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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...

Is Filming with a ‘Model Helicopter’ Legal?

Is Filming with a ‘Model Helicopter’ Legal?

At NAB, Cinegear and probably every studio you care to name, people in the industry are talking about the great work someone they know is doing with a lightweight cine camera, like a GoPro Hero, attached to a multi-rotor model helicopter like the DJI Phantom or Freefly Cinestar.Read more...

Spotlight: East and South

Spotlight: East and South

Once again, we shine our Spotlight around the country, looking for people doing interesting work in film and television production, animation, commercial production, and additional services for our industry.Read more...

Production Music in the Multi-Screen Universe

Production Music in the Multi-Screen Universe

When perusing the offerings of production music companies, large and small, it’s easy to find those that are adding a new library or two, striking up a partnership, enhancing search technology, etc.Read more...

Cinematography: History of Cinematography

Cinematography: History of Cinematography

The seemingly continual barrage of press releases, blog posts, and reviews about new digital cinematography cameras often emphasize their revolutionary new technology.Read more...

NAB 2014 Preview

NAB 2014 Preview

Panasonic will introduce two new VariCams at NAB. One is a 4K VariCam with a new super 35mm MOS image sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture.Read more...

Cinematography: ASC Awards – Dean Cundey

Cinematography: ASC Awards – Dean Cundey

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) held its annual awards banquet on February 1, 2014 and the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Dean Cundey, ASC. Acclaimed filmmaker John Carpenter presented the award to Cundey.Read more...

Cinematography: 3D: The 2014 Playbook

Cinematography: 3D: The 2014 Playbook

If you went to the CES extravaganza in Las Vegas this year, you would have seen the world of 3D everywhere. My excursion onto the exhibit floor began as it does every year, through the imposing main entrance of the North Hall where the prime exhibitor real estate is located.Read more...

Cinematography: Richard Rawlings - ASC Awards

Cinematography: Richard Rawlings - ASC Awards

Richard Rawlings, ASC, was honored at the annual American Society of Cinematographers banquet this year for his career body of work in television. Rawlings grew up in Hollywood, under the tutelage of his father, Richard Rawlings, Sr., ASC.Read more...

Cinematography: Expanded Cinematography

Cinematography: Expanded Cinematography

During the last few years, the role of imagery in films became much more pronounced and very distinct from the imagery of the end of the 20th century. New technologies and new forms of relationships and interdependence between traditional cinematography, art direction, visual effects, the new “virtual cinematography” and pre-visualization create new kinds of imagery.Read more...

Evolution

Evolution

There are few industries that have been impacted by technology more than film and video. From new ways to make them to new ways to show them, the market has been demanding change, change, and more change.Read more...

Virtual? Real? Can we tell?

Virtual? Real? Can we tell?

We’ve all seen the results of computerization in film and video production. Post is often done completely in the computer; virtual effects (VFX) dominate more and more films. Where is the frontier today?Read more...

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Santa Claus hitches Qualcom’s Snap the dragon to his sleigh for a turbo-charged ride, the Aflac duck finally gets motivated in his physical therapy, homeowners act on the “Let’s Do This” home improvement message from The Home Depot, a young woman learns the secret to escaping the zombie horde...Read more...

Goin’ Mobile

Goin’ Mobile

Few places in the United States can compare with Hawaii for scenic beauty. As a filming location, it can provide almost every environment a director will call for. Well, maybe not an “old New York” street, but that’s why there are sound stages in Hollywood. And one of the best ways to convey that scenic beauty is by incorporating aerial shots in your film.Read more...

Spotlight: The South

Spotlight: The South

Little Rock, Ark.-based 360° Filmworks provides clients with video production, post-production, animation, visual effects, writing, and photography services. Working primarily in commercials, the company began life as an in-house service provider for an ad agency. 360° Filmworks is led by Arkansas native, Tommy Walker.Read more...

Writing The Perfect Track

Writing The Perfect Track

Like the rest of the production and post world, the market for original music has turned with the tides, has ebbed and flowed, and has shifted here and there – now possibly to a point where clients again see the value of expanding a budget to include that perfect, signature score.Read more...

The West

The West

The western states, as a whole, are filled with more scenery than people. There are, of course, pockets of population that skew that logic – Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, and a few other cities – and they tend to be very urban areas, filled with views that can be found in cities east or west. But the grandeur of the land away from the cities is what attracts film makers from all over the world.Read more...

Working In The Cloud

Working In The Cloud

In the beginning, there was film. Images captured on light-sensitive material that could be shared among many viewers. Later came magnetic material called “videotape” and it was good for many things. Then a revolution! The computer and digital charged onto the field.Read more...

Studios and Soundstages

Studios and Soundstages

In the western United States, studios and soundstages often come with a distinguished Hollywood heritage. In Santa Fe, N.M., Garson Studios was founded by an Academy Award-winning actress. In Hollywood, Fox Studios carries the cachet of one of the legendary major studios.Read more...

Skitters And Mechs And Overlords, Oh My

Skitters And Mechs And Overlords, Oh My

It has been called a family drama with aliens. Although Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials and the survivors’ resistance to it, the TNT series is as much about former Boston University history professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and his relationship with his sons – one of whom was abducted by the aliens...Read more...

Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries

Most of us see animation every day, but it’s often rather conventional CG or photoreal imagery. Other techniques are thriving, however, including traditional stop-motion animation, CG in the style of stop-motion and CG that pushes boundaries with its beauty and artistry.Read more...

Stock Footage Houses

Stock Footage Houses

Whether a production company is working on a documentary about World War II, a televisions series about the social revolution of the 1960s, a PBS special about wonder drugs or an awards program in the movie industry – or any other project – there will be a footage house that can offer just the right content to make the final product truly shine.Read more...

Spotlight: Northeastern Trailblazers

Spotlight: Northeastern Trailblazers

It is no surprise that the filmmaking industry attracts independent spirits. It takes a certain kind of pioneering attitude to complete projects under the stresses of shrinking budgets and condensed timetables.Read more...

Taking the Non-traditional Route

Taking the Non-traditional Route

Fortunately for moviegoers, director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Against All Odds, White Nights, Dolores Claiborne, The Devil’s Advocate, Ray) only lasted two weeks in law school.Read more...

ASC Career Achievement in Television Honoree: Rodney Charters

ASC Career Achievement in Television Honoree:  Rodney Charters

When Rodney Charters, ASC, was growing up in New Zealand “Hollywood was so far away it was unimaginable.” But Charters, the latest recipient of the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award, eventually made his way to the production ...Read more...

Spotlight: Southeast Success Stories

Spotlight: Southeast Success Stories

It would be a chicken-and-egg argument to determine which came first, Hollywood taking up residence in the Southeast or the Southeast sending enticing invitations with its growing infrastructure of studios, post facilities and rental houses.Read more...

Making Feature Film VFX Look as Easy as Pi

Making Feature Film VFX Look  as Easy as Pi

If watching Ang Lee’s Life of Pi was an extraordinary experience for moviegoers, imagine the challenge of creating many of the film’s amazing visual effects.Read more...

Knowing the Score

Knowing the Score

The next time you see a video game on the shelf at a retailer near you or on a PC or gaming console, it might be time to stop and consider the growing enormity of these projects.Read more...

Where Imagination Thrives

Where Imagination Thrives

Spots and promos are fertile venues for innovative VFX and CG work. Whether they play on broadcast networks, cable, the web, or at trade shows, these short- and long-form advertising messages offer high-quality executions of compelling, heart-warming, elegant and fun creative.Read more...

Rental Houses

Rental Houses

Equipment rental houses coast to coast talk what’s hot, what’s next and their best-kept secrets.Read more...

NAB 2013 From A to Z*

NAB 2013 From A to Z*

Markee's annual round up of notable products featured at this year's NAB.Read more...

Creating a State of Wonderment

Creating a State of  Wonderment

Animation studios give unique and compelling looks to projects of every imaginable genre. They bring to life the magical worlds of strategic card games for online trailers, dazzle fans with entertainment and branded content in stadiums and arenas...Read more...

Rolling Into 2013, the Mobile Market Looks Strong

Rolling Into 2013, the Mobile Market Looks Strong

A quick tour around the mobile production industry reveals an industry that has been struggling – notably a recent labor strife in the NBA at the beginning of last season, followed by the NHL’s second standstill of the past decade – that is yet proving its resiliency today.Read more...

Spotlight: The South

Spotlight: The South

The South is many things to many people. To some, it is the heart of religious and political conservatism; to others, it is a growing economic force and the headquarters for many of the world’s largest companies.Read more...

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Editors showcase creative cuts that tell wistful, inspiring, informative, under-the-hood and behind the scenes-style stories for Werther’s, Major League Baseball/Stand Up To Cancer, Seventh Generation, Dodge Ram and Supercuts.Read more...

Music Libraries See Spots as a Growing Client Base

Music Libraries See Spots as a Growing Client Base

In the history of commercial advertising on TV stories are legion of the power of music to enhance a spot's message and make a ho-hum spot memorable.Read more...

Legacy Effects Populates Pandora

Legacy Effects Populates Pandora

Much like the motion picture industry that builds on its hundred-plus year heritage by constantly embracing the new, Legacy Effects (www.legacyefx.com) adds to the pedigree of its antecedent, Stan Winston Studio, by continually broadening its capabilities...Read more...

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Caleb Deschanel

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Caleb Deschanel

Although Caleb Deschanel's breakthrough film, The Black Stallion, was shot 30 years ago and he's gone on to net Academy Award nominations for The Right Stuff, The Natural, Fly Away Home, The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ, it may seem that the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement AwardRead more...

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - John C. Flinn

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - John C. Flinn

Unlike previous winners of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Career Achievement in Television Award, John C. Flinn, ASC, whose body of work includes Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, Babylon 5, and TNT's current hit, Saving Grace, could be said to be following a biological imperative to pursue a calling in the industry.Read more...

Spotlight: Southeast

Spotlight: Southeast

As film commissioners in the Southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida can attest, the level of incentives offered can be the difference between hosting a wide array of productions during the year or attracting the occasional independent film or TV show that quickly draws down a conservative incentive pool.Read more...

Reflections on VFX in Commercials

Reflections on VFX in Commercials

A beautiful star's angel and demon sides, market-savvy talking toddlers, landscapes that grow from a painter's brushstrokes and a world of people who come together from many parts: VFX make everything possible.Read more...

NAB 2010 Equipment Showcase

NAB 2010 Equipment Showcase

Stereo 3D support comes on strong. Innovations continue in digital cinema, VFX and LED lighting arenas.Read more...

Spotlight: Texas/Southwest

Spotlight: Texas/Southwest

The Southwest is an interesting case study of how production incentive packages are viewed by film offices, as well as by their state legislatures. New Mexico pioneered generous incentives inspiring other states to match its success.Read more...

Mobile Production's Olympian Achievement

Mobile Production's Olympian Achievement

It was big, international and, stretched over multiple venues — most of them outdoors — it was tough to cover.Read more...

Mastering the Stereo 3D Learning Curve

Mastering the Stereo 3D Learning Curve

Stereoscopic 3D is nothing new as our 19th-century forebears would attest as they slid a new dual-image photographic card into their handheld stereopticon viewers.Read more...

Spotlight: MidAmerica - Heartland Serves Up Big Slice of American Pie

Spotlight: MidAmerica - Heartland Serves Up Big Slice of American Pie

For a region that's often identified with broad sweeps of flat land, the states that comprise America's Heartland actually offer a range of landscapes and cityscapes that the production community knows can help make a production.Read more...

Stock Footage Libraries: Facing Recession Challenges

Stock Footage Libraries: Facing Recession Challenges

With everyone around the world feeling the impact of damaged economies, many in production have turned to the stock-footage industry as a sort of refuge, an always effective and affordable solution for their production needs. That doesn't mean the stock-footage industry is recession-proof, however.Read more...

Setting the Stage(s) for Production Coast to Coast

Setting the Stage(s) for Production Coast to Coast

It's been a challenging economy for just about everyone in every industry, including the companies that set the stage(s) for the country's movie and TV output. But major stage complexes nationwide are staying profitable by catering to new markets...Read more...

Spotlight: Northeast - Fine-tuning Production's Economic Engine

Spotlight: Northeast - Fine-tuning Production's Economic Engine

Despite the recession, most state legislatures are still in tune with the importance of offering tax incentives to production even though state tax revenues have taken a big hit in the past year.Read more...

Eye on Independent Films

Eye on Independent Films

Although technology has leveled the playing field, the focus in indie filmmaking is on the people and the storytelling.Read more...

VFX in TV Series: CSI and Warehouse 13 Wow Viewers with VFX

VFX in TV Series: CSI and Warehouse 13 Wow Viewers with VFX

Although the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is beginning its eleventh season on CBS, the groundbreaking criminal forensics series is definitely not in a visual effects rut. Los Angeles-based Zoic Studios (www.zoicstudios.com), which has been the VFX provider for the show since season five and helps with the Miami and New York spin-offs as needed...Read more...

Locations, Locations, Locations

Locations, Locations, Locations

Although many TV series rarely venture beyond their Hollywood soundstages, these shows rely on very different locales to make their series shine.Read more...

Spotlight: Great Lakes

Spotlight: Great Lakes

Traditional manufacturing and industry have been in decline in the states bordering the Great Lakes, but motion picture and television production are doing their best to help pick up the slack with the assistance of savvy film commissions and tax incentive programs.Read more...

The New Media E-volution Has Begun

The New Media E-volution Has Begun

Have you noticed that content doesn't change when a new medium comes on the scene? Books, magazines, newspapers, radio and television all present fundamental forms of content: fiction, non-fiction, music, art, games, entertainment, advertising and public relations.Read more...

Lighting: Illuminating Choices

Lighting: Illuminating Choices

New lighting fixtures continually come on the market offering shooters and lighting designers new creative options and greater efficiencies. But adding these revolutionary or evolutionary new products to their lighting kits doesn't mean discounting the instruments they've come to depend on job after job.Read more...

Audio: Eye on Sound

Audio: Eye on Sound

Watching films, television shows and commercials is as much an aural experience as it is a visual one. Original music and sound design work hand in hand with picture to define characters, propel the plot and make advertising memorable.Read more...

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Editors showcase creative cuts that tell hip, humorous and moving stories for Mountain Dew, Dos Equis, Thera-Gesic, Volkswagen, DirecTV and the University of Minnesota.Read more...

Mobile Vendors Keep on Truckin'

Mobile Vendors Keep on Truckin'

The rubber met the road for a number of new HD production trucks and support vehicles this year. Major vendors introduced expandos, hybrids and B units packed with the latest gear to handle any sports or entertainment assignment. Designed with forward-thinking 3G and stereo 3D-ready infrastructures, they represent the first of a new generation of multi-purpose trucks to meet client demands today and tomorrow.Read more...

Silicon Imaging's SI-2K Cameras Offer Unique POV for Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS

Silicon Imaging's SI-2K Cameras Offer Unique POV for Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS

While preparing to shoot 127 Hours, acclaimed director Danny Boyle and cinematographers Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chedik discovered what a growing number of digital filmmakers already know: If you want to get the impossible shot, get Michael Mansouri, the DIT who founded HD Camera Rentals (www.hdcamerarentals.com) in Los Angeles.Read more...

Affordable HD: High Quality, Low Cost

Affordable HD: High Quality, Low Cost

Shooting HD has never been more affordable. Cost-effective, high-performance HD cameras from Canon, GoPro and Panasonic have provided solutions to budget-challenged projects from California to Uganda.Read more...

Mobile Production: Bird's Eye View

Mobile Production: Bird's Eye View

Mobile production isn't just trucks hitting the road. Helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft offer perhaps the ultimate in mobility taking to the air to capture the action, record spectacular vistas and provide unique viewpoints. Three leaders in the field of aerial cinematography talk about what it takes to go mobile — way above any road.Read more...

Spotlight: The West Coast - Still Golden

Spotlight: The West Coast - Still Golden

It's been a hundred years since California began luring moviemakers to its sunny clime. Its film heritage, impressive infrastructure and varied landscape still make it the nation's number-one film and TV market. Neighbors Oregon and Washington are part of the West Coast action, too...Read more...

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Roger Deakins

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - Roger Deakins

When Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC received the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Lifetime Achievement Award at a celebration at LA's Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on February 13, he joined a list of recent winners, such as Caleb Deschanel and Allen Daviau, who are still very much in the midst of busy careers.Read more...

ASC Career Achievement in Television Award Winner - Michael D. O'Shea

ASC Career Achievement in Television Award Winner - Michael D. O'Shea

When Michael D. O'Shea presented the 2010 American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Career Achievement in Television Award to his longtime friend, John C. Flinn, III, O'Shea never expected to be back on that stage a year later.Read more...

Music Libraries - Following Trends, For a Song

Music Libraries - Following Trends, For a Song

Production music libraries are as much subject to trends as any other slice of the film and video business. They're witnessing a wave of acquisitions and global expansion, new technology demands, increased business from the video game sector and growth in original song placement.Read more...

Spotlight: Setting the Stage(s) for Success

Spotlight: Setting the Stage(s) for Success

The powerhouse Southeast continues to build its production creds with Florida and Georgia remaining strong in feature film and episodic TV production, South Carolina holding its own and North Carolina experiencing a boost thanks to an increased incentive package that just took effect.Read more...

Digital Domain Creates a 21st-Century Tron: Legacy

Digital Domain Creates a 21st-Century Tron: Legacy

Fans of 1982's Tron, the groundbreaking VFX film of its day, have waited almost three decades for its sequel, Tron: Legacy, which picks up the story with a now-grown Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) discovering a way to enter The Grid, a virtual world inside the computer where his father, Kevin (Jeff Bridges), disappeared.Read more...

Spotlight: Texas and the Southwest Rally for Incentives

Spotlight: Texas and the Southwest Rally for Incentives

The swath of the United States that comprises Oklahoma, Texas and the great Southwest comprises big states, big vistas and big potential for feature film, television and commercial producers.Read more...

NAB From A to Z

NAB From A to Z

While show-goers check out these products on the convention floor, non-attendees can keep pace with manufacturers' latest product briefs.Read more...

ESPN Rolls Out ESPN 3D Network with NEP Supershooters' Support

ESPN Rolls Out ESPN 3D Network with NEP Supershooters' Support

It was less than a year ago. ESPN had just announced the launch of its event-based stereo 3D network, which was slated to air approximately 100 events during its first year. In the midst of that rollout, another kind of rollout immediately became keenly important — one that concerned the need for mobile units, 3D mobile units, to be exact.Read more...

Quenching Viewers' Thirst for Animation and VFX in Spots

Quenching Viewers' Thirst for Animation and VFX in Spots

Studios serve up dazzling animations, playful characters, photoreal stars and transformative visual effects.Read more...

Spotlight: Stars Come Out, Align in Capital Region

Spotlight: Stars Come Out, Align in Capital Region

The District of Columbia and the three states (Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia) that comprise the Capital Region are hosting film and television productions as diverse as the area’s landscapes. With Washington, D.C. pushing for incentives, Maryland boosting its package, Virginia successfully implementing its program and West Virginia serving up some generous incentive numbers...Read more...

Education — Professional

Education — Professional

The only constant in this business is change, so savvy production and postproduction professionals seeking to stay current, to sharpen their skills and to learn new ones are taking advantage of an array of classes, workshops and interactive webcasts to gain new insights.Read more...

Education — High School and College

Education — High School and College

For some high school and college students today, hitting the soundstage or manning an edit session is as much a part of the school day as cracking open a book. Whether it’s a county with the foresight to provide media education in its high schools, a charter school dedicated to a specialized curriculum or colleges that immerse students in real-world production and post...Read more...

Special Ks: High(er) Resolution Production and Post

Special Ks: High(er) Resolution Production and Post

With HD formats now firmly entrenched in production and post, many in the industry have begun to migrate to even higher resolutions, using 2K, 3K, 4K and 5K cameras, especially for effects-intensive projects, and following a 2K or 4K pipeline for postproduction.Read more...

Soundstages: Coast to Coast

Soundstages: Coast to Coast

Whether you’re shooting movies, TV series, specials, music videos, commercials, webisodes or corporate videos you’ll find stages across the country – both well-established and brand new – tailored to meet your needs.Read more...

Locations, Locations, Locations

Locations, Locations, Locations

Location shooting spells success for much programming on the small screen. A wide diversity of venues in close proximity to each other, a strong sense of place and local flavor, the authenticity of real brick-and-mortar neighborhoods and period sites...Read more...

KNB EFX Group and Stargate Studios Bring The Walking Dead To Life

KNB EFX Group and Stargate Studios Bring The Walking Dead To Life

When swarms of post-apocalyptic zombies staggered onto the screen in AMC’s The Walking Dead last Halloween, viewers got up close and personal with the undead and the remnants of the world they and the surviving bands of humans inhabit...Read more...

Spotlight: West Coast

Spotlight: West Coast

From scorching deserts to snow-capped mountains to lush forests, the West Coast has you covered. Our western-most states can provide virtually any type of landscape – urban or rural – needed for your productions.Read more...

What’s Hot In Lighting

What’s Hot In Lighting

What’s hot in lighting today is largely about what’s cool. Energy-efficient LEDs have made major inroads in film and video production, especially as LED fixtures become more versatile. But that’s not to say development of tungsten and daylight luminaires is at a standstill.Read more...

Double-Daring Lensmen

Double-Daring Lensmen

Depending on what type of gig a shooter has, he or she could unwittingly find himself or herself in a nerve-wracking or downright scary scenario. If you lens corporate projects, you’re probably fairly safe. But if you’re on an ENG shoot, who knows?Read more...

Original Music for Spots, TV and Film

Original Music for Spots, TV and Film

Whether its capturing the essence of today’s Grand Ole Opry, tapping an extraordinary musical career for the benefit of commercial advertisers, evoking the emotions of 9/11, or painting a picture in sound for a heartfelt new documentary...Read more...

Spotlight: The South

Spotlight: The South

The South is a beautiful and remarkable place. The diversity of its land and its people make for remarkable story telling, the evidence of which can be seen throughout film and television history. Markee reached out to the state film offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana and South Carolina...Read more...

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Hot Spots: Cutting Commercials

Editors showcase creative cuts that tell moving, evocative and unexpected stories for Hyundai, Lenovo, Advil, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and The Bush Foundation.Read more...

Moving On Up: Trends in Mobile Production

Moving On Up: Trends in Mobile Production

After a long, cold winter in the mobile industry – and during today’s various and continuing iffy economic forecasts – many unit owners seem decidedly more upbeat these days.Read more...

Animation Studios

Animation Studios

Animation and VFX are often inextricably linked these days; so many animation studios have become interdisciplinary creative shops where multiple skill sets come into play.Read more...

Spotlight: West Coast

Spotlight: West Coast

From the quiet deserts of Southern California to the lush forests and deep canyons of Oregon, and beyond our continental border to the wilderness of Alaska, the West Coast of the United States offers perhaps the most diverse landscapes available to filmmakers anywhere in the world. You don’t have to look very hard to find the locations you need.Read more...

LED Lighting

LED Lighting

With their high output, low power consumption and cool operation, user-friendly LED lighting has quickly become popular in many markets. Advances in LED technology are happening rapidly, and LED fixtures are making inroads across all applications, from specific, low-level lighting to illuminating soundstages.Read more...

Specialty Shooters: All Aboard!

Specialty Shooters: All Aboard!

We all know the dangers inherent in stunt work for movies, television and even commercials. And it’s certainly great when you see all the money on the screen, as the saying goes. But how often do we think about the cameramen tasked with filming these great action sequences, or the guys getting those specialty shots that writers and directors dream up?Read more...

Spotlight: The South Part II

Spotlight: The South Part II

There is so much happening in the beautiful South that this location feature from the Nov/Dec issue of Markee deserves a sequel. As previously stated, this region is thriving with hundreds of productions each year as states continually look for ways to attract filmmakers and TV productions. Each state is proving quite successful at their endeavors.Read more...

The Songs Remain, But They’re Not All the Same

The Songs Remain, But They’re Not All the Same

Here’s a question for music lovers: Are you buying as many CDs as you used to? Chances are that you’re not. After all, you probably don’t read the liner notes very intently and it’s so easy to do a quick download from the Internet.Read more...

War Horse

War Horse

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel and the very successful play that followed, War Horse tells the story of Joey, a horse born in Devon (Southwestern England) shortly before the outbreak of World War I. London-based Framestore, an Academy Award-winning VFX studio, was the film’s sole provider of digital visual effects...Read more...

2012 ASC Career in Television Award Winner: William Wages

2012 ASC Career in Television Award Winner: William Wages

William Wages, ASC, recipient of the 2012 ASC Career Achievement in Television Award, still works from a home base in Atlanta, having ignored the advice he constantly got to move to LA if he wanted his career to advance.Read more...

2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Dante Spinotti

2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Dante Spinotti

When Dante Spinotti, ASC was awarded the 2012 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award it celebrated a career in cinematography that began when a boy discovered “something magical” about capturing images with light.Read more...

Go West

Go West

The Southwest region of the United States is a geographically diverse and ecologically rich area that is home to about 19 million people. With deserts, mountains, vast open spaces, modern cities, abandoned and/or historic settlements, and plenty of sunshine, this region offers something for nearly every filmmaker.Read more...

NAB 2012 From A to Z*

NAB 2012 From A to Z*

NAB attendees can use this article to get a head start on convention planning, while non-attendees can keep pace with manufacturers’ latest product briefs.Read more...

Redefining Mobile

Redefining Mobile

Although the big trucks may still leap to mind when mobile production is mentioned, there’s been a redefinition of what it means to be mobile. Today, Mobile Studio USA offers ADR and webcasting in a 14-foot unit; CCI has taken its small-footprint HD trailer...Read more...

Keeping It Real

Keeping It Real

With visual effects part of just about every commercial on television theses days it's refreshing to discover that live-action VFX solutions play a major role in new spots for Geico, Olay and Toyota, and a promo for Showtime's hit series House of Lies.Read more...

Filming in and around the nation’s capital

Filming in and around the nation’s capital

Our nation’s capital and the three surrounding states – Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia – that make up the Capital Region have been bustling with filming activity. Dozens of movie and television productions are currently underway or have just wrapped, including programs for HBO, USA and NBC, a Spielberg film, and an original series for Netflix.Read more...

Stereo 3D Format Is Taking Hold

Stereo 3D Format Is Taking Hold

After the success of his Academy Award-winning Hugo, Martin Scorsese announced that he expects to use stereo 3D in all his future projects. Embracing 3D for cinematic storytelling – not just action-fueled gimmickry – is just one example of how the format is taking hold.Read more...

Fairy Tales Can Come True

Fairy Tales Can Come True

Portland, Oregon’s HIVE-FX (www.HIVE-FX.com) can turn ordinary people into monsters. That’s the company’s creative brief for the NBC series Grimm, now shooting its second season in town. HIVE-FX is one of the preferred VFX vendors for the creatures in the show in which Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (played by David Giuntoli) inherits his family’s legacy...Read more...

Setting the (Sound)stages

Setting the (Sound)stages

Soundstages. Some states have one; some have more. But some states don’t have any, so producers who want to work in those locales may find a properly sized and located warehouse or another structure to fit the bill.Read more...

Cowboys, Mobsters, and Concierge Doctors

Cowboys, Mobsters, and Concierge Doctors

Four states that are popular destinations for location production are showing different sides to episodic television audiences. Often thought of for its adobe-accented southwestern vibe, New Mexico displays high plains landscapes in Longmire. New York goes distinctly non-urban serving up beaches and affluent beachfront homes for Royal Pains. Florida rolls back...Read more...

Eye on Independent Film

Eye on Independent Film

With a strong emphasis on characters and storytelling, indie filmmakers create heart-felt documentaries, narrative shorts and features that impact audiences nationwide.Read more...