Digital Production Buzz — March 6, 2014

  • A Look at Indie Films from “The Inside”
  • High-speed Transfer of Large Files
  • Is the New MacPro the “Missing Link” for 4K Media?
  • An Inside Look at the Art of Writing

GUESTS: John Putch, John Tkaczewski, Michael Cioni, Joseph Atash, and Aria Emory

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Join Larry Jordan and co-host Michael Horton as they talk with:

John Putch, Director/Writer/Producer, Putch Films

Director/Writer/Producer John Putch shares an insider’s view of how “the system” treats indie films

 

John Tkaczewski, Co-Founder/President, FileCatalyst

John Tkaczewski, Co-Founder and President of FileCatalyst, gives us advice about how to move large media files across the web using their technology.

 

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron

Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron, looks at the new MacPro and its impact on 4K and UltraHD media workflows.


Aria Emory, Actor/Writer/Producer, Made in America
Joseph Atash, Actor/Writer, Made in America

Actor/Writer, Joseph Atash, is currently starring in “Made In America” at Playhouse West, in Los Angeles. Directed by Kathleen Randazzo, the play has been extended due to popular demand. This week, we talk with the two writers about creating plays and writing dialog.

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!

Producer’s Corner: January 3, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

Last week we hosted our BuZZ family of regulars and had a very lively discussion about 2012 and a look forward to 2013.
Tonight, we continue that theme and talk specifically about some technological challenges.

Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron Digital, a post-production house in Los Angeles enjoys front-row seats as he works with some of our industry’s biggest releases. He has a very interesting take on the last 12 years as our industry transitioned from film to digital. Maybe we haven’t come as far as we think? We are curious about what he sees for the future. Prior to the interview, you might want to read his latest blog post entitled, “the DIT dilemma” yes, our business continues to evolve. Michael gets out his crystal ball and tells us more.

It seems that all our more geeky friends are talking about the high-frame rates used for the recent film, “The Hobbit.” Qube Cinema’s digital cinema server and 4K integrated media blocks were recently used at both the New Zealand and London premieres of the film. What does the integration of this technology mean for the present and the future of cinema? And, will you be seeing more 4K in a cinema near you very soon? Rajesh Ramachandran, President and CTO of Qube Cinema has some of the answers we are seeking! Check out Qube Cinema.

Philip Hodgetts, President of Intelligent Assistance always has something extremely useful to talk about. Today, I wanted to get more into the details of how to prep for post, and who better to ask? If you are in production and you haven’t planned for post or met with your post supervisor, then you might want to think about switching careers! Philip blog here.

And, with some words of inspiration for all of us, we are pleased to speak with Anna Easteden, who is not only gorgeous, but incredibly intelligent. She is an award-winning actress, a successful model and writes a regular newsletter. I asked Anna how she stays motivated and I think you will be impressed at the positive energy and professional work ethic that contributes to her success!

Please contact me with suggestions for guests or in true BuZZ fashion – just to say “hi” and tell us you like the show.

See you on Twitter at @Cirina and @DPBuZZ
Thanks for listening!

Cirina Catania
Producer, Digital Production BuZZ

Digital Production Buzz — Jan. 3, 2013

  • The High-End of Post-Production
  • Prepping Files for Post
  • High-Frame Rate and High-Resolution Video – Is It Time?
  • Marketing Yourself as an Actor

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, Philip Hodgetts, Rajesh Ramachandran, and Anna Easteden

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Welcome to 2013!

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

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron

Michael Cioni, Founder/CEO of Light Iron, believes that 2012 brought us to the tipping point in the transition from film to digital, and he has recently blogged about looming changes in post-production. Michael is always a great guest. If you want to know the state of the future, listen to what he has to say.

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance

Philip Hodgetts, CEO, Intelligent Assistance, joins us to reflect on Michael Cioni’s thoughts, then to discuss how to prep files for post-production. One of the questions we get asked a lot is how to get organized for editing. Philip has the answers.

Rajesh Ramachandran, President/CTO, Qube Cinema

Rajesh Ramachandran, President and CTO of Qube Cinema, is a digital cinema equipment manufacturer based in Burbank, California. Rajesh oversees the development of technologies that are contributing to the high frame rate and high resolution innovations in filmmaking. We want to talk with him about what these new technologies mean, their impact on production, and whether they will become niche or mainstream.

Anna Easteden, Actress

Anna Easteden is an Award Nominated Actress who has appeared on shows such as “Two and a Half Men,” “Bones” and “Days of Our Lives”. As a model Anna has worked with Calvin Klein, Ferragamo, Hermes, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire. We want to learn how Anna is marketing herself to get acting gigs, because her use of social media and newsletters is intriguing.

It’s an amazing show – with a stunning group of industry leaders and commentators. 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 21, 2012

  • Subscription-based Post-Production
  • High-resolution Stock Images
  • Making a Successful Short Film
  • Free Cloud Software for Filmmakers
  • New Announcements on New Thunderbolt Storage
  • Lindsay Lohan, Workplace Exhaustion, and the Guilds

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, Charles Burkett, John Irwin, Jonathan Handel, Jim Sherhart, and Kevin Reagan

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New interviews every week! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital

Michael Cioni is the CEO of Light Iron Digital. In addition to doing state-of-the-art postproduction on a wide variety of high-end feature films, they recently announced a new “membership service” — pay as you go post-production. Is this a way for producers to reduce costs, future trends in post, or just another hare-brained idea? We invited Michael on to explain.

Charles Burket, Visual Product Development, Rampant Design Tools

Charles Burket heads visual product development for Rampant Design Tools. Rampant is a stock image supplier of high-resolution video, design, and audio elements. Charles joins us this week to tell us about their company, their products, and why we should pay attention to them when there are a lot of other great companies out there.

John Irwin, Writer/Director, Robinson Hope Creative

John Irwin is a freelance Writer/Director in Los Angeles. His short film, titled “Sold” has been chosen as a semi-finalist out of over 15,000 submissions for Ridley Scott’s “Your Film Festival” on YOuTube. If it’s voted in the top ten, he’ll be flown to open Venice Film Festival with his short film, with the chance to win the Grand prize, a $500,000 grant from Ridley Scott to direct a project of his choice. We want to talk with John about his process in creating a successful short film and his plans for marketing it.

Kevin Reagan, Chief Marketing Officer, Scenios, Inc.

Scenios developed a popular, cloud-based tools for film and video production – especially when it comes to planning and collaboration. Now, they’ve released a free version which allows film, TV and commercial producers to manage every aspect of their production, including 5 GB of cloud storage and an unlimited number of users. We want to talk with Kevin Reagan, Chief Marketing Officer for Scenios, about what this new version contains, who its designed for, and how it works.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Lindsay Lohan was in the news this week for “working 85 hours in 4 days” on her new film. Except, that violates union contracts and California labor law if she is actually working that much. Then, there are two crew members from the same production, taken to the hospital for exhaustion. Buzz Regular Correspondent Jonathan Handel is covering the story about working conditions in the entertainment industry and joins us this week with a breaking news report.

BREAKING NEWS…

Jim Sherhart, Director of Marketing, Drobo

This morning, Drobo announced two new Thunderbolt storage systems specifically designed for media creators – the Drobo 5D and the Drobo Mini. Jim Sherhart, Marketing Director for Drobo, joins us this evening to discuss their latest hardware.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s 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 — Jan. 19, 2012

  • Make Images Look Great!
  • Digital Production in the UK
  • News from the USC Film School
  • New 3D Software from CineForm

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, David Newman, Norman Hollyn, and Rory McKellar

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Great New Interviews! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital

Light Iron Digital has provided post production services for hundred’s of the top Hollywood productions. Michael Cioni, CEO, is in the middle of just about everything that goes on there. With the Sundance Film Festival around the corner and the Academy Awards looming, we thought it might be fun to bring Michael back to talk about their latest projects and how he thinks they will stack up against the competition. And, along the way, we’ll talk about the latest production techniques he sees in the industry.

David Newman, Sr. Director, Software Engineering, GoPro

GoPro just announced a new version of its 2D and 3D production software, the GoPro CineForm Studio (Premium and Professional). David Newman, GoPro’s Senior Director of Software Engineering joins us to explain what this new version means and give us an update on GoPro’s latest announcements at CES.

Rory McKellar, Producer/Director, MindHeist

UK-based Rory Kellar is a producer, director for MindHeist who works non-stop on both sides of the Atlantic. Staying creative and positive in what can be a very challenging business is the mark of a special individual. We invited him to provide us an update on the latest production techniques – and gossip – in the UK!

Norman Hollyn, Editor & Professor, USC Film School

Norman Hollyn is a regular contributor to The BuZZ. He is also an award-winning editor and a Professor at the USC Film School in Los Angeles. It’s a new year and we haven’t yet asked Norman what his plans are for his students at one of the country’s finest film schools. What hardware and software upgrades are planned and why? And how does changing technology affect creativity. Norman also co-hosts “2 Reel Guys” with Larry Jordan and we’ll try to get them to tell us what new episodes they are working on!

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 – Nov. 17, 2011

LIVE and On-Location at Video Symphony in Burbank, CA!

  • Tips to working with actors
  • The “New Now” – Growing Your Business
  • Making money on your film
  • The Muppets meet DI
  • State of the art career training

GUESTS: Lydia Cornell, Philip Hodgetts, Mike Timm, Adrian Belic, Michael Cioni, and Darren Millar

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Lydia Cornell. Award-winning Actress

Lydia Cornell won the People’s Choice Award for her role as Sarah Rush on ABC’s “Too Close for Comfort” in 1980 and has worked non-stop ever since. Her professional career extends beyond acting into theater, film, and television. She is also just about finished with her new novel. We first met on our Oct. 27 show and were so impressed we invited her back to talk about what it takes to succeed in Hollywood, tips for producers/directors on how to work with actors and, above all, the importance of being true to your creativity.

Philip Hodgetts, President, Intelligent Assistance

Philip Hodgetts, President, Intelligent Assistance, joins us to talk about thriving and growing in today’s business climate. Today, customers think cheaper equipment should lead to cheaper production. There’s a “kid in a basement” underbidding at every turn and many traditional sources of production revenue are simply drying up. The advent of an economic downturn has accelerated the changes in our industry, while the Internet has radically changed communication and brought us powerful new tools for communicating with new and current customers. It’s tough to make a living, but Philip has some ideas that can help.

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital, has been a Digital Intermediate Supervisor on more than 200 feature films – such as Pirates of the Caribbean 4, The Amazing Spiderman, The Social Network, Total Recall, and… the Muppet Movie! We want to learn more about how the process of digital intermediates works and whether this is a technique that can benefit the independent filmmaker.

Adrian Belic, Independent Filmmaker — Michael Timm, Independent Filmmaker

Two successful filmmakers, looking to make money on their projects. The first film of Adrian Belic and his brother, Roko, created just after college, was the Academy Award-nominated “Genghis Blues.” His follow up film is the multi-award winning “Beyond the Call.” How does he market his product and what advice can he give to the rest of us about survival in the intensely competitive world of independent films. Filmmaker Mike Timm has some good news for us! His film, “A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet” premiered recently at the Maryville Film Festival and was the recipient of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Production Design and Best Cast Ensemble awards! So we guess he’s doing something right! We talk with both Adrian and Mike about how they are marketing their films and where the money is for filmmakers today.

Darren Millar, General Manager, Video Symphony

Darren Millar, General Manager, Video Symphony, recently joined one of the largest training schools for filmmakers to help create programs geared for filmmakers today. He joins us to discuss the role of Video Symphony in helping filmmakers jump-start their career.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else! It’s another fascinating show.
It’s 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 — Sept. 1, 2011

Building digital blockbusters, coping with a bad boss, making money internationally, and music in the cloud!

GUESTS: Michael Cioni, Jessica Sitomer, Rick Clarkson, and Bruce Nazarian. All this, plus Pick Our Brains, on this week’s show!

This week’s episode of the world’s only interactive talk radio program covering Digital Production, Post-Production and Distribution is filled with information and entertainment designed for the independent filmmaker or industry professional.

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Join host Larry Jordan and co-host Michael Hortonas they talk with:

Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron Digital

Starting first with Plaster City Digital Post, and now at Light Iron Digital, where he is the CEO, Michael Cioni has served as a Digital Intermediate Supervisor on more than 200 feature films – including Pirates of the Caribbean 4, The Amazing Spiderman, The Social Network, Total Recall, and, not to be missed, the Muppet Movie! We’ve heard about digital intermediates for a while now, but what do they do and how do we work with them? Even more inportant, can we use them on films with less than hundred million dollar budgets? (Hint: The answer is YES!). Tune in and learn more.

Jessica Sitomer, CEO, The Greenlight Coach

Getting a job is a wonderful feeling, until you walk in and discover you have a TERRIBLE boss! Now what? Good jobs are hard to find. Does this mean you are trapped in a life of angst and anguish? We invited our favorite job coach – Jessica Sitomer, CEO of TheGreenLightCoach.com – to join us this week to explain the steps you can take to get yourself out of a bad situation. There IS hope — and Jessica has some great ideas you can put to work immediately!

Rick Clarkson, VP, Product Management, Signiant

Rick Clarkson, VP of Product Management for Signiant, is responsible for driving development of Signiant’s products in the Media and Entertainment industry. Recently, they published a white paper on “The New Economics of International Content Distribution.” Because this paper looks at file-based, digital content, and since many filmmakers look to make money overseas, we wanted to talk with Rick about what they discovered; and how we can apply it to our own projects.

Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy

Music is moving to “The Cloud” — and we are still trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not. So, we invited Buzz regular, Bruce Nazarian, The Digital Guy himself, to join us to explain what ll this Cloud business is, and whether we should care or not. Even more important, is there a way for us to make, or save, money with this?

Pick Our Brains

This is your chance to get your technical and creative questions answered. You can contact us three different ways:

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