Sarah Adina Smith's "Midnight Swim" For any filmmaker, switching genres between movies is always a tough task. But Sarah Adina Smith decided to switch between genres three times in the same film. "Midnight Swim" takes viewers from a faux documentary to a surreal thriller and then to a sweeping cinematic feature, all in the space of a single film. ...Read More »
Perfecting Produce There is nothing quite like the challenge of color correcting a food commercial. All of those beautiful food spots you see every day take a skilled hand and a huge amount of work to look that good. And Florida's Indie Atlantic are experts at it. Which is why the foodstore giant Publix used Indie Atlantic Films for its new "At Season's Peak" ad campaign. And to get the look that Publix wanted, Indie Atlantic used DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Tennyson Tanner's Badger Pursuit Vehicle and Blackmagic Cameras Tennyson Tanner is an Illinois-based production company that handles a wide range of films, commercials, music videos and promotional videos. One of the most action-packed productions they work on is for a series of public service announcements (PSAs) for the state of Illinois called "Driving Dead." The series shows a post-zombie apocalypse world with the heroes escaping and surviving using a variety of armored cars. Lots of car chases, car battles and cars driving around and through things. Tennyson Tanner created the "Badger" to help film the popular "Driving Dead" YouTube series, as well as for the company's many other productions. The vehicle is half rock crawler and half camera car, and uses Blackmagic Production Camera 4Ks to capture action while traveling up to 30 MPH. ...Read More »
Parachute Creates a Legendary Ballgame in an Empty Stadium for Chrysler with Blackmagic Fusion Studio When Miguel Cabrera swings the bat, there's usually a stadium full of screaming fans around him. However, for Chrysler's "Miggy at the Bat" commercial, the stands were empty. The commercial celebrating the 2015 Chrysler 200 centered on Cabrera in an updated "Casey at the Bat" tale and featured the legendary showdown between batter and pitcher. In reality, Cabrera and the pitcher were worlds apart, in Detroit and Los Angeles, surrounded by green screens and needed NYC's Parachute to create the scenery and game around the players. The Parachute team, led by founder Sam O'Hare, created the spot by building a stadium and providing the setting for the infamous strike out (and later, added comeback.) Using different software for various components to build the stadium, Parachute relied on Blackmagic Design's advanced visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics solution, Fusion Studio, to bring everything together. ...Read More »
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 »
To Be Funny: 100 Years of Buster Keaton Buster Keaton is a film legend. April 2017 marks 100 years since he first stepped onto the silver screen, His comedy and physical stunts still stun audiences, leaving them wondering just how in the world he did them. In the film "To Be Funny," New York based production company +Merge Creative Media delves into Buster Keaton's legacy and finds out why the film master still has a fanatical following in 2015. To do this, cinematographers Gavin Rosenberg and Chad Gardella have been relying on Blackmagic Design's Pocket Cinema Cameras for principal photography and have been grading the film in DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...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 »
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 »
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 »
AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie with the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie. ...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 »
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 »
Better Friends Than Mountains Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East and a look into the daily lives of these people who have been torn apart by war. For years Lifsey has traveled throughout the Middle East, living and working in Kurdish communities in order to create this documentary. ...Read More »
AIMA FILMS: Discovering The Texture of Cinematography Engaging all of the senses on a one dimensional plane takes incredible talent, a vision and a little Blackmagic. Through filmmaking, director Jorge Díaz Fernández, photographer Daniel Zanco and producer Mariano Bravo pull off the improbable, planting the grain of a commercial idea and growing it into a story. The three co own AIMA FILMS, an agency that forgoes traditional film shooting in favor of marketing through art. This emotional tug sets the young entrepreneurs apart. They each bring their own experiences into their work, be it a love of the horror genre or an aptitude for designing clothing, and they host weekly brainstorming sessions to work them all together into trial art projects. ...Read More »
Exporting from PremiereClip to PremierePro By Ko Maruyama Adobe's Premiere Clip offers an easy way to shoot and edit on your iPhone or iPad. You may want to refine your edit or add some additional layers of video or audio in Premiere Pro. It's an easy process, and with your CreativeCloud account, you'll have access to many other applications too ...Read More »
Crooked Letter Films Captures Picturesque Promo for Brooklyn Bicycle Co. with AJA CION In a world where storytelling reigns, Crooked Letter Films' visual narratives have made lasting impressions for brands like Columbia Records, Refinery 29 and H&M. Based in New York, the one-stop shop conceptualizes, executes and delivers compelling digital stories for a range of clients, guiding each project from beginning to end. When Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently approached Crooked Letter Films with the opportunity to create a promo for its website, company founder Gabriel Gomez set the bar high, electing to shoot the film in ProRes with an AJA CION production camera. ...Read More »
Drones Filmmaking By Miles Weston Economic, reasonably easy to fly drones combined with light, rugged 4K cameras are making it possible for studios and independent filmmakers to capture/produce films and videos that were financially out of the reach of most people. But budget also needs to include time to learn how to do it right and what is required to avoid disasters and legal action. As with any film project it only works when it's done right. ...Read More »
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