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Production Music in the Multi-Screen Universe


Megatrax studioWhen perusing the offerings of production music companies, large and small, it’s easy to find those that are adding a new library or two, striking up a partnership, enhancing search technology, etc.

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NAB 2014 Preview


AnyStreamPanasonic will introduce two new VariCams at NAB. One is a 4K VariCam with a new super 35mm MOS image sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture.

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Cinematography: ASC Awards – Dean Cundey


Dean CundeyThe American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) held its annual awards banquet on February 1, 2014 and the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Dean Cundey, ASC. Acclaimed filmmaker John Carpenter presented the award to Cundey.

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Cinematography: History of Cinematography


Red Digital Cinema’s first versionsThe seemingly continual barrage of press releases, blog posts, and reviews about new digital cinematography cameras often emphasize their revolutionary new technology.

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Cinematography: 3D: The 2014 Playbook


3D in home and theaterIf you went to the CES extravaganza in Las Vegas this year, you would have seen the world of 3D everywhere.

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Cinematography: Richard Rawlings - ASC Awards


Richard RawlingsRichard Rawlings, ASC, was honored at the annual American Society of Cinematographers banquet this year for his career body of work in television.

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Cinematography: Expanded Cinematography


Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC instructs students in “Feature Film Lighting.”During the last few years, the role of imagery in films became much more pronounced and very distinct from the imagery of the end of the 20th century.

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Virtual? Real? Can we tell?


The elephant in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang was rendered in, fRibGen by Framestore. Courtesy of Framestore and Universal PicturesWe’ve all seen the results of computerization in film and video production. Post is often done completely in the computer; virtual effects (VFX) dominate more and more films. Where is the frontier today?

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Spotlight: The South


Once again, we shine our Spotlight on the South, a region that continues to grow in terms of film and television production, animation, commercial production, and ancillary services for our industry.Once again, we shine our Spotlight on the South, a region that continues to grow in terms of film and television production, animation, commercial production, and ancillary services for our industry. 

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Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials


top editors talk about recent commercials and spotsSanta Claus hitches Qualcom’s Snap the dragon to his sleigh for a turbo-charged ride, the Aflac duck finally gets motivated in his physical therapy, homeowners act on the “Let’s Do This” home improvement message from The Home Depot, a young woman learns the secret to escaping the zombie horde (Hint: It pays to steal a truck with a Sears DieHard battery.) and stylists from The Voice show how to get the look by shopping at Kohl’s in this gallery of commercial editors’ Hot Spots.

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Goin’ Mobile


Camera Copters' big rig is large enough to swallow a MD-500 helicopter with space to spare.Few places in the United States can compare with Hawaii for scenic beauty. As a filming location, it can provide almost every environment a director will call for. 

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Writing The Perfect Track


original music production for film and televisionLike the rest of the production and post world, the market for original music has turned with the tides, has ebbed and flowed, and has shifted here and there – now possibly to a point where clients again see the value of expanding a budget to include that perfect, signature score.

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The West


film and video production in western statesThe 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.

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Studios and Soundstages


west coast studios and soundstagesIn 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.

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Working In The Cloud


cloud computing film video audio productionIn 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.

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Pushing Boundaries


New approaches to traditional animation techniquesMost of us see animation every day, but it’s often rather conventional CG or photoreal imagery. Other techniques are thriving, however, including traditional stop-motion animation, CG in the style of stop-motion and CG that pushes boundaries with its beauty and artistry.

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Stock Footage Houses


stock footage houses Serving and accentuating production’s vast spectrumWhether a production company is working on a documentary about World War II, a televisions series about the social revolution of the 1960s, a PBS special about wonder drugs or an awards program in the movie industry – or any other project – there will be a footage house that can offer just the right content to make the final product truly shine.

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Spotlight: Northeastern Trailblazers


With our eyes on the Northeast region of the United States, Markee 2.0 shines its Spotlight on a few small businesses forging their own paths.It is no surprise that the filmmaking industry attracts independent spirits. It takes a certain kind of pioneering attitude to complete projects under the stresses of shrinking budgets and condensed timetables. Running a small company in this industry not only requires a trailblazing disposition, but a willingness to learn new skills and to know when turning down a job might be the best thing for your company. With our eyes on the Northeast region of the United States, Markee 2.0 shines its Spotlight on a few small businesses forging their own paths.

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Skitters And Mechs And Overlords, Oh My


A menacing mech, an entirely CG character from Zoic, stalks the survivors.It has been called a family drama with aliens. Although Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials and the survivors’ resistance to it, the TNT series is as much about former Boston University history professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and his relationship with his sons – one of whom was abducted by the aliens and later rescued by the Second Mass, a ragtag group of Massachusetts survivors fighting the alien adversaries. But that doesn’t mean the show comes up short on visual effects. Falling Skies is packed with VFX created by Zoic Studios, Vancouver (www.zoicstudios.com) – VFX that rival any big-screen production.

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Where Imagination Thrives


Spots and promos are fertile venues for innovative VFX and CG workSpots and promos are fertile venues for innovative VFX and CG work. Whether they play on broadcast networks, cable, the web, or at trade shows, these short- and long-form advertising messages offer high-quality executions of compelling, heart-warming, elegant and fun creative.

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