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Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019
By: Creative COW on Apr 8, 2019 at 8:29:25 pm

Blackmagic once again delivers a jaw-dropping lineup of advanced hardware -- ATEM Constellation 8K with built-in Fairlight mixing in the industry's largest live production audio mixer, plus 16 hardware keyers, 24 8K outputs, and more; the New Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K with dual on screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration; HyperDeck Extreme 8K broadcast deck with advanced H.265 recording, touch screen interface, internal cache, built in scopes, HDR, and traditional deck control; and the URSA Mini Pro G2 camera featuring new electronics, Super 35 4.6K HDR image sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range,...


Adobe Creative Cloud Innovation at NAB 2019 Meets Heavy Demands of Today's Video Professionals
By: Creative COW on Apr 3, 2019 at 1:00:00 pm

Ahead of the 2019 NAB Show, Adobe today announced performance updates and new innovations for video and audio tools in Adobe Creative Cloud to improve efficiency in video production....


The Introvert's Guide to the NAB Show, by Kylee Peña
By: Creative COW on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:51:21 pm

Going from talking physical preparedness and emotional wellness in years past, this guide from Kylee Peña dives a little deeper into balancing what seems to be a hot label to give yourself these days: being an introvert. Shyness is real, and social anxiety is its own thing to be managed carefully, but think carefully when it comes to big conferences. Are you selling yourself short before you give yourself a chance to warm up?...


NAB Show Guide to Thriving (instead of just surviving)
By: Creative COW on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:57:58 pm

Our annual visit to a classic overview from Kylee Peña about what it really takes to not just survive this overwhelming, massive experience -- but actually thrive!...


New ALEXA Mini LF Expands ARRI’s Large-Format Camera System
By: Creative COW on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:55:08 pm

ARRI today unveils its new ALEXA Mini LF camera. Combining the compact size and low weight of the popular ALEXA Mini with the large-format ALEXA LF sensor, ALEXA Mini LF brings exciting new creative possibilities to ARRI’s large-format camera system. Robust and reliable, it provides the best overall image quality for large-format shooting, and features three internal motorized FSND filters, 12 V power input, extra power outputs, a new Codex Compact Drive, and a new MVF-2 high-contrast HD viewfinder....


Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds"
By: Creative COW on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:47:11 pm

"The Seven Worlds" is the latest advertising epic short directed by Ridley Scott, a marvelous odyssey spanning surreal scenes inspired by the seven tasting notes of Hennessy premium X.O. cognacac. Realizing Scott's unparalleled vision required a masterful team and state-of-the-art technology to assist, that's where London's The Mocap Studio team came in. The mobile motion capture specialists lent their expertise to the project, using Xsens MVN inertial technology to help capture a human performer on-location in the heart of a Czech forest....


Autodesk Unleashes 3ds Max 2020
By: Creative COW on Mar 27, 2019 at 1:08:23 pm

Today Autodesk released 3ds Max 2020, the latest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering software. The new release revamps the user experience with customer-requested features that enable faster playback speeds, optimize performance and increase flexibility....


3D Glossy Logo Reveal Animation in AE | NoPlugins
By: Najib Khayati on Mar 27, 2019 at 2:24:13 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create a 3D Glossy Logo and Title Reveal Animation in After Effects without using any third party plugins ...

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Rising Sun Pictures Springs into Action for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel”
By: Creative COW on Mar 25, 2019 at 1:17:40 pm

Striving for picture-perfect realism and applying a mania for detail, Rising Sun Pictures produced nearly 300 visual effects shots for Marvel Studios’ latest film Captain Marvel. The studio executed a host of challenging visuals for the blockbuster production including a fully 3D subterranean aircraft hangar stuffed with military gear and fabricating a series of shimmering holograms....


Hal Blaine, The Greatest Studio Drummer of Them All, Sets Down His Sticks For The Last Time
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 14, 2019 at 11:11:48 am

Today, the greatest studio drummer of them all passed away. Hal Blaine set down his sticks for the last time, at 90. In my opinion, he invented more beat patterns than even Ringo. He was a consummate pro and quite a nice man. Years ago, my wife Kathlyn bought his book and he not only signed it but also hand drew a great cartoon of him flailing away behind a massive kit. He scribbled a sweet note to Kathlyn, along with the funny cartoon. ...


Childish Gambino’s Pharos by Design Studio 2n Sets a New Standard for Realtime Immersive Experiences
By: Creative COW on Mar 14, 2019 at 10:30:23 am

2n, a pioneer in both interactive software design and live tour visuals, has redefined large-scale immersive experiences with Pharos, the winner of this year’s Visual Effects Society award for best visual effects in a special venue project....


Toy Story Animated Cartoon Title Style in AE
By: Najib Khayati on Mar 13, 2019 at 12:56:03 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Create Toy Story Animated Cartoon Title Style in Adobe After Effects without any third party plugins .. ...

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Procedural Glitch FX in After Effects | NoPlugins
By: Najib Khayati on Mar 13, 2019 at 12:54:02 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create Procedural Glitch FX in After Effects without using any third party plugins ...

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Outline Tunnel Logo Animation in AE | NoPlugins
By: Najib Khayati on Mar 12, 2019 at 3:05:33 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create an Outline Tunnel Logo Animation in After Effects without using any third party plugins ...

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Hail Satan? Aaron Wickenden, ACE on Cutting the Controversial Doc
By: Kylee Peña on Mar 3, 2019 at 9:03:07 pm

Director Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? opens with a sequence of events from a small scale rally: a few people gathered on the steps of a Florida government building, a handful of protesters and media, and a man with horns creating fire from thin air as he thanks Governor Rick Scott for signing a bill into law that would allow prayer in public schools – ” if you open the door for God, you open the door for Satan! ” Even the title card – Hail Satan…? - is questioning if any of this is, like, for real. That sets...


Early Years of Freddie Mercury and Queen Lensed with Vintage Cooke Speed Panchros for "Bohemian Rhapsody"
By: Creative COW on Feb 28, 2019 at 6:29:34 pm

Newton Thomas ‘Tom’ Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from ARRI Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody....


Liquid Logo and Title Revealer in AE
By: Najib Khayati on Feb 28, 2019 at 12:23:04 am

Motion Graphics Tutorial Series | Learn how to Create a Liquid Logo and title Revealer in After Effects without using any third party plugins ...

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How Cinesite and Allegorithmic Substance Recreated a Legendary Medieval City for Lionsgate’s ‘Robin Hood’
By: Creative COW on Feb 27, 2019 at 9:18:30 am

The city of Nottingham perpetually exists in two states: the metropolitan center that it is today, and the fictional home of one of the world’s most famous outlaws. So when the filmmakers behind 2018’s Robin Hood looked to recreate the fictional Nottingham, it needed to build it from scratch with help from London’s Cinesite Studio....


Rising Sun Pictures Springs into Action for Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel”
By: Creative COW on Feb 25, 2019 at 4:11:37 pm

Rising Sun Pictures’ ability to deliver amazing visuals is on full display in the 20th Century Fox’s new cyberpunk adventure film Alita: Battle Angel. Working in tandem with Weta Digital, the lead visual effects studio, RSP created breathtaking shots for two key sequences in the film, including a furious battle between soldiers from Earth and fearsome cyborg warriors known as Berserkers....


Apple & NVIDIA At It Again
By: Creative COW on Feb 20, 2019 at 6:07:22 pm

Is Apple and NVIDIA not playing nicely again affecting you and the applications you use? Does it affect how you feel about Apple? Weigh in for another round of Apple Talk!...


Interview with VES Award winning VFX Artist Pav Grochola, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
By: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2019 at 10:17:03 pm

Sarah Mason sits down for part 2 of her interview with Pav Grochola, VFX Artist and FX Supervisor for the Oscar nominated animated feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Pav recently won a VES award for his groundbreaking VFX work on the film. He talks about his process, the amazing VFX and animation teams he worked with and the innovative new tool he invented that may change the future of animation. ...

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Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama 'Clemency'
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 2, 2019 at 8:24:17 pm

Death row drama Clemency debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (winning the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize) and explores themes of the prison industrial complex through the eyes of warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) as the emotional weight of state executions begins to take its toll on her. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu, the film has created a renewed conversation around capital punishment, and editor Phyllis Housen worked alongside Chukwu to bring impact and realism to the story. ...


Light From Light: Editor Courtney Ware on Returning to Sundance
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 27, 2019 at 3:48:32 am

Editor/Director Courtney Ware got her start in the industry as a PA, quickly working her way up to producer before her 21st birthday. After her directorial debut on Sunny in the Dark , she realized a pivot away from producing and into storytelling was in her future, and she got started on being an editor in between directing jobs. The first film to bring her to Sundance was Never Goin’ Back , and she’s back at the festival this year with Light From Light . ...


Cutting Honey Boy: Mónica Salazar on Editing The Sundance Hit
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 24, 2019 at 11:19:31 pm

One of the most anticipated films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (according to Indiewire and MTV , among others), Honey Boy is a semi-autobiographical story penned by actor Shia LaBeouf that spans a decade in the life of a child actor. It’s also the first feature film cut by editor Mónica Salazar, a Mexican immigrant whose story starts with a VCR in Monterrey and a dream to one day land at Pixar. ...


Attend NAB Show for Free with BCPC - No, For Real
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:24:06 pm

If you've followed me a while on the internets, you know that NAB Show (my first, in 2012, for which I wrote quite a recap ) was a turning point in my career. I was able to get out of my bubble (Indiana), meet the people I knew only online or by reputation from books, and start to build a name for myself on a much larger stage. I learned a tremendous amount I put to use right away. But maybe most of all, my small-town mentality began to fade away and I could see myself in The Industry. Without...

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Jamie Lee vs Michael: Halloween 40 Years Later
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 11, 2019 at 5:45:55 pm

On Episode 337 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's reboot of HALLOWEEN starring Jamie Lee Curtis reviving the role that made her famous 40 years ago. ...

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Aquaman & Bird Box
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:53:47 am

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review AQUAMAN in theaters and BIRD BOX, now streaming on Netflix. ...

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:52:47 am

In Episode 340 of The Harold & Maudecast Sarah and Jake review the Netflix original film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS. ...

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Outlaw King Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:51:37 am

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the Netflix original movie, OUTLAW KING, starring Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, based on the life of Scotland's Robert the Bruce. ...

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The Sisters Brothers & Venom Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:50:38 am

On Episode 336 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review VENOM, THE SISTERS BROTHERS and We Talk Dead is back with a review of The Walking Dead, Season 9 Premiere, "A New Beginning". ...

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Into the Dark Hulu & Blumhouse Series Ep 1 "The Body" Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:49:14 am

On Episode 335 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Episode 1 of Blumhouse's new series for Hulu, Into the Dark, "The Body". ...

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The Predator
By: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:47:36 am

On Episode 334 of The Harold & Maudecast, The Predator Review and Why We Still Love the Franchise. Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the latest installment in the Predator franchise which opened to disappointing box office returns and not so favorable critics reviews. Diehard Predator fans, listen up as we talk why you should go see the film and why we will never give up on the franchise! ...

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Finding a Place in LA's Post Industry: Emerging Editor Kelsey Myers
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 26, 2018 at 6:28:48 pm

Note: This blog was written by Kelsey Myers, one of two recipients to be sent by Blue Collar Post Collective to ACE EditFest LA, an annual celebration of the craft of editing hosted at Disney by the American Cinema Editors . 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 in these spaces to remind everyone they belong...


Adobe Stock Motion Graphics Contributor Spotlight: Digital Juice
By: Dennis Radeke on Sep 10, 2018 at 8:38:21 pm

Digital Juice has been a leading video resource for independent filmmakers and major television networks alike for over a decade. In collaboration with leading motion graphics designers, they have built an extensive collection of templates across multiple genres and styles. ...

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Ep 333: Year End 2018 Movie Previews + You Were Never Really Here & Disenchantment Reviews
By: Sarah Mason on Aug 23, 2018 at 11:56:12 pm

On Episode 333 of The Harold & Maudecast, 2018 Fall and Holiday Movie Preview and review of Amazon Studios, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE and Netflix Disenchantment. ...

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Society of Camera Operators Produces Sneaky Pete Round Table
By: Samantha Bryton on Aug 14, 2018 at 8:52:44 pm

Recently, the Society of Camera Operators produced a roundtable discussion moderated by filmmaker and writer Charles Haine, featuring DP Will Rexer and the camera crew behind Amazon's Sneaky Pete. This 10-minute video dives into the nuances and "how-to" on the production set, as well as what technology supported the DP's vision, including the Sigma Cine prime and zoom lenses. ...

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Women are tired and I'm watching them leave post production
By: Kylee Peña on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:17:34 pm

July 2018 edit : It's been about a year since I originally wrote this, and it's sparked endless conversations about paper cuts and microaggressions in the post production industry, and even a session with the Diversity Steering Committee at the Motion Picture Editors Guild last fall. This isn't a problem that's going away anytime soon, but when we talk about it we normalize it. We make it okay to be fed up and frustrated, and we make it essential to find each other and vent it out. I've updated this post a little bit with things I've learned since, and...

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Comic-Con Diairies 2018
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:07:41 pm

Did the absence of Marvel, HBO and Star Wars effect the mood and numbers at San Diego International Comic-Con (SDCC) 2018? SDCC hit its peak in 2015 at 170,000 attendees, a number that has been slowly declining, much to the happiness of diehard fans who have seen the focus shift away from them and onto Hollywood fair-weather fans. In Episode 332 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake discuss the impact Marvel's absence had on the Con and its future and detail their experiences at this year's Comic-Con from Preview Night to ConanCon to fan favorite spotlights like Jim...

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Age of Distraction 4: Almost Invisible - Aging in Hollywood
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:06:35 pm

On this episode of The Conversations Podcast from The HMC Network, Age of Distraction 4: Almost Invisible. Host Sarah Mason talks to screenwriters Stephen Godchaux and Warren Lewis about aging in Hollywood, how Millennials and the culture of being woke are shaping content, also the continuing impact of Trump and MeToo on storytelling. ...

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Ep 331: SDCC 2018 Preview & Spotlight on Actor Barry Keoghan: American Animals Review
By: Sarah Mason on Jul 27, 2018 at 9:05:00 pm

On Episode 331 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah and Jake countdown to San Diego Comic Con 2018! A preview of all the confirmed panels and the now annual ConanCon, Conan O'Brien live at Spreckels Theater. ...

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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. ...

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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. ...

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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!? ...

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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.  ...

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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. ...

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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?...

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