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Sneaking on the Future of Creative Technology at Adobe MAX
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:42:11 am

Every year at MAX, we get to look into a crystal ball to see what tomorrow’s technology, especially as it relates to Adobe, may hold for us as technologists and creatives. MAX Sneaks are technology demonstrations and experiments that generally make waves beyond the walls of Adobe MAX itself. Like last year, when a form of “Photoshop for audio” called VoCo (which allows you to feed 20 minutes of audio into the software in order to be able to output any NEW dialog from that) was demonstrated — and ended up making interesting waves as a concept in the surge...

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Day 1 at Adobe MAX: Things People Said
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 19, 2017 at 3:54:50 pm

This is my first MAX, and I naively looked at the map and my schedule and said "ah, this will be easy. It's like a fraction of the size NAB is, so I won't die!" ...

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Yes, Adobe CC Video Apps Updated at MAX
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 18, 2017 at 2:00:52 pm

[I'm at Adobe MAX this week. You can also follow me on Twitter for more frequent updates and/or breakfast-related observations.] ...

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Power Dynamics Below the Line in Hollywood (and everywhere else)
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 12, 2017 at 11:15:39 pm

If you’re anywhere near Hollywood this week, you’ve got a hot take on Harvey Weinstein . I’ve only been here a few years, exclusively “below the line”, and I heard all the rumors too. I dreaded ever having even secondhand contact with the man and his company: a powerful star maker with the ability to squash any career he chose, a blatant chauvinist, and an indecent human being whose participation in the entertainment industry seemed immoveable. ...

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Game of Thrones Ep 70 "Beyond the Wall" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 24, 2017 at 6:11:55 pm

On this episode of We Talk Thrones from The HMC, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe breakdown Game of Thrones, Episode 706 "Beyond the Wall". ...

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Game of Thrones Ep 704 "Eastwatch" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 24, 2017 at 6:10:46 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast's weekly Game of Thrones recap 'We Talk Thrones' hosts Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones, Episode 705 'Eastwatch'. ...

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Annabelle Creation & Castlevania Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 24, 2017 at 6:09:26 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review the film ANNABELLE: CREATION and Netflix's Original Castlevania, Season 1, based on the Nintendo game. ...

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Eating My Way Around the USA...Part II: Attack of the Sushi
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 17, 2017 at 9:27:33 pm

I have never eaten sushi from a gas station, and I never will. Pre-packaged egg salad sandwiches in a triangle shaped container are ok, however. ...


Exporting LUTs for VFX in DaVinci Resolve 14
By: Nathan Walters on Aug 14, 2017 at 5:52:32 pm

In this DaVinci Resolve 14 tutorial; Nathan Walters walks you through the workflow of exporting LUTs for visual effects, explaining why a visual effects artist would want a LUT and how to create one for them. This video covers an entire workflow from DaVinci Resolve to Adobe After Effects, although these concepts can be applied to almost any color grading and compositing applications....

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Game of Thrones Ep 704 "The Spoils of War" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:42:34 pm

On this week's episode of We Talk Thrones from The Harold & Maudecast, we breakdown ep 704 "The Spoils of War". ...

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Wind River - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:41:35 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review WIND RIVER, a new film directed and written by Taylor Sheridan (SICARIO, HELL OR HIGH WATER) starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. ...

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Game of Thrones Ep 703 "The Queen's Justice" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:39:09 pm

This week on We Talk Thrones from The Harold & Maudecast network, Sarah and Jake discuss and review Game of Thrones episode 703 "The Queen's Justice". ...

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Game of Thrones Ep 702 "Stormborn" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:37:36 pm

This week on We Talk Thrones, from The Harold & Maudecast Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones Ep 702 "Stormborn". ...

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Comic-Con Diaries 2017
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:36:35 pm

Sarah Mason & Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast return from San Diego International Comic-Con 2017 to recap all the fun, news, announcements and craziness of the most popular Con in the world. Highlights include Virtual Reality (VR) Con, Justice League, Aquaman, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok & Black Panther + Infinity War sneak peek, Stranger Things, Westworld, Buffy 20, Geoff John's update on Doomsday Clock, Hodor & the Game of Thrones cast, some awesome George Romero anecdotes from The Walking Dead panel, showfloor goodies, cosplay & CONAN!!! ...

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Framestore Puts Hulk Into Action
By: Creative COW on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:25:34 am

International Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore is showing its cross-platform capabilities yet again by bringing the powerful Marvel character Hulk to life on both film and commercial platforms. The Film team in London and Integrated Advertising team in Los Angeles collaborated on the latest CG characterization of Hulk for upcoming Marvel Studios releases and Renault’s commercial ‘Renault Kwid.’...


RED Digital Cinema RAVEN Camera Kit Available Exclusively Through Apple.com
By: Creative COW on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:35:00 am

RED Digital Cinema announced today that its RED RAVEN Camera Kit is now available exclusively through Apple.com and available to demo at select Apple Retail Stores. Priced at $14,995, it includes everything you need to start shooting and editing, including lens, card reader, batteries, case, and more, plus Apple FCPX software....


Blackmagic Design Introduces Fusion 9 with VR
By: Creative COW on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:46:45 am

Blackmagic Design today announced Fusion 9, a major update to its visual effects, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software. Fusion 9 has been designed to support the latest workflows and features new VR tools, entirely new keyer technology, planar tracking, camera tracking, multi user collaboration tools and more -- along with a price reduction down from $995 to only $295. Read why customers are already praising its speed, power, and ease of use....


An Oral History of My Illegal Internships
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 28, 2017 at 2:02:55 am

Whether by necessity or the evolution of a specific kind of culture, internships have emerged as a dominant “foot-in-the-door” for the post production industry. Among those internships, the unpaid variety tend to dominate in a way that is not seen in many other fields such as business and medicine. Sure, unpaid internships aren’t exclusive to post production; however, for some reason we’ve collectively decided that the single biggest way to prove one’s merit is by working in some capacity for free. ...

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Eating my way Around the USA
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 24, 2017 at 5:27:17 pm

Hello fellow Creative COWs! ...


Atlanta Studios Open House - August 23rd
By: walter biscardi on Jul 22, 2017 at 6:56:55 pm

Come check out my new gig and new digs on August 23rd, 2017. ...

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VR Con @ Comic-Con Preview Night Tour
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:12:26 pm

Take a tour with Sarah and Jake from the Harold & Maudecast of VR Con -- Futurism and Tech Pavilion @ San Diego International Comic-Con! ...

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Premiere - Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:12:53 pm

Winter is here! And Thrones is finally back to fill our Sunday nights with Dragons, Dire Wolves, White Walkers and Giant Zombies. The premiere episode kicked off on July 16, "Dragonstone".  We find our old friends haven't changed much. Jon and Sansa are arguing over strategy, Cersei is the Wicked Witch of the South, The Hound is still grumpy, but might have grown a conscience, Arya is more of a badass then we ever imagined, Samwell Tarly is knee deep in shit and asking Professor Slughorn for books from the restricted section, and Daenerys has finally come home to Westeros...

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'Tony Stark's B*tch' - Spider-Man: Homecoming Review + Spotlight on Foreign Horror Films
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:04:07 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason & Jake Essoe review SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. ...

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Countdown to Thrones & SDCC
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:02:40 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast, Episode 302, Countdown to Thrones & SDCC. Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe Countdown to the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones with recaps, theories, predictions and more. With San Diego Comic Con only three weeks away, we've got the list of the hottest panels and a preview of what to expect at SDCC 2017. Now playing in theaters, BABY DRIVER, Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), new action heist film hits theaters and we give it our full Justice & Doom review. ...

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Baby Driver - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:01:36 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review the film BABY DRIVER, written and directed by Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD) starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. ...

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A Letter to Incoming Female Freshmen in Media Programs
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 9, 2017 at 11:20:08 pm

A lot of so-called “open letters” on the internet address the outgoing graduates of programs. And while they should bask in the glow of congratulations and good luck because they worked hard, they earned it, and they have some serious challenges on the horizon, this letter isn’t for them. ...

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Bridging the Gap to Opportunity: A Conversation with 3 First-Time NAB Show Attendees
By: Kylee Peña on Jul 3, 2017 at 6:53:13 pm

Imagine this: you’re in your early twenties, at the start of your career in post production. You come from a working class family with no connections in the media industry, and you’ve had many challenges to overcome along the way. You’ve been working hard to maintain momentum by keeping your bosses happy at your day job — a day job that doesn’t pay you quite what it should — while taking on side projects and extracurriculars at night. You do all the right things, including networking and getting involved in your community. ...

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Interview w/ Actor Alex Essoe for MIDNIGHTERS
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 28, 2017 at 12:01:35 am

Sarah and Jake from The Harold & Maudecast sit down with actor Alex Essoe to discuss her new film, MIDNIGHTERS, a thriller/horror about a couple who try to cover up a gruesome crime and find themselves in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and misdirection. The film premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. MIDNIGHTERS is a horror/thriller from Director, Julius Ramsay (The Walking Dead), written by his brother Alston Ramsay. Co-starring with Essoe is Perla Haney-Jardine (STEVE JOBS), and Dylan McTee (Sweet/Vicious) and Ward Horton (ANNABELLE). ...

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Ep 300 - Best of E32017 + Reviews - SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY & MY FRIEND DAHMER
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 20, 2017 at 11:18:43 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast - Episode 300! Yes, it is our 300th episode thanks to our friends at American Giant and Toy Zoo and other awesome sponsors. ...

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Riding the Creative COW for 16 years
By: Dennis Kutchera on Jun 17, 2017 at 3:13:34 pm

Creative COW is now 16 years old as of April 2017. The COW is the most amazing peer to peer creative technology resource website on planet Earth. This article from 2016 by Tim Wilson, popped up again recently in my Facebook newsfeed and it is still a good read. https://library.creativecow.net/wilson_tim/Founding-Creative-COW/1 ...

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Episode 299 - E3 Preview, IT COMES AT NIGHT review, upcoming TV & movies
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 15, 2017 at 4:45:31 pm

This week on The Harold & Maudecast Episode 299, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe preview of E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles June 13-15 -- Nintendo Switch, Microsofts new console XBOX One X and its 4K play, Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus from Bethesda, Assassin's Creed Origins and much more! ...

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The Leftovers Series Finale "The Book of Nora" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jun 5, 2017 at 8:23:05 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review The Leftovers, Series finale, "The Book of Nora". ...

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe - Now Streaming Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 31, 2017 at 11:32:44 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, for The HMC's Now Streaming Reviews, 7.3/10. ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 7 "The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother" - Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 31, 2017 at 11:31:17 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review HBO's The Leftovers, Season 3, Episode 7 "The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother). ...

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ALIEN: COVENANT - Review 8.3/10
By: Sarah Mason on May 22, 2017 at 10:37:42 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review ALIEN: COVENANT. ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 6 "Certified" - Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 22, 2017 at 9:31:19 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast recap and review HBO's The Leftovers, Season 3, Ep 6 "Certified". ...

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My East to West Coast Moving Adventure
By: Katie Toomey on May 21, 2017 at 10:55:49 pm

My shoes are squishy and soaked. I'm holding up the biggest umbrella I own and using my phone precariously like a flashlight. At 3AM, the sky is dark and pouring rain. I had peeked outside the stained motel curtains in exhaustion right before venturing out and spotted rain. It wasn't merely raining, it was actual torrential pouring rain! ...

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Art & Commerce in the Age of Distraction - Part 2 of our Conversation with Screenwriters Warren Lewis & Stephen Godchaux
By: Sarah Mason on May 16, 2017 at 6:32:00 pm

Art & Commerce in the Age of Distraction: Conversations with Screenwriters Warren Lewis and Stephen Godchaux Part 2. ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 5 "It's a Matt Matt Matt World" Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 16, 2017 at 5:35:51 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review The Leftovers, Season 3, Ep 5, "It's a Matt Matt Matt World". ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 4 "G'Day Australia" Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 9:40:48 pm

Episode 294 of The Harold & Maudecast with Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe features a review of HBO's drama The Leftovers, Season 3, Ep 4 "G'Day Australia". ...

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TWD The Telltale Series New Frontier Ep 4 - Game Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 8:26:56 pm

ake Essoe reviews The Walking Dead: Telltale Series, New Frontier, Ep 4 "Thicker Than Water" for Confessions of a Basement Dweller on The HMC. ...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review 7.8/10
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 8:25:54 pm

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Free Fire - Movie Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 8:24:22 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review the film, FREE FIRE from Directory Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE, KILL LIST). ...

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Uncharted 4 Review - Is it Really All That?
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 8:21:28 pm

Jake Essoe host of Confessions of a Basement Dweller on The HMC takes a deep dive into Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the best selling Playstation 4 game ever at 8.7 million copies sold. Is it that good? Fan boys say hell yes, Jake says, hell maybe not. Listen to his review. 7.9/10 ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 3 "Crazy Whitefella Thinkin" Review
By: Sarah Mason on May 9, 2017 at 8:19:51 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review and recap The Leftovers, Season 3, Episode 3, "Crazy Whitefella Thinkin". ...

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Fix it in post!
By: Ben Marcheski on May 1, 2017 at 12:26:42 am

Blog 1: "Fix it in post!" - How to maximize production quality on a shoe string budget. ...

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The Leftovers Season 3, Ep 2 Review
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:03:55 pm

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review The Leftovers Season 1, Episode 2, "Don't Be Ridiculous" on this week's Episode of The Harold & Maudecast. ...

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HMC Asks: Audience or Customer?
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:02:59 pm

This month on The HMC we are examining content creation in the age of smart phones, Netflix and other distractions. In this preview of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe discuss the concept of Audience vs. Customer. Who are we in today's re-classified content viewing world. Are we audiences or are we customers, or both? ...

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Can Quality Content Survive The Age of Distraction
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 27, 2017 at 7:02:04 pm

Sarah Mason of The HMC Network (www.thehmcnetwork.com) sits down with screenwriters Stephen Godchaux (Dead Like Me, Spin City, Roseanne) and Warren Lewis (Black Rain, The Thirteenth Warrior) to whether or not quality content can survive in the age of distracted viewing. They explore; what's in store for traditional broadcast television and theatrical film releases, audiences vs. customers, how Netflix and Amazon pulled off the greatest coup ever, why and how audiences are migrating more and more toward streaming content, binge vs. event night and what shows are revolutionizing the way we watch content. ...

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Face Refinement First Impressions - DaVinci Resolve 14 with Nathan Walters
By: Nathan Walters on Apr 26, 2017 at 5:36:32 pm

This video kicks off a new weekly DaVinci Resolve tutorial series that goes beyond typical "look building" tutorials that dominate the web and instead explores the functionality of DaVinci Resolve, best workflow practices and explores tools in DaVinci Resolve that are often overlooked. ...

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