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2013 Music & Sound Guide
by Christine Bunish
Just as daylight saving time and the welcome transformation of the bleak winter landscape in many parts of the country are signs of spring, so is the march of broadcasters and film and video professionals to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas. The annual pilgrimage brings equipment manufacturers, software developers and service providers together with eager buyers and window-shoppers looking to fill holes in their inventories and explore The Next Big Thing. At the 2010 NAB that's likely to be Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) and vendors' swift response to the inroads the technology has made in feature films and television. Markee 2.0's NAB Equipment Showcase hints at what manufacturers have planned for S3D and unveils new products and upgrades in the digital cinema, VFX and lighting arenas; check out our next issue for a more in-depth S3D status report.
NAB comes fast on the heels of the year's biggest international sporting event: the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. Traditionally, U.S.-based production and satellite transmission trucks burn rubber to get to an Olympics host city in North America, and key participants recount the challenges of covering venues from Whistler's alpine slopes to Vancouver's long-track speedskating Oval.
While the proliferation of VFX in commercials may not exactly be breaking news, the creativity and versatility of visual effects have been embraced by all advertising genres. VFX experts tell us how they made a beautiful woman look twice as gorgeous, took market-savvy talking toddlers to new environments, gave luxury vehicles a fine-arts treatment and made one planet of the many people who enjoy a certain soft drink.
And in our every-issue regional Spotlight, Texas and three Southwestern states recount how they're betting, and winning, on production incentives as area production companies, post houses and rental firms highlight their latest work and most recent offerings.
In the beginning, there was film. Images captured on light-sensitive material that could be shared among many viewers. Later came magnetic material called “videotape” and it was good for many things. Then a revolution! The computer and digital charged onto the field.Read more...
The western states, as a whole, are filled with more scenery than people. There are, of course, pockets of population that skew that logic – Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, and a few other cities – and they tend to be very urban areas, filled with views that can be found in cities east or west, But the grandeur of the land away from the cities is what attracts film makers from all over the world.Read more...
In the western United States, studios and soundstages often come with a distinguished Hollywood heritage. In Santa Fe, N.M., Garson Studios was founded by an Academy Award-winning actress. In Hollywood, Fox Studios carries the cachet of one of the legendary major studios. Moving north, the stages of San Rafael, Calif.’s 32TEN Studios once hosted Lucasfilm blockbusters, while the new Reno Tahoe Studios in Nevada seeks to establish its own heritage as production incentives promise to attract film and TV business to the state.Read more...
- Unified Video Technologies Introduces Next-Generation Production Flight-Packs
- Rodeo FX Turns To iPi Motion Capture to Create Key Scene in 'Now You See Me'
- Eric Yealland Brings Unique Flair for Comedy Direction to Original
- Schneider Optics Announces Rebate on Cine Xenar III Lenses
- Special Effects Contributed By 32TEN Studios Help Make-A-Wish Come True for 5-Year-Old 'BatKid'
FirstCom Music 2013 Credit Reel
A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.
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