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Exclusive Interview: Olsen & Mestman Talk “Off the Tracks” & the Upcoming FCPX Creative Summit 2016

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Final Cut Pro X has come along way since it's controversial launch in 2011, but many in the filmmaking industry don't know that. Future Media Concepts (FMC) had the pleasure of speaking with Brad Olsen, the Producer of Off the Tracks—a new documentary about how Final Cut Pro X shook up the post production industry. Today there is a growing community of Final Cut Pro X editors, trainers, and plugin developers who share a common passion for making a difference in the world.

The Virtual Sound of Reality: AES 2016

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This fall, audio professionals from all around the world convened at the 141st AES Convention in downtown LA to check out the leading-edge audio technology and gear of 2016.  Not only was the Los Angeles Convention Center jammed with countless exhibit floors, but there was also a myriad of seminars where attendees gathered to gain insight on these new developments.  Some of the highlights included VR/360° audio microphones, virtual microphones and ground-breaking audio plug-ins that now change the way engineers can mix, master and record.

Avoid Making These 3 Frightening Mistakes During Production

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As a writer, producer, and actor, I’ve seen and experienced a few scary things over the years. As the amount of independent films, web-series, and shorts being made increases, it’s a great time to review some basic things to make your production less frightening and more professional, from producing, to acting, to being a member of the crew.

In Review: Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K

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When I got the delivery of the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K, I was instantly very curious. I am thinking to myself, OK, a small 4K camera, not exactly a brand new idea. So how would it stack up? What would the image quality be? There are other cameras in the small 4K space that make really nice images. So what would set the Blackmagic Design 4K Micro apart from the rest? Get ready for an interesting twist on how Blackmagic delivered with really solid, exceptional picture quality.

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Next Production

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After leaving the Marine Corps in 2012 I came to NYC to become a filmmaker. Meeting other veterans in the media industry and realizing the advantage our shared operational experience gave us, I founded Tomahawk Pictures. The production industry is tough to break in to and convincing it that veterans can be creative is quite a challenge. Believe me we get it, our old job was to close with and destroy the enemy - so certainly our previous skill set doesn’t translate. But our culture does. Here are a few points from a Marine’s perspective that I think can add value to your next production.

6 Ways to Craft a Great Script

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When working on a video project, for fun or for a client, it is always a good idea to start the process by drafting a script.

A script will give you the structure necessary to turn that single daunting project into multiple smaller, and more digestible goals. It also helps you and your team to stay on track while out on shoots. And as a big added bonus, it shows your clients that you are organized and prepared.