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Movie Reviews that are Probably More Enjoyable than the Movies Themselves
By: Mike Cohen on Apr 26, 2013 at 6:00:14 pm

There is a Film History and Appreciation forum right here on this very Creative COW website. ...


The duality of stereography.
By: Paolo Ciccone on May 6, 2010 at 9:35:19 am

The term "3D" has become ambiguous as people use it interchangeably for both 3D modeling and for referring to stereographic images that give the illusion of a 3D space. I'll refer to "3D cinema" from now on as "stereography." I have mixed feelings about stereography. On one side I was really excited after I watched "Monsters vs Aliens" in iMax 3D. It's quite the experience. Still the presence of the glasses was strong and can't be ignored. Even movies like Avatar look artificially "flavored" to me, when using the 3D glasses. I enjoy the experience but at the same time I...


Are we sure this is a good idea?
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 4, 2009 at 11:39:02 am

I LOVE Yellow Submarine . Loooooooove Yellow Submarine. I'm old enough to remember The Beatles upending New York, which remains a pivotal cultural memory of mine. I dove in all the way, too, including my golden, gleaming Yellow Submarine lunchbox, 1968's de rigeur fashion accessory. (That one's not mine. I wish. I've watched ebay, Beatlebay, Christie's, and others, and have never seen one for sale in even GOOD condition. Most are pretty well banged up and rusted, and still run in the $700 range...if you can find one at all.) So maybe I'm too close to it to be objective, but...


For your Netflix Delectation
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 8:54:51 am

One of my favorite Netflix features is that you can stream movies in your queue. Add this one to your queue so that you can start streaming it to your computer right now: Henry Poole Is Here. The trailer's vibe makes it seem wacky...but it's not. The music is all wrong, NOTHING like the music in the movie. But it might still give you some idea: it's slow, quiet, lyrical, a little sad, and very sweet, about what you might find at the end of your rope. And you can start streaming it now. I gotta tell you. We've really gotten...


Cool Beans
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:32:40 pm

I admit it. I spend a lot of time on the internet. All day it is available, though we need our bandwidth at work for uploading stuff to our client server, but at home all bets are off. So what do I do with all this free wifi? Do I read wikipedia on the porch, sipping a mojito with the sun on my face? Hardly. I sit in my pleather desk chair staring at my 24" HD computer monitor. Nothing like a change of pace from the office! (speaking of leather-like materials, when I first got out of college, I found a cool bachelor...


Tron 2 Review
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 26, 2009 at 9:48:02 am

More specifically, a review of the rapidly emerging news about the slice of nerd-vana that may or may not be named Tron 2. Those of us who became devoted some classics of science fiction filmmaking between, oh, I don’t know, let’s say 1977 and 1983, have reasons to cast the stink eye in the direction of latter-day sequels, prequels and such. One of those classics is 1982’s “Tron,” and you don’t need me to explain why . Yet even in this post-stink-eye era, the word on its sequel is nothing but good so far – including the news that it’s...


RealD: Monsters
By: Tim Wilson on Apr 19, 2009 at 6:46:40 pm

In my Monday-morning breakdown of the numbers after the opening weekend of Monsters vs. Aliens, I noted a disproportionate share of the dough coming from 3D screens: $58.2 million for the weekend, on 4104 screens 28% of those screens were 3D, and accounted for 58% of the gross! .03% --that's three-tenths of 1 percent -- of those 4104 screens were IMAX (143 to be exact)...and they accounted for nearly TEN PERCENT of the gross! Now, IMAX is a name you know. Until very recently, it has been synonymous with big-screen stereoscopic projection. Really, it's the first major brand in this...


Sony's new 4K Digital Cinema Projector
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:37:55 pm

This isn't just huge news for people in the digital cinema business: it's huge for everyone in any aspect of show business, including slobs like us. I saw the news of Sony's new 4K projectors on the front page of Variety is barely peripherally related to the projection side of the business. This message is directly aimed at the people who make the movies: 4K is here...and the ideal use of a 4K projector is NOT the projection of 4K images. Its primary intent is for a full 2K for eacheye!! You can kind of get that from the last...

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A few of my favorite 2008 movies
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:13:45 am

I like award season, year-end lists and all that. There's so much that goes on in the year, much of it frankly much more important than entertainment, that it's easy to forget some of the great stuff we've seen, heard, and read. And in the scheme of things, there's not that much that's THAT much more important than entertainment, is there? :-) I hope to get around to other categories, but I've been thinking about movies. Oscar nominations get announced this week, and as I've mentioned before, the Oscars are as close to a holiday as my wife and I celebrate,...


Blu-ray and the Big Bag of Hurt; or, why no Blu-ray for me...again
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20:40 am

When Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a big bag of hurt, he was being asked why the new MacBooks have no Blu-ray drives. His answer spoke to the cost of licensing the hardware. When his lieutenant Phil Schiller chimed in, HE was speaking about Blu-ray content when he said that the iTunes Store and Apple TV was the right way to deliver HD. Steve knows how much a Blu-ray drive costs to license, so I'll take his word for it. I won't bust Phil too badly as an individual, because lordy knows he's not the only one to think that Blu-ray's...


Fellow Film Music Composers
By: Alan Brown on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:05:10 am

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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...


Festival Laurels for your award-winning movie
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 2:08:39 pm

Ok so first you have to win some festival awards or at least be an official selection. Then you have to be on Windows. That said here's a very cool application that will make the creation of festival laurels for your movie's poster, DVD box, etc very simple. ...


How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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Chronosync- invaluable tool for tapeless workflow
By: Noah Kadner on May 3, 2008 at 7:12:27 am

Here's a tool for anyone working with the solid-state and tapeless workflow, for example the Panasonic HVX200 and Sony EX1 . If you've been dragging and dropping footage from your folders to your hard drive you could be a bit more at risk than you realize. ...

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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: ...

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Call for Submissions - SFMUG Short Movie Festival - Great Prizes totaling over $2800
By: Giuseppe Quinn on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:13:42 pm

Call for Entries - 2nd Annual SFMUG Short Movie Festival ...


Go Speed Racer!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 4:23:09 am

True confession: I hated The Matrix and its sequels. Absolutely despised them as dreck, a colossal waste of time, talent, and money. I really hate those movies so much that I can t find the words to describe it. Really, really, really hate them. A lot. I didn t hate Speed Racer, but I didn t love it as much as my friends did either. When it showed up in 1967 , it was the first major Japanimation to hit these shores, nothing like the early Warner Brothers cartoons that I loved, and still do. I eventually got into it...


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...


Nacelle on the 101
By: Shane Ross on Feb 29, 2008 at 8:53:34 am

I love this town...LA. Every now and then I see some character actor in the park or in the store. I cut off Danny DeVito in front of Warner Brothers my first week in an earful. I walked thru the airplace crash set of the new WAR OF THE WORLDS one week before they shot, because the production I was working on was just up the hill on the Universal Lot. During my lunch hour from jury duty I walked into the Bradbury Building where they shot a lot of Blade Runner scenes. Snuck onto the lot at Warner...


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...


Inspiration from Modo
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am

I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...


What is speech anyway?
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Oct 10, 2007 at 4:35:02 pm

So for the first time in a long time, I find myself completely at a loss. I ve lost my voice. Gone. I woke up yesterday and couldn t speak - at all. The doctor tells me it will be at least until Saturday before I can talk again. It s frustrating because I can t create podcasts. Obviously I can t record them, but I also read out loud as I write them, to make sure they sound right. So much of what I do is wrapped up in speech. Not that it s even close to the same...

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That whole white background thing
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 3:27:46 am

It s not even a background, really. It s pretty explicitly the absence of a background. Even lighting, no shadows, almost adrift. Not in a bad way. Stephen Smith did a great job of covering this in the May-June issue of Creative COW Magazine, including why it s best to use chroma keys to acheive the look. The most frequent place you re seeing it these days is the I m a Mac ads. If you cast your mind back a little further, you might recall the same look in the Apple switch campaign. As an Oscar-maniac, I hope you...


Thrilled for Thelma's third! Oh yeah, and Marty's first.
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:07:27 am

As glad as I was to see Mr. Scorcese finally earn a well-deserved Oscar for directing, I was even gladder to see Thelma Schoonmaker earn her third one for Best Achievement in Editing, for her work on The Departed. She also won in 1981 for Raging Bull and 2005 for The Aviator. She was nominated for Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and in 1971, Woodstock. (I remember that Scorcese was an editor on that as well, credited as Marty Scorcese. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I remember that, in addition to Asst. Director, he was listed...


Jonathan Demme's "Man from Plains" Premieres, BCM provides assist
By: walter biscardi on Sep 8, 2007 at 4:11:30 am

SUGAR HILL, GA9/8/2007 Jonathan Demme s new documentary, Man From Plains , about former President Jimmy Carter had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7th, 2007. The film received a two minute standing ovation and will next be presented at the Toronto Film Festival with the Carters in attendance on Monday, September 10th. The film is an intimate two-hour portrayal of the 39th President set against the backdrop of Carter s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid book tour. Biscardi Creative Media, located just outside Atlanta, Georgia provided extensive production support for this project working with Producer Gary...


The Good German-DVD and Movie Review: Grade A+
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 22, 2007 at 6:19:13 pm

Posted by Martin: The Good German : Grade A+ DVD:Video:AAudio:BExtras:None Some movies are referred to homages, homages to different people, director's, genres or styles.  Some have called The Good German an homage to 1940's Film Noir.  This is incorrect.  The Good German is a Temple, a Synagogue, a Church dedicated to the glorious style of 1940's film noir. Steven Soderbergh directed this great film.  This is another testament to his skill and flexibility as a filmmaker.  The same guy that has made the three Ocean films can also make this stylish and moody thriller. The movie is set at the...


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...


Harry Potter in 3D IMAX, um sort of......
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2007 at 3:58:43 am

I was really looking forward to seeing the new Harry Potter film in IMAX next week and even the fact that they had digitally enhanced it into 3D wasn t all that disappointing. Until I read an article about how once again, as they did in Superman Returns, only approx. 20 minutes of the film is actually in 3D. The finale. So I m going to skip the IMAX presentation because quite honestly, putting on 3D glasses at the end of a film (on cue) will simply break the experience for me. Either make a film in 3D or don...


Must see promos/shorts/animations
By: Filip Vandueren on Apr 2, 2007 at 7:55:43 pm

some quick copy-pastes, from Ludo Luykx nozap blog @  enjoy Tyger:  Google s Master Plan:


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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