October 2016

Q&A with Youngest Editor to Work on a Ken Burns Film for PBS

Erik Angra combines cinematography and editing on "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War"

PH:You are the "youngest filmmaker, and only person of color, to receive the credit of film editor on a Ken Burns film." Can you tell me about your experience? What led you to such an amazing accomplishment? What was it like getting to work on a Ken Burns project?

Erik Angra: I feel like working with Ken Burns was like earning a Ph.D. in documentary filmmaking. Ken knows what he wants and he’s not afraid to speak his mind, but is always open to healthy, creative debate. Some of my most memorable moments were sitting at the wooden table in his screening room going line-by-line through the script and heavily discussing every nuance of every edit. Ken’s attention to detail and memory never cease to amaze me. There was a shot he asked me to make 12 frames longer, and when he reviewed the cut a month later he said “Erik, that’s only 8 frames longer.” And he was right. When I saw him at one of our screenings in Los Angeles, I told him that this experience made me a better editor and filmmaker. Ken replied, "You were already a great editor; I just helped bring it out of you." I was in my 20s when Ken and Artemis took a huge leap of faith on me and I’m so thankful for that.

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Scriptwriting 101: 6 Ways to Craft a Great Script

A script will give you the structure necessary to turn that single daunting project into multiple smaller, and more digestible goals. It also helps you and your team to stay on track while out on shoots. And as a big added bonus, it shows your clients that you are organized and prepared.

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OFF Takes Over Downtown Orlando!

The Orlando Film Festival is back for its 11th year of bringing high quality cinema to The City Beautiful. Get ready for 5 days of screenings, parties, panels and more, all located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. More than 320 films are set to screen this year at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Café, with all other events just steps away.

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Develop and Maintain A Post-Production Quality Control Plan ASAP

Lantern Creek Productions shares their post-production lessons learned from producing their first TV Show

The act of creating a checklist, forces you to identify “mines” to be on the lookout for before entering the “minefield” of post-production. Once you’re in post-production, it helps you navigate, identify, and address components that were overlooked or that pop up; which will happen.

The ultimate goal of a checklist is to prevent, minimize and learn from mistakes made during post-production and to ensure a quality video product that positively represents the client - in our case, the Missouri National Guard.

One example from “MO Guard TV” of learning from a mistake was an issue that we had with “audio pops” on one of the early episode exports. These were caused by having audio clips in the timeline that didn’t have audio transitions applied to them.

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NYC TV & Video Week Returns October 17-20!

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5 Ways to Add Value to Your Next Production

Tomahawk Pictures leverages military experience into methodically executed media production

Build a team, not just a crew.

The low-budget production world functions much like pickup basketball. Players show up for one day and then vanish. Key members like your sound guy or cinematographer might meet for the first time on set. This is a recipe for disaster. Two professionals may do things totally different, making coordination a challenge. But a team with a shared vision and shared processes are much more efficient. When you meet your crew for the first time, in pre-production or on-location, take the time to lay out the entire plan for them, set expectations, then get their ideas and buy in on that plan. Adjust as necessary and execute. It takes some time upfront, but saves lots of time and aggravation throughout the day. 

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Can Pokemon GO Make You A Better Marketer?

Pokémon Go is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. It may just be the biggest mobile game in U.S. history, and developers are now scrambling to snatch up other popular IPs to attach to similar kinds of AR games. Pokémon Go is many players’ introduction to AR, and the game may end up being AR’s killer app. But the technology is nothing new, even if only geeks, the military and workers in niche industries have been aware of it until now.

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Media Management/Preventing Disaster + 360 Degree Post Workflow @ LAPPG


Whether you like tricks or treats LAPPG has something for you to sink your teeth into at THURSDAY, October 13th's LAPPG meeting including two special presentations: Managing Media / Preventing Disaster with Cirina Catania and 360 Degree Video Post Workflow: From Shoot to Publish. 

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So You Want Tips to Help You Write A Successful Screenplay?

I'd start by defining what you think that means. What are your favorite movies and why? What about the story, characters, and dialogue moves you? Basically, start by finding your role models, and then seek what they sought. That doesn't mean become a copycat; it means strive to be great at what you do. And if that's screenwriting, then successful screenwriters make excellent mentors, whether you ever get to meet them in person or not. You can read their screenplays, watch the finished product, and glean so much insight by observation.

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