There's a new Sheriff - err, a new Studio in town! Vista Studios is L.A.'s first studio built with a purpose, designed specifically for high tech 4k/UHD production. Nearly completed, the brand-new studio in Playa Vista/Silicon Beach, offers a convenient west side location. Vista Studios is a 30,000 sq. ft. technology campus that includes: 4 sound stages totaling 17,000 sq. ft., all are 4k ready and have complete production support. Vista Studios is located in the high-tech area of Playa Vista a.k.a. Silicon Beach, putting the studios close to many of L.A.'s most innovative tech and digital entertainment companies. The proximity to LAX is very convenient. ...Read More »
Content Insider #491 - IBC Wrap By Miles Weston AT&T wants to be a content player. They can read the writing on the wall, the world is going video and they don't want to be just another dumb pipe (they need to add value to what they do). If you're a big house like Times Warner you live in the cloud for your production and your distribution. If you're an independent filmmaker you keep your content in the storage device next to your desk and maybe use the cloud for 2nd or 3rd backup and work with the content distributors to monitize your material in their cloud. According to folks at IBC this year is that the challenge for everyone in the industry is to effectively reach the consuming public without overwhelming them. Remember teens millenials and Gen Zers have short attention spans. ...Read More »
Shareability Helps Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea Challenge the Education System Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St. Louis, Missouri. He's also a social media superstar with more than six million followers, hundreds of millions of views and climbing. With activism close to his heart, Prince Ea became the face of and collaborator on Neste's Pre-order the Future campaign. Neste is a Finnish energy company, and together with Prince Ea they are finding innovative solutions to create a cleaner and more sustainable future. The campaign highlights a few different areas of the future, including education, specifically how to shake up the old ways of education in order to create an efficient, effective and better way of learning. In creating a video for the campaign, Prince Ea turned to his friends at California-based social content studio Shareability. ...Read More »
Content Insider #489 - OTT, Crafty Strength By Miles Weston More devices, more screens means more opportunities for content owners to move more entertainment material to consumers. I don't have to tell you that the world of content is going OTT to folks by-passing traditional channels. Cable companies and networks are struggling to adjust to the new (young) creative viewer while still deliver predictable news/information/entertainment to older folks...and trying to make money on all of them for their advertisers and their bosses. It's tough to jump to the next level of media & entertainment when you're uncertain how you're going to turn a profit. But my kids could care less about the delivery folks profit as long as they get their content when they want it, where they want it, how they want it. ...Read More »
Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Used on Panic At The Disco's "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time" Music Video Panic at the Disco is on top of the music world with a massive worldwide tour supporting their album, "Death of a Bachelor," that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. One of the most popular songs on the album is "Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time." The song's music video puts the band's lead singer, Brendon Urie, in some very uncomfortable situations after a night of drinking and dancing. Uncomfortable as in an "aliens/monsters are trying to eat me" type of situation. But what makes the video unique is that it is shot from the viewpoint of the attacking beast. Initially taking on the form of a human female, the video follows both Brendon and his attacker as they meet in a bar and dance through the night, .until the evening ends badly for Mr. Urie. ...Read More »
Content Insider #488 - Storytellers By Miles Weston Studios and content buyers save their money for the big, sure hits for their shareholders. YouTube and Facebook open up their sites to good, bad, what the **** stuff. It helps people watch more and enjoy it less. Heck even Netflix has opted for quality not quantity in the stuff they offer. Fortunately help is out there from indie filmmakers who think with creative minds and creative hearts to weave stories they feel compelled to tell. It ain't easy but it's fun. Now because there are a gazillion ways people can entertain/inform yourself with OTT indies have opportunities to even make money doing what they love. It's freakin awesome! ...Read More »
Digital Media Online Launches New Virtual Reality Sites - VR Developer Net and VR Gamer Net Digital Media Online today announced the launch of two vertical sites focusing on the emerging Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality markets and technologies. According to CEO Lou Wallace, "The timing of the launch of these new sites is perfect. Research firm Superdata Research has projected sales of VR software and hardware will hit $2.8 billion this year, and they foresee it increasing to $22 billion by 2019 and $40 billion by 2020." ...Read More »
Digital Colorist Dave Franks Discusses VR Post-Production for Jaunt's "Pure McCartney VR" Digital colorist Dave Franks enjoys helping to deliver bleeding-edge projects, like director Tony Kaye's VR experience: 'Pure McCartney VR' - a five-part series of stereoscopic virtual reality (VR) experiences, produced by Jaunt Studios. Innovation in the delivery of musical content has been a passion for Paul McCartney, so the VR space was a perfect medium for him to collaborate with director Tony Kaye and Jaunt to release these episodes. Each one of them is a unique vignette of McCartney discussing the origins of some of his most iconic music and other anecdotes within environmental montages of his artwork, photographs, and related imagery. ...Read More »
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere By Miles Weston I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. ...Read More »
Colorist Alastor Arnold Differentiates the Past from the Present In "The Book of Love," Henry (Jason Sudeikis) is an introverted architect who loses his wife Penny (Jessica Biel) in a tragic car accident. In order to cope with his grief, Henry befriends a homeless teen named Millie (Maisie Williams), and he helps her build a raft to sail across the Atlantic, while she in return helps him recover from the loss of his wife. The film, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, makes use of flashbacks and several subplots to help tell the story, and Senior DI Colorist Alastor Arnold was tasked with bringing them to life through color. Alastor relied on DaVinci Resolve Studio to deliver the final DI grade of the film at L.A.-based post-production facility FotoKem. ...Read More »
Sensors and the Evolution of Well-Being By David Ryan for America's Backbone Weekly Everything you need to know about sensor technology in health care ...Read More »
Syber Gaming Delivers VR and 4K-Ready Small Form Factor Gaming PC Syber Gaming has announced delivery of its C Series, a small form factor system maximized for space while giving users a fully-powered 6th generation Intel Core-based rig that's both virtual reality (VR) and 4K ready. The Syber Gaming C Series starts at $795. ...Read More »
Telling the History of St. Louis Organized under the banner of the Missouri Historical Society, the Missouri History Museum, the Library and Research Center, and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis are not your typical local history institutions. In addition to the main museum building, which houses public galleries, classrooms, and an auditorium, it also consists of a Library and Research Center. Here is housed a library, archives, artifacts, documents, photos and prints, moving images and sound. The institution also runs the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, which was builtas a local military museum honoring individuals from St. Louis who we lost in World War I. ...Read More »
Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro By Ko Maruyama Hawaiki Keyer 3 is a simple chroma keyer for Final Cut and Apple Motion artists who want a simple solution for lifting their subjects from greenscreens. The new keyer from Hawaiki includes several features that will be important to any editor/compositor, most notably features that will allow editors to control light wrap transfer modes. ...Read More »
Pixel Squid: New Rubble By Ko Maruyama PixelSquid, a company built by the same creatives behind TurboSquid, offers amazingly easy ways to add 3D objects from an existing library to your Adobe Photoshop compositions. If you don't have Photoshop, there's an iOS app that allows you to add 3D objects on your iPhone! ...Read More »
Muzzle Flash and Smoke By Ko Maruyama Many compositors rely on stock media to complete their visual effects work. Having larger libraries offer potential for diverse types of VFX elements in a single project. Rampant Design has teamed up with FilmRiot and Triune to produce a new library for filmmakers ...Read More »
Content Insider #483 - Little But By Miles Weston We know you take storage for granted except when it's slow, not available, dies. But filmmakers are always thinking about their storage. They don't want much just fast, rugged, reliable, HUGE and inexpensive. No I didn't say cheap I said inexpensive and it was the last check mark for the filmmaker because reshooting is way too expensive and often impossible. At FMS (Flash Memory Summit) awhile ago industry experts - manufacturers, integrators and filmmakers - spent a day telling the attendees how they work, how they use flash and what they need to handle the growing volume of content they capture, process, produce and finalize for folks to consume at the theater as well as on their TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones. Great content is too valuable to lose. Just ask the people who make their living as creative visual/audio storytellers. ...Read More »
Singer Clara's 'Parasite' Music Video Shot with Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K by TruLove Post In the music video for her single "Parasite," singer Clara takes a unique approach. The song is about a girl who repeatedly tries to steal her friends' lovers, like bees who try to steal the honey bee's honey. Clara uses the music video not as a storyline for the lyrics, but as a message and a warning to the offending girl, while also expressing the feelings and confusion one goes through when trying to understand why someone would act that way. ...Read More »
Focusing on Creativity and Relationships with Events United and Blackmagic Design Where do musicians turn when they prepare carefully for gigs, only to find their performances ruined by poor production? They take matters into their own hands. That's what Tim Messina did when he founded Events United in Londonderry, NH. Events United is a full-service audiovisual production company specializing in houses of worship, concerts, theaters, corporate events, weddings, and other special events. ...Read More »
Content Insider #481 - Not Really By Miles Weston If you've been following the video streams from Rio with your VR headset on you've really gotten the feeling that you are there without spending a lot of money on flights and hotel. You're also getting the feeling of being at the center of the action and the crowd without the crowd. You'll have to forgive the enthusiasm of NBC, BBC, the Olympics committee and announcers who are telling you how great the activities are in VR. It ain't. It's pretty good 360 video they're streaming to you. Ok I'm being picky about the differences but so are a lot of filmmakers who are shooting and prepping 360 and VR films. Try both...you'll feel the difference. ...Read More »
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