, film and TV productions.

"Every day somebody comes in looking for something to help them create a space-a world-that will tell a story," said Bieler. "I can help with that."

Initially, it took Bieler a year to find a bank to lend her the $3,000 she needed to rent a 10,000-square-foot space on the Upper West Side. Then called Eclectic Properties, the company began serving off-Broadway shows, followed by Broadway productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On Golden Pond and Sugar Babies. The growth of cable TV gave her business another ...READ MORE>>

Save the date: Power Gems at Matthews Garage Sale

By: Power Gems | May 25, 2018

Save the date: Power Gems at Matthews Garage Sale
On Sunday 3 June - the day after Cine Gear - Power Gems will be at the Manufacturers' overstock and demo sale hosted by Matthews Studio Equipment. If the past four years are anything to go by, you'll want to be there to take advantage of deep discounts.

Among the great discounts last year was 70% off as the vendors got rid of overstocked items, leading to huge savings that were only available on the day.

Power Gems will be in good company, also returning are K5600, Kinotehnik, Hive Lighting, Litegear and Vocas plus many more.

Dan and Chip will be leaving our new premises in Santa Clarita, to bring the latest generation of ballasts for demonstrations throughout the afternoon. If you are thinking of buying a ballast, you may want to get there when the doors open at 2pm. We have been known to ...READ MORE>>

Stock market value of Netflix eclipses Disney for first time

By: Netflix | Reuters | Noel Randewich | May 24, 2018

Stock market value of Netflix eclipses Disney for first time
Netflix's (NFLX.O) stock market value ballooned to a record $153 billion on Thursday and eclipsed Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) for the first time, making it the world's most valuable entertainment company, following a monumental shift by viewers away from cinemas and cable television.

Lifted by a blitz of original programs and 125 million global subscribers, some of whom have given up cable television packages, Netflix's stock has surged 80 percent so far in 2018, more than any other company in the S&P 500.

Since Netflix's initial public offer in 2002, when it was a mail-order DVD service, its shares have surged nearly 33,000 percent. It has also become a must-own stock for Wall Street investors, alongside Apple (AAPL.O), (AMZN.O), Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O).

Netflix's stock on Thursday was up 2.3 percent at $352.90, in line with the median price target of analysts covering ...READ MORE>>

The King of Fake Cash: Rich "RJ" Rappaport

By: RJR Props | May 24, 2018

The King of Fake Cash: Rich "RJ" Rappaport
It's no secret that most of the money you see in movies or music videos is fake, but what might surprise you is that most of it comes from one source. Rich "RJ" Rappaport started RJR Props nine years ago as a full-service prop shop, but his specialty is fake cash. As you can imagine, making fake money is a highly regulated endeavor that is closely watched by federal authorities, so Rappaport has to be extra careful to ensure his fakes never make it into circulation. Still, when your prop money is the go-to for rap videos and has been featured in over 175 films and shows, we think it's safe to say that your cash is king.




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Mega Locations has been recently renovated to fit all your production needs.

By: Mega Locations | May 23, 2018

Mega Locations renovated to fit all your production needs!
This huge 30,000 square foot studio now includes a green screen studio, an extended parking lot (up to 70 parking spots on site) and all new white polished floors.
Mega Locations also includes a photo studio with infinity walls, high ceilings and a sky light, modern architecture (oval wall cut-outs), unique second floor open loft space, recessed lighting, roll-up load-in doors, full kitchen and bar area, conference room perfect for wardrobe or makeup area, private ...READ MORE>>

Cinematographers and other motion picture professionals gather to celebrate diversity, inclusion and discussion - and start a process of moving forward. In this third report, we detail the panel "Inspiring the Industry."

By: The American Society of Cinematographers | May 22, 2018

Film Professionals Gather for Diversity, Inclusion & Discussion
You'll find Part I of this story here and Part II here.
Event photos by Willie Toledo

In this third segment of the ASC Vision Committee's day-long event on diversity and inclusion held at the ASC Clubhouse on April 21, an impressive group of motion picture professionals talked about the challenges they face as people of color in the industry. The event, sponsored by Netflix, also featured a keynote address on the research done at the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (Part I) and a discussion of women in the industry on strategies for gender parity ...READ MORE>>

Viacom's SpongeBob keeps rights to 'Krusty Krab' restaurant name

By: Reuters | Viacom | SpongeBob | May 22, 2018

Viacom\'s SpongeBob keeps rights to \'Krusty Krab\' restaurant name
PHOTO: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes its way down 6th Ave during the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Aye, aye, captain: the rights to The Krusty Krab, the greasy spoon featured in the popular children's TV series "SpongeBob SquarePants," belong to Viacom Inc and not to a Texas restaurateur hoping to open a seafood chain with that name.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 on Tuesday that Viacom deserves trademark protection for The Krusty Krab, and that IJR Capital Investments LLC and its owner Javier Ramos cannot use it for their restaurants.

Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen wrote that Viacom proved that diners would likely be confused if IJR used the name The Krusty Krab, the restaurant located in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom where ...READ MORE>>

Award winning Know Reality Pie for your Production!

By: | May 21, 2018

Award winning Know Reality Pie for your Production!
We've won 8 awards now for pies entered the annual Good Food Pie Contest 7th, 8th, and 9th contests.

Tracy and I have a long 44-year history together since we met in high school so long ago. We now have a tiny pie shop called Know Reality Pie, as you may know, where we sell our small batches of scratch made "Gourmet Artisan Pies" and sell out regularly.


Try some of the best pizzas in the world at the Los Angeles Center Studios!

By: Los Angeles Center Studios | May 18, 2018

Try some of the best pizzas in the world at the LA Center Studios!
Some of the Best Pizzerias in Naples Will Serve AYCE Slices at This Festival

A new summer food festival will offer unlimited pizza from some of the country's (and some of the world's) best pizzaiolos. On July 28 and 29, the first ever California Pizza Festival will serve all-you-can-eat pizza slices from over thirty vendors at Los Angeles Center Studios.

Headlining the festival are Da Michele, founded in Naples in 1870, and Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba, Naples' oldest pizzeria-tavern that was established in 1738. Local representation comes Vito Lacopelli of Prova Pizzeria and Fernando Darin of Ray's & Stark ...READ MORE>>