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Producer’s Corner: July 11, 2013

I was at an LAPPG (Los Angeles Post Production Group) event last night and many in the room were talking about this “industry,” and how hard it is to find work. The topics centered around the fact that many clients are not paying as much as they used to for our services. However, the presentations by members during the meeting of their current work, including a demonstration of the beta version of “Lumberjack” for logging,  faded all that into the background as I thought that, “surely, this amazing creativity will rise to the top.” And it will. Just persevere and it will pay off! Hopefully, some of the wonderful guests we bring on to the BuZZ have information that you find interesting, useful and inspiring.

Nick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla is a Cinema 4 artist and creative force with a huge fan base. He makes iPhone apps under the BananaCameraCo moniker, teaches motion design, and we are delighted to have him on the BuZZ tonight to talk about his most recent work. He has been sharing his time with students and creatives to help them become more successful doing what they love … and that is a very good thing. For what better way to be happy than to make money at your craft?

Talking about perseverance, Josh Mitchell’s short film, “Helen Keller Had a Pitbull,” sounds, well, pretty gripping…we have questions. How does someone who is working in several different arenas (writer, director, actor and publicist) have the time to finish a film? We applaud him!

I traveled to a very hip part of Culver City a couple of weeks ago to meet dynamic Ric Perez-Selsky, Technical Director at Popsugar. He is a whiz at using the Tricaster and managing live productions, which he is doing on a daily basis. Where does he find the time to also make his own films? Sounds creative to me! I watched his videos and was impressed and he kindly agreed to take time to speak with us on the BuZZ. I think you’ll like what he has to say.

Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design has some thoughts on the recent announcements about their company’s support for Adobe and some new ways for us to use DeckLink.

Adobe made a formal announcement concerning Adobe Anywhere this week. We had seen a preview of it at NAB and have been waiting to try it out. They are right, working long-distance is a growing problem for media producers and content providers. Media files are getting bigger and bigger and the highway is getting crowded. Is this our fast lane to the future? Hope so!

Thanks for listening to the BuZZ. I am always up for questions or suggestions for stories. Email me to news (at) catania (dot) us and I’ll get right back to you.

Happy creating!

Cirina Catania
Cirina Catania
Supervising Producer, Digital Production BuZZ
write to Cirina at:  news@catania.us

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