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Inside the Mind of Hitchcock with Director Sacha Gervasi

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In 1960, Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film Psycho which quickly became a massive hit and the film most associated with the legendary auteur. Fifty-two years later, Director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) is taking today’s film audiences back to the late 1950s with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Psycho and the untold love story of Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville.
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Anton/Bauer introduces New Lithium-Ion Battery

antonbauer_dionic_hdDigital cinema professionals will be happy to know that Anton/Bauer has introduced the new DIONIC® HD battery. Part of the company’s Logic Series® batteries, the DIONIC HD powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it ideal for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F65, RED cameras, ARRI Alexa, the Vision Research Phantom series and more.

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“Jesse James” Music Video Brings to Life the Old West

 

web_pro_musicvideoproduction_thadd-directing-train-sequence-2Filmmaker Thadd Turner has a special affinity for the Old West, having acted in, written, directed and/or produced dozens of films and videos with a Western theme. So it was a dream come true when Clay Walker, a platinum-selling country artist for the Asylum-Curb record label, recorded the album She Won’t Be Lonely Long. Released last month, the album includes the song “Jesse James,” about a good man who fantasizes about being a bad boy in the Old West — and when Walker and his record company decided to produce the music video, Turner was a natural choice to write and direct the project.
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Send It Soaring! Pictorvision’s Eclipse

pi_nowell with eclipseAerial cinematographer David B. Nowell, ASC has been spending a lot of time in the air recently, shooting for major motion pictures. And, whether it’s been over New Orleans or New Zealand, California or Canada, New Mexico or New York, Ohio or Iceland, he counts on Pictorvision’s Eclipse to capture gyro stabilized images.

“One of my most recent assignments was over the sand, lava fields, mountains and glaciers of Iceland,” he says. “We needed to get plate shots for a special helicopter/jet aircraft that is flying through the country’s very narrow canyons. The director liked the look of cutting the frame rate to 12fps, so the look of the aircraft would be twice as fast as normal.”

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Advice from the Trenches of Indie Filmmaking


web_400_pre_indiefilmmaking_philtraillandfelicityjonescourtesy-of-cross_day-productionsIn the beginning, it’s all rainbows and smiles for independent filmmakers, but as they descend deeper into the abyss of making a movie, their optimism, rationale and sanity can all cease to exist. Today’s most distinguished indie filmmakers sit at various points in their careers, but all can offer a wealth of advice to peers and up-and-comers alike — and their experiences might help you with your own production process.
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