Berlin Film Review: “Nobody Wants the Night,” starring Juliette Binoche from Director Isabel Coixet

Juliette Binoche stars as the explorer Josephine Peary in "Nobody Wants the Night," the opening film of the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015. Photo:  Leandro Betancor

Juliette Binoche stars as the explorer Josephine Peary in “Nobody Wants the Night,” the opening film of the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015. Photo: Leandro Betancor

“Nobody Wants the Night,” (“Nadie Quiere La Noche”) starring Juliette Binoche as Josephine Peary, Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka and Gabriel Byrne as Bram from one of the Berlinale’s darling directors, Isabel Coixet, should be a mesmerizing, engaging big-vista adventure. Although the film is beautifully shot against breathtaking vistas, features some of this generation’s finest actors, a classical music score and is ambitiously directed by Croixet, we are left for much of it as cold and as lonely as the characters whose tales are being told.

220px-Josephine_Peary_portrait_1892In real life, Josephine Peary was married to Naval Officer Robert Peary, an arctic adventurer who spent many years trying to conquer the route to the North Pole. He succeeded in 1909, although whether or not he was the “first” is a matter of debate. Josephine was an explorer in her own right, an alpha female in an age that favored males. She had the heart of a lion and the stamina to match. Nothing would stop her from pursuing her dreams and Binoche might possibly be the only actress in existence today who could portray the combination of beauty and courageousness that was Josephine.

The film is set in 1908 Greenland, as Josephine decides she wants to join her husband in the field so she can be there if he is able to make it to the North Pole. Despite stern warnings from everyone around her, she takes off into the freezing winter in search of Robert. Lives are lost, tragedy is unleashed and mysteries are broken open wielding insufferable emotional wounds that will not be easily healed.

Bram (played by Gabriel Byrne) warns Josephine (Juliette Binoche) not to travel towards the North Pole in the middle of Winter. From "Nobody Wants the Night," opening the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

Bram (played by Gabriel Byrne) warns Josephine (Juliette Binoche) not to travel towards the North Pole in the middle of Winter. From “Nobody Wants the Night,” opening the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

I was distracted away from the experience by the lack of believability, so much so that I kept wondering, for example, why on earth someone like Josephine, as though starring in a L’Oreal commercial, would ever wear a silly Dr-Zhivago-style hat and petticoats, ears uncovered, on freezing dog sleds navigating sub-zero biting cold weather and relentless snow. In fact, during the press conference, it was revealed that much of the film was shot indoors on a hot stage and Binoche had to have a freezer brought in so she walk go into it and recreate the feeling of being cold before her scenes unfurled. That explains some of it.

Norway was as politically and creatively inhospitable as the freezing terrain if we are to believe Croixet, who still seems angry over the unprofessional manner in which the cast and crew were treated. So much so, that when asked if she would ever work in Norway again, she said “No” without hesitation. So without the complete back-story of how this all came about, we’ll be kind and not speak so ill of the final results. Frankly, it was a monstrous challenge and for the most part, succeeded, albeit not as well as many in the audience would have liked.

Press conference for "Nobody Wants the Night: fr Director Isabel Coixet.  (l to r) Rinko Kikuchi, director isabel Coixet, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche and moderator at the 65th Berlinale, February 2105.

Press conference for “Nobody Wants the Night: fr Director Isabel Coixet. (l to r) Rinko Kikuchi, director isabel Coixet, Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche and moderator at the 65th Berlinale, February 2105.

The first half of the movie unravels slowly in an atmosphere of opulence transferred rather inappropriately to the wilds of Greenland. Candlelit dinners with food and drink befitting royalty are served in a setting worthy of any big-budget period film. Wardrobe that looks like it comes from a Parisian version of the elite in Les Miserables abounds. Conversation flows slowly and I wasn’t the only one in the audience fighting my sleep.

Rinko Kikuchi as the Inuit woman, Allaka, stars opposite Juliette Binoche (as Josephine Peary) in "Nobody Wants the Night" from director Isabel Coixet.  The film opened the 65th Berlinale in 2015.

Rinko Kikuchi as the Inuit woman, Allaka, stars opposite Juliette Binoche (as Josephine Peary) in “Nobody Wants the Night” from director Isabel Coixet.The film opened the 65th Berlinale in 2015. Photo Cirina Catania.

Then, thankfully and with no warning, a second heroine appears in the form of the Inuit woman, Allaka (played by Kikuchi), whose character is unable to speak much English, but who manages to upstage everyone in the film, including the ever-beautiful and talented Binoche.

Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka, an Inuit woman in "Nobody Wants the Night."

Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka, an Inuit woman in “Nobody Wants the Night.”

Juliette Binoche as Josephine and Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka in "Nobody Wants the Night."  Premiered at the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

Juliette Binoche as Josephine and Rinko Kikuchi as Allaka in “Nobody Wants the Night.” Premiered at the 65th Berlinale, Feb 2015.

It is within this last half of the film that a dark secret is revealed and we watch Josephine, her heart ripped in two, transforming from black anger to love and admiration as the two women are pitted against the elements, their shared history and one-another.

Whether you love the film or not, one must applaud Coixet and the cast/crew for tackling such a huge-scale project and wish them well in their next endeavors.

 

 

NOBODY WANTS THE NIGHT (English)
118 Min. / DCP, 2K / Colour

DIRECTOR ISABEL COIXET
PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, JAUME ROURES
CO-PRODUCERS ANTONIA NAVA, JEROME VIDAL, ARIEL ILIEFF, DIMITAR GOCHEV
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, ANTONIA NAVA, JAVIER MÉNDEZ
WRITTEN BY MIGUEL BARROS
CINEMATOGRAPHER JEAN CLAUDE LARRIEU (AFC)
PRODUCTION DESIGNER ALAIN BAINÉE
ORIGINAL MUSIC LUCAS VIDAL
EDITOR ELENA RUIZ
LINE PRODUCERS ANDRÉS SANTANA, MARTA MIRÓ
COSTUME DESIGNER CLARA BILBAO
MAKEUP ARTIST SYLVIE IMBERT
HAIR STYLIST PACO RODRIGUEZ H.
SOUND RECORDIST ALBERT GAY
SOUND DESIGN ENRIQUE G. BERMEJO
SOUND MIXER DANIEL SAIZ
DIGITAL EFFECTS BERNAT ARAGONÉS
COLOR GRADING PEPÍN
SPECIAL MAKE-UP PABLO PERONA
INTERNATIONAL CASTING MONIKA MIKKELSEN

CAST:
Josephine JULIETTE BINOCHE
Allaka RINKO KIKUCHI
Bram GABRIEL BYRNE
Ninq ORTO IGNATIUSSEN
Spaldinq MATT SALINGER
Frand Nashtel BEN TEMPLE
Lucius REED BRODY
Odaq ALBERTO JO LEE
Henson CLARENCE SMITH
Fyodor VELIZAR VINEV
Njal CIRO MIRÓ
Inuit Woman 1 GAZ ZAA LUNG (LISA QAAVIGAQ)
Inuit Woman 2 SORINE KIRSTINE EUNIKE PETERSEN
Inuit Woman 3 PANINNGUAQ SOFIA IGNATIUSSEN
Erneraq RAÚL JUEGA GONZÁLEZ
DIEGO JUEGA GONZÁLEZ
MATEO DURO LÓPEZ
Narrator CLARENCE SMITH

Filmed in Norway, Bulgaria and Spain.

Cirina Catania to Present at the LAPPG December Meeting

Details coming soon! We hope to see you at the December 10th meeting.

The Los Angeles Post Production Group is an organization for digital filmmakers with an interest in post production and film finishing. The LAPPG provides a forum to share knowledge, build community, explore technologies and techniques and encourage post production professionals to connect and expand their networks. LAPPG provides our members with valuable offers and discounts as well as opportunities to network and make industry connections.

Membership is free and you need not live in Los Angeles to take advantage of this great resource.

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!

Join Blackmagic Design’s Tina Eckman as she discusses the company’s latest camera firmware updates and products, including the Blackmagic URSA, Cintel Film Scanner, DaVinci Resolve 11, eyeon Software and more! Tina will highlight product features, use cases and applicable workflows, as well as provide hands on demos of cameras and more. Enter the raffle to win a copy of DaVinci Resolve color grading software! As the world’s most advanced color correction tool, DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production workflows and continues to be the most popular and powerful color correction tool for the world’s biggest films, television programs and global commercial campaigns.

Tina will be joined by filmmaker Cirina Catania, who will present “Courage and Creativity – The Magic of Conviction.” In this presentation, Cirina will discuss what drives us as creatives and how to keep saying “Yes” to our instincts and avoid falling into the “No” traps that are thrown at us. Cirina will also talk about how Blackmagic Design cameras have inspired her and how they have been used recently in two documentaries.

Marine Corporal, Kionte Storey, has survived his injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan and now trains every day in the hopes of capturing a slot on the International Paralympic Track Team.

Marine Corporal, Kionte Storey, has survived his injuries from an IED blast in Afghanistan and now trains every day in the hopes of capturing a slot on the International Paralympic Track Team.

Cirina Catania is the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group and has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists. Cirina is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), the Writer’s Guild (WGA) and IATSE. She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them.

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania

Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!

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Join Blackmagic Design’s Tina Eckman as she discusses the company’s latest camera firmware updates and products, including the Blackmagic URSA, Cintel Film Scanner, DaVinci Resolve 11, eyeon Software and more! Tina will highlight product features, use cases and applicable workflows, as well as provide hands on demos of cameras and more. Enter the raffle to win a copy of DaVinci Resolve color grading software! As the world’s most advanced color correction tool, DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production workflows and continues to be the most popular and powerful color correction tool for the world’s biggest films, television programs and global commercial campaigns.

Tina will be joined by filmmaker Cirina Catania, who will present “Courage and Creativity – The Magic of Conviction.” In this presentation, Cirina will discuss what drives us as creatives and how to keep saying “Yes” to our instincts and avoid falling into the “No” traps that are thrown at us. Cirina will also talk about how Blackmagic Design cameras have inspired her and how they have been used recently in two documentaries.

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Cirina Catania is the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group and has been involved as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists. Cirina is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), the Writer’s Guild (WGA) and IATSE. She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them.

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Special Thanks to LIGHT IRON for hosting this event!

Have questions about Filmmakers Alliance Presents: A Night of Blackmagic Design with Tina Eckman and Filmmaker Cirina Catania!? Contact Filmmakers Alliance
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October. 23rd DistrictCreate Meet: Featuring Filmmaker Cirina Catania, Colorist Robbie Carmen and Flanders Scientific

Filmmaker, Cirina Catania

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Topic: Documentary Filmmaking with Blackmagic Cameras
Independent filmmakers are the warriors of our creative generation, but it is not always easy to persevere. Cirina will share her creative vision and current projects and talk about how she overcame the naysayers and kept on going when others might have quit. Need tips on how to prep for shooting in the field, what to put in your kit and how to use the Blackmagic cameras if you’re not swimming in cash? She’ll also talk about the early days of the Sundance Film Festival, marketing and distribution for a major studio and working on her own documentaries. She’ll give us guidance on how to market and promote our own work, including things like pitching, communicating through design, one-sheets, sizzle reels, social media and prepping for distribution. Bring your questions! This session is going to be lively!

Colorist, Robbie Carman

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Topic: New Editing Features In DaVinci Resolve
“Color grading is the final step in making any film or television program really shine. We take a collaborative approach to grading projects – we have some good ideas but you do too. Its the combination of those ideas and our technical abilities that can really make your project shine.
Our lead colorist Robbie Carman has 15 years of online editing and grading experience under his belt. He’s been chosen by some of the most selective content creators in the country and his work has received technical and creative acclaim by clients and award committees alike.
Our DaVinci Resolve color grading suites can make your project come to life.”
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PACA Conference: “Advancements in Image Capture”

Cirina will be leading a panel discussion, 10/19/14, from 4 – 5 PM.

Overview

PACA returns to New York City for our 19th Annual Conference. As the most populous city in the US, NYC is the perfect setting as PACA continues its efforts to bring innovation, inspiration and information to our members and to help move your business forward.

Presentations on where search and visual recognition will be in the future, imbedded imagery, and how academia sees the future of the internet, will be among the many technology sessions planned for the meeting.

We will be teaming up with Visual Connections again to bring you a 4-day event and an opportunity to network with both industry partners and clients. It will feature the PACA Reception on the evening of day 1, the PACA Conference on days 2 and 3 and Visual Connections on day 4.

Venue: The Altman Building, located in the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood in New York’s Manhattan borough, will be the venue for this event. There will be limited free table space for networking as well as an area for seminars.

Program: PACA is known for its excellent educational program and we are working on another exceptional lineup of speakers and panels. We promise to allow a little more break time between sessions this year. Look for more information in the next couple of weeks on keynote speakers and panelists.

We’ve secured rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 37 West 24th Street (at Broadway & 5th) New York, NY for $289 per night for nights 10-17-14 thru 10-24-14. You must reserve you room by 9-17-14 to receive this rates.

 

Cirina will be leading a panel discussion, 10/19/14, from 4 – 5 PM.

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COURAGE AND CREATIVITY – The Magic of Conviction: A Conversation with SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER & DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER CIRINA CATANIA

Join us Tuesday, October 14th for the next not to be missed BOSCPUG – with post networking + refreshments (pizza and drinks) following at SALVATORE’S!

Get out to meet & mingle with fellow filmmakers in the Bright Family Screening Room at The Paramount Center at Emerson College – Enjoy a great night of networking, engaging screenings & conversation – swap stories and business cards, discover talent and crew for your next project – and interact with members of Boston’s Production and Post community.

Then, join us for an industry reception featuring Refreshments + Networking next door at SALVATORE’SGrab a seat now!

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

COURAGE AND CREATIVITY – The Magic of Conviction: A conversation with SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CO-FOUNDER & FILMMAKER CIRINA CATANIA

We are excited to continue our Fall/Winter series at BOSCPUG with filmmaker Cirina Catania, who will share with us her creativity and community service and how, in Cirina’s own words, “the cameras and filmmaking gear from Blackmagic have given me a voice:”

“We all have gifts.  How can we recognize what those gifts, what is our chosen purpose and how do we muster up the courage to pursue our dreams even when others are saying “no?” How can we make MAGIC in our lives?  Now more than ever, in part because of new technologies, we have the ability to communicate our thoughts, ideas and stories and share them with others on a very broad scale.  That is the ultimate reward, the highest purpose for our talent.  Blackmagic Design has designed a line of cameras that have become a part of my life.  They give me a voice.  I trust in the technology and when I’m on the set, it becomes all about achieving my vision and sharing my passion with the people around me. I know they have my back and they are helping me to achieve success on all levels.  What more could someone ask?”

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Wounded hero turned athlete Kionte Storey from Cirina Catania’s forthcoming documentary

Cirina will screen footage shot with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera from her films, including her forthcoming documentary on wounded hero turned athlete Kionte Storey and discuss her process of filmmaking, share her experiences on the road in her work and advice for all filmmakers with projects that need pitching, marketing, distribution and building an audience.

We will allow plenty of time for questions - So bring your questions with you!

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Cirina_headshot_shoots BMCC 250pxABOUT  CIRINA CATANIA

Filmmaker Cirina Catania, the Founder and Lead Creative at The Catania Group, has been involved as a writer, director,  producer, cinematographer or marketing exec on over 120 film, television and new media projects for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and similar networks. She is one of the original co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival and former executive at MGM-UA and United Artists.  Cirina is a proud member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), the Writer’s Guild (WGA) and IATSE. She is currently donating much of her time to producing self-funded documentaries about our wounded veterans and the organizations that help them. Cirina produces Larry Jordan’s long-running podcast heard in 183 countries and focused on technology, the Digital Production BuZZ. Cirina lives in LA, D.C. and Berlin when she is not on the road presenting for companies such as Blackmagic Design. You can view Cirina’s work at www.thecataniagroup.com and at www.filmvault.biz.

Second Featured Presenter to be added shortly!

- PLUS OUR BIG DIG RAFFLE! Featuring cool filmmaker prizes you want to use on your projects! Want to win? You have to sign up and be present!

- Then, join us for an industry reception featuring Refreshments + Networking next door at SALVATORE’S to enjoy a few cocktails and continue the conversation!

ABOUT THE BOSTON CREATIVE PRO USER GROUP BOSCPUG1The Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG) is a story driven, globally connected community of ready-to-collaborate digital filmmakers and broadcast professionals focusing on the craft of Visual Storytelling and related tools for digital cinema and distribution. BOSCPUG regularly brings top industry filmmakers and creatives to Boston to share and discuss their latest work and their workflows. BOSCPUG also regularly holds affordable production and post-production workshops. BOSCPUG is a professional, creative outlet to pitch ideas for episodic content creation and to discover talent, crew and distribution for your projects.

Read about ‘American Hustle’ editor Crispin Struthers, ACE at BOSCPUG.

Read about BOSCPUG at the Emerson Film Festival.

From NewEnglandFilm.com: “Boston Creative Pro User Group Nurtures New England Filmmakers”

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ABOUT THE BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM SERIESbrightlights499-300x290The Bright Lights screening and talk series is sponsored by the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College.  The mission of the series is to provide engaging visual media related events to the Emerson College community as well as the wider Boston community. These events range from screening of student, faculty and alumni work to the work of local, national and international artists as well as demonstrations, lectures, discussions and presentations by industry professionals. Bright Lights seeks to create an environment where visual media is not only viewed and appreciated but where a dialogue is fostered and a community of media makers, academics and aficionados are engaged and supported.

All events are free and open to the public. Events take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the semester with the exception of occasions when the college is closed (such as holidays, spring break, inclement weather). Check out the Bright Lights Film Series now at: http://web.emerson.edu/brightlights/

ABOUT THE BRIGHT SCREENING ROOM Bright Family Screening RoomBOSCPUG is proud to work with Emerson Visual and Media Arts to offer an evening of production and post-production conversation in the intimate and state of the art Bright Family 2K Screening Room at The Paramount Center at Emerson College.

Named for the family of Kevin Bright ’76, the Bright Family Screening Room seats approximately 200 people. It features the latest film and 2K digital video projection including 35mm and DCP playback. The dramatic double-height Gallery and Lobby connects to the Paramount Mainstage.

 

DATE: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TIMES: 7PM-9:30PM (doors open at 6:30PM)**
**Meeting begins PROMPTLY at 7PM!

VENUE:
Bright Family 2K Screening Room
The Paramount Center
559 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

DIRECTIONS:
Enter the main entrance to The Paramount Center at 559 Washington Street. Go up the elevators to the left and to the 4th floor. There will be front of house staff to greet you at the Bright Family Screening Room.

Venue Box Office: 617-824-8400

SPECIAL VALIDATED $14 FLAT RATE PARKING:
*SALVATORE’S (545 Washington Street, directly between The Paramount Center and The Boston Opera House) offers validated discount parking for a $14 flat rate between 4pm-5am at LAFAYETTE GARAGE, across the street from the restaurant and inside the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston)  – stop by before BOSCPUG at Salvatore’s for a bite to eat or coffee/drink!

Emerson also recommends to park in the Millennium Place Garage at The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, 47 Boylston Street (617-574-7252). Note this parking is not vaildated!

MBTA:
– Orange Line: Take the Chinatown Exit
– Red Line: Take the Park Street Exit
– Green Line: Take the Boylston Street exit
MBTA info: http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/

Special thank you to the Department of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson College for hosting our 2014 BOSCPUG Meets.

Questions? Email Dan Bérubé at dberube at bosfcpug.org

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The Picture

Supermeet friends:  Rick Young, Michael Horton, Gregory Clarke, Philip Hodgetts,   Dan Berube, Peter Wiggins, Katie Berube, Dean Cleary

Supermeet friends: Rick Young, Michael Horton, Gregory Clarke, Philip Hodgetts, Dan Berube, Peter Wiggins, Katie Berube, Dean Cleary

(Amsterdam, Sept 12, 2014)
It’s just another lifestyle photo of a group of friends posted immediately on Facebook, sent out via Twitter and filed away in the “Memories of IBC 2014” digital folder.

Not really.

The collective psyche of these friends moves tech mountains on a daily basis. They are part of the bright and inspirational underpinning of all the small and large moving parts that together make up a whole moving part when combined with other moving parts … well, you get the drift.

Here, in what appears to be a simple social media moment, they are gathered in anticipation of the 7th Annual Supermeet in Amsterdam, having Italian food, tipping a glass here and there, laughing too loudly for the other tables and generally spreading cheer, all whilst diving into analysis of the latest metadata solutions, codecs, design challenges, developer challenges, editorial deadlines and dreadful deeds, corporate failings and successes, predictions for the future, 1 and 0’s, and, well, some things that I just don’t and most likely will never understand!

Dinner in Amsterdam with Gregory Clarke, Philip Hodgetts, Cirina Catania and Peter Wiggins

Dinner in Amsterdam with Gregory Clarke, Philip Hodgetts, Cirina Catania and Peter Wiggins

For those who are unfamiliar with The Supermeet, I will try to explain it to you. It is part fraternity/sorority party, part B2B cocktail meet and greet, part exploration of space and time continuum as it applies to the world of content and all the moving parts that support it, part creative inspiration untapped and…all heart brought to you by Michael Horton and Dan Berube. It is a raucous gathering of the Creative Pro User Group.

If you have never experienced it, you must. And once you do, you will become part of the family and this is one reunion you will not want to miss.

In Amsterdam, the Supermeet is 500 of your closest or soon to be closest friends gathered together over a 5-6 hour period to share information, watch exclusive presentations of new “stuff” from top companies like Adobe, Blackmagic, iZotope, Atomos, HP and demonstrations from the likes of editors Maryann Brandon, ACE and Mary Jo Markey, ACE (ripped from their editorial suites as they worked on Star Wars: Episode VII), Giles Lively presenting on Davinci Resolve for Blackmagic, Al Mooney livening up the crowd with his effervescent Premiere Pro announcements, filmmaker Hasraf Dulul with behind the scenes stories of his new film, “Sync,” Mike Thornton rescuing our audio dirty deeds, Jeromy Young with Shogun 4K monitor-recorder tales, and the folks at HP, Carlo Ruiz and those using HP Workstations to create passionate products: Patrick Drake and Kylie Flavell.

You are just now beginning to understand why this evening lasts, well, all evening!

Before you even get to the presentations, there are twenty companies outside the theater, each with a unique story to tell, a new product to introduce or software that will intimately prove indispensable to our working lives. The list of attendees is a surprise each year, but I do know of two of them because I am personally and most proudly involved: The Lumberjack System from Philip Hodgetts and Gregory Clarke, PhD, a powerfully easy tool for cloud-based on-set logging (yes, even when you’re offline) and Other World Computing (OWC) started almost thirty years ago by yet another techie genius friend, Larry O’Connor, and represented in Amsterdam by Rick Van Dyne.

And this brings us back to those friends moving tech mountains and that picture.

Bottom line: I can’t believe that I am so lucky to be able to be in the same room as these people who build the foundations that enable me to do the work that I love so much.

Without their genius, my wild and often unbridled creativity would most likely be limited to … well, what? I’d have to make my own tools, and I don’t know how to do that. I couldn’t create Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Photoshop. I’d be hiring PA’s to log on paper during our shoots instead of on an iPad and instantly creating keyword ranges. I’d have no way to shoot, no way to record sound, no way to transport my files over the pipeline. My images would not be color graded and I’d have to go back to writing my own music…um, you don’t want to know about that.

And I certainly wouldn’t be in Amsterdam with my friends telling stories and tipping a glass to happiness.

So, the next time you post a picture of your friends on social media, think about how lucky you are and stop for a moment to say thanks. I just did. Cheers!

COMIC-CON 2014: Masters of the Universe Art Book from Dark Horse is the First Ever Published Officially

AOTMUCVR.202514(July 25, 2014, Comic-Con, San Diego, CA) Dark Horse and Mattel today announced that they will be releasing the first-ever official art book for Masters of the Universe: The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man® and Masters of the Universe®. Made in close cooperation with Mattel and He-Man® historians, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collects over 30 years of behind-the-scenes material, lore, and classic imagery.

Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man® from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man® images!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is scheduled to arrive in comic shops on April 1, 2015 and in bookstores April 14, 2015. Copies may be pre-ordered here.
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ABOUT DARK HORSE:
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, uch as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

HE-MAN, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and associated trademarks and copyrights are owned by, and used under license from Mattel.