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PRG Helps Sher Keep Joker Subway Scene – Real

Director's Cut Friday, March 20, 2020
“There’s nothing like feeling the sensations of a real subway ride,” says cinematographer Lawrence Sher ASC. It was the reason he wanted to make every moment as real as possible while shooting this year’s runaway hit Joker. With a range of film styles from the broadly comedic Hangover to the recent fantasy Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Sher has employed just about every cinematic technique available today. But – he’s still a bit ‘old school real,’ believing that giving the actors something tangible to work from enriches performance and allows the creatives something solid to work off of – not to mention enhances believability – and audience engagement.

Marshall POV Cameras Take eSports Broadcasts to the Next Level With ‘Player Cam’

Director's Cut Friday, March 13, 2020
Over the last decade, eSports has become really big business. Spurred on by the phenomenal growth of live Web streaming, the craze is gaining momentum at a rapid, if not unfathomable pace. For Producer Tim Reis, improving the quality of his “player cams” with Marshall Electronics CV502 Miniature Camera, helped to bring a more immersive, all access experience to his broadcasts and live streams.

Women in Film: A film festival's managing director's advice and more

Director's Cut Thursday, February 27, 2020
Whether you are a new filmmaker, a writer or just cinephile, choosing the right festival can feel like an overwhelming task. A quick google search reveals more than 3,000 festivals in the world! North America is host to nearly 70% and the cost often isn't worth the reward. However, one bright light shines from the desert with their commitment to quality, education and the film community. The Phoenix Film Festival boasts the titles of Top 25 coolest film festivals and one of the Top 50 worth the entry fee by MovieMaker Magazine. PFF has a special place in my heart, as well. They accepted my first film in their Student category when I was just a wee first year film student at the local community college.

Sun Screens Productions switches to EVS’ Dyvi for the latest season of American Idol

Director's Cut Friday, September 20, 2019
With the popularity of live competition TV shows continuing to increase and attract bigger audiences, the production levels required to make them have never been higher. Consequently, it’s now common practice to employ a second technical director or “screens TD” along with the lighting department’s graphics server operator to create the look and feel of the extravagant LED video tile-intensive sets. For most live productions today, a “screens team” along with the LED tech is usually needed to manage the LED tiles, as many of the stages have millions of LED pixels and countless lighting rig configurations.

Sound Recordist Pete Lee Climbs Kilimanjaro with Stingray Backpack

Director's Cut Friday, July 12, 2019
Pete Lee is not new to working in the rugged wild. Adventure is second nature to him. A look at his resume shows the challenges he’s used to — Sound Supervisor on Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, Sound Recordist on Trailblazers TV Series, Sound on Man Vs. Wild Series and the list goes on. So when he was called on to scale the world’s highest free-standing mountain, while providing sound, Pete was in.

Redefining Beauty: Saddington Baynes Embraces New Wave of Creative Thinking in Multi-Channel Campaigns

Director's Cut Friday, July 5, 2019
It's no secret that beauty brands are changing the way they advertise in keeping with the latest production technologies, media platforms, corporate responsibility and efforts to portray “real women” of all body shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Gone are the days of rigorous shoots and 'airbrushed' photography. In a move away from traditional marketing, the beauty industry has embraced a new wave of creative thinking to create multi-channel campaigns – a shift in direction that has inspired Saddington Baynes.

Delivering DCPs across Malaysia with Signiant Jet

Director's Cut Friday, May 31, 2019
The rate of adoption of new media technologies varies across the globe, and Malaysia has traditionally been on the slower end of the spectrum. For example, it wasn’t until 6 years ago that the move from 35mm to Digital Cinema fully took hold. While slow at first, once the benefits and improvements in quality became obvious, it was embraced wholeheartedly across the country.

Extreme Production: Taking It to the Limit and THEN Some

Director's Cut Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Creative professionals are by nature risk takers. Whether it’s some sweeping camera move or scene, we all want to get “that shot”. You know what I'm talking about. The one shot that steals your breath and makes for that wow and I might just die moment. Let’s take a look at some of the people and projects that make us stand up and take notice.