Transforming Education Through Digital Innovation: Austin Parenti Pioneers Virtual Production Program at The King’s Academy

Exclusive Interviews Friday, December 1, 2023
Austin Parenti, Director of Digital Media Arts at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, FL built the school’s virtual production program from the ground up starting with a single Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K digital film camera. He now has up to 200+ students enrolled in the program and is teaching virtual production to kids as young as 6th grade.

In Review: Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Cinema Camera

Exclusive Interviews Friday, November 17, 2023
In my quest for the next great camera, many of the things that I'm on the lookout for will likely sound familiar to you on your own new camera searches. These can range from the latest new features such as the ability to shoot and record in 8K at 60f or more technical features such as sensor sizes.

Camera D’Or Winning “War Pony” Production Designer on Designing a Space for Actors’ Comfort

Exclusive Interviews Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Terry Watson is one of the production designers behind the highly acclaimed War Pony, which premiered July 28 after a successful festival run over the past year that included winning the Camera D’Or in Cannes 2022. War Pony follows the interlocking stories of two young Oglala Lakota men growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The film marks both Riley Keough’s and Gina Gammell’s feature directorial debut. As an additional production designer on the film, Terry was responsible for identifying a design style for the sets, locations, graphics, and props while working closely with the directors, director of photography, and producers. In her designs, she prioritized the rustic color palette of South Dakota, where the film takes place, utilizing the colors Native Americans used in blankets and other items while also highlighting the scenic landscapes of the reservations and farms the film was shot on.

Grammy-Award Winning Songwriter, Alex Geringas on His Work On Warner Bros 'Batwheels'

Exclusive Interviews Friday, November 10, 2023
Alex Geringas is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, who is responsible for the score of the entire Trolls TV franchise as well as the score for Paramount’s Blue’s Big City Adventure. Recently, Alex wrote the song My Kind of Monster for Disney’s Under Wraps 2 and is currently scoring Batwheels for Warner Bros. Alex scored this animated series, working closely with the creative team to sonically encapsulate the vehicles that have come to define childhood.

How Supermodel Donyale Luna & Composer Kelly Mac Pave the Way for Black Female Artists

Exclusive Interviews Monday, November 6, 2023
We recently spoke with Kelly Mac, the exceptionally talented Black female composer who has orchestrated the captivating soundscape of HBO's recent documentary, "Donyale Luna: Supermodel." This extraordinary documentary, which premiered on MAX September 13, delves into the life and legacy of Donyale Luna, the trailblazing Black model who shattered barriers in the '60s and '70s. Donyale's historic presence on the covers of Harper's Bazaar in 1965 and British Vogue in 1966 marked a pivotal moment in fashion history, challenging norms during a time when the industry rarely embraced Black women, particularly those who did not pass as white. In a parallel journey, Kelly is making her own groundbreaking strides, championing diversity in an industry where representation is scarce. Her impressive body of work, including compositions for the BET+ comedy film "Block Party" and the ongoing Essence Magazine docuseries "Time of Essence" on OWN, highlights her prowess in storytelling through music. As the CEO and Founder of Kelly Mac Music, she's not only paving the way but also creating opportunities for diverse talent across the media landscape, specializing in original music composition, music supervision, songwriting, and licensing.

‘Painkiller’ Editor Geofrey Hildrew on Immersing the Audience into the Story

Exclusive Interviews Friday, November 3, 2023
In our latest interview, we spoke with Geofrey Hildrew, the mastermind behind the editorial prowess of Netflix's upcoming series "Painkiller." Geofrey's creative vision as the editor of pivotal episodes one, three, and five invites viewers to embark on a cinematic journey like no other. With a unique narrative structure that unfolds in a nonlinear and nontraditional manner, he skillfully maintains clarity while ensuring audiences remain engrossed. As the series delves deeper into its discomforting storyline, Geofrey's editing artistry mirrors this unease, immersing viewers into the mindset of each character.