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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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New Perks from the Old Southwest

With a vibrant mix of golden deserts, towering peaks and vivid red landscapes, the southwestern states of Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas have attracted a solid history of moviemaking. P3 Update takes a closer look at some of the successes and enticing offerings that this region has to offer the film community, while providing some insight into the stunning vistas flaunted by some of America’s most breathtaking production hubs.

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A Toast to Post Music

bob_sfwThere’s no question about it: Music plays a critical role in the success or failure of movies, TV shows, documentaries and commercials. But there’s more to production music than a conventional score, such as "source music" cues where a radio or CD plays a specific song a film’s background. More and more filmmakers are turning to music libraries to help with their storytelling needs. And while music libraries have been around for decades, who uses them and how has changed.

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Stock Footage on Demand

stockfootage_footagefirmsfwWhen productions need extra footage to enhance their films, they usually turn to stock footage companies to streamline the process.

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Lights on Knife Fight

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In the signature scene from the upcoming film Knife Fight (starring Rob Lowe), a political campaign manager advises his candidate that in order to win, he must be willing to “bring a gun to a knife fight.” One of the key moments in this political drama takes place in an attorney’s office atop a tall office/apartment building with a falcon’s-eye view of San Francisco. For Cinematographer Steve Kazmierski, shooting this scene in a penthouse suite — while maintaining a spectacular view from its wall-to-wall picture windows — was a lot like bringing a knife to a gunfight due to all the lighting challenges.

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The Editors’ Alliance

Unions are a fact of life in Hollywood, as they protect work conditions and wages for just about every position both in front of and behind the camera. The Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), which is a part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), represents people in just about every aspect of postproduction for film and television, including picture editors, sound editors, mixers, effects editors, music editors, Foley artists and even story analysts.

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Commercial Cuts

It takes a special breed of talent to edit commercials. Specialty editors in the world of 30-second commercial spots describe it as fun and fast with a turnaround of a few days to a week. “You’re not on something for months; you’re on it for a few days,” says Matthew Wilson, the in-house editor for danAppelcreative in Los Angeles, Calif.

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3-Dimensional Discoveries

Just a few years ago, 3D rigs, monitors and other production gear were few and far between and hence quite expensive to rent, let alone to buy. Moreover, much of what existed, especially in terms of 3D camera rigs, was large, heavy and fairly immobile. Today, the number and size range of rigs and integrated cameras are growing steadily as is the toolset of peripherals for improving and simplifying 3D production.

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The Rocky Mountain Highs of Production

The Rocky Mountain region stretches some 3,000 miles from Canada to the United States’ southwest and crossing Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado along the way. It’s a refreshing backdrop that offers productions unique and varied scenery that can work just as well in a Land Rover commercial as in a National Geographic documentary.

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Louisiana Film Production Outranks California

More films are currently being made in Louisiana than Los Angeles. As these productions venture out of California, many are chasing the tax incentives offered by the state of Louisiana. According to a recent Fox 8 news report, Louisiana ranks third behind New York and California in total production activity, and more movies were shot in Louisiana than in Los Angeles in 2010. It was also reported that 80 percent of Louisiana’s below-the-line crews are comprised of local workers.

Click Here to see the full story at Fox8live.com.

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