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January 22 2012




USCITA CINEMA: 18/01/2008
REGIA: Ridley Scott
SCENEGGIATURA: Steven Zaillian
ATTORI: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Lymari Nadal, Roger Guenveur Smith, Yul Vázquez, RZA, John Hawkes, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino, Ruby Dee, Malcolm Goodwin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Clarence Williams III, Armand Assante, Melissia Hill, Jon Polito, John Ortiz

FOTOGRAFIA: Harris Savides
MONTAGGIO: Pietro Scalia
MUSICHE: Marc Streitenfeld
PRODUZIONE: Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media, Scott Free Productions
DISTRIBUZIONE: Universal Pictures
GENERE: Drammatico, Thriller
DURATA: 157 Min

 New York, anni Settanta: Frank Lucas è il tranquillo autista di uno dei più importanti boss della malavita afroamericana della città. Alla morte dell’uomo, Frank prende il suo posto e decide di dare vita alla sua personalissima versione del Sogno Americano. Mantenendo un basso profilo ed una stringente etica professionale, Frank Lucas diventa in breve tempo il primo trafficante di droga di New York, riuscendo a far arrivare eroina purissima a prezzi concorrenziali contrabbandandola direttamente dall’Asia all’interno delle bare dei soldati morti in Vietnam. Lucas riesce presto a debellare tutta la concorrenza – inclusa la Mafia italoamericana – e ad entrare con attività di facciata nel mondo che conta in città. Ma il detective Richie Roberts si accorge che qualcosa è cambiato nel controllo del traffico di droga, e presto capisce che c’è in giro un nuovo boss, che è stato in grado di rimpiazzare lo status quo della malavita newyorkese. Roberts ha anche l’intuizione che lo porterà a capire che il nuovo boss è nero: la sua strada e quella di Lucas si incroceranno presto…Tratto da una storia vera



January 11 2012


Exclusive: Hollywood Studios Readying Common File Format for Digital Distribution

LAS VEGAS - The industry consortium of five of the the major Hollywood studios, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), is readying a common file format for digital content distribution, says Mitchell Singer, President of the group and Chief Technology Officer of Sony Pictures in this interview with Beet.TV

Singer calls it the first interoperable DRM system, allowing consumers to share digital films across multiple devices irrespective of the security solutions.   It will be released later this year, he tells Beet.TV

The work of DECE and progress with its product called UltraViolet was presented at a sesson at CES on Tuesday.  

A panel composed of the participating studios and executives from Samsung and Amazon was moderated by CNET News.com reporter Greg Sandoval who filed this report.

Singer says in this inteview that in 2012, some 250 million DVD's and Blu-ray disc will be enabled with UltraViolet, allowing consumers to store their physical collection in the "cloud."  

At the event, Amazon announced it would be joining the effort in a limited way.  Also, Samsung announced it would have an UltraViolet button on some new Blu-ray players to allow users to easily upload movies to their digital "lockers."

Andy Plesser

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October 07 2011


Richard Feynman on Beauty, Honors, and Curiosity

The art of uncertainty, why awards are the wrong pursuit, and how to find wonder in truth.

On the heels of yesterday’s children’s book on science by Richard Dawkins and Wednesday’s testament to remix culture comes an ingenious intersection of the two — an inspired effort to promote science education and scientific literacy amongst the general public by way of a remix gem. Canadian filmmaker Reid Gower, who has previously delighted us with some Carl Sagan gold, has created a trilogy of magnificent mashups using the words of iconic physicist Richard Feynman, culled from various BBC, NASA, and other notable footage, to convey the power, wonder, and whimsy of science. Dubbed the Feynman Series, it’s a continuation of the brilliant Sagan Series.

Beauty does away with the common myth that scientists are unable to truly appreciate beauty in nature as Feynman explains what a scientist actually is and does.

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong. [...] I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose.”

Honours peels away at the pretense of awards as false horsemen of gratification.

I don’t see that it makes any point that someone in the Swedish academy just decides that this work is noble enough to receive a prize — I’ve already gotten the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding a thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it — those are the real things. The honors are unreal to me. I don’t believe in honors.”

Curiosity is Feynman’s lament for simplicity, which gets lost in our ceaseless hunger for sensationalism.

[The Big Bang] is a much more exciting story to many people than the tales which other people used to make up, when wondering about the universe we lived in on the back of a turtle or something like that. They were wonderful stories, but the truth is so much more remarkable. And, so, what’s the wonder in physics to me is that it’s revealed the truth is so remarkable.”

For more on Feynman’s legacy and genius, look no further than Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher.

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June 15 2011


4 Filmmakers Use Social Media to Crowdsource Their Stories

The second line of filmmaker Tim Burton's new short story is this:

burton story tweet.jpg

It is, of course, a tweet -- and one that encapsulates a new participatory era where contributions and voices from the public are reflected in all forms of art and storytelling, film included.

One of the early adopters of emerging media was filmmaker Kevin Smith, who now has a thriving personal media empire via a popular podcast (SModcast), nearly 2 million Twitter followers and even his own iPhone app. While Smith is a standout in digital engagement, he isn't the only one experimenting with today's digital connectors: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These four prominent directors have embraced new media tools and social networks to connect and co-create with audiences, and their projects are capturing a new kind of imagination.

1. Tim Burton


Last year, director Tim Burton embarked on his own big storytelling adventure on Twitter around a character named "Stainboy," as the "Tim Burton" exhibit opened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox. Called #BurtonStory and integrating a sequential storytelling technique called Cadavre Exquis or "Exquisite Corpse" (Burton's 2005 film "Corpse Bride" was nominated for an Oscar), users submitted tweets and the best one each day was added to the story. From the 88,967 tweets submitted, 87 were selected from 2,141 users.

This open, participatory approach to storytelling gave people access to perhaps a new iconic Burton character -- from the mass-marketed "Batman" to the mass-created "Stainboy." The "Tim Burton" exhibit is currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Halloween.

2. Ron Howard

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind," 2002) partnered with Canon on Project Imagin8ion, "the first user-generated photo contest in history to inspire a Hollywood short film." Shutterbugs are encouraged to submit their photos for a chance to be one of eight grand prize winners (prizes include camera equipment, a trip to the film's premiere and a meeting with Ron Howard).

Photos will be judged on how imaginative and inspiring they are in eight categories: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and Unknown. The deadline has already passed for submitting photos, but you can still vote online for your favorite images among the finalists. Here's a video explaining the contest:

3. Ridley Scott


As previously discussed, Ridley Scott (director of "Gladiator" and "Blade Runner") produced a crowdsourced YouTube project titled "Life in a Day" -- a documentary that "tells the story of a single day on Earth" on July 24, 2010.

The film, directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald ("One Day in September," Best Documentary in 2000), strives to be the largest user-generated feature film ever created. The ambitious film project received more than 80,000 video submissions. National Geographic will release the movie in theaters on July 24, the one-year anniversary of "the day." And if the movie fails to entertain or attract audiences, we only have ourselves to blame (especially those who submitted videos or curated them).

4. Judd Apatow


Twitter has become an immediate, collaborative tool for many filmmakers on and off the set. To help write jokes for his speech at the Producers Guild Awards, Judd Apatow hit up his community of followers. Apatow ("Bridesmaids," 2011, "Knocked Up," 2007) included this joke from @omitofo: "Inception is really about Hollywood. Everyone's constantly trying to ruin your dreams so they can make a buck." Follow Apatow on Twitter (@JuddApatow) and tell him a joke. If you're lucky, he may just use your creation to amuse and entertain others.

Whether we collectively tell the story of a character, offer up a single joke or jointly experience a single day, all these examples point out how social media is opening doors for the public to the big screen.

What filmmaker would you want to collaborate with to share your story?

Nick Mendoza is the director of digital communications at Zeno Group. He advises consumer, entertainment and web companies on digital and social media engagement. He dreamstreams and is the film correspondent for MediaShift. Follow him on Twitter @NickMendoza.

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June 12 2011


Upheaval in Egypt - Amr Salama, filmmaker, received 300 GB footage via Twitter

Beet TV :: Amr Salama, an Egyptian filmmaker and a central figure in creating the alternative media universe during the revolution in Egypt, is finishing a documentary about the historic events. his Twitter account, he received 300 GB of camcorder and camera phone footage, he says in this interview with Beet.TV.

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June 05 2011


Long, long time ago…

…in a backwater little valley town called Sacra-tomato, change was afoot.

Broadcast news…long the bastion of white males wearing cameras and suits…opened up to minorities and women. (Thank you FCC.)

Enter into this a tough talking chick from New Yawk and a kinda shy kid from further south in the valley. They met, they meshed and for one year they were a team.

As we age, those golden days of our youth resurface in memories that are probably pretty accurate. Oh, we may be better looking and smarter in our recollections than in reality…but I can live with that.

Me…I was the shy valley girl. Picked up a still camera at age 12 and never let go. My goal was to become a newspaper photographer, but even with a college degree, getting an internship was tough. So I took whatever job I could after marrying the love of my life and moved on. Sigh.

The roller coaster ride was about to begin.

After a year or so Ron and I moved from said Sacra-tomato to the raisin capitol of the world, Fresno, to continue with our higher education at my ala mater – CSU Fresno. Where I was called Cyndy Mog and he was called Mr. Mog. (Took a while to get those surnames corrected.)

Somehow in this move I hooked up with the college community affairs department, writing press releases and shooting publicity photos.
My goal: somehow become a news photographer.

In the meantime, diminutive Joann Lee was laboring in one of the largest markets in the broadcast kingdom – Los Angeles – as a production assistant.
Her goal: somehow become a TV news reporter.

After researching and writing a nifty little story on a new intern program that combined federal, state, and local monies to get college students into low-paying jobs, I applied for and was accepted as the first fem-photog at KFSN, Channel 30. Fresno’s CBS affiliate.

Joann, meantime, had talked her way into the field and was following cameramen around on stories. And one day she talked one of them into letter her stand in front of the camera.

“Ginsing – an oriental herb.”

On the strength of that story, she landed at job at KXTV in Sacramento. (Tomato capitol of the state – or so they liked to think.)

Meanwhile I was finishing up my internship at KFSN…rolling with the cameramen, learning the craft of shutter speed, f-stop all over again with sound and motion added. How to wear forty pounds of camera, camera brace, audio mixer. Use of an light meter when there was time and how to make quick guesses when there wasn’t. How to load film and how to process said film. My specialitie: mixing the chemicals and filing the film at the end of the day. (The new kid got the work no one else wanted.)

Magical times. Met my first dead body rolling out with Chuck “Boom Boom” Hoover, the station’s scanner freak, to a drowning in a canal. He also showed me how to artistically backlight broken windshields at accidents and once even beat the fire department to a fire (something I did twice more in my own career).

Time for convergence.

Some months after Joann got established at KXTV, I got my first ever interview with chief photographer Bob Helmes. He seemed to like what he saw and heard, and only had these words before putting me on staff: “If you don’t work out, we’ll never hire another female again.”

Gee. Thanks.

Of course, those being the times, I didn’t think twice about it. Just did my best to work up to and beyond expectations.

And totally screwed up on day two. Shooting some little nothing story at the local college, I forgot some shots, crossed my axis…horrible stuff.

And Bob – who was taking a quick nap in the newscar – commented: “Yesterday I was glad I hired you. Today, I’m not too sure.”

That rammed me straight back into the ground. Put me in my place and made me even more aware that I had only this one chance.

Fast forward six months or more on the weekend shift…got moved to nights and introduced to this tiny little thing with a big, opinionated mouth. My new partner.

How DO you DO?

I’m Cyndy. With two “y”s.

I’m Joann S. Lee.

We initially worked together warily…and I’m sure she was more nervous than me. No reporter likes working with a newbie cameraman. They don’t always know what they’re doing and they make you look bad.

Somehow we became a team…and I am sure the shortest (most petite) broadcast news team on the continent. I was five feet two…she was five one. I was afraid people would look at me and she could drill a subject with her voice and glare from one hundred feet. (Privately I called her the “Dragon Lady”.)

What brought us firmly together was our newness to the profession and our passion. It was us against the world some days…like the day when we got sent out to interview the family of the last man executed in the state. The angry family members’ response when we knocked at the door: “If you had been a male crew we would have beaten the crap out of you.”

The day we got sent to do a story on the local rice cooperative: “Why didn’t they send a real news crew? Why didn’t they send MEN?”

And talk about the times – often Joann was mistaken for Connie Chung – the “other” Asian reporter. Me, I never got mistaken for anyone. There was only me.

And the good times. Covering state politics in the days of Governor “Moonbeam” himself – Jerry Brown. Cruising the highways with scanner on high on summer nights. Pushing deadlines…telling stories of joy and tragedy; making chaos into something understandable. Partying together on weekends.

Eventually we both moved on…me to Washington, D.C. and then to the SF Bay area. Her to Chicago, then CNN in New York.

Somehow we both ended up in education. Professor Joann Lee (Chow) set up shop as head of the journalism department at University of Nevada, Reno at the same time I was starting my first program at Middle College High School in Stockton, California. She had more than half a million to spend…me, I had five thousand.

So we get together…less and less frequently it seems. Miles and lives lived apart have built walls that hinder meetings.

But those memories still surface. Those days when we were young, brash, invincible.

December 21 2010


Deadline for the New Media for Social Change Competition submission extended!


The deadline for the One World New Media for Social Change Competition submission has been extended to the 31st of December 2010. To read more about the competition go to the Fundacja TechSoup website or check out the previous blog post concerning the topic.

We have already received some excellent submissions, but hope for even more organizations and individuals to participate, showing what they are doing and explain how their work is helping to make the world a better place.

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August 27 2010


Glittery Web Video Festival in October in New York: Keep an Eye Out for Barry Diller

Vimeo, the fast-growing IAC unit,  is throwing a two-day online video festival and awards program to celebrate the community of video creators.

The event on October 8 and 9 is being held at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC offices and at screening rooms at the School of Visual Arts.  It is open to the public.

Vimeo has been the domain of filmmakers and creative videographers for some time.  It has grown recently into a diverse, consumer-centric site.

For an overview on the community of filmmakers who are the core of Vimeo, we spoke with Blake Whitman, a filmmaker who heads up the Vimeo creative community.  

Blake is organizing the festival. In this interview, he talks about the community and plans for the festival.  One big technology/device development to watch will be the screening of video shot on digital SLR cameras.

Sources at IAC say that company CEO Barry Diller will be on hand for the event. 

Beet will cover and hope to see you there.

Andy Plesser

August 03 2010


#Tip of the day from Journalism.co.uk – find music for films and video

Audio: Adam Westbrook offers his top tips on how to find free - or cheap - music for films and videos. Tipster: Laura Oliver. To submit a tip to Journalism.co.uk, use this link - we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

July 26 2010


Web Video Series Need a Global Release Plan

LOS ANGELES -- Digital shows increasingly should have multi-tiered international release strategies, said David Tochterman, a digital agent with Innovative Artists who sat down with Beet.TV at  NATPE LA TV Fest. 

He pointed to Crackle's recently released show "Urban Wolf" that is rolling out episode by episode in the United States and via DVD in international markets. That's a model he expects will become the norm with digital projects for big studios like Sony, Paramount and Warner Brothers.

Branded entertainment is also a vital business model for Web shows and Tochterman has been involved in the popular Ikea-led Web show "Easy to Assemble." He discussed how to measure online success with us in this interview.

A new wave of content from Hollywood is explored in today's New York Times by Brooks Barnes.

Daisy Whitney

June 14 2010


old skool journalism film

old journalism film from back in the day
Video Rating: 4 / 5

May 18 2010


4 Reasons Why 3D TV Is Years Away From Adoption

After a multi-decade struggle, 3D is finally catching on in theatres.

It was a challenge for 3D movies to get where they are today, but I'd say the studios (and theater operators) are finally calling it a success. All the pieces have come together, spurred on by financial support of the infrastructure and much-needed exposure of the latest 3D technology thanks to "Avatar."

The prospects for 3D television, however, are another story. I like the concept of another dimension as much as the next guy, but can the big screen 3D theater experience translate into the typical living room setting? In my opinion, not really. At least not yet. From a design standpoint, it's going to take time for consumers to buy into the idea of 3D TV.

While the technology's developers may think they're sitting on a gold mine here, they've unfortunately failed to consider some critical issues that will severely slow its adaption. As a result, here are four reasons why 3D is years away from adoption in the home.

1. Different Context

The assumption that acceptance and desire for a technology in one environment (movie theaters) will translate well to another (home) is a mistake that's easy to make. But, in this case, several differences between the contexts will deter adoption of 3D in the home.

At the theater, it's about a communal experience of many people joining together to be entertained in a way they can't replicate at home. They want to go out for the evening and make an event out of it. But entertainment at home is by its nature a more casual and personal experience that, with the advent of 3D, raises issues such as:

  • Will there be enough 3D glasses for everyone to enjoy the experience? What about guests?
  • The hassle and comfort factor of wearing the hardware at home.
  • The extremely limited availability of desirable content in 3D. And would we really want to watch the local news or "American Idol" in more than two dimensions even if it were possible?
  • It requires a significant investment of money to upgrade for what is (by many accounts at CES) minimal improvement in the viewing experience.

2. High Cost

In these (post?) recessionary times, people view large expenditures differently than they did a few years ago, when every room in the house was seen as a prime spot for a new flat screen. 3D-TV is not the sort of design solution people are willing to spend money on these days. The industry is pushing an expensive novelty that adds little of the kind of meaningful benefit consumers look for in high-end purchases.


The economic downturn has encouraged consumers to re-examine their shopping behavior, and they've become more thoughtful and considerate of their purchases. Buying decisions fueled by novelty or impulse have been replaced by a desire for long-term value from a product, with benefits that consumers readily see as adding to the quality of their lives. Consumers now ask themselves "Will this make my life easier, better, or more fulfilling?" rather than "Oh, look at that shiny new toy, I want one!" -- especially if it's a matter of several hundred or thousand dollars.

3. Poor Timing

People will eventually replace their current flat screens when needed, and may well consider 3D at that time. But 3D will not, on its own, be a compelling reason to buy a new TV for most consumers within the next few years. The flat screens in use now are largely recent purchases, with many years of service life to come. People bought into these TVs too recently to consider an upgrade within the next couple of years.

4. Lack of Universal Standard

The adoption of 3D-TV faces a similar challenge to the acceptance of Blu-ray DVDs, but without the "stick" the DVD market has had -- the threat that standard discs will be discontinued, forcing a (relatively inexpensive) upgrade to a new player. Blu-ray may be the new standard format for DVDs, but 2D-television is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future. And with incompatible 3D technologies competing in the market right now, it's inevitable that consumers will wait on the sidelines until a universal format like Blu-ray becomes the norm.

Missing the Point

So will 3D-TV eventually catch on? Inevitably the tech will improve, enough homes will be at a stage to upgrade to new screens, prices will come down, it may no longer require glasses and so forth. But for the moment, 3D simply doesn't deliver a meaningful experience to consumers on the home front. The value they will place on the technology is not at all commensurate with the hassles and costs of adapting it.

Home entertainment is about spending enjoyable time with family and friends, kicking back and forgetting about the stress of the day. Any new technology aimed at this market has to be responsive to the underlying needs people have for this aspect of their lives. The DVR is a perfect example of truly meaningful design in this arena, and its rapid success was virtually ensured from the day it was introduced. It solved a problem and addressed a compelling desire.

Similarly, instant access to movies and events through direct streaming to your TV has taken this desire for personal control over TV viewing to a new level. That's the kind of innovation people are looking to spend money on right now. Online gaming, direct to TV, seems to be the natural evolution of this trend. Several companies have promised that, as soon as next year, we'll be able to stream the latest games to our TVs without the need for a dedicated console that's obsolete in two years. Play when you like on a subscription basis, no need to invest in games that you may tire of in a few weeks. If it works as promised, I think it's going to be a huge success.

But for now, I think Sony and other manufacturers betting big on 3D TV have missed the point. Design and innovation have to be in sync with consumer needs, even if they lead by a year or two. Pushing 3D TV seems like more of a "we can do it, so let's do it" approach to product development, ignoring the reality that adding simulated depth to the at-home viewing experience is pretty low on most people's priorities right now.

Image of 3D dinosaur by Mark Wallace via Flickr.

Joel Delman is the Los Angeles-based design director of Product Development Technologies. With a background in corporate law and business, and 15 years in product development, Joel understands the business side of creativity and how to strategically guide innovation and design. Prior to joining PDT, Joel spent time as a senior designer for Zenith Electronics, Cousins Design and Henry Dreyfuss Associates (New York). He also practiced corporate law with Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart in Florida. Joel received his Master of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, his JD (corporate and patent) from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor's in Economics from New York University's Stern School of Business. His personal blog is Product Fetish.

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May 04 2010


MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier wins Webby Award for Best Editing/Online Film and Video

The 14th Annual Webby Awards today named MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier as the winner in the Best Editing/Online Film and Video Category.

MediaStorm will be honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office” on June 14th in New York City. On June 15th, fans will be able to watch the ceremony at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found here.

winner_black_thumbHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.

“The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “MediaStorm’s achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

The 14th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners — and their speeches — include Al Gore (”Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (”Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Stephen Colbert (”Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”)

April 20 2010


Epix, the new HD Movie Channel Has Deal with Dish Networks

Epix, the premium HD movie channel co-owned by Viacom and Lion's Gate, has a big distribution deal with Dish Networks which adds 14 million more subscribers, Reuters reports.

Last week at NAB, Daisy interviewed Thomas Carpenter, VP of Operations, about the new movie channel which launched last year on Verizon FiOS.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

April 17 2010


Sumbit your Film to be Aired at the Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival

Has your organization made an amazing film or PSA this year? Now's the time to submit your entry for the 2nd annual Lights. Camera. Help. Film Festival for nonprofits and cause advocates. Here is a re-print of the press release with all of the details of the event:

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Adobe's New Premiere Allows Editing of Native HD Camera Files at "Blistering Speeds"

LAS VEGAS -- The much anticipated release of Adobe's CS5, the suite of creative tools for graphics, web design and video editing, includes some significant improvements in Premiere, the widely used video editing program. 

The new version was released yesterday.

It is extremely fast at processing of big, HD files like the ones coming from the Red camera.   One Industry reviewer call the process speed of the new version "blistering.....CS5 cuts through 4K files like pixelated butter"

Another big development is the ability of Premiere to ingest and edit files in their native camera format, without needing to first convert formats and potentially lose quality.  Finally, the program can create speech to text integrated into the workflow. 

Premiere is widely use in Hollywood,  used in post production of Avatar -- and by many news organizations including the BBC and CNN.   It costs $799.

At NAB on Tuesday, Daisy caught up with Adobe's Mark Randall for a discussion of Premiere and its new features.

Here's an overview on CS5 in USA Today by Jefferson Graham, who happens to be an accomplished videographer/editor, btw.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

March 22 2010


Nature by Numbers

For centuries, artists and architects have used some well-known geometrical and mathematical formulas to guide their work: The Fibonacci Series and Spiral, The Golden and Angle Ratios, The Delauney Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations, etc. These formulas have a reality beyond the minds of mathematicians. They present themselves in nature, and that’s what a Spanish filmmaker, Cristóbal Vila, wanted to capture with this short film, Nature by Numbers. You can learn more about the movie at the filmmaker’s web site, and also find an alternate version on Vimeo. Finally, we’ve added it to our YouTube Favorites.

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March 16 2010


YouTube Testing Pay Scenario for Niche Content with "Rental"

AUSTIN -- YouTube Rental, the video sharing site's nascent pay-per-view service which launched in January with a handful of independent films, is becoming a paid platform  for creators of education, travel and entertainment programming, according to YouTube's Sara Pollack.

We caught up with her over the weekend at SXSW.  She said that the program is pulling in more film producers, but also is finding traction with non-theatrical channel partners including The Travel Store
and FUNimation, a popular anime channel.

Whether YouTube can compete with Netflix, Amazon and the cable companies in theatrical film distribution online is difficult to say, but surely out of the millions of videos on the YouTube servers, we expect some will fetch a payment. Moreover, we can expect producers of valuable, unique content to start to look to YouTube to monetize content through the "rental" program.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

January 30 2010


Fox Readies Online Casting Call for Roles in "Glee"

LAS VEGAS -- Producers of Fox's super-popular freshman hit "Glee" will host an open casting call online for a few new roles in the Glee club. The roles are open to both amateurs and professionals.

I sat down with the network's Laurel Bernard, senior VP of marketing, at the recent NATPE show to chat about the viral efforts the network has relied on for "Glee," including the casting call and the original launch strategy. She also discussed best practices that networks in general can use when trying to harness viral marketing across other mediums.

Daisy Whitney, Senior Producer 

January 11 2010


RobertBenson.com: Professional photographers who are sticking to film

An excellent post by San Diego based photographer Robert Benson. He talks to photographers he calls the ‘holdouts’ – the shooters who still use film and shun digital:

Photographer Simon Watson describes digital photography images like this: “There is a smoothness that is so ugly and slick. It looks like a gimmick.” And another photographer says: “The world doesn’t need more megapixels.”

Similar feelings come from a legion of professional editorial photographers out there who are quietly going about their image making business with film: the good old organic stuff. Their reasons for shooting film are similar: “It makes you a better photographer,” says one shooter. “…It’s more sophisticated looking than film…”, “film has a richness unmatched by digital…”, and “it has a depth and painterly quality…”

Full post at this link…

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