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PART ONE: THE DIGITAL DILEMMA 2 REPORT

Over the next few weeks P3 Update will run a special Web-exclusive report that touches on the important topic of film preservation. Below is the first report of a three-part series.

Today’s films are the Rosetta Stone of our times. They are how future generations will know who we were and what we did.” — Guillermo Navarro, ASC, AMC

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The Movement to 3D

cameron_sfwWhile the last few years have seen a substantial movement toward 3D, it’s now safe to say that 3D projects are here for a long haul as it is the next wave of movie and television entertainment. Most of the television sets that are now being made will be 3D enabled while the advent of 3D theatrical viewing in multiplex theaters sprout up in record numbers — and consumers are forking out the extra cash for this entertainment. Large corporate companies, like ESPN, are also moving into 3D and consumers can now find 3D entertainment in most sports and live-event programming. “They were brave, they were smart, they are pioneers and they’ve done a really good job at it,” says Marty Shindler, CEO of The Shindler Prospective, a management consulting team for companies in entertainment and entertainment technology. Shindler promotes the 3D movement and often holds 3D sessions at trade show events, such as Digital Hollywood and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
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Filming in the Real World of San Diego

San Diego has played a key role in numerous feature films, such as Anchorman and the upcoming Phantom (starring David Duchovny and Ed Harris), and television shows like “American Idol,” “The Real World: San Diego” and Chef Gordon Ramsay’s new series “Hotel Hell,” which recently shot on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. All of San Diego is open to filming, including iconic locations like the popular Sea World, beautiful Balboa Park, relaxed Mission Bay and the downtown Gaslamp District. The San Diego Film Commission has been going strong with 36 years of experience in assisting projects seeking to take advantage of these and other diverse locations. The Film Commission also represents San Diego County’s unincorporated areas, consisting of deserts, mountains, pine forests, ranch lands and isolated lakes.

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Extreme Audio

pro_audio_eadliestcatch_2Working as a production sound mixer in Los Angeles, where it’s consistently sunny, it’s possible to take the weather for granted when recording audio in the field. But what if the job is recording audio for a documentary in the Arctic, like for Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” where there’s the incessant pounding of salt water? Or how about recording a reality show during the rainy season in Washington State? Getting clean audio can be difficult in good weather, but harsh conditions can present unique challenges to production sound mixers in the field. Luckily, there are some products that can offer protection for productions in need.
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Pacific Coast Region

 

The scenic diversity of the Pacific Coast Region calls to even the most knowledgeable filmmakers. Featuring some of the country’s most attractive coastlines, mountain ranges, deserts and rivers, this heart and soul of cinema has produced a plethora of classics throughout time.
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Scouting with Location Manager Jim Triplett

jimtriplett_hawaii_2Many say that veteran Location Manager Jim Triplett is the go-to person for finding film locations on the Hawaiian Islands. On the CBS hit drama "Hawaii Five-0," Triplett and his support team of six (two assistants, two set production assistants and two office assistants) work steadily to find, secure and manage the show’s locations.
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NBCUniversal Names New Senior Vice President of Marketing...

Jeanne Cordova has been named Senior Vice President of Marketing, PR and Special Events for NBCUniversal Operations and Technical Services.

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Film Commissioners at AFM

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The American Film Market (AFM) was filled with film commissioners from various parts of the world eager to present their locales. Many film commissions exhibited at the event, participated in “Industry Conversations,” and attended a small, private “Location Expo” gathering where commissioners could brag about their jurisdictions to attendees. Michigan Film Office Director Carrie Jones promoted her state and announced that Michigan will be offering a new financial perk in 2012 that will provide $25 million in incentives. “We’ve got great locations, skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure,” said Jones.

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Dave Beanes named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group

It was announced that Dave Beanes has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group.
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Eastern Canada: Above-the-Borderline Benefits

nunavik-national-park_2Exploiting an exciting array of locations and landscapes, great tax incentives and 3D technology, Eastern Canada has become a world leader in attracting films to its provinces. And with a deep crew base that’s hungry for work in this economically pivotal period, the region offers a cinematic playground that makes for scintillating reading and so much more. P3 Update reports on the progress of Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. 

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