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  • Footage Of Major Hollywood Events Archived For First Time

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    In an effort to support commercial and professional media outlets looking for archival and stock footage, HBO Archives recently announced that over 13,000 videotapes have been catalogued and added to their Entertainment News Library.  The clips, available in both standard and high definition through both video and text searches, cover some of the entertainment industry’s most…

     

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  • Future of Film Summit

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      December is traditionally a month to step back and look at the events that shaped the year.  The Future of Film Summit took a slightly different approach: the changes over the past year were applied to contemplate industry shifts to come.   Paula Wagner, industry vet who has recently founded Chestnut Ridge Productions, shared…

     

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  • Film Preservation Part Two: Video Preservation And The Future Of Digital Preservation

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    In December, an article featuring the Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Head of Film Archives Mike Pogorzelski was published in the 411 Publishing Newsletter that illustrated the difference of archiving film and digital archiving.  The complexities of archiving do not end with film, however.  Video faces its own preservation hurdles.  Videotape is composed of a…

     

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  • Seventy Years Of Protecting Creatures Great and Small

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      Jone Bouman takes her job very seriously.  When it comes to animal safety and well being on a shoot, be it a student film, a commercial, a music video, or a big budget feature, American Humane Film and Television Unit is there every minute any animal is required, no matter how large or small.   …

     

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  • Teamwork Adds To “The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnasus” Visual Style

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    "A Terry Gilliam Film."  This credit hangs under the title of Gilliam’s latest feature, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus."  Those who are familiar with Gilliam think of wildly visual films where a smashed beetle can change the course of one man’s fate (Brazil) or a gonzo journalist’s drug-addled weekend is brought to life through a…

     

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  • 34th Annual Nicholl Fellowship Winners

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      The 24th Annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting recipients were announced at the beginning of November.  On Thursday, November 12th, a group of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governor’s Board members, and select producers, screenwriters and press agents were invited to honor the screenwriters of this year’s five selected scripts.   The…

     

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  • Roger Corman Shares His Secrets With AFCI

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      At the beginning of November, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) held their annual conference.  The conference began with a keynote speech presented by independent producer Roger Corman.    Corman, who will receive an Honorary Oscar this year, has produced over 350 films.  He opened his discussion with a film clip from the…

     

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  • 411 at AFM: Day Four

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      For someone involved with helping place AFM ads in the Variety Dailies for two years but had never attended the event itself, I was extremely excited to spend a day in Santa Monica, getting a feel for the atmosphere and the activity surrounding one of the major international film marketplaces.   For eight days in November over…

     

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  • Part One: Film Preservation In The Advent of Digital Media

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      There’s no question that film is a record of history.  There is also no question that the lessons of history need to be accurately preserved so they are accessible to future generations.  The complexity of accurately preserving film stock and digital formats is the focus of Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Head of Film…

     

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  • Watermarking: Altering Audio To Ward Off Pirates

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        Piracy of film and video entertainment has become an ever-growing problem.  As consumer grade equipment becomes more accessible, pirates have greater means of capturing superior quality images and peddling this material to unsuspecting consumers.   At the SMPTE summit held at the beginning of November, Joe Winograd, Executive Vice President of Verance Corporation, spoke…

     

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  • Using Natural Conditions To Make A “Wild” Reality

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      Cinematographer Lance Acord has been working with Spike Jonze since the two men met as skateboarders. Together, they’ve worked on commercials, music videos and features including "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," and most recently, "Where the Wild Things Are." Jonze and Acord had begun developing "Harold and the Purple Crayon" before receiving the support of…

     

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  • 411 at the 2009 COLA Awards

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      Location professionals, film commissioners, city officials and members of the production community mingled around the outdoor pool at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel during the 15th Annual California On Location Awards.  The tone remained friendly as guests munched shrimp and congratulated each other on their efforts to keep filming in California despite the difficult…

     

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  • New York Home To Twenty Year Production

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    Each fall, new television series are introduced to the viewing public.  Some will succeed, and go on to last several seasons.  Many others will fail, folding before a full season airs.  “Law and Order” has not only defied the odds by reaching its 20th season this year, it’s also spawned a number of spin-off series.  Executive…

     

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  • Perspectives On Editing: A Conversation with Anne Coates

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      Anne Coates has been editing film for over 57 years.  This Oscar winning editor is an example of pure dedication, hard work, and lucky breaks.  After her first experience splicing educational films together for the church circuit, Coates talked her way into an assistant editing job with Pinewood Studios.  “They asked me if I…

     

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  • Film Comissions Highlight California Locations/Crew

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     It was not surprising to see members of the California Film Commission in attendance at the recent California On Location Awards, or COLAs.  The key sponsor of the event, FLICS, or Film Liaisons in California Statewide, may be less familiar to individuals outside of location scouting, but their role in the evening’s program and retaining…

     

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  • From Costumes To Cinematography: Skateboarding Rules

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      “Zeke and Luther” is the latest hit on the Disney XD channel.  The teen comedy revolves around two best friends, Zeke and Luther, who are determined to become world-famous skateboarders, regardless of their inexperience and the criticism of  peers and adults alike.  Standing behind the actors, camera operators, wardrobe department, writer and director ensuring the…

     

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  • Scouting By Foot Effective For “(500) Days Of Summer”

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    From the Bradbury Building to Grand Central Market to Angel’s Knoll, “(500) Days of Summer” can be seen as a location calling card for the city of Los Angeles. The wealth of sites was so impressive, that Location Manager Michael Chickey was recently bestowed the “Locations Professional of the Year – Features” honor at the…

     

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  • Variety’s Power Of Youth – Get Involved

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    Many members of the production community engage in one or more philanthropic activities.  Two years ago, the executives at Variety felt it was time to unify the organization and develop a company-organized charity event.  The goal was to illustrate that, despite economic hard times and union strikes, the production community had a commitment to help…

     

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  • Prime Time Emmys: From The Red Carpet To Backstage

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    The mercury rose to 100 degrees when the stars arrived on the 61st Annual Prime Time Emmys red carpet.   Several surprises were in store (Jon Cryer wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series!  Jessica Lange wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries/Movie!), as well as some repeat winners from last year (paging…

     

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  • Highlights From The 3D Entertainment Summit

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    Bob Dowling, President of the Bob Dowling Group and co-producer of the 3D Entertainment Summit, kicked off the two-day event September 16th with a summary of the successful 3D grosses.   Looking over a crowd that nearly doubled in size since the inaugural 3D Summit held in January and seeing exhibitors increase from seven to 27,…

     

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