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  • Every Great Actor Should Have A Great Coach

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    Without Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson behind the bar, the fans wouldn’t have flocked to “Cheers.”   Those turning to ‘Friends’ would have tuned out if any of the six leads left the show.  And “The Sopranos” without James Gandolfini and Edie Falco?   Forget about it.    Acting coach Peter Kelley explains what made the attraction to…

     

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  • Phineas and Ferb: Music, Mischief, And The Endless Summer Vacation

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    Two writers asked each other, “What would you do with 104 days of summer vacation?”   If you think they answered, “Let’s shop around a cartoon based on the misadventures of two step-brothers and their secret agent platypus until it gets optioned,” you’d be uncovering the origins of Jeff "Swampy" Marsh and Dan Povenmire.    "We…

     

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  • The Magic Is In Their Hands: Props And Illustrations For “Land Of The Lost”

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    A degree in macro economics.  Formal art training by a Franciscan monk.  Three years as a chef in France.  Repairing frescos as a 16th century art curator.  This is the combined training of “Land of the Lost’s” prop master Scott Macginnis and illustrator Mauro Borrelli.   “I received a degree in macro economics,” said Macginnis….

     

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  • Wendy Kram and L.A. For Hire

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     At a time when many businesses fear their end is near, veteran film and television producer Wendy Kram has begun a new venture.  Recognizing a deficit where entertainment companies are forced to downsize due to the economy, Kram decided to turn the negative into a positive. Who is Wendy Kram?  Kram’s interest in production began…

     

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  • Springtime In France: The Cannes Film Festival

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    For the production community, May calls to mind one thing.  Not spring.  Not graduations.  Not even Mother’s Day.  That one thing is Cannes. Cannes is the type of event that strips the “wheat from the shaft.”  When I first joined the Variety sales team as a coordinator to Henry Deas, Director of Markets and Festivals,…

     

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  • Costume Design in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion

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    Costume Design in the Digital Age was a panel presentation held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Aril 24th,  in conjunction with the Science and Technology’s special exhibit, "Dressed in Color: The Costumes."  The panelist set out to explore the changes in technology and their effect on the role of the…

     

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  • This Video Will Make You Hungry

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    If hanging from a ceiling, drizzling sauce on a plate will avoid heavy shadows during a shoot, that is exactly what David Shalleck is prepared to do. Shalleck, an accomplished chef, food stylist, culinary producer and award-winning author recently spoke with 411 Publishing to discuss his short HD video entitled “Hungry 4 More.”  The tantalizing…

     

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  • Fighting In The Streets Of New York

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    Stefan Czapsky, A.S.C.,   loves New York.  When he was contacted to act as cinematographer for Dito Montiel’s new feature, "Fighting," he viewed Montiel’s “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints."  From that viewing, he was sold. "Much to my liking, ‘Guide’ was very much about New York," said Czapsky.  "Growing up in Queens, I recognized the…

     

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  • Kodak unveils the Visioni3 250D 5207 Color Negative Film

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    On Monday, April 20th, cinematographers, members of the ASC, film developers, and other invited guests gathered at the Kodak Screening Room for the unveiling of the Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Color Negative Film. After guests were treated to light refreshments including maki sushi, fire-roasted veggies and wine, a presentation was given where the technical aspects…

     

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  • Who’s Shooting House?

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    A bus breaks apart and passengers fly through the air in slow motion as a crash ensues.  A man with locked in syndrome slips in and out of consciousness, the world fuzzy and distorted.  A three quarter shot of Hugh Laurie as he stares at the photograph of a deceased staff member, unable to contain…

     

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  • Star Trek: Boldly Going Where Some Men Have Gone Before

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    In the early 60s, writer/producer Gene Roddenberry proposed a television series modeled after “Gulliver’s Travels.”  Marketed as a “western in space,” each episode was intended as both an action/suspense story as well as a morality parable.  On September 8, 1966, “Star Trek,” the embodiment of Roddenberry’s vision, first aired.  Roddenberry and the series writers were…

     

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  • The 23rd Genesis Awards

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    For 23 years, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has presented the Genesis Awards to entertainment media and major news outlets. The Genesis Awards recognize film and television productions, as well as news broadcasts and published articles, that raise public awareness and understanding of animal rights issues. On Saturday, March 28th, celebrities, media…

     

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  • Mountains Of Whipped Cream, Streets Of Toast

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    TV animation has progressed from the days of hand-drawn cels and computer rendered images. "Special Agent Oso," raises the creative bar by offering multi-media rendered animation, an interactive website, mobile casts, and On Demand programming. Oso, voiced by actor Sean Astin, is a stuffed panda who’s training to be a special agent. Created by Ford…

     

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  • Sugar: Baseball’s Less-Than-Sweet Side

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    When Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck first learned about the Dominican Republic baseball camps, they knew there was a story there. The baseball camps are military-like facilities that groom young boys into major league American baseball players. Many view baseball as the only hope they have to rise above poverty and provide financial security for…

     

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  • Working With The Red One Camera

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    It was a sense of utter frustration that drove steadicam operator Stefan von Bjorn to the Red One camera. "I would suggest a shot, and suggest a setup and then I would try to get the steadicam to the first mark. I couldn’t get the frame, because the camera was too long. Or, I couldn’t…

     

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  • HD Expo Overview

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    At a time when so many businesses are reporting plummeting numbers, the organizers of the March 5th HD Expo, held at the Universal Hilton, experienced a 30% increase in pre-registration. Novices, professionals, and camera enthusiasts of all kinds were able to greet vendors such as JVC, Schneider Optics, Canon and Panavision on the trade show…

     

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  • AFCI Location Tradeshow 2009

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    Did you know that the AFCI Location Trade Show is the longest running entertainment industry event in North America? Heading into its 24th year, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Location Trade Show will be held from April 16 -18 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. This year, 240 exhibitors from…

     

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  • Breaking Bad: Contemptible Choices Makes Compelling Drama

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    "We were sort of joking about how we should quit writing and go work at Wal-Mart or something like that, or we should go cook crystal meth. That’s what we should do!" Vince Gilligan’s description of how he came up with the idea behind "Breaking Bad" sounds like a movie itself. While bemoaning the difficulties…

     

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