Content Insider #535 - VR Film Work By Miles Weston In just a few weeks the content ecosystem will focus all of its attention on Amsterdam. Once again VR will garner all of the coverage because well it's a lot more glamorous than things like codecs, true streaming bandwidth and carriers throttling mobile video delivery. VR is so real this year you can almost touch it and the excitement, opportunities are beginning to be appreciated. Some of the most fertile shooter minds have perfected techniques to make VR more than just cute but a strong commercial solution for entertainment and business. It will also be great to take off the goggles and see what the streaming 4K world is going to offer people across the M&E spectrum. Despite all the great new tools it's still talent that drives the industry. ...Read More »
Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama "The Things We've Seen" In the new indie film "The Things We've Seen," a struggling town is devastated when the local mill catches fire, eliminating most of the town's jobs. Rayford Boem (Randy Ryan) is soon accused of arson by Sheriff Pascal (John D. Carver) but won't go down without a fight and organizes an armed resistance. Soon, word of Rayford's actions reaches his family, and his teenage son Reagan (Jarrett Maier) sets out to find his father and help fix what's gone wrong. ...Read More »
The Father and The Bear By Miles Weston Indie filmmakers are in the business because they have stories they have to create, tell, share. Stories they have to shoot, edit. Storeis they have to save. Stories they have to share. John Putch's The Father and The Bear is one of those stories and he touched all of the bases. It is a story you can enjoy and learn from. ...Read More »
Content Insider #532 - Content Delivery By Miles Weston There's more and better content available today than you can possibly view in a lifetime thanks to great work indie filmmakers are doing. The key is getting the right titles to come to your attention to invest your time in viewing. You could let the network tell you what they think is best for you but that kinda sucks. No it's more fun, more enlightening to find the best stuff off the beaten path like at Vimeo. The key will be new technology that enables richer content to get to your screen regardless of where you're watching it. At IBC we'll hear the promises and at SMPTE we'll hear about the progress that has been made. Hint - It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
Capturing the Horror of "The Atoning" with Blackmagic Design Family drama unfolds and demons arise in the new indie supernatural thriller, "The Atoning." The film follows a family that is haunted by the horrors of their past, with the parents (Virginia Newcomb, Michael LaCour) trying to protect their young son Sam (Cannon Bosarge) from a dark secret that will tear them all apart. ...Read More »
Loco UK Efficiently Stitches Four 90º Plates in SCRATCH VR to Create Slo-mo 360º VR Experience There is a special joy in witnessing a 360-film newbie spinning around with mobile phone in hand, delighting in the magical experience of the video content that surrounds them. Loco is riding this wave of 360-video excitement by exploring emerging technologies and software as well as developing new techniques to take their creative work further into this realm. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Design Marches Alongside Promar TV During the Divina Pastora Procession, Venezuela's Largest Live Event The Venezuelan Divina Pastora statue is one of the most important religious figures in Venezuela and is celebrated with one of the world's largest Marian processions. With more than four million attendees, the landmark procession takes place mid-January every year and runs 24 consecutive hours, garnering Venezuela's largest TV viewing audience. Promar TV Chief Engineer Jorge Kossowski has been following the Divina Pastora event since he was a young child with a strong desire to be more than just a spectator. ...Read More »
Content Insider #529 - Cloudy Weather By Miles Weston While Lloyds of London says a really good cyber attack could cost the global economy $53B and daily smaller breakins will rack up $1M here, $1M there it doesn't slow the migration to the major (and minor) cloud service providers around the globe. What's worse even though people know the danger and things they need to do to protect their company and themselves - like keep your software updated and use robust passwords and virus/malware protection solutions - surprise...it doesn't happen. Updates are a pain and complex passwords are too tough to remember so what the heck use the same one for everything. It won't bother you until you can't get your entertainment stuff then hear the screams and profanity. Good content needs to be protected to be enjoyed so "doing the right thing and benefitting" is up to you. ...Read More »
Ads for Mobile By Miles Weston Mobile content and streaming service providers have come up with the recommendation that less is more when it comes to ads that appear mysteriously on your device while agencies and more than a few marketers say shorter ads are ineffective. They feel their message is too important, too complex to be crunched down into a few seconds of screen time. Maybe they are that important, that good but it has also enabled more people - especially younger folks with shorter attention spans - to install ad blockers. One filmmaker in Chicago decided the mobile screen needed more than a scrunched TV ad and surprise...it works! ...Read More »
Secure Media Content Transport and Storage in Space By Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation The media and entertainment industries are facing unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. One studio suffered the theft of an entire season of a popular show, and another had an unreleased film stolen. In both cases, the material was held for ransom by cybercriminals. This kind of threat poses potentially disastrous consequences for anyone creating or distributing content. Media and entertainment companies face threats from criminals running the gamut from profiteers to nation-states. Ransomware exploits, destruction of servers and the theft of terabytes of data are all part of the pandemic cybersecurity crisis that challenges any organization reliant upon terrestrial networks to store and transport data. Fortunately, that is about to change. ...Read More »
Civil War Action By Miles Weston Seventy plus years before WW II and the bloody battle on Dunkirk - made more infamous by the movie - there was the U.S.'s Civil War. And you can experience it up close and personal...very personal with the VR stream. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE SCRATCH VR Certified by Facebook Live 360 Ready for Live Streaming ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH VR is now certified as a third-party software for the Facebook Live 360 Ready program. ASSIMILATE's VR partner, Z CAM, is also included in the Live 360 Ready program with its S1 VR camera. Along with a Z CAM S1 VR camera, SCRATCH VR Z provides the only camera/software Facebook-certified Live 360 solution. SCRATCH VR Z offers advanced, real-time features like inserting/composting graphics/text overlays, including animations, and keying for elements like green screen for live streaming. ...Read More »
Fresh Off the Grill By Miles Weston Just in time for summer, the Texas Beef Council had a series of social media videos prepared by Ralph Smyth Entertainment with outstanding results. ...Read More »
4 Tips for Creating Viral Content By Andrew Deen Social media and the growth of smartphone use has changed the way people read the news, interact with one another and gather information. According to Facebook, they have 1.13 billion active users everyday with just over one billion of them using their smartphones to connect. Instagram has 500 million profiles with 300 active users each day and Twitter has 313 million users each month. This constant connection to social media is impacting people's lives and helping marketers create content that quickly spreads around the world. Everyone wants to create content that will become viral, but it takes a certain mindset to produce content that readers want to share. Highlighted below are four tips to help you create viral content. ...Read More »
Content Insider #527 - Content Workload in the Cloud By Miles Weston Okay I admit it, I'm not a huge fan of the Cloud...not like Amazon, MS, Google, Facebook, IBM and the other service providers, heck even Adobe. It has its place and face it you can't do stuff without being in the cloud some of the time. The way filmmakers work today with specialists around the globe you're always sending parts somewhere. Business couldn't run without pretty fast, pretty reliable cloud communications. And yes this came to you via the cloud. Heck after you've completed your project and made a local backup, across town backup, outta state backup (you do that right?) then there's nothing like one more copy up there...just in case. But as Yoda said, "Choose wisely you must, young Padawan." ...Read More »
Recreating 300's Epic Cliff Jump Shot By Fractal Visuals By John Byron Hanby, IV Few shots were more iconic than the epic cliff jump shot in Zack Snyder's 300 when Leonidas is traveling to meet with the Ephors. The seemingly unreachable ledge that may just be within grasp, given the proper motivation, stuck with director John Byron Hanby, IV and 10 years later he was lucky enough to be able to pay homage to 300 while Fractal Visuals was making a short film to Silversun Pickup's "Ragamuffin." Hanby walks us through the process of how his team at Fractal Visuals accomplished the epic jump. ...Read More »
Content Insider #521 - Visible Flight By Miles Weston I always believe that less government is better but the recent ruling that you don't have to register certain "classes" of drones just doesn't feel right. The idea of anyone, everyone throwing a drone in the air without some ground rules on what they can do, can't do and what type of training they need is a little cause for concern. Somehow it just feels like the new freedom will come back and hurt people who use them to take exciting shots and make a living doing creative work. I could be wrong but still believe that kids who get theirs (ok dad got it for him) should get training in the rules of the road and regulations/requirements. Just hope his playing doesn't impact the M&E industry or business across the board. ...Read More »
"Fractal Visuals Produces Viral Unofficial Music Video for Silversun Pickups" By Victoria Garabedian John Byron Hanby IV, founder of Fractal Visuals has released an unofficial music video for Silversun Pickups song "Ragamuffin". Fractal Visuals assembled a crew and set out on a four-day shoot in Terlingua, Texas just an hour north of the Texas - Mexico border. "We filmed everything using the RED Epic Dragon and wanted to capture the aerial footage with the same camera." Then in post they combined their skills with using Adobe Creative Suites After Effects and Premiere Pro, along with Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve. The results were stunning. ...Read More »
Content Insider#520 - Furiouser By Miles Weston There was something for everyone at NAB the way things are moving so rapidly. So we'll break down our discussion over several weeks...it's easier that way. TV is still where most people watch their content they just do it in a bunch of different ways. And thanks to all the online services that are cropping up there is new stuff to watch. That's good news for filmmakers as long as they can establish the right relationships. Yes that's the tough part but not half as tough as being a cable company and watching your "this show at this time" numbers shrink. Fortunately they also own the last 100, last 10 feet to the house so they have to shift their business model. Things are changing so fast you really don't want to go to sleep tonight because when you wake up....BAM!!! ...Read More »
"American Gothic" Captures Suspense and Creates Paranoia with Blackmagic Design "American Gothic" is the latest project for writer, director and producer Stuart Connelly, whose previous projects include "Natural Selection" (2016) starring Anthony Michael Hall and Katherine McNamara and "The Suspect" (2013) starring Mekhi Phifer and Sterling K. Brown. Connelly and the film's DP Sherry McCracken selected a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as their camera of choice. ...Read More »
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