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Content Insider #392 - Indie Films By Miles Weston There's a lot of noise being generated and pixie dust being sprinkled around as to how cool it would be to be an independent filmmaker...free to create your own visual master that would change the world for at least a few hours. Don't kid yourself. It's a lot of work to create the film(s) you have in your mind but the efforts are definitely worth it. Whether you want to to tell your stories, educate, entertain, preserve history, inspire others or do your part to make a difference. Today the opportunities are economically available. Think about it. ...Read More »
Creative Storage Conference By Miles Weston With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. ...Read More »
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders By Miles Weston Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! ...Read More »
Budget Doesn't Limit Film Success, Fear Does By Miles Weston John Putch, an award-winning cinematographer, finds that filmmakers don't need big Hollywood budgets to produce a movie people want to see. He has found that fear is the greatest deterent for independent filmmakers and once that is behind you creativity kicks in. Budget limitations can often make the project better and more rewarding for everyone involved. ...Read More »
Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell By Miles Weston Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. ...Read More »
Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to "The Great American Movie Hustle" with AJA CION Upcoming indie feature "The Great American Movie Hustle" follows filmmaker Michael Anton and actor Michael Monsour as they attempt to create an epic cinematic film about making an epic cinematic film. Along the way, the duo encounters several twists and turns that mirror common production challenges filmmakers face today. Produced by Wonder Lab Films and directed by Michael Anton, the parody is presented in a mockumentary format rife with old-school humor. To achieve a distinct cinematic aesthetic for the film, Anton brought Doug Michaels on board as cinematographer, who shot the film using AJA CION production cameras. ...Read More »
Content Insider # 390 - Video Uprising By Miles Weston At NAB it was obvious that the content galaxy is exploding with star wars battles everywhere on who will take control and win out every segment of the media & entertainment industry. It's traditional over cable, it's OTT, it's mobile, it's aerial, it's social media, it's Hollywood, it's indie filmmakers, it's kids in school, it's all of the above. Even Lucas or astrophysicist Stephen Hawkin couldn't imagine how the world would be taken over by video content. It will be interesting to see how the battles unfold as the universe expands. ...Read More »
Premiere Clip to CreativeCloud By Ko Maruyama Your mobile device is an awesome way to start working on a small visual project because you often have it with you all the time. The great part about PremiereClip is that you can shoot, edit, and upload right from your phone or tablet. The ability to edit, do some amount of post work, and quickly share it is the HEART of PremiereClip. However, if you have a CreativeCloud subscription, you can take the project that you just edited with your finger into a more substantial NLE. ...Read More »
Defining The Art of Shaving with Blackmagic Design For many men, shaving their facial hair is a necessary evil. If they are not careful, they risk nicks, cuts and irritation, and the process is tedious and sometimes downright uncomfortable. Although shaving can be a chore, it's a must for many, unless they want to look like a member of the Duck Dynasty family. One of the questions that employees receive most often is "What's the difference between a traditional and royal shave?" To help answer this question and help customers better understand its services, Director Christopher Califano recently shot a video that brought the shaving experience to life using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve color corrector. ...Read More »
'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." ...Read More »
AJA Launches #TryCION Camera Promotion at NAB 2015 AJA Video Systems today launched #TryCION, a new promotion seeding 100 CION cameras with qualified shooters. This new program, currently only available in North America, provides filmmakers, cinematographers and camera operators with easy access to CION to see and experience the camera first hand in production. ...Read More »
Jeff Foster speaks @NABShow By Ko Maruyama Our friend Jeff Foster will be speaking at NABShow next week to talk about drones. If you know Jeff, or his work, you know that he's interested in both production and post production. He is always helpful and excited to teach people about new techniques and technologies. ...Read More »
Image Engine Tames "Chappie" Renders with PipelineFX's Qube! By DMN Staff Writer Image Engine was the primary VFX facility on "Chappie", so we were tasked with all the fight sequences, hard-surface character creation, live action animation, comps and lighting jobs that Neill Blomkamp and Sony Pictures requested. Our team consisted of about 150 people working out of the Vancouver office for about a year and half. ...Read More »
GOAL! Blackmagic Design Helps MLS Insider and Columbus Crew SC Connect with Supporters and Gain New Ones A hush falls over the crowd as tension mounts. The referee places the ball just 12 yards away from the goalkeeper, who gingerly sways from side to side, keeping his body loose in anticipation of the split second reaction time he has to make a save. The opponent readies himself, not wanting to give away which section of the net he's aiming for as he gets into position behind the ball. Fans hold their breath as the referee blows the whistle, the kicker launches the ball and the goalie dives... ...Read More »
Grading Martian Landscapes with DaVinci Resolve Creating a cinematic opening scene for a video game is incredibly hard to do well. You have a couple of minutes to tell a dramatic story that will capture and bring the gamer into a new world, as well as set up the background story and emotions for the countless hours of gameplay about to happen. And for game makers, the opening cinematic has to separate you from the hundreds of other games out there. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Launches SCRATCH Web ASSIMILATE launched SCRATCH Web, the first professional cloud-based multi-user collaboration and review tool that offers individual clip, timeline, or timeline+version sharing (SCRATCH CONstruct), and native support for industry-standard RAW camera formats. Now creative professionals in the digital cinema and broadcast industry - from producers, directors, DPs, and DITs, to editors, VFX and post artists - are able to publish RAW material in any format, in any resolution, at any time, from anywhere in the world. ...Read More »
Content Insider #381 - Worlds Apart By Miles Weston Whether you walk through Skywalker Ranch, Pixar's facilities or backlots, studios, lofts, backrooms, bedrooms around the globe you'll find filmmakers wanting more - more budget, more freedom, more time, more experience/expertise, more of whatever the other guy/gal has and always more storage. It's the same the world over creative people simply want more and increasingly they're worrying about keeping their content for others to enjoy again and again. It's a challenge with content that starts and stays digital and increasingly it's becoming a concern...a big concern. ...Read More »
Orlando Public Library Takes Learning to Another Level with Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio When many people think of libraries, they think of rows upon rows of books meticulously categorized and alphabetized. Perhaps there are tables with lamps emitting a soft glow and students bent over their studies or readers lost deep in the worlds of their favorite novels. Located in 26,000 square feet of space in the Orlando Public Library, the Melrose Center expands the role of the library by offering access to hardware, software, support and programming to inspire and invigorate creativity. And according to Anthony Torres, video production instructor at the Melrose Center, it's free of charge for library cardholders. ...Read More »
iOgrapher At Fit Expo By Ko Maruyama iOgrapher is a remarkable product that can turn your iPad or iPhone into a professional field tool for production. Last year, attendees at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) visited the iOgrapher booth to see the framework in action. Since then, iOgrapher has been showing up wherever people are documenting their with iOS video. This weekend, iOgrapher flexed some muscle at The Fit Expo in Los Angeles, showing up where most people are talking about healthy lifestyle options. ...Read More »
Alan Bell's Unique Editing a la Fusion Alan Edward Bell is the editor of The Hunger Games and shares with us today his highly specialized editing techniques. With an early career in a range of positions in visual effects and editing on such projects as "Duplicity," "A Few Good Men," "The Green Mile," "Water for Elephants," "The Amazing Spider-Man," and of course the more recent "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2, Alan Bell explains why Fusion is a fundamental part of his very unique editing with compositing process. ...Read More »
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