IQS announces partnership with the Yext Network Industrial Quick Search, Inc. and IQSDirectory have entered into a partnership agreement with YEXT which will let IQS efficiently manage your major online listings using the Yext platform. Yext provides an interface with over 100 directory publishers that allows immediate listings and updates to all properties. ...Read More »
Behind-the-Scenes on the Portland Indie Feature "Pretty Broken" When her father goes missing during a mountaineering expedition, Lindsey Lou (Jillian Clare) sets out to find him - only, she's the least qualified candidate to do so. "Pretty Broken" follows Lindsey's journey as she struggles with the loss of her father, and deals with how life and family can be challenging (and funny). Directed by Brett Eichenberger, the film recently premiered at Newport Beach Film Festival. ...Read More »
ASSIMILATE Announces New SCRATCH Play Pro ASSIMILATE's new SCRATCH Play Pro is the Essential Media Toolkit: a universal professional format player, immersive media player, look creator with version management, transcoder, and QC tool all in one. Play Pro is able to playback nearly all formats - camera formats, raw or not, including h.264 and h.265 (HEVC), deliverable formats of any sort, even still frame formats. You can also show the image full screen on a second/output display, either attached to the GPU, or through SDI video-IO. Play Pro is not only fast, it's easy to operate. It runs on just about any system from laptop to a desktop monster, running Windows or OSX. ...Read More »
Open Media Foundation Helps Denver Open Media While Open Media Foundation (OMF) regularly juggles a number of projects, they all encompass the same mission of putting the power of media into the hands of the people. The Denver, CO-based media and technology nonprofit organization is dedicated to enabling everyone to engage in their community, empowering underserved and underrepresented communities through media and technology. ...Read More »
Content Insider - IBC Hunt By Miles Weston With IBC only a few months away it's the beginning of hunting season. Writers, photographers and news film crews will be hunting for informative sessions, interesting industry leaders, real news about the products/services that will be most widely used next year and yes catching up with old friends. Publicists will be seeing how many media badge wearers they can bag. It doesn't matter if it's old news, new news or no news; it's all about the badges. But, it doesn't take much to do it right just common sense and commitment. Your boss and folks with media badges at IBC will really appreciate it! ...Read More »
Content Insider #578 - VR Filmwork By Miles Weston Some people think we like 360/VR just because it devours so much storage capacity. Ok that's a good reason but still the good VR stuff is really really good. Not just scare your pants off good but good to experience, enjoy, be immersively entertained, informed. Despite what Musk says we may never experience travel to the outer reaches of space or the depth of the Mariana Trench or climb Mt. Everest but 360/VR can let us experience, really experience these ventures and more. We know because some friends took us there and back. VR is good and it's getting better all of the time. ...Read More »
Content Insider #577 - Talk to Me By Miles Weston Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our techie talk we forget the ROW (rest of the world) doesn't know what we're saying and honestly...don't give a rat's behind! You know real people like Aaron Semmel an EP and his film project producers/directors. They may have heard the specs we're so impressed with but all they care about is...what's it do for me/us? Film people - and film viewers - may tolerate the jargon we're so impressed with but maybe, just maybe, if we did a better job of thinking in terms of what they want/need we could sell more stuff. What a revolutionary idea we need to practice...more. It's just a thought... ...Read More »
Avoiding Footage Loss - Tactics for Storing and Recovering Data Months of planning and work can go into a filmmaking scene. There's the set design, lighting, location scouting, and many other facets that all need to work in concert to pull off a great shoot. With all of the care and attention put into the production, there should be more directed towards the actual product. If the footage data is damaged, corrupted, or incomplete, then all of the efforts going into a shoot were wasted. High-end cameras are not foolproof, and occasionally errors occur that disrupt the data. And people are certainly not foolproof, as they sometimes make unwise decisions about storing and protecting data. Thankfully, there are some best practices production teams and filmmakers can follow to best protect valuable footage. ...Read More »
Exploring "The Depths" of Filmmaking "The Depths" blew audiences away at the Manhattan Film Festival where it won Best Feature Film. Telling the story of two men desperate for success, "The Depths" follows wannabe screenwriters Mickey Hansen (Patch Darragh, "Sully") and Ray Ferguson (Michael Rispoli, "Sopranos") who decide to fully explore the depths of murder and crime as part of their writing process. Also starring Charlotte Kirk ("Vice"), Hampton Fluker ("Shades of Blue") and Michelle Veintimilla ("Gotham"), "The Depths" was shot by DP Omar Portilla with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and graded by Colorist Tim Buttner with Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Studio. ...Read More »
How Artificial Intelligence Is Projected To Influence The Automotive Industry Artificial intelligence and data science are two main technologies that forms the processes of the automotive. Since 2017, Udacity selected a group of 18 talented engineers (out of hundreds of applicants) to form the Self-Racing Cars team Udacity offer the first self-driving Nanodegree program. The program was Built in partnership with Uber, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Nvidia. After a huge success, Udacity introduced another Nanodegree program for the beginners. At last, MIT and university introduced their courses in the automotive industry. ...Read More »
Content Insider - Good, Bad By Miles Weston It won't be long and the leading people in the global M&E industry will be gathering in Amsterdam. With the seismic shift that is taking place everyone will be intent on how they can make the right decisions to not just survive but prosper. It's especially true of the exhibitors who want to stay ahead of the pack, stay in the race. They can only do that by leveraging every opportunity possible. Commit, plan, execute, follow-thru... If you don't there may not be a next year. ...Read More »
The Young Gaucho By Miles Weston Good films are like fine wine...they have to cure/age to be something worth shown, viewed, enjoyed. But Ed Darino had no idea how long it would take him to finish a docudrama about his native Uruguay. But now after years of the finished shoot aging on celluloid he has reached a point in his life when it's time to deliver his work to viewers. As with most independent filmmakers he's finishing up all of the easy work - production/post. Now comes the tough part getting it placed and seen. But for now, here's the story of his visual travels... ...Read More »
Content Insider #573 - Options By Miles Weston The content delivery folks have finally figured out the obvious. People don't want a big bundle of entertainment options. In fact they don't want options at all! Nope all you want is one option...your content. That could be tough but the more different your tastes from your neighbors, the more they're similar - musicals, comedy, drama, horror, documentary, immersive. The providers who are ahead of the game even know what you want before you do which is why you keep coming back again and again without thinking much about it. And the people in the know are ordering up more content from really good indie filmmakers in record volumes. People may not be able to describe great content but they know it when they see it and increasingly there's more really good stuff to see. ...Read More »
Assimilate Scratch - A Workhorse in television and feature Post By Iyke Iheukwumere Assimilate Scratch over the years has become a trusted tool, used for everything from on-set DIT to digital intermediate and finishing. One of the industries where scratch is being heavily used is VFX, and this is in part due to scratch's open support for xml scripting, which allows most VFX post houses to build their entire pipeline around scratch. One of such VFX houses is FuseFX, where I worked as a VFX editor for almost three years, working on various television shows such as The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Agents Of Shield, Luke Cage and feature films such as American Made, The Purge (Election Year). ...Read More »
Content Insider#572 - Saving Creations By Miles Weston It's a poorly kept secret that great films, TV shows, long/short content aren't created/produced by big companies that can somehow live with the fact that some people like to steal rather than pay for their entertainment. Instead it's a freelance business with talented people investing time, money and sweat to produce the visual stories people enjoy. You could entrust your best work for someone else to store, save and protect for you or you can keep it close to you until someone decides they want to rent it to people. In the cloud your stuff is just data where people like to nose around. At your home it's your stuff and probably a little safer from nosey/nasty people. ...Read More »
Bogdan Darev, Filmmaker and VR Pioneer It is quite baffling that the film industry continues to stubbornly offer super hero and fantasy entertainment which continue to promote division and resolution of conflict by violence. The industry fails to capitalize on cinema's inherent gift to teach, nurture and unite. I say all of this because I passionately feel that the emergence of VR allows for us to explore new uncharted territories where greed has not yet corrupted and bankrupted the spirit of innovation and expression. ...Read More »
Performance Arts and 3D&360VR Technology Join Forces to Give Viewers a Truly Immersive Experience in "The Cabiri Anubis" Film Both Virtual Reality (VR) 360 and 3D have the power to engage audiences in the action and emotion of a film narrative or performance, but combine the two together and you can create a compelling and highly immersive experience that brings the audience directly into the "reality" of the scenes. This is exactly what film producers and directors Fred Beahm, www.fredbeahm.com, and Bogdan Darev, www.bogdandarev.com, have done in "The Cabiri: Anubis", a 3D/360VR film, now showing at the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) VR Zone, www.siff.net, on May 18 through June 10. ...Read More »
Shooting the "Devil's Tree" with DP Anthony Dones and URSA Mini 4.6K When you have to put an actual warning message on your film's site telling people not to actually go to the places in the film, you know you are dealing with a truly scary horror film. Today we are speaking with Anthony Dones, a Miami based DP who has produced content for national television, corporate/commercial work, music videos and a now growing list of feature films. We reached out to him to discuss his recent work as cinematographer on "Devil's Tree, Rooted Evil" a horror film shot exclusively on the URSA Mini 4.6k. ...Read More »
Stop, Collaborate and Listen: A Stop Motion Team Effort Brings "Two Balloons" to Life Led by Director and Writer Mark C. Smith, a dedicated group of filmmakers from Portland, OR created a visually stunning stop-motion short that follows two intrepid lemurs and their adventures in the sky. "Two Balloons," which originally wasn't conceived as stop motion, took four years to complete and had many twists and turns along the way. The team spent 16 months storyboarding, building sets and securing space in a warehouse, and then started shooting. ...Read More »
Content Insider #570 - Awards, Profits By Miles Weston Hollywood lived for their award galas. You know the red carpet, beautiful people, breathtaking dresses, dashing dudes. The awards almost guaranteed good ticket sales. But with more companies focusing on the bottomline and the thousands of new streaming opportunities out there, there's more interest in getting recognition where it counts...in the bank. Sure indie filmmakers still attend the myriad of film festivals hoping for a prize but a check from someone who wants the content for their library is a little more important. Subscribers have an unquenchable thirst for new, original content. Even in the visual content industry it's all about supply and demand. And demand is great! ...Read More »
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