Content Insider - Video Storage By Miles Weston Most of the focus at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) was on enterprise storage (nice but dull). One of the biggest audience sessions and greatest amount of discussion was how the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry relies so heavily on storage -- flash, SSD and HD. We spent some time with one of the largest production/post productioin storage providers and added details from the lively session that featured professionals and solution providers to discuss the industry's storage demands for speed, performance, capacity. ...Read More »
Punk, Pop and Sci Fi All Sealed With a Kiss in "Pink Zone" For Ben Walter, it all started 20 years ago when he saw Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The pure princess and how she changes from a single prick of the finger and true love's kiss. That idea sat in his mind for years, and came to the surface in 2013 when he was working on his UCLA thesis film. Once through with college, the idea turned into a full length feature. But the idea wasn't a remake of Sleeping Beauty. What if boys could kill girls with a kiss. Certainly not the happy ending from the cartoon. But a gloomy, frightening look at the other side of the coin. And that was the birth of the Benjamin Walter's "Pink Zone," with its dreamy and graphic images captured by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
M&E Realities By Miles Weston Lower cost, easier to use cinematography equipment, systems, software has put quality video production in the hands of 10s of thousands of indie producers and firms, organizations. Few count on The Cloud. ...Read More »
Content Insider #347 - Moviola By Miles Weston Moviola was an early tool used to produce/edit films. It's faster, easier, cheaper today with advanced M&E cinematography solutions, techniques. Just ask the Cloud folks. Different story when you talk to the folks behind the camera and in front of the screen. The pressure is still on to do it faster, better, do it/save it once, keep it safe. The better/lower cost gear and solutions have helped a new breed of pro turn their ideas into visual reality for the world to enjoy. But some things remain the same - lots of talent/patience, no free time, loads of local storage (flash, HD). ...Read More »
Between College, Real World There's 4K Intramural By Miles Weston Independent filmmakers are finding it much more affordable today to produce a crowd pleasing film -- low-cost 4K, 5K camera, economic Mac/PC production systems, cloud creative tools, reasonably priced high capacity storage. Of course it also requires a whole lot of talent and that magic something. They all came togetther for the production of Intramural and they're racking up lots of recognition. ...Read More »
Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
'Frozen' Director Urges Grads To End Self-doubt By DMO Affiliate The screenwriter and director of the Disney film "Frozen" encouraged University of New Hampshire graduates to do away with self-doubt during a commencement speech on Saturday. Lee graduated from UNH in 1992. She told the graduates: "When you are free from self-doubt, you fail better. You accept criticism and listen." Lee was the first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios. This year, she took home an Oscar for best animated feature. ...Read More »
Fast, Reliable Storage By Cirina Catania In one of the still unforgiving areas of the country where people still ride the range and deal with the harsh realities of mother nature, we captured three days of video on a project which will ultimately be a documentary of the old west in modern times. ...Read More »
SXSW Premiere "Thank You a Lot" Tells a Story of Austin's Music Scene By Lou Wallace Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university. ...Read More »
'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Push DreamWorks Into Loss By DMO Affiliate DreamWorks reported a first-quarter loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, as the company took an impairment charge related to the weak box office performance of the movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman". Shares of the Hollywood studio fell 6 percent to $24.76 in extended trading on Tuesday. The company took a charge of $57 million due to the tepid performance of the animated a time-travel comedy about a talking genius dog and the boy he adopts. ...Read More »
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 DMO Affiliate 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 DMO Affiliate 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 DMO Affiliate 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 »
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