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Digital Production Buzz – May 23, 2019

On the Buzz tonight, we talk with experts about the current state of production – cameras, lenses, VR, and the business of staying in business. We look at the challenges ahead, where the industry is going and what you need to know to succeed.

On another note, I’ve decided it’s time to take a break from the Digital Production Buzz to focus more on training. After our May 30th program, we’ll be putting the podcast on hiatus. You will still be able to find all of our Buzz shows on, and the website. While I will miss hosting The Buzz and chatting with you, I look forward to creating new training.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Dave Walton, Piet Thiele, Marcelo Lewin, Steve Weiss and James DeRuvo.

  • With Cameras, Change is a Constant
  • Why Lenses Today Are Better
  • VR is About to Roar Back!
  • It’s not the Gear – It’s the Story
  • James DeRuvo’s Journal

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With Cameras, Change is a Constant

Dave Walton
Dave Walton, Assistant VP, Marketing Communications, JVC/Kenwood USA, Corporation
David Walton, assistant vice president of marketing for professional products at JVC/Kenwood USA, Corporation, began his career 39 years ago … in production. Tonight, he shares his thoughts on the challenges facing camera manufacturers and where production is headed in the future.

Why Lenses Today Are Better

Piet Thiele
Piet Thiele, Product Manager CINE, Schneider-Kreuznach
Piet Thiele, Product Manager for the Cine lens division of Schneider-Kreuznach. He’s responsible for planning their Cine lenses and filters. While the professional camera industry is challenged by cell phone cameras, there is a growing need for high-quality lenses coming from surprising markets, as Piet explains.

VR is About to Roar Back!

Marcelo Lewin
Marcelo Lewin, Founder,
Marcelo Lewin is the founder of “” He’s passionate VR evangelist, creator and producer focusing on VR and AR experiences for the enterprise. Tonight, he explains the different versions of VR, why film makers should start paying attention and describes a very exciting near-term future for VR.

It’s not the Gear – It’s the Story

Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss, Creative Director, Zacuto
“My opinion is unchanged from 1979. It’s not about the equipment – it’s about talent and story.” Steve Weiss, creative director for Zacuto, has strong opinions about what filmmakers need to do to stay in business. And, as you will discover, it isn’t gear. Listen tonight as Steve explains what it takes to be successful.

James DeRuvo’s Journal

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief, doddleNEWS.
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief at doddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. With experience covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly doddleNEWS Update.
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