Drones Filmmaking By Miles Weston Economic, reasonably easy to fly drones combined with light, rugged 4K cameras are making it possible for studios and independent filmmakers to capture/produce films and videos that were financially out of the reach of most people. But budget also needs to include time to learn how to do it right and what is required to avoid disasters and legal action. As with any film project it only works when it's done right. ...Read More »
Content Insider #402 - 4K Play By Miles Weston 4K entertainment is real. Media people want to deliver it and consumers really want it, can understand it despite what various segment players say. But no segment can do it alone...it's an ecosystem. If the few don't want to do anything but promote excuses they can and will be left behind. There's just too many ways to capture it, produce it, ship it, view it, store it. It's time to meet the consumers' demands or wonder what in the **** happened! ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cameras and Michelle Pizanis Two of the year's biggest films are "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Furious 7." Both movies had some of the most amazing action footage ever shot. They both contain action and stunt scenes beyond what seems possible to shoot live. And they both had Michelle Pizanis working on them. While shooting a number of scenes in Sydney, Australia, Michelle and John used Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF for some of the film's key scenes, including an exciting escape scene and a large, climatic action sequence involving exploding trucks and cinematic mayhem. The scenes were shot in RAW, which allowed the team to capture as much detail as possible within each shot, givin ...Read More »
Content Insider #401 - Mean What You Say By Miles Weston Talking about innovation is fun. Not real sure why it's so tough to do. Of course the fact that you have to do something totally different than what you did yesterday might have something to do with it because it isn't an easy path to follow. More importantly not everyone on your team has the same understanding as to what innovation means. It's important for your organization and you to take the chances and make it happen. Standing still isn't an option. Today or tomorrow! ...Read More »
PNY's Partner Seneca Wins "AV Technology Best of Show" Award at InfoComm 2015 PNY is pleased to announce that Seneca's VWC-PLUS Video Wall Controller was awarded the AV Technology Best of Show InfoComm 2015 Award. The Seneca VWC-PLUS, powered by the ultra-high performance NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) M6000 Sync graphics solution, demonstrated the qualities the judges were looking for: innovation, versatility and ease of use. ...Read More »
Giving Southern Food the Right Look with Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and DaVinci Resolve Think of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and images of warm, savory comfort food probably come to mind. The restaurant's unique "New Orleans" style menu offers southern food items like spicy chicken, chicken tenders, chicken and biscuits and fried shrimp. To make Popeyes' famous food look as good in its broadcast TV commercials as it tastes in real life, colorist Brian Buongiorno of Tone Visuals uses Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Keeping a Film Look While Shooting in Low Light "Hero of the Underworld" is about redemption. And it takes viewers from high class life to the seedy world of drug dealers and drug dependence. The film is both literally and figuratively showing viewers the dark world of drug life.The characters in "Hero of the Underworld" exist in a dark world, but they also needed to be shown in stark, visible detail. DP and Director of the film John Vincent needed to toe the line of working with a limited lighting package while still keeping every expression of the actors visible. To do this, he chose to shoot "Hero of the Underworld" with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and grade it using DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Ka-boom puts Facilis TerraBlock at heart of Irish tech revolution By Zach Willis Ka-boom is one of Northern Ireland's fastest growing Production and Post Production facilities for TV and Film. Our facility boasts full Avid DS, Avid MC 8, Symphony, Final Cut and Pro Tools 5.1 Dubbing Theatre all centrally connected via 10Gb to its Facilis TerraBlock system alongside Northern Ireland's Largest ADR Stage. We work on a mixture of local and international productions and some of our credits include films such as Philomena, Monuments Men, the BBC's Panorama series, and commercials for Subway and BT and. Alongside its Post Production services, we also provide full production services with an experienced team of production staff. ...Read More »
DaVinci Resolve Helps Swordfish Mix the Old with the New As filmmaking continues to advance, it's important to invest in new technology, but also not to forget the traditional art forms and to continue to create in the original mediums. And often times, mixing the old with the new produces an even greater result. Mauricio Baiocchi, senior creative at San Francisco based motion design studio Swordfish, did just that on "Crickets Would Sing," a stop motion animated film based on short stories written by Frances Fabri. ...Read More »
"The Rivalry" Short Horror Film Shot With One Man Crew and Blackmagic Design Max Normandin always knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. He dreamed of completing his own film, and decided to forgo traditional training and resources and just do it. To pursue his passion, Max purchased a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a few accessories, and started shooting his first film. With hard work and a lot of ingenuity, the short horror film, "The Rivalry," was born. ...Read More »
AJA Debuts New Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015 AJA Video Systems introduced five new Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015, the HB-T-HDMI, and the HB-R-HDMI, along with the ROI-DP, FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R. ROI-DP provides real-time region-of-interest output to HD-SDI video from any DisplayPort enabled computer. The HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI offer easy extension of UltraHD or HD HDMI signals over Ethernet cable, utilizing the industry standard HDBaseT protocol. FiDO-4T (transmit) and FiDO-4R (receive) conveniently deliver up to four channels of 3G-SDI over fiber on standard LC connectors. ...Read More »
SSD Speeds Project By Miles Weston Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 396 - New Work By Miles Weston The global economy is bouncing back but there's only a modest increase in full time employment. Not that there aren't jobs but rather there aren't the right people for the jobs. To ensure they grow, smart companies are changing their focus on payroll increases and finding the best people for the challenges even if they're not interested in "a job" and more interested in the challenges/opportunities to grow on their own career paths. After all, folks know from experience - friends, neighbors, themselves - that fulltime employment is a myth and they're taking control of their future. Management has to focus on finding, working with the best talent available rather than body count because the world changes...quickly But as Tallahassee knows old habits die hard. ...Read More »
Kinefinity and ASSIMILATE Partner to Deliver KineRAW Codec and Real-time Post Production to Chinese Filmmaking Market ASSIMILATE and Kinefinity today announced they are partnering to deliver advanced digital filmmaking solutions to the high-growth Chinese marketplace. The collaboration equips Chinese filmmakers with a streamlined all-in-one, value-priced solution for 2D/3D productions, from image capture with a high-resolution Kinefinity camera (4K, 6K) to using high-performance SCRATCH tools for on-set data management and dailies, and full post production - conform, color grading, versioning, compositing, finishing, and mastering. ...Read More »
The Woodlands First Baptist Church Seamlessly Transitions into a Connected Campus and Mega Church with Blackmagic Design In 2011, Timothy Thornton officially got tired of traveling the world. But who could blame him? After working in every possible facet of the A/V and live production industries for more than 30 years, Timothy had traveled the globe pushing road cases, hooking up wires and designing systems and workflows for everything from churches and fast food chains to concerts. His company was also involved with the Democratic and Republican Nationals Conventions, the Golden Globes, Grammy Awards and Oscars. Timothy has always had a faith based background, so when The Woodlands, TX based The Woodlands First Baptist Church asked him to revamp its A/V, he put away his suitcases and said yes. In his role as Technical Director of the Media Department, Timothy began by producing several in house events. ...Read More »
SuperMeetUp Set By Miles Weston The international SuperMeetUp is coming to San Jose, Ca in conjunction with FCPX as filmmakers and content production people meet on Apple's home turf. It will be a great educational and fun event for Final Cut Pro experts and soon to be experts. ...Read More »
AJA Promotes Dave Sampson to Director of Global Sales AJA Video Systems announced today that Dave Sampson has been promoted to Director of Global Sales. Sampson has been with AJA for just under five years, and has successfully established and deepened the company's relationships with industry developer partners. ...Read More »
Director/Cinematographer TJ Derry Adopts AJA CION for Commercial Production In a new spot directed by Toronto-based director and cinematographer TJ Derry, an elaborate photosynthesis experiment proves that Scotts EZ Seed fertilizer helps grass grow almost anywhere, including a basement. Shot on CION at 4K in ProRes 444, with time-lapse footage captured on multiple Canon DSLRs, the spot showcases the beautiful cinematic images from the CION camera on a low light set. ...Read More »
Indie Films Shot Over Mobile By FilmGirl from the Future As smartphones become more portable and their features are continually improved, many are now maximizing their handsets at work. In fact, even filmmakers, especially those who are just starting out in the industry, are using their mobile devices to create award-winning short films. Due to the continuing trend in mobile adoption at video production houses, many organizations have started recognizing individuals who excel in this category. One of the popular award ceremonies for filmmakers is the iPhone Film Festival (IFF) that is now into its fifth year of awarding film makers that use iPhones in shooting their movies. ...Read More »
AJA Launches Summer of Savings Promotion for CION and Select Ki Pro Products AJA Video Systems today launched the 'Summer of Savings' promotion, reducing pricing for the CION production camera, Ki Pro Quad, Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro recorders. The price for CION is now $4995 US MSRP, which reflects a $4000 price reduction. Ki Pro Quad is now $2995 US MSRP, Ki Pro Mini is $1495 US MSRP, Ki Pro is $2495 US MSRP, and Ki Pro ND is $2295 US MSRP. AJA customers who purchased the CION production camera before May 26, 2015 will receive two AJA Pak 512 SSDs for free, directly from AJA (valued at $2495 MSRP). ...Read More »
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