Supplies editorial systems to Alpert and his
crew in Louisiana and California.

HOLLYWOOD—Hula Post Production provided
editorial systems and support to editor Craig Alpert and his crew for Pitch Perfect 2, the blockbuster new
musical comedy from Universal Pictures, currently in theaters. Hula set up Avid
workflows in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the movie was shot, and in Los
Angeles where post production was completed.

Alpert says that he was excited to work on the film, the
follow-up  to the 2012 box-office hit,
both because it represented a change of pace from his previous assignments,
which include such hit comedies as Pineapple
, Knocked Up and Borat, and because of the opportunity to
work with actress/producer Elizabeth Banks.

“It’s a different kind of comedy with great musical
performances,” notes Alpert, who previously worked with Hula on Ride Along, The Campaign and Yes Man.
“I loved Pitch Perfect and the new
film features bigger performances and more songs. It takes everything to the
next level.”
In Baton Rouge, Hula Post Production set up an editorial
workflow consisting of three Avid workstations, a software-only assist system
and shared storage. Alpert and his crew began cutting as soon as shooting
commenced. “I showed Elizabeth what I cut at the end of each week,” he recalls.
“That helped her in terms of knowing what more she needed to get. By the time
production wrapped, she had already seen 85 percent of the movie.”

The film features numerous dynamic musical performances,
including a show-stopping “riff off” competition where several a cappella
groups improvise on a theme.
“My first cut of the scene ran 15 minutes,” Alpert says.
“There was a lot of great improvising by the actors, and it was a struggle to
see what we could take out. In the end, it evolved into something wonderful.
It’s the highlight of the second act.”
After production wrapped, Alpert returned to Southern
California to complete the film. Hula assisted in locating editorial office
space near the Universal lot and had an identical editorial workflow in place
up by the time Alpert and his crew arrived. “The director was thrilled with the
location,” notes Alpert. “It was right where she wanted to be.”
Alpert worked closely with Banks over 20 weeks of post
production as the film took its final form. “Elizabeth was there almost every
day,” he says. “She’s a great leader, very smart. She has an amazing sense of
humor and knows exactly what she wants.”
Pitch Perfect 2 is
currently in theaters.

About Hula Post Production
For nearly
20 years, Hula Post has provided exceptional equipment rental services to
the post production and broadcast communities. With offices in Burbank and West
Los Angeles, we are the industry leader in customized workflow solutions. We
offer a large inventory of editorial and finishing systems, storage solutions,
and support gear, and we back it up with the most experienced and knowledgeable
support team in the industry. Whether you need a single system or a complex,
customized workflow to take you from production through post, we can provide
you with the tools to meet your technical requirements, budget and production
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