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Louisiana Stays Active in Production

beasts-of-the-southern-wild_sm-As one of the first states to offer tax incentives to attract film and television projects, Louisiana has grown into a major production center. Known as “Hollywood South,” the Bayou State is third most popular filming destination in the U.S. after California and New York after growing quickly over the past decade. Boasting one of the finest infrastructures to support film and video production, Louisiana took center stage when The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three Oscars out of its thirteen nominations in 2009. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated two Louisiana films for Best Picture: Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained.

Pushing Pilot Season

nbc_logoAfter a lackluster 2012/13 television season that was sparse on new hits, the broadcast networks have increased the number of pilots ordered in hopes of striking gold.  According to a report filed by Nellie Andreeva of Deadline.com, ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC have a combined order of 98 pilots, including straight-to-series orders, making for a 14-percent increase over last season.

Capturing Live Events

super_bowl_2013_p3 The live broadcast of a major sports event can provide plenty of technical and creative challenges. And when the event is as high profile as the Super Bowl, which combines a football game, a half-time show worthy of Broadway, and an audience of hundreds of millions, the stakes are even higher. To prepare for the Super Bowl’s expansive broadcast schedule and telecast from New Orleans, several networks turned to broadcast equipment rental company Bexel to handle their on-site production needs and fiber infrastructure.

The Tao of Color DaVinci Training

logo3The first time that I reviewed Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, I spent 110 hours trying to read the manual and book. And while I learned enough to get started, it wasn’t enough to master the Resolve software. What I really wanted was to sit down with a trained colorist and learn firsthand how to make regular images look beautiful, but that just wasn’t going to happen since I live in Tampa, Fla. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear about the Tao of Color series from www.taoofcolor.com, which showed me that all I really needed was a good mentor.

JVC’s New GY-HM650 Video Camera

jvc1Express Video Supply and Videotape Products, Inc. recently hosted an event to introduce JVC’s new GY-HM650 professional video camera to the Hollywood, Calif. market. Held at the Containment Field Studio in North Hollywood, the event gave camera operators and industry professionals with a specific interest in mobile newsgathering an up-close look.


Getting Your Movie Greenlit

p3 update _350It’s time to get your movie greenlit. You have a polished screenplay and you’ve just sat down with the gatekeepers: studio execs. The opening of their big gate can lead to big audiences and bigger rewards. You want them to go forward with the movie — your movie — and all eyes are on you. You’re tense and fear the one wrong remark that will sabotage the meeting. This is crunch time.


BorisFX BCC for Adobe CS6

bccaeYou can never have too many plug-ins. While most editing software comes with FX plug-ins to get you started, there will be times when you’ll need something special to get the job done. Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE from Boris FX delivers the most comprehensive VFX plug-in suite ever created for Macintosh and Windows versions of Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS6, CS5.5, CS5 and CS4.

NBC Makes Gains for a Younger Future

nbc_peacock_smIn the past, NBC’s peacock network ruled the roost. But in the new age of cable programming and DVRs, the network’s struggle has been the focus of Robert Greenblatt’s two years as chairman of NBC Entertainment. During the last NBC executive session at the Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, Calif., Greenblatt gave an honest report on the state of the network. “What a difference a year makes,” he stated, noting that 2011’s fall season was bad.

The Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library


pro_sound_effects_big_logoAs a sound designer, you are only as good as your tools. The full-blown sound library from Pro Sound Effects contains over 120,000 sound effects designed for professional use, but the cost is a bit pricey (and most of the sounds will never be needed). So what if you’re a freelancer who just needs some sound FX for various productions? Pro Sound Effects has the answer. The company took $13,000 of sound FX out of their master library to create the Pro Sound Effects Hybrid Library for a fraction of the price. Designed for freelance and independent sound designers, it’s a really useful sound effects library that can be used for everyday projects.

Bluefish444 Upgrade

bluefish444Bluefish444, a manufacturer of uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, has announced important software upgrades for both their Windows and Mac OSX installers.  The new OSX installer adds support for Avid Open I/O to its Create line of uncompressed HD-SDI cards. Avid Open I/O is designed to let third-party manufacturers develop plug-ins allowing their hardware to work with Media Composer and Symphony. 

The OS X 10.7 installer "provides cross-platform SDI I/O solutions to Avid users for the first time," said Bluefish444 Managing Director Craige Mott in a prepared statement. "Bluefish444 regards Avid as a long-term strategic partner and we will continue making Open I/O OS X releases in the future."

The Create 3D Ultra, Bluefish444's flagship card for digital content creators, features 2x HD/SD 3G-SDI IO, 2K dual-link IO, 3D stereo IO, 12-bit video processing, hardware-based scaling, DVI/HDMI preview, three 1D LUTs, eight channels of AES/EBU digital audio and two channels of analog audio monitoring. The Create card line starts at $1999.

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