Fast, Light By Miles Weston Today's filmmakers are always on the clock, for someone else or for themselves. The key is to capture all of your data quickly, accurately and completely. Then get that content back to the production, post production facility. Filmmaker Leslie Chilcott has found you can do it without a lot of extra hardware or gear. ...Read More »
I need more storage... said everyone By Ko Maruyama It's not uncommon these days to hear about a shortage of space when saving the a selected drive or server. With files getting bigger, and more resources so readily available, storage becomes more and more important. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Camera Captures the Cinematic Moments of Heartland Heading into its 10th season, Heartland is one of Canada's most popular television series and is known for its cinematic atmosphere and backdrops. Heartland director of photography Craig Wrobleski, csc explained the production framework for the stylistic series: "We do block shoots, shooting two episodes at a time. Each block is 15 days and we are generally out for 10 of the 15 days." Each episode is shot as a mini movie, with each block having a different set of requirements. Craig explained, "Because we shoot each block as a mini movie, we really have to approach each one individually, and the camera equipment is a big part of that equation as we like to keep the camera moving and just shoot the scenes in a more cinematic way." ...Read More »
Real-time video streaming is the new craze in the business world By Paul Fitzgerald for America's Backbone Weekly Live streaming options and tips that will help grow your business. ...Read More »
Beholder Gimbal By Ko Maruyama ikan has looked at the most common cameras that photographers use and given us the Beholder Gimbal. The gimbal stabilizes the movement of your arms against the weight of your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you're shooting video. Not all cameras bodies and lenses have the same weight, so ikan has created a grid for photographers to create their own custom rig. Depending on what you shoot with, some lenses may not offer a perfect balance. The rig is small enough to take with you everywhere you want to shoot video with your DSLR. ...Read More »
Live Streaming Exorcisms Damien LeVeck knows that in Hollywood, there are two main ways to make a feature film. You can either have a great idea, sell it to a studio and risk it turning into a completely different film, or you can have a great idea, raise the money yourself, hire your own actors and crew and make your vision into a reality. When Damien decided to direct "The Cleansing Hour," a fresh spin on the exorcism genre, he knew he had to take the latter route. Six months later and more than $30,000 raised, Damien has now locked picture on the proof-of-concept short film. ...Read More »
Hit Television Show MythBusters Goes Out with a Bang with Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras By Scott Sorensen After 15 seasons, more than 280 episodes and countless explosions, the hit television show MythBusters aired its grand finale episode on March 5, 2016. For many years, the show had been answering questions and debunking myths and urban legends by putting them to the test, helping viewers find out which myths are true and which are not. And as with any grand finale, the show wanted to go out with a bang. Worried about camera coverage, Scott doubled the compliment of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras to an even 20. "When it came to filming a mile-long path of destruction, adding additional Pocket cameras was an easy decision," he noted. "The Pocket cameras have become the backbone of our second camera arsenal over the last few years for this specific reason." ...Read More »
REEL TALK RETURNS TO HOLLYWOOD By Ko Maruyama Continuing to give back to the community of motion graphics and visual effects artists in the Hollywood area, Benjamin Budzak is hosting his annual review and critique of demo reels. With special guest Ryan Summers, they help artist get the most out of their past work so they can find new work. ...Read More »
Princess Kimbra: Bringing Disney Magic to Life with the Blackmagic URSA Once upon a time, a visual effects artist and a Grammy-award winning singer got together to make music video magic and Snow White was reborn. The tale begins when Adam C. Sager, a Portland, Oregon-based VFX supervisor and director, met with Kimbra, a New Zealand-born recording artist, and decided to honor Disney for the inspiration it had given both artists throughout the years. Kimbra had just recorded "I'm Wishing," the song from the classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie, for a Disney tribute album, We Love Disney, Australia. Blending reality with Disney magic, Sager created a music video that inserted Kimbra directly into the classic animated film as the heroine Snow White and wicked Evil Queen. ...Read More »
A Look "Behind-the-Scenes" of Immersive VR By Lou Wallace With 2016 being its breakout year, 360° VR productions are everywhere. And VR headsets - like Samsung GearVR, Google Cardboard, or Oculus Rift - are making it a quality, immersive experience. But what's going on "behind-the-scenes"? ASSIMILATE is at the forefront of supporting VR with its new SCRATCH VR Suite that includes all the post tools - conform, color grading, compositing, and finishing - to work in 360° media, and includes SCRATCH Play for playback and SCRATCH Web cloud-based collaboration and review tools that are automatically formatted for 360° viewing in VR headsets. Getting out in the field with customers, Lucas Wilson and Jeff Edson, CEO at ASSIMILATE talked with us about how they are responding to the VR market with its SCRATCH product line to offer creators the streamlined professional and powerful production and post-production tools that are needed to enhance and finalize the look-and-feel of VR content. ...Read More »
Building Mobile Trucks and Broadcasting on the Go With Valenti Vision Films and Blackmagic Design Valenti Vision Films, an independent film and television production company based in New Jersey, produces everything from movies and television shows to live sports and entertainment. Since 2011 Valenti Vision Films has created more than 600 hours of original programming for various television and Internet outlets, including ESPN3, NBC, ABC, NUVO, Comcast Networks, Ivy League Digital Network, PBS and more, for clients such as the FXFL, NCAA, PMTV, US Soccer, The Ivy League, and TV One. To provide his clients with the best quality, Joe Valenti of Valenti Vision Films has built two mobile, multi camera production trucks from the ground up. ...Read More »
Beyond Disabilities By Miles Weston It's easy to look at a youngster with a disability and feel sympathy but Colin Brown looked and saw something else...hope and happiness. The Aussie filmmaker wanted to show others in his country and around the world that the youngsters who took part in the McIntyre Centre equestrian program could use their abilities to be as normal as anyone. They bonded with the horses and enjoyed themselves during their time in the saddle like anyone else. Brown's film has helped spread the word on how people - even youngsters - can rise above obstacles and enjoy life. The film has helped attract volunteers and much needed funds to continue and expand the program. ...Read More »
Colorist Mark Todd Osborne Navigates a Child's Fantasy "Audi TT: Reality? Check." The recent national ad campaign for the Audi TT from MediaCom, the agency behind the concept, features the iconic sports car racing through rugged terrain and busy cities alike. The spot enters the mind of a child, and as he races his toy car around a track and imagines a full-throttle adventure of challenging terrain and jaw-dropping stunts, the Audi TT achieves it in real life. Mirroring the boy's movements, the spot cuts to real life shots of the Audi TT racing on the edges of cliffs, through dense forests of tall pines, around jagged boulders and hairpin turns, as well as through the nighttime streets of San Francisco, weaving through trollies, traffic and tractor trailers. ...Read More »
Eliminate Click Offs By Miles Weston Want to know why most people reject (click away) mobile device ads well Jim Courtright believes he has the solution that will keep viewers engaged. Most of the ads are shrunken bigger screen ads so they look, feel like nothing kids today want to watch. Courtright does short videos for clients that improve viewership and keep device users connected for better bottom line results. ...Read More »
Half of the Film By Miles Weston While you don't think about it much until it's too late the best films - those people watch and enjoy - are 50 percent video and 50 percent audio. A scary movie just isn't scary without the sound. A love story doesn't carry you away with it without audio. Woody Woodhall discusses how audio can improve the quality, impact of any film. ...Read More »
Real Virtual By Miles Weston Everyone is talking how exciting and challenging VR is going to be for filmmakers and the viewing public. Lewis Smithingham doesn't just talk about it...he does it. His work transports people to new places, new adventures, new opportunities they have wanted to experience but just didn't have the time or expertise to do before. He lives, shoots VR film content almost every day. ...Read More »
Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams By Miles Weston I'm a slow learner. It dawned on my at NAB we differentiate between filmmakers and indie filmmakers. But when studios cut back to their content buying/selling/distribution core everyone in the industry (ok almost) is an independent. Shooter, production, post, audio, special effects, colorists, everything. And guess what...they're darn good at it. They do it with a desire to tell a story - audio and visual. They have developed one of the finest coopetive industries you can find anywhere - working to tell their story and helping others tell theirs. Gawd I love this industry! ...Read More »
Facilis at NAB By Ko Maruyama One of the studios I lead for recently switched to FACILIS TECHNOLOGY for their storage upgrade. It's obvious that studios are going to need more space as video footage continues to require more space and faster connections. Despite some bumps, I was glad to get quick feedback and news while at the show. Here's what Facilis Technology has in store from NABShow... ...Read More »
Content Insider #458 - NAB Beauty By Miles Weston The M&E industry is in the middle of massive reinvention to meet people's increasing demands - 4K, HDR, VR and last but not least ATSC 3.0 (better pipe delivery). Not only is everyone trying to figure out how to make a buck on all of that good content they'll be determining how to get it to the video hungry consumer and still keep it safe enough to monitize. Cameras are going to be outstanding at this year's NAB, workflow is going to be better/faster. Drones will be swooping around giving us super views of the storyline. Audio tools are going to add impact and life to the films. And beyond the mundane business side of the industry VR (Virtual Reality) will put people in the very center of the action with immersive content. It's a great, challenging time to be in the industry. ...Read More »
Rivalry on the Ice There is almost no rivalry in professional sports that matches the intensity of one in the National Hockey League. It is not just team against team, but city against city competing against each other in rivalries that have been passed down through generations. Which is one of the reasons why the Winter Classic has become a huge success. Every year, the NHL highlights hockey the way it used to be played: Outside, open to the elements, and in front of thousands of screaming fans. All while featuring teams that have forged generations of bitter rivals. One of these heated rivalries is between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. These two teams are members of the "Original Six", the first professional hockey teams in the NHL, dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. ...Read More »
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