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Production

The Novo Micro Digital Cinema Camera

novo4_2For many filmmakers and cinematographers, it’s a dream to have a digital-cinema camera offer the image quality from a full-sized studio camera and the mobility of a palm-sized spy camera. Manufacturers have attempted to fulfill this ideal over the years, most recently with the lamented 720p Flip camera and the GoPro HERO3. While these compact and inexpensive models proved useful, they also had major limitations. Fortunately, View Factor Studios recently introduced a new palm-sized camera to the market. The Novo formally debuted on February 22 and, unlike many other micro HD cameras, it’s available as a rental-only product.
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Gangster Squad's Creative Team

gangstersquad_ruben_pennEvery filmmaker knows that creative collaboration is an essential part of production. This topic was highlighted when Film Independent recently held a discussion with the creative team behind the stylish Warner Bros. film Gangster Squad. The movie’s period look and noir atmosphere was created by a team of talented artisans, including Director Ruben Fleischer, Editors Alan Baumgarten and James Herbert, and Academy Award-nominated Costume Designer Mary Zophres (True Grit). Set in Los Angeles in 1949, Gangster Squad stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone and Sean Penn in an action-packed story that follows Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (played by Penn) and the secret band of cops who want to take him down.
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Capturing Live Events

super_bowl_2013_p3 The live broadcast of a major sports event can provide plenty of technical and creative challenges. And when the event is as high profile as the Super Bowl, which combines a football game, a half-time show worthy of Broadway, and an audience of hundreds of millions, the stakes are even higher. To prepare for the Super Bowl’s expansive broadcast schedule and telecast from New Orleans, several networks turned to broadcast equipment rental company Bexel to handle their on-site production needs and fiber infrastructure.
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JVC’s New GY-HM650 Video Camera

jvc1Express Video Supply and Videotape Products, Inc. recently hosted an event to introduce JVC’s new GY-HM650 professional video camera to the Hollywood, Calif. market. Held at the Containment Field Studio in North Hollywood, the event gave camera operators and industry professionals with a specific interest in mobile newsgathering an up-close look.

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The Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library

 

pro_sound_effects_big_logoAs a sound designer, you are only as good as your tools. The full-blown sound library from Pro Sound Effects contains over 120,000 sound effects designed for professional use, but the cost is a bit pricey (and most of the sounds will never be needed). So what if you’re a freelancer who just needs some sound FX for various productions? Pro Sound Effects has the answer. The company took $13,000 of sound FX out of their master library to create the Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library for a fraction of the price. Designed for freelance and independent sound designers, it’s a really useful sound effects library that can be used for everyday projects.
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