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Expert Advice for Location Managers

With over 30 years of experience as a location manager, Michael J. Burmeister has worked on many Hollywood blockbusters, such as True Lies, Terminator Salvation and Edward Scissorhands, and with A-list filmmakers like James Cameron and Michael Bay. “When you’re dealing with [high-profile directors], you don’t want to make any mistakes,” says Burmeister, who most recently worked on Scott Waugh’s action-packed thriller Need for Speed. “At that level they expect perfection. Anything less than perfection is not good.” 

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Steven Spielberg and Director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed

The recently released action film Need for Speed is all about amazingly high speeds, spectacular car wrecks and authentic racing action — all of which was done without any CGI enhancements. Directed byScott Waugh (Act of Valor) and based on the hugely popular video game series, the film chronicles a cross-country race against time when a mechanic (played by Aaron Paul) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament after he’s framed for manslaughter by a wealthy ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper). 

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Panasonic to Preview 4K VariCam

Panasonic aims to preview its developing 4K version of its Varicam digital camera at this years NAB Show in Las Vegas. The camera is geared towards filmmaking, TV production and live event coverage .

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The Don Juans Go Wireless

While shooting The Don Juans in the Czech Republic Oscar-winning Czech director Jiri Menzel (pictured above)  turned to Radim Hladík a renowned location sound engineer, sound editor, mixer, and sound designer to handle both location and post production audio work. 

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The VFX-Heavy World of 300: Rise of an Empire

The new period war epic 300: Rise of an Empire catapults moviegoers into the action-packed, high-seas battle between the Greeks and Persians during the Battle of Salamis. Directed by Noam Murro and produced by Gianni Nunnari, Zack Snyder, Mark Canton, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann, the film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey and is a sequel to the blockbuster film 300 (directed by Snyder).

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Rob Sephton Joins TODD-SOUNDELUX

Post production sound company TODD-SOUNDELUX recently announced that Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Rob Sephton has joined the organization. Sephton, whose credits include Remember the Titans; Spirited Away; The Smurfs; Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, most recently completed work on The Smurfs 2 for director Raja Gosnell.

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Inside Oscar’s Best Picture Winner 12 Years a Slave

The compelling biopic 12 Years a Slave has won the Academy Award’s top honor as Best Picture of 2013, marking it as a film that will stand the test of time. Nominated in nine categories, the film was the talk of the show as it also won Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o.Based on a book first published in 1853 by Solomon Northup, the true story follows an African-American violinist in New York as he’s tricked, kidnapped and forced into slavery in Louisiana.

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Creating Visual Effects with Tech-Savvy Artists

For today’s filmmakers, visual effects (or VFX) have become a fundamental component of the storytelling process. Productions are expected to push the envelope visually to create amazing yet realistic-looking scenarios that would be too dangerous, expensive, impractical or simply impossible to shoot in real environments. As a result, both the industry and the technology needed for top-quality VFX have quickly evolved.

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Behind American Hustle with David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper

P3’s coverage of the nine Oscar-nominated films of 2013 takes a look inside the critical and commercial favorite American Hustle, a period dramedy about reinventing one’s image while striving to reach the American dream. Shot in Massachusetts and loosely based on the FBI Abscam operations of the 1970s and ’80s, the film follows con man Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale) and his seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) as they’re forced to work with overzealous FBI Agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) in a sting to take down corrupt politicians. 

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Matthew McConaughey on Being Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club

For the very few of you who haven’t heard, the independent film Dallas Buyers Club is gaining a ton of attention. And with the Academy Awards just around the corner, the film is the talk of the town as a frontrunner for Best Picture. Filmed in New Orleans, La. in an impressive 27 days by Director Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. The true story follows Ron Woodroof, a rodeo wild-bull rider who gets grounded by an HIV-positive diagnosis during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. 

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