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 »
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 »
'Hobbit,' 'Unbroken,' 'Into the Woods' Top Holiday Charts By Clip Syndicate It was a busy weekend at the post-Christmas box office, but despite strong showings from new openers "Unbroken" and "Into the Woods," it was "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" that marched to the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $40.9 million. Disney's adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Into the Woods," came in second place with $31.1 million, while Universal's fact-based World War II drama "Unbroken" took third with an impressive $30.6 million.

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Facebook Tries To Muscle In On YouTube By Clip Syndicate In what may be another signal that Facebook wants to take on YouTube, the company has reached out to some of the Google-owned video site's biggest content producers and encouraged them to test distributing their videos on the social network. Already some YouTube content producers, including Walt Disney's Maker Studios and Collective Digital Studio, have experimented with putting some of their top YouTube series on Facebook.

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Video: James Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' To Come To Life On YouTube By Clip Syndicate Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise "Maximum Ride" into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for "Maximum Ride" to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels, according to a statement released on Wednesday. ...Read More »
Video: James Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' To Come To Life On YouTube By Clip Syndicate Best-selling author James Patterson has reached a deal to turn his young adult book franchise "Maximum Ride" into an Internet video series that will be released on YouTube. Patterson sold exclusive online rights for "Maximum Ride" to Collective Digital Studio (CDS), a production company and operator of YouTube channels, according to a statement released on Wednesday. ...Read More »
'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
SXSW Premiere "Thank You a Lot" Tells a Story of Austin's Music Scene By Lou Wallace Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university. ...Read More »
'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Push DreamWorks Into Loss By DMO Affiliate DreamWorks reported a first-quarter loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, as the company took an impairment charge related to the weak box office performance of the movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman". Shares of the Hollywood studio fell 6 percent to $24.76 in extended trading on Tuesday. The company took a charge of $57 million due to the tepid performance of the animated a time-travel comedy about a talking genius dog and the boy he adopts. ...Read More »
'Captain America,' 'Rio 2' Top Box Office By DMO Affiliate In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2." According to Monday's final box office figures, the Disney's Marvel superhero sequel took in $41.3 million in its second weekend of release. Fox's animated family film "Rio 2" opened with $39.3 million. ...Read More »
Video: 'Captain America,' 'Rio 2' Top Box Office By Clip Syndicate In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2." According to Monday's final box office figures, the Disney's Marvel superhero sequel took in $41.3 million in its second weekend of release. Fox's animated family film "Rio 2" opened with $39.3 million. ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
Scott Freeman Cracks the Case Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. ...Read More »
Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. ...Read More »
Film "20 Feet From Stardom" Casts the Spotlight on Background Singers For many backup singers, the tale is all too familiar. Despite earning spots singing backup for well known musical acts, so many talented background singers never quite receive the success and recognition they want. Using Blackmagic Design's Teranex 2D Processor and DaVinci Resolve color correction, Tremolo Productions has transformed the plight of the background singer into an awe inspiring documentary called "20 Feet From Stardom." The film focuses on several former backup singers whose voices were famous even if their names were not, including Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega and Jo Lawry. In addition to interviews with these singers and with music legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder, the film includes a combination of archival footage from old television appearances and studio sessions, as well as live concert footage, new interviews and even footage from YouTube. ...Read More »
One Direction, Many Inputs, But No Bottlenecks When One Direction, the British Irish boy band sensation, took on a rigorous tour covering the UK and Ireland, Europe, North America and Australasia, video production was of prime importance. The 120 date tour, which began in February, has seen the boy band sensation performing to sold out audiences including a six date sell out at the O2 Arena in London, so the action on stage had to be seen by everyone. This meant having multiple live relay IMAG (image-magnification) screens positioned around the stage and at strategic points in the auditorium. Throw in stage monitors pumping out graphics of cityscapes, sometimes mixed with the onstage performance, and you have a lot of video content to handle. ...Read More »
Manhattan Center: State-of-the Art Video Editing in NYC By Sebastian Thaler It is no secret that reality shows can be made and broken in post-production. Think of Bravo TV, which has made a fortune from good editing. Editing has become as important a part of the mix as picking the right cast members or creating the right environment. There is so much juicy footage to air that a "hats off" must be given to the editing team at Bravo and all the other successful reality shows: The actors are voluntarily put through the wringer for an entire day, and most of it ends up on the cutting room floor. ...Read More »
A Discussion With Ron Avery, mptv President Photography agencies often get a bad rap these days. Just the mention of them usually conjures memories of unflattering celebrity candids captured by ruthless and frenzied paparazzi, or eye-catching, but oddball stock shots of models interacting with generic food products. One agency, however, stands out for its commitment to sharing unforgettable moments in a way that respects photographers' craft, as well as the subjects they capture. ...Read More »
Skateboarding over the Great Wall: Telling Danny Way's Story "Waiting for Lightning" Growing up in Palo Alto, CA, Jacob Rosenberg had a passion for skateboarding. As the years progressed, Jacob also discovered he had a passion for filmmaking. When the opportunity to combine the two presented itself, Jacob jumped at the chance. As Partner, Chief Technology Officer and Director of LA based Bandito Brothers, a full service media company that creates, produces, manages and distributes audio/visual content, Jacob seized the opportunity to spearhead and direct the sophisticated, heartfelt and visceral documentary "Waiting for Lightning" about longtime friend and skateboarding legend Danny Way. ...Read More »
FlyingS3D sets Le Crazy Horse on Fire with Pablo FlyingS3D opened its doors early in 2010 as France's first dedicated stereoscopic 3D post production facility. FlyingS3D is the brainchild of managing director Audrey Bourdiol, who had spent her career up until then looking after the technical side of one of France's largest post houses. With already more than 30 major S3D projects under its belt, in 2012 FlyingS3D won the full post production for 'Feu' (Fire) - a 3D film by Le Crazy Horse - one of its most ambitious projects to date. Le Crazy Horse cabaret was founded in 1951 by the avant-garde artist Alain Bernardin and has delivered its own special brand of glamour entertainment to millions of men and women for more than sixty years. 'Feu' is designed to bring Le Crazy experience to cinema audiences worldwide; 3D was "the natural choice" to achieve this aim, says Audrey Bourdiol. ...Read More »
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