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7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTER By Ko Maruyama Mallin and Ariel Alter create a new take on "Spinster" for the millenial generation in a show they're funding through IndiGogo. I had a chance to ask them a few questions about what their plans are for the project before they had to quickly get back to a busy production schedule. ...Read More »
Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama "The Things We've Seen" In the new indie film "The Things We've Seen," a struggling town is devastated when the local mill catches fire, eliminating most of the town's jobs. Rayford Boem (Randy Ryan) is soon accused of arson by Sheriff Pascal (John D. Carver) but won't go down without a fight and organizes an armed resistance. Soon, word of Rayford's actions reaches his family, and his teenage son Reagan (Jarrett Maier) sets out to find his father and help fix what's gone wrong. ...Read More »
Content Insider #534 - IBC M&E Showtime By Miles Weston People don't really need an excuse to go to Amsterdam but IBC gives everyone who is anyone a solid reason to be there in a few weeks. This time the show looks more exciting because there is so darn much going on in the industry. VR showing it's real. OTT showing the way for a new way to watch content anywhere, anytime. 4K/HDR and 8K getting real real. Service firms of every shape, size setting out to tell the world they are the way of tomorrow. Executives will be there to do deals and learn. Following close behind will be publicists hungry to grab anyone with a media badge and offer them up to the boss. No the pro PR people won't do that because well they know these folks. Unfortunately it's the same at every show! ...Read More »
Content Insider #533 - Streams of Streams By Miles Weston The pipe guys thinks all the money is being raked in by the content folks. The distributors know the content folks are making the big bucks. The content people know they're being taken to the cleaners by the pipe guys and distributors It's big bundles, skinny bundles; huge bundles, diddly bundles and no bundles. It's all the content you can stream to constriction in the pipes. The consumer isn't too sure other than they're having a horrible time finding the content they want. It will work out given enough time but you may recall the "good ol days" where the cable guy sent you what they wanted, when they wanted. It wasn't that good but it will get better. ...Read More »
The Father and The Bear By Miles Weston Indie filmmakers are in the business because they have stories they have to create, tell, share. Stories they have to shoot, edit. Storeis they have to save. Stories they have to share. John Putch's The Father and The Bear is one of those stories and he touched all of the bases. It is a story you can enjoy and learn from. ...Read More »
Content Insider #532 - Content Delivery By Miles Weston There's more and better content available today than you can possibly view in a lifetime thanks to great work indie filmmakers are doing. The key is getting the right titles to come to your attention to invest your time in viewing. You could let the network tell you what they think is best for you but that kinda sucks. No it's more fun, more enlightening to find the best stuff off the beaten path like at Vimeo. The key will be new technology that enables richer content to get to your screen regardless of where you're watching it. At IBC we'll hear the promises and at SMPTE we'll hear about the progress that has been made. Hint - It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
Capturing the Horror of "The Atoning" with Blackmagic Design Family drama unfolds and demons arise in the new indie supernatural thriller, "The Atoning." The film follows a family that is haunted by the horrors of their past, with the parents (Virginia Newcomb, Michael LaCour) trying to protect their young son Sam (Cannon Bosarge) from a dark secret that will tear them all apart. ...Read More »
The Future of AR/VR in the Sports Industry By Neil Mandt, Chief Executive Officer and Founder The gaming industry is usually the first industry that springs to mind when discussing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). However, aside from interactive entertainment, both technologies also lend themselves particularly well to fields such as real estate and sports. ...Read More »
Loco UK Efficiently Stitches Four 90º Plates in SCRATCH VR to Create Slo-mo 360º VR Experience There is a special joy in witnessing a 360-film newbie spinning around with mobile phone in hand, delighting in the magical experience of the video content that surrounds them. Loco is riding this wave of 360-video excitement by exploring emerging technologies and software as well as developing new techniques to take their creative work further into this realm. ...Read More »
Ads for Mobile By Miles Weston Mobile content and streaming service providers have come up with the recommendation that less is more when it comes to ads that appear mysteriously on your device while agencies and more than a few marketers say shorter ads are ineffective. They feel their message is too important, too complex to be crunched down into a few seconds of screen time. Maybe they are that important, that good but it has also enabled more people - especially younger folks with shorter attention spans - to install ad blockers. One filmmaker in Chicago decided the mobile screen needed more than a scrunched TV ad and surprise...it works! ...Read More »
Secure Media Content Transport and Storage in Space By Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation The media and entertainment industries are facing unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. One studio suffered the theft of an entire season of a popular show, and another had an unreleased film stolen. In both cases, the material was held for ransom by cybercriminals. This kind of threat poses potentially disastrous consequences for anyone creating or distributing content. Media and entertainment companies face threats from criminals running the gamut from profiteers to nation-states. Ransomware exploits, destruction of servers and the theft of terabytes of data are all part of the pandemic cybersecurity crisis that challenges any organization reliant upon terrestrial networks to store and transport data. Fortunately, that is about to change. ...Read More »
Tenba Cineluxe Shoulder Bag 24 By Stephen Schleicher Over the last 30 years, I've used all sorts of bags and cases to store and transport my cameras. I've used hard case, and soft bags. I've used cases that claim to be soft but sturdy, but ultimate fall apart, thus putting my gear in jeopardy. For the last month I've been using the Tenba Ceneluxe Shoulder Bag 24, and it has moved to the top of my list of bags that make it easy to store my cameras and take them on the road. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE SCRATCH VR Certified by Facebook Live 360 Ready for Live Streaming ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH VR is now certified as a third-party software for the Facebook Live 360 Ready program. ASSIMILATE's VR partner, Z CAM, is also included in the Live 360 Ready program with its S1 VR camera. Along with a Z CAM S1 VR camera, SCRATCH VR Z provides the only camera/software Facebook-certified Live 360 solution. SCRATCH VR Z offers advanced, real-time features like inserting/composting graphics/text overlays, including animations, and keying for elements like green screen for live streaming. ...Read More »
Fresh Off the Grill By Miles Weston Just in time for summer, the Texas Beef Council had a series of social media videos prepared by Ralph Smyth Entertainment with outstanding results. ...Read More »
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Second VR Integrated Workflow with New Ultimate S1 Pro VR Camera & SCRATCH VR Z Post Tools Bringing ultimate VR camera and post-production tool performance to VR content creators, Z CAM and Assimilate(r) are offering their second VR integrated workflow bundle with the Z CAM S1 Pro VR camera and the Assimilate Scratch VR Z post-production tools. Following on the heals of the award-winning S1 Professional VR Camera that delivers impressive image quality, the new Z CAM S1 Pro offers an even higher level of image quality that includes superior handling of low lights and dynamic range with detailed, well saturated, noise-free video. Combined with Z CAM's WonderStitch optical-flow stitch feature and the end-to-end Scratch(r) VR Z tools, content creators in any market now have a hassle-free, streamlined workflow for creating the ultimate, professional VR experiences at incomparable price/performance value. ...Read More »
4 Tips for Creating Viral Content By Andrew Deen Social media and the growth of smartphone use has changed the way people read the news, interact with one another and gather information. According to Facebook, they have 1.13 billion active users everyday with just over one billion of them using their smartphones to connect. Instagram has 500 million profiles with 300 active users each day and Twitter has 313 million users each month. This constant connection to social media is impacting people's lives and helping marketers create content that quickly spreads around the world. Everyone wants to create content that will become viral, but it takes a certain mindset to produce content that readers want to share. Highlighted below are four tips to help you create viral content. ...Read More »
Content Insider #523 - Fastest Race at NAB By Miles Weston Every corner of the entertainment ecosystem is changing and it could benefit everyone. Better, less expensive equipment. New channels of distribution for filmmakers and ravenous content consumers. A breath of fresh air as to how people view the material whenever, wherever, however they want. Shredding the concept that someone else should tell you what to watch, where to watch it, when to watch it. Exceptional ways of thinking about how we monitize the content that enables content idea, shooting, production people to do what they love and find an eager audience. Why did we qualify this with "could?" Because people who feel it's cool to purloin content don't hurt companies they hurt people - creatives, intermediaries, viewers. Just saying no thanks is a start to making our M&E entertaining. ...Read More »
Content Insider #524 - Women in Film By Miles Weston She took on a Mummy, Top Gun ace, slew of pirates, slimey alien, galaxy guardians, beach hulks, a king with a sword and more. Still Wonder Woman director Patty Jackson showed the industry that when it comes to stuff people want to see - great video content - they're gender blind. Now all the knuckle-draggers have to do is realize that the best man for the job -- say 50 percent of the time -- might be a woman. Of course we need to address things like color bias and equal pay but jeezz one step at a time. Wonder Woman is on the way to deliver $300M in the US and 4X that worldwide, her film's success might show the industry (and others) we have too many other challenges to simply ignore or dismiss half of the population. ...Read More »
Combining the Art of Cinematography, Colorist and Producer Jamie Trent is a rarity -- a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Society of Camera Operators, Australian Cinematographers Society and the Producers Guild of America. All while being a professional colorist with a number of colorist credits on films and TV shows which qualify him to be represented by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700. The art and skills needed to be either a professional Cinematographer or a Colorist take years to hone, but to JT these skills naturally complement each other. ...Read More »
Content Insider #522 - Entertainment Unleashed By Miles Weston I've never tried binge viewing. If I miss a segment of a show I don't break into a cold sweat. When a series disappears from our home OTT viewing schedule I shrug my shoulders and move on to something else. When the commercials come on I watch (and memorize) 'em. I know, it's a little wierd. My daughter on the other hand can't get enough video. She'll watch something on the TV while catching up with her favorite online video(s) and check out the important stuff on her iPhone. And neither of us even scratch the surface of what's available to watch. No one can because there are only 24 hours in a day. Content production and consumption is changing so quickly and niche viewing is becoming more important than mass audience no matter which screen people use. ...Read More »
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