Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:36 PM
Every year, South by Southwest (SXSW) draws more than 200,000 people to Austin, Texas, turning the capital city into the epicenter of film, music and technology during the 10-day festival. With limited space and the increasing demand for access to exclusive events, SXSW used TriCaster to take the show live to the web and give fans unprecedented access to the hottest events. For the first time, “SXSW Live” brought music showcases, keynote speakers, convergence panels and more through the Festival’s live-stream page.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:36 PM
Greg Barker’s documentary Manhunt follows the decade-spanning journey toward the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. The film debuted to positive reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. To augment the story, The Mill L.A. created graphic elements that included layers of research data, Al Qaeda network information and CIA documents. “I read all of the source material and some dense historical books that allowed me to understand the history of the manhunt,” says Mill L.A. creative director and designer Manija Emran. She adds that her collaboration with “the director, editor, archive researcher and producers of the documentary enabled the titles to be even deeper and more layered, as the graphics needed to emphasize the key moments in the complex story.”
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:21 PM
Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) in Star Trek Into Darkness. Photo by Zade Rosenthal.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:47 PM
Cinematographer Gordon Lonsdale, ASC, credits OConnor support for allowing his operators to keep moves fresh and innovative on the long-running Fox series Bones. “Actually, I’ve been a big fan of OConnor throughout my career,” he says. “When I was an assistant I used the 50 and 100. Then when the lightweight 100 came out, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.”
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:51 PM
Looking to embrace the idea of illusion that plays a central role in the story behind the new Sam Raimi film Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney) and pay homage to the history of cinema, yU+co, the design/production studio led by director Garson Yu, created both the imaginative main title and end titles sequences that captures the mood of the new Wizard of Oz prequel.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 04:04:02 PM
Every year in February, more than 170 of the most formidable Ultra 4 Racing teams assemble in Johnson Valley, Calif., to battle it out in front of 45,000 spectators for the chance to win the world’s most challenging off-road race, The King of Hammers. Sponsored by Nitto Tire and broadcast live to 600,000 online fans, the competition combines every off-road discipline imaginable—from desert racing to rock crawling and short course.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 01:04:47 PM
The gorgeous promo video "Fire Flight," shot on the Phantom Flex at 1000 fps, features two of the things that perpetually look amazing in slow-motion: dancers and fire. The video was directed by Greg Clark and features members of the Phoenix Dance Center. The CGI fire was done by VTR North. Watch below. (via FStoppers)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 12:04:45 PM
Vimeo Video School writes: Hello class! Welcome to part two of our storytelling workshop with Stillmotion. You all get gold stars for perfect attendance. Today Patrick and his team will be discussing pre-production, and how they use research to develop keywords to guide the production. From conducting pre-interviews, to scouting locations, to developing conflict and story, these keywords will help you develop the four P’s of storytelling — People, Place, Plot, and Purpose — that we discussed in the last segment. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/23/13 10:04:24 AM
Alister Chapman of XDCAM-USER writes: Well I’ve just returned home from NAB and a week of Tornado Chasing in the USA. For the Tornado chasing I was shooting in 4K using my Sony F5. I’ve shot run and gun with my F3 and FS700 in the past when shooting air-shows and similar events. But this was very different. Tornado chasing is potentially dangerous. You often only have seconds to grab a shot which involves leaping out of a car, quickly setting up a tripod and camera and then framing and exposing the shot. You often only have time for one 30 second shot before you have to jump back into the car and move on out ahead of the storm. All of this my be happening in very strong winds and rain. The storms I chased last week had inflow winds rushing into them at 50+ MPH.
Added by jzaccaria--Creative Planet Network,04/22/13 03:04:55 PM
From Norwegian landscape photographer, Ole Salomonsen, comes his third short-film about the northern lights. This year some epic displays has been on the sky, and for the first time he has included real-time recordings. The video is shot using stills and assembled together for best possible resolution and dynamic range. In this video however, for the first time, he includes some real-time video footage. "This is to better show how furiously fast and beautiful the polar spirits can dance!" says Salomonsen.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/22/13 01:04:44 PM
Cinescopophila writes: Designed to improve audio from DSLR cameras and camcorders, Shure Incorporated has introduced the VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F with integrated flash recording. “In the DSLR space, we’ve seen a growing demand for compact, rugged, and portable camera-mount condensers that deliver natural audio reproduction,” said Chad Wiggins, Category Director for Wired Microphone products at Shure. “The LensHopper models borrow the acoustic design of Shure’s popular VP82 shotgun microphone, which provides the exceptional sound quality for which Shure products are known.” READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/22/13 12:04:35 PM
DL Cade of PetaPixel writes: Over the course of your comings and goings on the internet, you’ve probably spotted at least a few of those mind-bending GIFs that loop perspectives rather than a snippet of time. Well, it turns out that making them yourself isn’t that difficult, just as long as you have a 3D camera and some time at your disposal. And in the how-to video above, The Creators Project enlists the help of half the Mr. GIF team, Mark Portillo, to show you just how easy it is. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/22/13 11:04:25 AM
Preston Kanak writes on his site: Once you have mastered static time-lapses, the next thing to add to your repertoire is the ability to shoot motion controlled time-lapses. Like static time-lapses, it is key to think of each frame as a unique image. At any point in your shot, you should be able to pull out a frame and be proud of it. The biggest different between static and motion controlled time-lapses is that you are using movement to help tell your story. When approaching these shots, you will want to inspect the shot and then determine the best way to capture the motion and before you can do this, there are a few things you need to consider. In this post, we will be looking at:
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/22/13 10:04:15 AM
In this presentation from NAB 2013, DP Alister Chapman talks about what he's learned about the features of the Sony F5 and F55 from the sensor to color grading. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/19/13 05:04:43 PM
Stillmotion and Vimeo are joining forces to release a four-episode series of videos all about the most important aspects of storytelling. Their first one, called the "Four P's of Storytelling" talks about the importance of People, Place, Plot and Purpose. Watch below and read more here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/19/13 01:04:31 PM
Rather than stand by as more than 1 billion people struggle through their daily lives without clean water, East Pleasant‘s Stash Slionski got on a plane to Tanzania so he could document and join in the efforts of Summit on the Summit, a group dedicated to transforming this brutal reality. Acting as director of photography, Stash worked with @radical.media on a series of short documentary videos chronicling the group’s seven-day summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, an effort designed to raise awareness and spur fundraising for various groups focused on this global crisis.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/19/13 12:04:48 PM
Alex Buono writes on his site: This post is the first installment in a series I’m simply calling HOW WE DID IT where I’ll tell the behind-the-scenes story of one my shoots. The shoot may be an SNL short, a real commercial, a feature film or even a documentary. In this case, I’m writing about this weekend’s SNL Film Unit spot, “History of Punk”.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/18/13 04:04:03 PM
Iain Anderson of macProVideo writes: There’s a world of difference between different shooters. Some wouldn’t blink at a tripod costing several thousand dollars on a set with several assistants, and others blink hard at spending over a hundred with only themselves for company. This article is firmly aimed at the one-person film crew, with a single bag, trying to make movies worth watching using their Blackmagic Cinema Camera. What do you need, and what’s optional? To be clear, this is not a guide to how to rig a BMCC for use on set. This is a guide to what tiny productions need to shoot on real locations. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/18/13 12:04:43 PM
Andrew Reid of EOSHD writes: Six months in the making here is my final and full review of the Panasonic GH3 jointly published with DPReview.com. I highly recommend checking out that review as well, to which I contributed the video mode insights. The Panasonic GH3 is an affordable $1299 hybrid camera and has a special legacy to build on with indie filmmakers. Does it succeed? READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/18/13 11:04:19 AM
Valentina I. Valentini of Indiewire writes: With more than 1,600 exhibits at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, it's damn near impossible to hit all of them up. But Indiewire made sure to run the thousands of square footage at the Las Vegas Convention Center just so you’d have a few choice gadgets to choose from that could change your low-budget filmmaking life. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.