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7 Filmmaking Cameras You Can Get for Under $1,000


By: Shutterstock | Robbie Janney | April 24, 2018

7 Filmmaking Cameras You Can Get for Under $1,000

Looking for that perfect cinematic camera but trying to stay within a budget? Check out these 7 cameras that won't break the bank.


Cover image via SITTHs.

It's a conundrum that many people run into when deciding to buy their first camera: you want a camera that will last a while and capture great video, but you don't have $2,000 to spend. Whether you're a starving artist trying to expand your horizons or just looking to take up a new hobby, don't worry: there's a camera out there for you.

My first camera was a Canon 60D, which I purchased for around $800. I learned the basics of cinematography on that camera and eventually used it for paying gigs until I upgraded. With the recent renaissance of affordable DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, you can afford a great camera, even if all you have is a piggy bank stuffed with tips from delivering Chinese food. That last part may only apply to me, but nevertheless, here are seven cameras that will get you started in the wonderful world of filmmaking.

1. Canon 70D


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Canon is usually the first name people think of when looking at cameras for the first time. It's a household name, and the 70D is one of its flagship cameras. With a powerful auto-focus feature and an easy-to-use interface, this camera is perfect for the beginning filmmaker.

Specs:
+ 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
+ 19 point cross-type AF System
+ Up to 7 fps shooting
+ ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600
+ Dual-Pixel CMOS AF for fast focus in live view and video
+ 3" articulating touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
+ Built-in flash with integrated speedlite transmitter and hot shoe
+ Intelligent viewfinder with electronic overlay
+ 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (H.264/MPEG-4/MOV)

Price: $799.99


To really see this camera's potential, check out this short film shot entirely on the Canon 70D.



2. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema


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Even though we've been waiting for the successor to this camera for a very long time, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera is still one of the best deals on the market for someone focused on creating video - with no interest in capturing stills. This tiny monster truly packs a punch, with the ability to shoot in RAW and Apple Pro Res. (If you don't know what shooting in RAW means, it gives you a wider range of color correction options when you're editing in post-production.) This camera also features the Blackmagic interface, which (in my opinion) is one of the best on the market. If you are truly looking for ...READ MORE>>


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PMA EXPANDS GLOBAL FOCUS, NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS, AND ANNOUNCES LOCATION & DATES FOR 2018 PRODUCTION MUSIC CONFERENCE


By: Production Music Association | April 23, 2018

THE PMA 2018 PRODUCTION MUSIC CONFERENCE
Los Angeles, CA - In recognition of the global impact of production music and the growth in international mobile, streaming and social media productions and distribution, The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocacy group for the global production music industry, is expanding its focus to embrace the many opportunities and challenges of the international marketplace. This worldwide focus is reflected in its new tagline, "Creating Global Value. Forward Together," and will be a central ...READ MORE>>


LINE 204 APPROVED TO BREAK GROUND ON 240,000-SQUARE-FOOT SUN VALLEY STUDIO COMPLEX IN SEPTEMBER 2018


By: Line 204 | April 20, 2018

LINE 204 TO BREAK GROUND ON STUDIO COMPLEX IN SEPTEMBER!
Top boutique studio and production rental company to build largest brand-new studio complex in Los Angeles area in almost 30 years


On April 16, 2018, Line 204, one of Los Angeles' top boutique studio and production rental companies, was approved by the 2nd District Court of Appeal to break ground on the largest studio complex to be built in the Los Angeles area in close to 30 years. The brand-new facility will be an important addition to the local entertainment industry, as the project will help meet a growing demand for high-quality soundstages in the Los Angeles area. Line 204 is scheduled to break ground on the project in September 2018 with a slated completion date of fall 2019.

"We're excited to bring the most top-of-the line studio complex that the entertainment industry has ever seen to Los Angeles," said Alton Butler, Chief Executive of Line 204. ...READ MORE>>


Vitec Imaging Solutions wins Nine Red Dot Design Awards 2018


By: The Vitec Imaging Solutions | April 19, 2018

Vitec Imaging Solutions wins Nine Red Dot Design Awards 2018

Vitec Imaging Solutions wins Nine Red Dot Design Awards 2018 for its premium brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Joby and Lowepro, confirming the company's competence in delivering exceptional product design solutions and in leading market innovation.


We are proud to communicate the Red Dot Jury has assigned 9 Design Awards to four ...READ MORE>>


Really Slow Motion Celebrates Five Year Anniversary: Agus Gonzalez Lancharro's Original Music for Trailers Company Helps Promote the Biggest Releases From Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Every Major Movie Studio


By: Really Slow Motion | April 18, 2018

Really Slow Motion Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary
Hollywood, CA - Agus Gonzalez-Lancharro, Owner and Creative Director of the original music for all media company Really Slow Motion Music & Sound Design (RSM), has announced that 2018 marks the Five Year Anniversary of his successful enterprise.

"We love creating fresh new, high-end, cinematic music for the world's biggest movie trailers, but we'd like the industry to know we would also love to be considered for smaller, independent films, comedies and documentaries, in addition to the blockbusters," Gonzalez-Lancharro says.

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Gonzalez-Lancharro launched Really Slow Motion in London in 2013, relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. The renowned musician and composer spearheads an international team of composers and music super-visors who contribute their talents to this music and sound design company which specializes in providing sonic branding for motion picture advertising.

Since its start in 2013, Really Slow Motion has counted ...READ MORE>>


Safari Technologies for Jaguar Shoot


By: Safari TEchnologies | April 17, 2018

Safari Technologies for Jaguar Shoot

Watch the videos below to see the SR4 in action:



Contact Safari Technologies ...READ MORE>>


The Magical Ephemera of New York City's Biggest Prop House


By: Eclectic / Encore Props | April 17, 2018

The Magical Ephemera of New York City\'s Biggest Prop House
Imagine a place where film & television producers could rent thrones for their medieval sets, top hats for their 19th-century character actors, and fake squirrels for scenes of nature in NYC - this wonderland exists, and all in a Long Island City warehouse!

Eclectic / Encore Props, New York City's largest collections of antiques, furniture, and accessories for rent on the East Coast.

Eclectic / Encore Props' 95,000 sqqure foot space was once a former Pepsi Cola factory!


Eclectic / Encore Props' founder went from only having $175 in her pocket to running one of the largest prop companies on the East Coast. Three-story facility contains props in dozens of categories including Sports & Weapons, Toys, Diner, and Juke Boxes. The comprehensive cataloging system keeps track of over one million props. The company services thousands of New York theater, film, and TV productions!


Logic and Neil Degrasse Tyson filmed/photographed at Eclectic for Complex
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Filmotechnic USA is now open for business in Dallas, Texas.


By: Filmotechnic USA | April 16, 2018

Filmotechnic USA is now open for business in Dallas, Texas.
The industry leader in camera car platforms with 15 is also the leader in full service locations. Filmotechnic USA currently has full service camera car shops in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and Orlando.

We are excited to announce the opening of our newest location in Dallas, Texas. The industry's newest location will have a Ford Raptor outfitted with a Russian Arm 6 paired with a fully digital gyro-stabilized Flight Head 5 for all your ...READ MORE>>


Blue Cloud Movie Ranch hosts first ever Bear Grylls Survival Challenge!


By: Blue Cloud Movie Ranch | April 16, 2018

Blue Cloud Movie Ranch hosts first ever Bear Grylls Survival Challenge!
Blue Cloud Movie Ranch is excited to host the first ever Bear Grylls Survival Challenge on April 28th and 29th, in partnership with Bear Grylls Survival Challenge!

Secure your spot today! Here's the link for more...
http://www.beargryllssurvivalchallenge.com ...READ MORE>>


Ridge Route Ranch is SoCals film location that's more than interesting... it's spectacular!


By: Ridge Route Ranch | April 13, 2018

Ridge Route Ranch: SoCals film location that\'s more than interesting...
Ridge Route Ranch is surrounded by areas that will make you think you have gone back in time. But we understand convenience and being connected to the rest of the world. The Ranch is not off the grid but is self sufficient for water and electricity. The only Animal Alley for filming small to large animals, one to a herd, walking to running.

The Ranch is privately owned with incredible an 50 ...READ MORE>>


Albino python of All Tame Animals currently in a production at the Met


By: All Tame Animals | April 12, 2018

Albino python of All Tame Animals currently in a production at the Met
Our Albino python is currently in the production of Cosi Van Tutti at the Met.
All Tame Animals provides all types of animals for work in advertising, TV, film, commercials, print and live theater, as well as special events ranging from parades to cocktail parties.

We enjoy special challenges and have provided animals as diverse as maggots for television show "Royal Pains" ...READ MORE>>


XR-PRO Pro MovieMaker Gear of the Year 2017 WINNER!


By: GLIDECAM | April 11, 2018

XR-PRO Pro MovieMaker Gear of the Year 2017 WINNER!
Take your camera for the ride of its life with the latest generation, GLIDECAM XR-PRO, hand-held Camera Stabilizer from Glidecam.

The Glidecam XR-Pro's all-new, and meticulously designed, features combine the best of the XR-Series creating a system that now accommodates a wide range of cameras. Designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. (4.53 kg.), the lightweight Glidecam XR-Pro will transform your hard to watch, shaky camera footage into hypnotically smooth, professional footage.

With the Glidecam XR-PRO hand-held Stabilizer your camera seems to float, always balanced, isolated from your hands undesirable motions. Now you are free to move with your camera - panning, tilting, booming or running without any camera instability or shake.

The Glidecam XR-PRO works so well that it allows you to shoot incredibly smooth and graceful shots even while going to extremes like running up and down stairs or traveling over rugged terrain. And, when it comes to normal shooting, like walking or moving the camera slowly around someone, the results are equally magical.


Glidecam XR-PRO Head.
The Glidecam XR-PRO Head.

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Glidecam XR-PRO Gimbal.
The Glidecam XR-PRO Gimbal.

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Glidecam XR-PRO Base Platform.
The Glidecam XR-PRO Base Platform.

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Features, Specs, Manual, & Warranty at:
glidecam.com/product/xr-pro/



Contact GLIDECAM

1-800-600-2011 ...READ MORE>>


RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP EXPANDS TEAM WITH TWO MAJOR NEW HIRES: FORMER FOX SPORTS MUSIC VP JANINE KERR NAMED CREATIVE DIRECTOR, AND FORMER ANT FARM MUSIC SUPERVISOR TAYLOR AMAZAN NAMED CREATIVE MANAGER FOR TRAILERS - RICHARD HELLSTERN PROMOTED TO VP, OPERATIONS


By: Riptide Music Group | April 10, 2018

RIPTIDE MUSIC GROUP EXPANDS TEAM WITH TWO MAJOR NEW HIRES:
Culver City, CA, -- Riptide Music Group (Riptide), a leading synchronization, rights management, and creative company that provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, videogames, and multi-media productions, has expanded its creative team with two significant new hires. Janine Kerr, former VP with FOX Sports Music, has been named Creative Director, and Taylor ...READ MORE>>


PROMINENT BOSTON-BASED MUSIC COMPANY GRATITUDE SOUND EXPANDS INTO WEST COAST & OPENS LOS ANGELES OFFICE: Gratitude Provides Original Music and Licensing for Advertising, Film, TV and Multi-Media Projects- Scott Feldman is Named Producer, Gratitude Sound West


By: Scott Feldman & Bryan Hinkley of Gratitude Sound West | April 9, 2018

PROMINENT BOSTON-BASED MUSIC COMPANY GRATITUDE SOUND EXPANDS...
Boston & Los Angeles - Prominent music company Gratitude Sound, headquartered in Boston, MA, is expanding its national footprint by opening a West Coast office in Los Angeles. The announcement was made today by Bryan Hinkley, Founder, Gratitude Sound.

Based in Los Angeles, Scott Feldman is now the ...READ MORE>>


Step and Repeat LA Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Seth Rogen's Annual Hilarity for Charity Gala


By: Step and Repeat LA | April 6, 2018

Step and Repeat LA @ Seth Rogen\'s Annual Hilarity for Charity Gala
Shadow Hills, CA - Step and Repeat LA is a company that specializes in red carpet backdrops, or better known in the film and entertainment industry as 'step and repeats'. These backdrops feature an array of event sponsor logos that have been laid out in a step or diagonal pattern. Step and repeats are most commonly used for televised award ceremonies and film premieres, but can also be used at grand openings, birthday parties and fundraisers.

In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity, or HFC, as a resource for the millennial generation to help bridge the gap in understanding the landscape of Alzheimer's disease. Today, HFC is dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change, and accelerating progress in Alzheimer's care, research, and support through the engagement of millennials. Using this unique approach, HFC aims to significantly improve outcomes for all family members contending with Alzheimer's disease by 2020.

Industry News ImageHilarity for Charity Media Wall by Step and Repeat LA with Seth and Lauren

The Hilarity for Charity 2018 event took place on Saturday March 24, 2018 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. Consisting of stand-up acts, comedy sketches and musical performances, the variety show raised money to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease, provide funds for research, ...READ MORE>>


SOURCEAUDIO LAUNCHES BETA RELEASE OF THEIR PLATFORM EXTENSION ALLOWING ADOBE PREMIERE USERS TO ACCESS PLATFORM DATA WITHOUT LEAVING THEIR ADOBE EDITING ENVIRONMENTS


By: SourceAudio | April 5, 2018

SOURCEAUDIO ACCESSES PREMIERE DATA W/OUT LEAVING ADOBE
Los Angeles, CA - In conjunction with NAB 2018, SourceAudio, the world's leading white label music digital asset management platform, has announced the beta launch of an extension of its platform which allows Adobe Premiere users to receive tracks, drag and drop, search music sites, share playlists, and export PRO formatted cue sheets directly from their timeline, without leaving their Adobe editing environments. The announcement was made today by Geoffrey Grotz, CEO/Co-Founder, SourceAudio.

The new SourceAudio platform extension is a free add-on for anyone who already has a SourceAudio user account. Currently in beta, the forthcoming full release will allow anyone to sign up and access the extension which will also be accessible in Adobe Audition.

Said Grotz, "Adobe is the industry leader in post-production, and we are incredibly excited to integrate our platform - over 1,000 websites and 24 million pieces of music and audio from thousands of labels and catalogs - into their industry-leading software. Our new platform extension makes creating cue sheets, a labor intensive and slow process, faster and easier than ever, including the ability to access required metadata from the SourceAudio platform when available. It's a real game changer."

For more information, please see: https://www.sourceaudio.com/adobe-panel/

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ABOUT SOURCEAUDIO

Based in Los Angeles, SourceAudio is a white label B2B music technology platform for publishers, labels, broadcasters, production companies, and creative agencies. Iconic brands across the media landscape leverage SourceAudio's industry leading music search, ...READ MORE>>


NAB Show Conference Showcases Machine, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Filmmaking


By: National Association for Broadcasters | April 4, 2018

NAB Showcases Machine, Deep Learning + AI for Filmmaking

Half-Day Program to Examine the Application of Machine Intelligence in Production and Post, Now and in the Future

NAB Show will present a new half-day program within the Next-Generation Media Technologies Conference titled "Get Ready for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence." The program, which takes place Tuesday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will include six sessions that highlight the various ways machine intelligence is impacting content creation.

The panels will explore how machine intelligence can increase productivity, efficiencies and creativity in production planning, animation, visual effects, post-production and localization. Attendees will learn the current capabilities of neural network-based tools while also seeing the potential ...READ MORE>>


Amazing Animal Casting Atlanta!


By: Animal Casting Atlanta | April 2, 2018

Amazing Animal Casting Atlanta!

The #1 Provider of Animal Talent in the Southeast


Animal Casting Atlanta specializes in performance dogs, cats, domestics and exotics for film, television, music videos and print. We have over 20 years of professional handling experience and more than 2,000 working animals nationwide.

Animal Casting Atlanta offers a full production service, from script breakdown to filming. We promise results and we deliver. The proof is on the screen. We have created powerful images for studios such as Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, MGM, Marvel, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, NETFLIX, AMC and Sony. We are a Disney Preferred Vendor.

We have an array of talented animals with fantastic credits. Steer to deer, if you can find it on a farm or in nature, we can supply that animal trained for film. With offices in Atlanta and Louisiana, and the ability to travel nationwide, we can provide animals ...READ MORE>>


We want to let you know POWER GEMS is moving


By: Power Gems | March 29, 2018

We want to let you know POWER GEMS is moving<br />
From 2 April, our new home will be a 2,332 sq ft modern facility in Santa Clarita, CA.

We spent the past 6 years in a building about 20 miles from our new location, and it served us well but it was due for redevelopment. The new place just north of Hollywood gives us room to grow, more workspace to service and repair ballasts and better premises.

You'll find us near the studios at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch, Santa Clarita Studios, and a growing number of other vendors and providers to the television and movie industry.

Please update your records to reflect
our change of address:

Power Gems Corporation
26320 Diamond Pl., Suite 180
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

The contact numbers remain the same.
You can still reach us at:

Phone: 818-376-1800
Fax: 818-376-1801


3 TIPS FOR FILM PRODUCTION LOGISTICS EXCELLENCE


By: PACKAIR | March 28, 2018

3 TIPS FOR FILM PRODUCTION LOGISTICS EXCELLENCE
Packair Film Production Logistics, Vietnam


Film production logistics can easily involve hundreds of moving parts that must harmoniously synchronize to minimize delays, reduce costs, and perform optimally to ensure a smooth production schedule without costly surprises or damaged cargo. Packair, the top film production logistics service provider since 1973, has made the logistically impossible a reality for hundreds of award winning film productions since its inception. With over 45 years of experience in international transportation, film production logistics, and customs brokerage services, Packair has advised on the following three tips for film production logistics excellence:

1. Before you entrust your precious cargo with an experienced and licensed International Freight Forwarder & Customs Broker, don't be afraid to ask questions.


Too often does cargo go missing, productions experience delays, and rack up costly transport fees. Go with premium export services as it is a costly hassle to replace broken or missing items, especially those that are unique to a production. It is crucial to ask the right questions before you trust the transportation of your valuable freight with a shipping company:

• Why is this route the optimal route?
• Will the cargo reach its destination in time?
• Is this the most secure method of transporting my precious cargo?
• Will you be able to advise another route in case our film location changes?
• Will you be able to safely transport our oversize and high value cargo?

A truly experienced and licensed International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker should be able to handle your unique film equipment and production cargo to any location in the world and back in a timely and secure fashion, without delays or surprises.

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2. Verify whether your Forwarder has the ability to safely and securely transport cargo internationally by asking if their last few major projects were successfully handled and to where they shipped the cargo.


By asking your Forwarder a little bit about the last few projects they handled, you may learn something from them that you did not know previously. It is hard to trust the shiny marketing and sales pages that various forwarders promote without actually speaking to their representatives or shipping agents. It ...READ MORE>>


AWARD WINNING FRIENDS OF MINE CREATIVE DIRECTOR JEREMY LINDENMIER HELPS OTTERBOX ENVISION UNIQUE SEVEN PART GLOBAL BRAND FILM "PASS IT ON"


By: FRIENDS OF MINE | OTTERBOX | "PASS IT ON" | March 27, 2018

FRIENDS OF MINE HELPS OTTERBOX BRAND FILM "PASS IT ON"
Denver, CO -- Emmy Award®- winning design and branding studio Friends of Mine (FOM) and its Creative Director and Co-Founder Jeremy Lindenmier have partnered with client OtterBox to envision, produce and launch a unique, seven-part brand film spanning seven locations around the world.

When OtterBox first approached Friends of Mine for this assignment, Lindenmier was inspired by the global possibilities of this exciting new branding initiative. OtterBox, the No. 1-selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. and a leader in rugged outdoor lifestyle products, innovates bold products that deliver confidence and trust in any pursuit. OtterBox's goal was to develop a brand awareness lead-up that would be both inspiring and wide-reaching.

The vision was simple and clearly evident in their campaign. Entitled "Pass It On," Friends of Mine produced the unscripted story of an iPhone as it makes a one-way trip around the world. The film - which can be viewed either in its entirety, or in seven distinct vignettes - explores the journey of one iPhone as presented by seven ambassadors with seven unique passions around the globe. Yet, as seen in the films, these people find commonality through technology, ultimately becoming united through their authenticity, diversity and passion.

The Friends of Mine team wove together the stories and backdrops with a tight production team that traveled around the world profiling these seven social media ambassadors: A bull wrangler in Deadwood, South Dakota; a TV host in Mexico City; a chef in Brooklyn; an adventure photographer in Iceland; a fashion model in Paris; an art director in Hong Kong; and an artist in San Francisco.

The OtterBox series film "Pass It On" was recently nominated for "Best Video by a Lifestyle Company" in the Industry Track by Citizine Networks, Inc.

"The 'Pass It On' campaign spanned seven cities and three continents, making it an exciting yet challenging project to produce," said Paul Miller, OtterBox Creative Director. "Lindenmier and the Friends of Mine crew were strategic in making the vision a reality, bringing our concept to life in an authentic way."

Says Lindenmier, "Pass It On was truly a dream project -a great journey - one that wasn't complete until each stop was linked together to form an amazing short film. Our objective was to capture the different lifestyles and cultures of seven unique individuals and their own personal style that easily fit across seven OtterBox product series. It was quite an adventure, filled with inspiration, passion, breathtaking views, delicious food and profoundly interesting individuals. Traveling around the world to shoot these films was the opportunity of a lifetime - and even allowed us to check off a few bucket list items along the way!"

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OtterBox debuted its "Pass It On" seven-part film at a pop-up shop in San Francisco that coincided with the announcement of the most recent iPhone devices. ...READ MORE>>


Mailbox Toluca Lake's Jonathan Kramer aka 'Doctor Voice' announces new throat remedies, vocal health products


By: Mailbox Toluca Lake | Clint Lohr | March 23, 2018

Mailbox Toluca Lake\'s new throat remedies & vocal health products
Mailbox Toluca Lake seems like a typical post office box business with its exterior blending in with a row of other storefronts at 10153 1/2 Riverside Drive. But inside this shop it's a whole different story.

For decades known as the unofficial "Town Hall," it's where ideas for movies and shows have been hatched, and where there are at least 1,000 mailboxes designated to mostly people in the entertainment industry. There are rotating racks of greeting cards here and shelves loaded with stuffed toy animals. Of course, FedEx and postal services are available.

Most importantly, however, are the voice and throat remedies sold by owner Jonathan Kramer, informally known as "Doctor Voice" to the superstars. His products combat laryngitis, hoarseness and other ailments of singers as well as those doing voice-overs. "I've owned the store for 11 years," Kramer says. "I got into the voice business about five ...READ MORE>>


NAB SHOW TO FEATURE VISUAL EFFECTS MASTERS BEHIND 'STRANGER THINGS 2'


By: National Association of Broadcasters | March 22, 2018

VISUAL EFFECTS MASTERS BEHIND \'STRANGER THINGS 2\' @ NAB SHOW

Leading VFX Creatives Discuss How They Brought The Netflix Smash Hit To Life

NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage, and distribute entertainment across all platforms, will feature "The VFX Wizardry Behind 'Stranger Things 2,'" a Creative Master Series panel - produced in collaboration with Adobe - at the 2018 NAB Show. The session, which takes place Sunday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m., will provide attendees with an insider's perspective into how the visual effects were created for the second season of the hit show.

Paul Graff, senior VFX supervisor; Christina Graff, senior VFX producer; Michael Maher Jr., senior concept illustrator; Fred Raimondi, associate visual effects, and Matt Carson, VFX editor will join Mike Kanfer, principal strategic development manager at Adobe, in a conversation that will examine the tools used to bring the world of "Stranger Things 2" to life. The panel will ...READ MORE>>


Now in SETDECOR: TOMB RAIDER


By: Set Decorators Society of America International | March 21, 2018

Now in SETDECOR: TOMB RAIDER
The making of TOMB RAIDER was an extraordinary adventure for everyone involved, not just the action characters!

Set Decorator Raffaella Giovannetti SDSA gives us details in a photo tour of the sets...

Lara Croft

[Alicia Vikander] is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone.

Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious deathLeaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who-against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit-must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. -Warner Bros/Metro Goldwyn Meyer

For this global adventure, Set Decorator Raffaella Giovannetti SDSA and Production Designer Gary Freeman took on the double ...READ MORE>>


Beautiful Spring Backdrops at Step and Repeat LA!


By: Step and Repeat LA | March 21, 2018

Beautiful Spring Backdrops at Step and Repeat LA!
At Step and Repeat LA, we specialize in step and repeats, providing high-quality logo backdrops and media walls for events around the U.S. We handle rush orders and offer shipping within 24 hours of approval nationwide!

We have the fastest turnaround in town, no matter when you need it. Our top designers can fix your step and repeat layout or create a layout for you. We excel in helping our clients with their artwork ...READ MORE>>


Atlanta Crane Workshop with Chapman/Leonard


By: Chapman/Leonard | March 21, 2018

Atlanta Crane Workshop with Chapman/Leonard
The SOC and Chapman/Leonard are proud to present a Telescopic Crane Workshop designed for professional Camera Operators at Chapman/Leonard's Pinewood Studio facility in Fayetteville, GA on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The execution of a successful crane shot relies almost entirely on the communication leading up to it. We will share these tools with you and then apply them to practical scenarios with a hands-on experience. All levels of expertise are welcome!

Event Instructors:

Dave Drzewiecki
Emil Hampton
Bill McClelland, SOC
Brian Osmond, SOC

This is an open event sponsored by Chapman/Leonard, Keslow Camera and Zeiss. A catered lunch will be provided.

All SOC members and non-members are invited


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Learn what the FCC Frequency Reallocation Means for Your Wireless Broadcast Equipment at NAB 2018


By: Bexel | March 20, 2018

FCC rules for Your Wireless Broadcast Equipment at NAB 2018
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed the first-ever "incentive auction" designed to repurpose part of the UHF TV spectrum to mobile and cable companies. While the deadline to vacate is July 2020, T-Mobile is rolling out their new coverage at the fastest rate in history, already issuing 120-day vacate notices in a variety of markets. They project they will be active in all their markets before the end of 2018. To avoid interference, do not delay your transition.

Need help? Contact us if you would like a consultation for your wireless systems' FCC compliance and spectrum reallocation deployment needs. We can assist in replacing, re-banding, or reprogramming your current inventory. Bexel also offers specialty audio services that include Frequency Coordination, installations of our custom "Managed Antenna Systems" (MAS) equipment, wireless microphones and IFBs, wireless intercom, and any disposal or upgrade options for ancillary equipment, involving belt packs, antennas, ...READ MORE>>


AFI FEST 2018 Announces Key Dates and Call for Entries


By: American Film Institute | March 20, 2018

AFI FEST 2018 Announces Key Dates and Call for Entries

AFI FEST 2018 presented by Audi has officially announced its dates and call for entries.



The 32nd edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, CA, from November 8-15, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX and TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. Entries are now being accepted and filmmakers are invited to submit feature, documentary, experimental, animated and short films at AFI.com/AFIFEST or through Withoutabox.com. AFI FEST will have submission deadlines - early, official and final - for fiction shorts (under 30 minutes), nonfiction shorts (under 40 minutes), feature films and virtual reality (VR) submissions. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories for the annual Academy Awards®.

FEATURES, SHORTS AND VIRTUAL REALITY

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What Is Film Con Hollywood?


By: Film Con Hollywood | March 19, 2018

What Is Film Con Hollywood?
Film Con Hollywood is a full day of panels, workshops, competitions, networking and screenings for actors, writers, directors & content creators.

If you're looking to connect, collaborate a d build relationships in an effort to take your craft and career to the next level, Film Con Hollywood is for you!

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Join us for this exclusive 1-day event March 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center bringing together TOP industry leaders including:

Executives from Gersh, Netflix, TCA, Amasi Entertainment, Gravitas Ventures, Buffalo 8, Three Point Capital, Bondit Media Capital, attorney Lisa Bloom and more!

Writers like Deborah Schoeneman (GIRLS, THE NEWSROOM), Jacquen Castellanos (THE AFFAIR, SWEETBITTER), Samantha Tanner (A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM, Sundance 2018) and more!

Directors like Qasim Basir (A BOY. A GIRL. A DREAM., Sundance), J.T. Mollner (ANGELS & OUTLAWS, Sundance), Leonardo Carbucci ...READ MORE>>


Elevating Technology Rentals the eTech Way


By: eTech | March 16, 2018

Elevating Technology Rentals the eTech Way
eTech Rentals is a new company with deep roots in the technology rental business. So we understand the issues that you face when renting technology. We know your event is important as well as those big projects that have tight deadline - deadlines that must be met, budgets to be followed, or prospects that you seek to engage.

The eTech Way is for our eXPERTS to provide you with the technology you need, when you need it, making it as eASY as possible offering fast and secure online quotes, digital contract signing, and ...READ MORE>>


Jules Sylvester Hollywood's go-to man for the creepy and the crawly


By: Jules Sylvester's Reptile Rentals | March 15, 2018

Jules Sylvester Hollywood\'s man for creepy and crawly
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - The sign reads "Trespassers will be poisoned."

Outside the front door, more than 100 black grasshoppers, each the size of a small rat, are pinned onto a plastic foam sheet, drying in the sun. Inside, hundreds of snakes, scorpions, lizards, leeches, tarantulas, beetles and cockroaches crawl about in clear plastic cages.

This is the office of Jules Sylvester, Hollywood snake wrangler and behind-the-scenes star of the upcoming movie "Snakes on a Plane."

A professional animal trainer for 27 years, Sylvester has done more than 330 movies, plus countless commercials and photo shoots.

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Snake wrangler Jules Sylvester, above, owner of Reptile Rentals, holds Petunia, an albino Nelsons Milk snake who appeared in the film "Lemony Snicket''s a Series of Unfortunate Events," in his office in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Sylvester''s animal actors take center stage in his latest project, "Snakes ...READ MORE>>


ELVIS DURAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO NAB BROADCASTING HALL OF FAME


By: National Association of Broadcasters | March 14, 2018

ELVIS DURAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO NAB HALL OF FAME
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Nationally-syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2018 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

"Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," distributed by Premiere Radio Networks, is broadcast from New York City's Z100. Duran and his on-air crew feature up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit music, and regular features. The show airs on over 80 radio stations nationwide, as well as XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio, and The Elvis Duran Channel at ElvisDuran.com.

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"Elvis Duran represents great radio. He has endured as one of America's top radio talents and gets high ratings in syndication as well," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "We are honored to recognize his successful radio career and add him to our distinguished NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame."

Duran's radio career spans more than 30 years and includes both host and program director duties at iHeartMedia's WIOQ-FM Philadelphia and KBest Media's KBTS-FM Austin, as well as stints at Entercom's WZGC-FM Atlanta and ...READ MORE>>


Ark Wranglers: Animal Actors For Film - TV - Print - Music Video


By: Ark Wranglers | March 14, 2018

Ark Wranglers: Animal Actors For Film - TV - Print - Music Video
When you need exotic or domestic animals, expert trainers, and specialized animal services, Ark Wranglers can provide. Providing professionally trained animals within your budget to turn your shot list from small projects to major films, into a stunning reality! Ark Wranglers is fully insured and licensed which includes: USDA Licensed, GA DNR Film Licensed, GA DNR Wild Animal Licensed, and a GA DNR Wildlife Licensed.

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Ark Wranglers is an expansion of Sam's Path Petting Zoo, that is a widely known and respected animal educational facility that has provided a wide variety ...READ MORE>>


Steve Berens' Animals of Distinctions "Taj" in this season of "Stranger Things".


By: Steve Beren's Animals of Distinction | March 14, 2018

"Taj" from Steve Beren\'s in "Stranger Things".
Our cat Taj was "Mews" in this season of "Stranger Things". Apparently he now has a small, growing following asking #JusticeForMews.

Dogs, Cats, Birds - Over 30 years experience in creating memorable animal characters in film, TV and commercials. No job too big, no job too small. Allow us to share your vision. Storyboard and script breakdowns, coordinating, training, 2nd unit directing. ...READ MORE>>


San Francisco Video Equipment Rental Company 'Glitter's'


By: The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. | March 13, 2018

San Fran Video Equipment Rental Company \'Glitter\'s\'

Little Giant Lighting's New Video Shines Spotlight On Indie Filmmakers


SAN FRANCISCO - In the wake of the Oscars and film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW, San Francisco-based The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. has released their first short spot 'Glitter ' honoring the conflict and crusade of the ever-dreaming, ever-driven indie filmmaker. It's one part homage, one part call to arms for the creative community.

"You thought for sure you'd have a few Oscars by the time you hit 30, but times have changed... You decide to get a real job. Something still in the industry. And you tell yourself -- my internal corporate videos will be unlike all others that have come before."

"So you lift up your chin and you carry on. And you're reminded of what you once saw written on a bathroom stall at a truck stop off I-5: You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter!"

In other words, pick up your camera - and some Little Giant lighting and grip equipment - and go boldly into that commercial shoot that pays the bills and gives you the means to make movies for a living.

What better way to illustrate that message than to produce a video of both creative and commercial value with their own Little Giant community -- 31 crew members, 47 actors, and 17 locations to be exact. It took over a year to bring it all together, led by dynamic directing duo Cliff Traiman and Jon Bowden. The result is a brilliant work of art that's already amassed thousands of views, likes, shares, and glowing responses.

So let this be a message to all filmmakers and videographers out there. This life may seem hard at times. But in the end, we're getting paid to make movies. So life is pretty good.

Watch the full "Glitter" video below or at http://vimeo.com/user2090579/little-giant-lighting.


About The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co

The Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co. is ...READ MORE>>


Sloths Quickly Taking Over Hollywood with All Tame Animals


By: All Tame Animals | March 12, 2018

Sloths Quickly Taking Over Hollywood with All Tame Animals
All Tame Animals provides all types of animals for work in advertising, TV, film and live theater, as well as special events ranging from parades to cocktail parties.

Established over twenty-five years ago, All-Tame Animals, inc. provides domestic, farm and exotic animals for all media and occasions, including stage, screen, and television, print and special events. All-Tame is the exclusive supplier of animals to the Metropolitan Opera, where we have worked live onstage with riding and carriage horses, ponies, donkeys, dogs, sheep, goats and chickens.

We are animal lovers ourselves, and our animals are always happy, healthy, attractive, well-groomed, and well-trained. Our handlers are professional and easy to work with. We make sure that all licensing and permitting is in order for you so that you need never worry about running afoul of regulatory agencies. We make sure that you get what you want without compromising an ...READ MORE>>


PAUL BRADY's DIT/Phantom Flex4K: PHANTOMFLEX4K.COM


By: PHANTOMFLEX4K.COM | March 9, 2018

PAUL BRADY\'s DIT/Phantom Flex4K: PHANTOMFLEX4K.COM

Capture the beauty of details that can only be seen through slow motion phantom camera photography.


The Phantom Flex4K is a high-speed camera which produces low noise and accurate blacks with a high dynamic range. This camera comes with 128GB internal memory.

Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera offers flexibility, low noise, and high dynamic range. Its sensor delivers sharp, detailed images. You can capture almost anything at super slow motion speed. Use the on-board camera controls instead of a computer or other interface to adjust settings and control the camera or have Paul do it!


Customize your workflow to suit your production. The Flex4K records Cine RAW for fast, high-speed capture or Apple ProRes 422 HQ to improve downtime, save on hard ...READ MORE>>


The Entertainment Industry's Largest Collection of Wild & Exotic Birds: Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals


By: Benay's Bird & Animal Rental | March 8, 2018

The Industry\'s Largest Collection of Wild & Exotic Birds
Established in 1982 by Benay Karp, Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals have been providing professionally trained birds and animals for the Entertainment Industry.

We work with other trainers, animal companies, zoos, breeders and parks in California and around the world, enabling us to have access to exotic and domestic birds and animals you might have thought impossible to work with.
Benay's Bird & Animal Rentals is a full service animal training and supply company. If we do not have exactly what you need or what you are looking for, we will (at no cost to you) do a full search of other reputable animal owners and companies to help you find it.

In addition to our trained birds and animals, we also offer you the most experienced trainers for you to hire directly, with absolutely no up charge. You pay them directly on your own production company time cards.

We are also a fully licensed and permitted (City, County, State and Federal) facility, with both union and non union trainers and wranglers available for you to hire.

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"Once you use my company, my goal is to keep you as a satisfied client. My pledge to you is to always supply you with the best birds, animals and trainers at the most competitive prices. My hope is that you enjoy using our services, and that you tell your colleagues and associates about us, too." - ...READ MORE>>


You're invited! Come Find Us at USITT


By: Rose Brand | March 7, 2018

You\'re invited! Come Find Us at USITT
Come to our party at USITT expo on March 16, 7pm-8pm at the Hilton Marina in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Please RSVP to RSVP@rosebrand.com by March 12 and check out our booth #2411 at the show. Fabrics, hardware, curtains, backdrops, projection screens, production supplies & more. Isn't it easier to get it all at one place? See a sampling of our offering below.

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Curtain Track

Durable ADC and Triple E curtain tracks available, whether manually operated or motorized. We also custom cut pipe and bend track to your specifications. All ...READ MORE>>


The Animal Actors at The Lazy SP


By: THE LAZY SP | March 6, 2018

The Animal Actors at The Lazy SP
Our standard of excellence will help you achieve a natural and authentic relationship between the animal and human performers. Our animals are prepared to accommodate the changing needs of your production demands. The innovative scope of our team brings depth of knowledge and expertise in order to maximize the performance of our animal actors. Safety is an essential aspect of our operation during every phase of production above and below the line.

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Our cowboys are available to assist with our animal talent during your project. Please call for more information.


Feature Films:
American Sniper
Ridiculous 6
Down in the Valley
Starring Pancho Via as Himself: (subcontractor)
Second Chances

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Television:
Vegas
NCIS
King of Texas: (subcontractor)
Westworld (Season 1)

Short Films:
Wild Horses
The ...READ MORE>>


Mob Scene Names Brett Abbey as CFO


By: Mob Scene | March 6, 2018

Mob Scene Names Brett Abbey as CFO
Los Angeles, CA - Mob Scene, one of Hollywood's leading entertainment marketing agencies for major motion picture studios, television networks, and production companies, has named Brett Abbey as its new CFO. The announcement was made today by Thomas Grane, CEO, Mob Scene.

Abbey comes to Mob Scene from entertainment marketing agency mOcean, where he was the CFO for the past five years. There, he was instrumental in setting up processes for analytics and data-driven teams in a highly creative business setting. By collaborating with mOcean's creative teams, he was able to achieve greater efficiencies on award winning marketing campaigns by creating new metrics and KPIs.

Regarding today's announcement, Grane said, "Brett is truly a great addition to our expanding company as we continue to evolve into new businesses. Brett has that rare duality - he has a great background in big company discipline and structure, and also gets along really well with creative thinkers and entrepreneurs. We welcome him to Mob Scene."

Adds Abbey, "I am very excited to join the Mob Scene team and look forward to the challenges of a different POV on the entertainment industry. This new position allows me to bring my years of experience from leadership roles I've previously held in similar creative business settings. The entrepreneurial feel of Mob Scene and its equity investors has inspired me to take the lead on providing the financial vision and strategies necessary during this exciting evolution of the ...READ MORE>>


John Wm. Hart, III Insurance Agency announces a strategic merger with MFE Insurance Brokerage.


By: John Wm. Hart | March 6, 2018

John Wm. Hart, III Insurance Announces Merger
John Wm. Hart, III Insurance Agency will merge with, and assume the name MFE Insurance Brokerage, effective March 1, 2018. The merger is expected to provide clients with expanded insurance markets among a well-rounded breadth of product offerings and services in Commercial and Entertainment Property and Casualty, Personal Lines, and Life & Health.

For the past 10 years, John Wm. Hart III, Insurance Agency focused exclusively on the distinctive needs of the motion picture, television, video, music, and theatrical companies. Today, technological advances in filmmaking, and owners taking on new ventures outside the field of entertainment, the needs of their clients' insurance portfolios are rapidly changing.

John Hart will take on the roll of Vice President of Insurance Sales and continue to provide his clients with the world-class service they are accustomed to. John Hart commented on the merger by saying, "Merging with MFE Insurance Brokerage allows ...READ MORE>>


Animal Management and Behavior Training LLC, is a positive reinforcement animal training company that specializes in dogs, cats and horses.


By: AMB TRAINGING | March 5, 2018

AMB Training: a positive reinforcement company

ANIMAL TRAINING IN REAL LIFE

AMB Training provides you with the techniques to prevent, problem-solve and apply the skills needed for everyday, practical obedience. We give you a well-rounded understanding of what motivates your pet and insight into the learning theory - behind the species.?

Whether it is general obedience, socialization, counter-conditioning, behavior

modification, trick training, transitioning, or picking out the perfect-pet companion, AMB Training can help decipher, decode and translate your animal's behavior so that you can become your pet's most confident and compassionate owner.



AND ON THE SILVER SCREEN

Our years of experience with domestic and exotic animals, dogs, cats, horses, tropical fish, reptiles, birds and livestock, can help your production team to shoot animal scenes more efficiently and within budget.

?If your production is looking for an Animal Coordinator, Trainer/Wrangler/Supplier or Welfare Specialist experienced with special effects, ...READ MORE>>


Whether you are an award recipient, a project contributor or you just want to be in the room as we celebrate this year's awards for outstanding achievement in themed entertainment


By: THEA | March 2, 2018

Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Themed Entertainment

Saturday April 7, 2018
24th Annual Thea Awards Gala


The Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong on April 7th is an elegant, black-tie event celebrating ...READ MORE>>


THE NEW TRENDING FILM LOCATION - COLOMBIA


By: PACKAIR | February 28, 2018

THE NEW TRENDING FILM LOCATION - COLOMBIA
According to the AFCI, Colombia is offering a 40% rebate on film services and 20% for film logistics services.

There are six major film location regions within Colombia: Bogotá, Caribbean, Central Andean, Southern Andean, Eastern, and the Amazon regions. Colombia's extraordinary natural wealth and dynamic ecosystems - snowcapped peaks, tropical jungles, adventurous desert valleys, beautiful oceans, all inhabited by thousands of gorgeous plants and wild animals - surely make it a very unique film location. To get your all of your camera equipment, lighting gear, wardrobe costumes, makeup, and film props to Colombia on-time safely and securely, entrust over 45 years of experience with Packair's ATA Carnet and air freight services.

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There are quite a few competitive advantages to producing in Colombia as well - financial, novelty, proximity, diversity, and similarities. By producing in Colombia you will ...READ MORE>>


GETTING THE SHOT YOU DESIRE: 5TH ANNUAL CHAPMAN/LEONARD PRODUCT SHOWCASE 2018


By: Chapman-Leonard | February 28, 2018

5TH ANNUAL CHAPMAN/LEONARD SHOWCASE
RAIN OR SHINE we've got you covered!

** FIRST 50 GUESTS TO REGISTER ONLINE WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT HAT **

** FIRST 50 GUESTS TO ENTER OUR EVENT WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT GIFT **

** LAST 50 GUESTS TO ENTER OUR EVENT WILL RECEIVE AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT GIFT **

** All attendees must donate to enter the event and in return will recieve raffle tickets **

** All industry professionals & film students are welcome & please NO PETS **


#CLLA2018


Chapman/Leonard will be hosting their Fifth Annual Product Showcase Fundraiser event featuring various industry vendors. Join us MAY 6TH, 2018 at our North Hollywood, CA facility.

Have front row seats of demonstrations of our latest developments, hands-on experience with our cranes, dollies & remote camera systems, and have questions answered by certified Chapman/Leonard ...READ MORE>>