Punk, Pop and Sci Fi All Sealed With a Kiss in "Pink Zone" For Ben Walter, it all started 20 years ago when he saw Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The pure princess and how she changes from a single prick of the finger and true love's kiss. That idea sat in his mind for years, and came to the surface in 2013 when he was working on his UCLA thesis film. Once through with college, the idea turned into a full length feature. But the idea wasn't a remake of Sleeping Beauty. What if boys could kill girls with a kiss. Certainly not the happy ending from the cartoon. But a gloomy, frightening look at the other side of the coin. And that was the birth of the Benjamin Walter's "Pink Zone," with its dreamy and graphic images captured by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
"The Dry Brush Master" How do you capture the subtle brilliance of a dry brush artist in a documentary? For years, many people have tried to capture the beauty of painted artwork on video and film, and it is never easy. This is what filmmaker Ben Tobin was faced with when he decided to take on the task of telling Greg Ruth's story. Ruth is known as a Dry Brush Master, and his artwork and books have been celebrated around the world. ...Read More »
Grob Comedy Relies on Blackmagic Design for Video Production Josh Grob is dead serious about comedy. It's why he founded Grob Comedy, the definitive guide to comedy shows, comedians and comedy venues in New York City. While the website mainly helps fans keep track of their favorite comedians, as well as discover new ones, it also serves as a marketing platform for the comedians themselves. After much research, Josh found everything he was looking for in Blackmagic Design's ATEM Production Studio 4K live production switcher. At one RU in size, the rack mounted ATEM Production Studio 4K fits perfectly in Josh's portable kit, which also houses a Blackmagic Design SmartView HD monitor. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Between College, Real World There's 4K Intramural By Miles Weston Independent filmmakers are finding it much more affordable today to produce a crowd pleasing film -- low-cost 4K, 5K camera, economic Mac/PC production systems, cloud creative tools, reasonably priced high capacity storage. Of course it also requires a whole lot of talent and that magic something. They all came togetther for the production of Intramural and they're racking up lots of recognition. ...Read More »
'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
Rain or Shine, The University of Portland's Multimedia Team Gets the Shot with Blackmagic Design Building a brand is important for any business regardless of the industry, and advertising and marketing campaigns are some of the main ways to do so. In addition to traditional methods, such as print ads and television commercials, today it's essential to leverage social media, especially when your target audience is one of the biggest consumers of the medium. The University of Portland was quick to realize this, and created its own in house multimedia team, in conjunction with its marketing department, which handles all television commercial, online video and social media marketing campaigns. Headed by photojournalist and videographer Jeff Kennel, what makes this team unique is that it produces high quality work just as good as many professional agencies and production companies, but at a fraction of the cost and twice the speed. ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
And the Giraffe Takes Blackmagic Cinema Camera for a Ride in Music Video for "Sorry" For 'And the Giraffe,' an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN, making music videos is a blast. They love to put a video story on top of the story they tell in their lyrics, and connect with more people in doing so. The video for the band's latest single, "Sorry," was shot while the bandmates rode bicycles around Los Angeles, and according to band member Nick Roberts, the video turned out better than they had hoped, was one of their most fun projects to date and couldn't have been done without the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Master Shots Author Christopher Kenworthy Returns to Filmmaking Christopher Kenworthy almost gave up on filmmaking because of his frustration with the restrictions of big budget productions and the limitations of shooting with DSLRs. Instead of leaving filmmaking behind for good, however, he switched his focus from behind the camera to penning several books on the discipline, including the best selling Master Shots series, which provides filmmakers with the techniques to achieve complex shots on any budget. With his finger still on the pulse of the camera industry, Christopher was intrigued when he had the opportunity to test the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Little did he know that just weeks later, his passion for filmmaking would be reignited, and he would be directing films once again. ...Read More »
New Music Video from Seattle's Iska Dhaaf Iska Dhaaf is a Seattle based musical duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Nathan Quiroga and drummer/keyboardist Benjamin Verdoes. The band, whose name translates roughly to the Somali term for "let it go," is releasing its debut album on March 11. In advance of this album, entitled "Even the Sun Will Burn", Iska Dhaaf has released a new music video for the record's first single, "Everybody Knows." The video is based on 1960s USO shows, drawing inspiration from both the iconic Playboy bunny scene from "Apocalypse Now" and authentic Bob Hope Vietnam War USO tours. The video even features cameos by other Seattle musicians, including famed Seattle rapper Macklemore, channeling Bob Hope himself. Directed in Stanwood, Washington by Tristan Seniuk, the video was shot by DoP A.J. Rickert-Epstein and Stephan Gray on two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras (MFT) and was colored on DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Mini Boosts "Just Seen It" Digital Transfer Times by 400% Four Panasonic HVX-170 cameras each equipped with an AJA Ki Pro Mini to capture and record ProRes 422 footage. Data is then downloaded from the Ki Pro Mini's CF cards and transferred to a Mac Pro via a Sonnet QIO CF card reader. Footage is edited in Apple Final Cut Pro and broadcast over the Internet and public television stations. ...Read More »
AJA KONA LHe Plus and AJA Control Room Drive Capitol Television Broadcasts Eight Sony HDC-P1 HD cameras and three Sony BRCH900 robotic cameras send feeds to a Ross Video Carbonite production switcher and through a Ross Video router, where it's offloaded to any one of five playback and record servers, which are outfitted with AJA KONA LHe Plus I/O cards and AJA Control Room software. The SDI signal is then sent to the KONA LHe card within and back through the router, and all converted or compressed data is stored on a custom-built 36 TB RAID system. Telestream's Episode Engine software converts the DVCPro HD output of the KONA cards to H.264 or MPEG-2 for the on-air server. Material is on LTO tape. SAN sharing program Metasan allows all five playback and control servers to communicate with the storage. A sixth server houses the RAID. ...Read More »
Scott Freeman Cracks the Case Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. ...Read More »
Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. ...Read More »
Beyond the Cable By Aaron Taylor The move to 4K is opening up new opportunities for seasoned professional and indie videographers. The UHD TV sets will also change the content landscape. That's why CES (Consumer Electronics Show) visitors saw a dizzying array of 4K UHD smart TVs this year. ...Read More »
Jump Studios, NVIDIA Quadro, PNY, and Adobe CC Help Predict the Future of NASCAR's Top Drivers Thanks to NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, PNY and the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Canadian-based Jump Studios was able to conceptualize, shoot, edit, design, and finalize the teaser in only two weeks-even responding to a last-minute change from ESPN to cut 15 seconds from the 11/2-minute ...Read More »
Enjoying the Movie Music? You Might Have NYC's Grandest Ballroom to Thank By Sebastian Thaler As movie audiences settle in to enjoy Ben Stiller's new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's a sure bet that the film's score will add to the drama on screen. What most audiences might not appreciate is the dramatic history of the space where that score was recorded: Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom. Along with the Hammerstein Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom is part of the Manhattan Center, and it is Manhattan Center Productions that operates New York City's most advanced independent recording studios and television production facilities. ...Read More »
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