Supplies editorial team through 24 months and four locations on Jon Favreau’s magical production.
HOLLYWOOD—April 25, 2016—In a project spanning nearly two years, Hula Post provided editorial systems, workflow engineering and technical support to Walt Disney Pictures for the production of The Jungle Book. Hula Post engineers set up and maintained editorial facilities at the studio’s production facility in Playa Vista; at Digital Domain, where motion capture elements were produced; and at Los Angeles Center Studios, where live action elements were captured. Additionally, it supported satellite editing facilities at Sony Pictures Studios and Skywalker Sound, where sound work was completed.
Directed by Jon Favreau, based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments. Produced natively in 3D, it employs up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
Hula Post supplied the editorial systems used by Favreau, 3-time Eddie nominated Editor Mark Livolsi, Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato and their crew. The editorial environment included as many as ten Avid Media Composers connected to central storage whose capacity reached more than 100TB.
“Technically, it was among the most challenging projects we’ve ever undertaken,” says Hula Post Senior Vice President Rick Lee. “The editing team was constantly pushing the envelope in terms of technology and inventing new workflows. Our team supported them 24/7/365 every step of the way.”
HOLLYWOOD—April 15, 2016—Hula Post Creative Technology Officer Michael Phillips will discuss the growing importance of metadata in content distribution in a special session of the Avid Customer Association’s The Future in Motion Conference in Las Vegas. Metadata aggregation and alignment allow content owners, advertisers and consumers to engage with content during a broadcast or OTT stream. Phillips will describe how it works and include a live demo. The pre-NAB event is scheduled for Sunday, April 17th at 1:20pm at the Wynn Las Vegas.
During NAB, Phillips will host a demonstration of Hula Post’s groundbreaking workflow solution Real Time View. The demo will be held at the RED Digital Cinema Booth (SL1517) on Wednesday, April 20th at 3:00pm. Real Time View is the fastest and easiest way to review dailies and editorial media. The web-based platform allows producers, directors, editors and other creative decision-makers to view media on virtually any device—computer, tablet or phone.
As Creative Technology Officer, Phillips will lead R&D into workflow technologies and educational outreach.
HOLLYWOOD—April 5, 2016—Hula Post, a leading provider of editing systems and support for film and television, has appointed Michael Phillips to the newly-created post of Creative Technology Officer. A veteran technologist and creative professional, and a former executive with Avid Technology, Phillips will lead strategy, research and development. He will focus on developing new workflow solutions and other emerging technologies. He will also increase Hula’s educational outreach to studios, producers and other industry professionals.
Phillips’ appointment is part of Hula’s effort to broaden its service offering to support the technology needs of film and television projects throughout the production cycle. “Production models are quickly evolving and we want to help producers by providing them with the tools they need to work smarter, faster and more efficiently,” said Hula President Denine James Nio. “Michael has demonstrated an incredible knack for recognizing promising new technologies and a talent for transforming them into marketable tools that improve the way people work. We are very excited to have him on our team.”
Phillips brings more than 30 years of experience in research and development, and in hands-on creative roles. Most recently, he led a production and post production consultancy, advising productions of workflow design and development.
Real Time View is the fastest, easiest way to view dailies and media in real time during the editorial process. The web-based platform allows producers, directors, editors and other creative decision-makers to view media on virtually any device—computer, tablet or phone. Be a part of the editing room at any time, from anywhere.
Real Time View is fully secure and encrypted. You control access through a browser; only people you invite are able to see your files. For the end-user, the experience is simple and streamlined. The system works with any camera and edit system, with either SDI or HDMI connections, and includes embedded audio.
Hula Post is among the largest renters of editorial systems and related gear in Southern California. Along with more than a dozen returning scripted and non-scripted television series, Hula is servicing three series premiering this fall: CSI: Cyber, Madam Secretary and The Messengers, all for CBS.
Madam Secretary is one of several shows taking advantage of StorageDNA Sync, a media synchronization engine available through Hula. Where other file transfer services require the sending party to upload files to a server and then for those files to be manually “pulled” back down by the recipient; DNA Sync is point-to-point. For example, a production in New York can transfer files at accelerated speeds, directly to hard drives or shared storage at the post production facility in Los Angeles. That, in fact, is precisely the workflow employed by Madam Secretary.
Madam Secretary’s production team in Los Angeles wanted to avoid having to wake early in the morning to initiate a download of dailies processed overnight in New York. DNA Sync eliminates that extra step. When the assistant editor in L.A. arrives for work in the morning, dailies from the day before are ready and available for use. It’s one less step that saves some time and allows the team to focus on the creative work, not the tech. Plus, they get to enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep.