Content Insider #334 - Fast, Furious, 4K By Miles Weston You can't help but love 4K video content it is beautiful after all but I like it for another reason...a business reason. Shooting 4K content takes talent. Handling the delicate post production work takes as much if not more talent. All of it - from beginning to end - takes storage, lots and lots of storage. The people who do all of this work on your entertainment are perfectionists and moved almost to paranoia to save every pixel, every byte. Nothing is discarded because there may come a time when they need that scene, that frame. And 4K requires four times the amount of storage...love it!!! ...Read More »
Pfister, Depp Reunite For Sci-fi 'Transcendence' By Grab Media, a blinkx company For more than a decade, cinematographer Wally Pfister brought director Christopher Nolan's cinematic visions to life. Now, he's the one calling the shots. His directorial debut, the new sci-fi mystery "Transcendence", has many elements of a Nolan blockbuster — eye-popping visual effects, a mind-bending story and an A-list lead in Johnny Depp. All of those things translate into high expectations for Pfister, who jokingly likens his newly christened director's seat to an "electric chair." In the film releasing Friday, the mind of Depp's terminally ill scientist, Will Caster, is uploaded into a computer after his death, spawning an eerily unruly machine. At the heart of the story is the disrupted relationship of Will and his wife, Evelyn, played by Rebecca Hall. ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
The Inside Story On The Resurrection Of Twinkies By Grab Media, a blinkx company On November 16, 2012, Hostess was forced to liquidate its assets after failed union negotiations ended its plans to emerge from bankruptcy. Americas beloved Twinkies and Cupcakes would cease to be made. What followed over the next nine months was one of the most successful brand revitalization efforts of recent history. Rich Seban, Hostess Brands President and COO was instrumental in finding new buyers for the major brand assets, shedding the previous bakery business and consolidating manufacturing facilities for the remaining products. Without any revenue and with no marketing department, he then set out to plan what became known as “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever.” ...Read More »
Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. ...Read More »
Microsoft Dismisses Rumor Of Discless $399 Xbox One, But Should It Exist? By Grab Media, a blinkx company Microsoft is still feeling the heat from being the priciest next-gen console in the field at $500. While the system has sold incredibly well, it's still lagged behind the PS4, and the price gap is a huge factor. While Kinect is often cited as a big reason, or really the only reason, for the price disparity, there have been rumors saying that Microsoft may indeed release a $399 Xbox One in time for next years holiday season. The interesting part is that it isnt the Kinect being shed to cut the price, its the consoles Blu-ray drive, meaning the device would be download-only. The new console would also have a 1TB hard drive and a bluetooth adapter. ...Read More »
Steve Beganyi Takes Viewers on a Trip Around the World From locked cut to network delivery, Steve has just two to three days to color grade an entire episode. And that doesn't mean throwing one main grade onto the footage and calling it a day. It means creating a completely unique look for each episode that captures and enhances the feeling and theme of the specific location and trip. Steve's tool of choice that helps him deliver - DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
The H2 Channel's "America Unearthed" Series Travels Through Time with SPLICE and DaVinci Resolve Have you ever wondered if what you learned in school was the whole story? So does forensic geologist Scott Wolter, which is why he seeks to uncover the truth in the documentary series "America Unearthed," airing on the History Channel's H2 network. Relying on his trusty tool set of a flashlight and microscope, Scott acts as a real life Indiana Jones, facing the challenge of digging for America's archaeological secrets in tombs and caves, uncovering surprising evidence and proving there's still a lot to be learned from our past. ...Read More »
Aframe Helps Timeline TV Make Digital Dailies Workflow Less Grisly For Zombie Drama Series "In the Flesh" Location shoots require swift methods of getting content to partners hours or days away, which can mean time, cost and complexity - especially with high end cinematic camera where the file sizes are large, it usually means there is no easy way to get dailies into cloud-based workflows. Timeline TV in Media City created a unique workflow for the second series of BBC Three's "In the Flesh" zombie love story, using the Aframe cloud video production platform. ...Read More »
Grammar of the Shot By Ko Maruyama Chris Bowen and Roy Thompson have written a useful theory and practice book called "Grammar of the Shot". This isn't just a handbook for beginning directors, but for cameramen of all types. When we are talking about visual construction, it's important that we have the proper language to describe exactly what we want. Whether we are directors, directors of photography, visual effects coordinators, animators, or other creatives who discuss what the composition of a frame might look like, this is your rosetta stone. ...Read More »
Man of Steel: Journey of Discovery - Creating Man of Steel Blu-ray Clip By Grab Media, a blinkx company Superman himself, Henry Cavill, explains how Zack Snyder's bombastic visual effects helps the audience believe a man can fly in this Man of Steel Blu-ray clip, out December 2nd. ...Read More »
RedRay 4K Cinema Player Video By Grab Media, a blinkx company RED, the makers of the high end digital camera manufacturers that have been taking the film world by storm over the past several years have announced a media device capable of actually taking advantage of the absurd 4K resolution that their cameras provide. For those unfamiliar, 4K resolution is equivalent four 1080p displays. 4K capable TV's and Projectors have slowly made their way to market, but unfortunately for those early adopters, there aren't many ways to actually get content onto that TV, seeing as Blu-Ray only supports a maximum resolution of 1080p anyway. This is where the RedRay Cinema Player comes in, providing super-hi def content to your TV. The device supports USB, has an SD card for getting content on there, and packs a solid 1 TeraByte hard drive inside to store all that video. ...Read More »
Sony Professional Solutions Middle East and Africa Offers Free License of ASSIMILATE SCRATCH Lab Sony Professional Solutions MEA FZ LLC announced it is offering a FREE license of ASSIMILATE's award-winning SCRATCH Lab(r) Advanced Dailies software to customers who purchase any Sony CineAlta camera: PMW-F5 or PMW-F55 or F65. First year maintenance, support and updates are included in the package. The license of SCRATCH Lab is fully functional and offers users a powerful, widely adopted software solution to process and manage large amounts of data, color-correct, sync audio, and transcode the stunning images from the entire range of Sony CineAlta cameras. ...Read More »
Q&A CHRIS DIGIOVANNI Chris DiGiovanni has played a key role in the production of some of the most successful and highly-acclaimed animated films of the last 15 years. He started his career working for MTV Studios in NYC before segueing to a career in animation. In 1994 he moved to California to work at Pixar on such hit films as Toy Story 2, Monster, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He also worked on many of the studios beloved short films while there, such as the Oscar(r)-winning, Geri's Game and For the Birds, among others. He then went moved back to the East Coast to work at Blue Sky Studios on Horton Hears a Who!, and then went on to work at Starz Animation on the animated features, 9 and Gnomeo and Juliet. ...Read More »
Q&A WITH CHRIS CARTAGENA Chris Cartagena made his feature film debut as an editor on the Academy Award(r)-winning film, Happy Feet and is a native of Brisbane, Australia. He has also worked on various television projects over the years and was the 1st Assistant Editor on the Weinstein Company's Escape from Planet Earth just prior to joining the crew of Free Birds. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. ...Read More »
INSIDE LOOK AT "FREE BIRDS" Effects Supervisor Walter Behrnes has worked in visual effects for the film industry for over ten years. He has worked on such features as "The Ant Bully," "The Spy Next Door" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," as well as the direct-to-DVD features "Open Season 2" and "Open Season 3." From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, "Free Birds" is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. "Free Birds" tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. ...Read More »
Q&A with MONIKA SAWYER Monika Sawyer has specialized in creating the feather and fur on animated characters for many years. She first carved out this very unique position working as a fur and feathers specialist on a variety of animal characters for such animated films as the Ice Age series, Rio and Horton Hears a Who!, where she first met and worked with Free Birds director Jimmy Hayward. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The film opens nationwide on November 1st. ...Read More »
A Look Inside Free Birds 3D Production It was no simple "turkey trot" for the Free Birds crew that was tasked with bringing feathered characters to life for the big screen. First and foremost, the challenge was to make turkeys - which are not typically considered the most attractive of birds -- look appealing. Writer/director Jimmy Hayward contends, "It was important for the audience to care about our turkeys and believe that they could actually be thrown into a big sci-fi adventure. But first we had to make sure the audience would want to look at them for the length of a feature film." ...Read More »
"Mel Brooks: Make a Noise" Goes Behind the Laughs with Blackmagic Design After more than six decades in the entertainment industry, comedic genius Mel Brooks is a legend. From his groundbreaking films (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles) to his writing achievements and musical work, he is one of the most successful entertainers of our time. In fact he is one of just a handful of people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award. Although he is typically very private, Mel Brooks recently opened up and participated in a biographical documentary that sheds some light on his personal life, creative beginnings and legendary career. "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," a feature length film, aired as part of the American Masters series on PBS. ...Read More »
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