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Indie Thriller Ingenium Goes to the Big Screen


Ingenium Gets Consistent Look from Assimilate's SCRATCH
Indie Thriller Ingenium Goes to the Big Screen
Indie thriller, Ingenium, was a labor of love from start to finish. Creativity and dedication to their craft make indie filmmakers tick, and this was fully demonstrated by brothers Steffen Hacker - director, editor, producer - and color grading artist, Peter Hacker, in the production of their new mystery feature. The film is teeming with the typical indie challenges: multiple cameras with differing formats, resolutions, and codecs; limited time and varying work schedules; and tight budget constraints. Like many an indie filmmaker, the Hacker brothers used every ounce of talent and ingenuity, as well as the right tools to bring their creative vision to the big screen. Here's how they made it happen. Read More

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Content Insider #588 - VR4
Content Insider #588 - VR4
Want to get into movies? Work hard, work long and have just a little bit of luck. Or if you were thinking of something a little easier, little faster; catch one of the growing library of really good VR films - short or long - and experience it up close and personal, very personal. If you want to produce your own VR film well the good cameras are still "a little" expensive, Nvidia's eye-popping gen 8 card makes it easier and better, and if you want to push the envelope see how you look as a hologram. VR/AR/MR are coming together as an exciting option to 4K/8K/HDR films. Choices...choices...choices Read More
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Assimilate's Scratch 9.0 Now Shipping
Assimilate's Scratch 9.0 Now Shipping
Assimilate is now shipping Scratch 9.0, an aggressive, high-performance, and user-friendly product update that delivers a huge boost in creativity, efficiency and performance, saving enormous amounts of time for all creative functions. Known for its high-quality 2D/3D/VR tools in a single, streamlined workflow - dailies, conform, color grading, compositing, finishing & mastering - now includes support for over 200 Matchbox Shader effects and an easy connection to AfterEffects and Nuke compositing tools with a single click. Read More
Product Review:
Scratch Play Pro
Scratch Play Pro
If you are looking for a responsive camera format player and transcoder that is light on system resources, and supports looks and metadata management, then SCRATCH Play Pro from Assimilate may just be the all in one tool for all of your playback needs. The application was released in July 2018, and after using the software for a month, it is hard not to find a reason to add SCRATCH Play Pro to your workflow. Read More
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Grading and Finishing with Scratch v9
Grading and Finishing with Scratch v9
Last summer I filmed a short mockumentary spoofing a home improvement show where the homeowners are a family of zombies. We shot this in a weekend with a fairly minimal crew, working with a first time director. The camera we filmed with was mine, a Red Epic-W, and we filmed in 8K raw. Earlier this year after a lot of rounds of editing and screenings with test audiences, the editor sent me the final edit for color grading. At the time I was working on an IT contract in Seattle and commuting an hour each on the train, so I took my HP Spectre x360 and the hard drive and decided to get started while commuting. And I used the new Scratch v9 for grading and finishing. Read More
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Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature "Pretty Broken"
Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature
When her father goes missing during a mountaineering expedition, Lindsey Lou (Jillian Clare) sets out to find him - only, she's the least qualified candidate to do so. "Pretty Broken" follows Lindsey's journey as she struggles with the loss of her father, and deals with how life and family can be challenging (and funny). Directed by Brett Eichenberger, the film recently premiered at Newport Beach Film Festival. Read More
Technology:
Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork
Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork
Some people think we like 360/VR just because it devours so much storage capacity. Ok that's a good reason but still the good VR stuff is really really good. Not just scare your pants off good but good to experience, enjoy, be immersively entertained, informed. Despite what Musk says we may never experience travel to the outer reaches of space or the depth of the Mariana Trench or climb Mt. Everest but 360/VR can let us experience, really experience these ventures and more. We know because some friends took us there and back. VR is good and it's getting better all of the time. Read More
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Exploring "The Depths" of Filmmaking
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"The Depths" blew audiences away at the Manhattan Film Festival where it won Best Feature Film. Telling the story of two men desperate for success, "The Depths" follows wannabe screenwriters Mickey Hansen (Patch Darragh, "Sully") and Ray Ferguson (Michael Rispoli, "Sopranos") who decide to fully explore the depths of murder and crime as part of their writing process. Also starring Charlotte Kirk ("Vice"), Hampton Fluker ("Shades of Blue") and Michelle Veintimilla ("Gotham"), "The Depths" was shot by DP Omar Portilla with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and graded by Colorist Tim Buttner with Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Studio. Read More
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Content Insider #573 - Options
Content Insider #573 - Options
The content delivery folks have finally figured out the obvious. People don't want a big bundle of entertainment options. In fact they don't want options at all! Nope all you want is one option...your content. That could be tough but the more different your tastes from your neighbors, the more they're similar - musicals, comedy, drama, horror, documentary, immersive. The providers who are ahead of the game even know what you want before you do which is why you keep coming back again and again without thinking much about it. And the people in the know are ordering up more content from really good indie filmmakers in record volumes. People may not be able to describe great content but they know it when they see it and increasingly there's more really good stuff to see. Read More
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Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post
Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post
Assimilate Scratch over the years has become a trusted tool, used for everything from on-set DIT to digital intermediate and finishing. One of the industries where scratch is being heavily used is VFX, and this is in part due to scratch's open support for xml scripting, which allows most VFX post houses to build their entire pipeline around scratch. One of such VFX houses is FuseFX, where I worked as a VFX editor for almost three years, working on various television shows such as The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Agents Of Shield, Luke Cage and feature films such as American Made, The Purge (Election Year). Read More
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Bogdan Darev, Filmmaker and VR Pioneer
Bogdan Darev, Filmmaker and VR Pioneer
It is quite baffling that the film industry continues to stubbornly offer super hero and fantasy entertainment which continue to promote division and resolution of conflict by violence. The industry fails to capitalize on cinema's inherent gift to teach, nurture and unite. I say all of this because I passionately feel that the emergence of VR allows for us to explore new uncharted territories where greed has not yet corrupted and bankrupted the spirit of innovation and expression. Read More
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Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in "The Cabiri Anubis" Film
Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in
Both Virtual Reality (VR) 360 and 3D have the power to engage audiences in the action and emotion of a film narrative or performance, but combine the two together and you can create a compelling and highly immersive experience that brings the audience directly into the "reality" of the scenes. This is exactly what film producers and directors Fred Beahm, www.fredbeahm.com, and Bogdan Darev, www.bogdandarev.com, have done in "The Cabiri: Anubis", a 3D/360VR film, now showing at the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) VR Zone, www.siff.net, on May 18 through June 10. Read More
Interview:
Shooting the "Devil's Tree" with DP Anthony Dones and URSA Mini 4.6K
Shooting the
When you have to put an actual warning message on your film's site telling people not to actually go to the places in the film, you know you are dealing with a truly scary horror film. Today we are speaking with Anthony Dones, a Miami based DP who has produced content for national television, corporate/commercial work, music videos and a now growing list of feature films. We reached out to him to discuss his recent work as cinematographer on "Devil's Tree, Rooted Evil" a horror film shot exclusively on the URSA Mini 4.6k. Read More
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Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings "Two Balloons" to Life
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings
Led by Director and Writer Mark C. Smith, a dedicated group of filmmakers from Portland, OR created a visually stunning stop-motion short that follows two intrepid lemurs and their adventures in the sky. "Two Balloons," which originally wasn't conceived as stop motion, took four years to complete and had many twists and turns along the way. The team spent 16 months storyboarding, building sets and securing space in a warehouse, and then started shooting. Read More
Project Profile:
Hard Edge Drama
Hard Edge Drama
Lots of filmmakers grew up in innocent times in innocent areas of the world but sometimes going back is a lot different from what existed in your memories. Read More
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Logging Data
Logging Data
Shooting great content is the rule by which you're measured but being able to find just the right images and segment is even more important and it needs to be fast, accurate and automated Read More

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