Digital Production Buzz – December 18, 2014

  • Inside Nightjar – Mind-bending Video, Sound and Animation
  • ATEME Introduces a New Way to See in 360 Degrees
  • Panavision Acquires Light Iron – This is BIG News!

GUESTS: Julian and Felix Mack, Benoit Fouchard, and Michael Cioni and Kim Snyder

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Julian Mack, Creative Content Producer, Nightjar

Felix Mack, Filmmaker, Nightjar

Los Angeles-base Nightjar, owned by brothers Felix and Julian Mack, has been creating innovative content for multimedia, video, animation and sound since 1999. Most recently they produced Hillary Duff’s music video for her hit single, “All About You,” and a mind-bending end-credit sequence for XBox One’s Sunset Overdrive. Tonight Julian takes us inside the company to explain how they work.

Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Officer, ATEME

Being “on the scene” is “oh so 2014.” The new idea, once you’re on the scene is 360-degree coverage. Everthing everywhere. Tonight, Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Office for ATEME, joins us to explain their new spherical capture device.

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron

Kim Snyder, CEO & President, Panavision

One of the industry’s most respected companies, Panavision, just acquired Light Iron. Kim Snyder, CEO and President of Panavision and Michael Cioni, Founder and CEO of Light Iron give us the inside scoop and what it means for the post-producion industry.

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Digital Production Buzz – December 11, 2014

  • Creating a Successful Documentary
  • Industry Update
  • Faster, More Secure File Transfer and Review

GUESTS: Yvonne Russo, Jonathan Handel, and Rory McVicar

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Yvonne Russo, Producer/Director

Yvonne Russo is an award-winning producer, director and writer of film, television and web. Her most recent production, VIVA VERDI! is a documentary about life inside Casa Di Riposo per Musicisti of Milan, the home that Giuseppe Verdi built in 1896 for retired opera singers and the musical artists who live there. Tonight, she discusses how she used crowd-funding to finance her film.

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

The latest on the massive Sony Pictures data hack and it’s implications for filmmakers, plus details on the recently announced ART Payroll hack, with Jonathan Handel.

Rory McVicar, Head of Product, A-Frame

A-frame is a company specializing in cloud-based media distribution and review. Tonight we talk with Rory McVicar, Head of Product, about their latest technology to enable filmmakers to do more faster.

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Digital Production Buzz – December 4, 2014

  • Creating “Deliverables” from Finished Projects
  • Delivering 4K Media to the Home
  • The Future of Storage Technology

GUESTS: Jordan Kelly Montgomery, David Foley, and Tom Coughlin

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Jordan Kelly Montgomery, Producer/Director, Jordan Stone Productions

For over a decade Jordan Stone Productions has partnered with some of the largest production companies to produce exciting content from development through post. Recent productions include Hoplite Entertainment’s reality series STABLE WARS for Fox Sports. However, for many editors, the real challenge is what to deliver when the editing is complete. This week, we talk with Jordan Montgomery about creating “deliverables.”

David Foley, Sr. Technologist & Founder, Nanotech Entertainment

David Foley, senior technologist and founder of Nanotech, is focused on high-resolution video. This week, he joins us to talk about 4K workflows, monitors and delivering 4K media to consumers.

Tom Coughlin, President, Coughlin and Associates

Tom Coughlin is the president of Coughlin Associates, Inc. For more than 20 years, Tom’s been studying, consulting to and reporting on the storage industry. Every year, he surveys media companies to figure out where the future is taking us. This week, he gives us a detailed look at what he’s learned.

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Digital Production Buzz – November 27, 2014

  • News and Insight from Avid
  • Drones and Other Great Camera Accessories
  • Net Neutrality, Individual Privacy and the Web

GUESTS: David Colantuoni, Ned Soltz, and Robert Neivert

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David Colantuoni, Senior Director Product Management, Creative Apps/Storage, Avid Technology

Avid Pro Tools is an industry standard for audio editing and mixing. Recently, they announced new licensing rules, as Dave Colantuoni, Senior Director of Product Management for Avid Technology explains.

Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, Digital Video Magazine, Ned Soltz Inc.

Last week, we spoke with Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor for Digital Video Magazine, about the latest camera technology. This week, we talk with Ned about killer new camera accessories that you need to know.

Robert Neivert, Chief Operations Officer, Private.me

Robert Neivert is the COO of Private.me, a company that enables people to search online without being tracked. With over 15 years of experience with technology and consumer relations he is an expert in both personal privacy and the current issue of Net Neutrality. This week, we talk with him about both.

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Digital Production Buzz – November 20, 2014

  • Tips to Creating a Successful Kickstarter Campaign for Documentaries
  • New Gear News from the Gear Guru of NYC
  • Secrets of Successful Wildlife Photography

GUESTS: Barry Frechette, Ned Soltz, and Kevin J. Railsback

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Barry Frechette, Director of Integrated Production, Connelly Partners

Barry Frechette is the Director of Integrated Production for Connelly Partners. He produces TV ads, videos, websites and other products for their clients. Recently, he discovered a story that he just had to create on his own and “Paper Lantern” was born. Barry launched and closed a successful Kickstarter campaign. We’re fascinated by the story and also want to know more about how he was able to raise his financing.

Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, Digital Video Magazine, Ned Soltz Inc.

Nobody knows media hardware like Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor for Digital Video Magazine. It’s been a while since Ned was last on the show, so we invited him back to catch up on the latest toys.

Kevin J. Railsback, Director of Photography, Filmmaking Naturally

Kevin Railsback is a director of photography who specializes in nature and wildlife cinematography. His work has appeared in programs on National Geographic, Animal Planet, The Discovery Channel as well as theatrically-released films and commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T. This week, he shares his secrets to successful wildlife filmmaking.

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Digital Production Buzz – November 13, 2014

  • Unions and Reality TV
  • Princess Leia Conquers New York City
  • Metadata is an Essential Tool to Organize Media Projects

GUESTS: Jonathan Handel, Josh Apter, and Philip Hodgetts

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

Neil Patrick Harris recently declared that his upcoming variety show, produced by ITV, will be “crafted by union writers.” But in the ongoing labor negotiations, what does this mean? Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for “The Hollywood Reporter” joins us this week to explain.

Josh Apter, Founder & President, Manhattan Edit Workshop

The viral video of Princess Leia silently walking through Manhattan, in costume, exploded on YouTube. Josh Apter, president of the Manhattan Edit Workshop, joins us to explain.

Philip Hodgetts, President, Intelligent Assistance

Metadata is essential to every creative project and few are getting trained in how to use it to tame massive, numerous media files. Philip Hodgetts, president of Intelligent Assistance, joins us to explain what we need to know.

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Digital Production Buzz – November 6, 2014

  • Revenue, Residuals and Streaming Media. Where Are We Headed?
  • Reduce Media File Size Without Reducing Image Quality
  • Overcome Complacency with Mental Conditioning

GUESTS: Jonathan Handel, Dror Gill, Jessica Sitomer

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

More and more high-end productions are originating projects for the web. But making money on the web is entirely different from traditional funding methods. Recently, Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and the Metropolitan Opera got into a major tussle about revenue and residuals for streaming events. Legal expert Jonathan Handel, Of Counsel at Troy/Gould in Los Angeles, joins us to explain.

Dror Gill, CTO, Beamr

Dror Gill is the CTO of BeamrVideo, a company that has found a way to reduce the costs associated with storing and transmitting media files by recompressing media files without reducing image quality or introducing artifacts. He joins us this week to explain how this works.

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Becoming complacent may reduce your stress, but it also reduces the quality of your work. In this highly informative interview, Jessica Sitomer, President of The Greenlight Coach, explains how to overcome complacency with “mental conditioning.”

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Digital Production Buzz – October 30, 2014

  • “The Millionaire’s Unit” – A Film on Naval Aviation
  • Problems Between Yosemite and SSD Drives
  • Creating the Effects for “The Millionaire’s Unit”

GUESTS: Darroch Greer, Larry O’Connor, Sean A. Williams, Russell Frazier, and Sean Stack

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Darroch Greer, Co-Director/Producer, “The Millionaires’ Unit”

“The Millionaires’ Unit” is a documentary made by Humanus Documentary Films Foundation and directed by Darroch Greer about a group of Yale students who became U.S. Naval Aviators in the First World War. He and his co-directing partner, Ron King, have been working on this film for years and it is finally complete. We talk with him about it this week.

Larry O’Connor, President & Founder, Other World Computing

Larry O’Connor is the CEO of Other World Computing (OWC). They’ve been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988. There seems to be a problem with SSD drives and Yosemite (Apple’s latest operating system.) Larry joins us to explain what you need to know to keep your system running smoothly.

Sean Williams, VP Design, AlphaDogs, Inc.

AlphaDogs, Inc., just completed major VFX and color grading work on “The Millionaire’s Unit.” This week, we talk with Sean Williams, VP Design, Russell Frazier, senior designer and animator, and Sean Stack, Online Editor and Colorist, about the project and what they did.

Russell Frazier, Senior Designer/Animator, AlphaDogs, Inc.

AlphaDogs, Inc., just completed major VFX and color grading work on “The Millionaire’s Unit.” This week, we talk with Sean Williams, VP Design, Russell Frazier, senior designer and animator, and Sean Stack, Online Editor and Colorist, about the project and what they did.

Sean Stack, Colorist and Finishing Editor, Alpha Dogs, Inc.

AlphaDogs, Inc., just completed major VFX and color grading work on “The Millionaire’s Unit.” This week, we talk with Sean Williams, VP Design, Russell Frazier, senior designer and animator, and Sean Stack, Online Editor and Colorist, about the project and what they did.

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Digital Production Buzz – October 23, 2014

  • “5 Things” — New from Michael Kammes
  • VFX Wizardry for “Mall” from Ghost Town Media
  • Does Technology Enhance or Inhibit Art?

GUESTS: Michael Kammes, Brandon Reza Parvini, and Paul Babb

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Michael Kammes, Director, Technology & Marketing at Key Code Media, Key Code Media

Michael Kammes keeps busy as the Director of Technology and Marketing for Key Code Media, in Los Angeles. But…as a side project, he just launched a new web tech series called, “5 Things!” Tonight, we go behind-the-scenes to learn more.

Brandon Reza Parvini, Co-Founder/Creative Director, Ghost Town Media

Brandon Reza Parvini is creative director and co-founder of Ghost Town Media, an LA-based visual effects and design boutique. Their recent VFX work on the film “Mall” joins their award-winning work for film, broadcast commercials and live-visuals for the world’s top performers including Muse, Linkin Park and others. Tonight we learn how they do it.

Paul Babb, President/CEO, MAXON US

Paul Babb is a graphics software technology expert and President/CEO of MAXON US with more than a decade of experience in 3D animation, visual effects and motion graphics. He is the technology keynote speaker at the upcoming World Animation & VFX Summit. Tonight we want to talk with him about whether technology is making art easier or harder.

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Digital Production Buzz – October 16, 2014

  • Create Better Scripts
  • Better Ways to Archive Media Projects
  • An Inside Look at Color Grading

GUESTS: Danny Manus, Dan Montgomery, and Rob Bessette

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Danny Manus, CEO, Script Consultant, No Bull Script Consulting

Danny Manus is an in-demand script consultant, CEO of No Bull Script Consulting and author of No. B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective. He recently announced a partnership with Simply Scripts that is providing a very interesting service to writers!

Dan Montgomery, President/CEO, Imagine Products, Inc.

Dan Montgomery is the President and CEO of Imagine Products, Inc. He and his wife Jane founded Imagine Products, Inc. in 1991 with the concept of applying software to video production workflow. From that has sprung Shotput Pro, HD-VU, and ProxyMill, and “PreRollPost Archiver.”

Rob Bessette, Colorist, Finish Boston

Rob Bessette is the exceptionally talented Lead Colorist at Finish Post in Boston, who has been working non-stop for over eight years making his clients visions come to life on the large and the small screen. He says his work helps tell a better story for clients such as Reebok, Sam Adams, McDonalds and Subway. We agree.

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