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Content Insider #443 - HDR, 4K By Miles Weston There wasn't a filmmaker at Sundance that hadn't shot in 4K. The stuff that got scooped up the quickest was done in HDR too. The differences in films, shows, content is obvious. And because it's so good some of the best indie filmmakers are coming into their own...really shining. The creative talent is outstanding. The garbage is still...garbage. It takes talent, expertise, experience. You're going to see the difference everywhere you turn and no matter what device you use to watch it on. Nothing sucks you in more than a good story well told by a great storyteller. ...Read More »
The Cinema 4D R17 Lens Distortion Tool By Stephen Schleicher Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. ...Read More »
Sarah Adina Smith's "Midnight Swim" For any filmmaker, switching genres between movies is always a tough task. But Sarah Adina Smith decided to switch between genres three times in the same film. "Midnight Swim" takes viewers from a faux documentary to a surreal thriller and then to a sweeping cinematic feature, all in the space of a single film. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Ramps Up Virtual Reality (VR) Workflow for Cloud-Based Reviews Via SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE announced today it is the first company to effectively stream VR content to a headset from a cloud-based website through a standard browser for review and approval. ASSIMILATE is expanding its SCRATCH Web cloud-platform capabilities to offer the first professional, web-based dailies/review tool for reviewing headset-based VR content anywhere in the world. SCRATCH Web empowers content creators and post-production artists with VR technology that offers the most secure, easiest, and fastest reviews of 360 VR content. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post Production Houses for their Sundance 2016 Nominations At the Sundance Film Festival 2016 in Park City, Utah the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories: Local Hero, Metropolis Post, and Storm Post Production. ...Read More »
Perfecting Produce There is nothing quite like the challenge of color correcting a food commercial. All of those beautiful food spots you see every day take a skilled hand and a huge amount of work to look that good. And Florida's Indie Atlantic are experts at it. Which is why the foodstore giant Publix used Indie Atlantic Films for its new "At Season's Peak" ad campaign. And to get the look that Publix wanted, Indie Atlantic used DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Tennyson Tanner's Badger Pursuit Vehicle and Blackmagic Cameras Tennyson Tanner is an Illinois-based production company that handles a wide range of films, commercials, music videos and promotional videos. One of the most action-packed productions they work on is for a series of public service announcements (PSAs) for the state of Illinois called "Driving Dead." The series shows a post-zombie apocalypse world with the heroes escaping and surviving using a variety of armored cars. Lots of car chases, car battles and cars driving around and through things. Tennyson Tanner created the "Badger" to help film the popular "Driving Dead" YouTube series, as well as for the company's many other productions. The vehicle is half rock crawler and half camera car, and uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4Ks to capture action while traveling up to 30 MPH. ...Read More »
Content Insider #437 - Drones - Good, Bad By Miles Weston Drones were everywhere at CES - bigger, smaller, smarter, more agile, new rotor design, retractable landing gear, 3D imaging, longer flight time, even one you could ride in "in a few years." They're going to be great for business and personal fun. The only problem we're going to have is the brains at the controls. As George Carlin said, "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." ...Read More »
Parachute Creates a Legendary Ballgame in an Empty Stadium for Chrysler with Blackmagic Fusion Studio When Miguel Cabrera swings the bat, there's usually a stadium full of screaming fans around him. However, for Chrysler's "Miggy at the Bat" commercial, the stands were empty. The commercial celebrating the 2015 Chrysler 200 centered on Cabrera in an updated "Casey at the Bat" tale and featured the legendary showdown between batter and pitcher. In reality, Cabrera and the pitcher were worlds apart, in Detroit and Los Angeles, surrounded by green screens and needed NYC's Parachute to create the scenery and game around the players. The Parachute team, led by founder Sam O'Hare, created the spot by building a stadium and providing the setting for the infamous strike out (and later, added comeback.) Using different software for various components to build the stadium, Parachute relied on Blackmagic Design's advanced visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics solution, Fusion Studio, to bring everything together. ...Read More »
Red Flight Pictures Capture Poetry in Motion with Blackmagic Design Cameras and DaVinci Resolve Poetry in motion has a different meaning when it comes to Red Flight Pictures. The independent film production company recently teamed up with poet Tyler Knott Gregson to translate his poetry into a short film. Lead by Kyle Thompson, executive producer, the Red Flight Pictures team wanted to provide a visual format for Gregson's poems to support some of the poet's charity work. Red Flight Pictures interpreted Gregson's poem to tell the story of a young girl in a coma who's trying to escape her own state of mind. Isolated from others' help, she must be her own savior. Yet to do that she has call up her courageousness and ferocity, and let go of self doubt. To best capture the poem's sentiment and visually depict the internal struggle and solitude, Red Flight Pictures turned to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Drones and the Future of Filmmaking By dronebuilders.co.uk America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first allowed film and television production companies to film footage with drones in 2014. Prior to the FAA providing this authorisation, American filmmakers had to travel to Europe, Canada, or elsewhere to fulfil their drone filming requirements. Since 2014, the FAA has approved the use of drones for more than 200 companies and individuals. The decision to allow drones to be used for filmmaking purposes in the Unites States is great news for the movie and television industry for a number of reasons. ...Read More »
To Be Funny: 100 Years of Buster Keaton Buster Keaton is a film legend. April 2017 marks 100 years since he first stepped onto the silver screen, His comedy and physical stunts still stun audiences, leaving them wondering just how in the world he did them. In the film "To Be Funny," New York based production company +Merge Creative Media delves into Buster Keaton's legacy and finds out why the film master still has a fanatical following in 2015. To do this, cinematographers Gavin Rosenberg and Chad Gardella have been relying on Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Cameras for principal photography and have been grading the film in DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...Read More »
Drifting By By Miles Weston It is a very rare few who get to experience the peaceful beauty of gliding effortlessly over the landscape to see what a breathtaking countryside we live in, no matter where we live. John Ross not only enjoys filmmaking and ballooning, he's got a fantastic background - 20 years in the navy, 24 years as a college instructor, radio host and more. But now he wants to make ballooning (or at least the views from hot air balloons) available to the rest of us with a series of free-to-view films. ...Read More »
Reel Heroes By Miles Weston Some activities attract filmmakers because the information has to be told. Reel Heros highlights the work some of the best filmmakers and producers have done that needs to be saved and shown. The film represents 12 years of research for the producers and production team. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH 8.4 Sets the Pace for Advanced Real-time Features, Workflow, & Ecosystem at a Price Everyone Can Afford ASSIMILATE today announced its new SCRATCH 8.4, the latest version of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow. "Leading the industry in offering the latest advancements in digital cinema technology is the cornerstone of what we do. Assimilate is all about developing real-time tools and a workflow that DITs, post-production artists and all filmmakers need to be creative, productive, and competitive," said Jeff Edson, CEO at Assimilate. "With SCRATCH 8.4, users get an abundance of advanced features that enable them to excel at what they do, and at a price everyone can afford. And with a host of SCRATCH industry partners, they can build an extensive and integrated SCRATCH ecosystem that gives an even greater boost to their productivity." ...Read More »
Post-Moderne: A Modern Method to Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve For the first time in recent history, a Montreal based colorist has been nominated for the prestigious Hollywood Post Alliance Awards in the Outstanding Color Grading for a Feature Film category. Post-Moderne's Charles Boileau is one of five nominees for his work on Monsoon, a documentary shot in 4K that explores the social, economical and philosophical aspects of the Monsoon in modern India. Charles stands among nominees from some of this year's top films, including Birdman, Whiplash, The Boxtrolls and Lady of Csejte. ...Read More »
Content Insider #425 - Virtually By Miles Weston To see all the news you'd swear to gawd that virtual reality entertainment will be here...shortly. You probably missed the fact that: a) there are a "few" problems, "issues" to overcome and b) it costs a crap load of money to produce even a couple of minutes of immersive entertainment. Well yeah but other than those minor details it will be coming to goggles about the time you'll probably need bifocals and goggles. Still you have to have something to look forward to after you're tired of HDR 4K entertainment. ...Read More »
Conection3D's Connection with Blackmagic Design Cameras Columbian production facility Conection3D has a philosophy that goes beyond commercial success. For them, putting out carefully crafted, high quality work is much more important than selling oneself. When it comes down to it, the clients' needs come first, and Conection3D will do whatever it takes to make someone's vision come alive. The production facility is dominating the corporate world, the music scene, television land and everything in between with promotional pieces, music videos, reality shows and more. If there is a need, Conection3D knows the perfect method to meet it both beautifully and with care. ...Read More »
Content Insider #424 - Moving Images By Miles Weston We know you think M&E is all fun and games and worse or better (depending on your perspective). But there's a real business with real technology and real people working to deliver the stuff you like/dislike, applaud/jeer, pay for/borrow/ignore. The compact community of folks focus on the details so you can enjoy their creative work. The champions of often opposing views gather annually at the SMPTE conference and give an update on the progress. This year they had a Student Film Festival to get a peak at the next generation of filmmakers and tomorrow will be so bright you'll need sunglasses. ...Read More »
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 and...you. 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 »
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