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LEDs Light the Way

DP Christian Sebaldt, ASC on the set of Several years ago I produced a talk show that was taped at a popular movie theater in Hollywood. From a production perspective, as a talking-heads show it was a fairly straightforward shoot with three stationary cameras and one roving camera. Because we shot in a commercial theater with a live audience and a number of people on stage for each event, it was an ongoing challenge to properly light the stage. The lighting had to be arranged in a way that didn’t tax the auditorium’s limited wattage while being as unobtrusive as possible for the audience. It also needed to be set up and broken down quickly and cleanly.

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Midwest Region

Hollywood’s recent blockbuster Public Enemies shows a side of our humanity that captivates moviegoers the world over. It’s that side of us that admires those who dare to take on the system and, in so doing, win the hearts of those who support the underdog, whatever their mission and underlying morals. These age-old allegiances have been explored in many films over the decades, and as the art form enables the retelling of real-life events to provide an alternative take on events, audiences view so-called “good guys” and “bad guys” from completely different perspectives. One can feel affection for Johnny Depp as he plays John Dillinger, one of Chicago’s more notorious criminals, in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. This is contrasted dynamically when audiences fall for Kevin Costner and Sean Connery as the good guys set against Al Capone in Brian De Palma’s unforgettable film The Untouchables. Films like these influence and inspire huge audiences around the world, and there’s a certain amount of responsibility in their making given the medium’s long-term impact on society.

This year’s tax-incentives report for the Midwest region aims to serve as an update to entice filmmakers like Mann and De Palma into their territories.

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Behind the Scenes of Piranha 3D

A word of advice: When you go to see Piranha 3D, try to find a cinema that has seat belts. Otherwise, you’re likely to jump out of your seat as the film’s frightening three-dimensional images fill the screen. Piranha 3D will take you on a journey to a lake where carnivorous piranha feast on the inhabitants of a nearby small town. The film was produced mainly at practical locations on, above and under Lake Havasu, Ariz., mainly during daylight hours. Only one night scene and a few interiors were filmed on sets in a warehouse and a glass-bottomed boat.

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Production Sound in Extreme Environments

Capturing production sound is tough enough in controlled settings without adding outdoor elements into the mix. The challenges faced when working indoors, on a set or controlled locations around sunny Southern California are multiplied a thousand times when you go to remote locations like the Sahara, Arctic or North Sea.

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Mastering the Art of Lighting Faces

Daron KeetsLearn the craft of lighting faces to artistically impact the mood of a scene from Cinematographer Daron Keet.

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The Pacific

Executive Producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will revisit the war years with “The Pacific.”

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Top-Notch International Locales

The exotic locations of our amazing planet heralds a massive draw card for filmmakers all over the world.

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Capturing Sports in High Def

Capturing sports events for broadcast TV can be challenging the cameraman has to be ready to capture the action as it evolves.

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Pictorvision Saddles Up for the Winter Games

cineflex at 2010 winter gamesPictorvision is gearing up the snowmobile for one wireless ride in Vancouver making sure to capture every heart pounding move.

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Western Canada

Seaside cities, snowy peaks and rustic villages are just some of Western Canada’s major scenic draws.

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