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DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. Beginning with a two-episode pilot that told the tales of life in communist regimes, the Witness Project debuted at a screening at the Library of Congress and began the greater journey into the victims' stories and inherent strength. Building on that success, Smock Media and VOC decided to expand the series into an eight-episode arch for 2016, with even more slated for later years. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story. ...Read More »
Music Choice Declares March Women's History Month By Tegan Alexander Women clearly cannot be stopped, and this month they receive well-deserved respect and recognition. March is typically known as Women's History Month, but Music Choice is declaring it Women's Music Month to celebrate the talented, confident females breaking ground and making history for today's generation. In short: Women rock. Music Choice is highlighting some of the baddest babes in music with special content on Music Choice On Demand from March 6th through March 27th. Check out the biggest music videos, exclusive interviews with pop's leading ladies, and playlists from fan-favorite female artists as they salute their fellow hit-makers. ...Read More »
Content Insider #509 - Ratings By Miles Weston OK everyone is fighting to deliver you content -- YouTube and respectable channel folks around the globe. They're delivering to folks who have TV sets but fewer of them). But according to the folks at MWC (Mobile World Congress) the real plaything is the device you've got in your hand. Big deal. Everyone knows it's all about great content and that comes from great filmmakers (4K/HDR and VR). These driven men, women showed off fantastic stuff at the Sundance Film Festival and they're showing even more at all of the festivals around the globe. Put down the cat/dog/stupid guy trick stuff and check out what really counts...fantastic, professional content from folks who want only a couple of things - cheers and monitization. ...Read More »
Lander University Upgrades Digital Media Studio with Blackmagic Design Lander University may be a small university in Greenwood, SC, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in passion. Like every other university in the country, Lander's faculty and staff want to equip students to be outstanding in their fields. Thanks in part to Assistant Professor of digital media Cory Carpenter, students in the Mass Communications and Media Studies program are doing just that. In his two year tenure working at Lander, Cory pushed for an upgrade for the digital media studio's outdated equipment, and the program's 125 students now learn about television production using three Blackmagic Studio Cameras HD, an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher, a Smart Videohub 16x16 router, one HyperDeck Studio Pro and a SmartScope Duo 4K. ...Read More »
Content Insider #508 - Keeping Viewers By Miles Weston OTT (over the top) viewing is great...any time, any place, any device. Our kids love it. Heck you probably love it. True the new content delivery folks like it for the most part but their challenge is keeping you "tuning in" to their service. The problem is called churn - kids (and adults) moving from one source to another to another. Every time you leave it costs a lot of money to get a new viewer. The key to keeping you using them is simple...keep delivering the content they want. For some services it's super easy. For others not so much. The answer is understanding what each individual wants to view, when and where. Better use of your information and making intelligent recommendations spells profits for the service provider, advertisers and marketers and...a satisfied viewer. ...Read More »
Manhattan College Upgrades to 4K Television Studio with Blackmagic Design Manhattan College is a private liberal arts college located in Riverdale, NY, a neighborhood in the northwest portion of the Bronx. In 2008, the college formed a new communication department, and as part of that initiative they began building a new, professional television studio for students in the broadcasting/telecommunications program. It took several years, but after putting in several proposals the department received the funds necessary to upgrade the studio to HD. While researching new equipment, Michael realized that Blackmagic Design's line of studio products would allow them to leapfrog over HD and upgrade the studio to 4K for roughly the same price. ...Read More »
Special VR Report By Miles Weston Shortly after his return from the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), we caught up with Lewis Smithingham, president of 30ninjas at CES in Las Vegas where he was busy shooting and producing VR (virtual reality) content for a number of the leading firms that were unveiling new VR products. Smithingham had been invited to DIFF to discuss the potential for immersive storytelling in the region. ...Read More »
Arrival: Gravity Shift Sequence By Ko Maruyama If you haven't had a chance to see it in theaters, it's releasing to home video soon. Check out the VFX process of a key scene in the film. A little spoilery - but you'll still want to check out the movie yourself. ...Read More »
Contribute to SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6 Open-Beta; Includes Stitching and Expanded HDR ASSIMILATE today announced its most aggressive products update to date with an open-Beta for SCRATCH 8.6 and the SCRATCH VR Suite 8.6, the latest versions of its advanced, real-time post-production tools and workflow -- VR/360 and 2D/3D content, from dailies, to conform, grading, compositing, and finishing. Both open-Beta versions give all content creators and post artists the opportunity to actively use the full suite of SCRATCH and SCRATCH VR tools, while evaluating and submitting requests and recommendations for additional features or updates. ...Read More »
Director Shoots Car Chase Film With JVC GY-LS300 Camcorder In the motion picture industry, previsualization helps filmmakers provide proof of concept by shooting quick, unpolished versions of complex scenes. Director and action DP Lawrence Ribeiro has directed and shot more than 100 sequences for various films and commercials. When directing his own short film, The Chase, Ribeiro wanted a slick finished product, so he shot with the GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld Super 35 camcorder from JVC Professional Video. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" The Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
The Public Broadcasting Act 50 Years Later By Brandon Gordon When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill that created the Corporation of Public Broadcasting in November 1967, he was envisioning a way for the public to gain access to quality television. Unlike Great Britain, the United States had no public service broadcasting system in place when television came in vogue. Instead they had a mixture of commercial television stations that were highly lucrative and small non-commercialized radio and television stations that aired local and national educational programs. ...Read More »
Content Insider #504 - Taking Flight By Miles Weston Drones as small as mosquitos and as large as a house were being shown everywhere at CES and the only ones that looked worthwhile had cameras attached to them or were being talked about for protection or production. Actually a couple of the "this is going to be a hot, fantastic market for us slashed staffs or closed their doors. The drone business is good and a lot of dads bought them for their kids over the holidays ... then crashed them. All of these things are great if they're used responsibly but being thoughtful and responsible isn't a huge market. ...Read More »
IamAVL Supports Local Asheville, NC Music Scene With Blackmagic Design Nestled in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain range, the city of Asheville is well known for its vibrant local arts scene. In 2012, a group of music lovers came together to form Independent Arts and Music of Asheville, or IamAVL for short. It's a community-based web channel and full service production company that integrates video production, studio recording sessions and live performances into a seamless channel for the creation of high quality content. ...Read More »
Death Of A Professional Stuntman By David Hague The recent death of a professional stuntman filming in a Brisbane Tavern (Queensland Australia) should send shockwaves through all ranks of filmmakers - commercial and amateur. There are many things yet to be fully investigated by the police, but so far it appears that he was hit by two blanks in the chest at close range and, despite CPR efforts by fellow crew members, was pronounced dead at the film site. ...Read More »
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