BioWare recently adopted cineSync into its complex video game workflow, enabling the studio to collaborate across locations and departments, saving ample time along the way.
BioWare recently adopted cineSync into its complex video game workflow, enabling the studio to collaborate across locations and departments, saving ample time along the way.
Nancy St John has been an important player in the film industry for over 3 decades, as a VFX Producer and Consultant, a member of the Academy and Vice Chair of the Visual Effects Society.
Montreal's Rodeo FX created quite a menagerie for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Given the complex nature of the work, they needed clear and concise feedback from VFX Supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz - and relied on cineSync for those reviews.
“We work with our clients across the full production cycle – from developing art solutions at the pre-production stage, creating premises and conducting on-set supervision for VFX shots, right through to post-production and color grading. Collaboration plays an important part in all of that, which is why we use cineSync.”
Doctor Strange, the new blockbuster from Marvel Studios, was a truly massive VFX undertaking, with 1450 shots carried out by over 1000 artists, from a dozen facilities spread from North America to the UK to China and Australia. As he has done on many previous films, VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti again relied on cineSync to review work in progress, regardless of where the work was being done.
Marvel Studio's Executive Producer Victoria Alonso is a big fan of both cineSync and the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Boyd Shermis is an industry legend, having supervised the VFX on some of the biggest films of the past 2 decades and more - including Speed, Poseidon, Face Off, Swordfish and GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.
The post-production for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was based in London, but many of the VFX vendors were spread across Canada. cineSync helped ensure the workflow wasn't too peculiar...
Jake Morrison is a highly experienced VFX professional, with over 15 years of credits to his name, from his early days as a compositor, to becoming VFX Supervisor on massive Marvel projects such as The Avengers, Ant Man and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. We talked to him about his role, the projects he has worked on and how cineSync has helped.
High-end visual effects are all about world building, from the micro to the macro. And whether you’re working on a towering CG creature or creating a sci-fi interface, the devil resides in the details. Read on to learn how Territory designs for the future, and how cineSync ensures even the smallest elements are delivered just as expected.
“As we were the hub for all of these vendors, we were doing three-to-five cineSync sessions with different vendors per day. Many times, Roland Emmerich himself was included. We liked to step aside and let him talk directly to the supervisor at a vendor, giving his direct feedback.”
Simon Stanley-Clamp has an impressive resume, covering some of the biggest films of the last 15 years. A director and VFX Supervisor at Cinesite, Simon took a few minutes out of his hectic schedule to chat with us about cineSync.
Cospective recently had the opportunity to be involved with SHE, a large multi media art event in London, Austin and Ho Chi Minh City. SHE showcased the work of over 90 international visual and performance artists exploring the theme of femininity, feminine identity and issues faced by women worldwide. Part of the event featured an interactive workspace, using cineSync to give guests the opportunity to artistically connect with guests in the UK, Vietnam and the US in real time.
From bullet squibs to explosions, Blumhouse Productions turned to VFX Legion to create the visceral visuals. However, with Blumhouse’s editorial team in New York and VFX Legion’s workforce working remotely from locations scattered all across the world, a reliable communication solution was needed to ensure consistency within the chaos.
Volker Engel, VFX Supervisor on Independence Day: Resurgence, recently talked to Ian Failes at VFX Blog and discussed at length how co-ordinating and supervising a show of that size has changed over the years. One of the big differences is the technology around remote collaboration - and cineSync in particular.
Titmouse exhibits an almost endless capacity for creativity, often juggling several in-house and commissioned projects at once. Ensuring a level of consistent innovation and quality is a challenge, but with cineSync, the studio can ensure each and every shot has as much trademark Titmouse dynamism as the last.
"One of the biggest challenges is organisation. As shows get more complex and team sizes expand, being organised is hugely important. Having cineSync sessions has enabled me and everyone I work with to be more organised."
Rising Sun Pictures, from Adelaide Australia, made waves in 2014 with the much celebrated "Quicksilver" scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past. For the latest X-Men release, RSP were again handed responsibility for showcasing the world's fastest mutant.
Today sees the release of cineSync 3.7, which completely replaces the old Quicktime-based video player on Windows and which substantially updates and enhances the integration with ftrack.
Germany's Trixter completed around 340 shots on Captain America: Civil War, utilising artists from up to 18 countries, while co-ordinating with a US-based VFX Supervisor. cineSync helped keep all communication civil!
"All of the meetings and reviews that occur on a day-to-day basis on a project like Deadpool are held cross-site – that means we need an efficient way to interactively discuss material with all groups on the call. Also, our supervisors are required to frequently travel to set or between studios, so being able to review takes on the run is essential. cineSync allows us to do this, no matter where in the world the team may be."
The Huntsman: Winter's War from first-time director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan was a massive VFX undertaking. Most of the VFX work was completed by Double Negative Vancouver, while Nicolas-Troyan was based in LA, so effective communication was essential.
cineSync has been used by filmmakers all over the world over to create truly incredible work. It’s helped content creators, artists, supervisors and producers connect and collaborate on some of the world’s biggest and most challenging projects, even when separated by entire continents.
With Gods of Egypt, however, cineSync has truly made the impossible possible.
For Deadpool, VFX powerhouse Digital Domain was tasked with creating the CG character Colossus and some major CG work in the climactic battle scene. To keep both their LA and Vancouver offices in sync with director Tim Miller, Digital Domain relied on cineSync.
Cinesite's London, Montreal and Vancouver facilities completed 138 invisible VFX shots for The Revenant and relied on cineSync for communication with the LA based director Alejandro Innaritu.
How cineSync bridged the communication gap in the high-wire retelling of one daredevil’s unbelievable story...
Legion is a post-production facility unlike any other in that, strictly speaking, there is no actual facility. Read on to learn how the world’s first fully remote visual effects vendor operates, and how tools like cineSync ensure a harmonious workflow, no matter the geographical distance.
Montreal's Rodeo FX were the lead VFX vendor on Vin Diesel's latest "The Last Witch Hunter", delivering 430 shots, while working remotely with the show's director and VFX supervisor (and Rodeo FX's own LA office) using cineSync.
OK, so the production didn't actually have to communicate with Mars. But the crew on The Martian were still spread across the world and relied on cineSync to ensure the mission was successful.
New Zealand's Weta Digital delivered 579 shots for the recently released Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, working remotely with US-based director Wes Ball via cineSync.
A recent explosion in software, combined with massive growth in internet bandwidth and much lower costs, has seen technology completely change the media production industry.
Cospective will be at SIGGRAPH 2015, showcasing the integration between cineSync and Shotgun, as well as hosting the Birds of a Feather session "Bridging Oceans: How New Tools are Changing Remote Production"
“We usually have cineSync and Skype running at the same time so we can see the emotions and reactions of the people on the call, but also to add extra information about the images we’re looking at on cineSync. It’s connecting all of those things that really makes a project like Jurassic World really seamless – and you don’t have to travel to LA or London to get those results.”
Even though San Rafael's Whiskytree is in driving distance of both the post production offices at Skywalker Ranch and the lead VFX vendor ILM, they used cineSync to maximise efficiency in their collaboration on Tomorrowland.
Transporting George R.R. Martin’s fertile imagination from the page to the screen is no easy task – especially when that means creating three fully-grown CG fire-breathers. Thankfully one of the shows dragon wranglers Pixomondo, has been on the show since season 2, and with cineSync on its side there’s no challenge it can’t tackle...
cineSync 3.6 released today, featuring a new integration with Autodesk's Shotgun production tracking, review and asset management software.
Challenging the stereotype – creating VFX from a tropical paradise. How capital T work on the biggest Hollywood films from a beach house in Hawaii...
A new beta version of cineSync 3.6 has been released, now supporting a deep integration with Shotgun on both OSX and Windows
The latest challenge for Scanline VFX was creating - and then crashing - Air Force One, for the new film Big Game from Finnish director Jalmari Helander. As they do on all their major projects, Scanline used cineSync to keep everyone on the same page.
New integration with Shotgun Review to be presented at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas
Chappie, the new sci-fi feature from Neill Blomkamp was shot in South Africa, but the central character is entirely CG animation and was created in facilities in Vancouver, Mexico and Nepal, while the VFX production team were based in Los Angeles. cineSync obviously had a big part to play, but on Chappie, cineSync also integrated with The Creative-Cartel's Joust to make for a rock-solid review and approval pipeline.
The Vancouver division of MPC used their considerable expertise on American Sniper, converting Californian locations into an Iraqi warzone and adding everything that couldn't be safely done on set. To stay in touch with director Clint Eastwood and Overall VFX Supervisor Michael Owens, MPC relied on cineSync.
In the new Spongebob movie Sponge Out of Water, Spongebob moves from traditional 2D animation to fully realised 3D. One of the vendors tasked with bringing Spongebob to 3D life was Australia's Iloura VFX. Read how they maintained clear and open communication with the LA based director, including extensive use of cineSync.
cineSync played a large part in the communication between director Christopher Nolan and VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin on Interstellar.
London's MPC completed over 500 complex and technically challenging shots for Exodus: Gods and Kings. The work was split across their London and Montreal facilities, plus shots were shared with DNeg - cineSync helped to keep everyone on the same page.
A new integration between cineSync and ftrack, a project management and collaboration platform for creatives, is now available.
LA-based Modern Video Film is currently handling all video post production services for the CBS TV series Madam Secretary. As the show shoots in New York, MVF relies on cineSync for their visual communication needs.
Pre-vis specialists The Third Floor were called in to help plan out a number of VFX sequences for Brett Ratner's Hercules. The LA-based firm relied on cineSync to communicate with the director while he was on location in Budapest.
For Guardians of the Galaxy, Method Studios set up a virtual face to face communication workflow with the studio. "Even though they were in Burbank and we are in Santa Monica, it was easier to do a Skype call or a cineSync"
Method Studios relied on cineSync in daily reviews with director Phil Noyce for the new film The Giver.
Method Studios Vancouver took the lead for the VFX of the new YA feature The Maze Runner. As the director was based in LA, Method relied on cineSync to keep the communication clear and simple.
Guardians of the Galaxy had at least 6 main VFX vendors, 2 pre-vis vendors, multiple CG environments and two fully CG main characters. How did VFX Supervisor Stephane Ceretti keep track of it all? "cineSync ! We had countless cineSyncs with all our vendors."
From pre-vis to delivery, the production of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - and the VFX companies who contributed such impressive work to the film - relied on cineSync.
cineSync has been used on several recent Clint Eastwood films, including Hereafter, Changeling and Invictus. For his new film Jersey Boys, cineSync again had a role to play.
Jake Braver, VFX Supervisor, The Fault in our Stars: "I’ve been using cineSync as a tool for many years now, but it was really this movie when I said 'I really can’t picture getting this movie done on time without it!'."
The new action film Snowpiercer, from Korean director Bong Joon-ho was shot in Prague. Post production was then spread from Germany to Korea to the US and beyond. The team relied on daily reviews in cineSync to keep everyone travelling in the same direction.
Case Study: How Venture 3D built a 24 hour 3D conversion pipeline and how cineSync Pro helped make it happen.
VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers on X-Men: Days of Future Past: "During post we worked with 12 different VFX studios from around the world, so we tried to cineSync and conference call them at least twice a week to review work in progress."
Godzilla saw UK VFX powerhouses Double Negative and MPC (plus MPC Vancouver and MPC Bangalore) really stepping up to the plate, with great supporting work from Germany's Scanline, NZ's Weta and the US's Hammerhead and Pixel Playground. cineSync had a big role to play to help keep communication clear and efficient.
Transcendence director Wally Pfister on working with London's Double Negative: "We set up all our post offices on The Lot in Hollywood, and did all the editing there. And D Neg would shoot over files and we’d give notes. Every day we’d have a cineSync session with them."
ILM paired up with Look FX on Noah - and used cineSync extensively to manage communication between San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles
cineSync 3.4.1 is available from today, including HD-SDI support and improvements to the colour controls.
MPC had three facilities working on 300: Rise of an Empire, split between the UK, Bangalore and Vancouver, while VFX Supervisor John "DJ" Desjardin was based in LA. "The work was based out of MPC London so with DJ over in Los Angeles we had regular cineSync reviews."
6 VFX companies -Framestore, MPC, Digital Domain, Baseblack, Milk and Soho VFX - had to co-ordinate the vast number of shots on 47 Ronin, overseen by VFX Supervisor Christian Manz, who used cineSync for remote review and approval.
The Lego movie had three separate production bases, in Sydney, Los Angeles and Denmark. The production relied on cineSync to make the collaboration more effective.
Today Cospective and The Creative-Cartel announce the integration between JOUST's digital pipeline management system and cineSync's award-winning review and approval technology.
cineSync Used to Complete VFX for Academy Award® Nominee, Gravity
cineSync 3.4 released today with new and improved Shotgun integration, new HD-SDI support and other features
"Tim and Alfonso would use reference footage and the previz to help describe what was required for various elements in the sequence. This was done through a large amount of cineSync sessions and video conferences"
Fusion CI Studios: "Through phone calls, secure ftp, email and cineSync sessions (a brilliant technology, by the way!), we’re in constant communication with our clients, providing them with wips as we go along, getting feedback and revising, just as if we were their effects department down the hall in their own facility."
White House Down was a massive VFX picture, with facilities contributing work from right across the Northern Hemisphere. "There would be conference calls and cineSync meetings where shots would be reviewed and critiqued. Getting feedback by showing our work in progress was instrumental in producing the results that the client was looking for."
Paris based PLUG were chosen to create a digital Notre Dame for Smurfs 2, working with LA's Sony Imageworks. cineSync played a big part in keeping the communication clear and open.
New cineSync 3.3 released with Aspera integration for Aspera transfer right from the cineSync interface.
Jeff Kleiser's VFX studio Synthespian just completed VFX for Bollywood's biggest ever Sci-fi epic Ra One. "Synthespian Studios did about 120 shots for the show and then I went to India to supervise their team in Mumbai, as well as about 15 other companies in India," Kleiser said. "A total of about 800 artists worked on this film. There are about 3,000 visual effects shops, so it was an enormous project by any standards."
Australia's Rising Sun Pictures talks about their VFX work on The Wolverine. "We made extensive use of cineSync for our reviews so that we could sketch ideas on the fly which made for a really easy creative communication workflow."
Pacific Rim Reviews: "Each cineSync session was populated with about a dozen folks. On the Mirada side we had myself, Mathew, John, the team leads and the production staff. At Warner Bros. we had Guillermo and his crew. From up north we had John Knoll. It was a great experience being able to get such direct and clear feedback from Knoll and del Toro despite the fact that we were all spread out".
John "DJ" Desjardin talks VFX on Man of Steel.
The massive amount of VFX work in Pacific Rim meant multiple studios contributing work from all over the world, from North America to Denmark to China and many places in between. Again, cineSync played a role in keeping the communication clear.
How UK and Vancouver based MPC worked with a US based director and VFX Supervisor on Man of Steel - "I would do Cinesync and Skype reviews... every day"
Like all big budget movies these days, Fast and Furious 6 had a lot of facilities contributing from all over the world. Overall VFX Supervisor David Vickery explains how it all came together.
London-based Cinesite on Iron Man 3: "We communicated via conference call and cineSync to review iterations of our work at video res, simultaneously shipping full res data, from them to review during their daily sessions in LA."
There were 17 facilities around the globe contributing to Iron Man 3 - clear and simple communication was key to making it all work.
How cineSync helped to bring vendors all over the world together to bring the 2000 VFX shots in Iron Man to life, including ten facilities all sharing work on the Iron Man suit.
London's Framestore delivered 36 shots for Lincoln and relied on cineSync to communicate with Steven Spielberg in the US.
Cloud Atlas was a huge undertaking, with the post production being spread across the globe. From the US to Germany, from the UK to Canada, the production relied on cineSync to maintain visibility through the Cloud.
The London-based producers of the Discovery Channel's "Strip the City" used Canadian VFX house Modus FX to create all the CGI sequences and relied on cineSync to review their work. "The approach made the daily feedback sessions extra focused."
Warm Bodies, the new zombie romance from film maker Jonathon Levine debuted at number one at the US box office over the Super Bowl weekend. A story about a romance between a girl and a zombie, Warm Bodies required extensive VFX to bring the characters to life.
For the shoot and post of The Life of Pi, the director and crew used cineSync Pro to help coordinate the visual elements across multiple facilities on separate continents.
Canada's Modus FX created some impressive visuals for the new TV series Strip the City - and they used cineSync for all communication with the UK based producers.
MPC on using cineSync for Total Recall: "Working from London with the west coast of America can be very efficient, as you can submit work at night and have feedback by the next morning, the artist comes in the next day with the Directors feedback for his shot."
France's BUF came on to Total Recall towards the end of post production. To get up to speed quickly and to work with a London-based VFX supervisor, they relied on cineSync.
Australia's Fuel VFX created a number of impressive holographic effects for Ridley Scott's Prometheus - a film that was shot in the UK and supervised from LA.
Ted, the latest film project from Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, features a fully CGI lead character, created by two different FX houses on opposite sides of the planet.
Marvel's The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is currently taking the world by storm, recently becoming the world's third highest grossing movie of all time. Of course, given the scale of the project, cineSync was an important part of the process.
On the latest Aardman production The Pirates! Band of Misfits, the animators worked closely with VFX house Double Negative to bring their vision to life. Much of the VFX work was carried out in Singapore, requiring extensive cineSync reviews to keep the communication channels open.
Cinesite on John Carter: Early on, via cineSync from the U.S., Andrew looked at our animation test showing how the floor would grow and he said, 'You guys nailed it -- go to the pub.'
The VFX work for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance was spread between facilities in the US, Canada and Australia. cineSync was again the key to co-ordinating an internationally distributed post production process.
The latest version of cineSync has been released with new features and some updates.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island had 81 shots spread between 5 Pixomondo facilities around the world, with another 370 shots split between 6 other vendors - for VFX Supervisors Boyd Shermis and Bryan Hirota, cineSync was an important part of co-ordinating the project.
For Fusion CI Studios and Mr X, cineSync was an important part of their VFX work on The Three Musketeers.
Hugo VFX Supervisor Ben Grossmann: "I could take dailies from Stuttgart and send a certain playlist of shots for review in LA, and Shotgun would initiate the file transfer to the screening room in LA. Then I’d click and get a cineSync review with Stuttgart."
The great HBO series Game of Thrones has location shooting in Ireland, supervisors in the US and VFX facilities in Dublin and London. cineSync - together with Shotgun - helps to keep the communication clear.
"I’m extremely happy with how smooth the communication with London worked. It proved that you can sit in a building in Stockholm and work directly with a production team in the UK."
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark was shot and posted in Melbourne, Australia, while the US director and production team were spread across the globe. cineSync helped to make the process somewhat less scary.
"All of the team on both sides, both our editorial team in LA and Weta down in New Zealand every day we would collaborate by way of cineSync to look at every single shot, and every single stage of every shot, and always be referencing back to what we shot on the day."
How do you manage 13 VFX companies in the US, UK, Europe and Australia, to pull together 1600 shots for Captain America? Well, cineSync sure helps...
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is an upcoming third-person action video game developed by Relic Entertainment and published by THQ. The cinematics were handled by Newbreed VFX, who used cineSync to communicate with the animation team at Relic.
"Most of our reviews were done with cineSync. Our vendors were in Germany, France and London. Even for the ones that are close to you sometimes it is quicker to get on a cineSync because your day is so tight that you don’t want to spend time in transport."
"We used cineSync to be in constant connection and communication to discuss submissions, establish turnovers and work descriptions, in order to ensure that we were always on the same page regarding these shots." Stephane Ceretti, VFX Supervisor, X-Men: First Class
Priest VFX: Co-ordinating so many facilities necessitated strong information and asset management, on a world-wide scale. “We spent a lot of days in cineSync sessions with the vendors, hitting our UK vendors in the morning, Australia at the end of the day and people in North America in between.”
The latest film from Screen Gems is a 3D VFX extravaganza called Priest. Due to a relatively low budget, the VFX work was spread all over the world and cineSync was used to help co-ordinate the project.
The new production of Thor relied on cineSync during prep to keep all the principal players on the same page. "This allowed the VFX and production design teams to move forwards with their work, and not have to wait until September when we eventually got together in person".
“This film was acting-driven. We knew we’d kill ourselves if we worked on one shot at a time. We showed whole sequences to Gore, usually with cineSync.”
Next time ET needs to phone home - he'll find cineSync makes the communication process so much easier...
“We’re used to working with clients from who are based elsewhere and we always work with cineSync. It really is an excellent communication tool for long-distance collaboration,”
cineSync is proud to accept a Technical Achievement Award from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Ridley Scott's big budget re-telling of the legend of Robin Hood was a massive undertaking for all involved. With the DVD release of the film, VFX Talk interviewed MPC in London about the making of the VFX - and how cineSync helped...
Universal Studios have recently opened a brand new state-of-the-art Virtual Shooting Stage - and cineSync's a part of it.
450 VFX artists and technicians spread between New Zealand and North America came together to create the fully CGI lead character for the new live action film Yogi Bear. When collaborating over that kind of distance, you need to be able see what everyone else is doing - so the team used cineSync.
The Visual Effects for Paul W.T. Anderson's latest film Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D were largely handled by Canada's Rodeo FX and Mr X FX, both long time cineSync customers. "Our process of approvals and corrections were made almost exclusively through weekly sessions on cineSync."
For Clint Eastwood's latest film Hereafter, which features a major sequence with a CGI tidal wave, VFX Supervisor Michael Owens had to rely on a reasonable degree of remote collaboration to pull all the resources together.
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) recently made Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole with Australian VFX company Animal Logic. "I had a Wacom tablet with a QuickTime/CineSync session every day... Every day I would get my shots in and with a red mark, I could draw on each frame, and say, "Move this, move that; dolly faster…" And I could course correct the movie as it went."
Director Jon Turteltaub's latest film The Sorceror's Apprentice saw VFX contributions from facilities all over the world (including our own sister company Rising Sun Pictures here in Australia). London's Double Negative completed around 380 shots for the film. Since the production's VFX Supervisor and Director were based in the USA, Double Negative made extensive use of cineSync to manage the collaboration.
cineSync has been shortlisted for a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In the four years since cineSync was released, it has helped transform the global film industry, facilitating true visual communication and becoming the gold standard for review and approval.
cineSync's impact on the industry is now being recognised by the Academy, shortlisting cineSync along with 14 other devices and methods for the 2010 Scientific and Technical Awards.
Christopher Nolan on working with a UK VFX vendor while based in LA:
“We did it all on the lot at Warners, except for our visual effects, which were done by Double Negative in London. We’d hook up via cineSync every day and conference in to discuss the shots and any changes, and we could speak to each other in realtime and examine the shot. It’s a very efficient way of working — in fact, for me it’s far more efficient than being in the same city. It’s all focused communication on exactly that show you’re working on and what’s in frame, and there’s no time wasted driving across town. It’s right there.”
The entire VFX of the new film Priest was co-ordinated from the "virtual office" of Jenny Fulle's The Creative-Cartel, using a combination of cineSync, iChat and conference calls. Says Fulle:
"I believe in the idea of a virtual studio. I think that when you find talented people, you actually get a lot more boom for your buck when you let them stay in their own environment and work more comfortably."
For M. Night Shyamalan's latest film The Last Airbender (based on the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender), San Francisco based Industrial Light and Magic used cineSync to manage the VFX reviews with Shyamalan's production company Blinding Edge in Pennsylvania.
VFX Supervisor, Director and VFX artist Allan McKay, in a recent interview with CG Society said "Some industry technology being built around the industry budget tightening can really help get things done more practically and cheaper. CineSync and VFX tracking software allow shots to final quicker, so these are more supportive tools for the industry that definitely help streamline a lot of the production processes."
Until today, we've always had two versions of cineSync - the standard version and cineSync Pro. However from today, we now have a new unified client, cineSync 3.0.
In a recent short interview posted on MTV Online, Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau discussed how cineSync played a role in expanding the Marvel Universe...
In the latest Screen Production Guide for Film New Zealand, promoting NZ's awesome post production facilities, the very first paragraph is dedicated to remote collaboration and the solutions provided by cineSync (and our partners Aspera among others).
Legend of the Guardians, a collaboration between Australian VFX Studio Animal Logic (Happy Feet) and director Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), faced some distinct communication challenges as Snyder worked on other projects in the US while animation work was being done in Australia. However, Snyder says using cineSync while in the US, "I do 2 hours a day with Australians and it works out pretty good actually."
With a troubled production history and key personnel spread all over the planet, co-ordinating the VFX of The Wolfman was a major challenge. However cineSync was able to ensure communication remained clear and the final results speak for themselves.
Movie making truly is a global business these days. Making a film with a director based in the US and VFX facilities based in Europe can lead to some pretty difficult communication challenges. That's where cineSync comes in.
In Clint Eastwood's latest film, the rugby themed Invictus, the VFX team had to create entire stadiums full of people and in many cases, recreate the stadium itself. With the number of facilities involved in the FX work, VFX supervisor Michael Owens said "It would never have happened if we didn't have the capability that we have today," says Owens. "I can cineSync with anybody on the planet, and work alongside him with him on a monitor."
The editing of Avatar was a massive task. To effectively review VFX shots as they were coming in, editors John Refoua, A.C.E., and Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E turned to cineSync.
To create the immersive 3D world of Pandora in James Cameron's new blockbuster Avatar, New Zealand's Weta spent many months working back and forward with Cameron, using cineSync to visually communicate.
For the latest film from James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), VFX work was spread between a number of companies in North America and Europe. One of those European companies, Ghost in Denmark, spoke to Danish online magazine Kino.dk about the process of working on the film, including the use of cineSync to maintain communication - "It is a super tool".
In conjunction with the DVD release of JJ Abrams' Star Trek, FX Guide have released an interview Digital Domain and Svengali FX (both cineSync customers) about their work on the film. Because the project was split between ILM in San Francisco and several other vendors in LA and San Francisco, cineSync was used to keep everyone in the loop at all times.
For the second live action film from the Cartoon Network, Ben 10:Alien Swarm, studios from all over the world communicated remotely to pull the VFX together. Using a combination of cineSync and database application Invisually, Zoic Studios (LA), Turner Studios (Atlanta), Ghost FX (Denmark) and Super 78 (LA) - all regular cineSync or cineSync Pro users - were able to communicate effectively and deliver the shots without ever being in the same room.
For two new advertising spots for Saatchi and Saatchi, Stockholm-based Motion design company Happy Camper teamed up with Kiev-based The Chimney Pot, using cineSync to clearly communicate visual concepts, despite the physical distance between the companies. "With the use of cineSync we got dailies and gave our feedback easily"
For the newly released feature film 9 from director Shane Acker, animation work was spread all over the world. Initially communication with far flung studios was a problem, until the work was redeployed and cineSync used to streamline the communication process - “This tool was key for us, enabling us to do a portion of the show remotely.”
Due to popular demand, we have now released versions of cineSync and cineSync Pro specifically for Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6+). The new versions can be downloaded from here.
The latest versions of cineSync and cineSync Pro have been released today, sporting a number of new features. Both have an updated Playlist Viewer, with the ability to sort your playlist into groups. Both have a new function that allows you to select and loop only part of a clip. There are also now preferences that allow you to turn off annotations while you are playing, and to allow user selection of thumbnail frames.
The VFX work for Terminator:Salvation was spread all over the world, with nearly a dozen companies from the US, Canada and Australia. In an article with FXGuide, Asylum VFX and Rising Sun Pictures talk about the process of creating some of the effects and the use of cineSync as a way of managing communication between the production and the various contributors.
Today sees the release of both cineSync 1.3 and cineSync Pro 2.1
The major improvements across both tools include an eraser tool and an entirely new Playlist Viewer (replacing the old Playlist Organiser) which greatly improves the process of building playlists, including drag and drop functionality and thumbnails for each clip, as well as improving and simplifying file transfers. In addition to file transfers via FTP you can now also transfer files using SFTP, FTPS, HTTP and HTTPS.
The new film X-Men Origins: Wolverine was shot in Sydney Australia, with visual FX carried out around the globe, including Australia's Rising Sun Pictures and Fuel VFX, UK's Cinesite and several North American facilities including Frantic, Hydraulx, Soho VFX, Tippett Studios and Luma Pictures, all cineSync users.
In an article for FX Guide, the team from Rising Sun Pictures talk about the role of cineSync in distributed post production.
For the latest Nascar promo spot, Fox Sports decided to take it underground. Working with Spanish VX house La Huella, Fox Sports Creative Directors Robert Gottlieb and Mark Simmons used cineSync Pro to facilitate communication between LA and Madrid, to create a visually dynamic view of the Nascar action from below the ground.
Jerome Debeve from La Huella said "Dealing with changes and from the distance: that was one big concern, but we established from the beginning a fluid communication with Fox Sports Design team, including cineSync sessions so we didn't really feel we were separated by a few thousand kilometers."
For the latest horror film from Dreamworks, the Guard Brothers' The Uninvited, the film-makers and VFX house CIS Vancouver used cineSync to easily facilitate communication between LA and Vancouver during post production.
"This was a typical 21st century production - we never ever sent anything physical to anybody. We did everything with cineSync sessions. I never ever had to get on a plane."
One of the key pieces of software that made the entire system work [on The Spirit] was cineSync, a software tool from Rising Sun Research (RSR) for remote collaboration and review. “Some of these VFX facilities only know each other through the cineSync sessions, but it was enough and it felt very personal.”
Tools developed specifically for The Orphanage and included in cineSync Pro proved very effective in the design and review process for the new Frank Miller film The Spirit.
For the newly released film version of teen sensation Twilight, LA based VFX Supervisor Richard Kidd coordinated 350 VFX shots across 4 vendors in 3 cities, using cineSync.
"We used it with all the vendors - even the ones in L.A. - to communicate very quickly and go over all the different shots specifically."
To re-create 1930s Los Angeles in Clint Eastwood's Changeling, VFX Supervisor Michael Owens worked with CIS Vancouver, using cineSync to review shots, sometimes even from his home in Idaho.
In the latest film from Gil Kenan (Monster House), audiences are taken to the underground lost City of Ember. Shot in Ireland, with VFX work completed in Paris and Los Angeles, Kenan and VFX Supervisor Eric Durst used cineSync to coordinate their geographically distributed team. "CineSync was a life-changing concept for me", says Kenan.
The latest issue of American Cinematographer magazine has an extensive article on the use of cineSync in post production on The Dark Knight.
"I used [cineSync] from Hong Kong, Chicago, LA, London and Paris", says Dark Knight VFX supervisor Nick Davis. "Wherever we were, I was able to stay in contact with the director and the vendors. It really makes the world a much smaller place."
The new Eddie Murphy movie Meet Dave, about a spaceship that looks like Eddie Murphy being piloted by a miniature Eddie Murphy, is a necessarily VFX driven comedy. VFX Supervisor Mark Stetson (Superman Returns, Lord of the Ring: Fellowship of the Ring) worked with LA based VFX houses CIS, Hydraulx, Pixel Magic and Make VFX (among others) to deliver the shots. cineSync made communication between all the facilities quick and easy.
"Although we worked entirely with L.A.-based VFX studios, and our post production offices were in L.A., we used cineSync nearly always for dailies and shot reviews" says Stetson, in an interview with VFX World. "That saved us hours in traffic each day. There were key meetings and final reviews where we did get together face-to-face, but cineSync covered about 95% of it".
When Frantic Films' two Canadian divisions (Winnipeg and Vancouver) were selected to create more than 130 shots for the new Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D feature film, they relied on cineSync to effectively communicate visual images between locations.
In an interview with Post Magazine about the various challenges of creating the shots, Frantic's Randal Shore said that "Frantic's two locations communicate as freely as if they were across the hall from each other using cineSync".
For the latest vision of the The Incredible Hulk, director Louis Leterrier worked with VFX facilities Rhythm and Hues, Soho VFX, Image Engine and Hydraulx, spread between LA, Vancouver and Toronto, while the shoot was split between Canada and Brazil.
In order to effectively co-ordinate the distributed VFX team, while on the road, Leterrier found the simplest solution was cineSync - "with CineSync it’s so easy".
cineSync is increasingly being adopted for audio post production in film, television and animation. An article from Post magazine highlights cineSync's role in the post of a recent animated film Turok.
From the article:
“We all had the same QuickTime on our desktops and anyone could hit play or stop and we all could see it. So, we could have a meeting about the show and we did not have to be in the same place. It’s like a spotting session that takes place in 10 different places at once. If that didn’t exist, then I probably would not have been able to work on this job.”
Today sees the release of cineSync Pro - the ultimate synchronised review and approval solution.
Expanding on the hugely successful and widely adopted cineSync, cineSync Pro takes interactive, real time reviews to another level and is fast becoming an essential part of production and post production pipelines the world over.
Today sees the release of cineSync 1.2.7, with a number of new features and improvements.
The new update is available for free to all cineSync customers.
Rising Sun Research announced today that Montreal's Meteor Studios employed its cineSync remote review and approval tools and cineSpace color management to streamline workflow and keep quality consistent during visual effects creation for the highly-anticipated 3-D movie, Journey 3D. The movie, from Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures, is an updated take on the classic Jules Verne story, where a geologist and his son travel to the center of the Earth and discover an unknown world. Starring Brendan Fraser and shot in live action with landscapes & creatures created using HD, photo-real 3-D technology, the ambitious stereoscopic picture comes to theaters in 3-D in summer 2008.
The Spiderwick Chronicles is a fantasy adventure movie based on a series of childrens' books of the same name. The magical and sometimes dangerous creatures of the books were brought to life by Tippett Studios and Industrial Light and Magic, both long time cineSync users.
Prime Focus London and their Indian sister offices were required to do extensive VFX work for the new feature film Tales of the Riverbank, based on the children's television series of the same name. As the production was based in the UK, Prime Focus relied on cineSync to maintain an accurate communication pipeline throughout the post production process.
Production and post for Columbia Pictures' new film Vantage Point was based in London, but Vancouver based Rainmaker Digital were called on to complete many of the film's complex effects shots. To enable London based VFX supervisor Paddy Eason to easily communicate with the Canadian crew, he utilised cineSync.
Following our release of the cineSync 1.2.4 beta last month, we're today officially releasing cineSync 1.2.4.
The main improvements for cineSync 1.2.4 include support for Leopard on OSX, support for the newer MacBook Pros which fixes some image and drawing issues and improved image saving for Windows users.
When Entity FX were required to create CG elements for the new Sean Penn film Into the Wild, they used cineSync to review material with the picture editing department to ensure seamless integration of their work.
Riot recently delivered more than 80 visual effects shots for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, a supernatural fantasy released on October 5th by Walden Media and 20th Century Fox. Even though Riot's studios are based only 30 minutes from the Fox offices, cineSync enabled the shots to be reviewed much more efficiently by eliminating driving and parking delays and allowing reviews to be set up at mutually convenient times.
For this year's followup to the highly successful 28 Days Later, the sequel, 28 Weeks Later utilised a number of VFX houses around the world. One principal vendor was Prime Focus, who have offices based in England and India. To enable clear visual communication between the two offices, Prime Focus used cineSync.
When VFX Supervisor Boyd Shermis (Poseidon, Gone in 60 Seconds) needed to set up robust communication between facilities in the US and Germany for the visual effects work on The Invasion, he again used cineSync - having used it succesfully for Poseidon 2 years earlier.
On the recently released Rush Hour 3, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, cineSync formed an important part of the post production process, connecting facilities in LA and Vancouver. Zoic Vancouver's vfx supervisors Randy Goux and Patti Gannon worked closely with the film's overall vfx supervisor, Adam Howard, throughout the delivery process.
As part of our continuous development of cineSync, we're pleased to announce the release of the latest version, cineSync 1.2.3
While most of the changes in 1.2.3 are related to improving overall performance, there are some new features:
For the children's feature Charlotte's Web, VFX companies all over the world were called on to create different individual characters to populate Charlotte's barnyard. In order to be able to co-ordinate and review the work at the different facilities, VFX supervisor John Berton Jr utilised a combination of iChat and cineSync, to great effect.
Rising Sun Research was nominated as the hottest company among 14 technology developers that participated in this year's ANZA Technology Network Showcase conference, held last week at the Plug and Play Tech Centre in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara.
Rising Sun Research won the award for its cineSync technology, which allows visual media practitioners - whether they be film, TV, advertising, graphic design or a myriad other fields - to collaborate on digital media in real time, regardless of their physical location...
Rising Sun Research celebrates the first birthday of the world's preferred visual media review tool.
Since its commercial release in November 2005, cineSync has become the preferred software tool in the international film industry for reviewing, annotating, discussing and approving picture edits, visual effects shots, credit sequences and other aspects of post production. An integral part of the workflow of major Hollywood productions such as X-Men: The Last Stand, Poseidon, Superman Returns and Charlotte's Web, cineSync has quickly become the market leading review tool...
"Each person has the QuickTime and cineSync connects them all,' says Hitesh Shah [co-founder and CEO of FrameFlow]. "So if someone goes to 2:37, all the people see the same footage in real time. You can also draw on frames and that metadata is saved. That's been a tremendous help in shot turnover and a great tool for feedback. Whenever you draw on the frame it generates separate image files as JPEGS so you can go back and see the notes and pull up the still frames."--Studio Daily
All vendors used Rising Sun Research's cineSync. "We had QuickTimes of effects shots, cut sequences or jpegs in folders on our computers at Red Sun," Joyce Cox explained. "The vendors had the same material in folders on their side; so we could bring shots up in sync, watch playback with sound, and Mark could stop the image, draw on it, and say, "move this to the left, make this more gray..." That enabled us to manage more than 500 shots out of the country"--CineFex July 06 Issue
The conference calls to L.A. every night were amazing. We showed our work via Rising Sun Research’s cineSync and then discussed the shots eye-to-eye, via a web cam every evening...--VFXWorld
Rising Sun Research are pleased to announce the upcoming release of cineSync 1.1. This version will introduce a Playlist Organiser for uploading, downloading and re-ordering your media. New drawing tools (Arrows and Circles), Text Marker capability and a built-in whiteboard/blackboard will enable you to share your vision from any distance...
Visual Effects Supervisor Stephen Rosenbaum, DP Gabriel Beristain, and Director Brian Robbins used cineSync to remotely review and approve the digital effects shots for Disney's The Shaggy Dog. "It has probably made me give up satellite transmission systems forever." remarked Stephen Rosenbaum...--Millimeter Magazine
Every day during the last month of production, ILM transmitted shots to studios where Spielberg was working. To make sure they kept getting the approvals, sometimes ILM would video conference at his home via the Mac's iChat AV and transmit files over the Internet. "We have this other program called cineSync where they could download the files off a secure server and we could call him up and use the camera to talk to each other while watching the file."--Post Magazine Online
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