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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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  • Sony Participates In Open Source

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    With an increasing number of visual effects companies collaborating on a project together,  Sony Pictures Imageworks decided it was time to share some of their programming applications.   On July 30th, five technologies developed by Imageworks: OSL (a programmable shading language for rendering), Field3d (a voxel data storage library), Maya Reticule (a Maya plug-in for…

     

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  • Second Unit Has A Technical Effect On Film

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    The workload of a second unit director can differ depending on the nature of the project.  On the recent release, "Public Enemies," Bryan Carroll let the sky be the limit for his responsibilities.   "My role involved the aerial shots," said Carroll.  "My job as second unit director was to help build the journey of…

     

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  • Redford’s Film Changes Montana’s Landscape

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    Perhaps no other film has done as much for both the ecological restoration of rivers in the West and for production in the state of Montana as Robert Redford’s "A River Runs Through It." Based on Norman MacClean’s popular 1976 novella about a family of Montana men in the 1930s whose passion for fly fishing…

     

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  • How Audio Helped Edit “It Might Get Loud”

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    Former Vice President Al Gore taught Davis Guggenheim a lesson in editing.   While directing the Oscar-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," Guggenheim wanted to capture a very personal, introspective discussion from Al Gore.  However, he noticed the quantity of crew and equipment brought into Gore’s house lead to a formulaic, dry narrative.  Guggenheim had to…

     

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  • 411 Publishing/PGA Webinar

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    On Wednesday, June 24th, 411 Publishing and the PGA held the first in a series of webinars focusing on production incentives. Incetives 101: What Every Producer Needs to Know to Maximize Production Incentives was an hour-long free webinar that provided an overview of what production incentives are, how to get them, how to manage them,…

     

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  • When Producers Are Above And Below The Line

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    Many up-and-coming producers get their start by toiling through grunt work at a major production company. Doug Lloyd and Georgia Menides took a different path. "We met when we were both volunteering for a public access station in Worcester, MA," said Menides.  "We both had the desire to raise the bar pretty high."  During his…

     

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  • Greening Hollywood: Guild by Guild

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    Greening Hollywood, under the direction of Paige Donner, wants to make an eco impact on the production community.  In order to do this, she’s getting the message out, guild by guild. Greening Hollywood: Guild by Guild kicked of its inaugural event on Sunday June 14th.  The first in a series of panels that focuses on…

     

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  • The PGA’s Produced By Conference

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    By: Marjorie Galas When it came to producing a three day conference complete with two mixers and an award presentation, the Producers Guild of America did not disappoint.   The Produced By Conference kicked off its weekend program June 5th at the Paramount Studios Lot with a cocktail social.   The following two days, 900+ registered…

     

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  • HBO Archives Acquires “The March Of Time”

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    What do “armies of ants,” “pumping in prison,” and “the Statue of Liberty” all have in common?  They are all clips available on the HBO Archives. Originated in 2002, the HBO Archives provides stock footage for licensing as well as royalty free clips for commercial and professional use.  Their main categories: Sports, Wildlife, Contemporary, and…

     

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