A 'Grimm' Look Into the World of Killer SFX

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Most people only deal with spooky characters & ghoulish sprits one month out of the year, but for Matt Scott, owner and chief artist of Von Grimm Productions, Halloween is an everyday occurrence. With over 13,000 hours in professionally operated haunted attractions as well as work in film and television, learn how to make it in the dark world of special effects, one horror story at a time. 

Read More Wednesday, October 15, 2014 8:54 AM
Von Grimm Productions Gives Us an Inside Look for Success in SFX & More

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Camera Op to Cinematographer: Matt Leonetti & His Road to Hollywood Success

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Matt Leonetti started his career as a camera operator & quickly became a full-fledged cinematographer shooting iconic films, including Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Weird Science, Jagged Edge, Star Trek: First Contact, Dawn of the Dead, The Butterfly Effect, and Rush Hour 2. Forty years after his first role as director of photography on Bat People (1974), Leonetti continues to shoot, including the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To. Learn how Leonetti paved the way to his success, with tips, advice and much more.

AbelCine: 25 Years of Change and Growth

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This October marks the silver anniversary of AbelCine, the respected equipment services provider known for their longtime support of the production community. 

President & CEO Pete Abel, who co-founded the company with his brother Rich in 1989, discusses what has shaped AbelCine’s development over the last 25 years.

"The Drive" Gets Viewers Under the Helmet and Into the Game

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The Drive "pulls back the curtain" and provides viewers with a rare look into what a nationally-ranked college football team goes through on their quest for a Pac-12 Championship. Fans get to go "under the helmet" to learn the players personalities and personal stories. Catch up with Senior Coordinating Producer, Michael Tolajian, as he shows viewers much more than they could ever see by just watching the game broadcasts.

Shoot Tight, Crop Tighter: The Art of Sports Photography

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by Katie Barclay

Sports photography has a reputation for requiring a diverse set of skills. Not only do you need to be able to shoot in unpredictable lighting, you also need to be able to know how to capture fast-moving objects in a clear and concise way. In other words, you really need to be an artist to be able to be successful with sports photography. 

Congrats! Snowy Peak is our #BestPlacesToWork First Place Winner!

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Congrats to Snowy Peak for winning our Best Places to Work Contest! They have shown us in just 15 seconds how amazing working for their production company can be! From canine co-workers, to kayaking, mud volleyball and brain storming sessions with a brew in hand, Snowy Peak sure knows how to create a fun company culture from all the way in Colorado. 

View our second and third places winners too! 

Drone vs. Helicopter for Aerials: Top 5 Scenarios for Each

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So you're a Director or Producer who trolls on Vimeo for creative ideas and inspiration.  After weeding through a gazillion time-lapse and steadicam videos, you've hit on a school of ridiculously beautiful aerial shots.  You keep telling your creative inner self, “We’re gonna find a place for this scene in a project!”  Then the perfect project rolls around, and you put the shot into the storyboards and base another 3-4 shots on this visual hook because the ideas is so awesome.  And you're super stoked.  Then the Buzzkill happens...


Read More Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:40 AM
Director Jeremy Pinckert breaks down each choice after filming 4K RED Epic aerial footage

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