Digital Production Buzz — October 23, 2014

  • “5 Things” — New from Michael Kammes
  • VFX Wizardry for “Mail” 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

  • Improve Your Scripts
  • Better Ways to Archive Media
  • Pick the Right Video Format for 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, CEO of No Bull Script Consulting, is an in-demand script consultant. He is also the author of “No. B.S. for Screenwriters: Advice from the Executive Perspective.” Tonight, we learn the secrets to improving our scripts.

Dan Montgomery, CEO, Imagine Products, Inc.

Dan Montgomery is the CEO of Imagine Products, Inc. They developed Shotput Pro and other tools which enable filmmakers to work more easily with their media. Recently, they released a series of new products to help with archiving our projects, as Dan explains tonight.

Rob Bessette, Colorist, Finish Boston

Rob Bessette is a colorist for Finish Boston. He’s an exceptionally talented colorist who has been working non-stop for over eight years making his clients’ visions come to life on the large and the small screen. Tonight, he shares his insider’s perspective on how color can improve any project.

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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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Digital Production Buzz — September 11, 2014

  • Visual Effects for “Game of Thrones”
  • Teaching Filmmaking to At-risk Kids
  • Sky-High Video at the Royal Australian Air Force

GUESTS: Jordan Soles, Manon Banta, and Grant Burton

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Jordan Soles, Executive Producer/CTO, Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX is a Montreal-based team of visual effects artists who just won an Emmy for their visual effects on “Game of Thrones.” This week, Jordan Soles, Executive Producer and CTO, joins us to talk about their work, their awards, and their workflow.

Manon Banta, Executive Director, The Mobile Film Classroom

The Mobile Film Classroom is a digital media production studio-on-wheels that brings digital media instruction to at-risk and under-served youth in Los Angeles County. Manon Banta is the Executive Director and explains their work and their successes on this week’s show.

Grant Burton, Producer and Digital Analyst, Royal Australian Air Force

Grant Burton is a long-time Buzz listener. He’s also the Producer and Digital Analyst for the Royal Australian Air Force. He joins us this week to talk about video production in some VERY challenging environments.

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Digital Production Buzz — September 4, 2014

  • Manage Massive Quantities of Content with Studio Suite
  • Using Creativity to Encourage Young Kids to Continue School
  • Managing Digital Media Assets and Protecting Copyright

GUESTS: Joel Stoner, Patricia Siqueriros, and Cathy Aron

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Joel Stoner, President, CEO, AlterMedia

Joel Stoner is the Founder and CEO of AlterMedia, the creator of Studio Suite. This is a studio management software solution used by facilities in more than 50 countries to budget, schedule, produce, manage, deliver and bill for massive quantities of content. He joins us this week to explain how it works.

Patricia Siqueriros, Senior Program Director, College Counselor, Variety Boys & Girls Club

Patricia Siqueiros, Senior Program Director and College Counselor at the Variety Boys & Girls Club (VBGC) uses creativity to enhance leadership and college eligibility opportunities for young students in East and Central Los Angeles. Her goal is to convince youth of the importance of a post-secondary education. We talk with her about her work.

Cathy Aron, Executive Director, PACA/Digital Media Licensing Association

Cathy Aron, Executive Director and former President of PACA (Digital Media Licensing Association), has been actively involved in the stock photo industry for over 30 years. She was also formerly the president of Photo Network Stock, a successful general stock photo rights managed archive. Cathy shares her thoughts on copyright protection of our digital assets.

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Digital Production Buzz — August 28, 2014

  • Designing Games: “Gabriel Knight”
  • Market Yourself Online
  • Lighting Styles Around the World

GUESTS: Jane Jensen, Jessica Sitomer, and Ali Ahmadi

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Jane Jensen, Designer & Founder, Pinkerton Road Studio

A game designer and writer, Jane Jensen is best known for her work on the award-winning Gabriel Knight® adventure games and hidden object games such as “Dying for Daylight.” She talks with us today about game design and innovation.

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Jessica Sitomer has some real-world advice about how to market yourself online. It is often hard to find the right balance between work and online marketing. Jessica has some specific tips you can use along with ideas on how to balance your time between work and online.

Ali Ahmadi, Senior Product Manager, LED Lighting, Vitec Videocom

Ali Ahmadi is a multi-national tour de force in the lighting industry, having designed systems literally all over the world. He is Senior Product Manager at Vitec Videocom. This week, he talks about the differences in lighting techniques between Europe, Asia, and North America.

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Digital Production Buzz — August 21, 2014

  • The Creative State of the Music Industry
  • “The Reel Thing” for Film Restoration and Preservation
  • Inside Look at the Production Music Conference

GUESTS: Tom Seufert, Grover Crisp, and Hunter Williams

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Tom Seufert, Creative Director, Visual Music

Tom Seufert is the Creative Director of Visual Music, a boutique music house with an elite roster of world-class composers, emerging artists, songwriters and sound designers. Tom was originally a recording artist on Epic and Ariola Records and now markets and produces music for all media. This week, he helps us understand the current state of the music industry.

Grover Crisp, Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Grover Crisp, Executive Vice President for Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), is co-organizer with Michael Friend, also at SPE as the Director of Digital Archives, of “The Reel Thing,” a unique event opening tonight that attracts technologists, archivists, programmers and asset managers, as well as people who simply love movies, television and all things related to moving image and sound preservation. Learn more tonight.

Hunter Williams, Executive Director, Production Music Association

The Production Music Conference is a new, daylong event that brings together the entire music community: Composers, libraries, technology providers and music users. Hunter Williams is the Executive Director of the Conference and joins us this week to tell us what its about.

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