Content Insider #588 - VR4 By Miles Weston Want to get into movies? Work hard, work long and have just a little bit of luck. Or if you were thinking of something a little easier, little faster; catch one of the growing library of really good VR films - short or long - and experience it up close and personal, very personal. If you want to produce your own VR film well the good cameras are still "a little" expensive, Nvidia's eye-popping gen 8 card makes it easier and better, and if you want to push the envelope see how you look as a hologram. VR/AR/MR are coming together as an exciting option to 4K/8K/HDR films. Choices...choices...choices ...Read More »
VFX Investigation: Cracking the "Bosch" Case Visual effects (VFX) house Moving Target has worked on the long-running series since its first season. According to Compositor Jeremy Nelson, doing VFX for a streaming series allows for more creativity and refinement, since there aren't the same time constraints as other episodic work. "I prefer working on streaming shows because you're working on the whole season at once. The schedule is more like working on a movie, which gives you more time to refine your effects. When you're doing one episode per week, you can feel rushed at times. With 'Bosch,' we have time for creative freedom." ...Read More »
Content Insider #587 - Before the Game By Miles Weston Consumer crystal gazers keep putting up fantastic mouth-watering numbers on the HMD sales that are going to be delivered...next year. Next year rolls around and it's ooppss. Their projections aren't wrong obviously it's that the world (kids) don't want VR. Funny thing is they were sold instantly when they were first introduced a few years ago and sales keep rising. Where? Well gee just about in every business application you can dream up for virtual and augmented peeks as to what's going on. Trouble is everyday practical use isn't as sexy, as fun, as exciting as a shootem up VR game. No but it makes work safer and better so get into it ...Read More »
When a Movie is More Than a Movie: MYSTERY OF SIMBI_XOMBIES MYSTERY OF SIMBI_XOMBIES is a lot of things. Just another indie film it is not. A zombie horror film it definitely is not. What it is is a concept for showing how one band making their videos in VR can set off a global chain reaction. It is an underground music comedy. And it is a digital entertainment experiment. To help author all of this, David Kim used Blackmagic Design cameras and its DaVinci Resolve Studio software. ...Read More »
Assimilate's Scratch 9.0 Now Shipping Assimilate is now shipping Scratch 9.0, an aggressive, high-performance, and user-friendly product update that delivers a huge boost in creativity, efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for all creative functions. Known for its high-quality 2D/3D/VR tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering - now includes support for over 200 Matchbox Shader effects and an easy connection to AfterEffects and Nuke compositing tools with a single click. ...Read More »
The WUNDER360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera By Stephen Schleicher 360 video for Virtual Reality continues to be an area that next generation content creators are focusing more of their attention on. But, with professional 360 VR cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars, it might be a good idea to experiment with this wondrous new way to tell your story with a camera that does the same thing, but costs a fraction of the price. Funded via an Indiegogo campaign, the Wunder360 S1 360 Spherical Action Camera is a nice alternative to other 360 cameras on the market. ...Read More »
Scratch Play Pro By Stephen Schleicher If you are looking for a responsive camera format player and transcoder that is light on system resources, and supports looks and metadata management, then SCRATCH Play Pro from Assimilate may just be the all in one tool for all of your playback needs. The application was released in July 2018, and after using the software for a month, it is hard not to find a reason to add SCRATCH Play Pro to your workflow. ...Read More »
Stream On By Jason Pruett Live streaming. Once a term exclusive to the technology lexicon, it has quickly earned a place in everyday conversation. From the exponential growth of branded and independent content channels, to the explosion of esports and the emergence of social video, live streaming has evolved from a very niche application in the context of content production to a price-of-admission necessity for virtually every platform and provider with aspirations of multimedia supremacy. ...Read More »
Content Insider #584 - What's In Store By Miles Weston Cloud folks love to tell you how much content they're storing for organizations and yes there is some shrinkage (that's theft to ordinary people) but it's okay. Sorry but it isn't okay if the stuff is stolen (what else would you call it?) before the indie filmmaker/production folks get paid for their creative work. So how do shooters solve the problem? They keep it at home - and back it up a couple of times - until FAANG, BAT, Disneyflix or other streaming channel has paid the creative team for their work. Until then it'll sit in storage on our bed stand, in the office and with friends where it will be safe. No need to tempt disaster if you don't have to! ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH Play Pro ASSIMILATE's new SCRATCH Play Pro is the Essential Media Toolkit: a universal professional format player, immersive media player, look creator with version management, transcoder, and QC tool all in one. Play Pro is able to playback nearly all formats - camera formats, raw or not, including h.264 and h.265 (HEVC), deliverable formats of any sort, even still frame formats. You can also show the image full screen on a second/output display, either attached to the GPU, or through SDI video-IO. Play Pro is not only fast, it's easy to operate. It runs on just about any system from laptop to a desktop monster, running Windows or OSX. ...Read More »
Open Media Foundation Helps Denver Open Media While Open Media Foundation (OMF) regularly juggles a number of projects, they all encompass the same mission of putting the power of media into the hands of the people. The Denver, CO-based media and technology nonprofit organization is dedicated to enabling everyone to engage in their community, empowering underserved and underrepresented communities through media and technology. ...Read More »
Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork By Miles Weston Some people think we like 360/VR just because it devours so much storage capacity. Ok that's a good reason but still the good VR stuff is really really good. Not just scare your pants off good but good to experience, enjoy, be immersively entertained, informed. Despite what Musk says we may never experience travel to the outer reaches of space or the depth of the Mariana Trench or climb Mt. Everest but 360/VR can let us experience, really experience these ventures and more. We know because some friends took us there and back. VR is good and it's getting better all of the time. ...Read More »
Avoiding Footage Loss - Tactics for Storing and Recovering Data Months of planning and work can go into a filmmaking scene. There's the set design, lighting, location scouting, and many other facets that all need to work in concert to pull off a great shoot. With all of the care and attention put into the production, there should be more directed towards the actual product. If the footage data is damaged, corrupted, or incomplete, then all of the efforts going into a shoot were wasted. High-end cameras are not foolproof, and occasionally errors occur that disrupt the data. And people are certainly not foolproof, as they sometimes make unwise decisions about storing and protecting data. Thankfully, there are some best practices production teams and filmmakers can follow to best protect valuable footage. ...Read More »
Exploring "The Depths" of Filmmaking "The Depths" blew audiences away at the Manhattan Film Festival where it won Best Feature Film. Telling the story of two men desperate for success, "The Depths" follows wannabe screenwriters Mickey Hansen (Patch Darragh, "Sully") and Ray Ferguson (Michael Rispoli, "Sopranos") who decide to fully explore the depths of murder and crime as part of their writing process. Also starring Charlotte Kirk ("Vice"), Hampton Fluker ("Shades of Blue") and Michelle Veintimilla ("Gotham"), "The Depths" was shot by DP Omar Portilla with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and graded by Colorist Tim Buttner with Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...Read More »
The Young Gaucho By Miles Weston Good films are like fine wine...they have to cure/age to be something worth shown, viewed, enjoyed. But Ed Darino had no idea how long it would take him to finish a docudrama about his native Uruguay. But now after years of the finished shoot aging on celluloid he has reached a point in his life when it's time to deliver his work to viewers. As with most independent filmmakers he's finishing up all of the easy work - production/post. Now comes the tough part getting it placed and seen. But for now, here's the story of his visual travels... ...Read More »
Content Insider #573 - Options By Miles Weston The content delivery folks have finally figured out the obvious. People don't want a big bundle of entertainment options. In fact they don't want options at all! Nope all you want is one option...your content. That could be tough but the more different your tastes from your neighbors, the more they're similar - musicals, comedy, drama, horror, documentary, immersive. The providers who are ahead of the game even know what you want before you do which is why you keep coming back again and again without thinking much about it. And the people in the know are ordering up more content from really good indie filmmakers in record volumes. People may not be able to describe great content but they know it when they see it and increasingly there's more really good stuff to see. ...Read More »
Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post By Iyke Iheukwumere Assimilate Scratch over the years has become a trusted tool, used for everything from on-set DIT to digital intermediate and finishing. One of the industries where scratch is being heavily used is VFX, and this is in part due to scratch's open support for xml scripting, which allows most VFX post houses to build their entire pipeline around scratch. One of such VFX houses is FuseFX, where I worked as a VFX editor for almost three years, working on various television shows such as The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Agents Of Shield, Luke Cage and feature films such as American Made, The Purge (Election Year). ...Read More »
Content Insider#572 - Saving Creations By Miles Weston It's a poorly kept secret that great films, TV shows, long/short content aren't created/produced by big companies that can somehow live with the fact that some people like to steal rather than pay for their entertainment. Instead it's a freelance business with talented people investing time, money and sweat to produce the visual stories people enjoy. You could entrust your best work for someone else to store, save and protect for you or you can keep it close to you until someone decides they want to rent it to people. In the cloud your stuff is just data where people like to nose around. At your home it's your stuff and probably a little safer from nosey/nasty people. ...Read More »
Shooting the "Devil's Tree" with DP Anthony Dones and URSA Mini 4.6K When you have to put an actual warning message on your film's site telling people not to actually go to the places in the film, you know you are dealing with a truly scary horror film. Today we are speaking with Anthony Dones, a Miami based DP who has produced content for national television, corporate/commercial work, music videos and a now growing list of feature films. We reached out to him to discuss his recent work as cinematographer on "Devil's Tree, Rooted Evil" a horror film shot exclusively on the URSA Mini 4.6k. ...Read More »
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings "Two Balloons" to Life Led by Director and Writer Mark C. Smith, a dedicated group of filmmakers from Portland, OR created a visually stunning stop-motion short that follows two intrepid lemurs and their adventures in the sky. "Two Balloons," which originally wasn't conceived as stop motion, took four years to complete and had many twists and turns along the way. The team spent 16 months storyboarding, building sets and securing space in a warehouse, and then started shooting. ...Read More »
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