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Quick Chat: Ted 2 previs/postvis supervisor Webster Colcord
By Randi Altman

Ted, the foul-mouthed but warm-hearted teddy bear, is back on the big screen, this time fighting for the right to be recognized as a person — he really wants to get married — in Ted 2 from director Seth MacFarlane. Once again, this digital character is seen out and about in Boston, in all sorts of environments, so previs, mocap and postvis played a huge role.

Cue Webster Colcord. He was previsualization and postvisualization supervisor on Ted 2, reporting to Culver City, California’s The Creative-Cartel. Colcord held similar titles on the first Ted, serving as the production’s previs/postvis artist and mocap integration artist. He also worked on Ted‘s appearances between the two movies — The Jimmy Kimmel Show and the Oscars. He worked out of the production unit set up by Universal Pictures and studio MRC.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W550s Ultrabook 
mobile workstation
By Brady Betzel

Over the last few years, I’ve done a lot of workstation reviews, including ones for HP’s z800 and z840, Dell’s mobile workstations and now the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s mobile workstation.

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Quick Chat: Utopic editor Kat Pryor 
on Porsche film
By Randi Altman

Utopic editor Katherine Pryor didn’t grow up a racing fan, but a recent short film for an iconic car company turned her head. New York City-based production company ADDigital and Chicago edit house Utopic teamed up on a documentary-style film for Porsche. Director Sam Ciaramitaro and Pryor worked side by side on the web offering, via agency Cramer-Krasselt Chicago.

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Behind the Title: Game, film composer Stephen Baysted

Tekserve to host 
eWaste recycling event

Avid's Media Composer 8.4 offers flexible workflows

Carbon VFX adds design director Leo Nguyen

New hybrid scale-out NAS from Panasas targets M&E

Wondersmith adds senior producer Kimberly Abels

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