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The Making of 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier in our Nation's Capital

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is coming full fledged to theaters April 2014, and nothing screams "America" like our nations capital.  The D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development gave us a first hand look at the increase of jobs, city incentives and how in the first time in history, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge, was shut down for the filming of a major motion picture.

Jon Beattie, Steadicam Operator for Pharrell's, “24 Hours of Happy”

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What does it take to create the world’s first 24 hour music video? A kickass crew of creatives and no time for second takes, that’s what. Pharrell’s “24 Hours of Happy” music video has been shared, watched and danced to all across the web, and the fact that it was shot in just 10 days deserves a bit of a happy dance all on its own. Catch up with Jon Beattie, Steadicam Operator of the music video and learn his trick, tips and advice on being part of such an unforgettable project. 

Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series

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As you may know, the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film Competition(BSIS)offers budding filmmakers the chance to realize their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award winner, Geoffrey Fletcher. 

With four talented winning script writers already selected by Academy Award winners, Adrien Brody and Geoffrey Fletcher along with a panel of film industry experts, Bombay Sapphire launched the ‘Wild card’ leg of the competition, giving the public the deciding vote for the fifth and final slot now taken by New York Winner, Allyson Morgan.  

Learn screenwriting tips from Allyson Morgan, along with the creativity, drive and high standards she's used to working under from the city that never sleeps. 

  

Using the new MōVI Steadicam in TV Commercial Application

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by featured blog contributor, Jeremy Pinckert

You’ve collaborated on the storyboards, you've charmed on the conference call, you've nailed the pitch, and now you've won the job! It's Monday morning, and for once you're actually looking forward to making the harrowing commute...Starbucks is pulsing through your veins and you're ready - no you're stoked - to embark on that big-brand TV shoot. And then your phone interrupts your pump-up music on the BPM channel. Your apologetic producer is on the line and gently breaks the news: you don't have the money in the budget for that gorgeous steadicam shot you built into the boards. The steadicam shot that left you so inspired to direct this project in the first place. The buttery smooth eye-pleasing delicacy you were going to build your reel around. Options quickly flood into your brain: You could cash in the 401k, or even worse, call in favors from those famously curmudgeonly, hard-working steadicam operators just to get a shot like the famously long, intricate, and beautiful steadicam shot in Martin Scorcese's "Hugo" below:

   

Entertaining Safety: The Entertainment Technology Pro’s Guide to Insurance and Risk Management

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Entertaining Safety: The Entertainment Technology Professional’s Guide to Insurance and Risk Management is a comprehensive reference guide that covers the intricacies of insurance policies and general occupational safety, tailored specifically to the needs of entertainment technology/production pros.

Entertaining Safety will help even veteran business owners familiar with insurance understand the finer points of protecting their businesses, employees, and the people who enjoy the events their organizations help bring to life. In a nutshell, it will provide production pros with the roadmap to help achieve three major objectives in risk management.

The Media Maven Series: Finally Get the Green Light on Your TV Pilot

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Get the attention of television network executives who green light pilots when you attend the Media Maven Series: TV Pilot Breakthough, taking place December 12-14th in both Maryland and Michigan. In this event, you will gain insight on how to navigate through the entertainment industry’s selective pilot show process, along with tips and tricks from the pros. Learn from Charlotte Burley, an industry heavy hitter, on why this workshop is one not to be missed.

How to Tell the Perfect Story in your Video

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by Madeleine Hammond

The familiar storytelling arc is  an old and reliable friend in the world of video marketing. It’s a great way to connect with your audience and familiarize them with your brand. That’s not to say that story-based videos are fool-proof, however. To avoid botching your efforts, here are some bits of advice to guide you through your video journey. 

Our Take on Shure's VP83 & VP83F LensHopper™ Microphones

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Pro Videographer & Editor Bradford Hill has had a lot of experience shooting events, music videos & interviews across the nation. His project require crisp sound with clear settings. When Shure shipped both their VP83 LensHopper™ mic and the VP83F LensHopper™ mic straight to ProductionHUB Inc., Hill hooked them up on both the Canon C100 and Canon XA25 to see just how sound these mics truly are.