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Editor's Notes: Ringing In The New Year

by Christine Bunish

As we wrap the first year of Markee 2.0, and the 25th year of the Markee franchise, we'd like to thank all of you who welcomed and supported our return.

It's been a seminal year. We introduced a dynamic new look that accommodates a variety of story formats designed to keep readers engaged and informed. We've reported on high-profile projects from Avatar to CSI's Emmy-winning VFX to Rubicon's evocative original score. We've covered the burgeoning stereo 3D industry and showcased an array of the latest equipment. And we've kept pace with commercial shooters and independent filmmakers nationwide as well as individuals and companies doing break-through work across the country.

In 2011, Markee 2.0 will increase its frequency to eight issues. A new website with more editorial opportunities will debut. So stay tuned for expanded coverage of an industry that never stands still.

In the meantime, you'll find plenty in this current issue to keep you busy. Discover, in a special to Markee 2.0, how affordable SI-2K cameras got into tight spaces for the new Danny Boyle feature, 127 Hours. And read on to explore other cost-effective HD camera options. Have fun seeing what Hot Spots commercial editors chose to profile. Look skyward to find the leading aerial production companies and make room on the road for the latest HD trucks. Catch up with production incentives and activities on the West Coast and the companies in California, Oregon and Washington that are doing great work. Don't forget Making TV, Making Commercials, Newsroom and our Inside View Q&A.

Have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!