Supervising sound editor, sound designer and re-recording mixer Will Files--who earned a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award earlier this year for War for the Planet of the Apes--has joined Sony Pictures Post Production Services. Files' string of credits includes Passengers, Deadpool, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He's currently working on Columbia's Venom, which is slated to open Oct. 5. “Will is a brilliant sound artist with an impressive resume and an uncanny ability to enhance stories through sound,” says Sony Pictures Post Production executive vp Tom McCarthy in a released statement. “It’s great to be welcoming him to Sony Pictures at a time of real momentum for our sound team.” At Sony, Files will work in a new pre-dub mixing stage and sound design studio on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. The stage has Dolby Atmos mixing capabilities (incidentally, … [Read more...] about ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Sound Editor Joins Sony Pictures Post Production
5 minutes ago A movie featuring stars like Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Dwayne Johnson arguably seems poised to make money no matter what, but few could've expected the insane performance of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film debuted shortly after Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December 2017, and it dominated with relatively little opposition through January -- pretty much defining the blockbuster scene until the debut of Black Panther. Now, with the numbers finally starting to solidify, it looks like the Jumanji reboot has topped Sam Raimi's Tobey Maguire-fronted Spider-Man movie to become Sony's domestically highest grossing film to date. Per Deadline, it looks like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's box office haul has stabilized, and it has officially cracked the $403.7 million domestic box office run of Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man movie. The iconic superhero origin story has held its position as Sony's top dog in the U.S. for the last 16 years, and it has arguably … [Read more...] about Spider-Man No Longer Is Sony’s Highest-Grossing Domestic Movie
Sony is opening a new Digital Media Production Center in Glendale during May, which will be the company’s home to Los Angeles-based crews for gear, training and education about its latest production technologies that include 4K and high dynamic range capabilities. Plans for this new facility were highlighted Sunday during the company’s NAB Show press conference in Las Vegas. This was held at Sony’s exhibition booth before a stunning 8-foot 4K Crystal LED screen that the company is promoting for broadcast or to replace theatrical projection in cinemas. It will be displayed again in a few weeks at CinemaCon. At NAB, Sony revealed that Fox Sports has selected this modular Crystal LED display technology as part of its Moscow studio that will be constructed this spring for coverage of the FIFA World Cup. Cameras were also a big part of Sony’s announcements. Its new top-of-the-line Venice large format camera, which began shipping two months ago, is already in use on … [Read more...] about Sony to Open Digital Media Production Center in Los Angeles
10 minutes ago DOOM may be more than a year old at this point, but the folks over at Bethesda are proving that it's never too late to clean house and spruce things up a little. As a matter of fact, the game is getting a 4K update on consoles this week. DOOM already looked pretty slick on consoles, so long as you're talking about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That's not meant as a knock on the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which does an admirable job of making the game look solid on what is basically a glorified tablet. But now that the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X are basically the standard version of Sony and Microsoft's consoles, more and more games are getting a graphical facelift to take advantage of the enhanced technology. As noted on the Bethesda blog, that's exactly what's happening with DOOM, due to get a 4K upgrade Thursday, March 29. While this update won't mean much to folks playing on the OG versions of the consoles, it should result in even more … [Read more...] about DOOM Is Getting A 4K Upgrade On Consoles
Will Sony’s incoming CEO have Hollywood in mind?On Feb. 1, the conglomerate said its top exec, Kaz Hirai, 57, would hand over the reins to chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida, 58, on April 1. The move ignited speculation that Sony’s entertainment assets could end up auctioned.Hirai, who rose through the music and games divisions, has been a passionate advocate for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), while Yoshida, a hard-nosed veteran of finance and corporate strategy, not so much. But despite a reputation for paring or axing underperforming divisions, many Sony-watchers believe Yoshida is unlikely to unload SPE.Yoshida joined Sony in 1983, a year before Hirai. Moving through a range of divisions, including a four-year stint at Sony of America in the early 1990s, Yoshida become an executive at Sony Corp. in 2007. Made CFO by Hirai in 2014, Yoshida became his "valuable confidant and business partner" as they "took on the challenge of transforming Sony together."The … [Read more...] about Will Sony’s New CEO Care About Hollywood?