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The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica"
The Making of VR/360
Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. Read More
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Content Insider #557 - Fresh Start
Content Insider #557 - Fresh Start
Sundance was "different" this year. The #MeToo ground rules took center stage this year with some good projects where females and minorities found their voice. There were some great leading edge/edgy projects to view. There was a solid set of VR (virtual reality) offerings that showed the technology is finding its way and its place in personal and group immersive entertainment. It's found its way and is moving to become commercially viable, not just another cute oddity. There was a whole lot of angst as to how aggressive the distributors were going to be with their checkbooks. Not a lot of them wrote big checks in the past and they said it was because the excitement quality wasn't there. They're hungry for the hits but they have to be the safe hits. Read More
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Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Integrated S1 VR Camera and SCRATCH VR Z Bundle for Professionals, Now at $3999
Z CAM & ASSIMILATE Announce Integrated S1 VR Camera and SCRATCH VR Z Bundle for Professionals, Now at $3999
The Z CAM S1/SCRATCH VR Z Bundle - from image acquisition with Z CAM's S1 Professional VR Camera, and stitching with its WonderStitch software, through to a streamlined VR post-production workflow with ASSIMILATE's real-time SCRATCH VR Z tools. With this ease of use and increased productivity, content creators benefit with the ability to focus on their creativity and storytelling rather than wrangling the complexities of technology. Read More
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Filmmaker Cole Claassen Capture the History of Country Music Through the Songs of Singer and Songwriter Dean Dillon
Filmmaker Cole Claassen Capture the History of Country Music Through the Songs of Singer and Songwriter Dean Dillon
How does a chance encounter bring about an on-the-spot decision to make a feature-length documentary? For Cole Claassen it all started with country music. "We wanted to shoot in 4K and had heard so much about the URSA Mini 4.6K," noted Claassen. "Its size was very convenient to our run-and-gun, fast setup format that we were basically regulated to by the celebrity interviewees who were very busy and kind enough to give us the time they did. We needed to be fast when interviewing the artists, and the URSA Mini 4.6K was a great choice for the job." Read More
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360 Production
360 Production
In addition to a strong roster of mainstream streaming entertainment, Hulu is also looking around the corner to meet the consumer's almost insatiable appetite for new, great, different content. They recently released Curious Minds in 360 degree viewing featuring Domonic Monaghan perhaps best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings and other feature films. Cream VR's Andrew MacDonald gives you a behind the scenes look at the show's production with a hint as to where 360/VR will take us in the near future. It's an exciting read and even more exciting to immerse yourself in. Read More
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Creating 360 Video
Creating 360 Video
When people thing of VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) most think of it placing you inside an interactive synthetic world (VR) or an enhanced interactive version of the real world (AR). But the most common form of this technology is 360 video. Read More
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ROGUE NYC Specializes in VR Production And Post Using SCRATCH VR
ROGUE NYC Specializes in VR Production And Post Using SCRATCH VR
ROGUE, a creative boutique in NYC (www.postgonerogue.com), specializes in high-end production and post production for film, advertising, and digital. Since its founding two years ago, Executive Creative Director, Alex Maclean has produced a large body of work that demonstrates his color grading and finishing expertise in branding content for clients like HBO, Vogue, Google, Vice, Fader, and many more. For the past three years MacLean has also been at the forefront of VR/360 content for narratives and advertising. In a recent interview MacLean discussed the challenges and rewards of working in VR. Read More
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Karen Allen Brings "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." To Life
Karen Allen Brings
Known for her roles in front of the camera in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Animal House," "Scrooged" and more, Karen Allen recently took on a new role: the director of "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." Adapted from the Carson McCullers tale, the new short film focuses on the story of a young boy and an old man that meet by chance at a roadside cafe and discuss lost love. Read More
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Content Insider #548 - Sharing Storytelling
Content Insider #548 - Sharing Storytelling
VR is a video storytelling technique some scoff at it, laugh at it; while others are cautiously optimistic; and then there is the growing group of filmmakers who are professionally intrigued, push the envelope, make fantastic immersive films. There is plenty of outstanding 4K content being shot and delivered. Probably always will be but great VR is different. It not only lets the viewer in the story, it lets you control, explore, be an active part of the story. The SMPTE crowd were hungry to learn more about how the M&E industry can continue to tell the best stories, the best way even when they have to turn the story over to the viewer. In the final analysis great stories come from great filmmakers. Read More
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Cineware 3D for 2D Design
Cineware 3D for 2D Design
To call this a new way to design with 3D in 2D may not fully explain the power of the plugin. Taking advantage of the same Cinema4D bridge power that After Effects users enjoy, Illustrators are now able to easily wrap their 2D designs onto 3D objects as textures directly within Adobe Illustrator - working in the space that they're expert in. Using familiar language, this will open a new way of working with 3D objects for Adobe Illustrator CC artists. Read More
Case Study:
Lineage Solutions Creates Stereoscopic 3D VR 4K Video with Blackmagic Design
Lineage Solutions Creates Stereoscopic 3D VR 4K Video with Blackmagic Design
The Lineage team's primary project in the studio thus far has been a project called Intelligent Education. They film college professors in stereoscopic 4K using Micro Studio Camera 4Ks so that students and viewers can watch them later in a 3D VR experience via Google Cardboard and soon with the VR headsets HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift. In this environment, the stereo 3D video is displayed alongside a dynamic transcript as well as 3D models and scenes that relate to the learning. Read More
Case Study:
Watch The Hands
Watch The Hands
Most people can do one or two card tricks - even if we do them poorly. But watch a card like Richard Turner and you'll quickly put the deck back in your pocket. Learn that he is a blind card magician and you'll never touch a deck again. Dealt is more than a documentary about Turner's amazing slight-of-hand, it's about overcoming the odds. Dealt is opening at select theatres across the country but you can find out here why indie filmmakers deliver entertainment that needs to be seen. Read More
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7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTER
7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTER
Mallin and Ariel Alter create a new take on "Spinster" for the millenial generation in a show they're funding through IndiGogo. I had a chance to ask them a few questions about what their plans are for the project before they had to quickly get back to a busy production schedule. Read More
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Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama "The Things We've Seen"
Behind the Scenes of the Gritty Drama
In the new indie film "The Things We've Seen," a struggling town is devastated when the local mill catches fire, eliminating most of the town's jobs. Rayford Boem (Randy Ryan) is soon accused of arson by Sheriff Pascal (John D. Carver) but won't go down without a fight and organizes an armed resistance. Soon, word of Rayford's actions reaches his family, and his teenage son Reagan (Jarrett Maier) sets out to find his father and help fix what's gone wrong. Read More
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Capturing the Horror of "The Atoning" with Blackmagic Design
Capturing the Horror of
Family drama unfolds and demons arise in the new indie supernatural thriller, "The Atoning." The film follows a family that is haunted by the horrors of their past, with the parents (Virginia Newcomb, Michael LaCour) trying to protect their young son Sam (Cannon Bosarge) from a dark secret that will tear them all apart. Read More

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