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New Indie Production Company Launches in Vancouver

Vancouver-based actress Nicole G. Leier (“Edgemont”) and cinematographer Brendan Uegama, csc (“Exit Humanity”) have formed Black Tree Pictures.  Black Tree Pictures produced the short, “Henry’s Glasses”, which won several awards including the National Film Board’s Best Short Film Award at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival. The film also won Best Picture and Best Director honors at the Vancouver Short Film Festival last October and Best Picture at Oregon’s Disorient Asian Film Festival.   The company is currently in development stages for the feature film production of “Henry’s Glasses.”

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Dominica: A Pirate’s Delight

img_0264While many have experienced the pleasures of the Caribbean, not all are familiar with Dominica. This nature island’s captivating beauty, gorgeous greenery and sparkling beaches has served as the backdrop for adventure films, including the popular Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

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Editing on Location

post_editingonlocation_mikesuitTo say that the world of digital technology has dramatically changed the way in which movies and TV shows are made is an understatement akin to a classic line in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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Digital Cine Cameras Permeate the Production World

pro_hdcameras_randall-dark-with-jvcs-hmq10-camera_4k-shooting_012-5What a difference a couple of years can make on the pro camera scene. Little time has passed since the Panasonic AF100 became the first large (micro 4/3-inch) sensor video camera priced under $19K, triggering a succession of similarly priced large-sensor cinema cameras. This year, Blackmagic Design introduced one of the smallest new-generation cine cameras to capture 2.5K imagery for roughly $2.5K. Few were available at press time, but it’s clearly a key milestone in the affordable cine-camera trend launched by the RED ONE and HDSLRs several years ago. RED Digital recently debuted the SCARLET X, with a Super 35mm sensor that’s identical to the sensor of the RED EPIC, minus the extra digital signal processing that boosts its capabilities and price significantly.
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Top Places to Film in 2013

pre_abudhabi_1At the end of each year P3 scouts the regions and production support centers that are the most committed to filming, so we can tally our list of the top ten places to film worldwide. This year’s challenge involved sorting a wide variety of global regions that offer filmmakers a host of amazing perks. Below is our final list of locations that we feel should be considered for film and television projects in 2013.

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Inside the Mind of Hitchcock with Director Sacha Gervasi

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In 1960, Paramount Pictures released Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film Psycho which quickly became a massive hit and the film most associated with the legendary auteur. Fifty-two years later, Director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil) is taking today’s film audiences back to the late 1950s with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Psycho and the untold love story of Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville.
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Anton/Bauer introduces New Lithium-Ion Battery

antonbauer_dionic_hdDigital cinema professionals will be happy to know that Anton/Bauer has introduced the new DIONIC® HD battery. Part of the company’s Logic Series® batteries, the DIONIC HD powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it ideal for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F65, RED cameras, ARRI Alexa, the Vision Research Phantom series and more.

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“Jesse James” Music Video Brings to Life the Old West

 

web_pro_musicvideoproduction_thadd-directing-train-sequence-2Filmmaker Thadd Turner has a special affinity for the Old West, having acted in, written, directed and/or produced dozens of films and videos with a Western theme. So it was a dream come true when Clay Walker, a platinum-selling country artist for the Asylum-Curb record label, recorded the album She Won’t Be Lonely Long. Released last month, the album includes the song “Jesse James,” about a good man who fantasizes about being a bad boy in the Old West — and when Walker and his record company decided to produce the music video, Turner was a natural choice to write and direct the project.
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Avid and Tiffen Dfx at the Editors’ Lounge

editors lounge1Based in Burbank, Calif., the Editors’ Lounge is a hands-on seminar for industry professionals with a free educational event each month at AlphaDogs Post Production. It recently hosted presentations from Avid and Tiffen Dfx, where an eager audience of filmmakers, editors, producers and other postproduction professionals learned about the latest tools that can save time and money. Avid Video Application Specialist Bob Russo demonstrated the latest release of Media Composer 6.5. The industry-leading video-editing tool now has advanced audio keyframing that accelerates the automation process within and among audio tracks. And with new support for 64 audio voices, video editors can work with multiple stem mixes and play them all back simultaneously, which saves valuable time when mixing audio.

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Send It Soaring! Pictorvision’s Eclipse

pi_nowell with eclipseAerial cinematographer David B. Nowell, ASC has been spending a lot of time in the air recently, shooting for major motion pictures. And, whether it’s been over New Orleans or New Zealand, California or Canada, New Mexico or New York, Ohio or Iceland, he counts on Pictorvision’s Eclipse to capture gyro stabilized images.

“One of my most recent assignments was over the sand, lava fields, mountains and glaciers of Iceland,” he says. “We needed to get plate shots for a special helicopter/jet aircraft that is flying through the country’s very narrow canyons. The director liked the look of cutting the frame rate to 12fps, so the look of the aircraft would be twice as fast as normal.”

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