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Rain or Shine, The University of Portland's Multimedia Team Gets the Shot with Blackmagic Design Building a brand is important for any business regardless of the industry, and advertising and marketing campaigns are some of the main ways to do so. In addition to traditional methods, such as print ads and television commercials, today it's essential to leverage social media, especially when your target audience is one of the biggest consumers of the medium. The University of Portland was quick to realize this, and created its own in house multimedia team, in conjunction with its marketing department, which handles all television commercial, online video and social media marketing campaigns. Headed by photojournalist and videographer Jeff Kennel, what makes this team unique is that it produces high quality work just as good as many professional agencies and production companies, but at a fraction of the cost and twice the speed. ...Read More »
Content Insider #334 - Fast, Furious, 4K By Miles Weston You can't help but love 4K video content it is beautiful after all but I like it for another reason...a business reason. Shooting 4K content takes talent. Handling the delicate post production work takes as much if not more talent. All of it - from beginning to end - takes storage, lots and lots of storage. The people who do all of this work on your entertainment are perfectionists and moved almost to paranoia to save every pixel, every byte. Nothing is discarded because there may come a time when they need that scene, that frame. And 4K requires four times the amount of storage...love it!!! ...Read More »
Content Insider #333 A New Capture By Miles Weston With their feet still firmly embedded in the video production/post production arena, AJA Video Systems jumped squarely into the camera marketplace with thier first offering that caught a lot of folks by complete surprise. Why? They did a lot of things very right with their first offering to cinematographers. ...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 »
Life's a Game By Miles Weston What do you do when you're about to jump out into the cold hard real world after a bunch of years of relaxed college? Tough question but a group of independent content creators got together and had one last intramural football game. The non-stop action, non-stop comedy earned a spot in this year's Tribeca/ESPN film festival. Not a bad way to start the serious phase of their lives. You'll never look at intramural football the same again! ...Read More »
And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Master Shots Author Christopher Kenworthy Returns to Filmmaking Christopher Kenworthy almost gave up on filmmaking because of his frustration with the restrictions of big budget productions and the limitations of shooting with DSLRs. Instead of leaving filmmaking behind for good, however, he switched his focus from behind the camera to penning several books on the discipline, including the best selling Master Shots series, which provides filmmakers with the techniques to achieve complex shots on any budget. With his finger still on the pulse of the camera industry, Christopher was intrigued when he had the opportunity to test the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Little did he know that just weeks later, his passion for filmmaking would be reignited, and he would be directing films once again. ...Read More »
Content Insider #328 - Beauty to Behold By Miles Weston Ok Gravity didn't sweep the Oscars but the intense beauty of the film for anyone who saw it was amazing. Millenials liked it even more because they are very particular about the content they watch, enjoy and share. When NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) comes up we'll see the execution side of CES...getting content ready for you to view. The show will be packed with 4K content development/production/delivery tools. Ok so your cable company can't handle the delivery but there are ways around those folks and more and more people globally are making the change for the better. ...Read More »
New Music Video from Seattle's Iska Dhaaf Iska Dhaaf is a Seattle based musical duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes. The band, whose name translates roughly to the Somali term for "let it go," is releasing its debut album on March 11. In advance of this album, entitled "Even the Sun Will Burn", Iska Dhaaf has released a new music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows." The video is based on 1960s USO shows, drawing inspiration from both the iconic Playboy bunny scene from "Apocalypse Now" and authentic Bob Hope Vietnam War USO tours. The video even features cameos by other Seattle musicians, including famed Seattle rapper Macklemore, channeling Bob Hope himself. Directed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the video was shot by DoP A.J. Rickert-Epstein and Stephan Gray on two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (MFT) and was colored on DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Getting It There By Miles Weston The 4K Ultra HD screens are brilliant to view and while people look on skeptically saying the content isn't there a few organizations are delivering not just great content but also content that can be streamed over broadband. This interview will get content owners thinking about the material stored in their vaults. ...Read More »
Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Australian Cinémathèque Preserves and Promotes the Art of Film with Blackmagic Design Located at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions, which explore the influence between the moving image and other areas of visual culture. Its mission is to collect, conserve and interpret film and screen culture by showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and artists from different genres, geographies and time periods. ...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 »
Steve Beganyi Takes Viewers on a Trip Around the World From locked cut to network delivery, Steve has just two to three days to color grade an entire episode. And that doesn't mean throwing one main grade onto the footage and calling it a day. It means creating a completely unique look for each episode that captures and enhances the feeling and theme of the specific location and trip. Steve's tool of choice that helps him deliver - DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Jump Studios, NVIDIA Quadro, PNY, and Adobe CC Help Predict the Future of NASCAR's Top Drivers Thanks to NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, PNY and the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Canadian-based Jump Studios was able to conceptualize, shoot, edit, design, and finalize the teaser in only two weeks-even responding to a last-minute change from ESPN to cut 15 seconds from the 11/2-minute ...Read More »
Enjoying the Movie Music? You Might Have NYC's Grandest Ballroom to Thank By Sebastian Thaler As movie audiences settle in to enjoy Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's a sure bet that the film's score will add to the drama on screen. What most audiences might not appreciate is the dramatic history of the space where that score was recorded: Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Along with the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom is part of the Manhattan Center, and it is Manhattan Center Productions that operates New York City's most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities. ...Read More »
The H2 Channel's "America Unearthed" Series Travels Through Time with SPLICE and DaVinci Resolve Have you ever wondered if what you learned in school was the whole story? So does forensic geologist Scott Wolter, which is why he seeks to uncover the truth in the documentary series "America Unearthed," airing on the History Channel's H2 network. Relying on his trusty tool set of a flashlight and microscope, Scott acts as a real life Indiana Jones, facing the challenge of digging for America's archaeological secrets in tombs and caves, uncovering surprising evidence and proving there's still a lot to be learned from our past. ...Read More »
"Pride: The Series" "Pride: The Series" is an eight episode genre and gender bending television series that depicts four characters who are connected by blood, friendship, sex and love in a classic battle between good versus evil. Taking place across a 10 month period, the show documents the emotional lives of a cast of characters, some of whom are based on the creators' real life friends, in front of a seedy city life backdrop. The creators of the show hope that the series inspires everyone who watches it - regardless of culture, size, gender or sexual orientation - to express themselves and not be afraid to show their own pride. ...Read More »
Aframe Helps Timeline TV Make Digital Dailies Workflow Less Grisly For Zombie Drama Series "In the Flesh" Location shoots require swift methods of getting content to partners hours or days away, which can mean time, cost and complexity - especially with high end cinematic camera where the file sizes are large, it usually means there is no easy way to get dailies into cloud-based workflows. Timeline TV in Media City created a unique workflow for the second series of BBC Three's "In the Flesh" zombie love story, using the Aframe cloud video production platform. ...Read More »
Independent Filmmaker Samuel Jacob Relies on Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve Samuel Jacob never went to film school in the traditional sense. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been studying the art of filmmaking since he was a six year old boy using his dad's camcorder to make movies with his brother. Filmmaking has always been a creative outlet for Samuel and a way for him to express himself, and he draws upon his own family's struggles in his latest film, "Hardland," currently in production. In order to tell such a meaningful, personal story and, more importantly, the story that Samuel wants to tell, he has to rely on a completely DIY workflow. ...Read More »
Grammar of the Shot By Ko Maruyama Chris Bowen and Roy Thompson have written a useful theory and practice book called "Grammar of the Shot". This isn't just a handbook for beginning directors, but for cameramen of all types. When we are talking about visual construction, it's important that we have the proper language to describe exactly what we want. Whether we are directors, directors of photography, visual effects coordinators, animators, or other creatives who discuss what the composition of a frame might look like, this is your rosetta stone. ...Read More »
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