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Believe it or not, it’s been barely 15 years since high definition made its first appearance in North America, yet most of us — even production professionals — have had little hands-on experience with HD until the past five-to-seven years, the most intense stage in its evolution. Cinematographer Randall Dark caught the high-def bug 15 years ago after watching an HD demo in his native Toronto, and he hasn’t looked back since launching his high-def production company HD Vision Studios in the early ’90s. “The goal of all documentaries is to capture reality without manipulation, and HD captured it especially realistically,” says Dark.

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21st Century Music Video Casting

castingmusicvideos_renitagaleBelieve it or not, music videos have been around since the 1930s when Warner Bros. launched The Spooney Melodies, a series of musical shorts created to promote songs from the studio’s music-publishing catalog. Both then and now, casting directors have been challenged by the unique demands of this genre.

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THE SECRET OLYMPICS

Milk & Honey Pictures Uses New Tax Credits to Lure $7 Mil Italian TV Film "The Secret Olympics" to Czech Republic

The 7 million dollar, two-part Italian RAI 1 television film "The Secret Olympics" has completed shooting this weekend on location in Terezin, Czech Republic, in the notorious WW2 concentration camp.

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Canon U.S.A. Opens Hollywood Support Center

canon2As Canon DSLR cameras become more popular in Hollywood’s entertainment industry, Canon U.S.A. has just announced the opening of a new support center to better serve its film and television production clients. The Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center, located at the historic Sunset Gower Studio lot on 6060 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, will provide a local site to foster support, research, service and training for camera owners/shooters and others interested in using Canon cameras.

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On-Location Filming Rises in L.A.

Production crews working in Southern California — specifically in the Los Angeles region — are staying busy as on-location production increases in 2011. FilmL.A., the not-for-profit community-benefit organization that coordinates permits for shoots in L.A., announced that filming in Los Angeles County has increased by 15.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period in 2010. The quarter was marked by a welcome surge in on-location shoots for feature films and an anticipated decrease in the production of TV dramas.

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Streamlining the Scouting Process

Changes in the economy, environment and technology have had positive and negative impacts on all phases of production, including the preproduction task of scouting for the perfect location. And how one chooses to move forward could be the defining factor between staying in the game or being left behind on the sidelines.

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HISTORY'S "Ax Men" Shoots in Northwestern Montana

Emmy Award-winning Original Productions, known for its non-fiction programming featuring everyday heroes in extraordinary situations, is currently shooting its fifth season of HISTORY's "Ax Men" in northwestern Montana. The reality documentary series follows logging crews as they brave the extreme dangers of the industry.

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Top That Production Incentive

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The United States’ budget woes have led to growing calls for cutting incentive programs to improve states’ balance sheets. However, while state governments are increasingly being pressured to demonstrate the effectiveness of incentive programs, the packages have by and large remained intact throughout the country. Outside of the U.S., incentives are as strong as ever ─ as Canada’s provinces offer a slew of generous packages to attract production. This fierce foreign competition has many U.S. film commissions fighting to hold on to their incentives despite economic concerns.

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Shot Lists, Blocking and Floor Plans

shotlist_blocking_clay-liford-by-allison-vIn the world of independent films, creativity is key. Every indie director and cinematographer knows that when you don’t have the budget, you better have the know-how ─ especially when it comes to shot lists, blocking and floor plans.

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New England: the Northeast Cornerstone

Nestled in the northeastern corner of the United States is the New England Region, including New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. While some states continue to excel, others are struggling in an intense cinematic showdown with the rest of the country to cement their slice of home as an ideal location choice. P3 Update takes a closer look at what this region is enticing filmmakers with.

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