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Audio on an Indie Budget

Orloff had to find ways to adapt to the smaller budget, location and process issues that are inherent on an indie production. “I like it,” Orloff admits. “I think it keeps your perspective a little more honest. What’s the saying? Necessity is the mother of invention? That’s it in a nutshell.

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GOAL Productions Creates Webisodes for American Humane

American Humane approached GOAL to help create a webisode in the hopes that it would “go viral” and raise awareness of the important role they play in the entertainment industry...

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What's New in 3D?

3D has become increasingly popular, leading more companies to incorporate the medium into their product line. As more options arise in the stereoscopic world, cutting-edge products and 3D education have created the newest industry buzz.
Panasonic has been especially busy promoting 3D products. The company debuted its unique 3D full HD Plasma Home Theater System, which...

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Southeast Film Locations

In the Southeastern States of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia, the people are nice but the incentives are even nicer. With beautiful scenery and temperate weather...

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Filming in the Rocky Mountain Region

Ever since Governor Bill Richardson’s highly successful incentives program in 2003 attracted over 80 feature films and television projects from Hollywood into New Mexico, the State legislatures further north have had little choice but to raise the stakes to compete.  This feature takes a look at the latest campaigns being waged to secure both highly lucrative big budget clients and smaller independent film productions to help boost the economies of the scenically spectacular Rocky Mountain States.

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Film Friendly Hotels

Regardless of economical conditions, non-resident film crews always need a place to stay, especially if they’re en route to incentive-enticing faraway lands. While filming in San Diego, the production of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen occupied about 250 rooms at various hotels, and their stay benefited the hotels and the city...

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Latest Lighting Developments

LEDZ Brute 30 Photo Credit: Leo Jaramillo“The way the whole industry is going now is, ‘How can you do it cheaper and faster?’” says Chief Lighting Technician Andy Ryan, whose credits include the blockbuster films Transformers, Wanted and this month’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.For Ryan, the new...

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Lighting on HD TV Shows

For night exteriors, Decca used ARRI 18Ks and 12Ks. “I’d [also] have three or four Condors most of the times, so I’d use a lot of those lights spread around,” he says. For day exteriors, Decca used very little fill light. “I’d just take advantage of the extreme dynamic range this camera has, which is almost film-like, and used bounces to reflect.” And for small interiors, he always likes to use Kino Flo ParaBeams. “I had several units of those that Paskal Lighting brought from L.A. just for this show...

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HD Cinematography on "Inside the Box"

DP Lex DuPont is a highly experienced veteran of broadcast shows and lists among his credits “Saving Grace,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Raines,” and eight seasons of “NYPD Blue.” His recent work for ABC includes the show “Private Practice” and a pilot for the new one-hour drama “Inside the Box.”

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Audio Workflow on HD Shows

When Erik Magnus, CAS interviewed with the producers of the TNT show “Leverage,” he heard that they wanted to do things a bit differently. “They wanted an in-house workflow, and that meant they wanted to use HD all the way,” he says. “It was shot with up to three RED cameras, and I recorded the audio digitally on a Fostex DV824 multitrack DVD-RAM recorder.”

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