Pro Tips

  • A Revolution In 360 Shooting Hardware

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Skilled camera operators are always hunting for gear that will give them a reliable and fluid movement. Finding hardware that performs as well shooting a straight pan as a complete, 360 tilt has been a futile pursuit, until now.  Thanks to Cartoni, an Italy-based manufacturer that has specialized in professional camera support since 1935, an…

     

    Read more...

  • LeNoble Lumber Launches New, Interactive Website

    By 411 Update

     

    LeNoble Lumber is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website! After months of hard work and dedication, the new site launched April 21, 2017 with the following url: http://www.lenoblelumber.com/ Since 1965, LeNoble Lumber’s Motion Picture and Television division has been the primary supplier of set construction and scenic materials to East Coast production companies and…

     

    Read more...

  • Light Iron Ads General Manager To New York Facility

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Light Iron, a leading post production solutions provider and member of the Panavision family of companies – has appointed Rick Anthony to the newly created role of General Manager in its New York facility. The addition comes after Light Iron added a second floor in 2016 to triple its inventory of editorial suites. “Our New…

     

    Read more...

  • Safety First: Common Mistakes Made In The Field

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    Importance of the Lowly Sandbag, by  Patty Mooney Sand bags.  I admit, they are not a very glamorous piece of equipment, but they are crucial to any production.   Sand bags can be that one element standing between a safe production or one that leads to injury and expense.  For nearly 30 years, my video task…

     

    Read more...

  • Cinema Audio Society Adds Documentary Motion Picture Category

    By 411 Update

     

    Cinema Audio Society (CAS) announced Tuesday, July 5th, that it is expanding their CAS Awards Category effective February 18th, 2017. In a press release highlighting the addition of the category, “Outstanding Sound Mixing Motion Picture – Documentary”, CAS President Mark Ulano expressed his enthusiasm for the expantion. “Documentaries are such a vital segment of film…

     

    Read more...

  • Sim Group Hollywood Opens “Cameras Through Post” Facility

    By 411 Update

     

    Sim Group Hollywood has opened a “showcase building” where Sim Digital, Bling and Chainsaw debut a unique “cameras through post” offering that is the first available in the LA market.  The West Coast headquarters, located on the historic Eastman Kodak campus in Hollywood, is fully operational. ”We’ve got everything a production needs under one roof,”…

     

    Read more...

  • Kees Van Oostrum Named ASC President

    By 411 Update

     

    The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has elected Kees Van Oostrum to serve as president of the organization. This is Oostrum’s first term, which will run for one year, beginning immediately. The ASC Board also selected its slate of officers. They include: Bill Bennett, Dean Cundey and Lowell Peterson as…

     

    Read more...

  • Special Web Presentation: “Global Financing In The Modern World

    By 411 Update

     

    Variety 411, in partnership with the Producers Guild of America, AFCI and Entertainment Partners presents the latest edition to the popular production incentive webinar series.  The latest event, titled “Global Financing in the Modern World,” will explore multiple financing options from a global perspective, and will be taking place April 20th 2016 at 11:00 a.m.PST/2:00pm…

     

    Read more...

  • Utah Draws Productions With Tax Credit, Iconic Locations

    By 411 Update

     

    This story first appeared in the January 26, 2016 issue of Variety.  Monument Valley, the iconic location where John Ford filmed many of his Westerns, and Park City, site of the annual Sundance Film Festival, are both in Utah, inextricably linking the state to filmmaking past and present. Furthermore, with a 20%-25% refundable, nontransferrable tax…

     

    Read more...

  • Massachusetts Production Scorecard: 2015

    By 411 Update

     

    Published in Variety on December 10, 2015 With a minimum spend of only $50,000 per project, and no annual or project cap on its 25% production and payroll tax credits, Massachusetts pulls in multiple films and TV shows each year. It also helps that the state offers such backdrops as bucolic New England towns, Atlantic coastlines, noted…

     

    Read more...

  • Sony HDC-4300, FUJINON 4K Ultra HD Lenses Take High-Zoom 4K Shooting Beyond Sports

    By 411 Update

     

    Published December 11, 2015 By Sports Video Group The capabilities of Sony’s HDC-4300 camera and the new FUJINON Ultra HD series of lenses promise to transform the shooting of sports in 4K/UHD. However, the possibilities go far beyond the sports field. Other types of shooting beyond sports – nature and wildlife documentary production, are seeing tremendous new shots thanks…

     

    Read more...

  • LiveTV:LA: Award Show Production Calls For Creating A Moment

    By 411 Update

     

    Written by Ken Kershbaumer for SVG News There seems to be no limit to the number of award shows that are being created for television, and all of them have a simple goal that is not always easy to achieve, according to Charlie Haykel, executive producer for Don Mischer Productions: to create a moment. “You…

     

    Read more...

  • Can Feature Directors Coexist with the Commercial World?: How to Work with Filmmakers in the Ad-Verse

    By 411 Update

     

    Written By Rhea Scott, founder and EP of production company Little Minx. Remind Agencies that Feature Film Directors Can Also Do Commercials Agencies generally worry about a feature director’s ability to work within thirty seconds, and that’s always seemed silly to me. To silence these fears, I work the European way, packaging jobs with post…

     

    Read more...

  • A Behind The Scenes 411: On Set Diary For “The Chaplain”

    By 411 Update

     

    By: Marjorie Galas Writer/director Jeremy Breslau knew he needed a talented team to bring his short, “1982”, to life. As a young father reflects on a formative year in his childhood, a continuous panning shot shifts seamlessly from mornings to evenings; passing effortlessly from a bathtub to a backyard and gliding through rooms as seasons…

     

    Read more...

  • Women In Cinematography: A Sundance 2015 Panel

    By 411 Update

     

    Should cinematography be a profession based on ability or the DP’s gender? The question was explored during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival at the Canon Lounge on Main Street. Three cinematographers with films in this year’s festival, Rachel Morrison (Dope, What Happened, Miss Simone?), Laela Kilbourn (How to Dance in Ohio) and Dagmar Weaver-Madsen (Unexpected)…

     

    Read more...

  • Drones And Safety – A Sundance 2015 Special Panel

    By 411 Update

     

    Drones had their fair share of attention at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Nestled in the heart of Main Street, Canon offered an Aerial Cinematography Workshop focusing on the latest trends in shooting with drones. Off the beaten path, a very different discussion took place at Park Street’s Emerge Lounge. What began as an opportunity…

     

    Read more...

  • How to Find a Filming Location – Learning the Production 411’s

    By 411 Update

     

    You have a script that you want to shoot. Now you have to find the locations that will bring every set in your script to life. From “Kitchen, interior” to “adrift on an open sea” finding the best setting that not only will bring the scene to life but will be accessible for shooting is…

     

    Read more...

  • Tips for Creating a Low Budget Film – Learning the Production 411’s

    By 411 Update

     

    The world of production is calling you. You know you have what it takes, you just need to get your foot in the door. That first step is the biggest hurdle, but we are here to help you gain your footing, In our ongoing series, “Learning the Production 411’s” this primer, broken down into major…

     

    Read more...

  • How to Create a Film Budget – Learning the Production 411’s

    By 411 Update

     

    Making a film, television or web series requires more than a script, actors, crew and equipment. Nothing can be started without a budget in place! In our ongoing series, “Learning the Production 411’s” this primer, broken down into major categories, is designed to be easily digested, offering you the basic elements to get you on…

     

    Read more...

  • What A Set Decorator Does On A Film Or Television Production

    By 411 Update

     

    (Written in collaboration with Rand Sagers and many active members of the Set Decorators Society of America) When it comes to a film or television production, the term “it takes a village” is an understatement at best. Even the actors, seen performing on camera with other actors, have a team that prepares them to conduct…

     

    Read more...