Animated Robot Enters The Real World in "Alpha4" By SNL Guitarist Jared Scharff Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff, solo project known as Pearl Lion, recently released a music video titled "Alpah4". The video's protagonist is a video game like robot who enters the real world and travels around Los Angeles. The video combines animation with live action - we think you'll love it! ...Read More »
The Cinema 4D R17 Lens Distortion Tool By Stephen Schleicher Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. ...Read More »
Sarah Adina Smith's "Midnight Swim" For any filmmaker, switching genres between movies is always a tough task. But Sarah Adina Smith decided to switch between genres three times in the same film. "Midnight Swim" takes viewers from a faux documentary to a surreal thriller and then to a sweeping cinematic feature, all in the space of a single film. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Ramps Up Virtual Reality (VR) Workflow for Cloud-Based Reviews Via SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE announced today it is the first company to effectively stream VR content to a headset from a cloud-based website through a standard browser for review and approval. ASSIMILATE is expanding its SCRATCH Web cloud-platform capabilities to offer the first professional, web-based dailies/review tool for reviewing headset-based VR content anywhere in the world. SCRATCH Web empowers content creators and post-production artists with VR technology that offers the most secure, easiest, and fastest reviews of 360 VR content. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post Production Houses for their Sundance 2016 Nominations At the Sundance Film Festival 2016 in Park City, Utah the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories: Local Hero, Metropolis Post, and Storm Post Production. ...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 »
To Be Funny: 100 Years of Buster Keaton Buster Keaton is a film legend. April 2017 marks 100 years since he first stepped onto the silver screen, His comedy and physical stunts still stun audiences, leaving them wondering just how in the world he did them. In the film "To Be Funny," New York based production company +Merge Creative Media delves into Buster Keaton's legacy and finds out why the film master still has a fanatical following in 2015. To do this, cinematographers Gavin Rosenberg and Chad Gardella have been relying on Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Cameras for principal photography and have been grading the film in DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...Read More »
Reel Heroes By Miles Weston Some activities attract filmmakers because the information has to be told. Reel Heros highlights the work some of the best filmmakers and producers have done that needs to be saved and shown. The film represents 12 years of research for the producers and production team. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.4 Sets the Pace for Advanced Real-time Features, Workflow, & Ecosystem at a Price Everyone Can Afford ASSIMILATE today announced its new SCRATCH 8.4, the latest version of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow. "Leading the industry in offering the latest advancements in digital cinema technology is the cornerstone of what we do. Assimilate is all about developing real-time tools and a workflow that DITs, post-production artists and all filmmakers need to be creative, productive, and competitive," said Jeff Edson, CEO at Assimilate. "With SCRATCH 8.4, users get an abundance of advanced features that enable them to excel at what they do, and at a price everyone can afford. And with a host of SCRATCH industry partners, they can build an extensive and integrated SCRATCH ecosystem that gives an even greater boost to their productivity." ...Read More »
HSL Streams Online Gaming from PAX with ATEM Switchers Electronic entertainment has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing industries worldwide. The Entertainment Software Association estimates that over 59% of American households play video games actively. With such a large market, game developers are constantly looking for new ways and events to promote and announce their latest titles to the public. The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is one such event. Each year, PAX, organized by Reed Exhibitions, draws over 200,000 people to 5 cities around the globe. Excited gamers crowd the show floor looking for their favorite publishers, eager to try the latest, often unreleased, titles. ...Read More »
Archiware releases one- click Archiving tool "P5 Archive App" This autumn, Archiware presents the most innovative product in the data management field - the P5 Archive App. This add-on to P5 Archive radically simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project. Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on doubleclick. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future. ...Read More »
Content Insider #425 - Virtually By Miles Weston To see all the news you'd swear to gawd that virtual reality entertainment will be here...shortly. You probably missed the fact that: a) there are a "few" problems, "issues" to overcome and b) it costs a crap load of money to produce even a couple of minutes of immersive entertainment. Well yeah but other than those minor details it will be coming to goggles about the time you'll probably need bifocals and goggles. Still you have to have something to look forward to after you're tired of HDR 4K entertainment. ...Read More »
Content Insider #424 - Moving Images By Miles Weston We know you think M&E is all fun and games and worse or better (depending on your perspective). But there's a real business with real technology and real people working to deliver the stuff you like/dislike, applaud/jeer, pay for/borrow/ignore. The compact community of folks focus on the details so you can enjoy their creative work. The champions of often opposing views gather annually at the SMPTE conference and give an update on the progress. This year they had a Student Film Festival to get a peak at the next generation of filmmakers and tomorrow will be so bright you'll need sunglasses. ...Read More »
Short Deadline By Miles Weston There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience. ...Read More »
Amazon Tale By Miles Weston Nothing is more fun than flying, floating, packing into the middle of nowhere. Just a few crew members, your gear, the great unknown and...you. Cirina Catania, Catania Group, just completed a pilot like that in the untamed Peruvian Amazon region. For filmmakers it's all about the shoot. ...Read More »
Free Learning Event By Miles Weston If you're interested in improving your production/post production skills and learning about the latest in technology - hardware and software the Nov 21 event is right for you and...there's no charge for attendance ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...Read More »
The Beach Should Be Sunny As part of the NSW Achievement Awards, the NSW government decided to shoot a video showing the various regions and the amazing creative work coming out of those regions. Australia is a beautiful country and highlighting its natural wonders, along with the work being done in each region, would be a perfect way to show potential companies what the Australian creative industry can offer. Ben Allan ACS had one day to shoot at Byron Bay in New South Wales. One day to capture the sand, surf and beautiful weather that has made Byron Bay a vacation paradise. But it was raining. And not a nice quick sun shower. Raining buckets. ...Read More »
PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #419 - New Flight By Miles Weston Drones are in the news at least once a week for all the wrong reasons - someone dropped one in the wrong place, flew it in the wrong area or just messed up while showing off. That reflects poorly on all of the really legitimate uses people have for them. Almost every application is image capture oriented whether it's for a breathtaking shot for a film, covering the news quickly/economically, rescuing people in tough spots or monitoring environmental changes. The challenge is to keep professional applications from being hamstrung by legal restrictions brought on by random acts of stupidity ...Read More »
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