Friday, October 24, 2014
 
 

A Day at La Feria
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride
Katarsis Films - Juan Carlos Elias

Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve.   [FULL STORY]
 
 
 
For the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel - "Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?," Independent Producers John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and CoProducer Bernie Laramie, together with Director James Manera and Director of Photography Gale Tattersall, set out to facilitate an end-to-end 4K workflow from capture to finish and on through projection. With lofty production goals and a modest budget, Tattersall and Laramie employed the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD file-based recorder and Canon EOS C500 camera to capture and record more than 40 hours of 4K ProRes 444 footage shot across Downtown Los Angeles and Malibu over the course of 17 days.   [FULL STORY]
 
Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012.   [FULL STORY]
 
Founded thirty years ago in Sydney, Australia by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, Hillsong Church has grown rapidly over the years. The church is now comprised of more than a dozen locations in eleven countries across the globe. In Australia alone, more than 30,000 people attend services weekly. The days of a single preacher speaking from a wooden pulpit with only his voice are gone. 30,000 people each weekend want to feel part of the sermons, services and church family. One of the best ways to build and serve the growing congregations is to establish an amazing broadcast and AV infrastructure in each campus. Hillsong's requirements include HD broadcasts, live video switching, recording to DVDs and conversion of formats to meet its needs.   [FULL STORY]
 
Austin, TX may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it's also home to a thriving video production and film industry that promotes and champions local talent, with members sourcing expertise from within the tight knit community. Austin doesn't just keep it weird; it also keeps it local, which is exactly what Writer/Director Matt Muir and Producer Chris Ohlson did with their feature film "Thank You a Lot." Not only was the film shot in Austin, but Matt is also a graduate of the University of Texas along with the film's DP, Harrison Witt, who teaches courses in advanced cinematography and film production at the university.   [FULL STORY]
 
When you're the King of All Media, your birthday party is a royal event. So when Howard Stern chose to celebrate his 60th Birthday Bash at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom-part of the Manhattan Center, located at 311 West 34th Street-on the night of January 31, an array of topnotch production staff went into action to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The crowd inside the Hammerstein Ballroom-and those listening to the live broadcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio-were delighted with Howard, his cast of regulars, and a galaxy of guests ranging from Rob Zombie to George Takei, Jimmy Kimmel, The Black Keys, Joan Rivers, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and dozens more. Behind the scenes, the quality of the production was just as brilliant. Topping it all off, the production staff had only two days to pull it off.   [FULL STORY]
 
Located at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Australian Cinémathèque presents retrospective and thematic film programs and exhibitions, which explore the influence between the moving image and other areas of visual culture. Its mission is to collect, conserve and interpret film and screen culture by showcasing the work of influential filmmakers and artists from different genres, geographies and time periods.   [FULL STORY]
 
 
 
 
Case Study:
AJA KONA LHe Plus and AJA Control Room Drive Capitol Television Broadcasts
Eight Sony HDC-P1 HD cameras and three Sony BRCH900 robotic cameras send feeds to a Ross Video Carbonite production switcher and through a Ross Video router, where it's offloaded to any one of five playback and record servers, which are outfitted with AJA KONA LHe Plus I/O cards and AJA Control Room software. The SDI signal is then sent to the KONA LHe card within and back through the router, and all converted or compressed data is stored on a custom-built 36 TB RAID system. Telestream's Episode Engine software converts the DVCPro HD output of the KONA cards to H.264 or MPEG-2 for the on-air server. Material is on LTO tape. SAN sharing program Metasan allows all five playback and control servers to communicate with the storage. A sixth server houses the RAID. [FULL STORY]

Project Profile:
Scott Freeman Cracks the Case
Scott Freeman is a modern day Sherlock Holmes. If Sherlock Holmes worked in post production with several broadcast clients with different workflows and tight deadlines. As the online editor for a number of television shows, including several of the most popular weekly TV dramas on cable, which are completely file based, Scott was challenged with creating a file based online conform workflow. With a variety of cameras used to shoot the shows, Scott needed to figure out a way to conform the different footage and create links between the files. And Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve color correction became the bridge he needed. [FULL STORY]

Company Profile:
Stereo D goes big with Quantel Pablo Rio
In the past three years, Stereo D has taken the 2D-3D conversion industry by storm. In the last six months alone, 13 big-budget movies have been converted at the facility, with the company now holding an 85% market share in 2D-3D conversions. Quantel systems make up the backbone of its post-production workflow, with the company recently purchasing three Pablo Rio color correction and finishing systems in order to complete the 3D conversion and post-production of sci-fi action movie, 'Pacific Rim', directed by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. [FULL STORY]

Project Profile:
Broadcasting The Pickathon Music Festival
Held just outside of Portland, Oregon each August, Pickathon is not your typical music festival. The founder's goal was simply to create the best weekend festival of the year for music lovers. Innovation for Pickathon means creating and refining separate, unique performance stages. Bringing different music lineups and styles together each year. Being the world's only large music festival to eliminate plastic and single use items. Opening up festival planning to the public. While innovation is essential, community is the backbone of the festival. Pickathon brings together a community of music lovers; whether they are sitting in front of the Galaxy Barn stage or sitting in font of their computer in Iceland live streaming Feist's set. A huge part of building the community is based on live broadcasts and live streaming the festival to viewers around the globe. And that is where Ryan Stiles, Pickathon's producer, comes in. [FULL STORY]

Project Profile:
NVIDIA Quadro and PNY Fuel AccuWeather's StoryTeller
Delivering fast-paced graphics and video has become a necessity for newsrooms both big and small. Whether it's the latest radar images of an impending hurricane, live traffic reports, or social media interactions with on-air talent, broadcast stations face constant pressure to find ever-more graphically powerful formats. Traditionally, only the largest network studios had the money and technology to wow their audiences. Now, the StoryTeller Interactive Touchscreen system from AccuWeather, powered by NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) graphics cards, levels the playing field-so news stations of any size can deliver compelling, real-time, multimedia interactive stories to their viewers. [FULL STORY]


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