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Guiness Shoots 250th Anniversary Commercial in South America

The commercial starts simply; two Irish pub patrons raise their glasses to toast the 250-year legacy of Guinness founder, Arthur Guinness. Their toast, “To Arthur!” is picked up by a nearby crowd standing slightly out of hearing range, who echo the sentiments earnestly shouting “To Martha!” The mistaken toast continues...

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Location Scouting in Peru

When one thinks of Peru, Machu Picchu immediately springs to mind. And although it is a truly spectacular site, it is far from being Peru’s only draw. This unique country presents filmmakers with scores of dramatic locations...

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Cast & Crew Entertainment Services Launches Website

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, with six offices in U.S. cities and two Canadian cities, now has a new website: www.castandcrew.com. The company handles payrolls, production accounting, residuals...

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Warner Bros Builds Green Sound Stage

Warner Bros. Entertainment is continuing its commitment to environmental stewardship with the completion of two projects on its Burbank lot. The recently constructed Stage 23 is the first “green” sound stage built by a major Hollywood studio...

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Latin American Film Locations

Fantastic filming opportunities lie south of U.S. borders. Some countries need to solidify their reputation as top-notch locations while others continue to build impressive resumes. Let’s find out which Latin American countries are grabbing the location spotlight these days...

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Top 10 American Film Locations (2009)

Thanks to lucrative tax incentives springing up across the United States and its territories, filmmakers have more budget-friendly location options than ever. But, while tax breaks play a huge role in determining where to film, there are many other factors that cannot be ignored. This annual report is an evaluation of locations offering a combination of the best tax incentives, crew base, infrastructure and other unique resources...

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Behind the Scenes of "Harper's Island"


Cinematographer Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC worked on "Harper’s Island,” which was conceived by Executive Producer Jon Turteltaub, who directed the pilot episode. It was produced as a co-venture...

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Digital Intermediates in Postproduction

Just how important is the Digital Intermediate (DI) process to today’s top filmmakers? And what are the most recent developments and latest trends? A quick survey of some key players behind recent Academy Award-nominated films and box-office hits will provide a clear consensus, which is best summed up by Director/Producer Shawn Levy. “I’m a huge DI fan, and there’s no question [that] it’s revolutionized the post process...

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Capturing Sound on Reality TV Shows

Production sound mixers working on any kind of shoot are destined to find situations that are less than acceptable, but the brave souls who work on reality television shows have to be the unluckiest of the bunch. The job challenges they face are countless, and include talent not trained in the art of talking into a microphone; hostile and uncontrollable locations; and on-the-move shoots where one must always be camera-ready..

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Interview with Reality TV Cinematographer Brandon Haberman of "Ice Road Truckers"

Now in its third season on The History Channel, the show is being shot in Alaska this year, and it is an endurance test for the film crew as well as the truckers. DP Brandon Haberman talks about the production’s risks and challenges...

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