Montreal, August 2, 2018 – MELS is pleased to announce that Midway, the latest film from world-wide blockbuster director/producer Roland Emmerich (Independence Day franchise, The Day After Tomorrow, White House Down), will be filmed at its soundstages this fall.
Based on the true story of the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, Midway chronicles the heroic and harrowing exploits of the soldiers and aviators who achieved the unbelievable to turn the tide of the war. Confirmed cast to date includes Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, and Luke Evans.
Midway is directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Wes Tooke. It is produced by Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment, Harald Kloser, and Mark Gordon. Starlight Entertainment Group and Jixiang Entertainment are financing the film. U.S. and China theatrical distribution is set with Lionsgate through its Summit Entertainment label stateside and Bona Film Group in Greater China. AGC International, the international sales and distribution arm of AGC Studios, sold most of the film’s worldwide rights to Midway at the Cannes Film Festival.
“We are proud to welcome director Roland Emmerich back to Montreal and MELS for his latest megafilm, Midway, which will provide work for our local film crews and the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and know-how as well as generate significant economic benefits” says Michel Trudel,President of MELS.
“In a way, it’s a homecoming for Roland since he loves shooting in Montreal, at MELS, where he made both Day After Tomorrow and White House Down”, said Marco Shepherd, Senior Vice President, Production & Development at Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment.
MELS will host the film crew for Midway from September 25 to December 7, 2018.
Mels Studios and Postproduction, part of TVA Group, is a well-known name in the film industry. Its 350 professionals provide expert services under the motto Imagining, Creating and Delivering. MELS’ services include soundstage and equipment rental, visual effects, sound and picture postproduction, theatrical distribution, and distribution for television, Internet and smart devices.
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For the past two years, MELS has been a proud participant in the Youth Fusion project. Youth Fusion is an organization that works with various school boards in Quebec and Ontario to lower dropout rates among primary- and secondary-school students through innovative experiential-learning projects that create links between schools and the community. Each week, Youth Fusion works with 15,000 students in over 250 schools in rural, urban and Indigenous communities. Their broad range of projects includes fashion design, robotics, video game creation, music, entrepreneurship, media and cinema. MELS is a proud collaborator in the field of media and cinema.
This year, three mentors from MELS, Jérôme Cloutier, Marc Lussier and Raphaël Rainville, worked with students to help them create short films. We lent Youth Fusion our screening room, free of charge, and helped them create a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) so the judges could evaluate the projects. The winners were announced at a gala held at the Olympic Stadium on May 17.
At the gala, MELS awarded a prize to a film that distinguished itself through its originality, but above all through excellence in cinematography and post-production on every level. The students from Quebec City's Vanier Secondary School won the prize for their short film, Spicy Love.
With permission from MELS President Michel Trudel, the 23 young winners were treated to a tour of our facilities. The group started at the film studios, then visited sound services. At noon, they headed to the Bernard Lamarre offices to check out the visual-effects department, where they were greeted and congratulated by Mr. Pierre Karl Péladeau himself. They ended the day with a tour of the Locoshop Angus offices to learn about editing and film transfer.
The nominations for the 33rd edition of the Gémeaux Awards were announced last night, shining a spotlight on some of the outstanding work done on numerous productions that MELS worked on and collaborated on:
We’re especially proud of the nominations received by our artisans in the BEST SOUND - FICTION category for episode 26 of the series BLUE MOON. Jean-François Sauvé, Jean-Philippe St-Laurent and Patrick Lalonde received a nod, along with Daniel Fontaine-Bégin, with whom we work closely. In this same category, nominations were also received by Pierre-Jules Audet and Hans Laitres, along with collaborator Simon Brien, for episode 65 of LES PÊCHEURS.
We wish the best of luck to all the nominees!
Our collaborators at Encore Télévision won a well deserved prize at the Banff Wold Media Festival. They were awarded for best comedy tv show in a foreign language for the show Lâcher Prise, a show on which the MELS sound department worked on.
MELS would like to congratulate Incendo’s scriptwriters’, James Philips and Doug Barber, for winning a Leo award for the second year in a row in the category film scripting for television, for their film Serialized, a Montreal based filmed in which we were honored to participate.
Doug Barber photo : Luba Popovic
Mels is proud to have been a partner at the Canadian Cinema Editors this year in Toronto. This meant a lot to us since it was the first time that a quebecois partner was there. It is very important for Mels to support our local talent, our culture. During the event, Mels gave the prize for best editing for a short documentary, a well-deserved prize for the winner Thom Smalley for Prince's Tale.
Congratulations to all the nominees and all the winners.
We are really proud to announce that our team has just finished the Dolby training course. This means that from this day, we are officially certified Dolby Vision and that we can now produce HDR files for our clients!
Congratulations to everybody
It was a real honor to award the 15 000 dollar prize in post production in the name of MELS last week at the Gala du Court Métrage Québécois PRENDS ÇA COURT. This was the the main award of the night, the Grand Prix Final. Our colleagues Raphael Rainville and Marie-Christine Jean gave the award to Jerémy Compte for his short film FAUVE.
We also want to thank Paul Bellerose, Philippe Pelletier and Denis Rozon for their presence throughout the event who took place at the Cinémathèque Québecoise.
Seen by over 2.8 million people on Facebook and shared more than 14,000 times, MELS is proud to have collaborated on Fifty Shades Darker VR - a teaser version in virtual reality of the popular Fifty Shades Darker movie. MELS's VR team not only worked on its visual effects, post-production and 3D animation, but they also produced it in stereoscopy such as a 3D movie playing at a cinema which allows for the VR experience through Oculus Rift to be a lot more technically and visually impressive. We would like to thank our friends at 5th Wall Agency and UNIVERSAL Pictures for this amazing opportunity. Currently, MELS is working on a new VR project which promises to be exceedingly gripping as well as leave its mark on the fantasy world.
MELS applauds the talented trio behind the prize for Best Sound at yesterday's BAFTA awards – Claude La Haye (Production Sound Mixer), Sylvain Bellemare (Supervising Sound Editor), and Bernard Gariepy Strobl (Re-recording Mixer) – along with the staff who make up his outstanding MELS sound team.
Furthermore, MELS is proud to have played a role in many aspects of this fascinating and technically challenging film, which was shot in and around Montréal using MELS’ sound stages, facilities and equipment. Arrival was also voted the winner of the 4th Annual Award for Excellence in Sound for a Feature Film by the members of the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS).
ARRIVAL, Denis Villeneuve’s sci fi movie yielded 8 nominations at today’s academy Award announcements in the following categories. Best Picture, Directing, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Cinematography, Production Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Bernard Gariépy Strobl, MELS chief Mixer is nominated for his work in the latter category.
Winners will be announced at the Dolby Theatre on February 26, 2017.
Slated to start in February. The series takes us to New York in the fascinating world of fashion, on the heels of Vogue’s chief writer.
The Jesse Owens biopic is in the running in 8 categories, including “Best Motion Picture” and “Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.” The nominations were announced on January 17.
MELS is particularly pleased of having provided services in the following categories which have been nominated for “Achievement in Visual Effects”, “Achievement in Sound Editing” and “Achievement in Overall Sound”.MELS is proud of its artists and collaborators who contributed to the movie and gratified that their excellent work is being recognized. The Canadian Screen Awards, will be held in Toronto on March 12.