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An Emerging Editor's First Trip to New York: Sight, Sound, and Story Recap
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 14, 2018 at 3:54:53 pm

Note: This blog was written by Brandon Marchionda , one of two recipients to be sent by Blue Collar Post Collective to New York City and Manhattan Edit Workshop's "Sight, Sound, and Story" educational event which highlights the life and work of top editors working in the industry today. Blue Collar Post Collective's Professional Development Accessibility Program identifies lower income emerging talent in post production and provides them an opportunity to attend important industry events where they can build their education and professional network to take the next step in their careers. It's important for emerging talent to be present...


Experimenting with Vertical Video and IGTV
By: walter biscardi on Jul 5, 2018 at 2:05:55 pm

I began experimenting pretty much immediately after IGTV was launched and it's turning out to be quite a lot of fun, and challenging. As I mentioned in my first post, one of the biggest challenges is the lack of horizontal space for graphics and to showcase elements in the scene. ...

Vertical Video

Boosting disk mass without steroids
By: Serge Plat on Jul 2, 2018 at 9:17:56 am

Our lab has reviewed new JBOD from WD. ...

SAN

Ep 330: Fall of the House of Nerd + Incredibles 2 Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 21, 2018 at 11:07:02 pm

On episode 330 of The Harold and Maudecast "Fall of the House of Nerd", hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe discuss the MeToo revelations about nerd mogul, Chris Hardwick and it's potential impact on Comic Con. ...

incredibles 2

E3 2018 Preview
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 12, 2018 at 4:00:23 pm

The Harold & Maudecast are going to E3! On Episode 329 hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe preview the ultimate gaming convention taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 12-14. We go through the list of top games and news to watch for from Ubisoft's omission of Splinter Cell at their press conference, Sony's The Last of Us Part II and what will Nintendo's booth be like this year!? ...

E3 2018 Preview

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 11, 2018 at 7:33:39 pm

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be available for download starting August 14, 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One across all regions. The Final Season will also come to Nintendo Switch later this year.  ...

telltale the walking dead final season

A Conversation with HBO's Asian American Visionaries: Director Huay-Bing Law
By: Clarence Deng on Jun 6, 2018 at 10:15:02 pm

“Now that Black Panther has set a new precedent, people are like, ‘You know what, the audience is ready. They're ready for new faces’, and that’s really, really exciting for us right now. It's just about breaking the mold, moving forward, and being able to tell the stories I've been waiting to tell for so long.” – Marrite Go, director ...


A Conversation with HBO's Asian American Visionaries: Director Feng-I Fiona Roan
By: Clarence Deng on Jun 6, 2018 at 9:26:14 pm

“Now that Black Panther has set a new precedent, people are like, ‘You know what, the audience is ready. They're ready for new faces’, and that’s really, really exciting for us right now. It's just about breaking the mold, moving forward, and being able to tell the stories I've been waiting to tell for so long.” – Marrite Go, director ...


A Conversation with HBO's Asian American Visionaries: Director Maritte Go
By: Clarence Deng on Jun 6, 2018 at 9:19:31 pm

“Now that Black Panther has set a new precedent, people are like, ‘You know what, the audience is ready. They're ready for new faces’, and that’s really, really exciting for us right now. It's just about breaking the mold, moving forward, and being able to tell the stories I've been waiting to tell for so long.” – Marrite Go, director ...


Solo & Cargo - Movie Reviews + Checking in on Westeros
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:17:54 pm

On Episode 328 of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake review the movies SOLO and CARGO and checking in on Westeros, predictions for who will survive Game of Thrones. ...

Solo review

Age of Distraction 3: Is Social Change Driving the Story
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:15:16 pm

On this episode of The Conversations Podcast, The HMC continues its series, Writing in the Age of Distraction with Part 3: Is Social Change Driving the Story. Host Sarah Mason sits down with screenwriters Warren Lewis (BLACK RAIN) and Stephen Godchaux (Roseanne, Dead Like Me) to discuss writing in a politically charged era -- how and why social movements like #MeToo #BlackLivesMatter and #Parkland are driving storylines from Roseanne to Big Little Lies to Get Out. Should story creators be in the bridge building business or simply entertainment us, and does the success of Black Panther suggest audiences want both?...

interview stephen godchaux & warren lewis

Princess Deadpool
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:14:03 pm

On Episode 327 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Princess Deadpool". Host Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review DEADPOOL 2. ...

deadpool 2 review

To Infinity and Beyond - Avengers: Infinity War
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:13:00 pm

On Episode 326 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Infinity and Beyond", Sarah and Jake review the movie with the biggest box office opening in history, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and talk Marvel's master plan, how they got all these super heroes to play together like a well finessed boy(girl) band. ...

infinity war review

Walk Quiet and Carry a Big Box Office Stick - A Quiet Place
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 4, 2018 at 10:11:54 pm

On this week's episode 325 of The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe, Now in Theaters reviews, READY PLAYER ONE and A QUIET PLACE, at long last our streaming review of THE LAST JEDI and The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale. ...

a quiet place review

Saturation Wars: How Much Star Wars is Too Much?
By: Mike Cohen on May 29, 2018 at 8:35:01 pm

When Disney announced that they would be making a new Star Wars movie every year for at least 10 years I was both excited and a bit skeptical. Back in the 80s it took 3 years for the next SW movie to come out. After Star Wars IV the world waited eagerly for the next one. Empire is now considered the best one for many reasons, and Jedi was anticipated mainly to answer the big cliffhanger questions posed by Empire. ...


After Effects tutorial: Converting a 2D effect to 3D (using a bit of Maths) to make a Black Hole
By: Graham Quince on May 26, 2018 at 4:00:59 pm

Long title, but it about covers it. In this tutorial, I'm demonstrating how to get the look of an Interstellar Movie-type Black Hole using the Bulge effect, 3D layers, adjustment layers and how to use expressions to compensate for the fact you can't use Bulge in 3D space. ...

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Adobe Explains the Laurel vs. Yanny Phenomenon
By: Kylee Peña on May 17, 2018 at 2:11:02 am

Yesterday I left the internet alone for about an entire hour to watch some quality Netflix streaming, and when I returned I had no idea what anyone was talking about or why they were on the verge of wrestling each other to the ground over a couple people named Yanny and Laurel. ...

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Creating a Kickass Scriptwriting Portfolio
By: Zack Halliwell on May 14, 2018 at 8:23:35 am

Filmmaking is one of the biggest and most intensive collaboration processes out there. From a production assistant all the way to the director, you need more than a few good people in order to bring a film to life in a convincing way. This includes someone who is capable of stringing together a workable and decent script. ...

writing

Attend Sight, Sound, and Story in NYC for Free
By: Kylee Peña on May 7, 2018 at 4:08:03 am

If you're a full time post production worker in the US that makes less than the median income where you live, you might have some trouble making the next leap in your career. It's hard to say yes to opportunities that would enrich your work life and help you build connections to climb the ladder when your finances limit your choices. That's why Blue Collar Post Collective created the Professional Development Accessibility Program (PDAP). ...

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Hidden Gems & Missed Opportunities - Role Models, Tomb Raider & Downsizing
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 11, 2018 at 3:15:45 am

On this Episode 324 of The Harold & Maudecast, 'Hidden Gems & Missed Opportunities', celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the film, ROLE MODELS and reviews of TOMB RAIDER and DOWNSIZING. ...

tomb raider review

Stitched Together by Netflix - The Frankenstein Chronices
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 11, 2018 at 3:13:06 am

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Netflix 'The Frankenstein Chronicles'. ...

the frankenstein chronicles

Flat Network Title Animation in after effect | Easy
By: Najib Khayati on Mar 9, 2018 at 8:21:10 pm

Motion Graphics | Learn how easy it is to create an Abstract Connecting Dot & Lines Flat Network Typography Title Animation in after effect without using any third party plugins .. ...

Motion Graphics

ifun Pocket Cinema— The Smart Handy Projector To Meet All Your Daily Needs
By: Sherry Marlin on Mar 9, 2018 at 8:20:44 am

What if you are on the go and require someone to give business presentation? Or wondering what should be done to make your weekend awesome? Or too lazy to visit cinema theatre but want to enjoy your favorite movie on big screen at your house? If you ever encountered with these questions, then you need ifun pocket cinema which is handy smart device powered by Android 7.1. We all understand the power of Android devices and perhaps that is the reason that more than 80% of world is using Android and ifun pocket cinema perfectly uses the power of latest...

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Nice Novelty Introduces Unique Pocket Cinema For Unmatched Movie Watching Experience
By: Sherry Marlin on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:32:06 am

Watching movies is a major source of entertainment for most of the people. Companies who are involved in this sector directly or indirectly are trying to introduce various experiences for the movie lovers. For movie aficionados, it’s time to lift up the movie watching experience as Nice Novelty introduces the latest version of projector with its new http://www.nicenovelty.com ">unique pocket cinema ! ...

ifun pocket cinema


Dispatches from PyeongChang: Editing the Olympics (Part 5)
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 24, 2018 at 6:21:56 pm

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles). ...

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Dispatches from PyeongChang: The Edit Infrastructure of the Olympics (Part 4)
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 22, 2018 at 5:43:33 am

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles). ...

olympics

Being an Assistant Editor on a Sundance Documentary: Julie Hwang on "The Game Changers"
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:30:27 am

Before the lush celebrity gift suites, the sold-out Q&A sessions, and the long lines of frozen but eager cinephiles trying to grab the hottest ticket in Park City, a movie was made -- and it was hard work. And behind the producers and directors and actors who led the charge, a "below-the-line" crew of anywhere from tens to hundreds of craftspeople worked to bring filmmakers' visions to life. They're the post production engineers, the editors, the camera operators, or the composers whose names are in the credits but not the numerous story pitches to Sundance press outlets like the COW....

Sundance

Dispatches from PyeongChang: Editing the Olympics (Part 3)
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 17, 2018 at 6:07:11 pm

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games . Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles). ...

olympics

Epic Trek: Mapping Harry Potter UK
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:52:03 pm

Sarah and Jake of The Harold & Maudecast travel to the UK to map filming locations for Harry Potter! They begin in London and travel to Oxford, Gloucester through the English countryside, up to Edinburgh and throughout the Scottish Highlands. ...

harry potter filming locations

Return of the Western - EP 317
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:50:44 pm

Episode 317 of The Harold & Maudecast: Return of the Western. Sarah and Jake examine the resurgence of Westerns, the efforts to revive the genre over the years and whether it's time has truly comeback. ...

return of the western

Dispatches from PyeongChang: Preparing to Edit the Olympics (Part 2)
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 4, 2018 at 8:01:41 am

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games . Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles). ...

olympics

Create Visual Art with Adobe, Be in a BØRNS Music Video
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 30, 2018 at 6:50:28 am

The name BØRNS may or may not be familiar to you at first glance — after all, you’re probably here for video stuff, generally speaking — but I can almost certainly guarantee you’ve heard his music — especially Electric Love , which hit over 20 million views on YouTube when it was released and subsequently certified platinum. BØRNS, now in Los Angeles, is from roughly the same area of Michigan as my extended family. Despite his humble midwestern roots, he’s nothing like (most) of my relatives: described as glam rock, indie pop, and everything from eccentric to exotic to enigmatic....

adobe premiere pro

Dispatches from PyeongChang: Editing the Olympics (Part 1)
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 29, 2018 at 5:51:43 am

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Between pre-cut packages and live footage and montages put together with moments that had happened seconds ago, I couldn’t fathom what went into the teams who created this media. ...

Winter Olympics

Being a Camera Operator on a Documentary at Sundance: DP Barbie Leung on 'Half the Picture'
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 23, 2018 at 8:38:09 pm

Before the lush celebrity gift suites, the sold-out Q&A sessions, and the long lines of frozen but eager cinephiles trying to grab the hottest ticket in Park City, a movie was made -- and it was hard work. And behind the producers and directors and actors who led the charge, a "below-the-line" crew of anywhere from tens to hundreds of craftspeople worked to bring filmmakers' visions to life. They're the post production engineers, the editors, the camera operators, or the composers whose names are in the credits but not the numerous story pitches to Sundance press outlets like the COW....

Sundance film festival

Sundance Impressions: Three Movies on Sunday
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 23, 2018 at 6:17:36 pm

Yeah, it’s Tuesday. I lost a day to travel, as I returned to Los Angeles yesterday in a sold out flight filled with exhausted looking film fans and the occasional indie actor. Our scarves and new boots have seen winter, and we’re through with it. ...

Sundance film festival

Sundance Impressions: Snow and “The Sentence”
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 21, 2018 at 5:08:26 am

The threat (or promise, depending on your outlook) of snow delivered today in full force. So much so that I was taken off guard and missed an early screening due to basically being buried in a snow drift. I was born and raised in the midwest, and I started driving at age 16 with a very light front wheel drive vehicle in the dead of winter in a rural area. But it turns out once you live in LA for like, a minute, your natural instincts begin to disappear and you struggle to remain upright. ...

Sundance

Bringing Cinema to a Computer Screen: Cutting "Search" for Sundance
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 20, 2018 at 7:59:18 am

Before the lush celebrity gift suites, the sold-out Q&A sessions, and the long lines of frozen but eager cinephiles trying to grab the hottest ticket in Park City, a movie was made -- and it was hard work. And behind the producers and directors and actors who led the charge, a "below-the-line" crew of anywhere from tens to hundreds of craftspeople worked to bring filmmakers' visions to life. They're the post production engineers, the editors, the camera operators, or the composers whose names are in the credits but not the numerous story pitches to Sundance press outlets like the COW....

Sundance

Sundance Impressions: Main Street, Friends, and Lizzie
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 20, 2018 at 7:49:44 am

Boarding my flight from LA, I knew I was in for an interesting trip when half the people around me were already wearing snow boots and hats. It was a chilly morning by Southern California standards, but my sweaty self was regretting even wearing a long sleeved shirt. (I really enjoy visiting cold places because I can walk outside and be comfortable. But I obviously don’t like living in them.) ...

Sundance film festival

Being a Post PA on a Sundance Indie Feature
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:48:10 pm

Before the lush celebrity gift suites, the sold-out Q&A sessions, and the long lines of frozen but eager cinephiles trying to grab the hottest ticket in Park City, a movie was made -- and it was hard work. And behind the producers and directors and actors who led the charge, a "below-the-line" crew of anywhere from tens to hundreds of craftspeople worked to bring filmmakers' visions to life. They're the post production engineers, the editors, the camera operators, or the composers whose names are in the credits but not the numerous story pitches to Sundance press outlets like the COW....

Sundance

Follow Me at Sundance Film Festival this Week
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:27:47 pm

Tomorrow morning, I'm jetting off from sunny Burbank to snowy (frigid, icy, frozen) Park City, Utah to cover the 2018 Sundance Film Festival here on the COW. I've got furry snow boots, long underwear, and a handful of tickets that cover everything from the fest's most anticipated to most experimental offerings. And I've got my own angle. ...

Sundance film festival

The Myths of Setting Goals in Post Production
By: Kylee Peña on Dec 19, 2017 at 10:35:27 pm

If you work in post production, you’ve probably described yourself a number of ways. Curious. Goal-oriented. Driven. Ambitious. And as 2018 approaches, the urge to revisit your goals as a professional naturally rises. There’s not much to back up the usefulness of the idea of New Years resolutions, but we do them anyway. Humans love patterns and milestones because we’re weird and adorable, and my experience in post has led me to believe that my peers are even more gung-ho about that stuff. We make lists and charts and binders and we live for it. ...


Netflix's GODLESS is some of the best television in quite some time
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Dec 11, 2017 at 8:49:43 pm

If you get Netflix and you have yet to tune in to GODLESS, you've been missing some of the best television that Kathlyn and I have seen in a long long time. I do not want to give away any of the story but I will tell you that GODLESS finds how the women of La Belle, New Mexico fight back when nearly all the men in the town are killed in a mining disaster. It is a powerful series and it is one you will want to add to your list if you get Netflix. We gave it four...

Netflix

Ep 315: Punish This Netflix - The Punisher & 1922 Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:46:11 pm

Episode 315 of The Harold & Maudecast "Punish This Netflix", hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the Netflix original Series, The Punisher, Season 1 and the Netflix original movie, 1922. ...

the punisher

Interview: Award Winning VFX Artist Pav Grochola
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:43:23 pm

On this episode of Conversations With on The HMC, host Sarah Mason interviews award winning VFX Artist, Pav Grochola who is the Lead VFX Artist on Sony Pictures Imageworks upcoming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. ...

pav grochola vfx artist

Justice League - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:38:03 pm

This Episode of The HMC's Justice & Doom Movie Reviews, JUSTICE LEAGUE. ...

justice league

What’s the Deal with that Content-Aware Fill for Video Thing Adobe Showed Us?
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:01:12 am

Last month at Adobe MAX in Las Vegas, we saw Project Cloak for the first time. The research project and experiment is still in development, and it may or may not ever be in a Creative Cloud product, but it sure was captivating: draw a box, do some Adobe Sensei magic, and poof: that ugly lamp post is just gone. Logo on a t-shirt? GONE! Weirdo in the backgrond of your shot? Yep: EXTREMELY GONE. ...


EP314: Strange Dead Things - Walking Dead 804, Strangers Things 2 & Three Billboards
By: Sarah Mason on Nov 20, 2017 at 6:43:54 pm

This week on The HMC's flagship podcast, The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING MISSOURI, Stranger Things Season 2 & another episode of We Talk Dead, Ep 804. ...

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Thor: Ragnarok & Murder on the Orient Express Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Nov 20, 2017 at 6:42:50 pm

On Episode 313 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason & Jake Essoe review Thor: Ragnarok and Murder on the Orient Express. ...

thor ragnarok

Becoming AFI: A Conversation with Jean Firstenberg
By: Sarah Mason on Nov 20, 2017 at 6:41:51 pm

On this episode of The HMC's interview series podcast, "Conversations With", host Sarah Mason sits down with Jean Picker Firstenberg to discuss her new book, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute. ...

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