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GoPro X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival Hits Salt Lake City January 12-15

This January, the best action sports filmmakers, iconic athletes, and culture enthusiasts will descend upon Salt Lake City for the 12th annual GoPro X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival. This year’s event will run January 12-15, 2012 with screening and party headquarters at The Depot (13 North 4th West; 801-456-2800 www.depotslc.com).

 

Now in its 12th year, X-Dance has established itself as the premier action sports film festival in the world. Filmmakers and athletes from around the globe make the pilgrimage to Utah as representatives of this cutting-edge cinema. X-Dance has become the platform to showcase talent and continues to elevate the action sports culture in this annual celebration of the best of the best.

 

“With great enthusiasm, Salt Lake City welcomes back the GoPro X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival. Now in its 12th year, X-Dance has created a solid legacy as the premier action sports film festival. We are thrilled to have our city host this ongoing festival that celebrates the actions sports culture. Utah and the Salt Lake area are the perfect backdrop for X-Dance as it is a multisport and multi-season playground for top athletes and enthusiasts,” exclaims Scott Beck, President & Chief Executive Officer of Visit Salt Lake.

 

Of the 100s of submissions, the top 30 accepted films were announced on Monday, December 19th. For a list of accepted films please go to www.x-dance.com. The screenings are open to the public. The producers, directors and many of the athletes will be on hand for Q&A sessions after the film screenings.

 

This year’s line-up features incredible athletic talent like speed demon snowboarder Shaun Palmer, extreme skier Seth Morrison, aloha surfer Jamie O’Brien, snowboard medalist Scotty Lago, and downhill mountain biking madmen Gee Atherton and Sam Hill. Curt Morgan from Brain Farm, the director/producer of That’s It, That’s All, has a new epic film this year called The Art of FLIGHT that follows snowboarder Travis Rice around the globe as he conquers new terrain. The film’s cinematography is mesmerizing, shot with a Phantom and a Cineflex, the same cameras used to shoot the Super Bowl and “Planet Earth.” Top wakeboarder Danny Harf will also attend the festival to present his film, Defy. Legendary filmmaker Jack McCoy will also be at X-Dance with his film A Deeper Shade of Blue, which explores the roots and soul of surfing from the perspective of this legendary action sports filmmaker. McCoy has also put together a stunning music video called Blue Sway with Paul McCartney that will be screened as well. McCoy will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at X-Dance 2012.

 

“It truly is the best of action sports. Nowhere else will you find all of the top athletes and filmmakers under one roof,” says surfing legend Laird Hamilton, a long-time X-Dance supporter.

 

With roots in the action sports world as well as the mainstream entertainment industry, no event on earth harnesses the creative energy of adrenaline culture like the X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival.

 

The 4-day festival will include:

 

• Screenings open to the Public of top action sports films from industry stalwarts like Brain Farm, Red Bull, TGR, Sweetgrass, Sherpas, Standard Films, and Jack McCoy, as well as noteworthy work by emerging talent and world premieres. Screenings run Thursday, January 12 through Saturday, January 14 and will occur at The Depot (www.depotslc.com). 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT; 801.355.5522. Films start at noon on Thursday and run through Saturday evening the 14thth. For the detailed schedule go to www.x-dance.com.

 

• Parking for The Depot screenings includes the Gateway Mall, parking lots or on street for a fee. Tickets are $8 per film, $5 for students. $15 for a day pass. $30 for a 3-day pass. $25 for students. Tickets available at SMITH TIX and The Depot Box Office. All ages!

 

• Swag Town: Attendees has access to action sports swag, the latest products and sampling from X-Dance’s favorite action sports brands at a special area at The Depot for festival goers.

 

• Open forums for question and answer sessions after each screening with filmmakers and featured athletes.

 

• World Premieres like Miserable Champion, Shaun Palmer’s new documentary by Brad Holmes with Standard Films; Jack McCoy’s A Deeper Shade of Blue.

 

• Lifetime Achievement Award presented to legendary filmmaker Jack McCoy.

 

• Opening Party on Thursday, January 12 presented by Red Bull after The Art of FLIGHT screening. Live entertainment. Open to Public. Doors at 10 p.m. Tickets available at The Depot Box Office. www.depotslc.com

 

• X-Dance Awards Ceremony and Closing Party will be held on Sunday, January 15 at The Depot at 7pm. Industry stars and celebrities join bands and DJs to celebrate the best in action sports filmmaking, while the extraordinary VJ, transforms the enormous room into a mesmerizing, wall-to-wall montage of action sports imagery. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Ticket info: www.x-dance.com.

 

Overviews of Some Accepted Films:

 

The Art of FLIGHT
A new breed of action sports film comes to life as Red Bull Media House, in association with Brain Farm Digital Cinema, present The Art of FLIGHT, a Curt Morgan film. Equal parts action and adventure mix with the inevitable drama encountered along the way. Two years in the making, The Art of FLIGHT gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents and wrong-turns strike. For the first time, viewers join in the sometimes successful, often trying quest to open up new, unexplored mountains in remote corners of the world. Same team that created the award-winning film That’s It That’s All which won three categories (Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Athlete) at X-Dance 2009.

 

Solitare
A powerful backcountry skiing, snowboarding and telemark film filmed in the High Andes with a soulful soundtrack and poetic narrative. Directed by Nick Waggoner (who won Emerging Director at X-Dance 2010) of Sweetgrass Productions, also responsible for Signatures, which won Best Cinematography at X-Dance in 2010.

 

Boardroom
BoardRoom is a feature length documentary by German director Markus Davids, SOC, featuring the legends of early surfboard shaping. A special group of innovative and progressive surfboard manufacturers were looking for a better way to build lighter surfboards, when the common surfboard weighed in at more than 50 pounds. With the invention of polyurethane during the World War II, it became a popular and accessible material for this generation of surfboard shapers who had been using redwood and balsa wood. The evolution of the surfboard and materials was at hand and surfing was never the same. BoardRoom pays homage to the men who created the boards and also shaped this industry.

 

Walls of Perception
In this multidisciplinary film by Poor Boyz Productions, seven different surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding Oxbow team riders break down the stereotypical walls of the surf industry proving that there is no wrong way to ride a wave. Filming locations include Hawaii and the Marshall Islands with waterman Matt Meola dispelling the notion that windsurfing and surfing should be segregated and SUP champion Kai Lenny charging 40-foot faces at Pe’ahi.

 

The Deeper Shade of Blue
Legendary filmmaker Jack McCoy explores the soul, ancient lore and joy of surfing in his latest film. Deemed surfing’s “poetic wizard emeritus of the cinema,” McCoy’s film tells the story of the evolution of modern surf culture in eleven chapters that explore the dreamers, the pipe masters, the innovators, and creators of the compelling culture.

 

If interested in speaking with filmmakers directly please contact Ann Wycoff. 310-291-1255

 

SPONSORS:
Now in its 12th year, the X-Dance festival has become the focal point for the action sports creative community. We are pleased to announce our 2012 sponsors.

 

GoPro

 

Visit Salt Lake

 

Salt Lake Downtown Alliance

 

Red Bull

 

Mirror Films

 

Wandermelon.com

 

Cristaux International

 

Trailers for “Must See” X-Dance Films:

 

The Art of Flight: Brainfarm Prods.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh29_SERH0Y

 

All. I. Can. : Sherpas Prods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQD5gEr76y4

 

Solitare: Sweetgrass Prods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKUhGwGM3fA

 

Drop, My Life Downhill: Orangefist Prods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0gbjy7CvoA

 

Frontier, River Roots Prods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVT6QsRDt_M

 

3 Minute Gaps: Clay Porter Director: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUfvNqKQdw

 

Boardroom, Markus Davids Dir.: http://vimeo.com/7643212

 

Walls of Perception, Poor Boyz Prods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvXt7YSDkT8

 

About X-Dance: Launched in 2001 with the support of major sponsors, X-Dance has grown to become the premier action sports film festival in the world. While the films and the athletes change from year to year, the mission of X-Dance remains constant: To nurture the growth of action sports filmmaking and to honor achievement on both sides of the camera. X-Dance will always recognize innovative work that pushes the limits of style and narrative.

 

For more info please contact Ann Wycoff: 310-291-1255; awyc@aol.com

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Television Awards Nominees

HBO Leads Nominations with Programs in All Three Categories

(Los Angeles, CA) The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees in three television categories for the 26th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards competition. The awards ceremony will be held here on February 12 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom.

Nominees in the one-hour Episodic Television Series/Pilot Category are:
* David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“To the Lost”)
* Jonathan Freeman, ASC for Boardwalk Empire (“21″)
* David Katznelson, DFF, BSC for PBS’ Downton Abbey (Pilot)
* John Lindley, ASC for ABC’s Pan Am (Pilot)
* David Stockton, ASC for NBC’s Chase (“Narco Part 2″)

The finalists in the Television Movie/Miniseries category are:
* Ed Lachman, ASC for HBO’s Mildred Pierce
* Kevin Moss for Showtime’s Chicago Overcoat
* David Moxness, CSC for ReelzChannel’s The Kennedys (“Moral Issues and Inner Turmoil”)
* Martin Ruhe for PBS’ Page Eight
* Wojciech Szepel for PBS’ Any Human Heart (“Episode 2″)

The third category, for a half-hour Episodic Series or Pilot, was just added this year. The inaugural nominees are:
* James Bagdonas, ASC for ABC’s Modern Family (“Bixby’s Back”)
* Michael Balfry, CSC for The Hub’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (“Brush with Madness”)
* Vanja Cernjul, HFC for HBO’s Bored to Death (“Forget the Herring”)
* Levie Isaacks, ASC for ABC’s Man Up (“Acceptance”)
* Michael Weaver, ASC for Showtime’s Californication (“Suicide Solution”)

“Our members who judged this competition were impressed by the extraordinary images created by these individuals,” says ASC Awards Chairman Richard Crudo. “The contributions they made to telling a wide variety of stories – from period dramas to contemporary comedies – is undeniable.”

Freeman, Moxness and Stockton have won ASC Awards. Freeman took home awards for Boardwalk Empire (2011) and Homeland Security in (2005), and earned additional nominations for Boardwalk Empire (2011), Taken (2003), Strange Justice (2000) and Prince Street (1998). Moxness won for this work on Smallville (2007). Stockton earned his ASC Award for Eleventh Hour in 2009, and a nomination for Nikita (2011).

This is the fifth ASC nomination for Franco who was previously nominated for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2008), Intensity (1998), Falling for You (1996), and Million Dollar Babies (1995).

Bagdonas has three prior nominations for photographing Chicago Hope (1997, 1998) and Hunter (1990).

Collecting their second nominations are Lachman (Far From Heaven, 2003) and Weaver (Pushing Daisies, 2008). The remaining nominees revel in their first nomination.

HBO shows lead the pack with four nominations, followed by PBS and ABC with three, and Showtime with two. The Hub and ReelzChannel claimed one each.

“Narrowing down the field to these nominees was a tough task given the tremendous quality of work being done,” says ASC President Michael Goi. “Innovation and technology has raised the bar for television viewers, and these nominees’ imagery more than meets a new standard.”

For information regarding the 26th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333. Photos of the nominees are available upon request.

About the American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com.

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Trinity Baptist Church Captures Every Angle with Vaddio PTZ Technology

Porché Advanced Systems Transforms Trinity Baptist Church into a Remotely Controlled, High Definition, Multi-Camera Facility
Twelve years ago Trinity Baptist Church outgrew its facility in historic downtown Lake Charles, La. and headed to a spacious 40-acre lot on the southern tip of the city. Because of the scale of the new multi-building campus, new communication technology upgrades were a necessity. Phase-by-phase and building-by-building Porché Advanced Systems used Vaddio pan/tilt/zoom camera systems to transform Trinity Baptist Church into a remotely controlled, high-definition, multi-camera facility.
The Phases of Trinity
Phase 1 consisted of an extensive Sunday school classroom space and what is referred to as the main Worship Center. The main Worship Center holds about 1200 people, including an additional platform for the orchestra and choir loft.
Phase 2 continued in 2005 with the Trinity Center, a combination gymnasium-fitness area and a wing devoted to youth ministries – which would eventually house a contemporary worship center called the Cavern.
The Cavern was originally designed to house 300 students. “We came in after-the-fact and started the idea of a contemporary worship venue,” explained Randy Monroe, Associate Pastor at Trinity. “The idea was to run a contemporary worship service and a regular service at the same time – each with a different style of music. At 9:15 and 10:45 every Sunday there are a total of four worship services – two live with the pastor preaching in the main Worship Center and two with live video fed to the Cavern.”
Currently Monroe delays the live video feed to the Cavern on a TiVo DVR in the event both services don’t finish at the exact same time. “Usually within three or four minutes the songs come to conclusion, they hit the Play button, the hi-def screen comes down on the big stage and they start running the video feed.”
“Because the pastor was very adamant about keeping the contemporary venue onsite, the Cavern was really the only option. The challenge was making the Cavern go beyond its original design.”
This is where Porché came into the picture.
The Solution
“We first encountered Vaddio at InfoComm when we were looking for a high definition video feed from the main Worship Center to the Cavern,” explained Jason Ryder of Porché. “We ended up installing the Panasonic HE-100 PTZ camera and at first that worked really well.”
In 2010, TK’s Place (Trinity Kids Place) was completed with 33,600 square feet of space specifically designed for children and preschoolers. “The construction of TK’s Place really started the additional upgrade of the Worship Center,” said Ryder. “We installed the newest and best technology and they were so impressed it triggered the snowball effect of moving everything to high definition. They were looking at small projection systems for the main Worship Center and they said ‘wow this seems so inadequate compared to TK’s Place’.”
Into the Worship Center came two 22-foot 1080p HD projection screens and a need for even more HD cameras. “After debating and looking at different options, they really wanted more camera angles but didn’t necessarily have enough spots to put them where people could man them. So we looked to Vaddio again,” stated Ryder. “Our solution was to add three Vaddio HD-19 PTZ cameras for supporting-angled shots and a studio-quality JVC 1080p manned camera.”
The JVC studio camera is recessed into the center back wall of the Worship Center – positioned next to a wall-mounted HD-19. The additional two HD-19 cameras sit far left and far right. The HE-100 was moved as a rear shot. The center HD-19 is the live video feed to an HD projection system located inside the Cavern.
The cameras are controlled by two Vaddio Precision Camera Controllers. The left and right shots are hooked up to the first controller and the center/cavern and rear supporting camera shots are on the second controller. Staff and volunteers run the camera controllers.
“I’ve had a lot of experience with Vaddio in other installations,” explained Ryder. “As far as a robotic PTZ camera goes, nothing beats installing with Cat. 5 and still getting a high-quality, high definition image. Price is always a big factor and because these cameras are reasonable, we were not only able to get more shots, we could also get the additional controllers.”
Future of HD on Trinity Campus
In addition to the Cavern overflow, the video is also recorded, archived and burned to DVDs for elderly shut ins and volunteers. Monroe added, “On a regular Sunday morning we have 300 babies, birth through 2-years-old, in our preschool department and because its mostly volunteers who take care of the children we also provide them a DVD of the service they missed.”
They even make their own commercials. While some of the commercials are shot offsite, shots of the worship services and instrumentalists are used for B-roll footage.
Eventually they hope to upload the services and stream live but their partial T1 just doesn’t cut it. “At the moment it’s just not feasible,” explained Monroe. “But because we have all the backend cameras in place we are much closer to that reality – now we just need to get the other parts and pieces into place.”
“We’re happy with the new HD system – because it’s so new we’re still learning how to use the system. One of the biggest challenges for some of our volunteers is getting used to the robotic controllers. Our younger generation is a joystick generation so they’re having a great time with it – but they still need practice on moving the cameras left/right, up/down and zoom in/zoom out. There’s a learning curve, but every day they’re doing better and better.”
About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer and OEM distributor of specialty PTZ cameras, high-end camera control systems and custom furniture used in the broadcasting, audiovisual and videoconferencing industries. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Vaddio also has operations throughout the Americas, as well as sales and support partners throughout the world. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.
About Porché Advanced Systems:
With over 30 years combined experience, Porché Advanced Systems has designed, built, installed and serviced some of the most impressive commercial audio/video and lighting projects in Louisiana. Turnkey projects that include large format audio systems and intelligent lighting for churches and entertainment venues, retail background audio, projector installation, video distribution, custom home theater, distributed audio and room calibrations. More information can be found at 337-478-5642 or by email at info@porcheinc.com.

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Anton/Bauer Batteries and Power Supplies Traverse Dune and Desert For The 2012 Dakar Rally

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, DECEMBER 28, 2011 — Starting January 1, 2012, an estimated 456 drivers of specially designed off-road motorcycles, cars and trucks will race from the Atlantic coastal resort town of Mar del Plata, Argentina to Peru’s capital, Lima, located on the Pacific coast of South America, as part of the 2012 Dakar Rally off-road automobile race. Drivers from around the world will traverse some of the world’s most unforgiving environments, and along for the ride will be Léon Jansen who, with his crew at the Dutch Dakar Press Team, will photograph the race from start to finish. Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will also be on hand, as Jansen and his crew will rely on the company’s DIONIC® HCX, DIONIC® HC, Solar Panel, and various more

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Presents Fifth Annual GRAMMY® Week Event Honoring Music Producer and Executive Jimmy Iovine

Event Will Highlight Sound Quality and Pay Homage to Chair of Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Beats Electronics at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (December 22, 2011) — The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® will celebrate its fifth annual GRAMMY® Week event honoring legendary music producer and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine for his commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music. The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at The Village Recording Studios in Los Angeles, and Bono and Dr. Dre will serve as honorary event co-chairs. GRAMMY Week culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, airing live on the CBS Television Network, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (www.grammy.com)

“The work of the Producers & Engineers Wing is essential to ensure that the importance of sound quality and the integrity of recorded music continue to be acknowledged and preserved in our evolving landscape,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year we pay tribute to an industry leader, Jimmy Iovine, who has made an indelible impact as a recording engineer, producer, founder of Interscope Records, and now entrepreneur focused on audio quality. As we continue to highlight those who work ‘behind the glass,’ we are very pleased this year to celebrate someone of Jimmy’s stature who is so dedicated to this important cause.”

Jimmy Iovine began his career in the ’70s as a recording engineer for artists including John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen. He then made the transition to producer, working on classic albums with artists including Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith and U2. In 1990, Iovine co-founded Interscope Records with partner Ted Field. He is now chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, and recently celebrated 20 years commitment as a label head to diverse and gifted artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Nelly Furtado, Lady Gaga, No Doubt and U2. Furthering his interest in and commitment to sound quality, in 2008 Iovine co-founded the high-performance headphone and sound transmission company Beats Electronics with GRAMMY-winning artist Dr. Dre, and he continues to passionately advocate for reversal of the degradation of sound quality in music that has resulted from the recording industry’s transition to digital distribution.

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Townhouse Bedroom Transformed into Mix Room Palace by Carl Tatz Design and the PhantomFocus™ System

— Multi award-winning, Billboard chart-topping songwriter/producer Monty Powell and jazz artist Anna Wilson hire Carl Tatz Design for a second time to design their beautiful new personal studio, the MontAnna Mix Room, while upgrading to the latest PhantomFocus™ System technology —

Nashville, TN: “It’s clearly the leading technology in monitoring,” comments uber-successful songwriter/producer Monty Powell about the new-generation PhantomFocus™ System (PFS) in his new MontAnna Mix Room designed by Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD). “If I build ten more studios, which I hope I don’t,” jokes Powell, “every one of them will have a PhantomFocus System in it – I can’t imagine mixing without it.”

Not unlike those who want to drive the latest model Porsche 911 or Mercedes Benz SL sports car, many veteran PhantomFocus System users are beginning to upgrade to the latest PFS technology. “The legacy PFSs still sound terrific and are still a huge leg up over other monitor systems, while the newer iterations are far more powerful and quieter and can deliver even more accuracy in even the most difficult spaces,” notes Carl Tatz, principal of CTD and creator of the PFS.

Monty Powell and wife, jazz artist Anna Wilson, called on CTD for a second time when they decided to downsize and move from their beloved Nashville home that housed a beautiful Carl Tatz Design studio with 20′ tall ceilings in the tracking room into a posh new townhouse mix room nearby. The control room design features the now familiar trademark CTD Acoustic Lens™ and CTD Attenuation Cloud™ modules.

Since this successful couple is spending most of their time now in their Utah home when they are not gigging around the country at various jazz venues with Anna or songwriting on the road with the likes of country superstars Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and others, it makes perfect sense to make this transition. The move reflects a trend where many personal studio owners prefer to track in a commercial studio that has all the amenities you would expect in a professional tracking room and spend the remaining 90 percent of the time overdubbing and mixing in their own facility.
“It’s always a great compliment to be asked back by your client to design a second room, and Monty and Anna are so much fun to work with, both being very creative people with lots of enthusiastic ideas,” says Tatz. “And upgrading their PhantomFocus System was the maraschino cherry on top of the cake. They were very happy with their existing PFS, but when I convinced them that they should experience the new system at another studio, their mouths dropped – it sold itself.”

Video URL 1: http://youtu.be/k2M4kMz2Kx0

Video URL 2: http://youtu.be/00RF5VyQC3s

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Korg Offers Monomania Sound Contest Through End of 2011

Korg’s captivating Monotron and Monotribe have created waves of hands-on, knob-tweaking, analog music-making all across the planet. To capture this creativity, Korg Inc. has created the online Monomania Sound Contest, in conjunction with Korg UK and Korg USA. Due to popular demand, the U.S. deadline for this contest has been extended to January 1, 2012.

This is a chance for Monotron users to compete for prizes by submitting a video or audio clip of themselves making sounds with their Korg Monotron or Monotribe.

In the U.S., 10 winners will be selected in each of three categories: Monotribe Music; Monotron FX; Monotron Music. Prizes include a silver-plated Monotron and Monotribe, plus a host of other Korg gear prizes and Korg T-shirts.

A World grand prize of a one-of-a-kind 24-karat gold-plated Monotribe will be offered to the winner of the Monotribe Music category, as well as a silver-plated Monotron Duo (Monotron Music category) and a silver-plated Monotron Delay (Monotron Sound FX category). Those winners will be announced at the Winter NAMM Conference in mid-January 2012.

For additional contest details and instructions for submitting an entry, please visit: http://www.korg.co.jp/monomania/English/entry.

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Genelec Active Monitors Chosen for Remote Mixing on The X Factor

— The X Factor’s Audio Production Mixer Michael Abbott, remote broadcast music production specialists M3 and Music Mixer Eric Schilling incorporate Genelec Active Monitors into their workflow for unparalleled reference monitoring —

Music mixer Eric Schilling is using a Genelec 8200 Series Active DSP Monitoring System on the U.S. television premier season of The X Factor to create the 5.1-channel mix of the live music segments for broadcast on the FOX network. The system, comprising Genelec 8250A and 8240A Bi-Amplified DSP Monitors, together with a 7260A subwoofer, was supplied by remote broadcast music production specialists M3 (Music Mix Mobile) and was specified by the show’s production audio mixer, Michael Abbott, a veteran broadcast mixer and sound designer, and the owner of All Ears, Inc.

Joel Singer, co-founder and chief engineer of M3, relates that Abbott was determined to bring the same high level of music mixing and audio quality to The X Factor that he had experienced working with him on other high-profile broadcast events. “Mike, as the A1 on the show, had a vision for what he wanted to do with regard to the music system on The X Factor. He came to us and said that he would like to incorporate the workflow we use on some of these big music award shows, like the GRAMMY® Awards and the Country Music Awards, and what M3 does by building and designing reference-quality 5.1 mixing systems, and develop it for this show. As the system architect, I designed the music system based on the needs of the show as a reliable, fully functioning 5.1 mixing system. It was a good meeting of the minds because we’ve worked with Mike on many, many different projects.”

“My agenda for the sound design of this show was to use components that have previously produced favorable results on other broadcasts, and Genelec has been part of that formula,” confirms Abbott. “I prefer the music mixers to use whatever they are comfortable with, and Eric is very familiar with the tonal response of the Genelec monitors from working with M3 on many other broadcast productions. The result of this team effort has yielded a streamlined workflow with audio quality second-to-none. And from everything I’ve heard, this has made a tremendous difference to our viewers at home.”

Schilling comments, “I have been using the 8200 Series monitors in my studio and for broadcast music mixing since they where released. I always find that the mixes I do with these monitors translate very well to other listening environments outside of my work, which, to me, is of paramount importance.”

Schilling’s temporary studio is set up at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California, where the show is produced. According to Singer, this was the first semi-permanent mixing system installation project for M3, which operates remote music production trucks out of New Jersey and California. “A Gelco trailer is a less-than-ideal space for anything, so we had to overcome some different issues in there,” he acknowledges. “Through the use of some acoustic materials and help from an acoustics company that came in and worked out some of the reflections and other issues, we were able to solve some of the reverberant issues in the room. This provided a comfortable environment for Eric to mix the music on the show.”

The onboard DSP features of the Genelec system, including AutoCal™ automated calibration, which can be centrally controlled by computer using the GLM™ (Genelec Loudspeaker Management™) control network, proved invaluable in the challenging space. “Having the Genelecs, and being able to tune them and look at the rest of the room as a tuned space, helped us out,” reports Singer. “We were really able to use those monitors and adjust them to make the system suitable for what Eric was used to hearing and gave him a reference point so that he could start mixing a show that would translate onto television.”

It’s not surprising that M3 was standardized on Genelec monitor systems for its projects, which can involve similarly challenging remote locations. “We bring fly pack systems into television studios in New York for projects like The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a number of other shows where we have to sit in dressing rooms and make the system work,” says Singer. “Genelec is a big, big part of that, because we’re able to take a small set of 8240s to The Colbert Report, where I was able to shoot the room and calibrate the speakers at an earlier point in time, and I can just recall the setup and the Genelecs basically adjust themselves.”

The X Factor, which is franchised globally, made its U.S. television debut on September 21, 2011, and extends through December 22. The show originated in the U.K., where it has frequently been #1 in the ratings over its eight seasons.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com.

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Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation Awarded to NYU Graduate Student

Benedict Salazar Olgado has been named the recipient of the 2011 Kodak Fellowship in Film Preservation, an award established to foster and support the next generation of preservationists and archivists in the industry. Olgado receives a cash scholarship from Kodak that is administered by AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists), in addition to a four-week summer internship next year, organized by PRO-TEK, a Kodak company that operates world-renowned film and video preservation vaults, and provides inspection and restoration management consultation services. The internship will include a comprehensive agenda with training at PRO-TEK, Chace Audio by Deluxe, and FotoKem’s digital and photochemical lab.
Kodak initiated this successful program 12 years ago, and 11 of the past recipients are now working in the field at such organizations as the Library of Congress, NARA (National Archives and Records Administration), and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

“We designed the Kodak Fellowship program to augment the education that future preservationists and archivists receive,” says PRO-TEK’s Vice President Rick Utley. “They gain exposure to the industry, hands-on experience and the opportunity to meet many people in a thriving and passionate community. It’s a great way for Fellows to evaluate next steps for their careers.”

A native of the Philippines, Olgado will receive a master’s degree in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May 2012. His long-term goal is to become an active part of the international preservation community, and work to safeguard audio-visual legacies across the globe.

“I am extremely grateful for this award,” Olgado says. “This recognition affirms and strengthens my dedication as a budding audio-visual archivist. I’m looking forward to developing my skills this summer, and am honored to belong to a roster of individuals who have gone on to become key players in the field.”

Olgado has gained experience as a senior administrator at the Southeast Asia Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association. He simultaneously worked on projects with UNESCO and did film programming in Southeast Asia. He’s worked on the Maya Deren collection at the Anthology Film Archives and in the mixed media collections of Appalshop, among others. Olgado earned his bachelor’s degree at Ateneo de Manila University with a double major in communications and social sciences prior to enrolling at NYU. He is an active member of AMIA and SOFIA (Society of Filipino Archivists for Film).

To read about the previous Kodak Fellowship recipient, Jessica Storm, a graduate of UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies Master of Arts Program, visit www.protekvaults.com.

For more information about Kodak products and services for the entertainment industry, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.

3D CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP for 2012

Since 2008 our stereographers have taught more people to prep, light, shoot and edit stereoscopic 3D than any other organization. Why we been so successful? Because we not only teach 3D – we shoot it !

To register or see more information visit – www.3DFilmFactory.com

3D Certification & Workshop Dates Announced for 2012
Jan 7 & 8 (sold out)
January 14 & 15
January 21 & 22
Febuary 4 & 5
Febuary 18 & 19
March 3 & 4
March 17 & 18
April 7 & 8
April 21 & 22
May 12 & 13
May 26 & 27
June 9 & 10

2-day Workshops Topics Include:

- Determining the 3D needs of the participants & their upcoming 3D projects
- A tour-de-force “the principles of stereoscopic 3D filmmaking”
- Translating your 2D ideas into working 3D images
- Selecting the correct 3D Rig that integrates with your cameras – or visa-versa
- Solving gen-lock issues and how it works
- When to use a beam-splitter vs. side-by-side vs. 3D camcorders (dual fixed lens)
- You too can calibrate & prep a 3D rig (with a little practice)
- “Hands-On” — majority of the class is spent shooting with 3D Rigs – beam-splitter & side-by-side
- New 3D camcorders (dual fixed lens) – uses, limitations & what “they” don’t tell you
- Top 3D shooting secrets & ratios exposed !
- Depth vs. pop vs. parallax
- Achieving nirvana – perfect picture alignment
- Balancing convergence, parallax & io to achieve comfortable 3D images
- How to tell professional 3D vs. amateur 3D (hint: amateur 3D = headaches)
- Shooting beautiful, balanced 3D images that serve the story
- Re-lighting for 3D
- How to use and calibrate a real-time 3D monitor
- The 3D post-production workflow & you
- 3D editing = FCP vs Cineform vs Avid
- How to “Fix it in 3D Post” for Dummies
- 3D exhibition formats & how they affect your production (hint: start here & work backwards)
- AND– all the other nitty-gritty details you need to know to create superior looking, professional 3D — because at the end of the day (workshop) we understand that these training sessions are all about you and your upcoming 3D project. So really — our goal is to teach you everything we know about 3D, while addressing your individual needs and issues — and in the end, make you look good. Or at least – your 3D look good.

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