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Burr & Burton Academy Teaches Students Advanced Cinematography Skills with Blackmagic Design


Burr & Burton Academy Teaches Students Advanced Cinematography Skills with Blackmagic Design
Situated overlooking picturesque Manchester Village, Burr & Burton Academy (BBA) in Manchester, Vermont is a 180 year old independent, coeducational New England secondary school. With about 700 students from the surrounding communities, as well as 60 international students, BBA is dedicated to educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents in a warm and caring environment that encourages excellence and community. One of its most popular courses is the cinematography program, taught by Bill Muench. And for this program, the school uses two Blackmagic Cinema Cameras to teach its advanced students. Read More

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Content Insider #516 - Content View
Content Insider #516 - Content View
The content industry is all aflutter as they head for Vegas and NAB because things are changing and content delivery, ad production, ad buying people aren't really sure if change is a good thing. Indie filmmakers are seeing new distribution opportunities (ways to get their stuff seen) and content consumers are finding new ways to make their voices heard. As someone recently said, FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) has mucked up a perfectly good business model and allowed the viewer determine what he/she wants to watch when and where folks want to watch it...and what they don't want to watch! The challenge will be to see how the infrastructure industry handles 7 billion folks picking their own stuff. Maybe the abnormal heart rhythm will become the new normal. Read More
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Reallusion Character Creator
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Content Insider #515 - Streams
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iClone Character Creation
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Content Insider #513 - The Shooter's Job(s)
Content Insider #513 - The Shooter's Job(s)
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