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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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Avid and Tiffen Dfx at the Editors’ Lounge

editors lounge1Based in Burbank, Calif., the Editors’ Lounge is a hands-on seminar for industry professionals with a free educational event each month at AlphaDogs Post Production. It recently hosted presentations from Avid and Tiffen Dfx, where an eager audience of filmmakers, editors, producers and other postproduction professionals learned about the latest tools that can save time and money. Avid Video Application Specialist Bob Russo demonstrated the latest release of Media Composer 6.5. The industry-leading video-editing tool now has advanced audio keyframing that accelerates the automation process within and among audio tracks. And with new support for 64 audio voices, video editors can work with multiple stem mixes and play them all back simultaneously, which saves valuable time when mixing audio.

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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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Gov. Brown Signs California TV, Film Tax Credit Extension

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed legislation extending the state's $100 million tax-credit fund for two more years.

The measure allows California producers a 20 percent or 25 percent credit against income and sales and use taxes and is designed to help stem the production exodus that has plagued the state in recent years.

"The state of California took a big step forward today, thanks to Governor Brown and the legislature,” said Christopher Dodd, chairman and chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. “The two-year extension of the state’s production tax credit will keep California competitive for tens of thousands of production-related jobs. This is an important victory for California’s economy, our national economy, and the hardworking men and women who comprise the film and television industry.”

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Sohonet Powers Lantana Campus with Swift Connectivity

logo_medianetworkLantana, known for leasing creative office spaces, has joined forces with Sohonet, global connectivity and data management provoders, to create an infrastructure that supports the professional content creation community.

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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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Cosmopolitan Filmmaking in Abu Dhabi

web_pre_abudhabi_img_6209Film productions traveling to disparate parts of the world are now discovering that Abu Dhabi is a dream destination for storytelling. A unique T-shaped island in the Persian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second-largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the largest of the seven-member emirates. While many commercials and documentaries have shot in Abu Dhabi, the city recently welcomed two major Hollywood productions: the action drama The Kingdom (starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Peter Berg) and this summer’s blockbuster The Bourne Legacy (starring Jeremy Renner).

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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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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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