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On Stage:  Studios Cater  to Various  Market Needs

On Stage: Studios Cater to Various Market Needs

Some studios have been in the film and television business for a long, long time. Some have faded away and returned, others that are newer to the game have hit the ground running and, in some cases, expanded in a relatively short time.Read more...

4K Cinematography: 4K Your Way

4K Cinematography: 4K Your Way

Thanks to the brilliant work of Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonas with Gravity, television set companies showed off content befitting the beauty of their 4K UHD (ultra-high definition) screens at NAB this year.Read more...

Getting the Most from Renting Gear

Getting the Most from Renting Gear

Today’s market is filled with camera systems, from the Canon C300 to the ARRI Alexa XT, and cinematographers demand even more camera and lens options. That brings producers in to many camera rental companies across the country.Read more...

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FirstCom Music 2014 Showreel

A blue sky sprawls between ridges frosted in deep evergreen, framing Alder Gulch much as when Native American tribes traversed this landscape 800 years ago. The town of Virginia City sprang up virtually overnight in the summer of 1863; within one year, it was the largest city in the Inland Northwest, with an estimated 10,000 residents. These days, few people continue seeking gold in Alder Gulch. But for filmmakers seeking ready-made Old West locations, the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City offer one more chance to strike it rich.

Based on the video game Deus Ex Human Revolution, the film dives into the world of Adam Jensen, a Sarif industries’ security consultant that gets augmented after an incident that almost took his life away. Although the film doesn’t follow the narrative of the game exactly, it remains true to the theme while focusing on the relationship between Adam Jensen, and his ex girlfriend Megan Reed, a scientist hand picked by Serif Industries to head Cybernetic Augmentations. Megan is taken by the Illuminati and is asked to assist them in turning on a mysterious device but she refuses to cooperate. Jensen has been looking for Megan since she was kidnapped and has finally pinpointed her location. Adam faces a complication that he did not account for; Yelena Federova, an Augmented assassin is at the facility where Megan is being held. The film also taps, even if briefly, into Adam’s mind and the struggle he must face on daily basis.

 “Silent” is an animated short film created by Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios ( It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.  The story follows two street performers who dream of bringing their “Picture and Sound Show” to life. When they discover a magical contraption inside an old theatre, they embark on a cinematic adventure of sight and sound to find the audience they always wanted. The sound was created by Oscar® nominated sound designer Steve Boeddeker.
“Silent” debuted at the Scientific and Technical Academy Awards on February 15, 2014.