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DaVinci Resolve Helps Swordfish Mix the Old with the New


- and Preserve History in Stop Motion Animated Film 'Crickets Would Sing'
DaVinci Resolve Helps Swordfish Mix the Old with the New
As filmmaking continues to advance, it's important to invest in new technology, but also not to forget the traditional art forms and to continue to create in the original mediums. And often times, mixing the old with the new produces an even greater result. Mauricio Baiocchi, senior creative at San Francisco based motion design studio Swordfish, did just that on "Crickets Would Sing," a stop motion animated film based on short stories written by Frances Fabri. Read More

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Keeping a Film Look While Shooting in Low Light
Keeping a Film Look While Shooting in Low Light
"Hero of the Underworld" is about redemption. And it takes viewers from high class life to the seedy world of drug dealers and drug dependence. The film is both literally and figuratively showing viewers the dark world of drug life.The characters in "Hero of the Underworld" exist in a dark world, but they also needed to be shown in stark, visible detail. DP and Director of the film John Vincent needed to toe the line of working with a limited lighting package while still keeping every expression of the actors visible. To do this, he chose to shoot "Hero of the Underworld" with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and grade it using DaVinci Resolve. Read More
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SSD Speeds Project
SSD Speeds Project
Getting your big break in the music and acting industry is usually a long, hard process that requires just the right connections and a fair amount of luck. Sklyer Reed found there was another option - Indiegogo - when she met and connected with cinematographer Cullie Poseria. Together the two mapped out a strategy and plan that would help Reed reach people who were interested in helping her open the door for her singing career. Ms Poseria showed that a quality music video can be produced even with a tight time and money budget. The rest is up to the viewing/listening audience around the globe. Read More
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Indie Films Shot Over Mobile
Indie Films Shot Over Mobile
As smartphones become more portable and their features are continually improved, many are now maximizing their handsets at work. In fact, even filmmakers, especially those who are just starting out in the industry, are using their mobile devices to create award-winning short films. Due to the continuing trend in mobile adoption at video production houses, many organizations have started recognizing individuals who excel in this category. One of the popular award ceremonies for filmmakers is the iPhone Film Festival (IFF) that is now into its fifth year of awarding film makers that use iPhones in shooting their movies. Read More
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Creative Storage Conference
Creative Storage Conference
With indie filmmaking growing in leaps and bounds because of economic, easy-to-use hardware, software, plentiful storage and a growing list of distribution options the Creative Storage Conference will highlight the needs of the expanding industry. Catch it all in Culver City, June 30. Read More
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Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders
Content Insider #391 - New Content Leaders
Almost everywhere you turned at NAB there was a booth featuring products/tools for indie filmmakers, educational sessions to cover anything/everything and a loosely connected next generation of producers, directors, filmmakers. The new tools, Internet and IPTV/OTT everywhere changed the face and infrastructure of the media & entertainment industry. Indies know that not everyone wants to watch another spin-off of CSI, NCIS and cockamamie formula police/fireman show. Great thing is the indie films don't have to be blockbusters they just have to find their group of people around the world who want to view their shows. Only people who seemed bewildered (and determined to protect their territory) at the show were the network, cable, studio bosses. Indies aren't worried...the tools are right...the overhead is right...the time is right! Read More
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Creative Contest Begins
Creative Contest Begins
Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! Read More
New Release:
Creative Contest Begins
Creative Contest Begins
Think of it as a People's Choice Video Commercial Contest. It's not just a fantastic prize but it gives you a chance to be really, really (go wild) creative. And OWC won't judge the contest. You, your friends and the village of your peers will pick the winners so shoot/create/vote! Read More
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Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell
Artist of War--Chuck Caldwell
Today's independent filmmakers never know when their next great film idea will emerge, which is one of the reasons Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, never leaves home without her basic capture/workflow tools in an on-board Explorer case. On a flight to visit her mother in Pennsylvania, her case included a Blackmagic Pocket camera, Sony A7r, batteries, a small Lumos light, extra SD cards, a Thunderbolt 2 dock, a 4TB OWC ThunderBay 4 mini and a 1TB OWC Envoy Pro EX. She also hand-carried her MacBook Pro and a small tripod. Because of weight and space limitations, tools like extra lenses and other "nice to have" equipment were left behind. Read More
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Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to "The Great American Movie Hustle" with AJA CION
Indie Filmmakers Bring Cinematic Look to
Upcoming indie feature "The Great American Movie Hustle" follows filmmaker Michael Anton and actor Michael Monsour as they attempt to create an epic cinematic film about making an epic cinematic film. Along the way, the duo encounters several twists and turns that mirror common production challenges filmmakers face today. Produced by Wonder Lab Films and directed by Michael Anton, the parody is presented in a mockumentary format rife with old-school humor. To achieve a distinct cinematic aesthetic for the film, Anton brought Doug Michaels on board as cinematographer, who shot the film using AJA CION production cameras. Read More
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'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
'Bob and the Trees' Survives the Winter Thanks to Help from Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Director Diego Ongaro knew he had his star when he first encountered Bob Tarasuk six years ago. "I was instantly attracted to his magnetic personality and captivating stories. Logging, his main line of work, became a fascination for me. I've often wondered about the history of the plank you buy at the lumberyard or the log you throw in the fireplace," explained Ongaro. "I'm captivated by the physical connection between the human body and the trees, the balance of power when it comes time to take a tree down and how small a man is compared to a giant oak. Yet, the paradox is that man usually wins." Read More

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