Using the new MōVI Steadicam in TV Commercial Application

Director's Cut Tuesday, December 10, 2013
by featured blog contributor, Jeremy PinckertYou’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

Miscellaneous Friday, December 06, 2013
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

Miscellaneous Thursday, December 05, 2013
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

Advice / Tips & Tricks Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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

Equipment / Tech Reviews Monday, December 02, 2013
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.

Make Your Cover Letter Shine

Advice / Tips & Tricks Monday, November 25, 2013
by Robyn CoburnRecently I wrote an article here at ProductionHUB, Tips For Creating a Solid Production Résumé, detailing the top seven mistakes people make on their Production Résume’s. Here’s a companion piece about the 7 most prevalent mistakes I see on people’s Cover Letters when they apply for Production jobs.

Randall Einhorn on Wilfred, OConnor's 1030D & his Funnest Moment on Set

Miscellaneous Thursday, November 21, 2013
Creating shows like The Office, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Wilfred doesn't come easy, but getting first hand knowledge from director, Randall Einhorn helps us see what it'd be like to work on the set of shows we'd only dream of holding a camera on. Learn how this prime-time Emmy nominated pro landed the job, along with his must-have piece of equipment and sound advice most any production pro should take to heart.

Review: Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series

Equipment / Tech Reviews Thursday, November 21, 2013
by N. HalpernThe Sony Pictures Sound Effects Series is a ten-volume collection of sound effects, foley, and sound design elements. This wide-ranging collection takes its material directly from the vaults of Sony Pictures Entertainment; unsurprisingly, the quality of the material is uniformly top notch. Besides being a nice potential additional to a sound designer or mixer’s arsenal, this is also an excellent commercial library for quick access for editors, producers, theater producers, and even composers (more on that later) who need to take sound matters into their own hands.

Behind the Scenes of Creating CNN's, "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown"

Miscellaneous Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Get a taste for the unexpected! As you may know, Emmy Award-winning Anthony Bourdain takes incredible adventures to extraordinary locations each episode on his show, "Parts Unknown" -- what you may not know is the signature flavor added by the show's colorist, Steve Beganyi. Beganyi truly does an exquisite job at creating images and landscapes in a way that makes viewers feel as if they aren't home on the couch just watching the show, but rather in Spain, Tokyo or Sicily alongside Bourdain on his adventures... even if it's just for that one hour.