Music Choice Declares March Women's History Month By Tegan Alexander Women clearly cannot be stopped, and this month they receive well-deserved respect and recognition. March is typically known as Women's History Month, but Music Choice is declaring it Women's Music Month to celebrate the talented, confident females breaking ground and making history for today's generation. In short: Women rock. Music Choice is highlighting some of the baddest babes in music with special content on Music Choice On Demand from March 6th through March 27th. Check out the biggest music videos, exclusive interviews with pop's leading ladies, and playlists from fan-favorite female artists as they salute their fellow hit-makers. ...Read More »
The Making of VR/360 "Expedition Antarctica" The Neotopy includes storytellers, filmmakers and sound engineers who specialize in immersive VR/360 cinematic experiences. Their skills and talents make one of their most recent projects, "Expedition Antarctica", a breathtaking VR/360 experience of the nature and wildlife of Antarctica. Alexandre Regeffe recently discussed the development of the VR project and how Neotopy managed the VR/360 post-production process. ...Read More »
Content Insider #496 - VR Progress By Miles Weston VR film work - educational, documentary, entertainment and even marketing - has grown faster than the pioneers expected and it's only getting better and more exciting. All of the tools are getting better, faster, less expensive faster than industry forecasters predicted. Try even the basic (cheap) tools and you'll understand why once you watch it you want more. The good shooters and producers are delivering for the immersion hungry audience and learning that while it's great it doesn't meet everyone's needs the same way. The VR filmmakers are more than just creative in what they deliver, they're creative in how they get from concept to something you can don an HMD and enjoy. They're doing a lot of work-around activity to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated audience. ...Read More »
Content Insider #494 - VR Film Work By Miles Weston Shooting, producing a VR film sounds terribly romantic. Heck filmmaking itself sounds like a whale of a lot of fun rubbing elbows with studio bigwigs, stars, living the fast life...what could be a better way of making a fab living? Ask most filmmakers and they'd probably say just about anything would be more "fun" because it's a lot of work juggling everything to educate, entertain your audience. VR film production is even worse because you're venturing into a totally new area where the viewer suddenly is part of the action and if you think actors are unpredictable viewers are worse. And there's no safety net because it's a new frontier. Hard, exciting but talented people are mastering the new arena for people to enjoy. ...Read More »
Content Insider #493 - VR Filmmaking By Miles Weston After a bumpy start VR filmmaking is starting to move forward. The craftspersons have and continue to do a lot of testing and refinement to find out what works, what doesn't and why. Along the way they're getting a lot of help from camera, system and tool producers to deliver consumers can immerse themselves in and enjoy again and again. The costs are already coming down as more and more filmmakers work with the new medium. Momentum is building and it's needed if HMD and solution producers are to sell the volumes we need to deem it a success. The good stuff is really good. The rest...not so much. ...Read More »
Content Insider #488 - Storytellers By Miles Weston Studios and content buyers save their money for the big, sure hits for their shareholders. YouTube and Facebook open up their sites to good, bad, what the **** stuff. It helps people watch more and enjoy it less. Heck even Netflix has opted for quality not quantity in the stuff they offer. Fortunately help is out there from indie filmmakers who think with creative minds and creative hearts to weave stories they feel compelled to tell. It ain't easy but it's fun. Now because there are a gazillion ways people can entertain/inform yourself with OTT indies have opportunities to even make money doing what they love. It's freakin awesome! ...Read More »
Content Insider #486 - 360, VR Everywhere By Miles Weston I'd probably enjoy IBC just as much even if it weren't in Amsterdam but I sure wouldn't want to find out. Or maybe the city just looks better through 360/VR glasses because everyone at the convention centre seemed to have the suctioncup lines on their face. But the discussions at IBC - suppliers, studios, networks, filmmakers, production people - always seemed to touch on how quickly VR had come and how much further it had to go. True VR isn't "brand new" because it's been around since 1929 (Link Simulator) and the first headsets were introduced in the 1960s but now we've got affordable cameras to shoot 360 video and defining VR films. Most of the films are short right now - under 30 minutes - but it won't be long before we have a solid feature film. ...Read More »
Hawaiki Keyer releases a new plugin for Final Cut Pro By Ko Maruyama Hawaiki Keyer 3 is a simple chroma keyer for Final Cut and Apple Motion artists who want a simple solution for lifting their subjects from greenscreens. The new keyer from Hawaiki includes several features that will be important to any editor/compositor, most notably features that will allow editors to control light wrap transfer modes. ...Read More »
Muzzle Flash and Smoke By Ko Maruyama Many compositors rely on stock media to complete their visual effects work. Having larger libraries offer potential for diverse types of VFX elements in a single project. Rampant Design has teamed up with FilmRiot and Triune to produce a new library for filmmakers ...Read More »
Engage Customers With Inexpensive DIY Videos By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly Capture customers' attention with unique videos shot with your smartphone. ...Read More »
The Connected Retail Revolution Is Upon Us By Craig Mellow for America's Backbone Weekly New technology will ask you to give up some privacy in return for unprecedented deals and customization to your needs. ...Read More »
Content Insider #474 - New Creators By Miles Weston Video distribution has evolved over the years from a couple of channels to millions of channels. It is almost as though we are rapidly transitioning into a video-only world. With billions of cameraphone users stepping forward to ensure we don't miss a moment of the world around us (especially their awesome lives) the people who make their money distributing the stuff are grabbing as much as they can, as quickly as they can just to fill their "inventory." But when the newness wears off people will again become selective as to how they spend their time and want/view content that real filmmakers know how to capture/develop/deliver - great audio, outstanding video. Folks tastes will improve. They have to! ...Read More »
Half of the Film By Miles Weston While you don't think about it much until it's too late the best films - those people watch and enjoy - are 50 percent video and 50 percent audio. A scary movie just isn't scary without the sound. A love story doesn't carry you away with it without audio. Woody Woodhall discusses how audio can improve the quality, impact of any film. ...Read More »
Content Insider #460 - Producing Dreams By Miles Weston I'm a slow learner. It dawned on my at NAB we differentiate between filmmakers and indie filmmakers. But when studios cut back to their content buying/selling/distribution core everyone in the industry (ok almost) is an independent. Shooter, production, post, audio, special effects, colorists, everything. And guess what...they're darn good at it. They do it with a desire to tell a story - audio and visual. They have developed one of the finest coopetive industries you can find anywhere - working to tell their story and helping others tell theirs. Gawd I love this industry! ...Read More »
The Pitfalls of Pushing Noise Reduction Tools Too Far By Ron Bartlett My name is Ron Bartlett, and I am based in LA. Over the years, I've been fortunate to work on numerous feature films including some blockbusters such as Blade Runner, Heat, Die Hard, The Fifth Element, Mission: Impossible, Prometheus, The Life of Pi, and several X-Men films. iZotope's RX is my go-to tool of choice, and over the years, it has saved me valuable production time while wowing the supervisors in the process. ...Read More »
What Happened To The Music? By L..E. Kalikow To cope with internet overload, we allow algorithms to sift through and feed us bits and pieces to match our tastes or cosmetically enhanced anchormen (and anchorwomen) to spoon up headlines to the tune of tone-deaf sponsors. All this through a multi-tasking world, where a generation pays half attention to work while constantly checking their Facebook pages and tweeting when they go to the bathroom. How does this affect the arts... and more specifically music? ...Read More »
Animated Robot Enters The Real World in "Alpha4" By SNL Guitarist Jared Scharff Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff, solo project known as Pearl Lion, recently released a music video titled "Alpah4". The video's protagonist is a video game like robot who enters the real world and travels around Los Angeles. The video combines animation with live action - we think you'll love it! ...Read More »
Rhythm System By Miles Weston MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) changed everything for professional and amateur musicians putting an entire band, orchestra at their fingertips. Musicians want to move the music from their head to the system as quickly as possible so they can visit again and again to enhance it and enrich it. There comes a point where you feel you could do better with a better system. Sometimes upgrading your Mac is a better solution than simply buying a new computer. Better for your music, better for your budget. ...Read More »
Short Deadline By Miles Weston There isn't a filmmaker who hasn't wanted to take on a project even when there was no financial compensation involved, just a real feel good feeling. And when the time budget runs out you need fast, reliable storage you can count on. Cullie Posaria knows from first hand experience. ...Read More »
Free Learning Event By Miles Weston If you're interested in improving your production/post production skills and learning about the latest in technology - hardware and software the Nov 21 event is right for you and...there's no charge for attendance ...Read More »
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