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The Affects of Today's DigiFX

digitaleffects_doug_ikeler_02-2Visual effects have been a part of movies since 1896 when French Director Georges Méliès produced the first of a series of pioneering films involving special effects. Thanks to computer technology, not only can today’s visual magicians achieve effects that their predecessors could only imagine, filmmakers can create stunning visuals at nearly any budget level. 

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Exploring New Zealand’s Southland

newzealand_dyana_img_6689As P3’s photo editor, I feel very fortunate to be able to choose pictures from some of the most exotic and magnificent locations in the world. This includes New Zealand, one of this year’s prestigious top 10 worldwide locations (page 20). After staring at numerous photos of this far-away land, I decided to see for myself why it has served as a backdrop for many features like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings franchises and The Chronicles of Narnia movies.

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The Top 10 Locations in the Universe

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The list of this year’s top worldwide locations demonstrates just how big of a comeback the United States has made. Classic favorites like California and New York are once again attracting production, while newer contenders like Georgia and North Carolina are making an on-screen name for themselves. Louisiana continues to be a favorite among filmmakers, while Canada, with its diverse looks and competitive incentive packages, is still holding strong. Indeed, while the list ventures even further to explore Europe and the Pacific, P3 Update anticipates that in 2012 production will continue to stay close to home, where infrastructure is strong and incentives remain enticing.

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New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

MATAMATA, New Zealand – Ian Alexander remembers the day well. He was watching a rugby match on TV when a knock came at the door. He opened it to find a location scout seeking permission to film scenes from Lord of the Rings on his sprawling sheep farm.

"I said, 'Lord of the what? I'm just a bloody old broken-down farmer with a few sheep running around,' " Alexander recalls.

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

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The Evolution of On-Location Editing


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Documentary editors are essentially writers, but instead of writing a script in preproduction, they’ll write a story in strict collaboration with a director during post. However, when an editor works in the field during production, the story can become tighter, more streamlined and more accurately told.

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Documentary Cinematography

 

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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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