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Accessorize that Camera

Talk to any DP or grip, and you’ll get the same story: anything that’s lighter, faster, smaller and saves time and money on a shoot is highly desirable, whether it’s a sophisticated new lens package or...

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Straight Through the Heart of the Midwest

The Midwest’s Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois are components of the great American heartland. This region provides backdrops ranging from prairies to skyscrapers, and it has plenty of incentives so it won’t break your heart (or wallet)...

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Red One Camera and 35 MM Film Comparison

Filmmakers who consider their work art had better become technicians fast if they intend on using the Red One...

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Easy FX Using particleIllusion

I first saw Wondertouch’s particleIllusion demonstrated a few years ago at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. It struck me as a very simple way to add some serious-looking effects to my projects. And, as it turns out, I was right. Wondertouch actually makes four products that...

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High-Def Editing

Screen shot of MAXedit from Maximum Throughput Photo courtesy of Maximum Throughput It’s absolutely incredible what you can do with HD editing these days. Thanks to some amazingly powerful laptops, you can cut almost any high-definition video format, mix the audio, and output a high-quality DVD. The one thing you can’t do, however, is bring along your client...

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The North Central Region

Sunset at the Pierhead Lighthouse in Manistee, Mich. Photo courtesy of Michigan Film Office The North Central Region of the U.S. is packed with great perks for productions. Filmmakers can cash in on the unique resources of five states –– Michigan, South Dakota, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin –– and enjoy such benefits as Michigan’s ambitious 40- to 42-percent tax incentive and South Dakota’s spectacular landscape...

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Hyperfutura in High Definition

Ama MacDonald is a highly experienced gaffer whose credits include music videos for Justin Timberlake and The Killers; commercials for Cadillac, Verizon and Budweiser; and features such as Brick and Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour. As a DP...

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"Ski Patrolling" in HD

Chun Ming Huang is an experienced freelance cinematographer who has shot several HD reality projects, including “Trick My Truck” for Varuna Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based production company. He most recently shot their demanding new series “Ski Patrol: Crystal Mountain,” which debuted...

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High-Def Sounds

Richard Lightstone, CAS is well versed in the world of production sound mixing, having bounced between feature films and television shows for more than 30 years. To say he has seen it all would be a bit of an understatement...

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AFCI Locations Trade Show 2009 Preview

This year’s Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Trade Show (LTS) will once again be held in sunny Santa Monica, Calif., where...

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