If you’ve never attempted a feature documentary, the first thing to know is that completing one is difficult. It’s a craggy mountain of work in which it’s easy to become lost. Just as you would spend weeks in preparation before hiking the John Muir Trail, making good decisions from the get-go will pay big dividends over the years it will take to complete your doc.
So you're making a movie. You read all the books, watched the DVDs, maybe got a degree, or you learned things “the hard way,” by trial and error. You’re a master, or maybe not. You went on a vision quest and the film gods granted you a story to tell. It’s gonna be your breakthrough project. For whatever reason, you decided to make a movie, short or long, cheap or expensive, and you’ve assembled a crew of competent specialists. I used to believe in the auteur theory, and creatively, I still do, but that doesn’t mean you literally do all the heavy lifting alone. No matter how many heads are present (and how many hats they’re wearing), filmmaking is a team effort.
The employment/hiring pool has never been bigger. The internet has broken geographical boundaries and reduced marketing costs, levelling the playing field for every production team out there.
From watching superhero movies to starring in them, Nick Baric has been on quite the journey as a Hollywood stuntman. We caught up with him to chat about his time in the mocap world and where he thinks its future might lie.
Since their inception, the Summer and Winter Games have endeavored to transcend linguistic and cultural differences through the universal love of sport. However, they haven’t always been the global affair that they are today. The first modern games in 1896 only included 14 nations. Today, 206 countries have official organizing committees to support the Winter and Summer Games. And, while not all nations have athletes at every game, all nations have people who tune in.
Whenever a year begins, I've always found it beneficial to reflect and prepare for the changes and challenges each new year brings. Today I’m going to focus on something invisible to most, that soon will become a very visible problem. However, with proper planning and awareness, the impact of a problem can often be reduced or eliminated entirely.
There’s no shortage of cool movie characters, but when the car that character drives becomes just as iconic as the character himself, you know you’ve got the makings of a great car.
I have to thank ProductionHUB for the best drone gig I had in 2017. I received a call from Jynx Productions from Yarmouth, Maine on a Tuesday, inquiring about a drone shoot to happen in 2 days. They were having a tough time finding a licensed drone pilot in Florida who also could be the main camera on a DSLR shoot. Luckily they logged onto ProductionHUB and found my profile. Fortunately, I was able to move a day of editing on another project, because I ended up capturing the best footage I have ever shot with my DJI Mavic Pro.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest minds in sports production. Everybody involved in the production side of things has brought their own unique style and expertise to the table - outstanding producers and directors, technical directors, audio engineers with mad skills, rock solid camera ops, and dare I say hundreds of other technicians, grips, and production assistants, and just a lot of other people that make great sports productions happen. But all of the people I have just mentioned whether they were part of a big crew, or of just a crew of two have one thing in common.
AbelCine recently completed a build-out of their new location in Brooklyn’s Industry City. The 44,000 sq ft facility encompasses a sales showroom, rental facility, training theater, tech services center, community areas, and a development center. With an Open House planned for February 10, ProductionHUB caught up with Pete Abel, CEO; Mike Nichols, Business Development Manager; and Jeff Lee, National Training Manager, to learn more about the new space.