AICE, the international post production trade association, has announced a new chapter has formed in Atlanta. Months in the making, the Chapter has elected its first Board and elected Molly Baroco, Executive Producer and Partner of Hero Post, as its new President.

The companies that make up the newly reformed Atlanta Chapter, in addition to Hero Post, include Beast/Method/Company 3/Company 3 Sound, Bare Knuckles, Mad Had Creative, Moonshine Post, Nine Mile Circle and Tunewelders. (Officially this is the second iteration of the chapter; one existed in Atlanta between 2000 and 2008.)

The Chapter held its first meeting in early February, at which time the following company representatives were elected to serve on the Chapter Board: Stephanie Martucci of Mad Hat Creative; Soraia Callison and Brian Anderson of Beast/Method/CO3/CO3 Sound; Ben Holst of Tunewelders; Drew Sawyer and Vinisha Rumph of Moonshine Post; Kyle Kramb and Kenneth Lovell of Nine Mile Circle; Molly Baroco and Jeff Jay of Hero Post; and Chris Basta and Chris Nicholson of Bare Knuckles Creative.

Several of the Atlanta Chapters members were already at-large members of AICE, including Hero Post, Nine Mile Circle and Beast. Baroco, who has also been named to AICE’s International Board, was among the local industry members who’ve been pushing for the formation of a new Atlanta Chapter for the past few years.

“From what everyone expressed at our meeting, the most important reason for joining AICE was to be able to engage with and strengthen the post community in Atlanta,” Baroco says. “Networking, fellowship and solidarity are very important to our members.”

“We’re thrilled to have Atlanta back in the fold as a recognized Chapter,” says AICE Executive Director Rachelle Madden. “This move underscores the value of membership in our association. The demands on post production companies have increased while competitive pressures have made it imperative that we run our businesses in smart, innovative and creative ways. There’s no better solution for that then sharing information and resources, which forms a large part of our mission.”

Like Baroco, Nine Mile Circle’s Kyle Kramb says he’s had the formation of an AICE Atlanta chapter on his radar for some time. An editor, he started his career at BlueRock in New York, and says the spirit of camaraderie and sharing he experienced amongst AICE members there is something he’s looking forward to extending to the new Atlanta Chapter.

“Creating more of a sense of community for editors, VFX artists and audio mixers is a big motivation for me,” says Kramb. “I also think it’s important to be part of a group that champions not only the craft of post production but also all those working locally in the industry and the creative community. There is a lot of talent in Atlanta and the more we get that out the more quality work we’ll attract.”

Several Board members say they feel being part of an AICE Chapter gives them not only a stronger collective voice, but a greater sense of national credibility as well. “It’s great to have national visibility along with the chapters in New York, L.A., Chicago and elsewhere,” says Callison. “And this gives us a platform for the community to work together to collectively promote the capabilities and resources available here. I think it’ll foster much more interest from talent, who used to think that New York or L.A. were their only options. We want them to see that Atlanta is not only viable, but a vibrant and thriving place to pursue their careers.”

About AICE
AICE is the marketing communications post production association whose members are independent creative editorial, design, visual effects, color grading, audio, music and finishing companies. It is dedicated to the advancement and promotion of these companies and the essential role their artists and producers play in the media creation process. With chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Texas and Toronto, AICE maintains a strong collective voice in the commercial advertising and marketing industry. Among its signature initiatives and programs are the annual AICE Awards, which highlights creative excellence among its member companies; the regular publication of recommended practices, white papers and advisories on relevant trends and developments in post-production; and active participation with other industry organizations on the establishment of standards and best practices for the post production process. For more information, visit www.aice.org.

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March marks National Women’s History Month. Itinerant writer Allison Glock and New York transplant Charlie Fisk, who have both put roots down in Atlanta, recently created an empowering poetic piece for espnW, titled “When I Play” airing throughout March. Glock and Fisk collaborated with Moonshine talents John Petersen (Color) and John St. Denis (Sound) . We sat down with these talents to talk about the process and inspiration behind producing this powerful material that celebrates female strength and tenacity.

Watch it here


When I Play - Watch it on ESPNW

Where did the concept originate?
[AG]
This whole project began with a script I wrote, which was more of a poem. I shared it with my immediate boss who embraced the directness of the message. After I got the green light to move forward, I spent a great deal of time conceptualizing how I wanted to communicate those words on film and to honor the women in my life and at my workplace at espnW. I knew I wanted to show women of all ages, sizes, demographics and stages of life–real women who don’t often see themselves represented on-screen, never mind in the context of celebrating their innate strength and power. I outlined the short, whom I wanted to cast, and set about to hiring a woman director, editor and predominately female crew to execute the vision in my head and on paper.

What do you want viewers to take away from this piece?
[AG]
I want them to feel energized, empowered, and most of all, SEEN. Women across nations are still told in myriad ways, spoken and not, that they should not “play.” Meaning–everything from getting dirty in the schoolyard, to “acting like a lady,” and “dressing like a woman,” to having no girls athletic teams at schools, to the very existence and need for a Title IX program, to being silenced and put in the corner on the Senate floor. “When I Play,” gives voice to these women and girls who see their athleticism as a way to reclaim themselves, to find themselves, to embrace their power.

Since the short has aired, we’ve heard from everyone from WNBA players to the US Women’s National Soccer Team to girls in high school that this film is resonating. A school in Tennessee even aired it on their campus and is now designing curriculum around the messaging in the film. All of which is thrilling and humbling.

[CF]
I want viewers to get up and put themselves out there. To no longer feel shame for their bodies or their movement through and in the world. To be determined and freed from the unseen shackles of patriarchy. It’s more than sports or feminism the untethered power of self-expression, of value and of your own space.

How has your involvement with this piece inspired you two as women in film?
[AG]
I am encouraged that a company like ESPN sees the value in this type of messaging. That they agreed to broadcast a 2:30 short on air blew my mind. It inspires me to continue to fight for visibility and representation and to remind me that all the uphill boulder pushing around passion projects is ultimately worth it.

[CF]
Feeling the energy that comes from owning your own space, something we as women are, from a very young age, not allowed to have. Working on this piece and bringing that freedom into my own body and filmmaking has been like a shot of feminist vitamins to my soul. We all need reminders about how powerful we are and how we can own our journey in the world regardless of what obstacles are placed in our way.

What was the most challenging aspect in producing this piece?
[AG]
Budget. We made a beautiful film that most ad agencies would charge millions to do. We were able to do this because women responded to the messaging. The whole cast volunteered. Charlie donated hours of her time, while others–like Moonshine and our sound mixer Chykeria Thompson–took very reduced fees. Those were such acts of kindness and they made the execution possible.

Any advice or knowledge you’d like to pass to other women working in film/television?
[AG]
Believe in yourself. It sounds trite. But it is so easy to internalize all the naysayers and the cultural bias and decide in the end that they are right. They aren’t. Also, join your union.

[CF]
Don’t stop. The biggest thing to overcome is your own self-doubt. You will always make mistakes it’s that you continue to follow your inner voice and be determined. Find other people that inspire you and work with them. Raise each other up.

ABOUT

ESPN Senior Writer Allison Glock, the writer and creative director of this piece, began her career in the magazine world and has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, and The New Yorker, among others. After 25 years in journalism, Glock now also writes for television and holds a senior staff writer position for ESPNW. She currently resides in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, author and filmmaker T Cooper and their rescue and foster pitbulls.

Her credits include:
Writer for The Get Down, Copper
Co-creator and writer of Changers (with my husband T Cooper), soon to be a TV series produced by A&E studios.
Author of six books.
Magazine journalist for more than 20 years.
Whiting Award winner
GLAAD award winner
Hell of a pie baker

Charlie Fisk, Co-Producer 'When I Play'

Charlie Fisk, co-producer and editor, also is a New York transplant now residing in Atlanta, Ga where she runs her company, Mighty Fine Pictures. Charlie was an All-star Softball catcher in high school with not a single player stealing second while she was behind home plate. Fisk rocks a mean fedora and makes film and television magic. She refined her skills a shooter and editor during her time with Georgia Public Broadcasting. Honored with several Regional Emmy Awards, Fisk possesses a strong background in television and documentary production.

“I love Moonshine because they are a family of people who care about how they talk to you, what the impact of a project is and readily pour their souls into everything that comes into that fantastic industrial building they call home.”
-Charlie Fisk

Her credits include:
Founder of Mighty Fine Pictures
Cinematographer for The Founders
Emmy Recipient for ‘Best Documentary’ in 2010
Camera Operator for TLC, Lifetime, Discovery Channel
High School All-Star softball catcher


Moonshine’s John Petersen recently completed color finishing on a new campaign PGA of America Campaign created by Ideas United and directed by David Cone. The video series, called #ThxPGAPro, features PGA golf pros and celebrities from across the sports and entertainment world, and everyday people getting the chance to make memories with some of their favorite golfers. The campaign promotes the PGA by showcasing the memories that can be made on a golf course, and asks people to thank golf pros on both Twitter and PGA of America’s website for their role in creating these unique and unforgettable experiences.

The game of golf has brought me much joy for many years, so being able to share such positive stories for the PGA of America’s Centennial Campaign has been a tremendous honor indeed. The PGA Professionals we’ve highlighted over the past year are some of the finest human beings I’ve had the pleasure to be around. My main goal was to make sure that humanity came through in the stories we told. – Director DAVID CONE

#ThxPGAPro – Jeremy Story/Chris Paul from PGA of America on Vimeo.

The first spot, featured above, showcases Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, his father Charles, and his brother CJ, as well as PGA of America pro Jeremy Story. In it, Jeremy, the Head Golf Pro at Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina, plays a round of golf with the Paul family and gives CP3 some pointers on his golf swing. The playful rivalry between the Paul men plays out onscreen, as they cheer and joke with each other across eighteen holes. As the video closes, Chris thanks Jeremy for being part of the Paul family for a day and for helping to create a lasting memory on the golf course with his dad and brother.

#ThxPGAPro – Jack Dean/PGA Junior League Golf from PGA of America on Vimeo.


Brian Lonano, a filmmaker on the rise, while still receiving accolades on his latest SXSW Short Film, “Gwilliam,” is busy creating his next piece, “B.F.F. Girls.” After SXSW, Brian received a fully sponsored Panasonic Varicam rental for his award winning short, so he put it to use and shot his camera test and “practical VFX.” He teamed up with Josh Skierski, Robert Lieberman, Peter Fodero, Toniet Gallego, Nick Hood, and Kevin Daniel Lonano to shoot on the sound stage here at Moonshine Post.

#bffgirls #robothand #indiefilmmaking

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Gwilliam – IndieGoGo Campaign Video from Brian Lonano on Vimeo.

She's Rose 2! #bffgirls #robothand #indiefilmmaking

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Moonshine is proud to announce that our next television episodic project will be a Red Bull original series for production company School of Humans. Moonshine’s post production team will be led by post producer Drew Sawyer and lead editor Patrick Perry, the pilot’s editor, and longest standing senior editor at Moonshine. Joining Patrick on the offline and online editing team will be Moonshine favorites, Zack Beshears, Drew Sawyer, Kara Stellner, Anna Holley, Caroline Oelkers, and of course John Petersen.

Working on one of the first original television content for Red Bull’s SVOD network, the School of Humans production will be faced with the task of helping to define Red Bull’s onscreen personality – and ultimately being further shaped in edit by Moonshine. Editor Patrick Perry says, “Red Bull has a really fresh perspective on television, and we’re really grateful for the freedom we’ve been given to help tell these unique stories. Seeing this project through from the pilot to series post production, I’m really excited that the show is moving forward and it’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together”

At current, we are not able to release show title or details, but we can all assure you, it’s content that we’re very, very excited to create and be a part of.

Moonshine will be doing the entire start-to-finish post production workflow, everything from Dailies and Editing to Finishing and Mixing and finally, Delivering.

Our full team assembled and having a good time


Drew, hanging out with and consulting on #nocomment, an original series with Vinisha Rumph and Adam Davis-McGee from re:imagine/ATL at the helm. Moonshine is extremely grateful and excited to be working with these great talents and purposeful stewards of youth development and creative empowerment.

Check them out on their facebook : reimagineatl!

re:imagine/ATL, From left to right: Terp Vairin, Susanna Spiccia, Julie Foster-Straw, Addam Davis-McGee

From left to right: Terp Vairin, Susanna Spiccia, Julie Foster-Straw, Addam Davis-McGee

About re:imagine/ATL, from their website:

RE:IMAGINE YOUR VOICE. RE:IMAGINE COMMUNITY.
RE:IMAGINE POSSIBILITIES.

re:imagine/ATL is a non-profit organization that equips youth from all backgrounds to share their stories through multimedia production. re:imagine/ATL activates youth through project-based learning to positively impact their community.

MISSION

To bring youth across social, economic, and geographic borders together through creative technologies.

VISION

To empower young people from all walks of life to cultivate their creative passions in creative industries to affect both their personal career and impact their local community.


Representing our company Moonshine, I, Drew Sawyer, recently spoke at the inaugural TERMINUS conference (http://www.terminusevent.com/) in Atlanta alongside Marvel VFX editor Emily “Big Deal” Denker. I was a panelist at two post-production workshops that weekend, swapping stories and sharing information with an audience of film professionals from all over the US. I learned a ton and had a great time with colleagues, friends and industry leaders. I sincerely hope this conference becomes the something great its striving towards. I hope it comes into its own instead of posturing or perpetuating vain pursuits of being “like” other film and interactive conferences, and becomes a great professional and industry tool – or at least a really freaking cool party like Dragon Con.

Calling itself “A Festival, A Party, A Convention,” TERMINUS is clearly seeking to strike a sweet spot between teaching professionals and giving them a place to celebrate with each other. Featuring numerous panels, workshops, screenings, and awards, the conference is a four day event presented by Ideas United (http://ideasunited.com) that brings together talent from all phases of the film and television production industries. Ideas United is seeking to create a valuable new tool for technicians and artists alike, and hopes to continue the TERMINUS event on a yearly basis to help inform and connect the stellar film talent from around the city.

Terminus Atlanta Conference with Drew Sawyer, post producer, and Emily Denker, Marvel VFX editor, speaking on two Post Production panels

photo by Tery Wilson


Moonshine recently wrapped feature dailies on Atlanta director Dan Bush’s (The Signal, The Reconstruction William Zero, The Dark Red) latest feature film The Vault. With a well known and loaded cast you can check out at The Vault’s IMDb, the entire picture was filmed in and around Atlanta and written by Dan Bush and Conal Byrne, who Moonshine also had the pleasure of working with on the Stuff You Should Know Comedy Television Show. This is, in fact, Dan and Conal’s 3rd collaboratively written film currently produced, and both are Atlanta based.

ATL Filmmaking!

Among its star laden cast and LA crew members was an ultra talented Atlanta-based crew, including one of our newest staff members, Caroline Oelkers.

For the film, Moonshine performed the necessary feature dailies on the film, supervised by Mooshine’s senior colorist, John Petersen, who worked closely with the director of photography, Andrew Shulkind, to create deliverables and streamline the work for the production and post team. We even invented some of our own software and technology to take advantage of the non-linear editors, namely Adobe’s Premiere Pro, that are entering the mainstream of professional feature. For today’s filmmakers, digital dailies and digital workflows have thoroughly foregrounded that data management is paramount and becoming a pre-requisite skill set for camera and post.

Special thanks to the following for the opportunity to work on their creative endeavor – we wish you all good luck in post!

Hang with Moonshine at Film Bar Mondays!

Whether its a Bocce tournament against our ringers or film chat and a brew, Moonshine is active in the Atlanta community, especially at Film Bar Mondays! Bring it on!

Moonshine : Get your fix in Post! Come visit us for your production’s needs!


Moonshine Post and Resolution were more than proud to host the most recent meeting of the Atlanta chapter of the Film Fatales (https://www.facebook.com/FilmFatalesNYC/) at their post-production house on the BeltLine. Film Fatales is a community of female feature film directors who meet monthly to share resources, collaborate on projects, offer peer networking and mentorship, and build a supportive community to amplify the voices of women in film.

It was a magical rainy night spent with my fellow @filmfatalesatlanta. I needed that.

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Film Fatales showcases those women who have found success in the director’s chair, behind the camera, or at the writers’ table, shedding light on the role these women have played in shaping our entertainment. Moonshine, as a firm believer in giving the numerous diverse voices in film the power to share their stories, fully supports Film Fatales efforts in this regard, as well as their goal to give women opportunities at the highest levels of film production.

Creative Loafing Article


Moonshine’s own Drew Sawyer moderated the Atlanta Film Festival post panel “Tips and Tricks from the Cutting Room Floor.” Along with some of the great post talent from around the city, including Eric Deren, Chris Nicholson, Trey Cook, Deanna Nowell, Amy Linton, and Moonshine editor Patrick Perry, Drew led a discussion about the fine line an editor must walk between being a storyteller, a cutter, and a servant to the client.

The featured panelists came from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels in the post-production industry, offering unique perspectives and anecdotes about their struggles and successes as editors. With an audience of both students and professionals, the panel covered a wide range of topics to help those working in the post-production industry, and to inform producers, writers, and directors about the benefits of good post.

Some nuggets of wisdom from the panel:

“Do the work in pre-production; don’t just hand off a box of crap to the post-production team.” – Drew Sawyer

“You’ve got to find the medium between the client and the artist. Even when they’re the same person.” – Chris Nicholson

“If you can get people together who really love stories and want to tell a story, the possibilities are limitless.” – Trey Cook

“Sometimes, editors don’t feel like they own what they’re working on, when in fact they do have a large share in that battle.” – Patrick Perry

Atlanta Film Festival 2016 Post Production Panel, featuring some of the great post talent from around the city, including Eric Deren, Chris Nicholson, Trey Cook, Deanna Nowell, Amy Linton, and Moonshine editor Patrick Perry. Moderated by Moonshine founder, Drew Sawyer. We talked audio mixing, workflow, color correction, vfx, big and small budget, features and television series, and post in pre-production.

Dat Panel… "Tips & Tricks From The Cutting Room Floor" #moonshineatl #ATLFilmFest

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Caroline Oelkers, a sought after urban explorer and photographer, is collaborating with Moonshine to create a photo series and tell unique still image stories of a growing Atlanta. Follow Caroline on Instagram (@Carolineoelkers), and check out her portfolio at carolineoelkers.com to see more of her phenomenal work.

Caroline Oelkers - by Nic Huey

Caroline Oelkers – by Nic Huey


Drew Mag Spread

Atlanta’s own Oz Magazine wrote a fantastic featured article on our commander-in-chief, Drew Sawyer. Check out a tidbit below, in which Drew talks about why he got into the production business to begin with, then follow the link to read the whole piece.

Read: Oz Magazine – “Getting it Right”

So after fixing my own story problems, and then fixing other people’s story problems, I realized that a lot of these mistakes can be avoided in the field… If I took what I learned from seeing all of these boxes of crap pile up, I could probably give good advice based on what I’m seeing on the back end to help production. So I started helping others produce.