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Working in the effects, film, video, and broadcast industries around the globe. en-us Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net After Effects Tutorials: Moving Dots and Lines https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14532/after-effects-tutorials-moving-dots-and-lines https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14532/after-effects-tutorials-moving-dots-and-lines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWpqrW_VwKY&t=28s Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:03:56 GMT How Stock Video From Drones Can Elevate Your Production To The Big Leagues https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14530/how-stock-video-from-drones-can-elevate-your-production-to-the-big-leagues https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14530/how-stock-video-from-drones-can-elevate-your-production-to-the-big-leagues In a casual survey of Super Bowl commercials from 2015 to 2016 we saw a roughly 700% increase in those commercials using some kind of aerial shot. We expect an increase in the 2017 commercials as well. You see them everywhere now. And if aerial footage seemed like some secret production element that Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:43:00 GMT After Effects Tutorial: Reveal Title/ Lower Third https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14527/after-effects-tutorial-reveal-title-lower-third https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14527/after-effects-tutorial-reveal-title-lower-third https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr_o1dXBWIY&t=330s Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:45:15 GMT What Happened at Apple? Where did the Quality Control go? https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14526/what-happened-at-apple-where-did-the-quality-control-go https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14526/what-happened-at-apple-where-did-the-quality-control-go One thing I have never minded was paying more for my Apple gear. Why? Because at the end of the day, I got a lot done with it and it nearly always did it with ease and a level of being trouble-free that our PCs rarely matched. But something's changed over the years and when my 15" MacBook Pro with i Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:21:56 GMT A Brief Summary of the State of Women in Film https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14523/a-brief-summary-of-the-state-of-women-in-film https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14523/a-brief-summary-of-the-state-of-women-in-film Whenever I discuss gender in the film industry, someone usually pops up and says "yeah but it's waaaay better than it used to be!" And every year, San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film publishes their annual Celluloid Ceiling Report on womens' employment " Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:26:14 GMT Free Motion Graphics eBook https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14522/free-motion-graphics-ebook https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14522/free-motion-graphics-ebook Crossfeyer, a new resource for creative training, is giving away a free Motion Graphics eBook: “Motion Graphics Design Academy”. Learn how to improve your animation and design skills to enhance your movies! Everyone who preorders the ebook before the release in spring 2017 will get the ebook for Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:25:49 GMT My excuses for not buying a drone are disappearing. Here's why... https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14517/my-excuses-for-not-buying-a-drone-are-disappearing-heres-why https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14517/my-excuses-for-not-buying-a-drone-are-disappearing-heres-why I have to be honest, I'm a guy who loves the idea of drone technology but, like many, I have been reluctant to buy a drone because I've watched one after another of my friends crash their drones into trees, buildings, rocks and just about anything else that happened to be around. Crashing a drone h Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:43:21 GMT Premiere Pro Templates Now Available At Motion Array https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14516/premiere-pro-templates-now-available-at-motion-array https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14516/premiere-pro-templates-now-available-at-motion-array So, what’s a Premiere Pro template? Well, anyone in the post production or content creation business is probably aware of After Effects templates. These are After Effects project files with pre-made animations, transitions, content boxes, and presets that make the job of building an After Effects Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:08:34 GMT After Effects Tutorials: Flying Colorful Lines Animation https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14515/after-effects-tutorials-flying-colorful-lines-animation https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14515/after-effects-tutorials-flying-colorful-lines-animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpqGeGElq7o Its my first youtube video. I experimented with shape layers, trim paths, stroke and offset to create this animation. You can change the path to create a completely different animation. It can be used for intros and explainer videos. I hope you like it. Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:20:04 GMT One of the baddest shows in the history of television... https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14507/one-of-the-baddest-shows-in-the-history-of-television https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14507/one-of-the-baddest-shows-in-the-history-of-television When the History Channel announced a few years back that they were going into original dramatic series television with VIKINGS, I was already sold as the time and history of the vikings is one that has always fascinated me. Some of my friends know I joke about one day suing the descendants of the v Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:57:56 GMT Now on VOD - Star Trek Beyond - Now Streaming Review 8.5/10 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14506/now-on-vod-star-trek-beyond-now-streaming-review-8510 https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14506/now-on-vod-star-trek-beyond-now-streaming-review-8510 This week on the Harold & Maudecast's Now Streaming Reviews, STAR TREK BEYOND! It premiered at Comic Con in July 2016 and has just been released on DVD and is Now Streaming on Amazon and other VOD services. This time around, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the enterprise head into unchart Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:43:08 GMT HMC's Walking Dead Midseason Finale Review "Boots on the Ground" https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14505/hmcs-walking-dead-midseason-finale-review-boots-on-the-ground https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14505/hmcs-walking-dead-midseason-finale-review-boots-on-the-ground In this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast's We Talk Dead, a review of The Walking Dead midseason finale, Episode 708 "Hearts Still Beating". Happy now TWD Fans? We told you to look on the bright side cause things always get better. There's a lot to talk about in the midseason finale of The Wa Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:39:47 GMT HMC Ep 285 - Westworld Season Finale Review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14504/hmc-ep-285-westworld-season-finale-review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14504/hmc-ep-285-westworld-season-finale-review Hello Fans! This week on The Harold & Maudecast Weekly we review the season finale of HBO's Westworld -- all has been revealed, and we are even more confused than ever before. Never fear! We are here to help you pull out all the tangles in the ever-evolving timeline of Westworld. Also this week on N Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:38:39 GMT The Walking Dead Ep 707 "Sing Me a Song" Review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14503/the-walking-dead-ep-707-sing-me-a-song-review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14503/the-walking-dead-ep-707-sing-me-a-song-review On this week's episode of We Talk Dead on the HMC we review The Walking Dead Season 7, Ep 707 "Sing Me a Song". After Jesus tucks and rolls out of the moving truck, Carl stays on board to venture behind enemy lines into the Saviors compound. After some some savior ass kicking, he is greeted by his o Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:37:30 GMT 'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14502/batman-the-telltale-series-episode-4-guardian-of-gotham https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14502/batman-the-telltale-series-episode-4-guardian-of-gotham This episode of Confessions of a Basement Dweller hosted by Jake Essoe, 'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham. In Episode 4, Penguin has taken control of Wayne Enterprises, and the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane has a new guest - you - Bruce Wayne. With the Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:35:27 GMT Jackie - Movie Review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14501/jackie-movie-review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14501/jackie-movie-review ACKIE is an immersive and intimate portrait of the immediate aftermath following the assassination of JFK as seen through the eyes of First Lady, Jackie Kennedy. The film stars NATALIE PORTMAN in the title role, PETER SARSGAARD as Bobby Kennedy, GRETA GERWIG as Nancy Tuckerman who was the Social Sec Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:34:03 GMT Alone for the Holidays: An Editor's Tale of Loss and Healing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14489/alone-for-the-holidays-an-editors-tale-of-loss-and-healing https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14489/alone-for-the-holidays-an-editors-tale-of-loss-and-healing I still remember the last few countdowns, 3..2..1…to 2016. It had so much hope. It always does. After a bumpy 2015, I was looking forward to this year being filled with a lot more happy and a lot less trouble. It’s the same wish I think we all have every year, but I thought for sure this would Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:52:05 GMT MOANA - Movie Review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14486/moana-movie-review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14486/moana-movie-review This week on The HMC's Now Playing Reviews, MOANA, the latest animated film from Disney Pixar studios, is set in Ancient Polynesia where a young girl, Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) embarks on a great quest to return a stone, The Heart of the Ocean, to its rightful owner restoring life to the island where Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:15:44 GMT The Harold & Maudecast Ep 283 "Westworld Ho" https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14481/the-harold-maudecast-ep-283-westworld-ho https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14481/the-harold-maudecast-ep-283-westworld-ho This week on The Harold & Maudecast we check in with Westworld, HBO's drama/western/sci-fi/action/thriller based on the Michael Crichton book and movie starring Yul Brynner. We review episode 7, Season 1, which has a big reveal, but will the show keep us hooked the likes of Stranger Things, hmmm. Ta Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:09:36 GMT Doctor Strange - Movie Review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14476/doctor-strange-movie-review https://blogs.creativecow.net/blog/14476/doctor-strange-movie-review The Harold & Maudecast review's DOCTOR STRANGE, Marvel's latest super hero to hit the big screen. Now Playing. Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant and egotistical neurosurgeon loses everything when a car wreck strips him of the use of his hands. After traditional medicine fails h Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:02:37 GMT