Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders By Ryan Szporer, Matrox Graphics Inc. and Dominic Gagne, Pixcom One of Canada's largest independent production houses, Groupe Pixcom Inc.'s domestic programming has far-reaching appeal, with award-winning television credits across all genres and an international catalog distributed to over 150 countries. With a move to a larger location on the horizon and the desire to continue centralizing workstations and other equipment outside of its video editing studios, Pixcom vetted different KVM extenders and chose the far-reaching, fiber-optic Matrox Avio F120, which enables real-time control up to 10 km (6.2 miles) away from the system. ...Read More »
"Noka: keeper of worlds" Trinidadian born filmmaker Shaun Escayg has worked in VFX for more than a decade. He loves to create and manipulate images, especially when it comes to anything supernatural, as he is a huge monster film fan. For inspiration, he often draws upon his own heritage and love of Caribbean folklore, which has a variety of dark creatures in its beliefs, myths, tales and practices. In this type of folklore, the supernatural exists side by side with humans, and Shaun decided to explore this theme in his short film "Noka, keeper of worlds" which he wrote and directed. In order to bring the Caribbean's dark creatures to life, Shaun relied on his expertise in VFX, but when it came to capturing the live action, he needed a very specific camera to support his workflow. ...Read More »
AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera AJA Video Systems announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. For information on where to place orders, please visit http://www.aja.com/en/where-to-buy#wtb-cion for a list of AJA CION resellers. ...Read More »
Los Angeles Movie Awards Best Narrative Short Film Stays 'Committed' It's no secret that Hollywood is a tough nut to crack, and every aspiring actress dreams of her big break. But what many don't realize is that there is a rather straightforward way to ensure you land the role you want. One night over dinner Mehran Torgoley and Llana Barron realized that the best way to land a role is to write it yourself, and a few drinks later, the kernel of the idea for "Committed" was born. In the short film, a compassionate nurse in an overcrowded mental hospital in the early 1950s struggles to prove the sanity of a young paraplegic patient. "We decided to shoot with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K because of its image quality. It's amazing that we were able to get such an incredibly detailed image for such an affordable price." ...Read More »
Documentary Editors Rock 'Filmage' Post Production with AJA Io XT "Filmage: The Story of DESCENDENTS/ALL" began as a passion project for a group of creatives working at Dallas-based post house CharlieUniformTango (CUT), and quickly evolved into a full-fledged documentary production. Within four years, the film's directors Deedle LaCour and Matt Riggle, along with editors Justin Wilson and James Rayburn, had traveled the world, combining a love for old-school punk music with filmmaking chops to deliver an indie flick that recounts the history and influence of punk rock legends the Descendents. The film features a compilation of present-day interviews with band members and industry influencers, fan video submissions and archived tour media. Editorial for the film required a portable and flexible workflow, for which Rayburn turned to AJA's Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled professional video device for on-the-go I/O. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Cinema Camera and 686 Technical Apparel 686 Technical Apparel has always been about providing innovative, fashionable outerwear and technical apparel inspired from the same Los Angeles street culture and mountain lifestyle that it was founded on. When cinematographer Ian Post was hired to shoot cinematography for the brand, he knew his gear needed to be as reliable, durable and resilient, as well as able to withstand the elements, as the outerwear he was shooting. Not only does Ian's camera have to work in such harsh conditions, but it also has to deliver stunning footage that captures the snowy landscape as well as highlights the star of the shoots, 686 outerwear. ...Read More »
New Hero in town By Ko Maruyama Here in Hollywood, it's not unusual to spot a GoPro in action. They're on nearly every movie and television stage, shooting main action and behind the scenes footage. But it's also a personal favorite around an active Los Angeles. The camera that makes even simple fun look epic is now even better. ...Read More »
Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Grants a Wish In making an independent film about the film industry and the journey of pursuing the Hollywood dream, the last thing Director Jared Cohn wanted was for it to look fake. Especially when the film was one of the most meaningful projects he had ever created. "The film looks almost like a documentary, but it's completely narrative and scripted. Since I made it on my own dime, the only way I was able to achieve such as realistic look was with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera," said Jared. "The camera's dynamic range provided such an authentic look at an affordable price, and many people think it's a documentary because it looks so realistic. ...Read More »
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Mikros Image Standardizes Digital Post Workflows on ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Software ASSIMILATE announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH finishing software and SCRATCH Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. ...Read More »
Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
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 »
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