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Interview with Let Me In Editor Stan Salfas

FilmEditng_DirectorMattReevesWhen the executives at Overture Pictures asked Director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) to write the screenplay for the American adaptation of the Swedish cult hit Let the Right One In, he turned to his frequent editor and friend Stan Salfas. The original film, which came out in 2008, tells the tale of a delicate relationship between two pre-adolescents, a boy who’s an outsider and a girl who happens to be a vampire.

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LIGHTING Makes a Splash

LightCol_3Director/Cinematographer Ben Dolphin has plenty of experience working in extreme conditions, such as shooting underwater in limestone caves in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for Televisa. And although he’s an expert in Unilux lighting, HD cameras and high-speed Photo-Sonics, he ironically faced an extreme challenge while shooting his short film ARISING on a Cine Magic soundstage in his own backyard: New York City. With a premiere on Hulu and iTunes, and screenings at various international festivals, Dolphin’s beautifully lit film features nine near-naked dancers flying, diving and dancing through an 8-foot-wide waterfall.

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Sony Creative Software Adds Vegas Pro 10 Compatibility in New Update for Z Depth 3d Blu-Ray Subtitling Software

Sony Creative Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, announced today that stereoscopic Blu-ray 3D™ subtitling application Z Depth™ is now compatible with Sony Vegas™ Pro 10 non-linear editing software, adding several new features and performance improvements to Z Depth for Blu-ray Disc authoring professionals.

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Advanced Systems Group and Dolby Laboratories Address 3D Workflow Issues at Conference

In conjunction with Dolby Laboratories, Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, presented “3D Workflow 2010” at the Dolby Theater in San Francisco. The free daylong event included several conference sessions that addressed a variety of 3D production issues from acquisition to delivery.

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Supporting (H)DSLRs

CamSupport_Zacuto_Cross_Fire_Photo_Credit_ZacutoIn keeping with Moore’s law, HD cameras have been getting smaller, better and cheaper at an accelerating rate. Nowhere has this been more apparent than with the blast of interest in DSLR still cameras for HD video acquisition. This sudden change on the camera scene has challenged designers and manufacturers of video support equipment to retool quickly, and it has catapulted some designers and producers of this gear to center stage, giving them a pivotal role in many new acquisition purchases.

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Winter Shooting

CamCol_PortabraceCBA-NX5_kThe winter chill is in the air and snow is on the pumpkin. For me, that means one thing: It’s time to prep my camera to shoot outdoors in snow, sleet, freezing rain and cold, wicked winds. For more than a decade I’ve been a stringer for the Weather Channel, particularly during the wintry months. My peak season is late fall/early winter  because that’s when the notorious “lake effect” snowfalls happen as frigid subarctic weather blows across comparatively warm Lake Erie. This causes condensation which results in snow that can be so wet and heavy, it can make life difficult for you and your camera.

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Desert Sounds

AudioColumnRecording audio while on location when you can’t really control the environment is hard enough –– with all the occasional breezes, traffic, pedestrians and other various noises that come with the territory –– but working in bad weather can wreak havoc for filmmakers and their crew, as an environment that just won’t cooperate can make a difficult shoot more stressful.

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Pacific Coast Shooting

OnLocationWashingtonPR_WoltjerTom2007_GigHarborThe Pacific Coast Region, which features some of the country’s most attractive coastlines, offers an unparalleled level of diverse scenery. Whether it’s the volcanoes of Hawaii, Washington’s Cascade Range, Oregon’s rivers, the deserts of California or the glaciers of Alaska, a filmmaker can find just about any look needed to bring a script to life.

Despite this region’s long history with production, big changes are underway. While Alaska has swung open its doors to production, California has just introduced a brand-new incentive program; the Hawaiian Islands are seeing an impressive increase in production as is Washington, a state with everything at its fingertips; and Oregon is increasingly becoming the focus of film and TV. It’s not hard to see why 2011 will be a year to remember along the Pacific.

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Casting: East Coast vs. West

There’s been an enduring East Coast versus West Coast rivalry going on in production as far as casting is concerned –– and both sides have something to brag about. After 20 years of filming and giving legions of actors their first job in New York, “Law & Order” series Creator/Executive Producer Dick Wolf decided to bring a new version of the franchise to the distinctive West Coast with “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (also known as “LOLA”). And while the original series featured wonderful New York characters, the L.A. show can boast casting characters that are equally as colorful.

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D.I. for Independents

Gone are the days when the Digital Intermediate (D.I.) was a process reserved for Hollywood blockbusters. While Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London and many other major cities offer high-end D.I. facilities with top talent and gear, the independent filmmaker now has more options than ever to finish his or her film with a D.I. that won’t break the bank.

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