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SPG Studios

Sidebar_SPG_StagecompFounded by Helgar Pedrini in 1983, SPG Studios, Inc. began as a full creative production and postproduction company for the Hispanic market. Located in Burbank, Calif., SPG now provides audio post services for features films, TV series and miniseries, trailers and promos, documentaries and sports specials for big-name clients. Recent film and TV projects include Inception (starring Leonardo DiCaprio), Edge of Darkness (starring Mel Gibson), Sex and the City 2, The Blind Side and HBO’s “The Pacific,” “True Blood,” “Entourage” and “You Don’t Know Jack.” The company also serves several of the country’s biggest advertising agencies, developing highly celebrated Spanish-language campaigns for Coca-Cola, Goodyear, Southwest Airlines and many other clients. SPG has also produced a great deal of Spanish programming for HBO Español.

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Inception: The Reality of Dreams

Spotlight_Inception4Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending new film Inception takes audiences on a journey around the world. Shot in Morocco, Japan, France, England, Canada and the United States, the movie follows Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a criminal mastermind who enters dreams to steal secrets. The film also stars Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Lukas Haas, Tom Hardy, Tom Berenger and Sir Michael Caine.

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Caso Brings Litepanels to New Series – “The Defenders”

Litepanels_CasoLitepanels, a Vitec brand, announces that cinematographer Alan Caso ASC (Lie to Me, Big Love, Trauma) has again chosen Litepanels for his new series, The Defenders. The CBS one-hour drama centers on the personal and professional lives of two very different Las Vegas Lawyers.

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Sennheiser Announces K-array's KR400S Portable Loudspeaker System

Sennheiser_Karray_KR400SSennheiser announced the U.S. arrival of distributed brand K-array's latest portable, high performance loudspeaker: the KR400S. Designed to accommodate users in the live sound and installation markets, the KR400S is a highly efficient, powered loudspeaker system that delivers outstanding audio quality in a remarkably small space.  

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Sachtler Supports Mono Lake Preservation Film

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, announces that documentary filmmaker Ryan Christensen of Bristlecone Media has chosen Sachtler to support his Mono Lake Preservation project. Designed to replace the original slide show created to support the ongoing effort to protect the lake from excessive water diversions from the City of Los Angeles, this production will be housed in the theater in the Mono Lake committee Visitor Center in Lee Vining, California.
Ryan_Christensen_2To capture the beauty of Mono Lake from the magnificent Tufa Towers to the glassy water and the unfettered wildlife Christensen needed rugged equipment that could adapt to the changing conditions of the Mono basin. He chose to shoot with the Sony EX-1R and Canon 5D Mark II cameras, Sachtler’s Reporter 300H Lighting kit and the FSB 6 tripod. “When we were shooting Living Death Valley, we had a poorly designed tripod that didn’t offer smooth pans or tilts and our shots suffered from it. Without a smooth pan or tilt we were constantly missing shots.

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New 3D Rig from Element Technica for RED Epic

Element_Technica_AtomElement Technica, introduces the Atom, a camera-specific 3D rig designed for RED Epic digital cinematography cameras.

Excitement surrounding the Atom’s debut has been high on the RED User Group (reduser.net) website, with posters both praising ET’s new rig and predicting it to be a game-changer for 3D production. There were more than 20,000 views of the Atom news on the RU site the first week it was announced.

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RTW Names Mahmoud Chatah as Director of Marketing and Sales

RTW_Mahmoud_ChatahRTW, a distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, announced the appointment of Mahmoud Chatah as the company’s new Director of Marketing and Sales. In this role, Chatah will draw upon his extensive background in international marketing and sales strategies and management in the technology industry to further enhance the RTW brand throughout the world.

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Modus FX Delivers Visual Effects for Source Code, the Next Duncan Jones Thriller

The Montreal-based visual effects studio Modus FX served as the lead facility for Duncan Jones' upcoming action thriller Source Code, scheduled for release on April 1. Source Code tells the story of a U.S. soldier who wakes up in the body of another man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train - forced to relive the final 8 minutes of the incident over and over again until he finds the perpetrator. This December, Modus FX delivered over 150 shots for the film, including complex digital crowd shots, CG trains, environments and dramatic pyrotechnics.

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Hollywood Studios Announce Support for Ultraviolet Format

Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).  Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones.

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Pandora's Revolution Express

VHQ, one of Southeast Asia's leading postproduction companies, recently selected Pandora's Revolution Express to anchor the company's colour correction workflow, from ingest to deliverables. Along with YoYo software, included with the Revolution Express package, VHQ now has an efficient  data workflow for all file formats, crucial for the volume of work required of a modern commercials facility.

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