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7 items from 2014


Cloud Computing Brightens Indies’ Outlook

3 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cloud computing was once an esoteric tech tool, something for visual-effects companies and tech-forward filmmakers.

But as they’ve come down in price, cloud services — like such once-exotic tools as CGI and digital intermediate — have been adopted by independent films and live events, changing filmed entertainment production along the way.

Cloud advocates that it liberates creatives from the limitations of whatever physical infrastructure they could afford. David Peto, CEO of Aframe — which recently unveiled version 3.0 of its cloud platform — calls it removing “friction.”

“Friction is all the stuff that gets in the way, every day, of anyone who’s creative,” says Peto. “Waiting around for stuff to come back, waiting to see what’s going on in the edit, waiting for stuff to be changed from one format to another … all of those things that slow down the process.”

Cloud storage, the most familiar cloud service, makes shipping tapes, reels or disks obsolete. »

- David S. Cohen

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Cloud Computing Brightens Indies’ Outlook

3 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cloud computing was once an esoteric tech tool, something for visual-effects companies and tech-forward filmmakers.

But as they’ve come down in price, cloud services — like such once-exotic tools as CGI and digital intermediate — have been adopted by independent films and live events, changing filmed entertainment production along the way.

Cloud advocates that it liberates creatives from the limitations of whatever physical infrastructure they could afford. David Peto, CEO of Aframe — which recently unveiled version 3.0 of its cloud platform — calls it removing “friction.”

“Friction is all the stuff that gets in the way, every day, of anyone who’s creative,” says Peto. “Waiting around for stuff to come back, waiting to see what’s going on in the edit, waiting for stuff to be changed from one format to another … all of those things that slow down the process.”

Cloud storage, the most familiar cloud service, makes shipping tapes, reels or disks obsolete. »

- David S. Cohen

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It's a Tie! "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" Top Producers Guild Awards

20 January 2014 12:09 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" both won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures at the 2014 Producers Guild of America awards. It's an unprecedented tie that just makes the Academy Awards much more unpredictable!

"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks" took home the documentary trophy while "Frozen" won the animated category.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) of the 2014 Producers Guild Awards (PGA):

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures (Tie):

*Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

*12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Producers: Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt & Dede Gardner

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin »

- Manny

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12 Years A Slave and Gravity Tie At 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards – Winners

19 January 2014 10:47 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

12 Years A Slave and Gravity have tied at this year’s PGA. With American Hustle taking the SAG ensemble on Saturday night, we have a bonafide Best Picture race on our hands folks!  This is the first tie for the top film in Producers Guild Award history.

The PGA split keeps the Oscar race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years, with “American Hustle” still in the game following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

David Heyman, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Alfonso Cuaron, Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Producers Guild/AP Images)

In addition to the competitive awards, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Producers Guild Of America Unveils 2014 Nominees

2 January 2014 1:39 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Plenty of groups give out awards for excellence in film and television at the end of every year, but no set of nominations is watched more carefully by Oscar predictors than the picks from the Producers Guild.  That’s because year after year their choices end up being a fairly good indicator of which films will also be granted Best Picture nominations when the Academy makes their selections.

The Guild has announced their 2014 nominations today and there aren’t really any major surprises here. All the expected films are present, including 12 Years A Slave, American HustleCaptain PhillipsGravity, Her and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Animated films that nabbed nominations are The Croods, Despicable Me 2EpicFrozen and Monsters University. Included in the documentary nominations are A Place at the TableFar Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According to Sam, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks »

- Alexander Lowe

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Producers Guild Reveals Nominees, "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Weinstein Ignored!

2 January 2014 1:39 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Producers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 25th annual PGA Awards. In the movie category, the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the awards hopefuls from the Weinstein Company were ignored -- no "August: Osage County," "Fruitvale Station" (darn!), "Philomena" (another darn), "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Sorry Harvey and Bob Weinstein!

We'll find out the winners on Jan. 19. Here's the complete list of nominees of the 25th Annual PGA Awards (including TV categories):

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Megan Ellison, Jon Gordon, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)

Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Producers: Robbie Brenner, Rachel Winter

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Producers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Her (Warner Bros. »

- Manny

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Producers Guild Taps Top 10 Movies for Zanuck Award

2 January 2014 9:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Opting for a mix of specialty and studio titles, the Producers Guild of America has selected “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and  “The Wolf of Wall Street” as nominees for its Darryl F. Zanuck award.

Megan Ellison, who produces through her Annapurna Pictures banner, was the only producer among the 28 nominees to receive two nominations — one for David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and another for Spike Jonze’s “Her.”

The winner will be announced Jan. 19 at PGA’s 25th anniversary awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel following voting by the PGA’s 6,000 members. The guild decided in 2011 to stick to 10 nominees for its top feature award rather than follow the revised voting procedures of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences under which  five to 10 titles can be selected.

Fruitvale Station” and “Inside Llewyn Davis »

- Dave McNary

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