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 »
Content Insider #570 - Awards, Profits By Miles Weston Hollywood lived for their award galas. You know the red carpet, beautiful people, breathtaking dresses, dashing dudes. The awards almost guaranteed good ticket sales. But with more companies focusing on the bottomline and the thousands of new streaming opportunities out there, there's more interest in getting recognition where it counts...in the bank. Sure indie filmmakers still attend the myriad of film festivals hoping for a prize but a check from someone who wants the content for their library is a little more important. Subscribers have an unquenchable thirst for new, original content. Even in the visual content industry it's all about supply and demand. And demand is great! ...Read More »
Hard Edge Drama By Miles Weston Lots of filmmakers grew up in innocent times in innocent areas of the world but sometimes going back is a lot different from what existed in your memories. ...Read More »
Island Time By Miles Weston FoR stays focused on having the right tools, the right storage to deliver new ad spot for Jamaica in a Bottle... ...Read More »
Content Insider #568 - Pure Mission By Miles Weston Everyone who attended NAB this year was on a mission. A mission to create the best content, a mission to deliver content to the right audience, a mission to produce great films for device and theatre viewing. We'll start by discussing some of the best solutions for some of the creative people we know - shooters, production/post folks. And there was plenty of new products, new services, new features announced at the show to get a filmmakers motor running this year. And again SuperMeet was fun, insane and informative. Shoot it, produce it, store it. Then? Sell it. It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
Content Insider #567 - Coming At You By Miles Weston 5G is going to be the printing press that the wireless industry has been waiting for since people don't call anymore instead they text and they download huge streams of video content to watch all the time no matter where or what they're doing. Folks want you to believe it will be ready to go this year but better guess is 2020. All we need is to decide which codec we're going to use to make streaming video bandwidth conservative, a "little" content protection, and well a complete build-out of our infrastructure. We know who's going to invest in 5G but who will pay for it...yep. But think how filmmakers will enjoy seeing people buy/rent and enjoy the video storytellers' on-the-go great video entertainment...cool! ...Read More »
Logging Data By Miles Weston Shooting great content is the rule by which you're measured but being able to find just the right images and segment is even more important and it needs to be fast, accurate and automated ...Read More »
Content Insider #566 - Dollars Count By Miles Weston You've probably been too busy binging Netflix on all of your devices to notice but the entertainment business is becoming a real cluster! Everyone can smell money in the content and everyone wants to be the pipe/stream that delivers it to you. Some want to charge just a few bucks a month for their channel while others want to give it to you free - ok almost free. They're buying each other, jumping over each other, playing dirty tricks on each other and they all know they'll win. TV is exciting again...it's the wild, wild west. ...Read More »
Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
Content Insider #563 - Behind the Content By Miles Weston It is so easy to get drawn into the director's intent when you watch a movie, TV show or streaming content that you overlook the work before the project and work begins. And it's going to get even better! Hammering out agreements on standards, technology makes it possible for you to watch the visual story on any screen and it will always look, feel and be the same. Events such as the recent HPA Tech Retreat and SMPTE Technical Conference this fall aren't like convention boondoggles. They're activities people attend to make the content people want more and more of on their screens. It'll be so great you'll have to wear shades. Sometimes technology really can be entertaining. ...Read More »
Lumaforge presents... By Ko Maruyama LUMAFORGE PRESENTS: FASTER, TOGETHER - LIVE @ NAB 2018 ...Read More »
Assimilate Extends Immersive-Product Leadership with New 3D180 Post Production Workflows in Scratch VR 9.0 At NAB 2018, Assimilate is showcasing several new Scratch VR 9.0 post-production workflows that are geared to enabling content creators with the highest quality and most efficient VR tools in simplified, one-stop-shopping, end-to-end 3D180 and VR360 production workflows. ...Read More »
Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Discover All Hits from Any Artist with Audials Music Zoom The meta search engine Audials Music Zoom visualizes music from 3,000,000 artists in a music universe. All musicians are shown on one global music map, based on similarity and popularity. Artists' names and images from more than 1,000 different music genres are displayed in a size corresponding to their popularity. While zooming in, you discover even more artists and bands. Move to the right or left to explore adjacent music styles. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
For M&E Projects By Miles Weston Film projects often allow producers a choice of two out of three choices - time, money, quality - while communications may enable all three. ...Read More »
Content Insider #561 - Supported Streams By Miles Weston With appointment TV getting whiskers and streamers becoming more important, upfronts this year are going to be interesting. Upfronts? That's where advertisers place their bets on shows. This year there's a new set of tools focused on attribution and outcome...the ability to trace commercials to actual sales. Yes all your online activity enables this. Now advertisers can have proof that their 6-,15-,30- and 60-second commercials work...or not. Don't kid me you don't just watch Netflix and Amazon Prime stuff. Free wins over a few bucks every hour of the day, day of the week. And thanks to the marvels of OTT shows, networks and marketers will be able to check off when you go to McDonalds vs healthy food places. Free...Gotcha!!! ...Read More »
Content Insider #560 - Extended Viewing By Miles Weston Our son recently said he doesn't like TV even though the weekend before he spent three hours in his room binging on some new Netflix series on his iPhone. Right now he has to constantly recharge it so he can watch all the extreme Olympics contests. He doesn't really dislike TV, he just likes to pick when/where/how he watches the stuff. Sure if you're "of a certain age" you like watching the 6 p.m. news at 6 p.m. but the Olympics coverage is proving people increasingly like the convenience of the video stream. Now all we have to do is wait for 5G to move beyond trials and into the real world. Maybe it will be here for the 2020 Olympics! ...Read More »
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