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I need more storage... said everyone By Ko Maruyama It's not uncommon these days to hear about a shortage of space when saving the a selected drive or server. With files getting bigger, and more resources so readily available, storage becomes more and more important. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Exorcisms Damien LeVeck knows that in Hollywood, there are two main ways to make a feature film. You can either have a great idea, sell it to a studio and risk it turning into a completely different film, or you can have a great idea, raise the money yourself, hire your own actors and crew and make your vision into a reality. When Damien decided to direct "The Cleansing Hour," a fresh spin on the exorcism genre, he knew he had to take the latter route. Six months later and more than $30,000 raised, Damien has now locked picture on the proof-of-concept short film. ...Read More »
Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. ...Read More »
A Look "Behind-the-Scenes" of Immersive VR By Lou Wallace With 2016 being its breakout year, 360° VR productions are everywhere. And VR headsets - like Samsung GearVR, Google Cardboard, or Oculus Rift - are making it a quality, immersive experience. But what's going on "behind-the-scenes"? ASSIMILATE is at the forefront of supporting VR with its new SCRATCH VR Suite that includes all the post tools - conform, color grading, compositing, and finishing - to work in 360° media, and includes SCRATCH Play for playback and SCRATCH Web cloud-based collaboration and review tools that are automatically formatted for 360° viewing in VR headsets. Getting out in the field with customers, Lucas Wilson and Jeff Edson, CEO at ASSIMILATE talked with us about how they are responding to the VR market with its SCRATCH product line to offer creators the streamlined professional and powerful production and post-production tools that are needed to enhance and finalize the look-and-feel of VR content. ...Read More »
Building Mobile Trucks and Broadcasting on the Go With Valenti Vision Films and Blackmagic Design Valenti Vision Films, an independent film and television production company based in New Jersey, produces everything from movies and television shows to live sports and entertainment. Since 2011 Valenti Vision Films has created more than 600 hours of original programming for various television and Internet outlets, including ESPN3, NBC, ABC, NUVO, Comcast Networks, Ivy League Digital Network, PBS and more, for clients such as the FXFL, NCAA, PMTV, US Soccer, The Ivy League, and TV One. To provide his clients with the best quality, Joe Valenti of Valenti Vision Films has built two mobile, multi camera production trucks from the ground up. ...Read More »
Beyond Disabilities By Miles Weston It's easy to look at a youngster with a disability and feel sympathy but Colin Brown looked and saw something else...hope and happiness. The Aussie filmmaker wanted to show others in his country and around the world that the youngsters who took part in the McIntyre Centre equestrian program could use their abilities to be as normal as anyone. They bonded with the horses and enjoyed themselves during their time in the saddle like anyone else. Brown's film has helped spread the word on how people - even youngsters - can rise above obstacles and enjoy life. The film has helped attract volunteers and much needed funds to continue and expand the program. ...Read More »
Colorist Mark Todd Osborne Navigates a Child's Fantasy "Audi TT: Reality? Check." The recent national ad campaign for the Audi TT from MediaCom, the agency behind the concept, features the iconic sports car racing through rugged terrain and busy cities alike. The spot enters the mind of a child, and as he races his toy car around a track and imagines a full-throttle adventure of challenging terrain and jaw-dropping stunts, the Audi TT achieves it in real life. Mirroring the boy's movements, the spot cuts to real life shots of the Audi TT racing on the edges of cliffs, through dense forests of tall pines, around jagged boulders and hairpin turns, as well as through the nighttime streets of San Francisco, weaving through trollies, traffic and tractor trailers. ...Read More »
Eliminate Click Offs By Miles Weston Want to know why most people reject (click away) mobile device ads well Jim Courtright believes he has the solution that will keep viewers engaged. Most of the ads are shrunken bigger screen ads so they look, feel like nothing kids today want to watch. Courtright does short videos for clients that improve viewership and keep device users connected for better bottom line results. ...Read More »
Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams By Miles Weston I'm a slow learner. It dawned on my at NAB we differentiate between filmmakers and indie filmmakers. But when studios cut back to their content buying/selling/distribution core everyone in the industry (ok almost) is an independent. Shooter, production, post, audio, special effects, colorists, everything. And guess what...they're darn good at it. They do it with a desire to tell a story - audio and visual. They have developed one of the finest coopetive industries you can find anywhere - working to tell their story and helping others tell theirs. Gawd I love this industry! ...Read More »
Rivalry on the Ice There is almost no rivalry in professional sports that matches the intensity of one in the National Hockey League. It is not just team against team, but city against city competing against each other in rivalries that have been passed down through generations. Which is one of the reasons why the Winter Classic has become a huge success. Every year, the NHL highlights hockey the way it used to be played: Outside, open to the elements, and in front of thousands of screaming fans. All while featuring teams that have forged generations of bitter rivals. One of these heated rivalries is between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. These two teams are members of the "Original Six", the first professional hockey teams in the NHL, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. ...Read More »
Java Post's Caffeine Fueled Success Jack Tunnicliffe, Java Post founder and president, has lived the transition into digital, keeping his post production facility on the forefront of technology shifts and disruptions. "Java Post is 20 years old, but this is my 43rd year working in television," he said. "I started in television working at the CTV (Canadian TV) television network as a camera operator and eventually worked my way to a producer/director position doing live television, such as the Olympics. I also produced and directed television shows, documentaries and commercials, but my passion has always been the work done in post." ...Read More »
When Kids Ask to Borrow By Miles Weston Filmmaker Jim Courtwright developed a new business opportunity in producing short films for clients for today's mobile devices. But he found his son also liked some of his gear for his own work. His workflow station suddenly became a cluttered mess. ...Read More »
Cinema Art Speeds Up the Golden Age of Mexican Movie Spanish speaking channels Cine Nostalgia and Cine Estelar program line up features a number of movie genres including comedy, classic western, drama and action from the '50s, '60s and '70s streamed in HD to the US market over cable platforms Direct TV, AT&T, Verizon and Cox. Cinema Arts, a Mexico-based production facility owned and by Vasallo Vision Group, has embarked on a sizeable film restoration project, with the aim of bringing Cine Nostalgia and Cine Estelar's 2000 plus Mexican 35mm Film classics to digital HD with unmatched quality and preservation. "It's not just about restoring a film," states Cinema Arts CEO Carlos Vasallo. "Our goal is to present the highest quality and be faithful to its artistic and historical work as envisioned by the original producers, directors, and screenwriters." ...Read More »
Content Insider #453 - VR Film By Miles Weston VR is in its early stages. It's something you marvel at when you experience it first hand. You're actually there - part of the game, taking a vacation in your easy chair, feeling the rush of breathtaking sport activities, traveling back in time and to the edges of the universe, exploring the inner workings of equipment. The potential is limited only by your imagination and filmmakers are rushing to take you there pushing the boundaries of entertainment, enjoyment, learning technology. Imagine how much storage is required...awesome! ...Read More »
Content Insider #449 - New Wave of Films By Miles Weston The Sundance Film Festival has grown and prospered over the years introducing some outstanding filmmakers to people who can give their video ideas a worldwide audience and yes a little financial return as well. This year everyone was there including networks, studios, distributors, synicators, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, AOL and many more with checkbooks ready to find new, different titles and entertainment to fill their inventories. Hundreds of other indie film festivals around the globe will be held to give the driven independent filmmakers the opportunity to show their work and negotiate deals. Low cost 4K cameras, production solutions made it all possible. That and a lot of skill, determination and ... luck. ...Read More »
Anchorfield Helps Athletes and Artists 'Share the Journey' Held biennially, the Special Olympics World Summer Games bring together athletes from countries around the world to demonstrate their courage and determination, as well as to discover new strengths and skills. In July 2015, the fourteenth games were held in Los Angeles and had 6,500 Special Olympics athletes from 165 nations competing in 25 different sports. Stephan's cinema verit style lent itself perfectly to the project, as he strove to film the talent within their own environments, allowing the narrative to unfold through intimate conversations and observed moments. In order to support the documentary style of the films, Stephan used a Blackmagic URSA 4K digital film camera, as well as several Pocket Cinema Cameras. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces Support for ProRes 4444 XQ By Lou Wallace ASSIMILATE announced today it has added support in its SCRATCH post-production tools and workflow for encoding and decoding using the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec. ProRes 4444 XQ is the highest-quality version of the ProRes codec for 4:4:4:4 image sources (including alpha channels). This format has a very high data rate to preserve the detail in high-dynamic-range imagery generated by today's highest-quality digital image sensors. For the detailed facts and benefits, visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202410. ...Read More »
Creating Broadway World's "Empty Space": LA's Downtown Repertory Theater's Devon Armstrong and Blackmagic Cinema Camera "Empty Space" airs on broadwayworld.com, and now ShowUp.media as well, and takes a hilarious look behind the scenes of a theater troupe. The web series is Broadway World's first original web series and follows the main character, Orson Ripley, a guerilla theater actor, as he replaces the lead and is thrown into the feud between the cast and crew of "Romeo and Juliet." We caught up with Devon, who gives some great insight into how he uses Blackmagic Cinema Camera EFs and DaVinci Resolve Studio? to create "Empty Spaces." ...Read More »
Content Insider #443 - HDR, 4K By Miles Weston There wasn't a filmmaker at Sundance that hadn't shot in 4K. The stuff that got scooped up the quickest was done in HDR too. The differences in films, shows, content is obvious. And because it's so good some of the best indie filmmakers are coming into their own...really shining. The creative talent is outstanding. The garbage is still...garbage. It takes talent, expertise, experience. You're going to see the difference everywhere you turn and no matter what device you use to watch it on. Nothing sucks you in more than a good story well told by a great storyteller. ...Read More »
Perfecting Produce There is nothing quite like the challenge of color correcting a food commercial. All of those beautiful food spots you see every day take a skilled hand and a huge amount of work to look that good. And Florida's Indie Atlantic are experts at it. Which is why the foodstore giant Publix used Indie Atlantic Films for its new "At Season's Peak" ad campaign. And to get the look that Publix wanted, Indie Atlantic used DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
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