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July / August 2010

This issue features articles on TV series that film primarily on location; the VFX wizardry used on CSI and Warehouse 13; seven upcoming independent films; and a Spotlight on production in the Northeast.

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...

Making TV: The Final Home Run

Making TV: The Final Home Run

It was an irresistible project for Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Shoot a television show about moving Henry “Hank” Aaron's childhood home from a residential section of Mobile, Alabama to Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the minor league Mobile BayBears, where it would be transformed into a museum celebrating Aaron's achievements.Read more...

From The Editor: Unconventional Characters

From The Editor: Unconventional Characters

Not every character in a movie or TV show is an actor. In this issue, Markee 2.0 reports how locations from coast to coast play the role of characters in broadcast and cable series from the critically-acclaimed Treme to the hot, new Hawaii Five-0. VFX in two top-rated series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (congratulations to Zoic Studios for its recent Emmy win for CSI) and Warehouse 13, also act as characters supporting strong storylines.Read more...

Inside View: STEELE Studios

Inside View: STEELE Studios

“STEELE was asked to come on board by [director] Marcus Raboy of DNA to handle all the post effects, conform, online, beauty, stereo convergence and mastering for ‘Waka Waka.’ It was an impossibly tight timetable made all the more complicated by the need to deliver different 2D and 3D versions on opposing schedules; the client, Sony Music, wanted to represent the piece for the duration of the World Cup in their 3D pavilion there and in point-of-sale demonstrations worldwide for Bravia 3D TVs.Read more...

Making Commercials: Ohio Lottery Steals The Scene

Making Commercials: Ohio Lottery Steals The Scene

Remember the Mission Impossible scene in which Tom Cruise breaks into a CIA vault by diving from the ceiling wearing a harness? “Heist,” a 30-second commercial for the Ohio Lottery from Northlich/Cincinnati, re-created the famous sequence, with a few variations, for less than $100,000, a pretty good price in this day and age.Read more...