Digital Production Buzz — February 20, 2014

  • From Network News to Feature Films
  • Writers Guild Negotiation Update
  • Looking Back on a Career in Audio
  • Executive Changes at SAG/AFTRA?

GUESTS: Martha Cotton, Jonathan Handel, and Frank Morrone

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Martha Cotton, Filmmaker, Finally Films

Martha Cotton is a partner in Hot Flash Films, as well as an award-winning former NBC Network news producer. She now works in Hollywood as a writer, producer and director working on her own films. Her background provides her a unique perspective on film-making, which she shares with us this week.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Attorney, Troy Gould

Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for “The Hollywood Reporter,” returns this week with an update on the continuing Writers Guild/AMPTP negotiations.

Frank Morrone, President, Motion Picture Sound Editors

Frank Morrone is the President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. He is also a multiple award-winning independent re-recording mixer who has worked in both film & television. He re-joins us this week to talk about the role of audio and sound editing in any project.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Attorney, Troy Gould

Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for “The Hollywood Reporter,” returns for the second time tonight, this time with an update on the changes within SAG/AFTRA.

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Digital Production Buzz — February 6, 2014

  • Better Images Made Faster and Easier
  • Update on Writers Guild Negotiations
  • On Making a Career as an Actor
  • What’s the Value in Joining a Guild?

GUESTS: Brad Malcolm, Jonathan Handel, Hans-Werner Meyer, and Jessica Sitomer

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Brad Malcolm, President, Perfectly Clear

Athentech Imaging has created “Perfectly Clear,” a set of plug-ins and applications that allow you to automatically correct, fine-tune, and batch process images; on both desktops and mobile devices. President Brad Malcolm joins us this week to tell us more.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Attorney, Troy Gould

Producer/Guild negotiations are well underway with the WGA next on the list. Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter for the Hollywood Reporter, joins us this week with an update.

Hans-Werner Meyer, Actor

Hans-Werner Meyer is one of the most visible working actors in Germany. He has starred, or performed in, more than 120 films and TV productions. He is also a singer in his A-Capella group “Meier und die Geier” and on the board and spokesperson for the German Actors´ Guild/Association. He joins us this week to talk about making a career as an actor, and the up-coming German Actor’s Award Ceremony, later this week.

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Jessica Sitomer, president of The Greenlight Coach, is a regular on The Buzz; helping all of us find work. This week, she has thoughts on how to make the most of a Guild (or union) membership.

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The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Digital Production Buzz — November 28, 2013

  • An Inside Look At Adobe Anywhere
  • Update on the New DGA/AMPTP Agreement
  • Finding Great Music For Your Next Project
  • Is The Cloud Ready for Government Use?

GUESTS: Michael Coleman, Jonathan Handel, Marrsha Sill, and Marty Lafferty

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Michael Coleman, Sr. Product Mgr, Collaborative Workflows, Professional Video, Adobe

Recently, Adobe released “Adobe Anywhere,” their new collaborative software for sharing media between geographically dispersed teams. This week, Adobe’s Senior Product Manager, Michael Coleman, stops by to explain what Adobe Anywhere is, who it’s for, and how it works.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Attorney, Troy Gould

The DGA and AMPTP recently announced a new, groundbreaking collective bargaining agreement under the guidance of DGA President Paris Barclay. Jonathan Handel, entertainment and technology attorney Of Counsel with Troy/Gould and a Buzz regular, joins us this week to explain the significance.

Marrsha Sill, Executive Vice President, Chicago Music Library

Music drives the emotions. But finding the right music can be tricky. Marrsha Sill, Executive Vice-President of Chicago Music has been placing music in film and television for 20 years. She joins us this week to explain how to find the most elusive creative elements for your productions.

Marty Lafferty, CEO, DCIA (Distributed Computing Industry Association)

Marty Lafferty, the CEO of DCIA (Distributed Computing Industry Association) has organized two days of educational sessions at this year’s Pro Media Conference, which is part of GV Expo. This week, he explains his organization’s interest in The Cloud, what it means to government services, and what they are offering at the conference.

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Digital Production BuZZ – August 1, 2013

  • The Making of “Contrition”
  • Jonathan Handel on the latest Guild voting
  • A low-cost way to archive projects using LTO tape
  • Tips for decreasing stress

GUESTS: Ric Perez-Selsky, Jonathan Handel, Rony Sebok, and Jessica Sitomer

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Ric Perez-Selsky, Independent Filmmaker

We first met Ric Perez-Selsky in his role as the Technical Director for Popsugar, but like many of us, he makes films as well! His recent short, “Contrition,” was given an Award of Merit at the Accolade Film Competition and he is now submitting it to Sundance. We’ll speak with him about the making of his film, along with his plans for festivals and marketing.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Attorney, TroyGould

The BuZZ is fortunate to have Jonathan Handel, our very own legal eagle, as a regular contributor. This week, he updates us on the guilds and takes us behind the scenes to witness more very interesting events.

Rony Sebok, VP Technology, 1 Beyond

It is easy to back-up your projects to hard disks when all you need is a copy. But what about long-term archiving? Hard disks just are not good for the long-term. That’s where LTO tape comes in. Tonight, learn everything you need know about LTO technology from Rony Sebok, VP Technology at 1Beyond, Inc.

 

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Jessica Sitomer, the Greenlight Coach, is perhaps one of the most insightful career advisors on the planet. This week she is back to the BuZZ with more tips on how to be successful in the entertainment arena.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Digital Production Buzz — June 20, 2013

  • Shooting Arby’s Commercials with the Blackmagic Camera
  • Tips for Better Transcriptions
  • Dramatic Politics Inside SAG/AFTRA
  • The Takes: New Project Management Software for Production

GUESTS: Gavin Fisher, Luis Pelayo, Jonathan Handel, and Maxim Antonov

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Gavin Fisher, Founder, Fisher Film Works

Gavin Fisher is a Cinematographer/Colorist/Editor based in Los Angeles. His company, Fisher Film Works, offers various post-production services including color correction / finishing, editorial, and visual effects. His company recently completed a colorful Arby’s national campaign using Blackmagic Design cameras and DaVinci Resolve, which is what we want to talk with him about tonight.

Luis Pelayo, President, Hollywood Tools

You’ve got your video posted to YouTube. But how can you create subtitles for it? That’s where Hollywood Tools comes in. They have new software, called “UTranscribe,” which make creating subtitles for YouTube videos fast, easy and, in a couple of weeks, automatic, as President, Luis Pelayo, explains.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Sometimes the most interesting dramas occur behind the scenes, as seems to be the case with SAG/AFTRA. Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for The Hollywood Reporter joins us for an extended session tonight to describe the dramatic politics inside SAG/AFTRA. Plus, we have an update on producing soap operas for the web.

Maxim Antonov, President, The Takes

We first met Maxim Antonov, president of TheTakes.com, at the recent CineGear expo. The Takes is brand new project management software designed to simplify managing all the elements that go into production. We talk with Maxim this week to learn about his new software, what it does, who its designed for and how it works.

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Digital Production Buzz – May 23, 2013

  • Meet Alan Heim, President of the American Cinema Editors (ACE)
  • Creating Rain in Post-Production
  • New Cameras and Codecs (AVC-Ultra) From Panasonic
  • Why Are the Writers of “Fashion Police” on Strike?

GUESTS: Alan Heim, Michele Yamazaki, Michael Bergeron, and Jonathan Handel

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Alan Heim, President, American Cinema Editors (ACE)

Alan Heim is President of the American Cinema Editors, with a list of credits a mile long, including the current release: “Gods Behaving Badly.” He joins us this week to talk about the upcoming “Inside the Cutting Room” workshop in New York City, his outstanding book on editing, “The Cutting Edge History of Film,” and his experiences as an editor.

Michele Yamazaki, Vice-President of Marketing, ToolFarm

Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for Toolfarm, is a regular on The Buzz, bringing us the latest news on great plug-ins for our editing software. This week she has new ideas on how to create rain effects during editing, as well as tips on how to integrate standard-definition (SD) video into a high-definition (HD) project.

Michael Bergeron, Sr. Business Development Manager, Panasonic

Our producer, Cirina Catania, interviewed Michael Bergeron, Senior Business Development Manager of Panasonic last month at NAB. During this insightful talk, he discusses the benefits of shooting and editing AVC Ultra, along with showcasing his favorite camcorder.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Unrest continues between labor unions and producers. This week, the writers for the Fashion Police are on strike. Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, joins us to discuss the news and explain why it matters.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Digital Production Buzz — April 25, 2013

  • Making 4K Images Real
  • A Film Festival Solely on Facebook
  • Creating Comedy for Golden California
  • SAG-AFTRA Restructures and Approves New Contract

GUESTS: Rajesh Ramachandran, Sy Smensgard, Ron Hanks, and Jonathan Handel

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New interviews every show! Join Larry Jordan and Mike Horton LIVE this week as they talk with:

Rajesh Ramachandran, President/CTO, Qube Cinema

Recently, Qube Cinema collaborated with Canon to demo a 4K theater for digital intermediates during this year’s NAB Show. Rajesh Ramachandran, President and CTO of Qube Cinema joins us this week to explain the workflow and show how post houses can benefit from this new, higher resolution.

Sy Smensgard, Co-Founder/Director, OneCloud

OneCloudFest is a film festival that lives entirely on Facebook. Co-founded by Sy Smesgard and her husband, Jonas, they saw a need to combine the excitement of a film festival with the power of social media. This is either a “Really Good Idea,” or “Totally Demented.” Sy stops by this week to explain the idea behind the concept and let us know how its working.

Ron Hanks, Filmmaker, Golden California

Season 1 of Golden California is up and running and making us laugh. However, creating laughs is very hard work. Filmmaker Ron Hanks is the driving force behind these weekly webisodes, so we want to talk with him about creating comedy, what works and what doesn’t, and how he keeps it fresh from week to week.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Editor, The Hollywood Reporter

SAG-AFTRA has confirmed about 60 layoffs in the wake of the recent national board approval of a union restructuring plan. Jonathan Handel, the Buzz’s legal and labor expert, explains the meaning behind the news, as well as their newly approval Commercials Contract, which increases payments significantly for commercial actors.

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Digital Production Buzz — March 21, 2013

  • Surviving the Stress — The Hollywood Post Alliance
  • Unrest Among VFX Artists
  • Funding Your Next Project – For Television
  • The Changing World of Web Video Compression

GUESTS: Eileen Kramer, Jonathan Handel, Philip Hodgetts, and Bruce Nazarian

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Eileen Kramer, Executive Director, Hollywood Post Alliance

Very few industries are as challenged as post-production facilities. Recent high-profile bankruptcies like Digital Domain and Rhythm & Hues put pressure on the rest of the industry. Eileen Kramer is the executive director of the Hollywood Post Alliance. HPA is a trade association for the post industry. She joins us this week to tell us about HPA, the stresses the post industry is under, how HPA can help, and their plans for NAB.

Jonathan Handel, Of Counsel at Troy/Gould, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

As if the stresses of running a post house was not enough, the VFX industry is close to implosion. Recently, more than 400 artists held a VFX Town Meeting, with participants from around the world discussing the state of their industry. Jonathan Handel, entertainment labor reporter for The Hollywood Reporter explains what’s going on and why the VFX industry is making news now.

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance

It may start with an idea, but projects don’t become real until someone puts up the money to fund them. And finding funds isn’t funny. This week, Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, looks at new options for funding television projects. Why television? Because it has a vast, insatiable demand for new programming. And the sources of funding are more diverse than you might expect, as Philip explains.

Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy

Three weeks ago, Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy, began a discussion on new options in web video compression and distribution. He returns this week to pick up where he left off and showcase some of the low-cost content distribution networks (CDN) and on-line video compression services that can simplify the process of compressing your video and making it available across all platforms.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Producer’s Corner: February 21, 2013

Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron. was on the BuZZ a few weeks ago to let us know that he was going to have some “big news” in the very near future. Sure enough, he wasn’t kidding.  Shortly thereafter, Light Iron purchased Off Hollywood and Michael moved to New York City, where he is loving life in the Big Apple and creating more post production magic.    

Norman Hollyn, Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts has some very interesting things to say about directing comedic productions.  It isn’t as easy and not always as funny as you think!

Michael Kammes, Director of Technology and Marketing at Key Code Media tells us about Nexidia’s Dialogue Search and a cloud-based editing service from Forescene.

Our  legal expert, Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter for the Hollywood Reporter takes a step back and looks at what SAG and AFTRA have scheduled on their calendars for the year.  He maintains that we can predict what is going to happen with these guilds by what he sees there.  Interesting concept and we tend to believe him. You can read a recent article in the Hollywood Reporter and then tune in tonight for more information!

And Jessica Sitomer, The Greenlight Coach is back with more career advice.

 

Don’t forget to contact me with suggestions for guests: news@catania.us - please put The BuZZ in the subject line!

See you on Twitter at @Cirina and @DPBuZZ

Thanks for listening!


Cirina Catania
Producer, Digital Production BuZZ

Digital Production Buzz — Feb. 21, 2013

  • The Start of the “Post-Studio” World?
  • How to Keep the “Funny” in Comedy During Editing
  • Three High-End Systems to Watch
  • Looking Ahead to Guild Negotiations
  • Turn that Job Offer From “Maybe” to “YES!”

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, Norman Hollyn, Michael Kammes, Jonathan Handel, and Jessica Sitomer

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This week we are looking into the future of technology.

New interviews every show! Join Larry Jordan this week as he talks with:

Michael Cioni, Founder/CEO, Light Iron

Michael Cioni, Founder/CEO of Light Iron, runs a high-end post-production facility based in Hollywood. Recently, they acquired Off Hollywood in New York City. Seeing as post facilities are on the endangered species list, we asked Michael why he did it. What we discovered is that Michael has a vision of the coming “post-studio” world. This will be a fascinating look into the future with one of our industries leading technologists.

Norman Hollyn, Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Last week, we spoke with Jeremy Hunt about his comedy short film called “Fix It In Post.” This week, we continue our discussion about comedy by visiting with USC Professor Norman Hollyn. Norman has edited a number of major feature film comedies, and we want to chat with him about how we can keep the “funny” in our films.

Michael Kammes, Director of Technology, KeyCode Media

One way to judge what the future holds is to look at the high-end of the market. This week, we asked Michael Kammes, Director of Technology for KeyCode Media, to give us his perspective of what’s happening in the high-end that’s likely to trickle down to the rest of us. Michael found three companies that he wants to talk about.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Jonathan Handel believes you can get a good idea of what’s happening with labor by simply looking at the calendar. So, we asked him to look over the next 18 months and let us know if we are in for a rocky ride; labor/management-wise?

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

The best way to get a job is to nail the interview. But, what’s the best way to do that? Jessica Sitomer, President of The Greenlight Coach, stops by to share her thoughts on how to turn “Thanks, we’ll put you on the list,” into “Glad to have you with us!”

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!


The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!