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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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  • Perspectives On Editing: A Conversation With Walter Murch

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    Oscar winning editor Walter Murch opened his discussion at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a quote by Victor Fleming:  "Good editing makes a director look good.  Great editing makes a film look like it wasn’t directed at all." Murch began his career as a sound mixer/sound designer.  After being hired to…

     

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  • Cinematographer Gives Radio Show A Visual Life

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    For the past three years, Adam Beckman received an Outstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming Emmy nomination for a most unique program: the Showtime series of the National Public Radio staple,  “This American Life." “This American Life," hosted by Ira Glass, has been broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio stations for fourteen years.  Each episode of the…

     

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  • Motion Capture Comics Take On New Frontiers

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        The ComicCon dust had settled and attendees had long since returned to their routine when four men set out to Los Angeles one hot August afternoon.  They came to spread the word about the motion comics of "Sparks." Sparks is a hero who lacks super human skills.  He’s an individual beset by the follies…

     

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  • 411 Publishing/PGA Webinar Series Continues September 23rd

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      On Wednesday, September 23rd, the 411 Publishing / PGA Production Incentives Webinar Series will resume with “Spotlight on California, New York and Connecticut.”   The first webinar presented in the series, “Incentives 101” provided an overview of production incentives through the guidance of panelists Joseph Chianese, VP, Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment…

     

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  • 20th Anniversary DVD Supplement Gets Theatrical Release

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      What began as the province of on-set assistant directors who would take some B roll footage and a few talking head interviews and then slap’em together and label it as a “featurette” the making-of documentary industry has grown into a sizable and respectable business, producing a number of substantial and respectable feature-length works that…

     

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  • Highlights From The 61st Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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      On Saturday, Sept. 12th, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences welcomed honorees and guests to the 61st Prime Time Creative Arts Emmy Awards.  Those honored were invited to walk down the red carpet into the Nokia Theater before the program began.  411 Publishing was there to share the excitement these talented individuals experienced…

     

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  • Plummeting Food Challenge Falls on “Meatball” Team

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      Take two veteran TV writer/producer/directors, one talented visual effects supervisor, pounds of hamburgers, and a giant jello mold, garnish with animation and develop for two years,  serve with 3D glasses and enjoy "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." The Writer/Producer/Directors  Phil Lord and Chris Miller met at Dartmouth College where they were both creating…

     

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  • Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners

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    On Saturday, August 29, 2009, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Creative Arts Emmys for outstanding acheivement in Daytime Television Produciton.  411 Publishing would like to recognize the following below-the-line recepients of these awards.  (The Prime Time Creative Emmys ceremony will be held on September 12, 2009) INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION "El Tigre" …

     

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  • Tarantino’s Latest Pic Refits The 40s

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    There’s reality.  And then there’s Tarantino reality.   The crisp uniforms of German military officers, the glamorous gowns of women attending a Paris film premiere, the furniture and cutlery of an elegant restaurant — all these visual details seem to accurately reproduce the look of Nazi-occupied France in "Inglourious Basterds." But do they? According to…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes: An “On The Set” Production Diary

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    5:45am:.  I’m picked up by Anna Starzyk, a production assistant for the Esperanza Production’s short, "Apples."  Anna tells me she was an editor, but didn’t enjoy "sitting in a dark room with little personal contact."  She decided to “go back to square one,” focusing on location work.  "I’m happy to have PA jobs such as…

     

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  • LA411 Listees Honored At Engineering Emmys

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     John Shaffner, Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences kicked off the 61st Prime Time Engineering Emmys celebration by discussing Michelangelo’s knowledge of eggs.   “There’s an enormous collaboration between arts and sciences,” said Shaffner.   “Michelangelo knew that the chemical properties contained in an egg, when introduced to paint, would allow…

     

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  • Back To School Special: Developing Children’s Programming

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    Developing quality content for any television show requires many skilled individuals.   Developing quality content for children’s television requires additional components beyond plot and style.   “It’s an interesting challenge,” said Nancy Kanter, SVP, Playhouse Disney Worldwide.  “How do you service the entertainment value: having quality characters and production values, while ensuring that it does have…

     

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  • The Party Goddess Emphasizes Party Planning Details

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    Marley Majcher doesn’t take the name “The Party Goddess” lightly.  With a business degree from Georgetown University and years of restaurant management and catering experience, her company, “The Party Goddess,” has become the go-to event planning agency for the Hollywood elite When she was 19, Majcher enrolled in a French speech class and focused a class…

     

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  • Friday Night Lights Thanks Texas Locals For Emmy Nom

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    With every type of sport, there’s always an underdog: a team loaded with potential and talent that’s just outside the spotlight.  “Friday Night Lights” remains the prime time TV drama ratings underdog.  However, for the third consecutive year, this favorite amongst critics will vie for an “Outsanding Casting for a Drama Series” Emmy against “Damages,”…

     

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  • NY Locations Add Authenticity to “Taking Woodstock”

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    Enhanced incentives and tax credits offered by the state of New York, coupled with a production team’s desire for authenticity in location and setting, allowed filmmaker Ang Lee and his team on the new film “Taking Woodstock” to indulge in their flower-power fantasies with six weeks of location shooting in the same area that the…

     

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  • Janie Bryant Is The “Mad Men” Costume Master Mind

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    For the past two years, Katherine “Janie” Bryant has been living with “Mad Men.”  As costume designer for the critically acclaimed drama, she’s responsible for creating a believable style that reflects the personalities and motivations of the series’ characters. “I deal with every character on an individual basis per episode,” said Janie.  “The design happens…

     

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  • Hope And Hereos: From The Red Carpet To Promotion

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    Fur was in on the El Capitan Theatre’s red carpet July 19th, when a massive crowd braved triple digit temperatures to witness the world premiere of Disney’s “G-Force.” “G-Force” follows a team of highly trained guinea pigs: Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Juarez (Penelope Cruz) who, aided by mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage), are…

     

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  • Red Camera Enthusiasts Get Educational Advantage

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    On July 23rd,  Los Angeles welcomed  Red One owners from around the globe as they gathered to  participate in the seven-day REDucation intensive workshop.     “The first REDucation series was sold out after three weeks,” said Createasphere’s president Kristin Petrovich.  “The event attracted attendees from all over the world, from areas as far away as…

     

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  • ComicCon: The Benefit To Below-The-Line

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    Where can one view an LED glove worn by Michael Jackson and a model spaceship used on the film “Alien,” catch a sneak peak of disaster movie “2012” and obtain signatures from movie stars, directors, writers, and artists of all kinds?  ComicCon is that one stop shopping experience for fans of all things television, movies,…

     

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