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In what can be a fickle industry, establishing yourself as a leader in the world of photo production is no small feat. Having paved the way for the photo industry in Brooklyn over ten years ago, Fast Ashleys Studios has grown to become the premiere Photo/Video Studio in the borough. As the studio scene in Williamsburg has boomed, Fast Ashleys has maintained its place as the original mecca for cutting edge photographers, worth making the trek from Manhattan. We asked Studio Director, Michael Abrego, the keys to sustaining a successful studio.
From pro bono to mid-budget, these are our top picks for nonprofit videos from 2014 that have us coming back for seconds. Some have incredible production value, some use hard-hitting storytelling and simple messages, but thing is for sure - they are all underrated.
Doug Birnbaum, professional photographer shares his insight on why it's better to rent equipment then own, along with work he's done for American Express, Marvel & other major companies. Read up on Birnbaum's crucial tips on landing major industry clients that keep calling (and hiring) you back for more.
Whatever happened to the inclusive attitude of "Strong enough for a man but made for a woman?" This "manly" ad for Dr. Pepper is part of a trend also taken by advertisers like Old Spice and Miller Lite in recent years to use hyper-masculenity to sell products. And of course, this tactic seems to work, but the overt messaging is controversial. Which begs the question, "Where do you Draw the Line?"
We don’t know if it’s the crisp weather, the pumpkin-flavored beer, or the fact that we just enjoy digging up props reminiscent of days on set- whatever it is, it’s no secret many video production pros & tech geeks LOVE Halloween. Marlon Heimerl of HalloweenCostumes.com is the go-to person for costume ideas & DIY inspirations that may tickle your funny bone. Take a look at the list!
It's the time of year when zombies roam the streets and ghouls appear on your doorstep. Makeup and special FX artist, Danielle Wolf is no stranger to these creepy characters... she brings them to life! See how she got her start in the biz and why she loves the art of creating eerie looks.
Have you heard of Jimmy Stones? It's creators, who happen to have "The Simpsons," "Dexter" and other big shows on their resume, are ready for another round of success. Jimmy Stones was pitched to several top comedy channels, and although it was admired and acknowledged, the show had to be tweaked to fitcorporation needs. James Manos Jr. and Bill Shultz wanted to keep creative control, so they are creating their show on their terms. Learn how Shultz partnered up with Manos Jr. and how their creation might just be the next big hit, with your help of course...
Most people only deal with spooky characters & ghoulish sprits one month out of the year, but for Matt Scott, owner and chief artist of Von Grimm Productions, Halloween is an everyday occurrence. With over 13,000 hours in professionally operated haunted attractions as well as work in film and television, learn how to make it in the dark world of special effects, one horror story at a time.
Matt Leonetti started his career as a camera operator & quickly became a full-fledged cinematographer shooting iconic films, including Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Weird Science, Jagged Edge, Star Trek: First Contact, Dawn of the Dead, The Butterfly Effect, and Rush Hour 2. Forty years after his first role as director of photography on Bat People (1974), Leonetti continues to shoot, including the upcoming Dumb and Dumber To. Learn how Leonetti paved the way to his success, with tips, advice and much more.