INDUS TRY. BRIEFINGS
GARDEN GROWS VIRTUAL PRODUCTION STAGE
The Virtual Production Stage at Garden Studios has reopened after upgrades and improvements. These were based on feedback from productions using the facility over the past year. Tech developments include the rebuilt LED ceiling, which is now motorised and suspended overhead, making it possible to expand the wall up to 18m wide. Mobile LED totems have been redesigned to be more powerful and flexible, and processing power has been upgraded, in turn augmenting real-time rendering performance. The stage has also been fitted with air conditioning and heating, plus there are now more bathrooms and dedicated private green rooms.
Sumolight takes it to the max Versatility is the name of the game with Sumolight’s new high-output Sumomax. Designed to inspire creativity, it acts as a key light, hard light, punch light, space light and soft light. Fully modular, this full-spectrum RGBWW LED fixture offers low weight and slim, hexagonal form factor, measuring 561x500x175mm/22.1x19.7x6.9in. Fixtures stand alone or may be tiled, honeycomb-style, to fit any array and build of light boxes or walls. They come complete with internal power, on-fixture display panels and DMX/RDM, Ethernet or Wi-Fi control. Built for safety compliance in any condition, the Sumomax is IP65-rated. Sumolight UK has also opened a showroom, demo and testing suite at the world-famous Elstree Film Studios. To celebrate, it is offering up to 50% off until 15 June 2022 on fixtures, with other savings on accessories.
BFI and Lee Filters welcome new faces Five new members have been appointed to the BFI Board of ON BOARD (Left to right) Monica Chadha, Elizabeth Karlsen, Laura Miele, Scott Stuber, Edgar Wright and Tim Richards. The first five join BFI chairman Richards on the Board of Governors for the next four years
Governors. Monica Chadha, board advisor and consultant; Elizabeth Karlsen, producer and co-founder of Number 9 Films; Laura Miele, EVP and COO of Electronic Arts; Scott Stuber, head of global film at Netflix; and filmmaker Edgar Wright take up their duties in May 2022, serving four years alongside current governors – and chairman Tim Richards. Across the pond, Lee Filters has brought in industry veteran Nick
TEAM PLAYER New operations manager, Nick Lampke
Lampke as operations manager. At its facility in Burbank, California, Nick will oversee purchasing, logistics and customer service.
100K SHEETS ON OFFER FROM MUSICBED
Musicbed has launched a short film competition, with $100,000 in grants and gear up for grabs. The annual contest requires entrants to use a soundtrack from a pre-selected Musicbed playlist, then make a film in one of three categories. The top prize in each wins a $15,000 grant, plus a bundle of gear and assets. This year’s categories are Narrative, Spec Ad and Documentary. Films must have a runtime between 30 seconds and ten minutes. A People’s Choice will also be available, which carries a $5000 grant and gear prize.
Submissions close on 10 May, with voting for the People’s Choice award running from 13-27 May. All winners will be announced on 7 June.
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