Content Insider #393 - Toxic Workers By Miles Weston Don't let em kid you. Work isn't supposed to be all fun and games. That's why they call it work. But most of the time that's ok because it gives you a feeling that you're contributing to make something grow and prosper. Really make a difference in the world around you. But there are times when even when you're making great strides and great contributions something about the job just sucks all the fun out of everything. We'll it's usually not something, actually someone and when you're around them they bring everyone on the team and you down. Toxic folks are tough to describe but you know one when you meet one. Management's choice help the person change or show they the door. It's for the best of everyone in the organization. ...Read More »
Content Insider #392 - Indie Films By Miles Weston There's a lot of noise being generated and pixie dust being sprinkled around as to how cool it would be to be an independent filmmaker...free to create your own visual master that would change the world for at least a few hours. Don't kid yourself. It's a lot of work to create the film(s) you have in your mind but the efforts are definitely worth it. Whether you want to to tell your stories, educate, entertain, preserve history, inspire others or do your part to make a difference. Today the opportunities are economically available. Think about it. ...Read More »
Creative Storage Conference By Miles Weston With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. ...Read More »
AEGraphics Bowled Over by Vizrt and Matrox Video 4K Solutions The Cricket World Cup (CWC), held every four years with the top 14 teams in the world competing, is a much anticipated event with a large viewership, typically in hundreds of millions. The 2015 Cricket World Cup was held in Australia and New Zealand. Star Sports, the host broadcaster for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, covered every match live. All the matches played by India, plus the semi-finals and final, were broadcast live in 4K to local cinemas in India. Alston Elliot (AEGraphics), one of the world's leading providers of television graphics and data solutions, was asked to deliver 4K graphics on Star Sports' live 4K coverage of the CWC games. ...Read More »
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders By Miles Weston Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! ...Read More »
Budget Doesn't Limit Film Success, Fear Does By Miles Weston John Putch, an award-winning cinematographer, finds that filmmakers don't need big Hollywood budgets to produce a movie people want to see. He has found that fear is the greatest deterent for independent filmmakers and once that is behind you creativity kicks in. Budget limitations can often make the project better and more rewarding for everyone involved. ...Read More »
Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell By Miles Weston Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. ...Read More »
Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to "The Great American Movie Hustle" with AJA CION Upcoming indie feature "The Great American Movie Hustle" follows filmmaker Michael Anton and actor Michael Monsour as they attempt to create an epic cinematic film about making an epic cinematic film. Along the way, the duo encounters several twists and turns that mirror common production challenges filmmakers face today. Produced by Wonder Lab Films and directed by Michael Anton, the parody is presented in a mockumentary format rife with old-school humor. To achieve a distinct cinematic aesthetic for the film, Anton brought Doug Michaels on board as cinematographer, who shot the film using AJA CION production cameras. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 390 - Video Uprising By Miles Weston At NAB it was obvious that the content galaxy is exploding with star wars battles everywhere on who will take control and win out every segment of the media & entertainment industry. It's traditional over cable, it's OTT, it's mobile, it's aerial, it's social media, it's Hollywood, it's indie filmmakers, it's kids in school, it's all of the above. Even Lucas or astrophysicist Stephen Hawkin couldn't imagine how the world would be taken over by video content. It will be interesting to see how the battles unfold as the universe expands. ...Read More »
Premiere Clip to CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Your mobile device is an awesome way to start working on a small visual project because you often have it with you all the time. The great part about PremiereClip is that you can shoot, edit, and upload right from your phone or tablet. The ability to edit, do some amount of post work, and quickly share it is the HEART of PremiereClip. However, if you have a CreativeCloud subscription, you can take the project that you just edited with your finger into a more substantial NLE. ...Read More »
Defining The Art of Shaving with Blackmagic Design For many men, shaving their facial hair is a necessary evil. If they are not careful, they risk nicks, cuts and irritation, and the process is tedious and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Although shaving can be a chore, it's a must for many, unless they want to look like a member of the Duck Dynasty family. One of the questions that employees receive most often is "What's the difference between a traditional and royal shave?" To help answer this question and help customers better understand its services, Director Christopher Califano recently shot a video that brought the shaving experience to life using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve color corrector. ...Read More »
'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." ...Read More »
Quicktake: Adobe PremiereClip By Ko Maruyama Last week, I had the opportunity to put Adobe's PremiereClip through some paces. Although it wasn't a completely rigorous testing, it was enough to get a clear view of what the application was capable of, it's pros and cons, and create some mildly entertaining news pieces during the biggest broadcast event of the year. ...Read More »
AJA Launches #TryCION Camera Promotion at NAB 2015 AJA Video Systems today launched #TryCION, a new promotion seeding 100 CION cameras with qualified shooters. This new program, currently only available in North America, provides filmmakers, cinematographers and camera operators with easy access to CION to see and experience the camera first hand in production. ...Read More »
Jeff Foster speaks @NABShow By Ko Maruyama Our friend Jeff Foster will be speaking at NABShow next week to talk about drones. If you know Jeff, or his work, you know that he's interested in both production and post production. He is always helpful and excited to teach people about new techniques and technologies. ...Read More »
Ollo Clip Telephoto By Ko Maruyama Back to the well. It's like potato chips: so good, you can't stop. Olloclip telephoto for iPhone 6 will keep you shooting. What started out as one lens for our production (the 4:1) has turned into more. Shooting with your iPhone 6 is so much better with great optics. The telephoto lens from OlloClip isn't just a zoom, it?s a physical lens - which means a much better picture than digital zoom. ...Read More »
Road to NAB 2015 By Ko Maruyama This year, a small team and I will be trying something completely different. Rather than relying on the heavy duty gear that we've used in the past, our production is shifting to mobile. Completely mobile. That means iPhones and iPads. It means we can deliver quickly, but the smaller gear is also more difficult to control and protect. ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
GOAL! Blackmagic Design Helps MLS Insider and Columbus Crew SC Connect with Supporters and Gain New Ones A hush falls over the crowd as tension mounts. The referee places the ball just 12 yards away from the goalkeeper, who gingerly sways from side to side, keeping his body loose in anticipation of the split second reaction time he has to make a save. The opponent readies himself, not wanting to give away which section of the net he's aiming for as he gets into position behind the ball. Fans hold their breath as the referee blows the whistle, the kicker launches the ball and the goalie dives... ...Read More »
Grading Martian Landscapes with DaVinci Resolve Creating a cinematic opening scene for a video game is incredibly hard to do well. You have a couple of minutes to tell a dramatic story that will capture and bring the gamer into a new world, as well as set up the background story and emotions for the countless hours of gameplay about to happen. And for game makers, the opening cinematic has to separate you from the hundreds of other games out there. ...Read More »
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