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Chasing Down the Perfect Shot to Capture the Vengeance of Atalhos in Film Noir José Menezes is the founder of and partner at MA7 Filmes, a production house based in São Paulo, Brazil that specializes in advertising, feature and short films, and documentaries. André, a director and cinematographer, had been working with José on a number of projects through which they developed a close working relationship. They've since collaborated on a variety of projects, most recently working with some of the music video's crewmembers on a feature film, "Obra," directed by Gregorio Graziosi. It will be making its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. They are also releasing two short films this year, 'Boatman' and '3310,' directed by José and photographed by André, both shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. ...Read More »
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Grants a Wish In making an independent film about the film industry and the journey of pursuing the Hollywood dream, the last thing Director Jared Cohn wanted was for it to look fake. Especially when the film was one of the most meaningful projects he had ever created. "The film looks almost like a documentary, but it's completely narrative and scripted. Since I made it on my own dime, the only way I was able to achieve such as realistic look was with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera," said Jared. "The camera's dynamic range provided such an authentic look at an affordable price, and many people think it's a documentary because it looks so realistic. ...Read More »
VYV Delivers Immersive Video Projections that Entertain Live Audiences Worldwide What do Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles, Shakira, and Cirque du Soleil have in common? All have amazed audiences with live shows incorporating dazzling, out-of-this-world video projections made possible by an elite 3D interactive video projection company based in Canada. Spectators stunned by the creativity, artistry, and impact of the projections can thank VYV and its Photon interactive media server, the most powerful real-time video control system available. Powered by high-end NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) GPUs, Photon systems deliver the accuracy, reliability, and flexibility required for VYV's elaborate multi-projector productions. ...Read More »
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
Assimilate at IBC 2014 By Ko Maruyama Finally a pro player that works on both Mac and PC equally well. If you want to go ad-free (and you should), it's only a $5US purchase ...Read More »
Mikros Image Standardizes Digital Post Workflows on ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Software ASSIMILATE announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH finishing software and SCRATCH Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. ...Read More »
MAXON at IBC By Ko Maruyama IBC is kicking off in Amsterdam on September 11. And with it, starts the annual convention for European broadcasters and digital entertainment content creators. This September date comes on the heels of MAXON's release of R16, their newest version of CINEMA4D. If you're at IBC 2014, you can see R16 presented in person. ...Read More »
Modbook: A 15.4" Macbook Pro By Ko Maruyama Way back in 2009, we had a 4 day hands on session with Modbook's (Axiotron) offering. Then, it was a 15" modbook. Granted, the Macbooks that were available then weren't nearly as powerful as the low end machines we have today. And, in 2009, the touch alternatives weren't great. Five years later, Modbook Inc. comes back with a brand new proposition: A Modbook from a Macbook Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 monster with 32GB RAM and 2TB of storage. ...Read More »
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 »
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