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August / September 2015

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August / September 2015

Sparks are flying in the August/September 2015 issue, as we take a look at the lighting requirements for documenting the restoration of a steam locomotive. “Mixed lighting was the problem,” says DP Stephen Hussar. “Sunlight through the high windows, work lights for the restoration, overhead lights, even sparks from the machinery.” Also in this issue, cinematographer James Mathers writes about some of the new equipment he used on latest film, Broken Links; we look at crowdfunding for filmmakers; practical effects as executed by 32TEN Studios; production music; filming for NASCAR in Charlotte, N.C.; and much, much more. Read on and enjoy!

CINDY NEWS: What’s so Special?

CINDY NEWS: What’s so Special?

The Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards began two years after the founding of the Industry Film Production Association in Los Angeles. This fledgling professional association, primarily made up of aerospace filmmakers in Southern California, wanted something to elevate their status within the larger film production industry. What better way than to introduce a film festival judged by their peers?Read more...

Special Feature: Setting the Stage for Emotions

Special Feature: Setting the Stage for Emotions

Visual styles and subtext. That’s how Alex Buono describes what he teaches filmmakers during his current nationwide series of workshops. Sponsored by MZ Education, Buono is on the road explaining how to set the stage for the viewer to get emotionally involved with what he or she is seeing—or going to see.Read more...

Spotlight: NASCAR and Charlotte — A Perfect Pair

Spotlight: NASCAR and Charlotte — A Perfect Pair

Early in 2015, two creative industry executives announced the official launch of a new production company focused on serving worldwide agencies and brands. The Charlotte, N.C., company, Wondersmith, was founded by executive producer Joe Murray and creative director Thom Blackburn. Joe began his career as a still photographer but moved into post-production as a commercial editor and finishing artist.Read more...

Production: Monsters under the Bed

Production: Monsters under the Bed

Before we discuss the use of practical effects in today’s filmmaking, let’s define the term and where it fits in the lexicon of special effects. “Special effects” encompass an enormous range of techniques to create something that the eye would not normally see. These include camera techniques like close ups, zooms, and high speed photography. Then there are all the transitioning techniques such as ...Read more...

Crowd Funding? Why not?

Crowd Funding? Why not?

Skyler Reed first approached me to help her create her first professional level music video after a collaboration I did with singer/songwriter Rahkua Ishakarah on her video shoot for INSANE. Skyler Reed is an R&B, soul, and opera singer/songwriter who recently moved to Los Angeles, and she was recording her first full album at the time of our meeting.Read more...

Audio: Production Music for Every Production

Audio: Production Music for Every Production

Markee has been covering the production music industry for a long time, including an annual guide to production music sources. The magazine also sponsors the Best Use of Production Music award at the CINDY Awards. The last winner, CBS Thursday Night Football, used music from Warner/Chappell Production Music (WCPM) and we asked CEO Randy Wachtler a blunt question: What is it that makes production music as good as, or in some cases, better than original scoring for films, commercials, and TV shows?Read more...

Lighting: Bigger than a Breadbox – by a Lot

Lighting: Bigger than a Breadbox – by a Lot

In many ways, the story of American expansion Westward is the story of railroads. Trains held the fascination of generations of children long before airplanes and cars took over. Those of us of a certain age grew up with American Flyer and Lionel trains and perhaps “graduated” to the smaller but finer detailed HO- and N-gauge models. Some never got over that love of trains.Read more...

Cinematography: Behind the Scenes - Broken Links

Cinematography: Behind the Scenes -  Broken Links

My latest movie, Broken Links, had needs that were greater than the available resources. I was lucky and received manufacturers’ assistance with everything from cameras, lenses, and support, to lighting and data management. I’d like to share my experience using these tools, some for the first time on any feature, and tell you how I employed them on this little movie.Read more...

From The Editor: Fire! Donald Trump!

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With aging comes memory loss. So goes the conventional wisdom, anyway. Maybe it’s a matter of semantics, though; it’s not that we can’t remember things, it’s that we can’t remember things we want to recall at a given moment. While I might have trouble with the name of the singer of a 1950s song I like, I certainly remember events in my life from that era. Selective amnesia.Read more...