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Summer 2014

Is filming with a “model helicopter” legal? The summer 2014 issue explores this hot topic. We also speak with movie studios about tax incentives; we tell you how to get the most value from rental equipment; we look at the storage capacity needs of 4K production; we have an updated Stock Footage Guide; and we shine our Spotlight on independent filmmakers in the Eastern and Southern United States.

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...

From the Editor: Music in the Air

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While I cut my cinema teeth on a Mitchel BNC, Arriflex 16 and Éclair in the 1960s, I found my niche in audio. I was the “sound guy” on dozens of educational and documentary films, did studio recording...Read more...

Making TV: Yasu Tanida - Starting The Blacklist

Making TV: Yasu Tanida - Starting The Blacklist

It took 19 days to shoot the one-hour pilot for The Blacklist. Typically, pilots require more time to shoot than the remaining episodes from a show’s first season. But 19 days?Read more...

Making Commercials: Stardust - Psychedelic Tech

Making Commercials: Stardust - Psychedelic Tech

If you have seen “Samsung Galaxy, London Collage,” the commercial that launched the latest Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone and Samsung Gear smartwatch, you might think the spot is composed of an animated band woven together with a psychedelic extravaganza of animated images literally flying through the frames.Read more...