Amazon Tale By Miles Weston Nothing is more fun than flying, floating, packing into the middle of nowhere. Just a few crew members, your gear, the great unknown Cirina Catania, Catania Group, just completed a pilot like that in the untamed Peruvian Amazon region. For filmmakers it's all about the shoot. ...Read More »
Capturing the Natural Beauty of Montana's Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Located midway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Fairmont Hot Springs is a 153-room resort featuring two Olympic size pools fed by natural hot springs. When the resort wanted to replace an outdated promotional video, it turned to Missoula, Montana-based Gravity Media Productions to produce, shoot and edit a new resort video to be featured on its website. ...Read More »
Free Learning Event By Miles Weston If you're interested in improving your production/post production skills and learning about the latest in technology - hardware and software the Nov 21 event is right for you and...there's no charge for attendance ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...Read More »
The Beach Should Be Sunny As part of the NSW Achievement Awards, the NSW government decided to shoot a video showing the various regions and the amazing creative work coming out of those regions. Australia is a beautiful country and highlighting its natural wonders, along with the work being done in each region, would be a perfect way to show potential companies what the Australian creative industry can offer. Ben Allan ACS had one day to shoot at Byron Bay in New South Wales. One day to capture the sand, surf and beautiful weather that has made Byron Bay a vacation paradise. But it was raining. And not a nice quick sun shower. Raining buckets. ...Read More »
PIXELSQUID By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid? You may know TurboSquid - Yeah, same team. But this time, the new team is offering resources for the 2D artist who is interested in finding 3D objects to use in their compositions. If you've ever wanted to use a 3D object in your Adobe Photoshop composite, but just didn't have the chops (or time) to make the 3D object happen, this (extension/service) is perfect. PixelSquid has taken out all of the complexity of modeling, lighting, layering, and rendering 3D, and delivers a truly 3D object that you can easily customize for your Photoshop workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #419 - New Flight By Miles Weston Drones are in the news at least once a week for all the wrong reasons - someone dropped one in the wrong place, flew it in the wrong area or just messed up while showing off. That reflects poorly on all of the really legitimate uses people have for them. Almost every application is image capture oriented whether it's for a breathtaking shot for a film, covering the news quickly/economically, rescuing people in tough spots or monitoring environmental changes. The challenge is to keep professional applications from being hamstrung by legal restrictions brought on by random acts of stupidity ...Read More »
"Phaesporia" Challenges Hollywood Norms with Blackmagic Design's Production Camera 4K "Phaesporia" follows the story of Kali as she moves out of the city and attempts to join an insurrectionist group that hides out in the forest. On her journey, she meets Artemis who saves her life and offers to travel with her to her destination. Eventually they find and join the rebel group, but after a political bombing, the group falls apart, forcing Kali to decide what's next on her path. Because of the film's political basis, Carman chose to cast a wide variety of activists, from the LGBTQ community to the Green Party, and artistic talent from musicians to cartoonists and spoken word poets. Currently in post production, "Phaesporia" was shot on a Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K. ...Read More »
Content Insider #418 - World of Equals By Miles Weston The Emmys gave me hope that equality for men/women was finally coming to the M&E industry and the end was in sight. Then Sandburg's Lean In organization and McKinsey Company issued a report saying it wouldn't be achieved for another 100 years. That bummed me because we have to quit counting skirts, color, relationship preferences sooner rather than later. Most people want it all done now but we can't change the world overnight. Maybe if each of us make one positive progressive step we can do it before another century passes. Complaining and wishing certainly hasn't make it happen. Together we can accelerate the process. ...Read More »
Content Insider #417 - Daily Filmmakers By Miles Weston Everyone talks about the great filmmakers who make movies - long and short - and they go nuts over the folks why make their videos for you to enjoy on YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, you name it. And everyone does a lot of research on how big the market is...and growing. But no one really puts a trade show on or sells research on the folks who do real filmmaking every day for digital signage, houses of worship, healthcare, company informational content. But they're filmmakers like the rest who hone their talents to educate, inform and sell you ideas and stuff. They count too! ...Read More »
All in 1000 Ft By Miles Weston It's difficult sometimes to get youngsters interested in STEM (science, Technology, engineering and math) courses and even more difficult kids that come from neighborhoods where violence, drugs and poverty are a part of daily life. But a New Jersey school found a way to make it fun and interesting and all in 1,000 feet -- soapbox derby participation. A team of volunteer independent filmmakers documented the project from beginning to end to help raise funds for future programs and show that good things can happen when young people are motivated. These students learned STEM information without realizing it and their thirst for knowledge continues. ...Read More »
Automatic Duck is back By Ko Maruyama For a long time, there were three camps of desktop NLE editors. Avid, Final Cut, PremierePro. They didn't talk to each other, and outside of Adobe's own PremierePro, they talk to After Effects. Then, Automatic Duck came along to allow editors to bring their edits into a project that allowed After Effects artists to bring the edits and media into their timeline easily. And now, after a brief hiatus, Automatic Duck Ximport AE allows you to bring your Final Cut X easily into After Effects with much more than just media and duration. ...Read More »
Content Insider #415 - It's Delicate By Miles Weston You know it and I know it -- there is inequality in business. If the business isn't doing well one of the first things senior management will do is cut the workforce to save money. It's called fiscal adjustment. Of course you seldom hear the boss say, "I'll take a salary cut as will my senior staff first and we're forgoing our annual bonuses." If we are going to have equality then we should have equality for all up and down the organization, in good times and bad. ...Read More »
GoFundMe Project By Miles Weston The men and women who put themselves in harms way in Afghanastan, Iraq and all of the battles that went before deserve our thanks and for their stories to be heard. It is by helping them heal we help ourselves. ...Read More »
Skehan Communications Augments Production Truck Capacity with Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston. ...Read More »
Howard Lukk's Short Film 'Emma' Gets the High Dynamic Range Treatment with Help from DaVinci Resolve There is something special about "Emma." Not only did the short film have its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but it was also one of the very first films shot and produced in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflow. HDR produces a greater dynamic range of luminosity and allows the cinematographer to capture and display a much wider contrast ratio. And while HDR requires filmmakers to pay more attention to the nuances of shooting, such as lighting, production and costume design and makeup, being able to take advantage of a greater range in color in post production creates truly stunning images more akin to what the human eye sees. ...Read More »
A Tale of Two Films Daniel Stuyck never set out to be a colorist. Having moved to Austin, TX to attend graduate school in film production at the University of Texas, he found himself in a situation not uncommon to most independent filmmakers. Daniel started getting asked by friends and fellow graduate students if he would grade their films. Word of mouth is how Daniel came to grade both SXSW Grand Jury Prize winning films. ...Read More »
Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 By Ko Maruyama Digital Anarchy recently announced the release of The Light Wrap Fantastic, a plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. Available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple's Final Cut Pro, the plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating rear-projected light and ambient light values with glows. ...Read More »
Better Friends Than Mountains Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and a look into the daily lives of these people who have been torn apart by war. For years Lifsey has traveled throughout the Middle East, living and working in Kurdish communities in order to create this documentary. ...Read More »
AIMA FILMS: Discovering The Texture of Cinematography Engaging all of the senses on a one dimensional plane takes incredible talent, a vision and a little Blackmagic. Through filmmaking, director Jorge Díaz Fernández, photographer Daniel Zanco and producer Mariano Bravo pull off the improbable, planting the grain of a commercial idea and growing it into a story. The three co own AIMA FILMS, an agency that forgoes traditional film shooting in favor of marketing through art. This emotional tug sets the young entrepreneurs apart. They each bring their own experiences into their work, be it a love of the horror genre or an aptitude for designing clothing, and they host weekly brainstorming sessions to work them all together into trial art projects. ...Read More »
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