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Using humor to tell serious story 
for Greenpeace 

By Randi Altman

When you think of the environmental organization Greenpeace, images of people protecting whales, forests and oceans come to mind. It’s serious business… but recently the non-profit decided to extend its reach with humor.

While Greenpeace videos are well viewed, it’s mostly Greenpeace enthusiasts and activists who hit play. In order to reach a more general audience the organization turned to comedy, specifically LA-based writer/director/editor Olivier Agostini.

This filmmaker has a lot of public service work experience where he uses humor to help tell a serious story. And he’s got the awards to prove it, including a first place finish for his film Piñata at the 2010 Rome Film Festival, as well as Emmys, a Gold Addy, a Silver Telly and Young Director Award for his piece 5 Gallons a Day at the Cannes Film Festival.

“I have a lot of experience in tackling serious subject matter in a lighthearted way,” he reports. “Greenpeace is very methodical in how they do their videos, but in this instance they wanted to broaden the scope of their audience and hopefully have them look at the topic in a different way.”

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Sync Sound’s Ken Hahn talks surround and more

Sync Sound is a mainstay in terms of audio post production in New York City. Started by partners Ken Hahn and Bill Marino in August of 1984, they began with one mix room. As business grew they added two more mix rooms, an ADR/Foley stage and six sound design/edit rooms.

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The Leftovers composer Max Richter on scoring this new HBO series

HBO’s very dramatic series, The Leftovers, focuses on the residents of a small town three years after two percent of the world’s population disappeared without explanation. Viewers get to see how they, and the world in general, struggle to come to terms with what happened.

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Quick Chat: MusicBox’s Steve Karpowicz
By Randi Altman

Dennis Hoffman running daily operations at Framestore Montreal

Runway in growth mode, adds VP of engineering & senior engineer

Maxon intros 
next-gen Cinema 4D

Throwback Thursday:
Conan's Rob Ashe 

Formosa Group takes over former POP Sound location 

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