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Biscardi Creative to help launch new Science Series
By: walter biscardi on Mar 31, 2009 at 4:23:17 am

Biscardi Creative Media has been selected to provide all Post Production services for a new series revolving around Science. The first run will be 15 weeks with an additional 35 weeks possible for 2009 and further expansion in 2010. More details soon....

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Another Saturday night
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:46:19 am

A note on a chilly Saturday morning.... Saturday night has become a dumping ground for television. Many networks are airing re-runs of shows that ran earlier in the week. HBO used to make a big deal out of Saturday as premiere night, with a different movie every week. Nope, not anymore. Their focus is on series programming on Sunday night. Same with Showtime (who, by the way, is up 10% in 2008, compared to POINT ONE percent for HBO) - it's all about Sunday night. I could go on with a bunch of other examples, but you already know what...

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New Television Pilot Completed
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:14:31 am

Editorial has been completed on the new business television pilot developed by Biscardi Creative Media, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb. BCM Principal Walter Biscardi, Jr. served as Director, Editor and Post Production Supervisor on this project. Additional credits include Brian Mead for logo design, Aaron R. Stewart for graphics design and Brian Little for opening title design. The episode was produced in 720p HD. More details will be provided as the series moves towards full production of Season One....

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The Hollywood OS
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 28, 2008 at 12:08:22 pm

I watched a couple of movies over the weekend where Macs were prominently featured, Independence Day, which holds up better than you might think, and Office Space, which gets funnier with time, and with every viewing. (BTW, I watched Office Space in HD on my DVR. Not on Blu-ray yet, suckas. More on that in another post, but the general rule of thumb is, no format has arrived until Office Space has arrived on it.) Both of these were pre OS X of course, so the screens had our pal the Chicago font prominently on display.    Neither movie featured...

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You can place your product right here
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 28, 2008 at 11:30:00 am

Mike Cohen made a very interesting post on commercials and product placement. I commented on it there, so won't repeat it here. So when he began by mentioning "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" – which I like a lot – I was reminded of a recent episode where the actor Brian Austin Green stepped out before the show began in his character costume and makeup, and announced that Dodge was sponsoring that episode. I liked this a lot too. It took what can be a very cynical arrangement and put it front and center, where we could evaluate it ourselves....

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Walter Biscardi, Jr. Directing new Television Pilot
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:26:03 am

Biscardi Creative Media principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr., will be Directing the Pilot episode of a new business television series. Being developed jointly by BCM, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb, the series will feature success stories and inspiration from women in the business world. I m honored to be launching this new series as the Director and have always believed that editors make great directors, notes Biscardi. As an editor you know what you want to see and what you wish you had when cutting the show together. Knowing what will make the show better in Post helps me in...

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Biscardi Creative Media creating original television programming
By: walter biscardi on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:24:32 am

Biscardi Creative Media is creating an original lifestyle television series. Developed by BCM principal, Walter Biscardi, Jr. the series will be presented to major U.S. networks by a production partner. The series re-unites Biscardi with actress Cynthia Evans who played the lead role in BCM s The Rough Cut short film, and Producer Sharon Collins who worked with Walter in the Environment Unit at CNN. The Pilot is scheduled for production in mid October 2008 with editorial slated for completion by late November 2008....

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This Blog is Brought to you With Limited Commercial Interruption by...
By: Mike Cohen on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:59:34 pm

Last season I started watching Terminator; The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The first episode was not impressive, but it got better and is now a pretty good show. You certainly need to leave your logical mind at the door, but it is fun. This week's episode takes its cue from past seasons of 24, also on FOX. The episode had fewer commercial breaks, all of them from Dodge, promoting the very truck featured in the show. Seriously, most people I know fast forward through the commercials anyway. Here is the problem for me. Sarah, John and Derek Reese (Michael Biehn's brother)...

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John McCain's Five O'Clock Shadow
By: Mike Cohen on Sep 26, 2008 at 9:45:12 pm

As many readers know, Richard Nixon famously lost the first televised debate against John Kennedy because his five o'clock shadow made him look old and haggard on television. Tonight we had the first Presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. I'd like to offer a few observations, taken straight from Intro to TV Production 101, a course which the campaigns and tv networks ought to revisit. The last live Presidential debate that appeared on American television was between Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda. I think it was a draw, like most debates full of talking points, sound bites and...

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This Just In...There are other Olympic events besides Swimming!
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 17, 2008 at 5:05:28 pm

Ok, maybe that headline was a bit sarcastic, but I have just returned from a 20 mile bike ride (inspired by watching the Olympic bike event) so I am a bit oxygen deprived. Bear with me. What I am getting at is a review of the NBC Olympic coverage. Let's start with the opening ceremonies - China's so called coming out party. Whatever. It was certainly spectacular with very nice tv coverage. But seriously, I could live without Matt Lauer's incessant political commentary. We know, Iraq, Iran, North Korea etc all have problems. We get enough of that from the...

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Wireless HD to your TV
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:10:27 am

Sony and Samsung announce a wireless HD signal that would send HD signals to multiple TV's in your home from a single box. But Sony is also involved in another effort to achieve the same goal. Wonder if the signals will ever been good enough for smaller Post houses like mine to send signals wirelessly to our production monitors. that would be pretty cool actually! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25805359/...

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I love it when a plan comes together...
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 7, 2008 at 10:19:03 pm

I chose the famous Hannibal Smith line from the A-Team because that's what happened today. As related in my previous post, i have been planning a weekend bonanza of shooting, here in Sunny, altitudinal Denver, CO. The three of us on this shoot woke around 3am Connecticut time, which is a few minutes earlier than Eastern Daylight time, and high-tailed it to the airport in the torrential rain. For those who have not been to Hartford's airport, it is a time warp. If you are flying Southwest, United, Northwest, Delta or Air Jamaica, you depart via the new glass and...

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INTRO TO HD WORKSHOP
By: Shane Ross on May 7, 2008 at 11:25:40 pm

My producer from The Mexican American War and Andrew Jackson is teaching a 4 week workshop. Time permitting I might see if I can pitch in when it comes to the editing phase. Anyway, here is the press release for this event: HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel Producer to conduct summer HVX-200/Final Cut Pro workshop at LA s Citrus College LA’s Citrus College of the Performing Arts is conducting a 4-week summer INTRO TO PRO HD workshop with Emmy-winning HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel writer/producer/director Jim Lindsay. One of LA’s best-kept secrets for arts education, Citrus has been the home of the Grammy Foundation’s summer “Grammy...

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New version of XDCAM EX Transfer Software Available
By: Noah Kadner on May 1, 2008 at 9:43:56 am

If you're having any problems with Sony XDCAM EX footage the latest version of the XDCAM transfer software might be a big help. It has some new error correction built in that can recover corrupted material. The PDZ-KP1 XDCAM Transfer Software is an import plug in for Final Cut Pro. XDCAM Transfer Version 2.5 supports the current XDCAM HD and SD optical products, the new PDW-U1 optical XDCAM drive, and the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder which records on SxS flash cards. Check it out: https://serviceplus.us.sony.biz/sony-software.aspx?model=pdzkp1 Technorati Tags: 24p , apple , final cut pro , indie filmmaking , video ,...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57:38 am

Once we have the actual shot, we can then control the downloading of footage from the camera using Vision Research’s software. Thus far they’ve only released a version that runs on Windows. In order to preserve the Mac-loving image of Simplemente, we decided to run it on a MacBook Pro with Boot Camp. We can then select the ins and outs of any particular shot. Typically the exact moment you want to save is a tiny fraction of that 6 minute take and the rest is a lot of frames with no activity you can delete. The selected portions are...

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Breaking the Speed Limit -- Editing Phantom High-Speed Footage in Final Cut Pro: Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:44:35 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine. Here's part one of the second article looking at Simplemente's work with the Phantom HD camera: Rune Hansen and Monica Reina at Simplemente in Mexico City recently acquired a Phantom HD Digital Cinema camera from Vision Research . We got to shoot a bunch of slow-motion footage and then worked with it in Final Cut Pro to create demo reels for theatrical projection. We needed to accomplish all of this in the space of about 48 hours. The Phantom HD’s...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 23, 2008 at 3:38:36 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine(which I named btw). Here's part two of the first article looking at an Apple network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China. For part one click here. Simplemente chose to work with Gallery Software, a UK-based company that has been making QuickTime-compatible applications for over a decade. For the Beijing project, Simplemente selected Gallery’s SIENNA, a complete integration suite for connecting Final Cut Pro workstations to the traditional newsroom broadcast workflow. SIENNA was developed...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:00:43 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro Supermeet at NAB this year. Here's part one of the first article looking at an Apple SAN network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China: Last NAB, we visited Simplemente, a production/post-production house and Apple Authorized Training Center/Dealer based in Mexico City. They’ve been working hard alongside one of their biggest clients, Televisa, the world’s largest Latin American broadcaster. This year Simplemente embarked on its most ambitious project yet, a complete post-production solution for Televisa’s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Televisa’s...

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STRANGE HISTORY-FIRST 3 WEEKS
By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:50:07 pm

The official title of the History Channel Series I am working on is STRANGE HISTORY. The stories will mainly deal with taboos, cultural and sexual, and strange cultural practices from around the world. There, now you know.The first week there I was working on one of the rental systems. Because my computer hadn t come in yet and because they didn t play on renting my system for a few weeks yet. Now, this rental system was a bit lacking. Sure, it had the Octo Mac 3.0Ghz and a LARGE Mackie Mixer (that you would find on an Avid system)...

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IFC FILM CONTEST
By: Shane Ross on Mar 11, 2008 at 9:57:51 pm

IFC , the Independent Film Channel, is having a film contest. To promote this contest they have made a GREAT promo video... IFC PROMO What makes me like it more is the fact that I WORK in broascast TV, and must adhere to those rigid standards. Frankly, it can be a bit tiring. I mean, make the colors look good, make it not look to hot, but when I get a show kicked back because I am .02 above 100IRE...that pisses me off! What about my content? Oh, yeah, the networks have hacked that to death with their notes and...

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Once
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 1, 2008 at 6:23:47 am

The move Once was one of my favorites from 2007, and against all odds, a song from this lo-budget indie WON the best song award. It led to the most magical moment I ve seen in over 35 years of avid Oscar watching. Too bad you re never going to see it. It only aired ONCE, and Oscar is trying to make sure that you never see it again. Once is the story of two musicians who accidentally develop an intimacy that ultimately, very gently, pushes them back to their previous loves. It s sweet and beautiful, and has GREAT...

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NEW SYSTEM Part 5: Arrival!
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:55:08 am

IT S HERE! It was supposed to be delivered tomorrow, but it got here a day early. I was tracking it on FedEx and it seemed to be sitting idle in Fort Worth Texas...it was there for a while. But then I looked up the tracking number just after lunch yesterday and suddenly it was in Sun Valley CA (here in the Valley, close to Burbank Airport) and on the truck to be delivered! I called my wife...she was going to be out of the house from 11:45 to 3:00...and sure enough, that was when the delivery occurred. But then...

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Oscar and us
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:50:26 pm

As I write this, it's Oscar eve. Just like Christmas eve, only more exciting. At least to my wife Nora and me. In fact, our primary celebration of Christmas is going to the movies, preferably a movie where things blow up. A festival of bright lights if you will. It's not really the contest aspect of the thing. Most years we see a significant number of the nominated films. This year, we haven't seen a single one of the movies nominated for a major award. A lot of the movies look wonderful, especially Juno, but we just haven't gotten around...

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Learning by Watching Television
By: Mike Cohen on Feb 22, 2008 at 6:52:00 pm

This blog post will focus on what we can learn by watching different genres of television. Specifically, what do I learn from watching television? And what can I apply to my career? Network Drama Series A series I have watched every season is 24. If you can get over the absurdity of one guy doing all of these extraordinary things in one day (such as driving anywhere in LA in less than an hour), one can learn some useful techniques. For example, most scenes have a master shot, generally a wide shot, as well as a B camera on shaky-cam...

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NEW SYSTEM
By: Shane Ross on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:34:36 pm

(Freemont Street light show - I was in Vegas this weekend)I am on the verge of buying a new edit system for my next project, so I thought that I d take this opportunity to talk about setting up a good working system. Unfortunately I won t get into exact details on OS versions and QT versions, because that is information that I and others keep closely guarded as this is information we use for consulting. But I would like to explain the general steps and reasons for those steps.First off, lemme get into the specs of the system. This...

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Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition - Friday nights on Outdoor Channel
By: Paul Escandon on Jan 4, 2008 at 2:47:17 pm

Hey everyone - Happy New Year! I spent this New Years day like I spent last year - cheering on the USC Trojans to victory in the Rose Bowl! One of these days they re going to match us up with a tough opponnent - but I m not sure when that s going to happen. There is no doubt in my mind that USC could take Ohio State or LSU the way they re playing right now. Unfortunately - a stupid loss to a bad team is going to keep them from getting that chance. Maybe they ll learn...

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ANDREW JACKSON AIRDATE
By: Shane Ross on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:06:40 pm

I saved posting the airdate until the time was close.  Well, it is close.  And it will air THREE times very close to one another...so you will be sure to catch it. a href=http://www.history.com/shows.do?episodeId=251189 action=detail target=_blank Andrew Jackson. /a Sunday, November 18  08:00 PMMonday, November 19 12:00 AM (that s right...MIDNIGHT)Saturday, November 24 05:00 PM Not sure if these are Eastern or Pacific times...there have been times when it was set to air at 8PM and I find that it is on a 5PM...so 8PM eastern, 5PM Pacific.  But then it re-aired later that night.Anyway, this is my third History...

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WHY THE WRITERS ARE STRIKING
By: Shane Ross on Nov 8, 2007 at 4:22:03 am

I case you didn t know, the Hollywood writers are on strike. For those of you who are unclear exactly why (like me) This 5-minute video lays out very clearly why....

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I saw Walter Biscardi in HD!
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 11, 2007 at 6:07:45 am

To be specific, my cable system just added the HD feed of the Food Network. Walter handles the HD editing, color grading for Good Eats, among the most popular shows there. Walter also handles both HD and SD animations for Good Eats, among the most distinctive parts of the show. Wally and I have the Red Sox postseason to thank. Okay, and to a much, much, much lesser extent, the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies. The Red Sox were pioneers of local sports programming - among the very first to own their own cable network (New England Sports Network, NESN), the...

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Pity the Poor Corporate Suits....
By: adam taylor on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:04:19 pm

I m sure we ve all been there...cut a great piece that everyone was happy with only to have it rejected by some nameless faceless corporate suit sat in some rat hole of a high rise hell. No reason given or needed - just that he represents the licensing company and is in a bad mood... Well it happened to me today. As you probably already guessed. I try not to let these things annoy me...but they do. I can take constructive criticism and even destructive criticism if the point made is a valid one. But not when the only...

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MadMen II and Damages
By: Nick Griffin on Jul 29, 2007 at 10:22:53 am

I think I may have gotten it wrong, or at least partially skewed. The promotion and publicity generated around Mad Men led me to believe that there’s more to it than I now wonder if there is. And while I knew it was coming and likely to be good, I seriously underestimated FX s latest series Damages .The second of six episodes of the AMC network’s Mad Men aired this week. It s still all of the things I originally wrote -- the production design, photography, set decoration, etc. are great. But the writing is... well... okay. Just okay. Mildly...

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Summer Viewing - Mad Men
By: Nick Griffin on Jul 22, 2007 at 11:03:47 am

Here we are in the dead of summer. The Big 4 US television networks have made it obvious that their programing strategy is to make summer viewing so painful with shows like America s Got Nausea that when regular fall programming returns, viewers will be relieved to get back Dudline trolls for Perverts and Better Ideas Come From Fifth Graders. Wait. That last one s my belief about most TV programming, not an actual show title. So is it any wonder that anyone watching summer TV and having an IQ above the celsius temperature of ocean water has to cruise...

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Art for Art's Sake?
By: Julia Camenisch on Jul 17, 2007 at 12:47:56 pm

Talking to a fellow media professional recently, and they commented that the type of art they prefer to do now is simply for artistic expression rather than for communication. And that got me thinking about what the role of art in our (often) very utilitarian profession is and should be. I guess I default towards art only being a worthwhile investment when it clearly communicates. And yet I m beginning to feel that there may be value to self-expression that doesn t have as its primary goal communication. Exploring and discoveirng - that s how our craft is honed, and...

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Internships Part 2 - Insert Clever Subtitle Here
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 28, 2007 at 10:38:20 am

If you have already read my first post on internships, thanks for coming back. At the conclusion of Fall semester of Junior year of college, with two news internships under my belt, it was time to take a semester and get our student tv network off the ground, and on the air. I actually used that cheesy line in a story! Anyway, during Fall 1992 we worked each week to create a few news packages, learn something about video journalism, and practice the really challenging part, pulling together a 30 minute live newscast. Our campus had recently installed a cable...

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Internships are great
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:19:45 pm

I had four, count em 4 internships in college. Aside from eliminating 4 semester-long classes from my schedule, they were one and all great experiences. My sophomore year I attended a 4 week evening seminar, open to the public, given by the Hartford Ad Club - a consortium of ad agencies. Each class covered a different aspect of advertising, including guest speakers. One such speaker was from the local CBS affiliate WFSB. She arranged an interview for me with the News Director, or managing editor, or some such position, for an internship the next semester, Fall of my junior year....

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Live Studio Production
By: Mike Cohen on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:33:55 pm

Introduction to Television Production, the first video class in my college curriculum, had an odd approach. You learn the Zetl textbook backwards and forwards. The black and white pictures of a two person ENG team with a hernia-inducing porta-pak system slung over their shoulders seemed pretty cool. Our first assignemtn was to produce a how to video, as a live to tape 5 minute studio production. producer meant on-air talent. I was my job to write the script, assign each crew member a job and work with the director for that project. I was afraid of the director. He turned...

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Videojournalism as it happens
By: Peter Ralph on Jun 19, 2007 at 11:44:51 am

Ben Hammersley has written 2 books on RSS syndication. He introduced blogging to the Guardian, invented the term "podcasting", and is a talented photographer. His latest gig is with the BBC - he is currently en route to Istanbul to create a 30 minute documentary covering the political climate in Turkey and the upcoming elections. The documentary will air July 11th. Behind the scenes videos covering the entire process in detail will be posted on his youtube page . [BONUS LINK] from BH's twitter - the BBC's fifteen web principles . via: shootingbynumbers.com...

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No Sopranos Comments
By: Nick Griffin on Jun 12, 2007 at 5:50:03 pm

What? Is this one of the only places on the net where no one is complaining about how The Sopranos ended?? Well I, for one, cannot let this silence continue.CAUTION: If you haven t seen the ending of The Sopranos and intend to, stop reading now and go to another post. You ve been warned.My first thought was, WHAT! Of all the times for my cable to go out... box to fail... relatively new TV to die. Then the end credits came up and I realized that the 15 to 20 seconds of grey silence had been David Chase s...

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Videojournalism - the first 5 rules
By: Peter Ralph on May 24, 2007 at 3:42:45 pm

1. Be in the right place at the right time aka The Zapruder Rule . If you can stay on the right side of this rule you can ignore many of the others. However much TV photographers howl there is a compelling logic to the notion that for breaking news coverage the quantity of camera crews you field can often be as important as the quality. 2. If your pictures aren t good enough, you re not close enough - Robert Capa. This has metaphorical as well as literal significance for journalists. The more immersed you are in the subject...

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Tired of Prime-time programming?
By: Julia Camenisch on May 18, 2007 at 11:16:21 am

Mark Cuban , owner of the HD tv channel HD Net wants your show ideas. All he asks is that you don t offer yet another tired knock-off and that you be familiar with the programming of HDNet . Seems fair enough. If you ve complained about nothing good being on TV, then maybe you should leave an idea at at his blog....

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Great rights resources
By: Tim Wilson on May 13, 2007 at 5:58:59 am

Since the issues surrounding rights and fair use come up at The COW all the dang time, from various perspectives, here are some of my very favorite web resources. The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has a heavily scholarly orientation, maybe moreso than you ll find useful. But the coverage here is certainly exhaustive.One of the coolest things about it is a free, digitized version of Stanford s Lawrence Lessig, called Free Culture. He s been a pioneer on rights in the electronic age from pretty much the beginning, and has fought vigorously against the rapidly diminishing rights that...

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Introduction
By: Peter Berghammer on May 7, 2007 at 11:11:58 am

Before I begin my foray into the world of blogging I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Ron & Tim for their efforts in getting me situated with the Cow. I look forward to the many blogs ahead and hope that some of you may find the information at least useful, and at best challenging. Although I have a fairly broad portfolio in the areas I write about, and areas researched, I believe that there are always some common factors or themes that run throughout the electronics, entertainment, tech, legal and economic communities - and the way in which...

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Ask a Filmmaker
By: Julia Camenisch on May 3, 2007 at 11:16:05 am

I always thought IMDB was nothing more than a huge listing of people and movies, cross-referenced ad infinitum. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon +Ask a Filmmaker+ . Very cool feature....

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Biscardi NAB 2007 Diary - 4/13/07 4:30pm
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:48:19 pm

We ve arrived in Sunny Las Vegas! Checked in to the fabulous Flamingo hotel which we really used to enjoy for the penquins in the outdoor habitat, but they checked out last year so it s not quite the same. Still gotta love staying in the original strip hotel that started it all. As you can see from the photo we re staying in the top of the line penthouse suite with a classic Strip view, only the best for Cow members! Tonight will be a little rest and relaxation as we ll be taking in the Jay Leno show...

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Dumb NAB PR
By: walter biscardi on Mar 30, 2007 at 2:55:54 pm

Ok, it s NAB time and I ve been receiving quite a few of those MUST SEE emails touting everything from Apple to Avid to everything in between. Today I received what has to be the dumbest PR I ve ever gotten from someone who teaches Avid. I m guessing this person doubles as a Porn Spammer on the side because it has all the qualities of the endless junk email I receive. Well, here, you can judge for yourself. I guess Avid is going all out this year to woo Final Cut Pro users, I wonder what the private...

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Hacking Apple TV: Blogs to the rescue!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2007 at 7:48:01 am

Hacking was a term originally coined at MIT to descrive such classic pranks as emptying the deans office and reassembling it -- complete with rug -- in the middle of the frozen Charles River. (That illegal software thing is more properly called cracking. ) Hacking Apple TV is an entirely legal activity that makes it truly useful, starting with a bigger hard drive -- child s play for anyone reading this. A blog by the fine folks at makezine.com offer a fully illustrated tutorial called  Violating my Apple TV warranty in 4 easy steps. Legal yes, warranty-voiding, yes, but seriously, dude....

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Yes, this is the Animation Process
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:53:16 pm

So as many of you know, in addition to being an editor and owner of Biscardi Creative Media, I m also the animator for the Food Network s Good Eats. As such, most of our animations are based on food or food history. Now generally I rely on clip art / artwork books, websites like clipart.com and istockphoto.com along with my own photographs of headshots and hands to pull together the necessary elements for the script. But there are times when you just have to take matters into your own hands. Take our latest animation for example, it referenced a...

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MSNBC remote
By: Nick Griffin on Mar 16, 2007 at 5:23:41 am

Does anyone else have Imus on MSNBC on this morning? They re doing a remote from Boston and one of the three (or four?) cameras they re using doesn t have the pedistal properly set. It is CRUSHING the blacks into an almost posterized look. How does a major (sic) network like MSNBC allow something like this to happen? Are these rental cameras that no one checked before they went on the air this morning? Are they operating without CCUs and going straight into the switcher so they can t correct this in the field? Gee... maybe this blog thing...

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Now Playing!
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:58:51 am

I, Bessie, love the music of the cowbell as I graze. I also love the sounds of The Grassroots, The Animals, The Crickets, and The Beatles. I know that many of you COWs love music while you graze as well. That s why we started the Now Playing podcast : to talk about music with producers, performers, and more. You ll see that the first episode has already been posted, with more on the way. That s also why I wanted to start the Now Playing forum at The Creative COW. It s still new, but you ll see some...

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Ready for my "Good Eats" closeup
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2007 at 6:21:49 am

At long last, my Creative Genius will be unleased on national television. I will be appearing as the Negative Guy in a scene to be shot Friday, March 8, 2007 for an uncoming episode of Good Eats on the Food Network. The scene will actually be a family affair as my mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law are all in the scene with me along with my current edit assistant, Aaron. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I ll have some photos to post in the next few days. Can t tell you the episode details yet, but as...

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