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Fall 2014

Scenery for Hire: From the majestic Rocky Mountains to the Shining Sea of the Northwest, producers can find every possible scenery. The fall 2014 issue spotlights the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest regions. The issue also highlights a diverse group of independent productions – and the people behind them – as well as our annual Music & Sound Guide and an interview with Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. Additionally, the fall issue includes an article by composer Bob Farnsworth on the language of music. And contributor Michael Fickes speaks with Fluid about its humorous chewing gum commercial, and DP Mathias Herndl tells Fickes how he shoots the ABC crime series Motive.

Getting the Most from Production Music

Getting the Most from Production Music

Someone — it’s been attributed to Steve Martin, Elvis Costello, David Byrne, Thelonious Monk, and even Frank Zappa — once said, “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” So, let’s dance!Read more...

Spotlight: Rocky Mountain and Northwest

Spotlight:  Rocky Mountain and Northwest

The Pacific Northwest — the states of Oregon and Washington — have a multitude of scenery options, from seacoast to mountains and a lot of prairie in between. There are ranches and forests, cities that can double for almost anywhere (and do), new and old buildings, and so much more.Read more...

Lighting: Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC

Lighting: Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC

Vilmos Zsigmond may not be a household name but within the industry, he is a highly honored practitioner of the filming arts. His filmography includes masterworks such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind...Read more...

Lighting: Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Lighting: Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Shane Hurlbut, ASC grew up on a farm in New York and got his start in films as a gaffer. Hurlbut’s shooting career began in 1995 with music videos for The Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, followed by commercials and features. His credits include The Rat Pack...Read more...

Original Music: Hearing is Believing

Original Music: Hearing is Believing

Normally, people say “Seeing is believing,” but I would like to offer my theory that it is more accurate to say: Hearing is believing. I’ve discovered, as a musician and composer, that we generally trust our ears more than we trust our own eyes. I wonder why that is?Read more...

Independent Productions: Diversity in Action

Independent Productions: Diversity in Action

While major studios control large amounts of money, small independent productions with limited budgets can still make a splash if they approach their projects with great ideas, good planning, and high-quality but inexpensive equipment.Read more...

Making Commercials: Fluid — Dead Man Walking And Chewing Gum

Making Commercials: Fluid — Dead Man Walking And Chewing Gum

“It’s a take on Monty Python,” says Editor John Piccolo of Fluid, the editorial studio that handled the project. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Fluid specializes in post-production services including editorial, original music, sound design, audio mixing, color correction, design, animation, and finishing.Read more...

From the Editor: Camera? Who needs a camera?

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Today’s cine cameras can fit in a shirt pocket and produce digital output at the highest resolution the delivery systems can reproduce. And in keeping with the “smaller, smaller, smallest” trend in everything electronic, the ubiquitous cell phone has become a cine camera.Read more...

Making TV: Mathias Herndl — Why-Done-It

Making TV: Mathias Herndl — Why-Done-It

Like Columbo, Motive has a formula. It reveals the murderer and victim in the first two scenes. Then it cuts to the police at the scene of the crime beginning an investigation.Read more...