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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Digital Production Buzz – October 9, 2014

  • Creating Visual Effects for “The Equalizer”
  • Does anyone need user groups anymore?
  • Using Blackmagic Cinema Cameras for music videos

GUESTS: Brian Drewes, Sean Devereaux, Dan Berube, and Tim Buttner

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Brian Drewes, Co-founder, ZEROvfx
Sean Devereauz, Co-founder and Lead VFX Supervisor, ZEROvfx

Brian Drewes and Sean Devereaux are the Co-Founders of ZEROvfx, a Boston-based effects house, that recently handled the visual effects work on “The Equalizer,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua. We talk with them about what they did, how they did it, and how it worked out. 

Dan Berube, Founder, Boston Creative Pro User Group (BOSCPUG)

Dan Berube is the president of the Boston Creative Pro User Group.  This week we talk with Dan and co-host Mike Horton about the role user groups play in enabling media folks to do more with technology.

Tim Buttner, Founder, Tim Butt 2 Productions

Tim Buttner is a multi-talented individual who runs Tim Butt 2 Productions. An accomplished photographer, writer, director and producer, Tim recently shot Owl City’s newest track, “Wolf Bite,”  using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF) and color graded on DaVinci Resolve 11. We talk with him about his experiences using both the camera and latest version of Resolve.

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Digital Production Buzz — October 2, 2014

  • Inside the World of Reality TV
  • Movidiam: A Creative Network for Filmmakers
  • Cinema 4D Features Artists at IBC 2014

GUESTS: Luis Barreto, George Olver, and Oliver Meiseberg

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Luis Barreto, Producer/Director

Reality television continues to dominate the ratings. This week, we talk with Luis Barreto, Emmy-nominated producer for “The Mole-2: The Next Betrayal”, “Mole: Celebrity Edition,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Texas Ranch House” about what it’s like creating reality today.

George Olver, Founder, Movidiam

George Olver is the founder of Movidiam, a creative network that allows brands, agencies and filmmakers across the globe to connect, collaborate and create films. Their web service just recently started pre-launch sign-ups, so this week, we talk with George about their new service.

Oliver Meiseberg, Product Manager, Cinema 4D, Maxon

The Maxon booth at IBC 2014 featured leading visual effects artists showcasing the state of 3D art. Buzz Producer Cirina Catania spoke with Cinema 4D product manager Oliver Meiseberg, along with artists Gunter Nikodim and Lars Scholten at the show and files this week’s report.

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Digital Production Buzz — September 25, 2014

  • Is a Creative Brief Really Necessary?
  • Why Does CNN Owe Millions of Dollars to Hundreds of People?
  • Wipster – A New, Cloud-Based Media Review System
  • Zeiss Introduces New Lenses at PhotoKino

GUESTS: Tom Bassett, Jonathan Handel,  Rollo Wenlock, and Michael Schiehlen

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Tom Bassett, Founder & CEO, Bassett Partners

You are pitching your idea to the client. What should be in the creative brief? Brand strategist/filmmaker Tom Bassett has spent the last year probing some of the World’s greatest creative minds about the same topic. The culmination of that search is Briefly, a new free online documentary that explores the creative relationship that exists between the client and those tasked with executing the client’s vision. Tom joins us this week to explain what he’s learned and what he did.

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

On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians, compensate more than 200 others, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as their bargaining representative. Why? Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, explains.

Rollo Wenlock, CEO, Founder, Wipster

Wipster is a new, Cloud-based media review system that’s launching this week. Join us tonight as we talk with Rollo Wenlock, CEO and Founder of Wipster, and find out more about this platform designed for content creators, media teams, and anyone creating short-form video projects.

Michael Schiehlen, Director of Sales and Service, Zeiss Lenses

This week at PhotoKino, Zeiss launched new still and cine lenses. BuZZ producer Cirina Catania talked with Michael Schiehlen at IBC about their new gear and files this report.

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Digital Production Buzz — September 18, 2014

  • Blackmagic Design Acquires eyeon Software
  • Interviews from IBC 2014
  • Adobe Announces New Software at IBC 2014

GUESTS: Steve Roberts, Sam Nuttmann, Jim Geduldick, Graham Sharp, Steve Forde, and Alissa Johnson

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Steve Roberts, CEO, eyeon Software

The big news out of IBC 2014 was that Blackmagic Design purchased eyeon Software. eyeon makes Fusion, a compositing tool used on over a 1,000 feature films. This week, we talk with Steve Roberts, CEO of eyeon, about the acquisition and what it means for the future.

Jim Geduldick, Cinema & Photo Marketing Manager, GoPro

Cirina Catania interviews Jim Geduldick, Cinema & Photo Marketing Manager for GoPro, at IBC 2014. Jim discusses the latest camera and attachment technology from GoPro.

Sam Nuttmann, Freefly Systems

Sam Nuttmann is interviewed by BuZZ producer Cirina Catania at IBC 2014. Sam talks about the latest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology from Freefly Systems.

Graham Sharp, SVP Global Products, Vitec Videocom

Graham Sharp, SVP for Global Products at Vitec Videocom, got his start in broadcasting more than 30 years ago. In this interview with Cirina Catania, BuZZ producer, Graham looks back at how the industry has changed over the last thirty years and how IBC has changed with it. He also offers his thoughts on the rising influence of independent filmmakers on broadcast television.

Steve Forde, Principal Product Manager, Visual Effects, Creative Cloud

Alissa Johnson, Product Manager for Collaborative Workflows, Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Systems announced new software at IBC 2014. Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, was at the Adobe booth and interviewed Steve Forde, Principal Product Manager, and Alissa Johnson, Product Manager, about the new announcements, with an eye on visual effects.

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