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3D Brings Scorsese Back to the Origins of Moviemaking

“Happy endings only happen in the movies,” says the melancholy shopkeeper Georges (Ben Kingsley) in Martin Scorsese’s blockbuster film Hugo. This visually stunning 3D adventure honors Georges Méliès, the pioneer filmmaker behind the 1902 fantasy film A Trip to the Moon. Nominated for a total of 11 Academy Awards, Hugo won big by taking home Oscar gold in five categories: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

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Innovative Camera Support

Some of the new smaller cameras available this year are wonderful, as they have large chips, balanced inputs and a wide variety of lenses. But the fact that they are small in size makes them difficult to hold, leaving little room to mount the necessary accessories. Additionally, these cameras don’t have servo zooms — so trying to zoom in/out or focus is usually a shaky process.

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On Location in Western Canada

As one of the most popular filming destinations worldwide, Western Canada is known for its experienced crews, state-of-the-art production facilities and spectacular scenic locations. Thanks to generous tax incentives, its industry continues to stand in solid stead with Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories increasing their cinematic exposure throughout the years. P3 Update takes a closer look at what’s been happening in Western Canada in 2011–12.

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Post Audio

Even though Hollywood has been doing multichannel audio mixing for over 70 years, the sound technicians and artists behind today’s mixes take nothing for granted. To get a feel for today’s audio postproduction tools and techniques, I visited two of the hottest boutique post houses in town. SonicPool and 5 Guys Named Moe offer state-of-the-art equipment and software and a full range of postproduction services, and both have corporate cultures that focus on strong customer service. The co-founders of these boutique houses both feel that the size of their companies enables them to offer more personal service. “Being a small company helps us be more efficient,” says SonicPool Co-Founder Patrick Bird. “We try to operate as if we’re a production’s post department rather than an outside facility.”

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Scouting the Natural Beauty of the Southeast Atlantic Region

With its bustling cities, foliage-filled landscapes and scintillating mountain vistas, the Southeast Atlantic Region utterly spoils directors and producers by offering irresistible climes and a wealth of location choices. And when these breathtaking views merge with the region’s financial incentives and increasingly sophisticated production infrastructure, this slice of the American film industry should never be lightly dismissed. Take a closer look at how 2012 is unfolding for the flourishing states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Shooting Live Sports in 3D to 5D

pro_liveeventproduction_photo1_openingphotoAfter nearly two years of seeing sports televised live in 3D in the U.S., it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it’s only been five years since the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, which was the very first live 3D sports event. It was also the first sports event that was multi-cast in 2D as well as 3D. “We fed the left-eye signal to an auditorium in the Mandalay Bay Hotel where it was shown to a small audience via twin 4K projectors,” recalls Steve Hellmuth, the NBA broadcast operations and technology EVP who spearheaded this and other early NBA 3D efforts. “The quality of the uncompressed 3D signal was amazing.” NBA has long been broadcasting events in 3D, and ESPN 3D featured 17 live NBA games during the 2010–11 season. ESPN 3D now beams a diverse menu of 3D sports, ranging from boxing and basketball to the Winter X Games, into thousands of homes via DIRECTV.

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Staging a Production

pro_studios_universal_-virtual-stage-1-opening-demo_12-2-10_a-1Entertainment tax incentives have had a major impact on film production, and producers are now seeking studios internationally to accommodate their production needs and make filming more efficient. These studios and stages around the world can only thrive by being competitive to serve the industry with services and facilities that will continue to entice filmmakers.
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PART THREE: THE DIGITAL DILEMMA 2 REPORT

The Digital Dilemma report published in 2007 focused on the archival status of  motion pictures produced and owned by the Hollywood studios.

The Digital Dilemma 2 report deals with the archival status of  independent narrative films and documentaries. Both reports were co-sponsored by the Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of  Congress.  The research was a collaborative endeavor by Andy Maltz and Milt Shefter, who co-authored both reports.

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Glendale Media Center Welcomes Production

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The Glendale Media Center is a first-class television production facility located in Glendale, Arizona, where you can get the L.A. look for the Arizona price! Located in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s sports and entertainment district, it’s designed by broadcast veterans with one priority in mind – provide clients with exceptional state-of-the-art studios in a premier location. The Valley of the Sun offers unique Southwestern living with mountains, desert landscape and unbelievable sunsets, along with world class golf, resort spas and now the production studios that will have you planning your next shoot in Arizona.

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Canon Learning Center Update

Canon U.S.A. recently announced two updates to the Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC).

A new dedicated mobile site (m.learn.usa.canon.com) has been launched to help make the CDLC's educational content and resources easily available from any smartphone or tablet. Access to Canons collection of technical articles, tutorial videos, image galleries, PDF guides, and Events Calendar can now be accessed all on the go, or in the field. Viewers can also register for Canon Live Learning workshops right from their phones. The CDLC mobile site is optimized for use with Apple’s iPhone along with Android and Blackberry devices.

Also new on the Canon Digital Learning Center is a library of Wireless Files Transmitter (WFT) setup guides. These guides will serve as a valuable resource to professional photographers who currently use, or are curious about, Canon WFTs.  These easy to follow step-by-step PDFs are fully illustrated and include instructions for all WFT modes, network configurations, and popular operating systems.

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