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The Do's & Dont's of a Successful Career in Music Production

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Almost everybody knows that there’s a lot of fierce competition when it comes to breaking into the music industry – particularly in the production arena. However, many people make the same mistakes year after year as they try to enter the creative job market while skipping necessary steps that could help them succeed.

If you’ve got the talent and creativity, you can make it in the music business. Still, it does require some effort on your part, and you’ll need to make all the right moves if you want to stand out from the growing crowd.

The Canon EOS C300: An Amazing Camera for Documentary Filmmaking

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by John Pokorny

The Canon EOS C300 is always in our carrying case for all interviews and shows we attend across the globe, and it’s great to find out how much it is used in the documentary filmmaking world as well. With so many great features and capabilities, it was perfect coming across illuminate Hollywood’s review on the cam while learning about all the bells and whistles that helped create a Toronto Film Fest project to sold out crowds.

How to use Instagram on Live Event Set

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Being on the set of a live production event gives you lots of opportunities to show off some amazing visual imagery with both clients and friends alike. How do you do this? Social media, of course. And more specifically, Instagram. However, before you start getting snap happy, check out a few professional guidelines to maximize your social media content.

Whether to Freelance or to Run a Company?

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by featured blog contributor, Jeremy Pinckert

In working as a director and also as an owner of a video production company for 10 years, there are many different categories of relationships I have experienced. There is the all-crucial client relationship. Then there’s the relationship between collaborating colleagues. There is a certain dynamic between myself and staff employees. And finally, there is the relationship I develop with vendors and freelancers. This last relationship with freelancers is one I want to look at from the perspective of my experiences from both sides of the coin.

AbelCine LA Celebrates Upgraded Facility with Open House

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AbelCine recently hosted an Open House at their Burbank facility to celebrate its renovation and expansion. An estimated 300 people attended throughout the day, participating in seminars, chatting with AbelCine’s technical specialists and staff, and networking with colleagues.

Over the course of the day, AbelCine’s brand new theaters were packed for free technical seminars on a variety of topics, including ARRI Cameras & Accessories, Sony Super35 Camera Systems, Canon Cinema EOS, and the Phantom Flex4K. Cinematographer and director Sony Behar teamed up with AbelCine’s Andy Shipsides for a presentation on “Choosing the Right Camera.”

"Snow Guardians" Immerses Viewers Into their High-Altitude Documentary

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Robbie Carman, co owner of post production finishing company Amigo Media and colorist for the documentary “Snow Guardians”, took some time aside to share with us the process of creating such an immensely visual documentary. The doc is based on the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Montana Ski Resorts as well as the Search and Rescue teams that respond to winter emergencies.

The visual goal of the “Snow Guardians” crew was to immerse the viewer into the lives of the men and women who take on this challenging high altitude job, while capturing the vast natural beauty of the remote and sometimes inhospitable mountain winter.

The documentary is shot using cutting edge motion control time-lapse systems to help show the beauty and the amazing winter weather in Montana’s mountains. 

Private Drummer: “Drums From the Big Room: The Mixes” from Sony Creative Software

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by N. Halpern

“Drums From the Big Room: The Mixes,” is a finely produced two-disc drum loop library from Sony Creative Software, performed by Steve Ferrone, a venerable session drummer (Duran Duran, Alan Parsons, Bee Gees), and member of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers since the early 1990s. This collection is a pared-down version of the 2005 release “Drums From the Big Room,” (also still available), which provided many of these same performances, but in full multi-track versions in which, along with the “full mix” of each loop, comes separate WAV files of hi hat, kick, snare, rooms, overheads, etc. A few instances of multi-track performances are included as “bonus loops” in this collection.

Top Highlights Not to Miss at REELSEO Video Marketing Summit

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ReelSEO has been publishing news, views and tips at the fore front of Video Marketing for over 5 years and there’s no question that it’s founder Mark Robertson’s knowledge and standing in the video marketing industry is highly regarded by his peers.  So it’s no surprise that he is being supported by some of the brightest and best experts at his Reel Video Marketing Summit' to be held on the 26th July 2013 in San Francisco.

The schedule for the day is focused on ‘The Life of a Successful Video Marketing and Advertising Campaign’ and will be kicked off with a keynote by Suzie Reider - Director of Media Solutions at Google.  No one knows the ins and outs of YouTube brand marketing better than Suzie!