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Soul Singer Titus Makin aka Butterfly Ali Shoots New Funk-Filled Video "Testimony" At The Cosmic Church LA
May 6, 2021The Former Glee Star and Current Star of ABC TV's The Rookie Drops Debut EP "Preacher's Kid" June 11 with Cover Art Shot at the Church/figcaption>(LA, CA) - Soul singer Titus Makin, aka Butterfly Ali, hit the Cosmic Church LA to film his new funk-filled video "Testimony," utilizing the main church, outdoor exteriors, and the alley way to create the multi-layered, spiritual/street hybrid, so vibrantly captured on the project. The former Glee star and current star of ABC TV's The Rookie, drops his debut EP "Preacher's Kid" June 11 with cover art also shot at the church. Ali's bluesy, soulful vocals and dynamic, masterful stage presence reign supreme, beautifully complimenting the church's warm, vintage aesthetic./figcaption>"Testimony" video"Testimony" behind the scenes"Preacher's Kid" cover artAbout The Cosmic Church LACharming 1917 vintage church with unique architectural detail, including original stained glass windows, antique pews, 30' high ceilings, arched aisle ways, a baptismal and beautiful natural light, is available for film, tv, commercials, music, fashion and editorial shoots. It's the perfect space for content creators seeking a unique, historic, statement-making venue. Great location inside the 30-mile zone. Includes a green room, dressing areas, storage areas and plenty of room for social distancing. Contact us at:(310) 738-6564 (call/text)2945 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90065www.cosmicchurchla.com
eTech Rentals has Lights & Cameras for All the Action
May 5, 2021LIGHTS, Camera, Action eTech Rentals provides you with all the proper lighting accessories you need to pull off professional video production from anywhere!How the New iPhone 12 Will Revolutionize Content and Video ProductionThe iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max in particular offer quite an array of advantages: their improved camera systems and filming capabilities open the door to a means of revolutionizing content creation and video production.iPhone & Video AccessorieseTech Rentals has the solution you've been looking for if you're involved in a video project and need a solution that is easy to set-up and can help you create compelling content?
Equipment and Production Insurance: Compatible with FilmLA!
May 5, 2021Our friends at FilmLA have been helping local Angelenos (and anybody else who wants to shoot in Tinsel Town) for decades, but their insurance requirements can be pretty difficult for the typical film producer to understand. General Liability, Auto Liability, Workers Comp, Primary and Non-Contributory Wording, Waivers of Subrogation...It's a lot to try to figure out by yourself! That's where we come in!We've basically memorized the FilmLA insurance requirements back to front, and can provide an instant, over-the-phone quote estimate to let you know the cost of getting that insurance! Once you get your policy, we can even send out certificates and endorsements for FilmLA AND submit proof of insurance to the City of LA through their KwikComply online system for FREE!Contact us at Direct Line: (818) 295-2266Feel free to request a quote here: https://www.insuredproduction.com/ch/If you'd like to check out FilmLA then check them out here: www.filmla.com
Film Shasta is Moving Forward
May 4, 2021As we move into the next season, I wanted to share some great opportunities and exciting updates!Since our last email, two new direct flights have been added to the Redding (RDD) schedule with service from Burbank (starting May 20 - with flights as low as $19/each way...yes $19 dollars) and Seattle (starting June 17). The flight services from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Redding continue.In addition to our skies getting some new views, our downtown and skyline is looking a little different. For the last 49 years, several streets were fully closed to house a mall. This spring, the streets reopened filled with murals, new art installations, newly built and reimagined buildings, and fresh energy. One of the great features where old meets new is the I.O.O.F Hall (built in 1888 and is the oldest brick structure in Redding) facing one of the newest buildings in downtown Redding, the Market Center Apartments.Below you will find details on upcoming events and state and local incentives. Our local highlight this month is from Sawyer which is a local commercial production company! If you filmed in California in the last two years, consider nominating your location team for a COLA award. Finally, for local filmmakers and businesses, there are a couple of upcoming production needs listed below.Whether you are near or far, we look forward to helping you from permit to premier in Shasta County!Have a lovely day!Sabrina JurisichShasta County Film CommissionerAFCI, Certified Film Commissioner; FLICS, Vice President
A Note From Matthews Studio Equipment
May 3, 2021On behalf of our Matthews Studio Equipment team,We hope you and your loved ones are well. The world is experiencing a unique moment in history that affects all of us personally and professionally. As people spend more time at home, they welcome media of all types. There is unprecedented demand for new content. That's been a real shot in the arm for the television and motion picture industry. We are grateful that our clients are turning to MSE to help make their busy workdays more efficient during a difficult time.We have always held Matthews to the highest standard in grip equipment and are proud of our Hollywood roots and American manufacturing. Even during the pandemic, we are making every effort to deliver the grip essentials folks require and to design new products to increase COVID safely compliancy. We are forever grateful to our friends who have continued to choose our products through thick and thin times.Delivery DilemmaThanks to good planning, we have historically been able to fulfill orders within a matter of days. Unfortunately, today some things are out of our control. Supply chains are strained across many industries due to COVID-19, weather events, port holdups, and shipping catastrophes. Material availability, staffing shortages and unprecedented demand has impacted our ability to swiftly fill some orders. While we have tried to inform clients of realistic delays, for the first time in our 51-year history we are experiencing delays that are totally out of our hands. We understand that these stumbling blocks effect you so we want to share what today's challenges mean for availability this season.Where We StandAlthough some of our gear faces delays until early summer, other items are in stock, immediately available. Unfortunately, some wait times are longer than expected. For those experiencing a delay on your order, we apologize and thank you for your patience. Be assured that we are fulfilling orders in the sequence they were placed. If you are planning an upcoming project that will include a purchase, please place your order early to get on the schedule.We understand that regardless of these unprecedented times you still depend on us to deliver the same high standards in quality and support. To help get back up to speed we are investing in expanding our capacity to serve you through additional staff, equipment and increasing warehouse space.Moving ForwardYour trust and patience have been a valued gift to the MSE family. We will continue to share routine updates about any changes to your estimated delivery schedule. Please feel free to call us at 1-818-843-6715 and we will be happy to clarify your concerns.Best of luck as we all navigate back to normal.Warmly,
Introducing The Cosmic Church LA, Host of Allen Stone's "Consider Me" Video Featuring Taye Diggs
April 21, 2021The Cosmic Church LA was built in 1917. This beautiful vintage church has unique architectural detailing, with its 30' high ceiling that gives way to natural light from the original stained glass windows, and the filtering sunlight that lights-up the antique pews and baptismal pool.The upstairs of this spacious property includes a vintage bible classroom with double/French casement windows and additional flex space. The lot also features two unfinished, weathered buildings and an alley way, lending itself to a rougher street look. You can shoot multiple scenes with different looks in one space.In the front of this quaint property, there are two large shade trees and lush green grass, great for catering and social distancing. This is a diamond in the rough. A hidden gem, soon to be discovered.It's where soul/r&b singer Allen Stone filmed his "Consider Me" video featuring Taye Diggs. And where actor/musician Titus Makin, star of ABC-TV's "The Rookie," recently filmed a music video and did a photo shoot for the cover of his new album./figcaption> Since this property is not being used by any religious organization, its hours of operation are open and flexible. It's the perfect space for every content creator's unique location filming needs.
The Temple of Vroom: The World's Largest Private Man Cave!
April 20, 2021Fresno CA, April 20, 2021.Monster City Studios has built some MASSIVE and AMAZING themed environments. One of them is our "Temple of Vroom", a 6,000 square foot "Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom" inspired man cave.It's hard to grasp the immense size of this installation. Remember, this is not for an amusement park, it's not for some kind of crazy commercial endeavor, this is a private individual's man cave. It's used for his family as a play space and entertaining family & friends. The main room is 120 feet (36.5 meters) long x 60 feet (18.25 meters) wide. The ceilings are 18' tall. The main bar has a seating capacity of 70 people.The space hosts 150+ DMX, computer-controlled lights that are all programmed for various events like dinners, fund-raisersor just relaxing. There is a dance floor and DJ booth ( of course) as well as a video game, billiards and pinball machine area. There are also three different Indiana Jones pinball games.There's two massive 22' long digitally controlled shuffleboard table as well as air hockey. Oh yeah, above the bar there's two80" 4K TVs coupled to a Playstation system, Xbox, and Wii.About Monster City StudiosMonster City Studios is a custom fabricator of theme park attractions, zoos, aquariums, museums, and experiential marketing displays. Fabrication capabilities include steel/metal, carpentry, CNC mill-work, fiberglass, mold-making, foam carving, polyurethane coating, and scenic painting. Everything is done in-house from our 20,000 square foot fabrication facility located in the heart of the Central Valley of California.
Individual CRLS Diffusion O Reflectors NOW AVAILABLE!
April 20, 2021We currently have stock of the new addition to the CRLS family DIFF-0 Reflectors in the popular 15cm, 25cm and 50cm dimensions.These high output reflectors are shatterproof, deliver 100% color accuracy and are lighter than standard mirrors, truly the stars of the 2.0 upgraded system.All single Cine Reflectors are available for purchase with a 3-4 week lead time.Add to your existing kits or start building your CRLS lighting package. All reflectors include their own 2.0 protective neoprene sleeve.
NANTSTUDIOS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF STATE-OF-THE-ART VIRTUAL PRODUCTION
April 20, 2021Epic Games Expands Regional Footprint With Space on NantStudios' Seven-Acre plus Innovation CampusEl Segundo, CA - February 23, 2021 - NantStudios, a state-of-the-art sound stage and premier provider of virtual production services, announced today the launch of its revolutionary virtual production ecosystem and innovation campus in El Segundo, California. At the nexus of the seven-acre plus campus lies a 24,000 sq. ft. sound stage housing the most advanced independent in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) volume and suite of services designed from the ground up to work directly with productions of all types, from high-end feature films to independent video projects. In addition, the facility provides 25,000 sq. ft. of set fabrication space with a dedicated backlot, 30,000 sq. ft. of support space, and ample parking for over 500 vehicles.With the creation of the innovation campus, Epic Games has chosen to co-locate its newest Los Angeles Lab at NantStudios. With this impressive new space and assembly of talent, NantStudios is positioned to become an industry leader in the virtual production space, aiming to set the new standard for ICVFX stages and services."We are thrilled to be working with Epic Games, using Unreal Engine as the virtual production platform to bring the next generation of film and television production to Los Angeles," said Michele B. Chan Soon-Shiong, President of NantStudios. "Building on the success of our studio in Culver City, NantStudios' ICVFX sound stage in El Segundo marries the engineering behind real-time video games with the art of filmmaking in a versatile studio environment."NantStudios' state-of-the-art ICVFX sound stage was designed and innovated in collaboration with Lux Machina who have been on the leading edge of designing and implementing ICVFX stages. NantStudios makes it possible to conceptualize, iterate and execute final visual effects shots in-camera, concurrently with live action capture.NantStudios' services team, led by Gary Marshall, Director of Virtual Production, and Keaton Heinrichs, Director of Studio Operations and Business Development, have decades of experience, performing critical roles on such revolutionary productions as "The Lord of the Rings," "Avatar," "Gravity," "The Lion King" and "The Mandalorian.""We are excited to expand our Los Angeles presence at the NantStudios campus, a hub for the virtual production community and an incredible new stage-for-hire which has been in high demand. This is a space where the Unreal Engine team will not only accelerate testing of new virtual production workflows and cutting-edge developments, but also get to see them go into production on real world projects," said Marc Petit, General Manager Unreal Engine, Epic Games. "NantStudios is a nimble, flexible and resourceful company and much like Epic, shares a commitment to innovation across a diverse range of industries."NantStudios' ICVFX sound stage features industry-leading LED panels and processors integrated into a novel modular-designed volume video system. The volume can be configured for real-time camera-tracked Unreal Engine environments, pre-rendered plate playback or a hybrid approach. Live composite feeds and volume spy-cams can be streamed to any remote location on NantStudios' accelerated fiber network infrastructure.NantWorks, NantStudios' parent company, has roots in biotechnology and extensive experience with IP and data security, allowing NantStudios to exceed customary digital content protection and physical site security protocols as part of its existing infrastructure. The NantStudios ICVFX sound stage and innovation campus began test productions in late 2020 and is currently booking outside projects with production dates beginning in late February 2021.About NantStudiosNantStudios, a NantWorks company, founded in 2015 by Michele B. Chan Soon-Shiong, is a state-of-the-art full-service production ecosystem comprised of traditional, broadcast and virtual production stages. The NantWorks ethos is rooted in the spirit of dynamic innovation, and this drives NantStudios' expansion as it leads the way for the coming decades of media transformation. The company is headquartered in Culver City in Los Angeles County, California. For more information please visit www.nantstudios.com and follow us on Twitter @NantStudio.About Epic GamesFounded in 1991, Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has more than 40 offices worldwide. Today Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world's largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world's leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content.