By Melina Gills | Indiewire April 29, 2014 at 5:48PM
Here are the top five tech stories of the day: Look Effects breaks down "The Grand Budapest Hotel;" Yahoo is producing two new series by Paul Feig and Mike Rolin; AOL announces 16 original web series for 2014; Ketchum Labs and BlackBoxTV Partner; and web series "Next Time on Lonny" returns under Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions and Maker Studios.
Look Effects Breaks Down The Grand Budapest Hotel Visual Effects. As the visual effects company that has helped bring Wes Anderson’s cinematic vision to the big screen, Look Effects has released a video explaining many of the tricks it used to create this year's highest grossing indie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The techniques analyzed in the video include color correction, green screen, and three dimensional models. Read more here.
Yahoo is producing two new series by Paul Feig and Mike Rollin. Fans of “Freaks and Geeks” will be happy to know that its creator, Paul Feig, will have a brand new show, “Other Space.” It is one of the first full-length scripted series to be developed by Yahoo, a newcomer to the changing face of "television." Executive Producer of WB series “One Tree Hill” and “Smallville” will be writing the other new Yahoo series, “Sin City Saints,” with TV director Bryan Gordon (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). For further analysis and info, read this.
AOL Announces Lineup of 2014 Original Web Series. As digital media becomes a more prominent platform for celebrities, AOL is launching 16 new and returning celebrity-centric web series running from 2014 to 2015. These include a docuseries produced by Zoe Saldana on celebrities and their heroes, another produced by Ellen DeGeneres about comedians teaching children their craft and hosted by Kevin Nealon, and a third on the creators of YouTube. James Franco is unsurprisingly also onboard with "Making a Scene with James Franco," in which he discusses classic Hollywood film scenes with other artists. The new digital studio NewForm will launch one of its first productions "Inspired." For the full list of series, read the story in Variety.
Ketchum Labs and BlackBoxTV Partner for New YouTube Reality Series. For the full article on the two new projects in the works, click here.
Web Series “Next Time on Lonny” Returns Under Ben Stiller. Stiller’s Red Hour Productions and Maker Studios are producing and distributing the popular web parody series “Next Time on Lonny,” created by its star Alex Anfanger and Dan Schmipf. The second season will premiere May 13th on YouTube’s NachoPunch and welcome guest appearances that include the very funny and bonafide comedy stars Adam Scott, Patton Oswalt, and Paul Scheer. As promised by its title, the series is comprised of sneak peeks at the next installment of a non-existent reality show (much like the "next time on" segment at the end of "Arrested Development" episodes). Watch the trailer below.