Digital Production Buzz — March 28, 2013

  • Dosa Hunt: The Search for the Perfect South Indian Crepe
  • Update on Video Copilot Element 3D
  • Sports Broadcasting on Internet Networks
  • Create A Personal Style as a Filmmaker

GUESTS: Zoe Schack, Michele Yamazaki, Jesse Kurtz, and Ryan Neil Postas

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Zoe Schack, Producer/Editor, Dosa Hunt

By day, Zoe Schack works as a per-visualization artist for a mid-town Manhattan post house. However, in her spare time, she recently produced and edited “Dosa Hunt;” which follows seven men searching for New York City’s best savory South Indian Crepe. We talk with her this week about her experiences in producing her own independent film.

Michele Yamazaki, Vice-president, Marketing, ToolFarm

Recently, Video Copilot released the latest version of Element 3D, their 3D plug-in utility for After Effects. Now at version 1.6, this software makes integrating 3D elements into your projects a lot easier. Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for ToolFarm, joins us to explain what this plug-in does, what the new features are, and who should consider using it.

Jesse Kurtz, Executive Producer, Mountain West Digital Network

In the past, the only way we could watch live sports was via a broadcast, or sometimes cable, network. Now, live streaming via the Internet makes live sports broadcasts more accessible. Six months ago, the Mountain West Digital Network was formed to cover Division 1 college sports from ten different colleges and Universities. Award-winning sports broadcaster Jesse Kurtz was picked to head the operation as Executive Producer. This week, he talks with us about what the network is, the gear they are using and his challenges in getting an Internet-based sports network off the ground.

Ryan Neil Postas, Filmmaker, Elevated Minds

Style. That’s the word that comes to mind when we look at the work of music video filmmaker Ryan Postas with Elevated Minds. This week, we talk with him about how he developed his visual style, the role style plays in developing the look of a music video, and whether he feels he is mirroring or leading the look of contemporary musical artists.

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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.

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Digital Production Buzz — March 14, 2013

  • Shooting and Compressing Ultra-HD Video
  • Changing the World – One Book at a Time
  • Color Grading “Oz The Great and Powerful”
  • Firing Up a Kick-Starter Campaign

GUESTS: Benoit Fouchard, Shanaya Fastje, Stephan Nakamura, and David Basulto

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Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Officer, ATEME

We first spoke with Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Officer for ATEME, on last week’s show. During that interview, we learned about the new H.265 compression codec, as well as the challenges in shooting Ultra HD (4K) video. This week, we invited Benoit back to talk more about what filmmakers need to know about shooting and compressing high-resolution images.

Shanaya Fastje, Producer, Author, and Motivational Speaker

Shanaya Fastje is a sought-after motivational speaker with a special commendation from President Obama. She is the author of 3 books, the most recent being, “Bully in the Mirror.” She runs a production company, 13th Productions, and is creating a web series entitled, “M.D. Squared.” Shanaya is also a singer/songwriter with two popular songs selling on iTunes. She is a high school graduate and… she is only 13! We talk with her this week to discover her secrets to success at such a young age.

Stephen Nakamura, Digital Intermediate Colorist, Company 3

“OZ The Great and Powerful” was recently released in theaters nationwide and there’s a lot of buzz about the “look” of the film. Stephen Nakamura, of Company 3. one of the most sought-after DI (digital intermediate) colorists in the industry, is one of the key people responsible for the look of this film. In addition to Oz, his work has been seen on countless features, including Prometheus, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming Spring Breakers, from director Harmony Korine.

David Basulto, Instructor, San Marino High School

David Basulto is the media arts and animation instructor at award-winning San Marino High School in Southern California. In his first three years of teaching, his students have won Silver and Bronze medals in the LACOROP annual competition. Outside the classroom, Basulto is an avid reviewer and influencer in the post-production community. He writes for Post Magazine and his own site Filmmaking Central. He is an Adobe Educational Leader and a fanatic about using iPads for teaching, content creation, and social media. He joins us this week to share this thoughts on technology and his new KickStarter campaign.

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Digital Production Buzz – May 24, 2012

  • Reinventing Cinema – Digitally
  • Webby Award Winners
  • Blackmagic Design’s New Cinema Camera
  • Streaming Music: Always Free, Always Legal

GUESTS: Nick Dager, Aharon Rabinowitz, Seth Worley, Dan May, and Snehal Shinde

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Nick Dager, Editor and Publisher, IndieFilm3D

Nick Dager is a 30-year veteran tech reporter who is currently Editor & Publisher at IndieFilm3D and the Digital Cinema Report. We had a great conversations with him at NAB about the changing face of our industry and wanted to invite him back to talk about the good old days when print was king and reporters ruled — and figure out the future of film in the digital age.

Aharon Rabinowitz, Director of Communities, Red Giant
Seth Worley, Director, “Plot Device”

The Webbies are increasingly visible to geeks and web aficionados worldwide. When the folks at Red Giant announced that “Plot Device” had been nominated for a Webby, we were really pleased. Now that the short film actually won for “best editing,” we want to chat with director Seth Worley and executive producer Aharon Rabinowitz about their winning experience.

Dan May, President, Blackmagic Design, Inc.

When Blackmagic Design announce they acquired Teranex and lowered the price 90%, that was stunning. When they announced the Blackmagic Cinema camera at NAB, all the air left the room. This week, we talk with Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design, Inc., about their two latest announcements, what they are, and what they mean for our industry.

Snehal Shinde, Co-Founder, CEO Dhingana.com

Music. Always free, always legal. The millions of songs on Dhingana are heard by over 10 million visitors each month. It is the largest online collection of indian music and is streamed from sites that are simple, clean and uncluttered. No pop up windows here! And…it is free. Snehal Shinde, Co-Founder and CEO of Dhingana.com and his team from Sunnyvale, California, and Pune, India, looks to us as though they are living in geek heaven.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s another fascinating show!

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Larry Jordan Announces Closed Captioning Added to Final Cut Pro X Training

Two titles in Larry Jordan’s Final Cut Pro X training are now closed captioned, Larry Jordan, internationally renowned Apple trainer, announced. He took the unusual step of making his NLE training closed captioned after a seminar he taught at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The challenge was significant, more than 90 individual video files, containing more than 11 hours of in-depth, technical training which required detailed transcription and careful placement of closed captions so that the text would not block key features of the software.

Titles available with closed captioning include:

Final Cut Pro X – Workflow & Editing
Final Cut Pro X – New Features (10.0.3)

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New Adobe Audition Training from Larry Jordan

What’s the best way to improve the quality of your picture? Improve the quality of your sound. And the best way to improve your sound is with Adobe Audition CS6.

Adobe just announced the CS6 family – and we have training ready to go! Whether you use Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro, Macintosh or Windows, you can use Audition to make your audio sound great!

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Pond5 Joins Digital Production BuZZ as NAB Show 2012 Sponsor

Pond5, the world’s stock media marketplace, is sponsoring the Digital Production BuZZ, the online radio show and podcast, daily special coverage of NAB Show 2012 to be held in Las Vegas, April 14-19, 2012 announced Larry Jordan, the show’s executive producer.

“Coverage of a show as vast as NAB requires commitment from both our news team and sponsors,” said Larry Jordan, executive producer. “This is why we are so grateful to Pond5 for their support. Combining Pond5’s products with the world-wide reach of the Digital Production Buzz, is a great combination.”

According to Pond5 CEO, Tom Bennett, “Pond5 is all about helping media makers, which makes our association with Larry and the BuZZ a perfect fit – it’s a place where lots of media makers come to get better at what they do.”

“Pond5 has stock media for literally anything you may want,” said Laura Peters, marketing director for Larry Jordan & Associates. “They have so much in the way of photos, videos, sound effects, After Effects Presets and more, to enjoy, that their website becomes almost addictive.”

This year the BuZZ will create seven one-hour Special Reports, recorded live on the NAB trade show floor in booth SL11505 — highlighting all the news from across all the halls with dozens of interviews of key industry leaders. Each show is hosted by Larry Jordan and posted every evening (Las Vegas time), starting Monday, April 16th.

About Pond5

Pond5, the World’s Stock Media Marketplace, is a community-driven marketplace for media makers. It features the web’s largest collection of royalty-free stock footage (over 500,000 video clips), as well as millions of stock photos, vector illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, and After Effects motion graphics templates. All media on Pond5 is instantly downloadable, and licensed under a simple royalty-free license. Prices, which are set by contributors, range from $1 and up. Pond5 was launched in 2006 and is based in New York City. To learn more about Pond5 or become a fan on Facebook.

Visit Pond5 at NAB Show 2012 in one convenient location, booth SL7409.

About NAB Show

NAB Show, to be held April 14 – 19 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,500+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age.

About the Digital Production BuZZ

The Digital Production BuZZ is one of the world’s longest-running live internet talk shows and a leader in programming related to digital video production, post-production and distribution. The BuZZ has been bringing listeners, “All the news they need now and in their digital future!” every week since 2005.

New episodes of the weekly Digital Production BuZZ air live Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm PST. Listen live or download the program later on iTunes. Sign up for the BuZZ Newsletter and get a sneak peak of each week’s show.

Executive producer and host of the Digital Production BuZZ is Larry Jordan (media expert, Apple-certified trainer specializing in Final Cut Pro training, author, and member of the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America). Michael Horton co-hosts (actor, film editor and founder of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro User Group and organizer of the world-renowned SuperMeets). Cirina Catania (writer/director/journalist and member of the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America) produces the Digital Production BuZZ. Debbie Price (actor, producer) is the producer of the 2012 NAB Show BuZZ Special Coverage.

Visit the NAB Show BuZZ booth during NAB at SL11505.

About Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc.

Larry Jordan & Associates, Inc. provides high-quality, engaging training and information covering video production and post-production for practicing professionals and students through a variety of media worldwide. The company was founded by Larry Jordan, an internationally renowned digital media analyst, producer, director, consultant and Apple-Certified trainer specializing in Final Cut training. Jordan’s FREE Final Cut Newsletter is read by creative professionals around the world and is available anytime.

To schedule an interview on the NAB Show BuZZ contact Debbie Price – Debbie(at)LarryJordan(dot)biz

To schedule an interview on the weekly Digital Production BuZZ, contact Cirina Catania, Supervising Producer – buzz(at)catania(dot)us

Digital Production Buzz — March 1, 2012

  • The History of Compositing
  • Collaborating around the world
  • The latest on the SAG/AFTRA merger
  • Making Kate Bekinsale Look Even More Wonderful
  • A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet

GUESTS: Norman Hollyn, Jeff Foster, Jonathan Handel, Siggy Ferstl, and Mike Timm

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Jeff Foster, Author/Producer

Jeff Foster is an internationally published author of several computer technology, animation, video production, and VFX books. He is an award-winning producer and compositor/VFX artist and is a nationally recognized speaker on this industry. What caught our attention is that he is working on creating a History of Compositing – which sounds very cool and we want to learn more.

Jonathan Handel, Attorney, TroyGould, and contributing editor, The Hollywood Reporter

Jonathan Handel is an entertainment and technology attorney Of Counsel at TroyGould in Los Angeles. He also writes on entertainment labor issues for The Hollywood Reporter. Plus, he regularly reports on labor and legal issues here on the Buzz. This week, we want to talk with him about the latest news on the SAG/AFTRA union merger.

Siggy Ferstl, Director of Telecine, Company 3

Based at Company 3 in Los Angeles, Australian award-winning colorist Siggy Ferstl has nearly 30 years experience and is internationally-recognized as one of the pioneers in feature-film digital intermediate workflow. His credits include the Underworld series of films in 2D and 3D, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2D and 3D; Lincoln Lawyer and This Means War. Some of Ferstl’s commercial credits include Nike, Microsoft – Halo, Blackberry, Call of Duty – MW3 and Chrysler. We want to talk with him about color grading, the DaVinci Resolve, and the whole process of making images look great.

Norman Hollyn Editor and Professor, USC Film School

Norman Hollyn is a long-time film, television and music editor, plus he’s an Associate Professor and Head of the Editing Track at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Norman and Larry also co-host the popular website called: “Two Reel Guys.” He joins us this week to talk about how to collaborate successfully with folks around the world.

Mike Timm, Filmmaker

Mike Timm, is an independent filmmaker who is starting to make waves with his first picture: A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet. Too cool. We want to learn how he’s marketing this puppy.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — on another fascinating show!

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Digital Production Buzz — Feb. 23, 2012

  • New Cameras From Panasonic
  • Report from London’s Broadcast Video Expo
  • Making the Cut to Sundance
  • New Filters from GenArts
  • Report from the Berlinale

GUESTS: Steve Cooperman, Michael Olmos, Steve Kilisky, and Cirina Catania

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Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, P2 HD Video Systems, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems

Steve Cooperman is responsible for implementing product marketing and development strategies for Panasonic’s advanced P2 HD video systems. With the recent launch of Panasonic’s new 3DP1 camera, we have lots of questions and Steve is the perfect person to ask. Be sure to join us on the Live Chat — and ask your own questions!

Larry Jordan, Host, Digital Production Buzz

Last week, Larry Jordan attended the Broadcast Video Expo in London. The show was packed with both exhibitors and attendees. This week, he brings us a report on some of the people he talked with, including an update from the folks at Edit Share.

Michael Olmos, Director, Olmos Productions

Imagine you’re a young, new director and your film was just selected for the competition at Sundance. What’s it like to go to Sundance with your first film? How do you cope when everyone wants a piece of your time? That’s the situation Michael Olmos found himself in with his acclaimed film “Filly Brown.” This week, we talk with him about his experience; what he learned, what he did, and what he will keep in mind for “the next time.”

Steve Kilisky Driector, Product Management, GenArts

GenArts has released a bevy of new effects from Sapphire to Sapphire Edge to Monsters Gt. Steve Kilisky, Director of Product Management for GenArts, joins us this week to showcase their new releases and explain how they work.

Cirina Catania, Producer, Digital Production Buzz

Cirina Catania, producer of the Digital Production Buzz, was in Berlin attending the recent Berlinale Film Festival. She joins us this week with a report on the films, the stars, the directors, and all the excitement!

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — on another fascinating show!

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 – Feb. 16, 2012

  • Making Money Internationally
  • Color Correction in FCP X
  • Compressing Video for Multiple Devices
  • Creating a Colorist Consortium

GUESTS: Ned Soltz, Randon Morford, Sydney Levine, and CJ Adams

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Ned Soltz, Contributing Editor, Digital Video

No one know tech better than Ned Soltz, contributing editor for Digital Video magazine. As a regular contirbutor to The Buzz, we get to share in Ned’s unique perspective on the latest gadgets in our industry. This week, Ned joins us to share his latest discoveries on color correction plug-ins for Final Cut Pro X. If you are looking for ways to make your images look as good as they can, you need to hear what Ned has to say.

Randon Morford, Director of Product Management, Sorenson Media

In the past, all we needed to do was compress our file and post it to the web. Today, we need to worry about compressing it for mobiel devices, tablets, computers and a mind-numbing quality of bit rates and bandwidths. The solution is “adaptive bit-rate compression.” Sounds cool, but what is it? Randon Morford, Director of Product Management for Sorenson Media joins us this week to explain what it is and how it can solve the problem of too many formats and not enough time.

Sydney Levine, Author, “SydneysBuzz”

Last week, we spoke with the Belic brothers on how they are using alternative distribution methods to make money on their films. This week, we talk with Sydney Levine, author of the widely-respected blog: “SydneysBuzz.” Sydney is an expert at international film distribution. This week, she joins us from Berlin, where she is attending the Berlinale Film Festival, with her insights on how filmmakers can make up to 70% of their revenue through international distribution. Tune in to learn how to turn your creative ideas into cold cash.

CJ Adams Founder/Colorist, Simplexity Digital

Recently, CJ Adams, Founder of Simplexity Digital, wrote an interesting blog on the advantages of creative professionals banding together to help each other find work. We like the sound of “finding work,” so we invited CJ on the show to explain his idea in more detail.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — on another fascinating show!

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!