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Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
MAXON CINEMA4D R16 By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
After Effects World in Seattle By Ko Maruyama Future Media Concepts is hosting their second After Effects World conference for the application's users in Seattle, Washington. On September 25-28, animators and compositors from around the world will participate in discussions focused on the potential of the software. ...Read More »
Back to School with Boinx By Ko Maruyama Boinx software has been a helpful aid to instructors at many levels. Most notably, their simple Mousepose cursor highlighting and keystroke callouts has been the widely used and recognized. There are a few other applications by the company you may want to check out while their school sale period is in session. Many apps are 10% off and come with a Mousepose license. ...Read More »
SIGGRAPH 2014 Education from NextLimit By Ko Maruyama Although there has recently been a huge evolution in user interface, making RealFlow 2014 more user friendly than ever, NexLimit?s RealFlow is a very powerful liquid and gas simulation engine, as well as a dynamic rigid and soft body engine. With the announcement that Next Limit is offering licenses to schools, students will have a chance to start adopting it into their pipeline while in school. ...Read More »
Punk, Pop and Sci Fi All Sealed With a Kiss in "Pink Zone" For Ben Walter, it all started 20 years ago when he saw Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The pure princess and how she changes from a single prick of the finger and true love's kiss. That idea sat in his mind for years, and came to the surface in 2013 when he was working on his UCLA thesis film. Once through with college, the idea turned into a full length feature. But the idea wasn't a remake of Sleeping Beauty. What if boys could kill girls with a kiss. Certainly not the happy ending from the cartoon. But a gloomy, frightening look at the other side of the coin. And that was the birth of the Benjamin Walter's "Pink Zone," with its dreamy and graphic images captured by Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
"The Dry Brush Master" How do you capture the subtle brilliance of a dry brush artist in a documentary? For years, many people have tried to capture the beauty of painted artwork on video and film, and it is never easy. This is what filmmaker Ben Tobin was faced with when he decided to take on the task of telling Greg Ruth's story. Ruth is known as a Dry Brush Master, and his artwork and books have been celebrated around the world. ...Read More »
Grob Comedy Relies on Blackmagic Design for Video Production Josh Grob is dead serious about comedy. It's why he founded Grob Comedy, the definitive guide to comedy shows, comedians and comedy venues in New York City. While the website mainly helps fans keep track of their favorite comedians, as well as discover new ones, it also serves as a marketing platform for the comedians themselves. After much research, Josh found everything he was looking for in Blackmagic Design's ATEM Production Studio 4K live production switcher. At one RU in size, the rack mounted ATEM Production Studio 4K fits perfectly in Josh's portable kit, which also houses a Blackmagic Design SmartView HD monitor. ...Read More »
Larry Jordan's New Educational Program By Ko Maruyama I've known Larry Jordan for several years. I've met him in Hollywood, at trade shows, during special events, and listened to his podcast. At every occasion, he's been not only friendly, but genuinely interested in helping post professionals get the most out of their workflow - allowing editors to find simple methods, or understand complex procedures so they can achieve their creative process. Now Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc has launched a new program focusing on an audience of educators. ...Read More »
AJA Ki Pro Quad and Canon C500 Steer 4K Production for 'Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?' For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days. ...Read More »
Harvard Athletics Upgrades Video Production and Streaming Harvard University, a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is well known throughout the world for its history, influence and prestige. And if Imry Halevi has anything to say about it, Harvard will also be known for its cutting edge athletic video production and streaming capabilities. He began by upgrading Harvard's outdated video infrastructure, and as part of the new system he installed several Blackmagic Design products, including a Compact Videohub router, six ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K switchers, a Micro Videohub router, six UltraStudio Mini Recorders, an ATEM Television Studio and more than 25 Mini Converters. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Ripple Creative Group Turns to NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Communicating what's in the mind's eye of an architect or interior designer can be daunting, especially for large, unusual, or groundbreaking projects. Ripple Creative Group has built its business around visualizing building and real estate projects in such exquisite and accurate detail that anyone can see what the built project will actually look like. Their latest project, using one massive file for design and edits, not only let Ripple achieve the 100% paperless design/build process criteria for the ABC Green House virtual tour, it completely revamped the way they work, establishing a more efficient graphics pipeline that has become their new standard. ...Read More »
Between College, Real World There's 4K Intramural By Miles Weston Independent filmmakers are finding it much more affordable today to produce a crowd pleasing film -- low-cost 4K, 5K camera, economic Mac/PC production systems, cloud creative tools, reasonably priced high capacity storage. Of course it also requires a whole lot of talent and that magic something. They all came togetther for the production of Intramural and they're racking up lots of recognition. ...Read More »
'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. ...Read More »
Time Travel, Ham Sandwiches and the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ham sandwiches are pretty much the same no matter where you are. But the same is not true when thinking about when you are. In the 1970s, it was Wonder Bread and two slices of ham. Maybe a slice of that weird orange cheese. But today? Well, which of the 10 types of organically grown bread would you like with your smoked, pepper or free range ham? If you are one of the two time travelers in Kanen Flowers's new series "18:20," the search for the normalcy of a simple ham sandwich, one of the running plot points in the series, is just one of the many reminders that everything changes when time traveling. ...Read More »
SXSW Premiere "Thank You a Lot" Tells a Story of Austin's Music Scene By Lou Wallace Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university. ...Read More »
Rain or Shine, The University of Portland's Multimedia Team Gets the Shot with Blackmagic Design Building a brand is important for any business regardless of the industry, and advertising and marketing campaigns are some of the main ways to do so. In addition to traditional methods, such as print ads and television commercials, today it's essential to leverage social media, especially when your target audience is one of the biggest consumers of the medium. The University of Portland was quick to realize this, and created its own in house multimedia team, in conjunction with its marketing department, which handles all television commercial, online video and social media marketing campaigns. Headed by photojournalist and videographer Jeff Kennel, what makes this team unique is that it produces high quality work just as good as many professional agencies and production companies, but at a fraction of the cost and twice the speed. ...Read More »
BlackMagic At NAB 2014: 10 New Products! Blackmagic Design announced ten new products this year, including two very exciting new camera models, 6 new Ultra HD product lines (including the world's first 12G-SDI product with the Teranex Express), the latest version of Resolve and the introduction of the Cintel Film Scanner. ...Read More »
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