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Director Chris Columbus on his new VFX-heavy film Pixels
Aliens attack Earth using classic videogame characters
By Iain Blair

Academy Award-nominated director/producer Chris Columbus has written, directed or produced some of the most successful box office hits of the past 25 years, with credits that include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Help and the Home Alone and Night at the Museum franchises. Not too shabby!

Now Columbus, who got his start writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg — including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies — has directed and produced Pixels, Fox’s new action comedy starring Adam Sandler, a lot of classic video games and 1,200 VFX shots. The film features aliens attacking Earth using Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Frogger, Centipede and Donkey Kong as their military model. The film was shot digitally by DP Amir Mokri on the Arri Alexa.

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Tips: What I know now but didn’t then
By Brady Betzel

I’ve passed my 10-year anniversary working in TV — specifically post production — and it’s really pretty crazy. When I started, I was an eager beaver willing to listen and do (almost) anything the “important” people told me I should do. Now, while I still like to think I am eager, I like to feel like I am a very informed beaver, albeit a pretty skeptical one.

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Quick Chat: Hobo’s Howard Bowler talks about his pot reform campaign
By Randi Altman

The president of audio post house Hobo in New York City has a passion project, and it involves legalizing marijuana — you know, weed, pot, grass, Mary Jane, kush, bud. That stuff. The “End Prohibition Now” PSA campaign, which was funded, produced and posted by Hobo, supports reform in marijuana enforcement policies.

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Behind the Title: Empty Sea Audio’s Mark Camperell

AlphaDogs goes 
roundtripping for Gone

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Light Iron's Katie Hinsen

Editor Jason Kileen 
joins Spot Welders NYC

Conceptual artist Syd Mead to get VES Visionary Award

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Editing Sharknado 2

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