Sesame Street's Latest YouTube Videos Shot With Blackmagic Cinema Camera lunedý, 11 Marzo 2013 - 05:38 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Fremont, California--March 11, 2013) Blackmagic Design announced today that directors Josh and Jason Diamond of the Diamond Brothers shot Sesame Workshop’s, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, "Can You Tell-y Me How to Get to a Billion?" and "Counting the 'You's in YouTube" videos with Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Josh and Jason Diamond worked with DP Timur Civan on the four day shoot, and NYC based freelance colorist, Juan Salvo, used Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve to color the project. Watch Sesame Street's "Can You Tell-y Me How to Get to a Billion?" . Really... Help Telly get to one billion views!
Sony Pictures Unites Sound Department And Digital Mastering Under ‘Digital Productions’ Umbrella sabato, 09 Marzo 2013 - 06:22 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Culver City, California--March 9, 2013) With production underway on Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 , and post-production continuing on The Smurfs 2 , Sony Pictures Digital Productions (SPDP) today announced it is bringing the studio’s award-winning Sound Department and Colorworks, the studio’s digital intermediate facility, under its umbrella. SPDP will now offer a host of post-production services to the professional community, including visual effects and computer animation, sound mixing and editorial and digital mastering, color grading, and film restoration. The announcement was made today by Bob Osher, President, Sony Pictures Digital Productions. Commenting on the announcement, Osher said, “These changes to the production organization will help us continue to provide our partners with the same world class suite of facilities and services they have come to expect from Sony Pictures Studios over the years, and I am thrilled to welcome the expertise of Colorworks and the studio’s Sound Department, with their incredible teams of experienced professionals, to Sony Pictures Digital Productions.”
DIVE Provides On-Set VFX Supervision & Innovative Digital Workflow For Dir. Niels Arden Oplev's "Dead Man Down" venerdý, 08 Marzo 2013 - 03:21 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (New York, New York--March 8, 2013) The visual effects and postproduction team at DIVE -- a division of ShootersINC, which specializes in visual effects and picture finishing for feature films, television shows and commercials – provided on-set VFX Supervision, on-set live compositing, and extensive postproduction including the creation of an innovative digital workflow for Director Niels Arden Oplev’s (“Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) newest feature film “DEAD MAN DOWN,” which premieres in theaters nationwide Friday, March 8th. To view a trailer from the film: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/deadmandown/
Kodak Introduces Mobile Aspect Ratio App for Filmmakers venerdý, 08 Marzo 2013 - 02:16 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Rochester, New York--March 8, 2013) A new Aspect Ratio app is now available as part of the KODAK Cinema Tools application. This suite of apps from Kodak can be downloaded for free from iTunes. The Aspect Ratio App lets filmmakers see how different aspect ratios affect a shot. The new app lets filmmakers select a photo from their device and overlay it with 2-perf, 3-perf, 4-perf and 16mm motion picture film formats and popular aspect ratios.
Simian to Introduce Groundbreaking Video Encoder/Uploader at SXSW venerdý, 08 Marzo 2013 - 01:10 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Laguna Niguel--March 8, 2013) Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, will unveil its groundbreaking video encoding and uploading app at this year’s South By Southwest Conference in Austin. Designed for production and post-production companies, advertising agencies and other parties that manage large volumes of high-quality media files, the Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ simultaneously encodes and uploads video to the cloud. “The Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ is the fastest option available and intuitive for even the most novice user,” explains Simian co-founder Brian Atton. “You simply drag a file to the bucket and the app does the rest.” Simian will be exhibiting at South By Southwest at Booth 405-407.
Petrol Bags to Unveil Audio Carrier for Sound Devices, New Airflow Camera Backpack and More venerdý, 08 Marzo 2013 - 12:06 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Shelton, Connecticut--March 8, 2013) Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, announces that it will be premiering new audio and camera bags and accessories at 2013 NAB, April 8-11 at the LVCC in booth #C6432. Due to the enormous success of Petrol Bags’ sound equipment carriers, the company introduces the Deca Large Lightweight Audio Bag (PS617) that is optimally designed for soundmen who use the Sound Devices 664 mixer, with or without the CL6 Controller. Ready to work with the user, this wearable carrier offers the ideal combination of user comfort, safety, equipment organization, and practicality in the field. Within the bag, the mixer and controller are fully accessible and readouts are easily viewable. It offers a roomy, cushioned main compartment to safeguard delicate equipment. The standard removable internal divider accommodates the 664 Mixer and attached CL6 Controller, while offering easy access to the unit’s XLR connectors.
Sci-fi Thriller ‘Hero Punk’ Shot with Blackmagic Cinema Camera venerdý, 08 Marzo 2013 - 12:00 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Fremont, California--March 8, 2013) Blackmagic Design today announced that “Hero Punk,” an upcoming feature film from writer and director Kanen Flowers and produced by Scruffy.TV, was shot using Blackmagic Cinema Camera. “Hero Punk” is a sci-fi thriller set in 2042 in a dystopian society where the government is working to rid the world of people with mutant abilities. Because more than half of the film was shot on a 1,100 sq. ft. green screen, the team had to mark the virtual world via tracking markers and capture enough latitude in the images to separate the actors from the background, ensuring that lighting the actors would not decompose in the footage.
Proof Inc., One Of Hollywood’s Leading Pre-Vis Houses, Names Katie Wells As Executive Produce giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 07:56 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Los Angeles, California--March 7, 2013) Proof Inc., one of the film industry's leading pre-visualization houses, has named Katie Wells its Executive Producer. The announcement was made by Ron Frankel, Proof 's founder and Creative Director. In her new post, Wells will help manage the company's ongoing expansion and work closely with Visual Effects Supervisors and Producers, as well as commercial clients. Her work will involve tailoring Proof’s services to define and enhance creative content, define the technical needs of highly complex live-action sequences, and create efficiencies in the application of production and post-production resources.
Roman Coppola’s ‘A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III’ Colored on DaVinci Resolve giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 05:07 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Fremont, California--March 7, 2013) Blackmagic Design today announced that American Zoetrope, a San Francisco based production and post house, and SPY, a FotoKem company based in San Francisco and specializing in visual effects, used DaVinci Resolve Lite and DaVinci Resolve, respectively, for color grading on Roman Coppola’s latest film, “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.” Resolve was used by freelance colorist and VFX artist Ryan Bozajian at American Zoetrope for the early conforming and initial color correction, with footage then sent to SPY for final color correction. Ryan and Sin Cohen, American Zoetrope’s digital post production manager, worked closely with SPY's Head of Technology, Steve Maggioncalda, and Senior Colorist, Chris Martin, on system calibration to ensure a seamless transition to SPY for a final color grade on Resolve. The project was then exported out of Resolve for film outs, digital cinema packages and video masters, and the team benefited from the ability to turn Resolve’s LUTs on and off for each deliverables’ needs.
Blueyed Pictures makes its mark as a “go-to” full service digital content production studio to the fashion, entertainment and public relations industry giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 04:02 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Los Angeles, California--March 7, 2013) Blueyed Pictures Founder and Executive Producer Jamee Natella, operates on a philosophy of providing creative production solutions and added value to both advertising agencies and clients direct. The only constant in the world of fashion, entertainment and public relations is change. Blueyed consistently delivers for clients such as CW3PR, an entertainment and lifestyle public relations firm and Teeology, an online shopping destination for luxury T-shirts, co-founded by Jennifer Lopez, Erica Zohar, and Brian Lee. The ongoing relationships and growing number of production services provided by Blueyed Pictures continues to strengthen its appeal to lifestyle, entertainment and fashion marketers. With offices in LA, London and Tokyo, Blueyed operates internationally to produce commercials, branded content, apps, live events, corporate brand films, behind-the-scenes and EPKs. After 6 months of being live, Teeology is transitioning from their Beta phase into launching their full site and have enlisted Blueyed to handle digital content and post production. Teeology uses new technology and social networking tools to "disrupt the traditional retail model." They place a “curated” selection of high-end printed T-shirts, designed by various artists and designers, up for vote by its members. The winning designs go into production and are sold exclusively online. In conjunction with the digital content for Teeology’s full launch later this Spring, Blueyed will edit a Teeology brand story. It will consist of a series of profile videos featuring fashion industry icons and Teeology “Curators”: Erica Zohar, Co-Founder of Teeology, Peter Kim, Founder & CEO of Hudson Jeans; Marlien Rentmeester, Former West Coast Editor of Lucky Magazine and creator of the fashion blog LeCatch and Jane Buckingham, Author of the Modern Girl’s Guide to Life book series and Founder of trend forecasting and consumer insight firm Trendera.
OptiTrack™ Simplifies Motion Capture with Release of Motive Software giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:57 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Corvallis, Oregon--March 6, 2013) Motion capture provider OptiTrack™ today announced the launch of Motive, a unified software platform designed to eliminate the complexities historically associated with motion capture workflows. Motive delivers cleaner motion data, enables larger capture volumes and can be tailored to meet a full range of production studio and research facility needs. With an easy-to-navigate interface, Motive provides a high-performance solution for data management and processing as well as skeleton solving. When customized with the Motive Body Module add-on, the system delivers simultaneous full body and finger tracking, even in very large capture areas. “We’ve always taken a position that motion capture shouldn’t be so difficult, and it shouldn’t be so expensive,” said Jim Richardson, CEO of OptiTrack. “With the release of Motive, we’re making it easier than ever to integrate motion capture into facilities and productions of all sizes at very accessible price points. Coupled with OptiTrack’s cameras, the highest performers in the industry, we’ve set a new bar for performance in optical motion capture.”
Marquis to Show Medway V3 at NAB giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:53 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (March 6, 2013) Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, is set to demonstrate the enhanced control capabilities of Medway V3, the latest version of its flagship media integration product, at NAB 2013 on booth SL13008. “Complex digital workflows are hampered by expensive and repetitive operations brought on by file incompatibilities,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Medway V3 can be described as an ‘interoperability engine’ that delivers cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, ensuring products such as Edit Platforms, either standalone or using Shared storage and third-party MAMs and automation systems can work seamlessly together.
Athena Studios Founder Jon V. Peters Named To Board Of Directors For The Visual Effects Society’s Northern California Chapter giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:49 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Emeryville, California--March 6, 2013) Jon V. Peters, CEO/Founder of Athena Studios, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society’s Northern California chapter. The announcement was made by David Tanaka, VES Section Chairman, Bay Area/Northern California. "We're sincerely delighted to have Jon Peters become a newly elected VES Bay Area board member,” said Tanaka. “Over the years, Jon has helped the VES Bay Area Section many times as a dedicated local VES member, offering video-graphy, post-production and archiving services on numerous occasions, including a 2012 Ralph McQuarrie Tribute, the Mill Valley Film Festival ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ 30th Anniversary and ‘Star Wars’ 35th Anniversary retro-spectives, to name a few. We appreciate all that Jon and Athena Studios have done for the VES Bay Area Section in the past, and we look forward to future collaborations with Jon and his company through his new capacity as a board member.”
Alphadogs Post Beats The Train To The Finish For “The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek” giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:45 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Burbank, California--March 6, 2013) AlphaDogs Post Production is pleased to announce they have completed work on the AFI Thesis Film, The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek . Based on the play by Naomi Wallace, the film is a coming-of-age story with a wicked twist that reaches into the depths of a nation and asks, "what lies beneath?" The film premieres at the American Film Institute on Saturday, March 9th with two screenings at 8:00pm and 9:30pm. For more information, visit http:// http://www.trestlethemovie.com
Snackhaus Production Company Deploys Litepanels Sola 12 For Articles of Society Denim Fashion Video giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:43 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Van Nuys, California--March 6, 2013) When Snackhaus, a creative content production company based in Los Angeles, was putting together a video shoot for denim fashion brand Articles of Society, Director/Cinematographer, Chris Laughter realized there was a problem. The location, an old house built in the 1920s up among the horse ranches near Santa Clarita, California, had a very poor electrical infrastructure and bringing in a large, noisy generator was out of the question. In order to decrease his power draw while maintaining the quantity of lighting needed he turned to Litepanels. “The location was perfect,” says Laughter, “with great character and rustic charm, it was just the look we wanted for our Spring/Summer 2013 Articles of Society videos, but unfortunately the electrical wiring was equally rustic. Many of the outlets didn’t work or were unreliable. I knew Litepanels® would be releasing their Sola 12™ LED Fresnel soon and I thought it would be the perfect tool for this job since it only draws 350 Watts but outputs about 2K worth of light.”
Anton/Bauer Powers Countless Productions For Fletcher Camera & Lenses giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 02:37 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow Well-Known Rental House Has Stocked Company’s Gear for Nearly 30 Years (Chicago, Illinois--March 6, 2013) When starting a business, it’s always good to have a firm grasp of the industry you are entering. So when Tom Fletcher founded Fletcher Camera & Lenses with his father 26 years ago, he studied up on cameras, lenses and, of course, batteries. For his research, Fletcher turned to a battery manual published by Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Ever since then, the two companies have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship, with Fletcher relying on Anton/Bauer to power countless productions, providing the battery manufacturer with valuable feedback on a variety of the innovative solutions it has developed over the years.
Metus MAM at the Heart of 3 Most Rated TV Shows in Turkey giovedý, 07 Marzo 2013 - 12:58 AM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow Metus Shared Recording System with Grass Valley Edius is deployed in Turkey’s largest Media Production Company – Acun Media Co. (March 6, 2013) Acun Media is known for producing the most top-rated shows in Turkey, such as Survivor, Turkey’s Got Talent, The Voice of Turkey and now is using Metus MAM as a Central Production System. Presenting a faster and more efficient solution for the production of all three TV shows, Metus is also easing the workflow throughout the post-production and multiformat editing process.
Autodesk Invites 3D Pros to Animation Software Reveal mercoledý, 06 Marzo 2013 - 11:39 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (March 6, 2013) On Tuesday, March 26, Autodesk will commence Unfold 2014 -- a two-day celebration unveiling the latest 3D animation software releases. Festivities will include live and virtual events, where artists can see Autodesk's newest technology in action, interact with product managers, learn from 3D experts and check out new customer projects. Online Exclusives
Korea’s National Broadcaster KBS Chooses SprintCam Vvs HD Ultra Motion System from I-MOVIX mercoledý, 06 Marzo 2013 - 10:50 PM - 2 Months, 2 ago - top stories - 1-CreativeCow (Mons, Belgium--March 6, 2013) Korea’s national television station KBS has invested in the SprintCam® Vvs HD ultra slow motion technology from I-MOVIX. KBS will deploy the solution to enhance its coverage of domestic and international baseball, volleyball, basketball and football events. KBS has been a long-term user of ultra motion for sports productions, but this is the first time the broadcaster purchased the I-MOVIX’s solution. KBS trialled three super slowmo systems during the summer of 2012 to compare performance and features.