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Camera Companions

In recent years, the proliferation of new digital cameras has focused attention on resolution, workflow and image quality. While the RED, Vision Research Phantom, ARRI ALEXA and Canon 7D Mark II cameras all have their fans and uses, the advent of 3D stereoscopic moviemaking has upped the ante as filmmakers struggle to find the perfect cameras for the left/right-eye pair. Camera accessories — everything from lenses to 3D rigs — are the crucial gear components needed to support chosen cameras, and they can make the difference between a problem-plagued production and smooth sailing.

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Precision Posting

When a professional golfer swings a golf club, the club head speed can easily reach over 100 mph. That’s just one of the factors Precision Productions + Post had to take into consideration when it produced a new global ad campaign for TaylorMade and its line of Burner clubs.

 To save time and money, TaylorMade streamlined the production by tapping Precision for both the production and post. Precision Executive Producer Marie Soto notes that, in addition to “significant time and cost savings,” that strategy resulted in “a consistent creative vision.”

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On the Right Track

Last year, when the folks at NASCAR wanted to capture the feel of a racing environment for a special commercial, they turned to Fisher Technical Services, Inc. (FTSI) to get the goods at a track just outside of South Boston, Va.

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Lighting Up a Flavor Explosion

Cinematographer John Zilles has shot many commercials for such companies as Walmart, Toyota and Pizza Hut, and he describes his new $2 million Sprite commercial as “one of the biggest, most interesting and challenging jobs I’ve had to light and shoot in 20 years of doing commercials.”

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Adobe CS5 and NVIDIA FX 4800

Photoshop has been a standard in the industry for years, and Adobe just keeps making it easier to create amazing graphics. It’s wonderful to use Photoshop on my new 24-inch EIZO ColorEdge monitor –– the monitor can be calibrated for different color space so that I can see exactly what my Photoshop output will look like, allowing me to work with confidence. Now there are new tools in Adobe’s Creative Suite 5 that really help to simplify complicated tasks. And with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4800 card’s acceleration, CS5 is really fast as well.

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New England Region

It’s been another bumper year for the New England Region, which continues to field a spate of the most highly financed Hollywood blockbusters. While some New England states continue to eclipse previous financial records, others have had a quiet year as their incentive programs continue to prove their worth. P3Update looks at both the bigger and smaller players on the New England circuit to see how they’re facing the challenges of the current economy.

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Top Production Incentives

In a time where financial stability is uncertain, shopping around for the best price has become part of everyday life. No one is immune, not even the illustrious and glamorous world of movie making. However, there are still many places around the world where productions can stretch their dollars the furthest.

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Posting Against the Clock

When indie Filmmaker Gregg Araki found out that his new feature, Kaboom, was accepted to Cannes, the film wasn’t ready. The picture was locked but it still needed visual effects, a conform, color grading and output to a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Protocol) master –– and he only had two weeks to turn it around.

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Sounds of Silence

Earlier this year, veteran Soundman MacAulay Flynt joined Writer/Director Heather Hale’s production crew in North Carolina to shoot the indie thriller Insecurity, starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Emmy-winning Actor Edward Asner and rock legend Meat Loaf. The film is about an organized crime family’s attempt to infiltrate the Witness Protection Program in order to kill the assistant district attorney who’s prosecuting a murder case involving a prominent member of the crime family. The plot’s complex cat-and-mouse game features a number of action sequences.

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Good Medicine

You won’t find the indie film The Rainbow Boy on IMDb –– at least, not yet. The micro-budget feature produced by and for members of the Navajo Nation is, at press time, going through a grass roots campaign to raise the funds needed for completion. The film is about an ancient Navajo warrior who enters a sacred cave only to find himself transported to modern New Mexico where he witnesses the prophetic devastation of humanity.

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