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Opening the Cannes Film Fest: Gatsby & Spielberg

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Above: The Cast of “The Great Gatsby”

With the Cannes Film Festival kicking off today, France is definitely ready to be the center of attention. As the red carpet rolls out for some of the world’s most awe-inspiring films, actors and cinematographers alike, this years Cannes Film Festival might be one of the most important yet!

Luhrmann’s 3D adaption of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is this year’s film festival opener. Cannes usually takes precedence over release schedules, especially since the movie has already released in North America, but ‘Gatsby’ sails into France regardless, to make its grand debut in Cannes.

Behind the Scenes: Lion Ark, a Remarkable Animal Rescue Documentary

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Lion Ark is a vivid behind-the-scenes account of one of the most ambitious animal rescues ever seen.

It all starts off with a shocking undercover investigation leading to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. But the circuses defy the law. The team behind the investigation return, track down the illegal circuses and save every animal. Follow the confrontations, heartache and risks the team face, before an emotional finale sees 25 lions airlifted 5,000 miles to freedom in Colorado.

Get a firsthand look at what it took to produce a film such as this, and how it all came together for the greater good. 

A Directors Choice: Sony F55 vs. Canon C500 vs. Arri Alexa

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by featured blog contributor, Jeremy Pinckert

I recently needed to prep for a shoot where we had to match RED ONE 4K footage from 2010. The discussion came down to which 4K camera to use for this video shoot, and at first I was stuck choosing between the Sony CineAlta PMW-F55, the Canon Cinema EOS C500, and the ARRI ALEXA camera systems.  Read further to follow our thought process, and see the final results captured by the winning camera system!

Stock Photography: Then & Now

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above image: Ernest Borgnine & Sid Avery

by Ron Avery

In the 1970s, my dad, photographer Sid Avery started making fine art prints to sell at galleries. He had to dig the originals out of storage where they were collecting dust. It was the first time in decades that he had seen some of these images. It was during this process that he discovered that he only had 20% of the images he ever shot. It turns out that the magazines or clients that he worked with never returned the originals or they were stolen.  

He started to talk to his friends in the business and found out that they were having similar issues. No one really knew what to do with the material. Some of these photographers thought of what they did as a job. A great job but once it was over, they didn’t all see the value in the negatives. Some guys just threw away their originals not thinking that anyone would be interested or that they were worth anything.

Review: AKG C451 '65th Anniversary' & D12VR Microphones

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Reviewed by Chris Sanchez

AKG recently sent me a pair of their new 451 ‘65th anniversary edition’ models as well as a D12VR to evaluate in studio.  While not strict re-issues per se, these beautifully made microphones combine vintage and modern features to continue the legacy of these two great product lines.  AKG introduced the original D12 in the mid 1950s, and it has been a favorite for kick drum mic’ing for decades. The 451 has a similar lengthy history, with that series debuting in 1969. AKG 451s have for decades been staples in music recording studios as well as on film sets and foley stages. 

Summer Flicks Preview: What makes a Blockbuster Vs. a Bust?

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by featured blog contributor, Jeremy Pinckert

As we enter the beginning of Summer Blockbuster Season, there looks to be a large amount of big-budget movies coming out in 2013 which are adapted from either books, comic books, or earlier TV series.

Logic tells us not all of these films will be successful or worthy of your viewing time.  With so many options you’ll either break the bank and gain 15 extra buttery-popcorn induced pounds, or you’ll simply be more critical in deciding which movies are worthy of your viewing time, money, and self-image.  Read below for ideas as to why some of these adapted films will succeed, and others will fail.

Transmedia at Tribeca Film Festival

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by Nina Streich

An innovative event at the Tribeca Film Festival was “Storyscapes,” a selection of transmedia collaborations. Sponsored by Bombay Sapphire in a warehouse space just north of Tribeca dubbed the “House of Imagination,” the presentations were varied and imaginative. 

Moving-Image Storytelling in the Modern Mediascape

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by Katrina Diamond

The panel kicked off with a 5-min. montage of great movies, then dived right into questions.

This ‘The State of the Crafts’ session at NAB was a panel of the following speakers:

Richard CrudoASC - Vice President
Stephen LighthillASC President, “The Spirit of ‘76”, “Earth 2”, “Nash Bridges” 
Dean Cundey, ASC
David MullenASC, “Northfork”, “Smash”, “Big Sur” 

How Music Supervisors Set the Mood

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by Jessica Nin


Randy Thornton, CEO & President of Warner/Chappell Production Music 

John Houlihan: Music Supervisor, “Training Day,” “Austin Powers,” “Vegas”; VP, Guild of Music Supervisors  
Jeff Lusk Music Supervisor and Sound Designer, Warner/Chappell Production Music 
Alexandra Patsavas Chop Shop, Music Supervisor, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Mad Men,” “The Carrie Diaries”
Edwina Travis-Chin Music Director, APM Music 

Session Description:

So many successful films and television shows feature memorable music that strikes the perfect balance between what is seen on the screen and what is felt by the viewer. From haunting ballads to hard-driving rock and roll, much of this is accomplished through a mix of both production music and original scores. Leading music supervisors know how to work with both. In this panel of industry executives and working music supervisors, learn how the pros determine the best approach to achieving the desired mood for a film. Produced in partnership with the Production Music Association (PMA) and the Guild of Music Supervisors.