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Digital Production Buzz – January 19, 2017

Words like Preditor and Shreditor are increasingly prevalent where people are doing more than one job at the same time. Also, in the latest challenge to jobs for actors are “synthespians.” Tonight’s show looks at jobs: Getting jobs, growing a career and fending off the competition.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Nancy Schreiber, Kimberly Smith, Michele Yamazaki, Jonathan Handel, and James DeRuvo.

  • Nancy Schreiber: Award-Winning Cinematographer
  • “Movie Games” – Exercises That Teach Production by Improvising Movie-making
  • Cross-Over Jobs and the Art of Continual Learning
  • The Rise of the Synthespians
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Featured Interview #1: Nancy Schreiber: Award-Winning Cinematographer

Nancy Schreiber
Nancy Schreiber, Cinematographer, ASC

Nancy Schreiber began her career as a production assistant. She fell in love with lighting and evolved into a director of photography. She became only the fourth woman voted into the American Society of Cinematographers. And, next month, she’ll be the first woman awarded the ASC President’s Award. Tonight, we discover the secrets to her career.

Featured Interview #2: “Movie Games” – Exercises That Teach Production by Improvising Movie-making

Kimberly Smith
Kimberly Smith, Facilitator, Movie Games

Movie-making, by its very nature, can be tedious, expensive and SLOW. Tonight, we talk with Kimberly Smith, facilitator of “Movie Games” who has devised a game that allows anyone, regardless of their movie-making skills to create a movie. Discover this new combination of the 24-hour film festival with improv comedy.

Cross-Over Jobs and the Art of Continual Learning

Michele Yamazaki
Michele Yamazaki, VP Marketing, Toolfarm

Michele Yamazaki is currently the VP for Marketing at Toolfarm. But, over the years she has worn a number of wildly different hats as her career followed different paths. Tonight we talk to her about these cross-over jobs and the need to constantly be learning new things.

The Rise of the Synthespians

Jonathan Handel
Jonathan Handel, Entertainment/Technology Attorney & Labor Reporter, TroyGould and The Hollywood Reporter,

Synthespians, or virtual actors, first emerged about 10 years ago. But today’s technology makes it easier than ever to recreate an actor in a movie – including after they are DEAD. As you might imagine, this presents a whole new bucket of problems. Tonight, Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for “The Hollywood Reporter,” explains the challenges and their impact on living actors.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS

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 presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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Five Years Ago Today on The Buzz: January 19, 2012

Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron Digital, extolled the virtues of editing 4K images and described how he retooled his shop to support these massively large files.