Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Dear Avid Community | Avid
Louis Hernandez replaces Gary Greenfield as Avid president/CEO:
From my perspective, Avid has never been better positioned to deliver products and solutions that help meet your current and future business challenges. Over the past 25 years, Avid has built a strong heritage of industry leadership with the customers who create the most listened to, most watched, and most loved entertainment in the world.

10 Rules for a Successful Interview | Larry Jordan | Blog
1. Who Are You.
Be able to explain what your company does in a single, succinct paragraph. You get BONUS points if you can avoid using words like: “solutions,” any acronym with more than three letters, or hyphenated-techno-speak. If you can’t explain it in English, no one listening will understand you.

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting |
The Academy's Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded annually. The competition has received a record 7,197 entries for 2012.

Film tax credit is doing its job | The Boston Globe
Don Packer of the Massachusetts Production Coalition responds to a column that criticized the MA State Film Tax Credit:
JEFF JACOBY’S use of 2010 figures in his criticism of the state’s film and television production incentive distorts the program’s successful record of encouraging investment in Massachusetts. (“A guaranteed flop,” Op-ed, Feb. 6) In a column arguing against offering a similar incentive for theater producers, Jacoby used data that highlighted a year when the film industry avoided Massachusetts due to proposals to eliminate or cap the film and television production incentive, proposals which, regrettably, are being discussed again this year.

Bower 24mm f/1.4 Wide-Angle Lens for $200 off | B & H PhotoVideo
The Bower 24mm f/1.4 is actually the Samyang lens rebadged and B & H is offering it for $200 off in different mounts. At $499 it's a good deal and I'm sorely tempted (I have the 35mm lens already.) But they now make a Cine version which has "industry-standard gearing for the focus and aperture ring, and the aperture ring has been "declicked" for smooth iris pulls": But the Samyang 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens is still $749.

Sony CineAlta 4k Cameras are now shipping, 0% down, 0% financing | Sony
Canon is offering 0% financing on their C300 and C500, and now Sony is doing the same for the new F5 and F55:
0% down, 0% interest for up to 12 months.* Now, for a limited time order your F series camera and Sony Accessories today and take advantage of no money down and 0% financing.

The Eight Sequences | The Script Lab
A sort of script skeleton:
SEQUENCE ONE - Status Quo & Inciting Incident
Establishes the central character, his/her life, and the status quo and the world of the story. It usually ends with the POINT OF ATTACK or INCITING INCIDENT, but this plot point can sometimes appear earlier in the first few minutes of the film.

Sony Vegas now with Native XAVC editing, SR Codec and more | Community Sony
Support for 2K and 4K editing in Sony Vegas...

The first set of Digital Bolex Lenses | Joe Rubinstein | Digital Bolex
The digital Bolex project continues apace:
You may have heard we are making fixed focus / fixed aperture lenses, this is true, but it’s not the complete truth, because we’re working on a system that will allow these lenses to be focused. This method is completely unique and creates super sharp images with very simple lens structures lowering the cost of the lenses and the overall cost of the system.

Zylight LED Lighting | Michael Sutton | Wide Open Camera
Mike review's two LED lights...they aren't that inexpensive: the IS3 LED Light Kit costs ~$2,200 and the Zylight Z90 LED Light Head costs $985
Why make ZyLight your LED light of choice?  Simply put, in a time of smaller crews, lower budgets, etc ZyLight allows for a scalable set of lighting tools that will save you money and manpower in the short term and long term.  It allows for more creative options that are simply not found in other lights.  Innovations that stand out like a wide spread remote capability, color adjustments, reliability and performance that far exceeds any of the top brands.

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