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Shot Lister App teams up with FilmAid International in SudanShot Lister App teams up with FilmAid International in Sudan

Shot Lister, the successful shotlisting and scheduling app, is teaming up with FilmAid International to raise funds for their South Sudan Refugee Emergency Response Team. To encourage filmmakers to support FilmAid, Shot Lister is dropping the price of their app from $13.99 to $1.99 for 10 days from September 8 - 18th with every cent raised going to FilmAid.

  09/07/2014
Author: Zach Lipovsky
Adobe After Effects
Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better UnseenZero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen

Kyle Andal and Gerard Andal, lead compositors at Zero VFX, bring invisible post-production magic to several films - including 2014 Academy Award-winning "American Hustle," in which the team helped transform 2013 Boston to 1978 New York - and also several commercial shots with mocha Pro.

  08/28/2014
Author: Imagineer Systems
TV & Movie Appreciation
Sink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & SharknadoSink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & Sharknado

When editor William (Bill) Boodell came to LA, he didn't expect to ever be associated with a shark tornado -- I mean, who is? And now Sharknado (the first one), is a part of mainstream pop culture even a year later and his best known work to date. If you talk to Bill for five minutes, you'll discover that he's a film connoisseur with a near-concerning catalog of directors, editors, and filmmaking theory in his head, and an up-and-coming editor with a unique post-film path to Hollywood that anyone can learn from.

  08/17/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie FilmShooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film

Paul Del Vecchio is a filmmaker with an independent spirit. When he had the chance to beta test Blackmagic's new firmware on the Cinema Camera while serving as director of photography on the indie film "Trent & Isabella," he found that the new debayer process became a huge asset to getting the raw-like images he wanted without the price of storage and processing. Less time and money spent there means more focus on the film's visual style which ranges from spaghetti western to film noir.

  07/22/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Crowdfunding
Expert Tips for Crowdfunding SuccessExpert Tips for Crowdfunding Success

Film projects are the most unsuccessfully funded of any Kickstarter category -- but producer and crowdfunding consultant Diana Ward Roark has worked on a number of campaigns for independent films that have exceeded their goals. She has the real-world advice you'll need to succeed, including where you can find backers, and how to engage them.

  07/21/2014
Author: Diana Ward Roark
Art of the Edit
Saturday Night Live's Film Unit: Making TV FastSaturday Night Live's Film Unit: Making TV Fast

Saturday Night Live's film unit produces a pre-taped segment for every live show, with nearly all of production and post happening within a 48 hour period. Director of Photography Alex Buono and editor Adam Epstein rely heavily on communication, improvisational filmmaking skills and the flexibility of their toolset -- including Adobe Creative Cloud -- to hit their deadlines and bring film spots to air each Saturday night.

  06/23/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
DaVinci Resolve
The Many Colors of A Modern FamilyThe Many Colors of A Modern Family

Sometimes it might seem that colorists are all about stylized treatments and extreme color correction, but Aidan Stanford's work on season five of Modern Family is all about maintaining realism and hiding all the tricks in the background. Making the jump from film color timing into digital hasn't been easy, but Aidan has found a way to utilize his film skills in the digital world, turning around episodes in a day using his favorite tools in DaVinci Resolve.

  06/15/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
GoPro Workflows for Editing ProsGoPro Workflows for Editing Pros

GoPro footage is making its way into nearly every broadcast project that editor Shane Ross has been working on. It's even showing up in feature film production, so no matter what you're cutting, you're going to work with GoPro soon, if you're not already. Drawing on his real-world experience figuring this out on broadcast deadlines, Shane offers practical advice for editors using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Apple FCPX.

  06/12/2014
Author: Shane Ross
Art of the Edit
Distributing Creativity: The Growth of Cloud-based WorkflowsDistributing Creativity: The Growth of Cloud-based Workflows

The cloud can mean a lot of things, and in some cases, it can mean nearly nothing. This can make it hard to even know what we're talking about. The "real" parts are getting more real all the time, though, for everything from collaboration to computation. Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall has been looking into the ways that the cloud in its many meanings is already transforming TV & film production today, and she has some ideas about where things might be going from here.

  05/12/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K FutureBlackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future

A film scanner being released in 2014 is kind of a strange thing, but not when you get the full Ultra HD story. Blackmagic Design's new Cintel Film Scanner can create Ultra HD content in real time for a fraction of the price of older scanners, and many movies and television shows over the last thirty years were shot on 35mm or 16mm film - natively Ultra HD content, just waiting to be scanned and re-released into the world.

  04/28/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Adobe Creative Cloud
The Black Diamond Run for FilmmakersThe Black Diamond Run for Filmmakers

Warren Miller Entertainment keeps on thrilling audiences with breathtaking athletics, brilliant production, and Adobe video apps.

  04/25/2014
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for DivergentMethod Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Divergent

Method Studios was selected as the lead VFX vendor, who ultimately proved to provide 381 shots for Summit Entertainment's Divergent. Set in a dystopian Chicago, one hundred years in the future, the film demanded seamless and invisible VFX to create a believable world of complex environments using set extensions, digital doubles and CG characters.

  04/16/2014
Author: Method Studios
Art of the Edit
LOOK Effects Takes Wing in NoahLOOK Effects Takes Wing in Noah

LOOK Effects is proud to announce their visual effects contribution to Darren Aronofsky's latest film, "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, which opened in theaters March 28.

  04/09/2014
Author: LOOK Effects
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Introduces New Ultra HD Film and Studio CamerasBlackmagic Introduces New Ultra HD Film and Studio Cameras

Continuing what has become true Blackmagic Style, the company introduced a variety of products to cover the full range of content creation -- including film and studio cameras and a film scanner.

  04/07/2014
Author: Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
360 Degrees of Historical Immersion360 Degrees of Historical Immersion

How do you tell a story visually without a frame? Mike Sullivan had to build a 360° museum film from 4K footage from the Sony F-55, 9 2K cameras in a dedicated rig, 100 actors, and horses, explosives and a crew of 45 -- and it turns out that figuring out how to tell a story in 360° was only the first of many post challenges that Mike had to face.

  03/15/2014
Author: Mike Sullivan
Broadcasting
Project DAVID Creates Digital Content Preservation TechProject DAVID Creates Digital Content Preservation Tech

While there is a strong movement to preserve and restore old film, preservation of audiovisual digital content has been less of a priority. Project DAVID seeks to change that, by developing technology for prevention of damage, preservation and restoration for the vast libraries of digital content.

  03/15/2014
Author: Ryan Salazar
TV & Movie Appreciation
Stereo 3D Post Perfection for Russian War Epic StalingradStereo 3D Post Perfection for Russian War Epic Stalingrad

The film Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, and already the highest-grossing film in Russian history. It is also the first Russian film to be shot and produced for IMAX 3D, which posed some new challenges for the filmmakers, specially in post. Stalingrad opens Feb. 28 for an exclusive engagement in IMAX 3D theaters, and here's your chance to take a closer look at its making.

  02/24/2014
Author: Tim Wilson
Indie Film & Documentary
Ten Tips to Indie FilmmakingTen Tips to Indie Filmmaking

We love talking about tools and technologies, but there's a lot more to filmmaking than cameras and computers. Writer/director/producer Rick Castañeda has made over 30 short films, and just wrapped his first feature. Here, he offers hard-won insights into the practical details of making an independent film.

  02/17/2014
Author: Rick Castañeda
Cinematography
BlackVue SC500 from PittasoftBlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

Filmmaker Douglas Spotted Eagle takes a look at the new BlackVue Sport SC500 HD action POV camera.

  02/12/2014
Author: Douglas Spotted Eagle
TV & Movie Appreciation
Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career AchievementSkywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award ceremony on February 16th, 2014. Thom, a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee, has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. Star Wars creator George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy.

  02/07/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Last Film Lab?The Last Film Lab?

Sure, some of the biggest movies are still being shot on film, but in a world where film cameras haven't been in production for years, where only one company still makes motion picture film, and by the end of the year, there may be no more film prints for theatrical distribution, it's no wonder that the number of businesses who can sustain themselves by processing film has plummeted. In this latest dispatch from the film BUSINESS, Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman finds industry leaders asking themselves, will 2014 be the year we see the last film lab?

  02/03/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
History of the Film LabHistory of the Film Lab

A closer look at the history of film labs shows that business has been getting tougher for quite a while, and offers some insights into the specifics of what's coming soon.

  02/03/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From ShanghaiRestoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai

The Lady From Shanghai may be the most notorious Orson Welles film you've never seen: his deliberately disorienting noir murder mystery from 1947, whose road to restoration may be more complicated than the movie itself.

  01/27/2014
Author: Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At SundanceKlip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance

Projection mapping installation relies on Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create stunning visuals for the Sundance Film Festival entry, "What's He Building in There."

  01/21/2014
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Climbing Mountains to Make Lone SurvivorClimbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor

"We are going to climb mountains" - that's what director Peter Berg told Petra Holtorf-Stratton before they began work on his movie, Lone Survivor. "And we did," she told us, "literally and figuratively." Petra tells us about making this powerful film based on the true story of a Navy SEAL's ordeal in Afghanistan, and also about her remarkable transition from VFX artist to movie producer.

  01/10/2014
Author: Petra Holtorf-Stratton
TV & Movie Appreciation
Thor: The Dark World: Luma Pictures Unites Two ContinentsThor: The Dark World: Luma Pictures Unites Two Continents

The VFX house, Luma Pictures was called upon again to deliver VFX shots for the newest installation of Marvel's Thor adventures, "Thor: The Dark World." Working seamlessly across two continents, Luma delivered major villains, creatures, sets, atmospheric effects, character-interactive effects, and much more for the second film in the series.

  12/09/2013
Author: Creative COW
TV & Movie Appreciation
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the DoctorDoctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

When The Mill in London decided to close its TV and Film Department, the staff decided to open up VFX house Milk. They brought with them a first, very challenging job, which was begun at The Mill: creating stereo 3D effects for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Here's how the newly launched company took charge to create some memorable VFX.

  11/27/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Joseph Kosinski’s Film “Oblivion” Showcases Elegant EffectsJoseph Kosinski’s Film “Oblivion” Showcases Elegant Effects

World‐class user interface designers, graphic artists, and animators create crisp, timeless visual elements for the sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, Oblivion. Kosinski turned to Bradley G. Munkowitz (GMUNK), whom he'd previously worked with on Tron Legacy. As lead interface graphic designer, GMUNK then pulled a team together that included Interface Graphic Designers Joseph Chan (Chanimal) and Jake Sargeant, and Interface Animators Alexander Perry (AP), Navarro Parker (Nav), and David Lewandowski (D-Lew). They were happy to reunite to share how much fun they had creating the 2D effects for the film using an Adobe workflow.

  11/23/2013
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy HollowBehind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has shot over 60 films, including Thor: The Dark World. He has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys for his television work, and won an ASC Award for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. He also shot the pilot for the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow, which gave us an opportunity to talk to him about his work, his influences and his philosophy of lighting and camera moves.

  11/21/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
VFX & Motion Graphics on Star Trek: Into DarknessVFX & Motion Graphics on Star Trek: Into Darkness

Andrew Kramer of Bad Robot and author/owner of the site Video Copilot was tapped to create more than 30 title sequences for the resurrection of the classic science fiction franchise with Star Trek: Into Darkness, while the OOOii team created stunning graphics and heads-up displays for the blockbuster film. OOOii CEO Kent Demaine, Lead Designer Jorge Almeida and Andrew Kramer shared their great experiences working on the latest seminal Star Trek film.

  11/20/2013
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring the Frank Capra Classic, It Happened One NightRestoring the Frank Capra Classic, It Happened One Night

Frank Capra's 1934 comedy "It Happened One Night" was recently the subject of a lovingly painstaking 4K restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment. With tender care to retain the soft, glowing look that Director of Photography Joseph Walker, ASC was so well known for, Colorworks beautifully restored the film with all of the nuance and elegance of the original.

  11/18/2013
Author: Creative COW
Adobe Premiere Pro
Seasoned Film Editor Takes Adobe Premiere Pro CC For a SpinSeasoned Film Editor Takes Adobe Premiere Pro CC For a Spin

Customizable interface, visual effects integration, and fast rendering time impressed long-time Avid editor and second generation filmmaker, Nicolas de Toth. Nicolas recently enjoyed the opportunity to edit a commercial for MagnaFlow and chose to work with Adobe Premiere Pro for the first time in his career.

  11/15/2013
Author: Adobe
Cinematography
Paperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for LeprechaunPaperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for Leprechaun

The digital revolution was supposed to save us all from endless streams of paper but instead has spawned an even deeper addiction to the printed page. Here's how one filmmaker decided to take the road-less-cluttered and literally enter the ring of paperless production for Lionsgate and World Wrestling Entertainment.

  11/11/2013
Author: Zach Lipovsky
Adobe After Effects
Delivering Content for TV's Top ShowsDelivering Content for TV's Top Shows

Delivering content for some of television's top shows, including House of Lies, Grey's Anatomy, and, of course The Walking Dead, Stargate Studios continues to break the mold of how feature films, television series, electronic games, and commercials are generated. In this article, read how Adobe Creative Cloud and automation create a competitive edge for the iconic production studio, Stargate Studios.

  11/08/2013
Author: Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Prime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3DPrime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3D

Rumors had buzzed for two years that director Bernardo Bertolucci was interested in converting his masterpiece The Last Emperor to 3D. That became a reality when the 3D version debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. The sensitive job of handling the conversion went to Prime Focus in London, which dedicated hundreds of rotoscope artists, proprietary tools and artistic intention to uphold the intention of the original version. The verdict? Bertolucci called it "beautiful and magical."

  11/06/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Mary Pickford's Lost FilmRestoring Mary Pickford's Lost Film

Actor, screenwriter, producer and United Artists co-founder Mary Pickford made 205 films in her very productive life. Of those, ten features and 25 shorts were believed lost. Earlier this month, one of Mary Pickford's shorts - Their First Misunderstanding (1911) - was saved from oblivion. The incredible story of how a lost film was found and then salvaged involves more than a little luck, along with the knowledge and skillset of a group of committed film archivists and film preservationists. The story begins in a dilapidated barn. Read more...

  10/20/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
A Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTOA Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTO

Image scientist Bill Feightner has been responsible for many of the industry's visual creative milestones, including digital color separation and the world's first 4K DI. Just prior to receiving a SPMTE Lifetime Achievement Award -- ready to join his Emmy Award and Technical Achievement Award from AMPAS -- we spoke to Bill about co-founding EFILM, his new role at Colorfront, and the future of color and image science, remote collaboration, and post-production operations.

  10/19/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse TurnerBehind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner

The UP series, directed by Michael Apted, began in 1964 with Seven UP, which interviewed 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England. Every seven years, Apted has returned to these same children to ask about the progression of their lives. The result, the UP Series, is according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life." Cinematographer George Jesse Turner has shot all the UP Series films since 21 UP in 1977.

  10/05/2013
Author: George Jesse Turner
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick RyanBehind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

In August 2008, eleven climbers died on K2, the Himalayan peak nicknamed the Savage Mountain. In The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan delves into the mystery of what actually happened that day, in a masterful collage of footage taken by the climbers, stunning aerial shots of K2, interviews and re-enactments. Take a look behind the lens with Nick Ryan as he relates how he respectfully re-captured those tragic moments.

  10/04/2013
Author: Nick Ryan
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick AlvarezBehind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Based on an autobiographical comedy by acclaimed author and NPR contributor David Sedaris, "C.O.G." focuses on a summer of misadventures and growing up one young man named David [as in David Sedaris] encounters on an apple farm in Oregon. This look behind the lens of "C.O.G." with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez reveals a captivating story on both sides of the camera.

  10/02/2013
Author: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
TV & Movie Appreciation
Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of MoviesStorytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

It wasn't the effects and it wasn't the cast that made 1933's King Kong the enduring classic that it is (though Fay Wray got a clear shot at immortality). It was the story. The story of a big lug with a soft spot a mile wide. Here's why young filmmakers should sit at Kong's feet.

  09/25/2013
Author: Stephen Menick
NEWS: People in the News
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of InventionRemembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has had on the creative people in our industry.

  09/20/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Women In Post Join ForcesWomen In Post Join Forces

Women in Post is a new HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) committee formed by and for a decidedly minority group in the world of film/TV high technology. After three meetings -- two of them successful round table discussions, featuring accomplished women in the industry -- the group is expanding its plans to offer networking, mentoring and camaraderie and more.

  08/30/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Band Called DeathA Band Called Death

Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (heck...the first punk band!) and its members -- Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan -- are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino speak about the making of this surprising film.

  08/14/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Inside Elysium with Director Neill BlomkampInside Elysium with Director Neill Blomkamp

Five journalists sat in on a round-table interview with Elysium writer-director Neill Blomkamp a week prior to the film's debut. In this intimate portrait, Neill talks about what inspired the film, how he takes an organic, artistic approach to filmmaking, and how his own history, including being a VFX artist, creates a different kind of drive as a director.

  08/09/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Future of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental HousesFuture of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 2, we look at the ways that rental houses have adapted to thrive in a new digital age.

  07/22/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental HousesThe State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

  07/22/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Behind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan BazelliBehind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan Bazelli

Bojan Bazelli, ASC, working with Director Gore Verbinski, designed and executed a unique look for The Lone Ranger. With a nod to the much-filmed Western genre, they made a uniquely contemporary film with a much more desaturated color palette and a grittier look to the classic locations.

  07/11/2013
Author: Bojan Bazelli, ASC
ARRI
The Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic GenreThe Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic Genre

When cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, ASC decided to shoot The Lone Ranger with 35mm film, he also realized that some of the scenes might best be served with a digital camera. Choosing the ARRI Alexa Studio for the film's anamorphic look and Codex recorders, Bazelli was able to create a filmic look in digital that seamlessly integrated with the 35mm footage.

  07/11/2013
Author: David Heuring
Cinematography
Iraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London HeathrowIraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London Heathrow

In May 2013, award-winning cinematographer Bill Megalos traveled to Iraq to train young Iraqi filmmakers on behalf of a program organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute. In this first trip, Bill blogs about guiding these filmmakers as they make short dramatic films this year. The focus in May was on their scripts, on story and character development, on working with actors, as well as giving them an overall background in production.

  07/05/2013
Author: Bill Megalos
Art of the Edit
Workflow: Industry Pros Face the ChallengesWorkflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

With the rise of 4K, the film/TV industry faces a new set of challenges in acquisition, post production, distribution, media management and storage. Many executives remember all too well how the often-painful adoption of HD created upheavals in the production and post chain, and now, only a few years later, the ante is being upped to 4K.

  07/03/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Now You See Me: Modus FX Helps Create the MagicNow You See Me: Modus FX Helps Create the Magic

Modus FX created 227 visual effects shots in Now You See Me, a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher about four young magicians who appear to rob banks during their performances, distributing the spoils to their audiences, while the FBI and Interpol pursue them. Launched in 2007 by co-founders Marc Bourbonnais and Yanick Wilisky, Modus FX is located in a 12,000 square foot facility just outside Montreal. Modus was charged with many of the film's CG-heavy sequences, including the 5Pointz segment, which was almost entirely CG. In this article Modus FX visual effects supervisor Wayne Brinton takes Creative COW readers behind the scenes of the company's VFX magic.

  06/21/2013
Author: Wayne Brinton
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision AwardBehind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision Award

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who photographed the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale Station, was presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film (WIF) Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry. Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, tells the story of the 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who is killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman on the Fruitvale Station platform.

  06/11/2013
Author: Rachel Morrison
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Richard III: VistaVision to 4KRestoring Richard III: VistaVision to 4K

When The Film Foundation decided to restore Richard III, the non-profit film preservation organization approached Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment. The job was to return the film as close as possible to its original version, which involved restoring over 100 shots. Cineric in New York dug up the missing trims and provided the 4K wet-gate scan, and Crisp brought in MTI Film for much of the restoration, including creating missing frames. Sony Pictures' DI and restoration facility Colorworks finished the job with a careful DI, and the film -- which has been released on BluRay by Criterion -- is expected to have a theatrical release through Janus Films.

  06/09/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After EarthBehind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, BSC, ASC has shot an astonishing number of films that have become iconic: Privilege (the film that inspired George Lucas to ask him to shoot Star Wars), Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and every David Cronenberg film since Dead Ringers. He got his career start as a child, fascinated by the dark room work of his father, cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who shot Get Carter among his other credits, and as a very young man shooting documentaries in Latin America. Most recently, Suschitzky was the first to get his hands on Sony's new F65 cameras, to shoot After Earth.

  06/05/2013
Author: Peter Suschitzky ASC BSC
Film History & Appreciation
The Great Gatsby VFX: Animal Logic Sets the Scene in 3DThe Great Gatsby VFX: Animal Logic Sets the Scene in 3D

Award-winning, Sydney-based VFX and animation company, Animal Logic delivered 590 shots for the gilt, luxurious and captivating film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. 175 people worked on Gatsby over the course of a year and a half. VFX Producer Ingrid Johnston and VFX Supervisor Andy Brown talk to Creative COW about their work on The Great Gatsby.

  06/02/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross RiegeBehind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross Riege

After Ross Riege completed shooting The Kings of Summer, he moved on to working on a feature-length documentary with director Greg Kohs. During that session, Ross took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Creative COW about his career path as a young cinematographer and his experiences shooting his first feature film, The Kings of Summer.

  05/17/2013
Author: Ross Riege
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Titans Remember Ray HarryhausenVFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen

"When we grieve Ray Harryhausen's passing, we are at least in part grieving perhaps the last living link to the earliest days of movie visual effects," says Creative COW's Debra Kaufman. She spoke to many of today's VFX giants who were inspired by Ray, including Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Jeffrey A. Okun and ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel, who says, "Ray Harryhausen's impact on an entire generation (several actually) of filmmakers cannot be overstated, each of them trying again and again to reproduce the wonder they first felt as a child watching Jason fight those skeletons."

  05/16/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas
HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near YouHitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm have just launched a KickStarter to bring their 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software to Mac. Andrew Devis looks at the software package for Creative COW.

  05/14/2013
Author: Andrew Devis
Cinematography
PREVISUALIZATION Part FOUR: When to Use PrevisPREVISUALIZATION Part FOUR: When to Use Previs

In this fourth chapter of Gare Cline's tutorial series on Previsualization, we focus on when is the best time to hire a previsualization artist. We begin by looking at the various stages of filmmaking and then concluding with making the decision as when is the best time to hire a previs artist.

  04/28/2013
Author: Gare Cline
AJA Ki Pro
NAB 2013: AJA Video SystemsNAB 2013: AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems debuted its Ki Pro Quad solid-state portable video recorder for 4K camera-to-editorial workflows with Apple ProRes and RAW data. The new Ki Pro Quad supports 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recording at HD and 2K resolution and real-time scaling from 4K/Quad HD to 2K/HD among its many other features. AJA also introduced its Hi5-4K Mini-Converter, which offers a monitoring connection from professional 4K devices to consumer 4K displays, and its Region of Interest Mini-Converter, which enables conversion and real-time scaling of computer DVI-D and HDMI outputs to baseband video over SDI. AJA also came to the show with lots of partnership news from Adobe, Avid and FilmLight as well as Quantel is now using AJA's Corvid Ultra OEM cards to power its Pablo RIO.

  04/26/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
NAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic LensesNAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic Lenses

ARRI made good on its promise to plan a long-life path for Alexa; at NAB 2013, the company offered the XR Module and several components of the Alexa XT configuration as upgrades. The first three focal lengths of the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series are slated to ship next month, and ARRI showed a 10-minute film shot with the 50 mm MA50 lens. Also on tap were Pro Camera Accessories for the Sony F5/F55, new Alura LDS Extenders, lightweight matte box LMB-6, and the new Cage System II.

  04/19/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Adobe SpeedGrade
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Wrap UpNAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Wrap Up

Finally at home from an eventful NAB, Dennis Kutchera sorts through his show notes to deliver to COW readers thoughts on 4K and HD, hints on Adobe's upgrades on Premiere Pro and Adobe SpeedGrade, and the advantages of FilmLight's Baselight.

  04/15/2013
Author: Dennis Kutchera
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day ThreeNAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Three

Dennis Kutchera reports on Day Three at NAB 2013. Excitement is still buzzing, especially for Autodesk Smoke 2013, TV Logic, the 6K RED Dragon and the Technicolor session on color in the filmmaking process.

  04/11/2013
Author: Dennis Kutchera
Cinematography
Cinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 3rdCinematographer's Journey: Rightfooted in Ethiopia April 3rd

April 3rd: Bill Megalos, cinematographer and documentarian, is in Ethiopia with first-time documentary feature director Nick Spark on a mission to "make a film that makes a difference." Raising money on Indiegogo, they're following Jessica Cox, a 29-year old woman without arms who is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is licensed to fly planes solo (among her many accomplishments). She is an advocate for the disabled and often spends time in countries where the handicapped are stigmatized. Megalos is keeping a shooting diary for Creative COW readers of their experiences in Ethiopia.

  04/03/2013
Author: Bill Megalos
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Game of Thrones with Anette HaellmigkBehind the Lens: Game of Thrones with Anette Haellmigk

Cinematographer Anette Haellmigk shot two episodes of Season 3's Game of Thrones, the HBO blockbuster that returns on March 31. A native of Germany, Haellmigk was the 2012 winner of Kodak's Vision Award from Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. A pioneering woman cinematographer, Anette's resume includes Das Boot, Robocop, Starship Troopers, Total Recall, The West Wing and many more. Haellmigk speaks to Creative COW about her path as a pioneering female cinematographer and her work on Game of Thrones.

  04/01/2013
Author: Anette Haellmigk
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Crossroads: Causes & Effects Of An Industry CrisisVFX Crossroads: Causes & Effects Of An Industry Crisis

The VFX industry is in a crisis. As Life of Pi won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, the venerable facility that created those effects - Rhythm & Hues - declared bankruptcy, and they're hardly the first to close their doors due to financial problems. Debra Kaufman pulls from her 25 years of experience covering the industry to take a close look at how the creators of some of cinema's indelible images are falling prey to dysfunctional business models. Their deep historical roots have also led to visual effects becoming one of the least-profitable areas of film and TV production. How did we get here?

  03/26/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy TypesThe Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types

A who’s who of the country’s broadcast, film and TV post production industry convened in Indian Wells, California to listen to tech presentations on everything from Ultra HDTV to Mobile DTV and chew over the latest conundrums. Next year’s HPA Tech Retreat will take place Feb. 17 through 21.

  03/11/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Making of 1000 to 1: Lenses & Lighting For The RED EpicThe Making of 1000 to 1: Lenses & Lighting For The RED Epic

Working with Angenieux on new lens solutions for the RED Epic, wrestling freakish gym fluorescent lighting, wrangling national park filming permits: these were just a few of the challenges facing cinematographer and co-producer (and Digital Cinema Society founder) James Mathers in the making of "1000 to 1," an inspirational indie drama to be released later this year. James tells a remarkable tale of the lengths one production went to make their film look much bigger than its budget, with practical advice for filmmakers on every scale.

  03/05/2013
Author: James Mathers
Art of the Edit
TouchEdit App Brings Pro Editing to the iPadTouchEdit App Brings Pro Editing to the iPad

Do you miss the tactile aspect of editing film? Or are you a big fan of the iPad? Or would you just love a way to have a super-portable professional editing system? If you've answered "yes" to any of these three questions, you're a potential customer of editor Dan Lebental ACE's new app TouchEdit. TouchEdit is available in the iTunes store for $50.

  02/27/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSEThe Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

John Roesch is one of the most accomplished Foley artists in the motion picture industry, with contributions to more than 400 films in a three decade-spanning career. He is the recipient of two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (The Dark Knight, The Matrix) alongside more than a dozen nominations. He has worked on 16 films that have won Academy Awards for Best Sound or Best Sound Editing. John Roesch spoke to Creative COW about the art of Foley and his extensive experience in creating sound effects.

  02/15/2013
Author: John Roesch
Cinematography
KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director Frederic Goodich, ASC got together to push the new Sony F65 to its limits. The result is Kickstart Theft, a short film based on De Sica's classic The Bicycle Thieves, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a range of challenging lighting and shooting conditions.

  02/12/2013
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Michael Slovis, ASC & Breaking BadBehind the Lens: Michael Slovis, ASC & Breaking Bad

Michael Slovis, ASC is behind the lens at the enormously popular and critically acclaimed AMC show Breaking Bad where he's shot four seasons and earned three Emmy nominations. Although his early work was in independent film in New York, Slovis has had a long, successful run in episodic TV including work on Fringe, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 30 Rock and many others. In one of the most compelling entries yet in our Behind The Lens series, edited by Debra Kaufman, Michael talks about the pleasures of shooting film, his stock choices (which he feels have never been better), why he sticks with prime lenses, and some of the dramatic approaches to visual storytelling that Breaking Bad creator and Executive Director Vince Gilligan has developed for the show.

  02/06/2013
Author: Michael Slovis, ASC
What Computer Should I Buy?
Jump!Jump!

NitroCircus: The Movie's stylistic leap in 3D production used RED EPICs shooting 96 fps, for up to 4TB of files a day. They relied on HP workstations to deliver the film on time and on budget.

  01/31/2013
Author: Russell Lasson
Business & Marketing
Suck It Up, ButtercupSuck It Up, Buttercup

The Best Excuses from New or Underemployed Filmmakers and Freelancers: "You've really really got to stop being lazy and making excuses for not getting what you want," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall. "Seriously. It's sad and it makes me sad for you. So sad in fact, that I've created this BEST OF compilation of stupid excuses. It's perhaps a little more brash than my usual fare. Don't mistake this for arrogance. I'm young and stupid too, but I'm still allowed to almost rant. Pseudo-rant. Pretend I made you cookies and you're eating them as you read this."

  01/29/2013
Author: Kylee Wall
Cinematography
The Aesthetics of High Frame Rate CinemaThe Aesthetics of High Frame Rate Cinema

Any change in the way we watch movies creates a heated debate, from the introduction of sound and color to digital acquisition and stereoscopic 3D. Now, the subject of debate is High Frame Rate cinema and, naturally, the debate is emotional. From watching hundreds, maybe thousands, of movies, we all have an idea of what a movie ought to look like, and for some people, HFR doesn't fit into the picture. Other moviegoers are excited about HFR's potential -- but to fulfill it, filmmakers and technologists have a lot of work ahead of them.

  12/14/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate CinemaThe Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The technology wizards of the film/TV industry have been talking about High Frame Rate cinema for a long time; indeed, Douglas Trumbull's Showscan at 60 fps presaged the current interest over 30 years ago. But it took director Peter Jackson to take the plunge for mainstream cinema, declaring he would shoot The Hobbit in 48 fps to get momentum going. In about a year's time, manufacturers made the gear, theater exhibitors updated their movie theaters, and the studios prepared for one of the most audacious technology debuts that cinema has seen. Creative COW goes behind the scenes to see what it took for you to see The Hobbit in 48 fps.

  12/09/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Apple FCPX Techniques
SHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP XSHOOT>EDIT with RED and FCP X

Embracing FCP X and the RED Camera System from the earliest releases has been proven a successful choice for filmmaker David Battistella, whose enticing respect for the RED/FCPX workflow shines through from detailed explanation to his finished work. Everything we dreamed RED could be in post is beginning to unfold with the new FCP X update.

  11/21/2012
Author: David Battistella
Art of the Edit
Cloud Atlas: The VFXCloud Atlas: The VFX

Cloud Atlas, a complex and lyrical film directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, relies on visual effects and more than a dozen visual effects facilities collaborating closely to bring alive the past and future worlds depicted in its six intertwined stories. Method is one of the houses who helped create these amazing worlds, and Creative COW's Debra Kaufman spoke to them to learn more.

  11/14/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
The Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAXThe Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAX

SK Films has released Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, an IMAX/giant screen film that details the true story of the scientist who spent 40 years researching the incredible epic migration of the monarch butterfly. Using, among other technologies, a specialized 3D snorkel camera designed by Peter Parks for close-up photography, the feature film features spectacular real footage of the brilliant monarch butterfly sanctuaries.

  10/30/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Hollywood 3D Masters Talk StereoscopyHollywood 3D Masters Talk Stereoscopy

A group of production and post production experts in 3D filmmaking sat down to talk about what they've learned from their experiences, how they define best practices and why they love 3D filmmaking. Creative COW was there to report on the conversation.

  10/19/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Storm Surfers 3D Rides the 3D WaveStorm Surfers 3D Rides the 3D Wave

The Australian movie Storm Surfers 3D takes viewers on an adventure to ride the biggest waves in the world, with two-time world champion surfer Ross Clarke-Jones and tow surfing pioneer Tom Carroll, accompanied by surf forecaster Ben Matson. Not only did the surfers defy death on these enormous waves, but the filmmakers - among them directors Chris Nelius, Justin McMillan and cinematographer Dave Maguire - risked life and gear to get the footage seen in this adrenaline-packed movie.

  10/07/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Setting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital CinemaSetting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital Cinema

Dave Stump, ASC, is a co-chair of the SMPTE Working Group on High Frame Rate Cinema. The upcoming releases of The Hobbit and Avatar 2 have highlighted a number of issues that the entire filmmaking community is going to have deal with, including exhibitors. A winner of an Academy Award for Technical Achievement as well as a cinematographer, Dave speaks from a variety of perspectives as he describes the early days of progress towards standards for High Frame Rate cinema.

  09/26/2012
Author: Dave Stump, ASC
IBC Expo
FilmLight at IBC 2012FilmLight at IBC 2012

For FilmLight, IBC is traditionally the show where they debut products shown as new technologies at NAB. FilmLight is living up to the tradition by coming to Amsterdam with a long list of new products: FLIP real-time image processor, Baselight TRANSFER real-time 4K dailies processing system; Baselight Editions; Baselight 4.3, the latest version with new features; BLG (Baselight Grade, an open EXR file format); and FLUX, an expandable 80TB streaming media server. The aim, says co-founder/director Wolfgang Lempp, is to improve productivity to keep up with ever-changing workflows.

  09/04/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Codex at IBC 2012Codex at IBC 2012

Codex is coming to IBC 2012 with new technology. Although its Onboard S will be shown for the first time at a European tradeshow, the big news is that the company is unveiling its capacity to support Canon Cinema RAW at up to 120 fps at 4K. At an incredibly lightweight and small size, the Onboard S is already being adopted by filmmakers who can benefit from its powerful features and form factor.

  08/31/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Filming a Docu in 2012 London with the Sony PMW-100Filming a Docu in 2012 London with the Sony PMW-100

Trevor Ward has just returned from London where he was brought on to film a documentary during the games of 2012. The tour involved seventeen interviews, all over London, sometimes in a Cinéma Vérité style. Read the review based on his real-world experience with the new (and very lightweight) Sony PMW-100 camera.

  08/28/2012
Author: Trevor Ward
Cinematography
High Frame Rate CinemaHigh Frame Rate Cinema

All eyes are on High Frame Rate cinema, the latest technology shift touted by such heavyweight filmmakers as Peter Jackson and Jim Cameron. But how many frames per second is ideal? How does HFR cinema change the workflow and the bottom line? This group of experts weighed in on why we should be excited by the opportunities of HFR cinema and what we can expect in day-to-day production and post workflows.

  08/16/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Simply SMPTESimply SMPTE

SMPTE, or the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, is recognized as the global leader in the development of standards and authoritative practices for film, television, video and multimedia. Ryan Salazar's article describes a brief history of SMPTE, timecodes and membership today.

  08/09/2012
Author: Ryan Salazar
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring JawsRestoring Jaws

Universal Pictures is celebrating its 100 years of filmmaking with a list of 100 of its most notable films, thirteen of which will be restored. Jaws is one of those films, and in this article, we take you back into the water to find out just how safe it is to scan an original negative and bring Jaws back to life.

  07/16/2012
Author: Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The Joy of FilmmakingThe Joy of Filmmaking

People have been understandably speaking about Martin Scorsese's film "Hugo" as a celebration of the life and films of Georges Méliès, but it is also a tribute to those who LOVE to watch films and even to film preservation.

  02/08/2012
Author: Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
Now What? It's a Question We've Been Hearing a Lot Lately.Now What? It's a Question We've Been Hearing a Lot Lately.

"As always, we're happy to provide answers from the people actually making the hard decisions about the products and technologies in which they'll be investing their money, their time, and their expertise." Tim Wilson muses on the "End of Film" issue of Creative COW Magazine.

  10/06/2011
Author: Tim Wilson
Cinematography
Film Fading to BlackFilm Fading to Black

ARRI, Panavision and Aaton have all quietly ceased production of their film cameras to focus exclusively on the design and manufacture of digital cameras. Film? Fade to black.

  10/06/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Remembering Takuo Miyagishima, Panavision InnovatorRemembering Takuo Miyagishima, Panavision Innovator

Takuo Miyagishima was both the spirit of Panavision and the creator of innumerable camera, lens and accessory inventions that include Primo anamorphic lenses, Panaflex camera system and the Super Panatar projection lens. This tribute illuminates some of the accomplishments of this imaging innovator, and the influence he has had on over 50 years of filmmaking.

  08/31/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Restoring Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital CinemaRestoring Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital Cinema

As a landmark in American film history celebrates 35 years, Sony Pictures Entertainment leads a cutting-edge 4K restoration for Blu-ray and limited theatrical re-release. Debra Kaufman joins the COW team with an exclusive in-depth article describing the restoration of Taxi Driver in Sony 4K Digital Cinema for its 35th anniversary.

  05/11/2011
Author: Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive SystemThe Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive System

The Library of Congress is working to preserve film for hundreds, even thousands of years. Seriously. In this article from Creative COW Magazine, Ken Weissman, Supervisor of the Library's Film Preservation Laboratory, tells the steps they're taking toward the ultimate archive system, starting with the restoration of films first printed on paper instead of film!

  05/05/2010
Author: Ken Weissman
Business & Marketing
Creative COW - Year 10Creative COW - Year 10

As we enter year 10, Creative COW Foundation is launched to award scholarships & grants to students in film & media studies. Creative COW Foundation has awarded its first check for $10,000 to the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women.

  05/03/2010
Author: Ron Lindeboom
DaVinci
Cinefilm's Ron Anderson: da Vinci User Since 1986Cinefilm's Ron Anderson: da Vinci User Since 1986

In this article, Tim Wilson talks with da Vinci user Ron Anderson in his Part Three look at Blackmagic Design's acquisition of da Vinci Systems. Ron Anderson’s relationship with da Vinci has also taken places over several decades, starting as a customer, and evolving into demo artistry even while he continues working with da Vinci systems at Atlanta’s Cinefilm.

  09/08/2009
Author: Tim Wilson
Indie Film & Documentary
Film? Really? Yes, Really.Film? Really? Yes, Really.

Even all-digital, file-based films are still shown mostly on film. That's why Mike Lehman is helping indie filmmakers get their work onto the worldwide standard for theatrical exhibition.

  08/19/2009
Author: Mike Lehman
Business & Marketing
Heavy IronHeavy Iron

How can a creative business survive, much less prosper, these days? DigitalFilm Tree's Zed Saeed offers a possible solution that combines embracing new, disruptive, low-cost technologies, and investing wisely to add value.

  08/18/2009
Author: Zed Saeed
Cinematography
The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of PixelsThe Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this wide-ranging, no-holds barred conversation from 2009, John cuts through what he calls the intentional obfuscation of "marketing pixels," and explores the range of high resolution and high frame rate options that are becoming available to filmmakers.

  07/29/2009
Author: John Galt
Cinematography
Pushing the Limits on Pushing DaisiesPushing the Limits on Pushing Daisies

Visual Effects Supervisor William Powloski helped create one of the most eye-popping worlds ever seen on TV, as part of a feature film aesthetic on a TV budget and schedule. Although it was canceled after only two seasons, it remains one of the most beautiful and innovative programs to ever air on US television. In an extended version of the original article in The Visual Effects Issue of Creative COW Magazine, here is an exclusive look at how he and his team helped pull it off.

  7/21/2009
Author: William Powloski
Business & Marketing
Free video and demo reel hosting comes to Creative COWFree video and demo reel hosting comes to Creative COW

CreativeCOW.net has added free hosting for demo reels, music videos, commercials, short films, trailers and other media files that our members want to use to promote their businesses or just show their work. We support up to 900 pixels wide, up to 100MB in size, with AAC audio encoding.

  06/28/2009
Author: Ron Lindeboom
AVID
Avid rolls out lower-priced Media ComposerAvid rolls out lower-priced Media Composer

When most people think of Avid, low cost is not a term likely to be used in connection with the venerable leader in broadcast and film editing systems. But with today's announcements, Avid has both increased their lead in the education sector and has radically dropped the price of its flagship Media Composer software. In this article, Creative COW's Ron Lindeboom explores why we find this great news for both existing Avid customers and those who thought that they could never afford an Avid.

  03/17/2008
Author: Ron Lindeboom
Business & Marketing
Understanding Copyrights: Part 2 - Fair UseUnderstanding Copyrights: Part 2 - Fair Use

In this article, Creative COW's Ron Lindeboom examines the legal mine-field that make up the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976. People regularly make ''blanket statements'' regarding the Fair Use provisions and how they guarantee specific rights for educators, individuals, independent filmmakers, documentarians, event and corporate video producers, other content creators and individuals. But this article shows that the law is fair from clear and commercial use of copyrighted work is a trap in all but the most limited of applications...

  08/24/2005
Author: Ron Lindeboom
HDV Format
Sony HDR-FX1 -- an IBC previewSony HDR-FX1 -- an IBC preview

In this pre-IBC 2004 first look, Creative Cow's Ron Lindeboom explores some of the just announced capabilities of Sony's new HDR-FX1 Handycam -- a camcorder that Sony says is targeted to give consumers "HD quality for their personal content." But many independent filmmakers who have ignored JVC's first-to-market HDV camcorders are sure to give Sony's new HDR-FX1 a second glance. Cow members attending IBC 2004 can get a first glimpse of this new Sony camcorder which is being shown in Amsterdam at the Sony booth.

  08/15/2004
Author: Ron Lindeboom
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