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  • A Night Of High Spirits For Art Directors

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    Enthusiasm was running high after entertainment luminaries including Warren Beatty, Richard Chamberlains, Gene Wilder and James Cameron walked the red carpet at the Art Directors Guild 14th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.  After attendees were treated to an amusing short film by filmmaker Cindy Peters entitled “The Case of the Bad Production Designer,” Paula…

     

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  • Digital Vision: Changing On Set Color Workflow

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    Digital Vision would like to change the way you work.  With a twenty-two year history in the production industry, they are not the newest kid on the block. Companies ranging from Technicolor to CBS to the National Library of Congress have relied on their products to assist with their color correction needs.   Their reach continues…

     

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  • A Cinematographer Makes A “180 Degree” Turn

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    Surfing turbulent waves, climbing ice-slicked peaks, hiking through terrain untouched by man.  This was all in a day’s work for cinematographer Danny Moder when he accepted the job working on the documentary "180 Degrees South." "It’s one of those jobs for me where I prepared for this my whole life," said Moder.  "It had the…

     

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  • Alice Gets Some New Clothes

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      From a headless horseman to a mad hatter, from an angora-clad director to a uniformed ape, Colleen Atwood has sized them all up.  The Oscar-winning costume designer ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Chicago") has been a frequent collaborator with director Tim Burton on movies ranging from period costumes ("Sleepy Hollow") to science fiction ("Planet of…

     

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  • Data Management – The Modern Day Wild West

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     The concept of data management holds no mystery.  Digital information has to be stored and filed in such a way that it can be retrieved and used when necessary.  However, in the film and television production community, data management offers a vast, under-explored territory.  "We grew up in a world of physical objects: paper, file…

     

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  • Sundance : The Tale Of Three Cinematographers

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      Producers bartering over million dollar distribution deals.  Directors promoting their creations.  Stars strolling down Main Street, schmoozing, skiing and attending an endless stream of parties.  The Sundance Film Festival has been known as the hub of independent movers and shakers.  Yet the pilgrimage to Park City, Utah isn’t just for the marquee names of…

     

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  • Live From Sundance: The 411/PGA Webinar

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      Festival-goers traveling along Park City’s Main Street were rewarded with a special opportunity on Monday, January 25th.  That morning, 411 Publishing, along with the Producers Guild of America and Entertainment Partners, held the fourth in a series of production incentive webinars at the site of The New York Lounge.  In attendance were not only…

     

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  • Making Web Technology Work For An Interactive Site

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      When you own your own site, you can decide what you want to do with it, and you can make it happen.  And that’s exactly what a team of production  pros did: they combined the love of reading, the love of children’s entertainment, and the love of producing to create the website MrsP.com        MrsP.com began in 2008 as…

     

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  • Glee : Fancy Footwork Tells The Story

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    The turn around time for a TV series production is always quick.  For a choreographer, preparation time for a dance number can be mere hours.  After reading the pilot for “Glee,” Zach Woodlee was not deterred by the timeline that would allow him a day and a half, at the most, to perfect multiple dance…

     

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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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