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Pietro Villani Uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K To Capture "Like Cotton Twines" "Like Cotton Twines" is an independent feature film that follows Micah, an American volunteer who goes to Ghana to teach and experience his mother's homeland. Micah teaches at a school in a village where he meets Tuigi, a smart 14-year-old student. Tuigi's fate is changed when her family must atone for an accident committed by her father and by custom she must abandon her education and become a Trokosi, a religious sex slave. Directed and written by Leila Djansi, "Like Cotton Twines" explores how Micah fights against the tribal culture to try and save Tuigi. ...Read More »
Content Insider #492 - SMPTE Power Play By Miles Weston SMPTE may hold it's technical conference in Hollywood but it's not about the glamour (ok maybe a little) it's all about making better stuff that will entertain you and others. All the good tools are in the cloud to keep costs under control more people are working in the cloud and storing content there - especially for backup of the backup and archiving. VR is now on everyone's to-do list but no one is overpromising. No one wants another '3D is the killer' message flying around. The people who are doing it seriously and well are doing it right and it's awesome. Computer, storage and HMD producers are waiting for the list of titles to grow. SMPTE just wants the standards to be fairly firm so the expectations and quality is what viewers expect. ...Read More »
There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town! Vista Studios is L.A.'s first studio built with a purpose, designed specifically for high tech 4k/UHD production. Nearly completed, the brand-new studio in Playa Vista/Silicon Beach, offers a convenient west side location. Vista Studios is a 30,000 sq. ft. technology campus that includes: 4 sound stages totaling 17,000 sq. ft., all are 4k ready and have complete production support. Vista Studios is located in the high-tech area of Playa Vista a.k.a. Silicon Beach, putting the studios close to many of L.A.'s most innovative tech and digital entertainment companies. The proximity to LAX is very convenient. ...Read More »
Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Used on Panic At The Disco's "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time" Music Video Panic at the Disco is on top of the music world with a massive worldwide tour supporting their album, "Death of a Bachelor," that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. One of the most popular songs on the album is "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time." The song's music video puts the band's lead singer, Brendon Urie, in some very uncomfortable situations after a night of drinking and dancing. Uncomfortable as in an "aliens/monsters are trying to eat me" type of situation. But what makes the video unique is that it is shot from the viewpoint of the attacking beast. Initially taking on the form of a human female, the video follows both Brendon and his attacker as they meet in a bar and dance through the night, .until the evening ends badly for Mr. Urie. ...Read More »
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere By Miles Weston I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. ...Read More »
Colorist Alastor Arnold Differentiates the Past from the Present In "The Book of Love," Henry (Jason Sudeikis) is an introverted architect who loses his wife Penny (Jessica Biel) in a tragic car accident. In order to cope with his grief, Henry befriends a homeless teen named Millie (Maisie Williams), and he helps her build a raft to sail across the Atlantic, while she in return helps him recover from the loss of his wife. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, makes use of flashbacks and several subplots to help tell the story, and Senior DI Colorist Alastor Arnold was tasked with bringing them to life through color. Alastor relied on DaVinci Resolve Studio to deliver the final DI grade of the film at L.A.-based post-production facility FotoKem. ...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 »
Telling the History of St. Louis Organized under the banner of the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri History Museum, the Library and Research Center, and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis are not your typical local history institutions. In addition to the main museum building, which houses public galleries, classrooms, and an auditorium, it also consists of a Library and Research Center. Here is housed a library, archives, artifacts, documents, photos and prints, moving images and sound. The institution also runs the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, which was builtas a local military museum honoring individuals from St. Louis who we lost in World War I. ...Read More »
Singer Clara's 'Parasite' Music Video Shot with Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K by TruLove Post In the music video for her single "Parasite," singer Clara takes a unique approach. The song is about a girl who repeatedly tries to steal her friends' lovers, like bees who try to steal the honey bee's honey. Clara uses the music video not as a storyline for the lyrics, but as a message and a warning to the offending girl, while also expressing the feelings and confusion one goes through when trying to understand why someone would act that way. ...Read More »
Content Insider #481 - Not Really By Miles Weston If you've been following the video streams from Rio with your VR headset on you've really gotten the feeling that you are there without spending a lot of money on flights and hotel. You're also getting the feeling of being at the center of the action and the crowd without the crowd. You'll have to forgive the enthusiasm of NBC, BBC, the Olympics committee and announcers who are telling you how great the activities are in VR. It ain't. It's pretty good 360 video they're streaming to you. Ok I'm being picky about the differences but so are a lot of filmmakers who are shooting and prepping 360 and VR films. Try both...you'll feel the difference. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Releases SCRATCH v8.5 Update, Supporting RED's New 8k Weapon Helium Sensor and 8k VistaVision Always at the forefront of post-production support for the latest RED digital camera formats (www.red.com), ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.5, build 909, now includes support for RED's new 8K Weapon Helium Sensor, as well as the 8K Weapon VistaVision-sized Sensor (full frame). Support includes the Log3G10 gamma space and REDWideGamutRGB color space. ...Read More »
Shooting "Savior" on URSA Mini 4.6K Dillon McEvoy (DP), Mike Overton (Director) and Matt Ramey (Producer) are film students at Chapman University and just completed their Junior level Advanced Production short film." And you would be hard pressed to tell the difference in quality between their film, "Savior," and a big-budget Hollywood film. To create a high quality war film is a huge undertaking. You have to get the uniforms right. Weapons and scenery have to be accurate, and you have to combine that with action scenes, VFX, physical effects, such as blood, and making sure you get the right actors that can believably inhabit the role of soldiers. And for a student film, all on a miniscule budget that would not even pay for catering on a typical Hollywood set. ...Read More »
The Clock is Ticking An hour can fly by quickly when making a film but the team at indie production house Photon Harvest Productions is making the most of it. In their new One Hour Short Film Experiment, the Photon Harvest team is creating a series of compelling, polished short films that all have one thing in common - each part of the production and post production process was limited to an hour. An hour to write, an hour to shoot, an hour to edit, an hour to color grade, an hour to sound mix - the clock is certainly ticking away. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Continues Fast Pace of Leading-Edge Functionality for SCRATCH Ecosystem with New SCRATCH 8.5 In its continued commitment to boost the creativity and productivity of creative professionals in digital cinema within a streamlined workflow, ASSIMILATE today announced SCRATCH 8.5, a significant update to its entire SCRATCH ecosystem. The new, real-time SCRATCH 8.5 ecosystem includes the SCRATCH 2D/3D post-production tools - dailies, conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, and finishing; SCRATCH Play for playback and review; and SCRATCH Web for cloud-based review and collaboration. ...Read More »
The City of Frederick MD's Audio Visual Department Lays the Groundwork for the Future with Blackmagic Design The City of Frederick, MD, Audio Visual Department's (AVD) mission statement is to "Deliver a complete and concise stream of information and alerts to inform and prepare residents and staff through audio visual media." As the AVD's Lead Video Producer, Lance Duvall is responsible for ensuring that the department delivers on this duty, and he knows that in order to do so, the AVD's equipment must be reliable. ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
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