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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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Sound Advice

Production sound mixers around the globe are discovering an ever-changing landscape when they are asked to capture on-set dialogue in challenging environments while utilizing technology that is rapidly evolving...

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Curve of Earth: How to Produce Widescreen 35mm Movies on a Budget

Ben Kufrin is among the first contemporary U.S. cinematographers to use the Techniscope format that was invented about half a century ago. The format uses two versus four perforation-deep 35mm frames to produce movies in a widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio...

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Blackbeard's Glowing Shipwreck

Marine Archaeologist Kim Eslinger examines remains at the possible wreck site of Blackbeard the Pirate's flagship, the Queen Anne's Reven. Photo courtesy of Cindy Burnham, Lucky Shot ProductionsIn terms of extreme shooting and lighting, dealing with shipwrecks is probably the gold standard. For the last 10 years, DP Rick Allen has been the project videographer on the BBC and Discovery Channel’s “The Blackbeard Shipwreck Project"...

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3-D's Revolutionaries

3ality Digital cameramen shoot the 2004 SuperBowl game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots Photo courtesy of 3ality DigitalHigh Definition has kept networks, make-up artists and Best Buy associates very busy in recent years, but now a 3-D craze is forming. While HD allows you to see the intricate details of an elephant in the Sahara, 3-D may have you dodging the stampede.

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Top 3 Asian Locales

Sunset in Pulau Ubin, Singapore Photo courtesy of Media Development Authority of Singapore

 It’s all about the buck. Credit crisis or not, when it comes to making a film in Asia the most ideal location is foremost the country that provides the best overall financial incentives: exchange rates, travel costs, cheap labor, tax breaks and feasibility of production financing are all vital elements for getting your project off the ground. The scenery, people, culture and overall cinematographic experience run a close second

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Frosty Film Frontier: Western Canada

 

A cannery in Steveston, British Columbia Photo courtesy of Marni NelkoAlberta hoodoos in the sunset Photo courtesy of Alberta Film
With their spectacular mountain and sea scenery, great infrastructure, experienced crews and state-of-the-art post houses, Vancouver and the B.C. region have long attracted filmmakers and earned the affectionate title “Hollywood North"...

 

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Crewing the Production

Crew from Maslow Media on set in Salt Lake City Photo courtesy of Maslow MediaCrews come in all shapes and sizes, but Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer says there’s one aspect of crewing a production that always remains the same: “A cohesive team is absolutely essential, and finding and hiring the right crew can make the difference between success and failure,

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