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No Deadline Too Close, No Grade Too Much: Atlanta's Bed Head Media and DaVinci Resolve Phil Stevens and his colleagues at Bed Head Media are some of the hardest working media professionals in Atlanta. You have to be when you handle everything from commercial cinematography, short films, live event coverage, motion graphics, documentaries, corporate videography and a variety of church testimonial and website videos. Their work includes commercials for huge brands such as Home Depot and AutoZone, as well as award winning short films and documentaries. ...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 »
Choosing the Right Business Class Router By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly Business-class routers focus on maximizing performance, and can be customized to accommodate a wide variety of different network configurations. ...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 »
HSL Streams Online Gaming from PAX with ATEM Switchers Electronic entertainment has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing industries worldwide. The Entertainment Software Association estimates that over 59% of American households play video games actively. With such a large market, game developers are constantly looking for new ways and events to promote and announce their latest titles to the public. The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is one such event. Each year, PAX, organized by Reed Exhibitions, draws over 200,000 people to 5 cities around the globe. Excited gamers crowd the show floor looking for their favorite publishers, eager to try the latest, often unreleased, titles. ...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 »
Archiware releases one- click Archiving tool "P5 Archive App" This autumn, Archiware presents the most innovative product in the data management field - the P5 Archive App. This add-on to P5 Archive radically simplifies the Archiving process by allowing users to archive and restore files directly from Finder via the right-click context menu, without the need to open P5 Archive itself. Final Cut Pro X projects are archived and restored including all media used in the project. Archived files and folders are represented by a link file which displays metadata and previews on doubleclick. Metadata can be added during archiving. All jobs are listed in a monitoring window for verification. The P5 Archive App will be available for Mac OS X initially, with more platforms to follow in the future. ...Read More »
AJA Releases Ki Pro Ultra 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD Recorder and Player at Inter BEE 2015 AJA Video Systems introduced the Ki Pro Ultra - a next generation file-based 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor. Ki Pro Ultra is capable of capturing edit-ready 4K (4096 x 2160), UltraHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920 x 1080) Apple ProRes files. Ki Pro Ultra also supports a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p, and offers flexible input and output connectivity - including 3G-SDI, Fiber and HDMI - for powerful and efficient large-raster and high-frame rate workflows. ...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 »
Capturing the Natural Beauty of Montana's Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Located midway between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park, Fairmont Hot Springs is a 153-room resort featuring two Olympic size pools fed by natural hot springs. When the resort wanted to replace an outdated promotional video, it turned to Missoula, Montana-based Gravity Media Productions to produce, shoot and edit a new resort video to be featured on its website. ...Read More »
The Beach Should Be Sunny As part of the NSW Achievement Awards, the NSW government decided to shoot a video showing the various regions and the amazing creative work coming out of those regions. Australia is a beautiful country and highlighting its natural wonders, along with the work being done in each region, would be a perfect way to show potential companies what the Australian creative industry can offer. Ben Allan ACS had one day to shoot at Byron Bay in New South Wales. One day to capture the sand, surf and beautiful weather that has made Byron Bay a vacation paradise. But it was raining. And not a nice quick sun shower. Raining buckets. ...Read More »
Content Insider #419 - New Flight By Miles Weston Drones are in the news at least once a week for all the wrong reasons - someone dropped one in the wrong place, flew it in the wrong area or just messed up while showing off. That reflects poorly on all of the really legitimate uses people have for them. Almost every application is image capture oriented whether it's for a breathtaking shot for a film, covering the news quickly/economically, rescuing people in tough spots or monitoring environmental changes. The challenge is to keep professional applications from being hamstrung by legal restrictions brought on by random acts of stupidity ...Read More »
"Phaesporia" Challenges Hollywood Norms with Blackmagic Design's Production Camera 4K "Phaesporia" follows the story of Kali as she moves out of the city and attempts to join an insurrectionist group that hides out in the forest. On her journey, she meets Artemis who saves her life and offers to travel with her to her destination. Eventually they find and join the rebel group, but after a political bombing, the group falls apart, forcing Kali to decide what's next on her path. Because of the film's political basis, Carman chose to cast a wide variety of activists, from the LGBTQ community to the Green Party, and artistic talent from musicians to cartoonists and spoken word poets. Currently in post production, "Phaesporia" was shot on a Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K. ...Read More »
Content Insider #418 - World of Equals By Miles Weston The Emmys gave me hope that equality for men/women was finally coming to the M&E industry and the end was in sight. Then Sandburg's Lean In organization and McKinsey Company issued a report saying it wouldn't be achieved for another 100 years. That bummed me because we have to quit counting skirts, color, relationship preferences sooner rather than later. Most people want it all done now but we can't change the world overnight. Maybe if each of us make one positive progressive step we can do it before another century passes. Complaining and wishing certainly hasn't make it happen. Together we can accelerate the process. ...Read More »
Content Insider #417 - Daily Filmmakers By Miles Weston Everyone talks about the great filmmakers who make movies - long and short - and they go nuts over the folks why make their videos for you to enjoy on YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, you name it. And everyone does a lot of research on how big the market is...and growing. But no one really puts a trade show on or sells research on the folks who do real filmmaking every day for digital signage, houses of worship, healthcare, company informational content. But they're filmmakers like the rest who hone their talents to educate, inform and sell you ideas and stuff. They count too! ...Read More »
Content Insider #415 - It's Delicate By Miles Weston You know it and I know it -- there is inequality in business. If the business isn't doing well one of the first things senior management will do is cut the workforce to save money. It's called fiscal adjustment. Of course you seldom hear the boss say, "I'll take a salary cut as will my senior staff first and we're forgoing our annual bonuses." If we are going to have equality then we should have equality for all up and down the organization, in good times and bad. ...Read More »
Skehan Communications Augments Production Truck Capacity with Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston. ...Read More »
Howard Lukk's Short Film 'Emma' Gets the High Dynamic Range Treatment with Help from DaVinci Resolve There is something special about "Emma." Not only did the short film have its screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but it was also one of the very first films shot and produced in a High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflow. HDR produces a greater dynamic range of luminosity and allows the cinematographer to capture and display a much wider contrast ratio. And while HDR requires filmmakers to pay more attention to the nuances of shooting, such as lighting, production and costume design and makeup, being able to take advantage of a greater range in color in post production creates truly stunning images more akin to what the human eye sees. ...Read More »
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