This year we’ve begun monthly blog installments for online stock media library, Pond5 (who also just revamped their website… and it’s super snazzy).
Our latest post outlines our VR pipeline and provides a step-by-step process to help you successfully produce your next VR project.
If you want to keep tabs on all of our future posts for Pond5, come back and visit our blog next month, or sign up for updates on Pond5’s blog!
Friday April 15th marked the highly-anticipated return of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to Netflix. For those who missed the first season (go watch it now!), the show follows Kimmy Schmidt (played by Ellie Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after being trapped in an underground bunker by a cult leader for 15 years. She finds an apartment, a roommate named Titus Andromedon (played by Titus Burgess), and a job as a nanny for Jaqueline Vorhees (played by Jane Krakowski).
Season 2 continues to follow Kimmy’s adventures, one of them being a conversation with her long-lost mother on one of the most bananas rollercoasters in the country, The Rip Ride Rocket.
Last week’s episode of Limitless featured some pretty exciting comic-book style animations. Protagonist Brian Finch, his mind turned genius by miracle-drug NZT, begins to see another character’s story as comic book drawings, and the viewer sees the story through his eyes.
To begin we altered the existing title sequence to include these new comic book animations:
On February 23, The Molecule’s LA VFX Producer, Lauren F. Ellis, will be speaking to female filmmakers about ways they can affordably incorporate VFX into their projects and cultivate the relationships that make them happen. The event, titled “Discovering Visual Effects,” will bring together the Visual Effects Society and the Alliance of Women Directors at the General Assembly in Santa Monica, CA.
You can expect to hear Lauren discuss the roles of a Visual Effects Producer, including creating a financial breakdown for television shows and films, leading a team of artists, and working with directors to break down a script into VFX shots.
Lauren stresses the benefits of looping in a Visual Effects team early.”Visual Effects is a very important element of entertainment as there is are very few series, films, documentaries, even videos on YouTube, that are not touched by an effects team. The earlier VFX can be discussed the better the chances for a desirable visual and financial outcome.”
She adds, “I find that talking to new filmmakers during the writing process empowers them to move forward with a clearer vision of the final product. Oftentimes writers, directors, producers, limit their imaginations because they can’t imagine the “how” of what they imagine. It’s my job as the producer, to help them realize the “how.””
If you plan on attending next Tuesday’s event, please RSVP via the event’s Eventbrite page.
One thing you may not know about The Molecule is that our dedicated staff of multi-talented artists and producers take on many additional projects outside of the office.
Chris Hayes, our own director, producer, and motion graphics superstar is currently working on a documentary film project that holds very special meaning.
“It feels good to take that creative energy and put it into something that feels important, and could maybe make a difference,” said Chris in regards to the documentary, I Heart Jenny, which he is currently co-editing with friend and occasional Molecule freelancer Brad Gallant.
Set against the backdrop of gorgeous Colorado countryside, I Heart Jenny chronicles a free spirited, adventure-seeking mother of four as she copes with a terminal Ovarian cancer diagnosis. The film also aims to educate and raise awareness about the BRCA gene mutation, the direct cause of Jenny’s cancer.
Though at times heartbreaking, the film is really about a beautiful soul living life to the fullest in the face of insurmountable odds. The brainchild of first time director Blake Babbitt, I Heart Jenny is a truly inspiring story with the power to touch people everywhere.
The story has personal significance to Chris, who lost a close family member to cancer. “I’m not unique in losing someone close to me to this disease,” says Chris. “I think that universal appeal and hopeful message really makes this a special project.” He referred to the film as a refreshing change of pace that he’s been happy to work on.
After over two years of work, the film is expected to wrap up this spring and then make the festival tour.
For more information about Jenny’s story and to see an extended promo for the documentary, check out iheartjenny.com.