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Gearing Up for NAB 2014

VasVegasSMThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2014 show will take in Las Vegas, NV from April 5-10th. This is the world’s largest electronic media show highlighting the latest in innovation in filmed entertainment, development, management and delivery.  This year there are more than 200 companies exhibiting for the first time on the showroom floor, which expands 850,000+ square feet. This is the mammoth of electronic shows and gives industry professionals a look into the future of this ever-changing industry and helps them to embrace the new exciting future of content creation.

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George Lucas to Present MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy Thom

LucasThe Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) recently announced that George Lucas will serve as presenter of its 2014 MPSE Career Achievement Award honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound. The presentation will occur at the 61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.

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Kumiko, Sean C. Porter and the Alexa

PorterSeattle-native and recent Los Angeles transplant via Brooklyn, DP Sean C. Porter had his fair share of challenges shooting The Zellner Brothers’ Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.

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John Wells to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

John-Wells SMAward-winning writer-director-producer John Wells will receive the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 2014 Board of Governors Award. Wells will be honored during the 28th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala here on February 1 at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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Sundance and Canon Help Indies Thrive

Canon C500Out of 118 feature films being screened at this year’s 30th anniversary festival in Park City, 19 percent were shot on Canon cameras. That’s second only to ARRI cameras (mostly the Alexa) that take up 27 percent of the annual indie barometer’s slate.

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NATPE Announces 2014 Conference Lineup

natpeFor both domestic and international buyers, the registration for the 2014 NATPE Market and Conference is pacing well ahead of 2013 with double-digit growth, according to NATPE President/CEO Rod Perth. This year’s conference will take place on January 27–29 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, Fla., where 44 percent of the registered buyers represent 46 different countries. In addition, 28 station groups are participating with many taking advantage of NATPE’s Station Group Incentive Program, a concierge service offering a variety of packages for groups of different sizes.

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Extreme Photography with Dan Campbell-Lloyd

Sachtler Goes to Extremes with Dan Campbell-LloydMany cinematographers tell their stories in the comfort of studio or soundstage, but Dan Campbell-Lloyd prefers to use extreme environments as his “office.” The Australian-born cameraman, photographer and former professional kayaker can often be found shooting extreme sports while perched in the freezing cold mountains of Alaska or jammed in the back of a kayak on the Congo River. For these types of shoots, Campbell-Lloyd likes to travel light and chooses camera-support companies that specialize in light and dependable gear. One such company is Sachtler, and Campbell-Lloyd is currently using Sachtler gear to shoot the Triple Crown of Surfing in Hawaii’s Waimea Bay.

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From Alpha to ‘Betas’: How Amazon is Rethinking the Way Television is Made

Amazon 2Can audiences help pick the next great TV series?

When Amazon Studios launched in 2010, it had a bold vision for reimagining the way movies were made. Writers and filmmakers could upload their work, the pitch went, and with the help of other customers could workshop their projects in the hopes of getting them discovered and made. In 2012, a year after Netflix had closed its deal for House of Cards, Amazon Studios announced it was going after television as well.

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Sound Devices Introduces New Mixer

cs-633-bag-800x800Sound Devices, a company that’s best known for portable audio and video products for field production, recently announced the newest tool in its arsenal. The Model 633 mixer is a six-input mixer with an integrated 10-track recorder. It also includes Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology; a four-way power supply for maximum operational runtime; and a full complement of I/O ports designed into its compact, portable body.

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Panavision Launches Primo V Lenses for Digital Cinema

Primo V group 3 mirror 4On November 18, Panavision introduced its new line of Primo V Series lenses, which are specifically designed to work with today’s high-resolution 35mm digital cameras. Primo V lenses bring the look and feel offered by Panavision’s classic Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. The design adaptations of Primo V lenses are specifically made to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character.

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