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Litepanels’ LS Traveler Trio Plus Lighting Kit

Eduardo setting up Litepanels 1 X 1 for Picture the PossibilitiesLitepanels recently announced that its 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Lighting Kit was tool of choice for Marcela Villegas Castañón who used it to light Cinequest’s Picture the Possibilities (PTP), an annual program where filmmakers work with teens to create feature films for empowering global youth. These films have been produced in 10 global cities ranging from Palo Alto, Calif. to Hong Kong, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Cinematographers Embrace High-End Digital Cinema

SonyIt would be naïve to think that all of the hype about 4K and Ultra HD cameras at every media trade show wouldn’t have an impact on expectations, especially at the high end of the digital production food chain. “This year, many clients are asking for 4K, some because it’s popular, but others do want shelf life,” says Bobby Holbrook, a cinematographer and co-owner of Holbrook Multimedia. “But, if they don’t really need 4K, I’ll suggest 2K or even 1080p, because the data load is so much easier to manage.” But for clients who do need 4K, Holbrook is ready to deliver: “We’ve been shooting a lot of projects in 4K this year with the [RED] EPIC, the [Sony] F65 and F55.”

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On Location- The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug with Location Manager Jared Connon

Hobbit 1The highly anticipated film The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is the second in a trilogy of films directed by Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien.    The film continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.  Having survived the beginning go their unexpected journey, the Company continues East on their epic adventure, encountering treacherous denizens of Middle-earth and making new alliances as they forge on to the Lonely Mountain where the greatest danger of all awaits, the Dragon Smaug.

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Apple’s Mac Pro Update Supports 4K Digital Video

 

MacPro4KToday’s higher resolution cameras and postproduction standards have led Apple to up the ante on the latest model of its Mac Pro desktop system. Now supporting 4K digital video, the newest Mac Pro features a very slick-looking chrome cylindrical design that, like other desktop systems, requires the user to attach an external keyboard, rodent and display. The new system offers Thunderbolt 2 and dual AMD FirePro graphics processing units with up to six gigabytes of dedicated VRAM, which is enough horsepower to drive three 4K displays simultaneously — an ideal scenario for pro video workstations, visual effects work in cinema, and film editing. 

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Adam Sandler Film Shooting In Austin

Screen TexasAdam Sandler / Jason Reitman Film Shooting in Austin: We have just gotten word that preproduction has started on Adam Sandler’s new film called Men, Women, and Children.

The flick is being directed by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno, Young Adult) and is set to start shooting in Austin in early December. Sandler is starring in the film, based on the novel by Chad Kultgen, and is being joined by Jennifer Garner, and Rosemary DeWitt.

The film will be nothing like Sandler’s usual silly, comedy-driven works. Instead Men, Women, and Children is a little more “adult-themed” focusing on the sexual pressures of teens and their parents and is expected to be shocking & salacious. Local casting for real high schoolers to fill the lead teen roles has already begun and will continue through early November.

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Inside Don Jon with Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Location Manager Peter Wulff

DonJon SMThe new romcom Don Jon is unlike any other comedy you’ll see this year. The multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars in the movie but serves as its writer and director. The up-tempo comedy centers around Gordon-Levitt as Don Jon, a young man is addicted to pornography. He soon meets Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who is addicted to romance movies, and their addictions and preconceived views create a big obstacle in their budding romance. Don Jon also features Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, and the movie was shot all around Los Angeles, with additional scenes in New Jersey and New York. The entire production was shot with film stock at the director’s request to give it a rich, film look.  

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Top Ten Filming Locations Worldwide

Counselor-SMAs filmmakers prepare to visually tell their stories, they first travel to a variety of locations to study landscapes, infrastructure (which includes soundstages, production space and crewmembers) and travel-to-lodging logistics. While these are all key components for a successful production, the biggest factor is always the budget. A production’s financial concerns are the reason why film commissions and government agencies work very hard to expand the development and growth of any given territory.

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Inside the Interstellar Beauty of Gravity

GravityThe new Warner Bros. film Gravity is unlike any sci-fi movie ever created. It will take audiences on an intense, wild ride with its luminous cinematography, long single takes, and strong Oscar-worthy performances. Directed by Oscar-nominee Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and shot by Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC (Children of Men, The Tree of Life), the film features three stars: Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and unparalleled visual effects spearheaded by Visual Effects Supervisor Timothy Webber (Avatar) that show spectacular illustrations of Earth and the dark beauty of outer space. The film recently opened at the Venice International Film Festival and has been talk of the galaxy ever since.

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L.A. Location Filming Rises

los-angeles-city-at-night-2A sharp increase in feature film production helped boost location filming in Los Angeles during the third quarter.

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A Vancouver Fairytale

Vancouver 1A few fantasy/fairytale productions have found a home in Vancouver, Canada, as the ABC hit show “Once Upon a Time” and its “Alice in Wonderland” spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” will both film in the same studio. The two shows’ executive producers, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, report that Vancouver’s diverse city makes it ideal for film and TV production. Both programs are adventures that get a variety of enchanted forest looks, thanks to the B.C. landscape.

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