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Shooting in tight spaces with ARRI Alexa M and Radiant Images

image003Established in 2005, Radiant Images provides leading-edge, high-end digital cinema technology and support to the film and entertainment industry worldwide. Radiant Images’ reputation as the rental house of choice for filmmakers shooting in tight spaces or on the fly has grown exponentially with the arrival of the versatile ARRI Alexa M camera.

Radiant Images has the inovative Alexa M camera system on site and ready to rent, and technicians already are hard at work customizing gear and building rigs to take full advantage of all it has to offer.
The Alexa M is essentially an ARRI Alexa that’s been cut in two. The light camera sensor is separate from the body, connected with a fiber option cable, to allow tighter shots, lightweight 3D setups and greater flexibility in action sequences – without compromising image quality or workflow.

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Vision blue Captures All The Angles

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For over 30 years, producer Danny Grizzle has traveled the country documenting the log home lifestyle for the best known log homebuilder, Satterwhite. Today he shoots with a DSLR package that includes the Vision blue pan and tilt head and tripod system from Vinten, which is a global market leader in camera support technology for broadcast professionals and videographers

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Sixteen19 and Avid Media Composer

sixteen19For Men In Black 3 (directed by Barry Sonnenfeld), Postproduction Supervisor Paul Levin and First Assistant Editor Jason Solberg relied on Sixteen19’s Avid Media Composers to keep the action film on track during its New York production last summer. “After kicking off the editorial process in Manhattan, we shifted to East Hampton in July,” reports Levin. Working away from Los Angeles made expert technical support and workflow oversight critical. “Everyone on MIB3 was at the top of their game, and we were committed to insuring total reliability for every piece of gear,” reports Sixteen19 Managing Director Claire Shanley.

Sixteen19 also announced that the company’s editor Anthony Cortese won three Sports Emmys for his work on the documentary A Game of Honor for Showtime/CBS Sports.

For more information, go to www.sixteen19.com.

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New ASC President Stephen Lighthill Talks Cinematography

stephenlighthillascRecently chosen by his peers to serve as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Stephen Lighthill, ASC brings a uniquely eclectic range of experience to his new role. As the Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence for Cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory in Los Angeles since 2005, Lighthill’s mission has been to prepare the next generation of cinematographers to pursue their dreams.
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The Rocky Mountain Region

rockymountainregion_openingshot_wyoming_du-ac-000105There are many reasons why filmmakers are drawn to the Rocky Mountain region, but, by far, the main attraction is its outstanding scenery. Set within a 3,000-mile stretch of towering peaks, the region’s stunning vistas provide a dynamic backdrop suitable for TV and film projects. And 2012 is proving to be a busy year for the states of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah as they work hard to strengthen their incentive packages. These financial perks are vital for enabling creativity to flourish as productions continue to face economic challenges.
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A Filmmaker’s Guide to Shooting on an Island

islands_hawaii_2Island productions offers great rewards via stunning visuals, private locations, low location fees and supportive local governments. P3 recently sailed around the world to some of the most sought-after island locales to question producers and location managers about what filmmakers need to know before locking down the perfect paradise for a shoot. Today’s hottest production islands include Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Fiji and the Dominican Republic, and all these faraway getaways not only offer unparalleled beauty but welcoming film commissions willing to go above and beyond what’s necessary to aid film and TV projects.
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AJA Io XT Fuels Live Broadcast and Post for Action Sports Productions

small_xxl1Based in Orange County, CA, Action Sports Productions (ASP) delivers live HD webcasts for the world's biggest events in surfing, skateboarding, motocross and much more. ASP has specialized in live broadcast and post production services for action sports, music and entertainment for over a decade.

After experiencing repeated failures and frustrations with his old workflow, ASP founder Jay Johnson began looking for an effective Mac-based broadcast solution.

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Reality TV: Technology Drives the Popular Genre

pro_shootingreality_burgoyne-linne-brownWhen it comes to reality TV production, what we don’t know won’t hurt us. So say the networks behind the myriad of reality television shows populating our airwaves for the last decade. But P3 has recently taken a look behind the scenes of reality TV, and what we found is pretty interesting. Directors and cinematographers at Bravo TV now reveal the technology, gear, crew power and techniques they need to bring today’s top reality shows to life.

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New JVC ProHD Camcorder Excels

image005When Miller-Bell Media Productions, LLC (formally GIG 2 Me Music & Video) was established in 1998, co-owner Gary Bell selected JVC camcorders for his business, a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment.

Bell purchased two JVC GY-DV500 professional DV camcorders, which were eventually replaced by a JVC GY-DV5000. Miller-Bell produces a variety of television commercials and infomercials, plus corporate and government video projects.

This past February, Miller-Bell Media Productions decided to make the switch from tape to completely HD production.

Bell chose to stick with JVC and purchased a GY-HM710 ProHD camera.

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Finding Cinematic Heaven in South America

pre_southamerica_columbia_3_2_2197South America is a continent of vibrant culture blessed with an abundance of dynamic natural vistas and archeological sites, all of which provide filmmakers with a desired slice of cinematic heaven. P3 Update takes a closer look at the production perks currently offered by Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru in 2012.

COLOMBIA

From the azure seas of the Caribbean coastline to the blinding beauty of the Andes Mountains, Colombia has it all. Its scenic diversity, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic ethnic variety are just some of the country’s alluring qualities; there’s also an endless list of sublime vistas that include sprawling deserts, moonscape peaks, dense jungles, waterfalls and volcanoes. This production paradise

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