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Civil War Action By Miles Weston Seventy plus years before WW II and the bloody battle on Dunkirk - made more infamous by the movie - there was the U.S.'s Civil War. And you can experience it up close and personal...very personal with the VR stream. ...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 »
Adobe Acquires Mettle's SKYBOX technology By Ko Maruyama Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced it has acquired all SkyBox technology from Mettle, a global developer of best-in-class 360-degree and virtual reality software. The acquisition comes at a time when increasing numbers of creators, global brands and media and entertainment companies are embracing 360/VR and are looking for seamless, end-to-end workflows for this new, immersive medium. ...Read More »
Recreating 300's Epic Cliff Jump Shot By Fractal Visuals By John Byron Hanby, IV Few shots were more iconic than the epic cliff jump shot in Zack Snyder's 300 when Leonidas is traveling to meet with the Ephors. The seemingly unreachable ledge that may just be within grasp, given the proper motivation, stuck with director John Byron Hanby, IV and 10 years later he was lucky enough to be able to pay homage to 300 while Fractal Visuals was making a short film to Silversun Pickup's "Ragamuffin." Hanby walks us through the process of how his team at Fractal Visuals accomplished the epic jump. ...Read More »
Shooting an Epic 80's Style Horror Film: Sophia Rivera shoots "Jack Lantern" with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras For horror movie fans, there is something special about the 1980s. The horror movie genre was reborn and a new look and feel to a whole generation of horror movies was born. And that is what Sophia Rivera had in mind had in mind when she started to shoot "Jack Lantern." And to get the look and feel that she wanted, she choose to shoot with the Pocket Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Shooting an Epic 80's Style Horror Film: Sophia Rivera shoots "Jack Lantern" with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras For horror movie fans, there is something special about the 1980s. The horror movie genre was reborn and a new look and feel to a whole generation of horror movies was born. And that is what Sophia Rivera had in mind had in mind when she started to shoot "Jack Lantern." And to get the look and feel that she wanted, she choose to shoot with the Pocket Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Content Insider #521 - Visible Flight By Miles Weston I always believe that less government is better but the recent ruling that you don't have to register certain "classes" of drones just doesn't feel right. The idea of anyone, everyone throwing a drone in the air without some ground rules on what they can do, can't do and what type of training they need is a little cause for concern. Somehow it just feels like the new freedom will come back and hurt people who use them to take exciting shots and make a living doing creative work. I could be wrong but still believe that kids who get theirs (ok dad got it for him) should get training in the rules of the road and regulations/requirements. Just hope his playing doesn't impact the M&E industry or business across the board. ...Read More »
"Fractal Visuals Produces Viral Unofficial Music Video for Silversun Pickups" By Victoria Garabedian John Byron Hanby IV, founder of Fractal Visuals has released an unofficial music video for Silversun Pickups song "Ragamuffin". Fractal Visuals assembled a crew and set out on a four-day shoot in Terlingua, Texas just an hour north of the Texas - Mexico border. "We filmed everything using the RED Epic Dragon and wanted to capture the aerial footage with the same camera." Then in post they combined their skills with using Adobe Creative Suites After Effects and Premiere Pro, along with Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve. The results were stunning. ...Read More »
Content Insider#520 - Furiouser By Miles Weston There was something for everyone at NAB the way things are moving so rapidly. So we'll break down our discussion over several weeks...it's easier that way. TV is still where most people watch their content they just do it in a bunch of different ways. And thanks to all the online services that are cropping up there is new stuff to watch. That's good news for filmmakers as long as they can establish the right relationships. Yes that's the tough part but not half as tough as being a cable company and watching your "this show at this time" numbers shrink. Fortunately they also own the last 100, last 10 feet to the house so they have to shift their business model. Things are changing so fast you really don't want to go to sleep tonight because when you wake up....BAM!!! ...Read More »
"American Gothic" Captures Suspense and Creates Paranoia with Blackmagic Design "American Gothic" is the latest project for writer, director and producer Stuart Connelly, whose previous projects include "Natural Selection" (2016) starring Anthony Michael Hall and Katherine McNamara and "The Suspect" (2013) starring Mekhi Phifer and Sterling K. Brown. Connelly and the film's DP Sherry McCracken selected a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K as their camera of choice. ...Read More »
Content Insider #519 - Content Value By Miles Weston I like free stuff as much as anyone and that's certainly true of video content. I even like the idea that someone is willing to underwrite my watching the content. Part of the reason is that I know most of the people who prepare that content for consumption are independent creatives not the "big company" - Netflix, Amazon, Sony, ABC, BBC, you name it. I'm glad TDO was told to go pound sand when he asked for a "little" ransom to give back Orange is the New Black. Hopefully others will say no to the hackers/cybercriminals so they know stealing may be fun but it's no way to make a living. It's time to protect your content...it's too valuable to pay for a second time! ...Read More »
Content Insider #518 - Fast By Miles Weston There was a ton to see at this year's NAB and over the next few weeks we'll look at what most filmmakers are doing today - 4K and trending toward HDR. It was 4K that is now being used by almost every filmmaker to do feature length films, documentaries, episodic series and marketing content for use to describe new prroducts, their applications and provide service/support. And the great thing for filmmakers is that the marketplace has opened up beautifully for them with financial opportunities - follow the money - with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Vimeo and yes the kids favorites YouTube and Facebook. Every content delivery channel - we'll cover the trend/opportunities soon - around the globe is looking for good and insanely great content to offer to their viewers regardless of the screen they're using to educate, inform, entertain themselves! ...Read More »
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