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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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New Support Gear for Cameras Small and Large

camerasupport_k-tek-ktadm_ktekbThere has never been a greater offering of professional cameras — today’s swelling fleet comes in all sizes and shapes designed for so many general and niche applications. By extension, there has never been such a wide range of camera-support gear, including tripods, jibs and poles. In terms of the kinds of cameras being supported, there has definitely been a sea change over the past few years, from a primary focus on larger cameras with mid-sized (2/3-inch and ½-inch) sensors to smaller cameras with larger sensors, like DSLRs and the new class of smallish video cameras with large sensors.

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SIM Digital's Global Reach

Sim Video is now SIM Digital, and Founder/CEO Rob Sim says the name change reflects “a company that has worked hard to be at the forefront of our industry, always evolving.” Now in its 30th year, the international equipment and production service provider is working with top productions, like “Falling Skies” in Vancouver, “The Vampire Diaries” in Atlanta, and the massive Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim in Toronto. “Productions see no boundaries on where or how they shoot today,” says SIM Digital CSO Jim Martin. “Our clients need to have access to our equipment and services in any city or country they decide to shoot in, so we’ve made it a priority to be more accessible.”

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