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Dave Beanes named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group

It was announced that Dave Beanes has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Universal Operations Group.

Eastern Canada: Above-the-Borderline Benefits

nunavik-national-park_2Exploiting an exciting array of locations and landscapes, great tax incentives and 3D technology, Eastern Canada has become a world leader in attracting films to its provinces. And with a deep crew base that’s hungry for work in this economically pivotal period, the region offers a cinematic playground that makes for scintillating reading and so much more. P3 Update reports on the progress of Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. 


Q&A with "Moneyball" Location Manager S. Todd Christensen

cola_sidebar_toddchristensen_2Location Manager S. Todd Christensen was honored at the recent COLA ceremony where he won Location Professional of the Year and Location Team of the Year, Studio Feature Film awards for Moneyball.P3 Update’s James Thompson had an opportunity to chat with Christensen about winning these prestigious awards and working as a location professional.


Lighting Fundamentals Remain While Technology Continues to Change

ligthinghd_allan1Cinematographer Allan Westbrook’s first HD shoot entailed using a Sony HDC-500 camera in collaboration with HD pioneer DP Randall Dark. "The HDC-500 was faster than the HD tube cameras before it, but its dynamic range was fairly narrow," says Westbrook (pictured left). "We certainly needed more light than we do with a typical camera today. Also, it was so heavy that simply moving it around was a challenge. We definitely used more lights than we would need for the same scenes with many of today’s HD cameras.”


The Affects of Today's DigiFX

digitaleffects_doug_ikeler_02-2Visual effects have been a part of movies since 1896 when French Director Georges Méliès produced the first of a series of pioneering films involving special effects. Thanks to computer technology, not only can today’s visual magicians achieve effects that their predecessors could only imagine, filmmakers can create stunning visuals at nearly any budget level. 


Exploring New Zealand’s Southland

newzealand_dyana_img_6689As P3’s photo editor, I feel very fortunate to be able to choose pictures from some of the most exotic and magnificent locations in the world. This includes New Zealand, one of this year’s prestigious top 10 worldwide locations (page 20). After staring at numerous photos of this far-away land, I decided to see for myself why it has served as a backdrop for many features like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Lovely Bones, The Lord of the Rings franchises and The Chronicles of Narnia movies.


The Top 10 Locations in the Universe

The list of this year’s top worldwide locations demonstrates just how big of a comeback the United States has made. Classic favorites like California and New York are once again attracting production, while newer contenders like Georgia and North Carolina are making an on-screen name for themselves. Louisiana continues to be a favorite among filmmakers, while Canada, with its diverse looks and competitive incentive packages, is still holding strong. Indeed, while the list ventures even further to explore Europe and the Pacific, P3 Update anticipates that in 2012 production will continue to stay close to home, where infrastructure is strong and incentives remain enticing.


New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

MATAMATA, New Zealand – Ian Alexander remembers the day well. He was watching a rugby match on TV when a knock came at the door. He opened it to find a location scout seeking permission to film scenes from Lord of the Rings on his sprawling sheep farm.

"I said, 'Lord of the what? I'm just a bloody old broken-down farmer with a few sheep running around,' " Alexander recalls.

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The Evolution of On-Location Editing



Documentary editors are essentially writers, but instead of writing a script in preproduction, they’ll write a story in strict collaboration with a director during post. However, when an editor works in the field during production, the story can become tighter, more streamlined and more accurately told.


Documentary Cinematography




Believe it or not, it’s been barely 15 years since high definition made its first appearance in North America, yet most of us — even production professionals — have had little hands-on experience with HD until the past five-to-seven years, the most intense stage in its evolution. Cinematographer Randall Dark caught the high-def bug 15 years ago after watching an HD demo in his native Toronto, and he hasn’t looked back since launching his high-def production company HD Vision Studios in the early ’90s. “The goal of all documentaries is to capture reality without manipulation, and HD captured it especially realistically,” says Dark.

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