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Digital Production Buzz – April 7, 2011

Mat Beck, Aloura Charles, Michael Julian Berz, Trilby Jeeves, Cirina Catania, and Philip Hodgetts

HEADLINES: The effects wizard behind “I Am Number Four”, clownin’ with a bunch of buffoons, and “everything’s changing” at NAB 2011 — all this, plus Buzz Shout-outs!, on this week’s show!

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Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with:

Mat Beck President/Senior Visual Effect Supervisor, Entity FX

Mat Beck, ASC, is the president and visual effects supervisor for Entity FX. His skills as cinematographer and director have appeared on over 60 feature films and numerous TV shows, commercials and music videos.  His credits include a wide range of movies – from Titanic, The Abyss, True Lies to recent projects including I Am Number Four and Yogi Bear in stereoscopic 3D. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Visual Effects Society, the International Photographers Guild Local 600, the Director’s Guild of America, and the Writer’s Guild of America. He joins us this week to talk about his work on the recent feature: “I Am Number Four.

Aloura Charles, Writer/Director, Un-Natural Selection

A graduate of the Florida State University Film School, Aloura M. Charles mentored with critically acclaimed directors, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese. She’s recently launched a new comedy series that she has written and directed for web distribution called “Un-Natural Selection.” In it she’s using SAG actors. We talk with her about her new project, why she’s using SAG actors for web shows, and how easy, or hard, it is to work with the unions.

Trilby Jeeves, Founder, Buffoonery Workshops

Remember that long black limo filled with clowns? Well, the idea for this flash mob belonged to Trilby Jeeves, founder of the Buffoonery Workshops. However, (brace yourself) this is more than just clowning around. Her workshops are designed to improve the skills of actors, to help them stop thinking and start feeling, to “reach the honest depths of instinctive performance.” This week, we talk with her about her workshops, the Buffoonery Flash Mob in Vancouver, and why all of us need to act silly every so often.

Michael Julian Berz, Photographer and Director

It was a normal day in Vancouver, BC, until a long, LONG, black limo pulled up and dozens (some say HUNDREDS) of buffoons got out and started dancing in the park. Michael Julian Berz, dancer, photographer, and director, was the director that captured the craziness. We talk with him this week to learn what it was like working with a bunch of clowns! (Watch the video here – you need a break, anyway.)

Getting Ready for the 2011 NAB Show

Well, the rumor mill has run amok!!! Last minute changes at the NAB SuperMeet point to new announcements from Apple on Final Cut Studio. Adobe and Avid are both rumored to have significant new goodies to show. In fact, virtually every company in our industry has something new to talk about.

In this session, we grill tech guru Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, who updates us on the latest new gear to look for, and BuZZ producer, Cirina Catania, showcases the special NAB coverage The BuZZ is creating next week live from the NAB trade show floor. In fact, we premiered a NEW website specifically for our NAB coverage – you can view it here. Live interviews throughout the day, show highlights every evening, and in-depth special reports as they happen.

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