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PILOT LOCATIONS: New York & Vancouver Production Booming, Los Angeles Declines

The TV comedy resurgence cannot come soon enough for the Los Angeles production community because Hollywood is fast losing ground on the drama side to New York and Vancouver.


Sony Professional Solutions New Digital Motion Picture Center

Sony Professional Solutions is opening a new Digital Motion Picture Center at Sony Pictures Studios. Scheduled to open on May 1st, the center will serve as an industry-wide resource for training and education and will support transition to Digital Workflows for Filmmakers.

The Center will offer hands-on training for directors, cinematographers and other professionals in the film and television production industries on the use of Sony's  F65 CineAltaT digital motion picture camera and the production workflows supporting this new acquisition system.


Film Finance in the Digital Age: Getting Your Film Made with a Click or a Chat


pre_finance_christopher-neil-director-goats_creditbill-neillThe process by which studios finance their films is often shrouded in mystery. While it’s known that studios self-finance, they also structure funding from outside sources and private equities. Indie films usually take a different road to production. In the ever-changing world of American independent projects, these filmmakers realize that funding can come from a multitude of different places and their films can be seen in many different ways.

Cinematographers on Filmmaking and the Movement to Digital

shane_hurlbut_sfwAt last month’s Academy Awards, seven of the nine Best Picture nominees were shot on Kodak film. But as digital technology continues to advance, we should expect to see more nominees like Hugo and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as digital filmmaking becomes more prominent in Hollywood and across the world stage.


Over the next few weeks P3 Update will run a special Web-exclusive report that touches on the important topic of film preservation. Below is the first report of a three-part series.

Today’s films are the Rosetta Stone of our times. They are how future generations will know who we were and what we did.” — Guillermo Navarro, ASC, AMC


The Movement to 3D

cameron_sfwWhile the last few years have seen a substantial movement toward 3D, it’s now safe to say that 3D projects are here for a long haul as it is the next wave of movie and television entertainment. Most of the television sets that are now being made will be 3D enabled while the advent of 3D theatrical viewing in multiplex theaters sprout up in record numbers — and consumers are forking out the extra cash for this entertainment. Large corporate companies, like ESPN, are also moving into 3D and consumers can now find 3D entertainment in most sports and live-event programming. “They were brave, they were smart, they are pioneers and they’ve done a really good job at it,” says Marty Shindler, CEO of The Shindler Prospective, a management consulting team for companies in entertainment and entertainment technology. Shindler promotes the 3D movement and often holds 3D sessions at trade show events, such as Digital Hollywood and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Filming in the Real World of San Diego

San Diego has played a key role in numerous feature films, such as Anchorman and the upcoming Phantom (starring David Duchovny and Ed Harris), and television shows like “American Idol,” “The Real World: San Diego” and Chef Gordon Ramsay’s new series “Hotel Hell,” which recently shot on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. All of San Diego is open to filming, including iconic locations like the popular Sea World, beautiful Balboa Park, relaxed Mission Bay and the downtown Gaslamp District. The San Diego Film Commission has been going strong with 36 years of experience in assisting projects seeking to take advantage of these and other diverse locations. The Film Commission also represents San Diego County’s unincorporated areas, consisting of deserts, mountains, pine forests, ranch lands and isolated lakes.


Extreme Audio

pro_audio_eadliestcatch_2Working as a production sound mixer in Los Angeles, where it’s consistently sunny, it’s possible to take the weather for granted when recording audio in the field. But what if the job is recording audio for a documentary in the Arctic, like for Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” where there’s the incessant pounding of salt water? Or how about recording a reality show during the rainy season in Washington State? Getting clean audio can be difficult in good weather, but harsh conditions can present unique challenges to production sound mixers in the field. Luckily, there are some products that can offer protection for productions in need.

Pacific Coast Region


The scenic diversity of the Pacific Coast Region calls to even the most knowledgeable filmmakers. Featuring some of the country’s most attractive coastlines, mountain ranges, deserts and rivers, this heart and soul of cinema has produced a plethora of classics throughout time.

Scouting with Location Manager Jim Triplett

jimtriplett_hawaii_2Many say that veteran Location Manager Jim Triplett is the go-to person for finding film locations on the Hawaiian Islands. On the CBS hit drama "Hawaii Five-0," Triplett and his support team of six (two assistants, two set production assistants and two office assistants) work steadily to find, secure and manage the show’s locations.
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