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  • From The River To The Streets: Shooting “Rubicon”

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    Cinematographer Michael Slovis has had a very full year.  A good deal of time was spent down in New Mexico, shooting season three of ““Breaking Bad”” that have earned the show, and his work, 2010 Emmy nominations.   When the season of ““Breaking Bad”” ended, Slovis found himself returning home to New York and shooting the…

     

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  • Webinar Wrap-Up : International Incentives

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    On June 22nd, representatives from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom gathered in virtual space to discuss international incentives in the sixth installment of the 411 Publishing/Producers Guild of America’s Production Incentive webinar series.  This webinar was sponsored by our partnering sponsor Entertainment Partners, the leader in payroll and production services in the entertainment industry,…

     

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  • HPA’s Winners And Their Craft

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      The Hollywood Post Alliance offers many opportunities for the talented men and women working in film, television and commercials to gather, network, and enhance their skills.   Early in the year, they offer a four tech retreat that focuses on everything from new technologies to legislative and regulatory rule changes.  In the fall they host…

     

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  • Embracing 3D Technology

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      “Everyone sees 3D different,” said Rob Engle, Senior Stereographer & Digital Effects Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.                                                                                                     Engle was the program host for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  “Getting Perspective III – Exploring the Craft of 3D Technology.”  Broken into three evening sessions: Virtual 3D (Animation, Motion Capture and Conversion),…

     

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  • White Collar Takes To The New York Streets

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      Jeff Eastin knew it was in his blood to create a buddy-driven, crime-based comedy set on the streets of New York. “I grew up on ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ’48 Hours’,” said Eastin.  “The chemistry between these characters – I always wanted to do something capturing those feelings.” “White Collar” a character-driven television show focusing…

     

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  • The House A Loner Built: Behind “Get Low”

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      Producer Dean Zanuck (“Road to Perdition”) needed a director for an unusual period script with a tiny independent budget.  After watching the Oscar winning short “Two Soldiers,” he found that match: former cinematographer Aaron Schneider.   Schneider embraced the opportunity. “Movies tend to be a lot of spectacle now, and this spectacle will be put…

     

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  • 411 Launches iPhone App

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      There are apps for games, apps for social networking, and within the next month there will be an app any production professional shouldn’t be without: The LA 411 app!   The LA 411 app will be a free download available for users of the iPhone, iPads, and iTouch devices.  All the listing information found…

     

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  • HPA Awards Recognizes Winners

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      On Wednesday, May 12th, members of the media and Hollywood production community gathered to celebrate past members of the prestigious Hollywood Post Alliance Winners Circle and welcome nominees competing for the 2010 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards to be presented November 10, 2010.  The eligibility period for all categories began in the days that followed….

     

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  • One Man’s Swagger Is A Commercial Delight

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      Quentin Tarantino’s done it.  So have David Lynch, the Coen brothers, even Sean Combs and Betty White.  Some of Hollywood’s biggest names take time out of their schedules to shoot a commercial.  They enjoy the creative freedom and shorter schedules associated with commercial shoots.   Lensing these mini masterworks has long been a lucrative…

     

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  • A Killer Style For A Contemporary Noir: “The Killer Inside Me”

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    By Marjorie Galas Sunday, January 24th: “The Killer Inside Me” premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.  Immediately the movie stirs up controversy for its graphic depiction of violence.  Based on the 1950s novel by Jim Thompson, director Michael Winterbottom defends his narrative decisions.  What is depicted on screen is necessary to revealing the psyche of…

     

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  • The Doors Reopen For A Hollywood Icon

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      Every Hollywood icon should have a residence fitting of their grandeur and contributions to the world of production, and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is no exception. In 1938, the ASC purchased the former residence of movie star Conway Tearle, built in 1903.  In the early 2000s, Owen Roizman, A.S.C., chaired a committee…

     

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  • Production Incentives Hurdles And Slashed TV Show Budgets

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    The sophomore slump did not apply to the PGA’s 2nd Annual Produced By Conference.  Over 1,100 film and television professionals gathered on the 20th Century Fox lot to partake in a weekend of educational seminars ranging from exploring online and mobile distribution for exhibiting content to the best ways to utilize the latest technologies including…

     

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  • Locations Expo Silver Anniversary Provides Healthy Turnout

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      For twenty five years, producers, film makers, students, and production enthusiasts have gathered at the AFCI Locations Trade Show.  This longest running gathering of global film commissions kicked off its anniversary on April 15th and saw a healthy attendance over the course of its three day expo and workshop events. Nearly 3,800 attendees participated…

     

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  • Incentive Webainar Review: Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas

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      411 Publishing and the PGA (Producers Guild of America) in partnership with Entertainment Partners continued their production incentives webinar series on Tuesday, April 13th, with a presentation that focused on Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas.   Moderated by Entertainment Partners Marco Cordova, Director of Marketing, Business Development and Production Planning and Richard Guay, Vice President…

     

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  • 3D Takes Center Stage In Vegas

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        Every April, the National Association of Broadcasters holds a four day expo industry members simply refer to as "NAB."  Companies from all over the world gather to highlight their latest innovations, news, and products for retailers and broadcasting professionals to experiment and completely digest. Prior to the four day event, a two day press…

     

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  • Academy’s Focus On The “Digital Age”

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      In 2002, director Peter Jackson introduced the world to Gollum, a grotesque and tortured creature pivotal to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.  He also gave the viewing audience their first major dose of performance capture: the technical art of capturing an actor’s movements and developing an animated character that perfectly duplicates them.  …

     

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  • Animation Authority To Be Honored at UCLA

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      Randy Cartwright has held a lot of titles.  Animator.  Digital Production System Developer.  Cinematographer.  Writer.  This man’s extensive career may never have happened if it hadn’t had been for a 6th grade math class. "A friend of mine had drawn a little flip book in the corner of his notebook," recalled Cartwright.  "I was…

     

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  • Nightmare-ish Makeup: Re-Imagining Freddy

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      Andy Clement has been following Freddy for years.   As a special effects makeup artist and the founder of Creative Character Engineering, he’s amassed an extensive reference library on character effects used over the years.  He has knowledge on everything from the types of foam and latex appliances used on the original Freddy to…

     

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  • The 24th Annual Genesis Awards

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      The Genesis Awards experienced their largest crowd and show of press since its conception 23 years ago.  The event, which recognizes the news and entertainment media for raising awareness of animal protection issues, is presented by the Human Society of the United States.  Some speculated that movies such the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” that…

     

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  • Hollywood Is Opened For Business

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      “Hollywood is alive and well and open for business!”   With those words, Bill Farrar, the freshly appointed chairperson of the board to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Hollywood Expo 2010.  Celebrating its 50th year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce opened the once exclusive expo to members of the Los Angeles…

     

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