Thursday, November 07, 2013

The News

Don't Mourn Blockbuster. Weep for the Video-Store Era | IndieWire
Blockbuster Video is dead, or at least it will be by January, when the company will close the 300 stores it operates and end its DVD-by-mail service. The Los Angeles Times says franchised and licensed stores will stay open -- no number is given -- but chances are they're not long for this world either.

Interview with Visual Effects Artist David Luong | Grey Scale Gorilla
David Luong is currently a Senior Cinematic Artist II at Blizzard Entertainment, He’s been working in the visual effects industry for nearly 8 years. He currently does lighting, compositing, and matte painting for Blizzard’s cinematics on games such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and World of Warcraft.

Independent Videographer and Cinematographer Adam Lyons Converts to Sony Pro Camcorders | Sony
He uses different camera combinations for different projects. Lyons prefers to use the Sony FS100 for music videos and other small productions, because of its feature set and small and light form factor, giving him the combination of mobility and image quality. He is also extremely satisfied at the newer, easier workflow the camera provides him.

The Sony F55: It is The Most Interesting Camera in The World! | Crews Control
In production, the camera has a skin detail levels to soften the look of the skin, and make best friends with the on camera talent. A multi matrix can identify any color section in the frame, and the DP can change the color value or hue. Slow and quick recording for slowmo and fastmo… a slow shutter to open the iris and freak out the sensor with too much information to the point of drunken blurry craziness (in various degrees of course).

If you want to use your smartphone or tablet to get high quality audio, you need an external mic. The RØDE SmartLav is designed to do just that. Paired with your favorite recording app, or the free app from RØDE, this little mic can give you a portable audio solution.

Grading? Screen Writing? Technical Writing? Directing? Meet Alexis Van Hurkman | Mixing Light
In this installment of the Mixing Light Colorist Profile series, we are very excited to interview writer, director, colorist (sometimes in a different order, as you’ll hear in the interview) Alexis Van Hurkman.  If you’ve been around the world of color or even just a bit interested in color correction and grading in the past decade, you’ve no doubt heard of Alexis.



Crisis Media Management on the FRONTLINE
Boston Avid Users Group
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST) Burlington, MA
Join us Nov 20 at Avid where FRONTLINE's Associate Director of Broadcast, Chris Fournelle, and Post-Production Supervisor, Megan McGough, will illustrate media management strategies and workflows from acquisition through broadcast. On the recent fast turn-around documentary "Egypt in Crisis" Chris was on the ground in Cairo as pro-Morsi supporters clashed with government forces.  He and Megan will demonstrate how FRONTLINE plans for situations like this, the tools used to get it done, and some of the lessons learned along the way.

BOSCPUG Meeting Featuring Alan Bell, A.C.E
Thursday, November 21
- A Conversation with Alan Edward Bell, A.C.E. (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE)
- “Brother Sister” - A Feature Film Workflow: Noam Kroll
Film editor Alan Edward Bell A.C.E., is best known for his work on Little Manhattan, (500) Days of Summer, Water For Elephants, The Amazing Spiderman, and the soon to be released “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Alan’s resume spans over twenty four years of post-production experience and includes a long list of credits in editorial as well as visual effects. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children and 16 chickens.

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