Sony Announces Latest Consumer Software

Miscellaneous Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sony Creative Software, a leading provider of professional video and audio editing applications, today announced the availability of the latest upgrades to their award-winning line of consumer products which include Movie Studio 13 Platinum and ACID Music Studio 10. These applications offer aspiring independent filmmakers and music producers the tools to produce compelling, professional-quality projects for distribution from the desktop to the cloud.

CES 2014: What the Hype About Tomorrow Means to Your Business Today

Industry Announcements / Events Monday, January 13, 2014
by Ken KerschbaumerLast week the Consumer Electronics Show was held in Las Vegas, the annual convention of “all things electronics” as everything from smart toothbrushes to new electronic fitness bracelets and, of course, ultra-expensive Ultra-HD TV sets were introduced. Oh...and thousands upon thousands of covers and cases for smartphones and tablets were also rolled out. The New York Times today had a quick recap that really encapsulated what the show has become: a convention-sized version of the Sky Mall magazine found on airplanes as you often spend as much time thinking “why would anyone need that” as you do “what a great idea.”For those involved in TV production the show has two main functions: to provide a possible roadmap for future distribution platforms like Ultra-HD and small-screen video that may impact production tool purchasing plans and also as a place to see new consumer-level cameras, etc. that could play a role in a professional-level production.


Video Production for Beginners

Advice / Tips & Tricks Friday, January 10, 2014
Getting started with video production is a daunting task, particularly if you simply have no idea where to begin! Here at Skeleton Productions, we have helped many young producers develop their craft, as well as learn something about it ourselves along the way. In this article therefore, we have compiled some useful tips for budding video producers.


Inside Look: The Crash Reel

Miscellaneous Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This visual stunning film combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident. Kevin's family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. How much risk is too much? Get an inside look on the creation of this awe-inspiring documentary from DP, Nick Higgins.

Pioneering Second Screen: 5 Tips for Creating Narrative Multi-Screen Content

Advice / Tips & Tricks Monday, January 06, 2014
left to right: Stephen Interrante, Joseph Saroufim, Peter Saroufim by Joseph Saroufim Second screen technology is becoming more common. We’re accustomed to interactive tweets during live TV events and applications that expand on televised content, such as the Game of Thrones app for HBO. What we haven’t seen much of, but certainly will in the near future, is the proliferation of narrative second screen content. This means that while viewers are watching the main screen programming, a secondary device (such as a tablet or smartphone) will provide synchronized content that enhances the viewing experience. Samsung has been a pioneer in developing the applications and infrastructure necessary to make this type of programming a reality. In 2012, the company launched the Samsung Second Screen Storytellers challenge in conjunction with the New York Television Festival. Our team created a demo that won the challenge and we spent the better part of 2013 creating D-TEC, a television pilot that has second screen storytelling in its DNA. As the first team to build a narrative second screen TV series from the ground up, we’re happy to share what we’ve learned.

Equipment Review: Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder

Equipment / Tech Reviews Monday, December 30, 2013
by Bradford HillThe Canon XA25 Pro HD Camcorder is a compact 1/2" inch CMOS Sensor Camera with a lot of great and unexpected stand-out features. To start, its full auto & manual modes, its two XLR inputs, and an HDSDI slot packaged with the ability to shoot 1920x1080 at 59.94p are notable. While traveling on shoots, I was impressed with the capability to be able to record 1080p at 60fps within a moment’s notice. This frame rate is a new feature to the Canon line of cameras, which gives this camera a competitive edge. It is also easy to manage when set to auto mode, which comes in handy if a novice needs to use the camera on a small crew shoot, or to simply capture any ‘run-and-gun’ footage.

How the Canon EOS C300 Cinema Cameras & EF-Series Lenses Provided the Perfect Production Solution

Miscellaneous Monday, December 23, 2013
Re-creating the past can be challenging for filmmakers, especially when tasked to duplicate the look of a particular time in history for a period movie. Add a tight budget, cramped locations, and underwater photography, and you have the situation James Chressanthis, ASC, faced as cinematographer for the movie The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Based on the novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, the film depicts a fictional family’s 1963 road trip intersecting with an actual terrorist bombing during the civil-rights era. To help with some of the film’s challenging production requirements, Chressanthis used two EOS C300 Digital Cinema cameras and EF-series lenses from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions.

Give the Gift of Video this Holiday Season

Miscellaneous Thursday, December 19, 2013
Let’s take a minute to remember what this season is all about. This holiday season, why not give the gift of video? If you find you have some extra time in between the caroling, feasts and family festivities, we have some amazing non-profit organizations that are desperately in need of whatever pro bono skills you can offer. (Would you love to help but have no extra time this holiday? No worries, you can still lend a hand by sharing their mission via social media.) “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~Charles M. Schulz