As technology advances, it not only expands the palate of creative opportunities but also lowers the barrier of entry, allowing more people to participate. It’s a corollary to Moore’s Law, and television production is no exception. Once the bastion of big companies, specialized equipment, and large budgets, the barrier to entry has lowered enough for high schools with limited resources to operate at a level equal to that of many professional studios.
Everyone knows "it's the most wonderful time of the year" for many reasons. One in particular is looking forward to getting AND giving some of the coolest technology gifts. Whether you're after the latest cameras, camera accessories, or even robots and more, we have compiled a list of gift ideas that are sure to speak to all of our inner "geeks."
Orlando Film Festival celebrated it’s eleventh year by screening over 50 features and upwards of 250 shorts. For five days, filmmakers and fans gathered at Cobb Theater to attend panels, network and support their favorite pieces. It was an amazing showcase of what makes 21st independent film so great, with work from seemingly every genre represented. Whether or not you were there for Best Picture winner Te Ata, the inspirational story of a Chickasaw woman who made her fame educating early 20th century America and the world about her culture at a time when her own customs were illegal under the law, or Indie Spirit award-winner Shooting Clerks, a biopic about the making of Kevin Smith’s cult classic Clerks or any number of the truly impressive short films that made their debuts this weekend, OFF has undoubtedly primed many amazing films for public viewership beyond the festival circuit.
The city of Alpharetta, Georgia is on a mission to rebrand itself. Not to its own inhabitants, but to outsiders who aren’t familiar with the city and what it has become. Suburbs aren’t traditionally viewed as hip hubs for tech companies, cultural events, nightlife and more; those distinctions are generally relegated to their urban counterparts. In Alpharetta’s case, however, this distinction couldn’t be further from the truth.
What’s the difference between backing up content and archiving it? Does it really matter? People use the terms interchangeably at times, but there are key distinctions in how these technologies protect and preserve content that can have a big impact in media workflows, including their potential to conserve storage capacity.
Today’s reality TV productions are ambitious in their size and tight broadcast schedules, requiring a multitude of impressive engineering feats. When not tracking every move of a housewife, psychic medium or celebrity, other shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, America’s Got Talent or The Voice closely follow the progress of contestants and are broken up into segments: the documentary portions that tell the back stories of contestants, the behind-the- scenes shots that show the contestants preparing for the competition, and then the (sometimes live, sometimes not) actual competition portion itself.
Remember that time that you and the team worked for three whole days and nights to hit that impossible deadline? No? Selective memory?You tried to forget? Your clients didn’t. Remember that exact moment it all crashed and it all went to sh*t because you didn’t back it all up to a nice big fat storage platform cause you would “do it later when we had time?” Well having been there, I can tell you it might be one of your worst professional moments ever. Ever… Lets hope that you NEVER feel that way. It is possible. Check it all out…
Ok, so lets start off slow so your can (maybe) wrap your mind around just how much time, money, (1.23 billion paid in rights fees alone in the U.S.) equipment, and logistics, go into this awesome spectacle called the 2016 Rio Olympics. But before we can move forward lets go backwards just for a second so one can understand and compare the scope of the production. Lets say you’ve been asked to produce a local college basketball game. Maybe 6 to 8 weeks out. No problem. One or two production trucks, maybe eight or 10 cameras, gfx, transmission, audio, just one venue.
San Francisco and New York City are essentially roadmaps of instantly recognizable movie locations. The blogosphere is riddled with sites dedicated entirely to cataloging street intersections, seemingly inconspicuous doorways, and iconic spots like the Mrs. Doubtfire house and Katz’s delicatessen. In these two popular film hubs it’s pretty hardpressed to find a place that hasn’t already been found. We’ve collected some spaces found on the creative online marketplace, Splacer. These places fit the bill for production worthiness, but come without the baggage of productions past.
Mark Schulze has been an entrepreneur since graduating from UCSD in 1981, when he started his video production company, Crystal Pyramid Productions. As he added more equipment, experience and talent to his arsenal, he began acquiring prestigious international clients like UPS, Oprah, MasterCard, Extra and others and has won multiple international awards for his skills.