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Documentary filmmakers are visual storytellers. Many of us don’t have scientific backgrounds — I’m a musician by training — yet that shouldn’t preclude us from making content that deals with science and technology. Who better than a non-scientist to help translate technical ideas to understandable content for a non-technical audience?
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.
If you are a video production company or an independent producer, you’re part of an exciting time in our industry. Each year, the amount of video on the Internet increases exponentially. This year, Cisco reports that 80% of Internet traffic will be generated by video content.
The holidays are here! So we compiled a list of cool gear WE would want the Amazon delivery drones to drop off on our front doorstep in the near future!
If you work anywhere around brands, advertising or entertainment you will be very aware of the trend toward ‘branded content’ or content marketing as a tactic in today’s race for consumer awareness and eyeballs. While branded content can come in may forms one the most popular (and expensive, yet impactful) formats is video.
Robbie Carman, co owner of post production finishing company Amigo Media and colorist for the documentary “Snow Guardians”, took some time aside to share with us the process of creating such an immensely visual documentary. The doc is based on the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Montana Ski Resorts as well as the Search and Rescue teams that respond to winter emergencies.The visual goal of the “Snow Guardians” crew was to immerse the viewer into the lives of the men and women who take on this challenging high altitude job, while capturing the vast natural beauty of the remote and sometimes inhospitable mountain winter.The documentary is shot using cutting edge motion control time-lapse systems to help show the beauty and the amazing winter weather in Montana’s mountains.
by Nina StreichThe panel opened with the question, “Has old media died off?” and the interesting factoid that social media has now exceeded porn as the most used aspect of the internet.All the panelists agreed that the distinction between old and new media is shrinking. Mina Seetharaman (MS) said that everyone used to think of TV as old media but now all media - new or old - goes through a pipe.
by Matt Thames For the very early stage of the race, Sony outfitted five sheep with its latest AS100VR Action Cams, complete with waterproof features and image stabilization capacity. Sony then handed over the keys to local shepherd, Ian Hammond, to remotely control the cameras atop his flock. Attached using a modified dog harness, Sony hopes to catch a very unorthodox perspective of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France.
This summer, NYC-based music company Pull brought the digital icons known as emojis alive. Through three fun themes specializing in sound selection, they created Pepsi’s summer Instagram campaign celebrating World Emoji Day.
The culinary industry is one everyone takes part in – even if they’re in the dining room instead of the kitchen. Everyone appreciates good food, and this means food-related companies are in high demand. Restaurants, catering organizations, specialty food stores, and even the mom-n-pop grocery store plays a role in keeping stomachs full.