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Content Insider#572 - Saving Creations By Miles Weston It's a poorly kept secret that great films, TV shows, long/short content aren't created/produced by big companies that can somehow live with the fact that some people like to steal rather than pay for their entertainment. Instead it's a freelance business with talented people investing time, money and sweat to produce the visual stories people enjoy. You could entrust your best work for someone else to store, save and protect for you or you can keep it close to you until someone decides they want to rent it to people. In the cloud your stuff is just data where people like to nose around. At your home it's your stuff and probably a little safer from nosey/nasty people. ...Read More »
Bogdan Darev, Filmmaker and VR Pioneer It is quite baffling that the film industry continues to stubbornly offer super hero and fantasy entertainment which continue to promote division and resolution of conflict by violence. The industry fails to capitalize on cinema's inherent gift to teach, nurture and unite. I say all of this because I passionately feel that the emergence of VR allows for us to explore new uncharted territories where greed has not yet corrupted and bankrupted the spirit of innovation and expression. ...Read More »
Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in "The Cabiri Anubis" Film Both Virtual Reality (VR) 360 and 3D have the power to engage audiences in the action and emotion of a film narrative or performance, but combine the two together and you can create a compelling and highly immersive experience that brings the audience directly into the "reality" of the scenes. This is exactly what film producers and directors Fred Beahm, www.fredbeahm.com, and Bogdan Darev, www.bogdandarev.com, have done in "The Cabiri: Anubis", a 3D/360VR film, now showing at the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) VR Zone, www.siff.net, on May 18 through June 10. ...Read More »
Shooting the "Devil's Tree" with DP Anthony Dones and URSA Mini 4.6K When you have to put an actual warning message on your film's site telling people not to actually go to the places in the film, you know you are dealing with a truly scary horror film. Today we are speaking with Anthony Dones, a Miami based DP who has produced content for national television, corporate/commercial work, music videos and a now growing list of feature films. We reached out to him to discuss his recent work as cinematographer on "Devil's Tree, Rooted Evil" a horror film shot exclusively on the URSA Mini 4.6k. ...Read More »
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings "Two Balloons" to Life Led by Director and Writer Mark C. Smith, a dedicated group of filmmakers from Portland, OR created a visually stunning stop-motion short that follows two intrepid lemurs and their adventures in the sky. "Two Balloons," which originally wasn't conceived as stop motion, took four years to complete and had many twists and turns along the way. The team spent 16 months storyboarding, building sets and securing space in a warehouse, and then started shooting. ...Read More »
Content Insider #570 - Awards, Profits By Miles Weston Hollywood lived for their award galas. You know the red carpet, beautiful people, breathtaking dresses, dashing dudes. The awards almost guaranteed good ticket sales. But with more companies focusing on the bottomline and the thousands of new streaming opportunities out there, there's more interest in getting recognition where it counts...in the bank. Sure indie filmmakers still attend the myriad of film festivals hoping for a prize but a check from someone who wants the content for their library is a little more important. Subscribers have an unquenchable thirst for new, original content. Even in the visual content industry it's all about supply and demand. And demand is great! ...Read More »
4 Ways to Make Your Website Relevant By Kevin Gardner Perhaps you've used a website to drive your business results. The rapid advances of website functionality and designs have brought new expectations to web visitors. These features and expectations have fueled the growth of digital enterprises. However, it has become essential for online retailers to respond to customer expectations effectively. You don't have to rebuild your website every 12 months, but regular updates, layout improvements, and minor tweaks can go a long way to increase your website traffic. Your website's needs and functionality will keep changing to respond to your visitors' expectations. Here are a few tips to make your website relevant throughout its lifetime. ...Read More »
Hard Edge Drama By Miles Weston Lots of filmmakers grew up in innocent times in innocent areas of the world but sometimes going back is a lot different from what existed in your memories. ...Read More »
Island Time By Miles Weston FoR stays focused on having the right tools, the right storage to deliver new ad spot for Jamaica in a Bottle... ...Read More »
Content Insider #568 - Pure Mission By Miles Weston Everyone who attended NAB this year was on a mission. A mission to create the best content, a mission to deliver content to the right audience, a mission to produce great films for device and theatre viewing. We'll start by discussing some of the best solutions for some of the creative people we know - shooters, production/post folks. And there was plenty of new products, new services, new features announced at the show to get a filmmakers motor running this year. And again SuperMeet was fun, insane and informative. Shoot it, produce it, store it. Then? Sell it. It's all good and getting better! ...Read More »
NAB's future imagination By Ko Maruyama Andy Marken summarizes some of the ideas from this year's NAB, including what some are predicting for film and television into 2021. While there are certainly hurdles for how producers will get there, visual consumption is definitely rising ...Read More »
REVision FX's new tools By Ko Maruyama 360 video production is quickly becoming part of your post production workflow, but there may be tools that you rely on in your 2D pipeline which weren't available until now. REVision FX has made both Twixtor and RSMB support 360 footage. RealSmart Motion Blur is a favorite in many pipelines, and now can be part of your 360 compositing as well. ...Read More »
Logging Data By Miles Weston Shooting great content is the rule by which you're measured but being able to find just the right images and segment is even more important and it needs to be fast, accurate and automated ...Read More »
Traveling Back to the 1950s with "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" The new hit show from Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Daniel Palladino ("Family Guy") takes viewers back to 1958 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when life abruptly changes for Miriam "Midge" Maisel after her husband leaves her. Breaking the mold and trying stand-up comedy quickly lands Midge in jail, while also landing her a lot of laughs. Visual effects (VFX) veteran Lesley Robson-Foster ("Logan Lucky," "The Great Gatsby") joined the streaming series as VFX Supervisor. Robson-Foster and her team used a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro digital film camera to shoot B roll, establishing shots and VFX plates for the series. ...Read More »
Lumaforge presents... By Ko Maruyama LUMAFORGE PRESENTS: FASTER, TOGETHER - LIVE @ NAB 2018 ...Read More »
MuxLab unveils Triple Display at NAB By Ko Maruyama MuxLab unveils its new HDMI/3G-SDI Triple Display (model 500840) at NAB this year. This rack-mount solution takes up two spaces on a standard 19-inch rack and can support three five-inch TFT LCD displays. The ability to view three screens at a time makes it easy for broadcasters to see and measure video performance from remote cameras and other video feeds while saving a significant amount of space. Multiple types of displays are supported including 3G-SDI, 1080p HDMI and composite video with audio. ...Read More »
Assimilate Extends Immersive-Product Leadership with New 3D180 Post Production Workflows in Scratch VR 9.0 At NAB 2018, Assimilate is showcasing several new Scratch VR 9.0 post-production workflows that are geared to enabling content creators with the highest quality and most efficient VR tools in simplified, one-stop-shopping, end-to-end 3D180 and VR360 production workflows. ...Read More »
Assimilate Announces Scratch 9.0 - Major Update for Ultimate Performance and User-Friendly UI With version Scratch 9.0, Assimilate announces a major update to its entire Scratch product line at NAB 2018. As its most aggressive, highest-performing, and user-friendly product update to date, Assimilate's new Scratch 9.0 delivers a big boost in efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for DITs doing dailies and for all the creative functions throughout the post-production workflow. ...Read More »
Content Insider #562 - Taking Chances By Miles Weston I'm still trying to figure out fact from wishful thinking from the HPA Tech Retreat last week in Palm Desert, CA. It's not that easy. Why? We know a lot of EPs, DPs, DITs, editors, audio, creative people who work in the visual storytelling field. They all focus on delivering "the director's intent" to the content consumer even when that director is him or herself. They see things differently. They use the best, most advanced tools available to create something they can only see in their mind(s) and let the viewer interpret the message. Sometimes they bomb. Sometimes they hit the bullseye and people just get it. Most of the time the story works well enough to make them want to do it again. Are you willing to take those types of chances? ...Read More »
New VR Integrated Super Bundles from NextComputing, Z CAM, and ASSIMILATE NextComputing has joined forces with Z CAM and ASSIMILATE to create the complete turnkey VR Studio to give all content creators one-stop-shopping for a powerful, fully integrated VR workflow. Foundation VR Studio provides all you need for your immersive productions. The Power VR Studio gives you the extra boost for more challenging VR productions. ...Read More »
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