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Remixing Cinema with Soderbergh, Spielberg, and Me
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 22, 2014 at 8:32:18 pm

Today, one of my favorite directors, Steven Soderbergh, posted a really great blog about “staging” in film, which is meant to mean how all the elements of a scene work together to tell a visual story. To illustrate his point, he took ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and remixed it a little: converted to black and white, all music, sound and dialogue removed with a different soundtrack alongside it to help you focus on the staging — the direction, the length of each shot, how the cuts work. It’s pretty much as awesome as you might think, so you should...

editing

Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014
By: Malcolm Matusky on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:57:47 pm

Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014 ...


Red Bull Media House gives wings to video innovation
By: Adam Spiel on Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38:39 pm

Multi-platform media company produces premium sports, culture, and lifestyle content with help from Creative Cloud ...

Creative Cloud

SHORT TAKE - Lumiere Brothers
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 15, 2014 at 1:18:23 pm

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lumiere brothers

Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Patent
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 9, 2014 at 5:09:49 pm

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Playwright/Actor Andrew Lynch on Death Row Cowboy
By: Bob Gillen on Sep 3, 2014 at 7:03:47 pm

“There are so many ways of creating a story,” says actor and playwright Andrew Lynch, “and I don’t believe one way is better than another. I think it is important to know what works for you. For me, I love watching a film or piece of theatre that makes me think, ask questions and analyze characters long after I viewed it. In my opinion I believe that a strong underlying theme plays a big role in achieving that.” Andrew Lynch co-wrote Death Row Cowboy with Mark McCabe and is coming off several runs acting in the lead role in the...


2014 Adventures - Part 6: Workation
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:46:18 pm

It's now April 2014 for those keeping score at home! 2014 all told will have me going to 9 conferences. Good thing I went to the Jos. A. Bank buy one get two free sale! ...

travel

2014 Adventures - Part 5: A Tale of Two Cities
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:44:12 pm

Salt Lake City really does feel like two separate places. On the one hand you have a convention center, hotels and restaurants like any other city, not to mention some really unique architecture, spectacular scenery in most directions and a bunch of history. ...

travel

2014 Adventures - Part 4: The Walk of Fame
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:29:31 pm

A few weeks to go until our annual diabetes conference in LA. The course director asked about having a live Twitter feed ticker under the main content. This was a technical challenge, solved in part here on the COW: ...

event AV

2014 Adventures - Part 3: It's Only a Flesh Wound (Not Safe For Lunch)
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:58:41 pm

Travel to and from Denver has become pretty routine, as long as Southwest continues its daily 9am direct from Hartford, and USAir keeps its 1:30am redeye to Charlotte. ...

effects makeup

2014 Adventures - Part 2: AV State of Mind
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:41:04 pm

In early February my itinerary showed Washington DC as the next locale. I use the Tripit app, and sometimes I am not sure where I am going until I get to the airport. Recently I was not sure if I was in DCA or MDW. ...

event AV

2014 Adventures - Part One: Brrrrrrr
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:25:25 pm

Thus begins a multi-part recap of the past 18 months of my professional life, which has been, needless to say, quite a ride. ...


LTFS and Incompatible standalone and library tape Formats
By: Tim Jones on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:41:51 pm

I've been sitting on this for a while since we uncovered the issue, but there have been no updates in the LTFS world concerning tapes formatted in a standalone drive and those formatted using a library-based solution. Therefore, I'm sharing with you folks. ...

LTFS

My hopes for IBC this year and a great Labor Day offer from Small Tree
By: Steve Modica on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:04:53 am

I’m heading out to IBC and there are a number of things I hope to see there. Of course, I’ve got customers asking me about SSDs, and engineers working on 40Gb Ethernet and people want to bring it all together. Really, what’s the hold up here? ...

storage

Actor/Producer Sinead O’Riordan
By: Bob Gillen on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:49:45 am

ORion Productions founder Sinéad O’Riordan: “The lack of strong female roles and the hugely competitive nature of the industry inspired me to establish my own production company.” O’Riordan, a Dublin-based actor and producer, works in both theater and film. She recently produced and acted in the Irish tour of playwright William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer and starred in the 2013 indie film The Bible Basher. O’Riordan comments on acting for stage and for film. “Really I would approach both the exact same,” she says, “and apply the same techniques for both. Once I am given a script, be it a theatre...


Time is running out on this fantastic NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up program
By: Gary Bettan on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:02:37 pm

NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up Special! ...

NewTek

Data choke points and a cautionary tale
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47:59 pm

During a normal week, I help a lot of customers with performance issues. Some of the most common complaints I hear include: ...

networking

Up Coming User Group Meetings
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:09:39 am

Hi All ...

networking

10Gb and SMB3 really rocks
By: Steve Modica on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04:19 pm

We got RSS working on our 10Gb cards a few days ago. This is a feature that splits up data coming into the card into multiple queues. Then we can let different CPUS handle pulling in that data and passing it up the stack. We found what we figured we'd find: When we setup multiple streams, we see data in multiple queues. We see more cpus involved in the work, and things go a lot faster. ...

storage

Sonnyboo Podcast - Ampersand and Screenplay Credits
By: Peter John Ross on Jul 28, 2014 at 3:31:58 pm

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Video Collaboration Tools: DaVinci Resolve
By: Stu Brown on Jul 28, 2014 at 2:42:39 pm

Last Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of visiting Neil Smith, CEO of LumaForge and Marketing Manager, Kahlani Leon, for a presentation of some new video collaboration tools. Neil is not just another ordinary video reseller. He has a background in digital computing that spans decades, having sold the famous Cray computers to the US Government. As a major player within the industry since that time, Neil has a unique perspective on identifying trends, and has managed to assemble his own hardware which is extremely compatible and robust when it comes to hosting today's popular video editing software. Check out...

collaboration

How Kevin Spacey Helped Me Get Started In Editing
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:31:14 pm

Last weekend I was bingeing on House of Cards (as you do) and after one particularly riveting episode where blank and blank blank-out and they all blank (spoilers/adult situations) I finally noticed a familiar logo: Trigger Street Productions, Kevin Spacey's production company. Not that it's terribly widely known I guess, but the logo is burned into my brain (a folder within a folder within a folder from years ago, but it was there.) ...

editing

Sound Decisions: A Properly Designed Mixing Room Makes All The Difference
By: walter biscardi on Jul 21, 2014 at 9:05:21 am

At Biscardi Creative Media, we understand the importance of great audio. To that end, we had our Rialto mixing theater designed specifically for quality sound design. The Rialto features a ProTools HD Native 5.1 system, SPL 5.1/stereo monitor controller, Genelec audio monitors and subwoofer, an 8 foot projection screen– and sound designers love working from it. ...

ProTools

is E.T. a remake of the Wizard of Oz?
By: Peter John Ross on Jul 13, 2014 at 9:32:38 am

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wizard of oz

Help us get Ice Cream Nation started!
By: walter biscardi on Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44:58 am

Hi all! ...

Ice Cream Nation

Actor/Playwright Laoisa Sexton
By: Bob Gillen on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:13:26 pm

“The whole female subject matter, female sexuality in an Irish film is untried territory… but that’s exciting to me to do something new,” says actor and playwright Laoisa Sexton of her debut play For Love. The play was staged off-Broadway by the Irish Repertory Theater in 2013. Laoisa (pronounced Lee-sha) Sexton has written the screenplay for her stage play, and is now working to shoot it in Ireland. “I am working with the producer Paul Heller. He was the producer of Withnail and I, Harold and Maude, amongst others, and some of my favorite films. It is a big dream...


EXTANT/Mickey Fisher interview for FRAMELINES
By: Peter John Ross on Jul 6, 2014 at 10:26:10 am

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EXTANT

10.1.2 Killed the Sparse Disk Star
By: John Davidson on Jun 30, 2014 at 4:31:17 pm

Hey gang, just wanted to give you a little update on what we're uncovering right now. ...

FCPX

Movie Clichés - Reading from Old Books
By: Peter John Ross on Jun 30, 2014 at 12:58:58 pm

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Sonnyboo Podcast - Directors Cut v. Special Edition
By: Peter John Ross on Jun 24, 2014 at 4:55:20 pm

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Videoguys Summer Update, June 2014
By: Gary Bettan on Jun 20, 2014 at 11:23:34 am

It's been a very busy year for us. We've seen a ton of new products introduced and we've picked up some new product lines. ...

videoguys

Filmmaker Jon Rosling’s “Five Pillars”
By: Bob Gillen on Jun 3, 2014 at 12:55:41 pm

In UK-based filmmaker Jon Rosling’s 2013 debut feature film Five Pillars, ex-soldier Darren returns from the war in Afghanistan to find himself disenfranchised by a society struggling to find its identity. Several critics commented that the societal topic is nothing new. I asked what impact he hoped to make with his film. Examining Themes About Life in England “Social realism films are not new in the UK, or any film market, to be honest,” says Rosling. “Some UK ones have made quite a few waves, Shane Meadows' This Is England being probably the most recent notable one. What I think...


Understanding the new Licensing Options of Avid Media Composer Software
By: Gary Bettan on May 22, 2014 at 11:17:24 am

At NAB2014 Avid announced that editors would now have several choices on how they can purchase Media Composer. Avid has now released the latest version (MC8.0) in all the new licensing options. Videoguys has put together a detailed FAQ with explainer videos to help you better understand your options. This blog post is intended as an overview to quickly help you understand the differences. ...

Avid

Writer/Filmmaker Tina Mabry
By: Bob Gillen on May 21, 2014 at 8:41:02 pm

“Audiences will always connect with universal themes explored through the eyes of real people,” says writer and filmmaker Tina Mabry. “That’s why it’s important that I make sure I remain honest to the humanity of the characters I create.” Tina Mabry heads up the Los Angeles-based production company Morgan’s Mark. Mabry and creative/business partners Morgan Stiff and Lee V. Stiff have structured Morgan’s Mark as an independent production company and editing facility that “focuses on producing films that emphasize character, and an editing facility that focuses on quality over quantity.” The company’s recent films include Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan, Mississippi...


Snapshots…your trashcan, on steroids
By: Steve Modica on May 19, 2014 at 8:42:53 am

I have to admit, as an old time UNIX guy that's been around inodes, fsck and corrupted filesystems all my life, snapshots sounded a little too good to be true. ...

storage

The Purpose of Any Movie
By: Peter John Ross on May 18, 2014 at 7:42:33 pm

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Can Hollywood Still Make Good Movies?
By: Stu Brown on May 1, 2014 at 11:24:27 am

This is a repost of an article from my website nonlinearpost.com by my son, Royce. Your comments are welcome. ...

filmmaking

Indie Comics Guru Marcelo Lewin
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 28, 2014 at 3:29:47 pm

Marcelo Lewin’s website, IndieComicsTracker.com , covers the world of indie comics. Why indie? “Because Marvel DC already have enough help from their parent companies,” Lewin says. “Besides, in my mind, the really exciting stuff is coming out of the indie scene.” I asked Lewin how the core elements of story develop in the comic book genre. “I think the most important thing that writers should keep in mind when writing a comic,” says Lewin, “is that they can tell their story via not only words (the bubbles), but also working in conjunction with the illustrator visually.” READ MORE......


Avid Symphony v6.5 - v7 / Resolve v9 - v10 | framerate independent metadata relink to essence by scott freeman
By: Scott Freeman on Apr 27, 2014 at 1:34:25 pm

Avid is a tapeless beast that I want to tame. Victorious. Here is a working step by step example of my workflow-solution using an Avid Symphony Online Sequence Metadata to relink to Resolve Video Essence with Handles using MXF media files. This is an example if the User used the Avid Symphony to create the mxf media files with handles and the user would like to color correct using Resolve and then finish the online edit in the Avid Symphony all with handles. ...

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve

Videoguys' 2014 Update on Thunderbolt & Thunderbolt version 2
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 25, 2014 at 1:01:09 pm

We bring you up to date on all the latest Thunderbolt news, products and developments. This guide also includes our recommended configuration for a new iMac as well as our Thunderbolt Wish List for 2014. ...

thunderbolt

Director/Writer David L. Johnson
By: Bob Gillen on Apr 23, 2014 at 8:48:33 pm

“I’m looking for complicated characters dealing with complicated issues.” So says director/writer David L. Johnson when asked what he looks for in a script. Recognize a Story That Moves “Personally,” Johnson says, “I have no preference. I think a lot of directors get hung up on fitting into a genre, but the greatest directors have stepped out of their box on occasion. Although these experiments don't always equate to box office success, I think it's important to learn how to recognize a story that moves and to see the potential of what you as a director can bring to that...


Videoguys' Guide (with Video) to Avid Media Composer | Software
By: Gary Bettan on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:57:07 am

Avid Media Composer | Software is now available in 3 license types making it the perfect professional editing solution for everyone. ...

Avid

Sonnyboo Podcast - Making a Movie is like Building a House
By: Peter John Ross on Apr 22, 2014 at 9:38:38 pm

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Unexpected Disk Failures in Large Arrays
By: Tim Jones on Apr 21, 2014 at 1:37:07 pm

My team has recently gotten calls for help from a number of our customers who have relatively new disk arrays (not ours) where the disks are failing unexpectedly. I'll leave brands out of this discussion, but the average age of most of these arrays is less than 12 months. ...

DISK

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD
By: Stu Brown on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:23:14 pm

THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD ...

4k

Beyond the A's and B's of NAB
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 20, 2014 at 8:19:27 pm

There’s a whole big world out there in post-production-land, and most of it is pretty awesome. ...

post production

#8 Welcome to the Low End
By: John Davidson on Apr 17, 2014 at 4:09:58 pm

Hi everyone. ...

FCPX

Saying goodbye to a very special friend
By: Steve Modica on Apr 17, 2014 at 2:24:08 pm

Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to my dog Pete. He's been with me for almost 10 years and helped me raise my kids, chase all the deer away, and keep my house safe from squirrels and mailmen. ...

dogs

What’s missing from today’s tech based editing
By: ron sussman on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:26:17 am

(this is a re-publish of a blog article I wrote for my personal web page) ...

Editing

NAB Day Whatever - New Perspectives on Old Business
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 10, 2014 at 3:58:32 pm

With the show wrapping up and my body shutting down, I've been thinking about the stuff I've seen and people I've talked to at this year's show. This is the first year I've been covering the show in a full on press capacity (meaning sitting down with a number of vendors to get the story straight from them) and it's been great fun. It's also offered another perspective to me as a show attendee, maybe the clearest one about the industry overall I've had so far.  ...

nab show


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