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Digital Production Buzz – July 28, 2016

Join Larry Jordan as he talks with James DeRuvo, Peter Hamilton, Laura Blum, Philip Hodgetts, Michael Kammes, and Sam Mestman.

  • 2 Takeaways from Comic Con
  • Tentpoles and No Tent
  • Truth Games: Creative Trends in Documentary
  • Organizing Your Documentary Film
  • Everything Old is New Again
  • What Independent Filmmakers Need to Know to be Successful

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Guests this Week

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Senior Writer, DoddleNEWS.com
James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. Covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James has also won awards as a film director, with a Telly for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He’s also produced many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology. James comes to the BuZZ today with two very interesting takeaways from the recent ComicCon.
Peter Hamilton
Peter Hamilton, Founder and Editor, DocumentaryTelevision.com
Peter Hamilton is a senior business development consultant who works with the unscripted industry. A former CBS exec, his clients have included A+E Networks, Discovery, BBC, Nat Geo Channel, and many other media groups, governments and non-profits. He is the publisher of DocumentaryTelevision.com. Peter is based in New York. He is on the show today to talk about how factual channels are competing with Netflix and what is happening to the traditional tentpole.
Laura Blum
Laura Blum, Curator/Journalist, Thalo.com
Laura Blum is a film and events curator as well as a thalo.com contributing writer, FilmFestivals.com blogger, and former film and television development executive with Sony BMG. She frequently speaks about movies for Talk Cinema, Furman Film Series, Wesleyan University, and the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity. Laura discusses the blurring of lines and a new trend – the “Truth Games” – towards seamless use of actors to portray characters in non-scripted.
Philip Hodgetts
Philip Hodgetts, President and Co-Founder of Lumberjack System, CEO of Intelligent Assistance
Philip Hodgetts is the CEO of Intelligent Assistance and Lumberjack System. He is also involved with technology in virtually every area of digital production and post-production. Even better, he’s a regular contributor to The BuZZ. We’re curious about how he preps to film a non-scripted project.
Michael Kammes
Michael Kammes, Director of Technology and Marketing, Key Code Media
In his current role as Director of Technology and Marketing at Key Code Media, Michael Kammes consults on the latest in technology and best practices into the digital media communications space. He also has a strange love of workflow, codecs, and process. Today, he joins us to discuss how everything old is new again.
Sam Mestman
Sam Mestman, Founder of We Make Movies, CEO of Lumaforge, Workflow Architect at FCPWorks
Sam Mestman is the Founder of We Make Movies, the world’s first community funded production company. He is also the CEO of movie technology company Lumaforge, maker of the ShareStation, a shared storage platform optimized for media and entertainment that is changing the way post professionals collaborate across the world. As a professional editor and colorist, he has worked for Apple, ESPN, Glee, and Break Media (to name a few), and has edited or colored hundreds of shorts, features, web series, and probably every other type of content you can think of. He is also the architect behind some of the largest FCPX integrations in the world, including Focus, the world’s first studio feature edited with Final Cut Pro X. Tonight, he shares what independent filmmakers need to know to be successful.
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July 28, 2011


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