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Box Office: 'Incredibles 2' shatters records with heroic $180 million opening

By: Reuters | Variety.com
\'Incredibles 2\' shatters records with $180 million opening
Actor and director Brad Bird, and actors Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson pose at the premiere for the movie "Incredibles 2" at El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES - The opening weekend of "Incredibles 2" was, well, incredible.

The Disney-Pixar movie flew to a record-breaking launch of $180 million in 4,410 locations, easily landing the superhero sequel the best debut of all time for an animated film. That title was previously held by fellow Pixar sequel "Finding Dory," which bowed with $135 million in 2016.

"Incredibles 2" also landed the eighth-biggest domestic opening of all time, and surpassed 2017's "Beauty and the Beast" ($174.6 million) for the best debut for a PG-rated film.

Overseas, where it has opened in 26 percent of the international market, Pixar's 20th film collected $51.5 million, bringing ...READ MORE>>

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By: TEMP LOVE | June 18, 2018


Full Service Music Company Provides Original Scores, Sound Design, and a Nearly 3,000 Track Production Music Library to Diverse Client Base

San Rafael, CA - Rapidly rising "Audio Story-Tellers" Temp Love are celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary with a new home base, having relocated into the historic 32Ten Studios site in San Rafael (Marin County) California. The announcement was made by Temp Love Co-Owners John McDermott and Christian Hanlon.

Industry News ImageTemp Love Co-Founders Christian Hanlon, left, and John McDermott, right

A young, up and coming music company built from years of experience, the Temp Love team, comprised of 20 audio professionals nationwide - composers, mixers, music supervisors, and music legal specialists - brings a holistic audio approach to every one of their clients' productions.

With their brand new creative and production studios at the legendary 32Ten Studios (the birthplace of ...READ MORE>>

Aero Mock-Ups: Flying High with Our Expanded Production Facility

By: Aero Mock-Ups | June 15, 2018

Aero Mock-Ups: Flying High with Our Expanded Production Facility
Now bigger than ever, Aero Mock-Ups' production facility houses a new Airport Terminal set featuring Wi-Fi controlled green screens, a complimentary LED lighting package, and dimmable recessed & wall wash lighting. Located within the Studio Zone with easy freeway access and expanded parking for 50+ cars, our Skyway Stage includes a production suite, makeup and wardrobe/fitting rooms, and restrooms -making Aero Mock-Ups perfect for your next airport location shoot. No TSA restrictions. No crowd control. No shooting schedule restrictions. Our amenities also make Aero Mock-Ups the perfect base camp.

Our standing Wide body and Narrow body sets are modular and can be transported to your location site or soundstage anywhere in the world-or we welcome you to shoot your project at our facility in North Hollywood. To add realism to your set, Aero Mock-Ups includes set-related set dressing at no extra charge.

For 30 ...READ MORE>>

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair

By: PACKAIR | June 15, 2018

Custom Crating and Packing Services by Packair
When it comes to Custom Crating high value and delicate items for your film productions or time sensitive projects, Packair understands how important personalized service has become.

In today's market, rates have become more competitive than ever. It is coupling these competitive rates with detailed attention to time-sensitive shipments that create the uniquely distinguishable Packair approach to logistics. With the experience, capabilities and flexibility of a full-service air, ocean and land-based forwarder, ATA Carnet service provider, and in-house Customs Brokerage, it is the personal touch that sets Packair apart.

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Custom Crating Services Los Angeles

Packair's Team of Custom Crating & Packing Experts will handle your most challenging crating, packaging and logistics needs. Our crates are individually and uniquely designed to reflect the item's fragility, sensitivity, and weight distribution as well as a mode of transport. Packair provides the following ...READ MORE>>


By: STUN | June 15, 2018

Brad Roth, second from left in back row, and his Stun Team Celebrate their 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Agency Award

Los Angeles, CA - LA-based Stun, an award winning entertainment industry content studio, ad agency and commercial production company, has been named the PromaxBDA 2018 Global Excellence Agency of the Year, during ceremonies held June 14 in New York City.

Last year, Stun was named by PromaxBDA as North America Agency of the Year in 2017.

Overall, Stun won a number of 2018 PromaxBDA Awards, including three golds, three silvers, and five bronzes in the global excellence categories, with several of those awards coming in digital and mobile arenas.

Stun brought home gold for its mobile application design for CNN's Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History.

Industry News ImageStun Team in Los Angeles Celebrates their 2018 PromaxBDA Global Excellence Agency of the Year Award

Stun won another gold for its online takeover for CNN's The Nineties homepage.
Stun's third gold was ...READ MORE>>

How to Break into Movie and T.V. Work with Drones: An Interview with Ryan Deremo, President of SkyFly Cinematics

By: UAV COACH | Zacc Dukowitz | June 13, 2018

How to Break into Movie and T.V. Work with Drones
Ryan Deremo is a Drone Pilot Ground School alum who's found success doing drone work for television and movies in Los Angeles with his UAV services company SkyFly Cinematics.

For a while now Ryan has been filling us in on the growth of his company and his list of impressive projects. We wanted to sit down and learn more about how he's found drone work in the entertainment industry, and what that work looks like.

You've done a lot of work in the film industry. How did you get your first job, and how have you grown your career in aerial cinematography?
The importance of networking can't be understated.

To get my first job, a fellow drone pilot I know recommended me to the director for a pro bono gig. It turned out to be aerial videography for a Stevie Kalinich music video in Burbank, California.

Not only did I shoot the aerial shots, but the director ended up using me as an extra in several of the scenes. During down time on set, I found myself chatting with an older gentleman who turned out to be Stephen Kalinich himself.

Kalinich is a long-time collaborator and friend of the Beach Boys, and co-wrote several of their famous songs-so I had my brush with one of the greatest spoken word artists of all time, and made more valuable contacts at the same time!

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By: ACM SIGGRAPH | June 13, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced juried selections for its Emerging Technologies and Studio programs. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org.

The SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies program plans to expand the boundaries of technology's future in three core areas of the human experience: health, home, and entertainment. The internet of things, the quantitative self, and immersive technologies have matured, and the new data systems that support these innovations are now making way for more interconnected technologies. The program's tagline is "Changing the Human Experience."

"This year's program showcases a variety of health and medical research focused on personal wellness as well as new home technologies that redefine modern living. Emerging entertainment technologies that focus on the changing ways we approach sports, games, and active watching will also be present," said SIGGRAPH 2018 Emerging Technologies Chair Gerry Derksen. "I am excited to offer attendees examples of not only the leading edge of innovation but also new system relationships, highlighting the consequences of integrating these technologies into modern life."

Highlights include:

SEER: Simulative Emotional Expression Robot

Creator: Takayuki Todo (independent)

SEER (Simulative Emotional Expression Robot) is an animatronic-humanoid robot that generates gaze and emotional facial expressions to improve animated expression, life-like facial movement, and emit emotions by the integrated design of modeling, mechanism, ...READ MORE>>

The American Black Film Festival Unites 10,000+ Movie Lovers for a Week of Star-Studded Film Screenings

By: American Black Film Festival | June 12, 2018

The American Black Film Festival Unites 10,000+ Movie Lovers for a Week
The Short Version: If you and your partner enjoy watching movies together, a film festival can provide a date-worthy marathon of entertainment. It's a great way to enjoy original films, discover new talent, and learn about industry trends. For over two decades, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) has attracted thousands of film and television enthusiasts from around the world. Every summer, the ABFF takes over Miami Beach with a fantastically fun five-day event. From the opening night party to the closing ceremony, you can enjoy a full schedule of engaging and educational events focused on people of color. The ABFF celebrates black culture and encourages up-and-coming filmmakers to network with established names in the business. This action-packed event can be a great date activity for movie buffs who want to support creators in the black community.

You can practically feel the excitement in the air as the first day of the American Black Film Festival ramps up. The ABFF attendees walk through the Industry Expo, catch up with old friends and colleagues, and eagerly await the Opening Night Film. After the 8 p.m. screening, people funnel into the after-party. The Opening Night Gala is the perfect opportunity to mingle, network, and maybe even find romance as you discuss compelling films late into the night. It's a great opening act for the five-day event in the middle of June.

Every year, a diverse crowd of movie lovers comes together at the American Black Film Festival to celebrate and recognize talented black artists in the TV and film industry. Since its first festival in 1996, the ABFF has elevated content created by and focused on people of African descent.

The festival's dynamic film screenings attract people from all walks of life and offer couples a chance to create lasting memories together.

The American Black Film Festival has a solid reputation in the industry as the largest film festival of its kind. The festival draws over 10,000 attendees hailing from all around the world. From the outset, the goal of ...READ MORE>>


By: ACM Siggraph | June 11, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced that Rob Bredow, senior vice president, executive creative director, and head of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), will deliver the keynote address during this year's conference. In its 45th year, SIGGRAPH 2018 will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org.

ILM, a Lucasfilm company based in San Francisco, recently announced the promotion of industry veteran and longtime SIGGRAPH conference contributor Rob Bredow to SVP, Executive Creative Director, and Head of ILM, after serving as CTO of Lucasfilm since 2016. Bredow joined ILM as a visual effects supervisor in 2014, and soon afterward was named vice president of new media and head of Lucasfilm's Advanced Development Group. During his time with Lucasfilm and ILM, Bredow also helped launch its ILMxLAB division in 2015. ILMxLAB combines the talent of Lucasfilm, ILM, and Skywalker Sound to create next-generation immersive entertainment experiences.

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"I have been attending SIGGRAPH since before dinosaurs were a commonplace occurrence," noted Bredow. "The chance to see the latest innovations and meet up with colleagues is an opportunity I look forward to each year. I've been personally so inspired by so many of the keynote addresses at SIGGRAPH - it's an honor to be asked to give the keynote for this year's theme, ...READ MORE>>


By: Film Independent | June 7, 2018

Of the many Film Independent Fellows debuting their projects at Sundance this year, by far one of the buzziest was Christina Choe's Nancy. The film-the intense tale of a deeply flawed woman (Andrea Riseborough) who comes to believe that she was kidnapped as a child, subsequently insinuating herself into the lives the grieving couple (Steve Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron) mourning the disappearance of their young daughter 30 years earlier-won Choe the Festival's prestigious Waldo Salt Award for Screenwriting and was directly supported by Film Independent's (Fi) 2015 Directing Lab.

Nancy is Choe's feature debut, inspired in part by the filmmaker's fascination with imposter stories and the age-old question: if something feels real, does it matter if it's actually fraudulent? The result is a compelling psychodrama that touches on big ideas without sacrificing the pleasures of genre. Prior to further developing the project in Directing Lab, Choe took the project through Fi's Fast Track film financing market in 2014.

Choe has subsequently directed an episode of OWN's Queen Sugar for executive producer Ava DuVernay and is prepping a variety of upcoming projects. Nancy hits theaters this weekend, distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Pictures. To learn more about Film Independent's Artist Development programs, click here.

We recently spoke to Choe about her own real-life imposter story, the utility (and not) of telling stories in a genre framework, collaborating with actors, Directing Lab, Fast Track and more. Here's the conversation:


Industry News ImageChristina Choe (center, in red) directing Steve Buscemi and J. Smith-Cameron on the set of 'Nancy'

This is a pretty dark premise for a film. As a writer and director, what inspired you to tell this particular story?

Choe: I was really interested in creating a female character that was morally ambiguous, kind of like an antihero-type character. We see a lot of male characters like that. I just felt like for women it was pretty limited. I was also really obsessed with imposter stories. And then, while I was writing [the script], I found


By: Friends of Mine | June 6, 2018

Denver & New York - Emmy Award® - winning design and branding studio Friends of Mine (FOM) created and produced an inspired graphics show package for the 2018 PromaxBDA Awards show which will be held on June 14th at the New York Hilton Hotel. The honor of designing the package each year is bestowed by invitation only to the best up-and-coming creative shops in the world.

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The PromaxBDA Awards are the world's premier celebration of outstanding achievement in entertainment marketing and design. Across eleven regional and global competitions, the PromaxBDA Awards honor the teams harnessing passionate fandom to drive audiences, create value, and build the biggest brands in entertainment. The PromaxBDA North America Awards show kicks off the season in New York City on June 14th.

Friends of Mine was asked to create an inspired show package ...READ MORE>>

AFI Launches Two Cinematography Programs for Women

By: American Film Institute | June 4, 2018

AFI Launches Two Cinematography Programs for Women
AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Aspiring Female Filmmakers and Fox DP Lab for AFI Conservatory Alumnae

AFI has announced the inaugural AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women (CIIW), sponsored by 21st Century Fox. The tuition-free program, taking place on the AFI campus in Los Angeles, August 3-6, 2018, will introduce the fundamentals of visual storytelling to women who are interested in a career in cinematography. In addition, Twentieth Century Fox Film and AFI will partner to launch the Fox DP Lab for recently graduated female cinematographers from the AFI Conservatory.

The AFI Cinematography Introductory Intensive for Women, a four-day workshop led by world-class AFI Cinematography faculty and master-level guests, will inform participants about a cinematography career - with production workshops, discussions, screenings of the work of pioneering female cinematographers and more. The workshop will encourage participants to continue their studies and become a working professional in the field, ...READ MORE>>



Los Angeles, CA -The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocacy group for the global production music industry, has announced that renowned film composer Tyler Bates ("Deadpool 2," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "John Wick"), will be the Keynote Speaker for the 5th annual Production Music Conference, to be held September 26-28 at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA. The announcement was made by Adam Taylor, PMA Chairman.

The keynote session will take place on September 27th. Jon Burlingame, the nation's leading writer on the subject of music for films and television, and a contributing writer for Variety, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post and the Hollywood Reporter, will interview Bates during the session.

"Tyler Bates is one of the preeminent composers for major motion pictures in the world today," Taylor said. "His remarkable success across a diverse range of successful film, TV, and ...READ MORE>>

Chosen Research Projects Showcase Significant Advances
By Worldwide Scholars

By: SIGGRAPH 2018 | May 29, 2018

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present 128 cutting-edge Technical Papers culled from 38 countries around the world, showcasing significant, scholarly new work. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org.

SIGGRAPH 2018 Technical Papers were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process by a prestigious international jury of scholars and scientists. Each chosen paper adheres to the highest scientific standards and will be published in a special issue of ACM Transactions on Graphics. In addition to papers selected by the conference jury, select papers that have been published in ACM Transactions on Graphics during the past year will also be showcased in Vancouver.

"Vancouver is about to be brimming with the 'who's-who' of graphics. Be ...READ MORE>>

New York's largest prop company offers a walk through TV and film history

By: Eclectic Encore | May 29, 2018

New York\'s largest prop company
Back in 1979 Suri Bieler had $175, hundreds of items collected off the streets of Manhattan and a dream. Thirty-eight years later, her prop company, Eclectic/Encore Properties, owns one of the largest collections of antiques, furniture and accessories for rent on the East Coast and is a go-to source for thousands of New York theater, film and TV productions.

"Every day somebody comes in looking for something to help them create a space-a world-that will tell a story," said Bieler. "I can help with that."

Initially, it took Bieler a year to find a bank to lend her the $3,000 she needed to rent a 10,000-square-foot space on the Upper West Side. Then called Eclectic Properties, the company began serving off-Broadway shows, followed by Broadway productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, On Golden Pond and Sugar Babies. The growth of cable TV gave her business another ...READ MORE>>

Save the date: Power Gems at Matthews Garage Sale

By: Power Gems | May 25, 2018

Save the date: Power Gems at Matthews Garage Sale
On Sunday 3 June - the day after Cine Gear - Power Gems will be at the Manufacturers' overstock and demo sale hosted by Matthews Studio Equipment. If the past four years are anything to go by, you'll want to be there to take advantage of deep discounts.

Among the great discounts last year was 70% off as the vendors got rid of overstocked items, leading to huge savings that were only available on the day.

Power Gems will be in good company, also returning are K5600, Kinotehnik, Hive Lighting, Litegear and Vocas plus many more.

Dan and Chip will be leaving our new premises in Santa Clarita, to bring the latest generation of ballasts for demonstrations throughout the afternoon. If you are thinking of buying a ballast, you may want to get there when the doors open at 2pm. We have been known to ...READ MORE>>

Stock market value of Netflix eclipses Disney for first time

By: Netflix | Reuters | Noel Randewich | May 24, 2018

Stock market value of Netflix eclipses Disney for first time
Netflix's (NFLX.O) stock market value ballooned to a record $153 billion on Thursday and eclipsed Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) for the first time, making it the world's most valuable entertainment company, following a monumental shift by viewers away from cinemas and cable television.

Lifted by a blitz of original programs and 125 million global subscribers, some of whom have given up cable television packages, Netflix's stock has surged 80 percent so far in 2018, more than any other company in the S&P 500.

Since Netflix's initial public offer in 2002, when it was a mail-order DVD service, its shares have surged nearly 33,000 percent. It has also become a must-own stock for Wall Street investors, alongside Apple (AAPL.O), Amazon.com (AMZN.O), Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O).

Netflix's stock on Thursday was up 2.3 percent at $352.90, in line with the median price target of analysts covering ...READ MORE>>

The King of Fake Cash: Rich "RJ" Rappaport

By: RJR Props | May 24, 2018

The King of Fake Cash: Rich "RJ" Rappaport
It's no secret that most of the money you see in movies or music videos is fake, but what might surprise you is that most of it comes from one source. Rich "RJ" Rappaport started RJR Props nine years ago as a full-service prop shop, but his specialty is fake cash. As you can imagine, making fake money is a highly regulated endeavor that is closely watched by federal authorities, so Rappaport has to be extra careful to ensure his fakes never make it into circulation. Still, when your prop money is the go-to for rap videos and has been featured in over 175 films and shows, we think it's safe to say that your cash is king.




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Mega Locations has been recently renovated to fit all your production needs.

By: Mega Locations | May 23, 2018

Mega Locations renovated to fit all your production needs!
This huge 30,000 square foot studio now includes a green screen studio, an extended parking lot (up to 70 parking spots on site) and all new white polished floors.
Mega Locations also includes a photo studio with infinity walls, high ceilings and a sky light, modern architecture (oval wall cut-outs), unique second floor open loft space, recessed lighting, roll-up load-in doors, full kitchen and bar area, conference room perfect for wardrobe or makeup area, private ...READ MORE>>

Cinematographers and other motion picture professionals gather to celebrate diversity, inclusion and discussion - and start a process of moving forward. In this third report, we detail the panel "Inspiring the Industry."

By: The American Society of Cinematographers | May 22, 2018

Film Professionals Gather for Diversity, Inclusion & Discussion
You'll find Part I of this story here and Part II here.
Event photos by Willie Toledo

In this third segment of the ASC Vision Committee's day-long event on diversity and inclusion held at the ASC Clubhouse on April 21, an impressive group of motion picture professionals talked about the challenges they face as people of color in the industry. The event, sponsored by Netflix, also featured a keynote address on the research done at the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (Part I) and a discussion of women in the industry on strategies for gender parity ...READ MORE>>

Viacom's SpongeBob keeps rights to 'Krusty Krab' restaurant name

By: Reuters | Viacom | SpongeBob | May 22, 2018

Viacom\'s SpongeBob keeps rights to \'Krusty Krab\' restaurant name
PHOTO: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes its way down 6th Ave during the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Aye, aye, captain: the rights to The Krusty Krab, the greasy spoon featured in the popular children's TV series "SpongeBob SquarePants," belong to Viacom Inc and not to a Texas restaurateur hoping to open a seafood chain with that name.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 on Tuesday that Viacom deserves trademark protection for The Krusty Krab, and that IJR Capital Investments LLC and its owner Javier Ramos cannot use it for their restaurants.

Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen wrote that Viacom proved that diners would likely be confused if IJR used the name The Krusty Krab, the restaurant located in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom where ...READ MORE>>

Award winning Know Reality Pie for your Production!

By: Knowrealitypie.com | May 21, 2018

Award winning Know Reality Pie for your Production!
We've won 8 awards now for pies entered the annual Good Food Pie Contest 7th, 8th, and 9th contests.

Tracy and I have a long 44-year history together since we met in high school so long ago. We now have a tiny pie shop called Know Reality Pie, as you may know, where we sell our small batches of scratch made "Gourmet Artisan Pies" and sell out regularly.


Try some of the best pizzas in the world at the Los Angeles Center Studios!

By: Los Angeles Center Studios | May 18, 2018

Try some of the best pizzas in the world at the LA Center Studios!
Some of the Best Pizzerias in Naples Will Serve AYCE Slices at This Festival

A new summer food festival will offer unlimited pizza from some of the country's (and some of the world's) best pizzaiolos. On July 28 and 29, the first ever California Pizza Festival will serve all-you-can-eat pizza slices from over thirty vendors at Los Angeles Center Studios.

Headlining the festival are Da Michele, founded in Naples in 1870, and Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba, Naples' oldest pizzeria-tavern that was established in 1738. Local representation comes Vito Lacopelli of Prova Pizzeria and Fernando Darin of Ray's & Stark ...READ MORE>>

Ticketmaster Considers Replacing Tickets With Facial Recognition

By: Ticketmaster | Will Drickey | [a]list | May 18, 2018

Ticketmaster Considers Replacing Tickets With Facial Recognition
For as significant as live experiences have been for both consumer and entertainment brands, data on in-person attendees has been paradoxically scarce. With an investment in and a partnership with event facial-recognition startup Blink Identity, LiveNation, Ticketmaster's parent company, is trying to break into the black box of live event data.

"In the live music industry, the average fan buys between two to three tickets per transaction for a show," writes Cherie Hu for Billboard. "But there is currently no widely-adopted method of determining who actually walks into the venue, or where those tickets go after that initial transaction-meaning that venues and ticketing companies have historically gathered accurate data only for around 1/3 to 1/2 of concertgoers."

LiveNation, as revealed in its earnings report for Q1 2018, is hoping to address this ...READ MORE>>

Jennifer Aniston to star in same-sex White House comedy film

By: Netflix | Reuters | May 18, 2018

Jennifer Aniston to star in same-sex White House comedy film
Actress Jennifer Aniston arrives to attend a dinner organized by French luxury group Louis Vuitton for the launching of new leather accessories in Paris, France, April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Jennifer Aniston will portray the first female - and first gay - U.S. president in a comedy film for Netflix, the streaming service said on Friday.

American stand-up comedian Tig Notaro will play Aniston's wife in the film and she is also co-writing the script for the film, called "First Ladies."

No date was scheduled for its release.

"When Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House, they'll prove that behind every great woman... is another great ...READ MORE>>

SIGGRAPH 2018 ART GALLERY "ORIGINS" TO REFLECT DIVERSITY & CULTURE: Art Gallery, Art Papers to Appear in 50th Anniversary Edition of Leonardo

By: Siggraph | May 17, 2018

"Transformation Mask," Photo by Pamela Saunders © 2018 Microsoft Vancouver

Chicago, IL - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world's leading showcase of digital art created using computer graphics and interactive techniques, will present a special Art Gallery, entitled "Origins," and historic Art Papers in Vancouver, B.C. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12-16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The programs will also honor the generations of creators that have come before through a special, 50th anniversary edition of the Leonard journal. To register for the conference, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org.

The SIGGRAPH 2018 Art Gallery is a curated exhibition, conceived as a dialogical space that enables the viewer to reflect on man's diverse cultural values and rituals through contemporary creative practices. Building upon an exciting and eclectic selection of creative practices mediated through technologies that represent the sophistication of our times, the SIGGRAPH 2018 Art ...READ MORE>>

To Shoot or Not To Shoot - Calculate Optimal Pallet Loads and Forecast Preliminary Chargeable Weights with Packair's Freight Tools

By: PackAir | May 16, 2018

To Shoot or Not To Shoot
Film producers evaluating whether post-production virtual effects or shooting the real thing on-location may utilize Packair's two new freight tools to calculate their optimal pallet loads and forecast preliminary chargeable weights. Film location trends indicate shooting in various countries brings greater returns on investment. To help with forecasting your film production's most efficient shipping strategies, Packair is proud to announce its two new freight tools to calculate optimal loading strategies, and to forecast preliminary chargeable weights.

By utilizing Packair's Pallet Calculator, you may calculate the optimal pallet load for your cargo. After entering your cargo's dimensions and weights into Packair's Pallet Calculator, it instantly calculates the best configuration of your cargo onto a pallet. Packair's Pallet Calculator includes a rendering of the optimal ...READ MORE>>


By: FRIENDS OF MINE | May 16, 2018

Denver, CO -- Emmy Award® - winning design and branding studio Friends of Mine (FOM) has completed an extensive, nearly year-long graphics package assignment for client DIRECTV Latin America. FOM was retained to create an evolutionary promotional visual campaign throughout the Ligas soccer season that celebrates the excitement of that sport. The campaign, which first aired at the start of the 2017/2018 soccer season in August, has been airing on DIRECTV's Latin American network since then.

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The European Football Leagues (Spain, England and France) and their respective Cups, will wrap their seasons just before the World Cup this year. Every year, DIRECTV Sports broadcasts the most complete coverage of the games from those leagues. With those leagues now in the Finals, FOM will soon also be creating the celebratory piece - another powerful graphics branding package - that wraps Las Ligas, ...READ MORE>>

Key Code Media is hosting its 6th Annual POST NABSHOW

By: Key Code Media | May 15, 2018

Key Code Media is hosting its 6th Annual POST NABSHOW
A free broadcast tradeshow with 30 exhibitors, live & post production speakers, and raffle prizes. The event will be great for networking but also an impressive lineup of technology. I thought I would pass it along. Would you be willing to share on your website, social or event email? Register if you'd like to attend!

Key Code Media Presents

POST NABSHOW | Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit
+30 Exhibitors +Industry Speaker +RafflePrizes ...READ MORE>>

All Tame Animals corgis to promote Lifetime movie for Harry and Megan

By: All Tame Animals | May 15, 2018

All Tame Animals corgis to promote Lifetime movie for Harry and Megan
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" to Bear the Belgian Malinois for "Person of Interest", horses for fashion runways and music videos, cows for big city publicity events, leopards, lions and tigers for ...READ MORE>>

Attendee Registration for Cine Gear Expo LA 2018 is Now Open!

By: Cine Gear Expo | May 15, 2018

Attendee Registration for Cine Gear Expo LA 2018 is Now Open!
ARE YOU A member of a professional association in the entertainment media field?
ARE YOU A member union in the entertainment media field?
ARE YOU A member of a guild in production, post-production or the entertainment media fields?

Get your FREE TICKET to Cine Gear 2018!

Explore, and compare the latest tools and ...READ MORE>>


By: Wilcox Sound and Communication | May 14, 2018


Come check them out this Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the J.L. Fisher Open House & BBQ at Wilcox Sound's booth where you can also pick up your FREE copy of The Creative Handbook!

Viviana Straps are here! These wireless transmitter belts are designed for safely securing and concealing wireless transmitters on talent for film, television and many other live productions. These belts are made in Italy from an amazingly slim, breathable and soft fabric making them a safe and comfortable way to let talent wear your transmitter.

The difference can be seen in the excellent stretch, comfort against the skin and breathability with an outer surface that the low-profile Velcro can attach to at any point making it not only fast but efficient while trying to wire talent quickly on set.

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11 YouTube Channels Every Filmmaker Should Be Following

By: Shutterstock | May 11, 2018

11 YouTube Channels Every Filmmaker Should Be Following
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Looking for some filmmaking inspiration? Check out these YouTube channels for all the vlogs, tutorials, and video essays you need.

YouTube is a truly underrated asset for filmmakers. It offers an unimaginable volume of content, all with the intention of teaching and inspiring young filmmakers. Even if you just picked up the art as a hobby, you can find advice for all experience levels, from “never having picked up a camera” to “mastering Adobe After Effects.” Instead of including big-time YouTubers like Peter McKinnon or Film Riot in this round-up, I’ll be showcasing some of the truly underrated channels that are really helping the filmmaking community.

1. YC Imaging

Chrystopher Rhodes brings you actionable tips while also showcasing his finished products, so you can see the advice in action. Creating everything from ...READ MORE>>

INSTINCT, Animals for Film announces Wolves Unleashed

By: Instinct Animals for Film | May 10, 2018

INSTINCT, Animals for Film announces Wolves Unleashed
Leading the way in cinematic wolf performances. INSTINCT announces the release of wolvesunleashed.com.

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Instinct is a top supplier of trained animal talent for the film and television industry. With over 20 years experience, we understand time is money. We will always give you an honest assessment of your project based on your animal requirements and work with you to achieve your goals.

Whether you require a one day commercial ...READ MORE>>

Rental Tracker - Rental Inventory Tracking Solutions.

By: Rental Tracker | May 9, 2018

Rental Tracker - Rental Inventory Tracking Solutions.
Rental Tracker ( RTPro) has been supporting the Motion Picture equipment rental industry for 20 years. RTPro provides a solution for all your inventory rentals, sales and warehouse management needs. Our background and practical studio/rental warehouse experience allows us to encourage and advise best warehouse practices. We continue to develop features/functionally to meet the immediate needs of ...READ MORE>>



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 announced that Sky Television, "Home of Movies in the UK," has signed Riptide to represent Sky's newly launched trailer music label, "Wall of Noise," across the USA and Canada. The "Wall of Noise" trailer music catalogue, joins some of the biggest names in trailer music already being represented by Riptide.

The team behind "Wall of Noise" enlisted the contributions of some of the best composers in the business today, to deliver this carefully crafted new catalogue, and tailored it specifically for producers, editors and creatives working in motion picture advertising and major network TV Promo. The "Wall of Noise" team crafted the library from scratch, by working with Sky Television's trailer producers to ...READ MORE>>

Tivoli's 175th Anniversary Parade to Feature Float Designed by Walt Disney World

By: Tivoli & Disney World | May 7, 2018

Tivoli\'s 175th Anniversary Parade Featuring Walt Disney World Designs
The biggest parade in Tivoli's history begins on on Tuesday the 8th of May at 17:00. Walt Disney World Resort is also contributing to the celebration of Tivoli's 175th anniversary by designing a parade car. The anniversary parade can be enjoyed every day except Friday.

Tivoli has long hoped for a parade, and now it is finally here, just in time to celebrate Tivoli's 175th anniversary. There will be plenty to see and hear for visitors of all ages as the one hundred and fifty metre-plus parade drives through the Gardens. The anniversary parade is based on the idea that the world comes together in Tivoli. The parade also illustrates Tivoli's history and the four pillars on which the idea of Tivoli is based: gardens, culture, rides and eateries.

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30 themed performers will do their utmost to captivate our visitors. The Tivoli Ballet ...READ MORE>>

(Anti) Super Hero DEADPOOL Landing at 7-Eleven® Stores

By: AListDaily | DEADPOOL | 7-Eleven | May 4, 2018

(Anti) Super Hero DEADPOOL Landing at 7-Eleven® Stores
Combining standard movie-merchandise snack food branding with high-tech content marketing, 7-Eleven and Deadpool 2 are joining forces to bring "the merc with a mouth" to convenience stores nationwide.

"Our collaboration includes exclusive products and an amazing in-store augmented reality experience that is among the first of its kind at any retailer," said Sean Thompson, 7-Eleven's senior vice president and chief customer officer, in a statement.

In addition to standard cobranding fare such as collectible Slurpee cups, a limited-time Slurpee flavor (Monster Mutant Red Dawn) and Deadpool-embossed chimichangas and sour candy, 7-Eleven is adding augmented reality features to its 7Rewards loyalty app.

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"Fans can interact with Deadpool and have fun experiences in the 7-Eleven app, unlocking different experiences each week exclusively in the stores nationwide and in Canada," said Gurmeet ...READ MORE>>

15% OFF! For Cinco de Mayo at Step and Repeat LA

By: Step And Repeat LA | May 3, 2018

15% OFF! For Cinco de Mayo
Step and Repeat LA is the leading red carpet company in the Los Angeles area.

We specialize in step and repeat backdrops for red carpet events. If you're looking for a red-carpet display, we are a one-stop shop for all your needs!

We are a tight crew, dedicated to creating the highest quality backdrops and media walls for VIP events. We have been in the sign business for over 40 years, and now ...READ MORE>>

Studio Wings finishes flying stunts on Fox's 9-1-1, SEAL Team and NCIS-LA.

By: Studio Wings | May 2, 2018

Studio Wings flying stunts on Fox\'s 9-1-1, SEAL Team + NCIS-LA.
During the month of April Studio Wings successfully competed three more demanding aerial assignments. The first was a fairway landing in just 480' on a Valencia, CA golf course for FOX's hit series, 9-1-1. Numerous roads had to be shut down to allow stunt pilot and the show's aerial coordinator, Steve Stafford, to complete the precision landings and take offs safely. Steve also flew his Bell 212 Huey for coordinator Kevin LaRosa Jr. on two episodes of CBS's SEAL Team and on NCIS-LA for coordinator John Tamburo . Next up for Studio Wings is flying and coordinating a large scale, action film.

Whether your project calls for a single aerial POV shot ...READ MORE>>


By: Chapman/Leonard | May 1, 2018

RAIN OR SHINE we've got you covered!




** 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 **


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How Do Artworks Get Onto Movie Sets? We Asked the CEO of Newel, the Decorative-Arts Retailer to the Stars

By: Newel Props | April 30, 2018

How Do Artworks Get Onto Movie Sets?
A selection of antique radios available from Newel Props.

Newel splits its business between a decorative arts gallery and a prop-rental company for movies and TV shows.

Earlier this year, when Newel, the venerable New York decorative-arts retailer, received a return shipment of several items they had rented out, one of them looked a little different in appearance. A picture frame, empty when it had left their warehouse, now had a photograph of Hugh Jackman in it.

"They forgot to take the picture out," said Jake Baer, Newel's CEO. "It's the story of my life."

The renter was a production company; the frame was a prop on the set of The Greatest Showman, a new film about P.T. Barnum that is set to come out this December.

This isn't an uncommon occurrence for Newel. The company, which splits its business between a gallery and a prop-rental company, has furnished thousands of film, TV, and theater sets since it opened its doors nearly 80 years ago, from movies like Spiderman and John Wick 2, to episodes of Law & Order and Sex and the City, to weekly tapings of Saturday Night Live. (In fact, SNL's production design department camps out in Newel's warehouse every Friday to plot the schematics for that Saturday's show.) Chances are, if you've seen a movie or TV show in the last 20 years, you've glimpsed Newel's inventory somewhere in the background.

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A scene from John Wick: Chapter 2, with Newel products in the background.

The company, which was founded by Jake's great-grandfather Meyer Newman in 1939, began as a prop house, filling out the sets of Broadway productions. Rentals remained the primary offering of the company for some 30 years, before the ...READ MORE>>

Strickland's Window Coverings Set Services Opens New Georgia Location

By: Strickland's Blinds | April 27, 2018

Strickland\'s Movie Window Coverings Opens New Georgia Location
We've opened our newest location in Fayetteville, Georgia! At Strickland's Window Coverings Set Services, we get it. We have been working with Set Decorators in film, television, and commercials since 1984. We specialize in period and rare window coverings and we get them to your set quickly.

Strickland's ...READ MORE>>

Crystals, Cabanas, Carnations and More! ACME's custom creations for AMEX Platinum house 2018

By: ACME Made in America | April 26, 2018

Crystals, Cabanas, Carnations! See ACME\'s AMEX Platinum house
For most events, you hire a different team to handle different sections of production. Whether it be one team for lighting, another for staging. You get the point. Acme, however, is a little bit different. We are not just a machine shop. woodshop or print shop. We are all that and more. By having so many different departments of skill here at Acme, we are able to create virtually anything your creatives can dream up. A great example of this was our previous fabrication work at the 2018 American Express Platinum House in Palm Springs. We were tasked with ...READ MORE>>

About the Film in California Conference

By: Film In California Conference | April 25, 2018

About the Film in California Conference
The Film in California Conference is the only conference held exclusively to promote and celebrate filming in California.

Attendance has been running 500-600 people and includes professionals from all facets of the film, TV and commercial production industry. Our day-long conference attracts industry professionals seeking to make the most of California's vast production resources and those wanting to learn the latest on topics that affect filming in the Golden State. Past panel topics have highlighted changing technologies (including VR and AR), diversity, branded content, community relations, digital media, drones, film financing and California's Film & TV Tax Credit Program.

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.

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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.

+ 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 ...READ MORE>>


By: Production Music Association | April 23, 2018

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>>


By: Line 204 | April 20, 2018

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:

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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

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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By: Riptide Music Group | April 10, 2018

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

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.

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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>>


By: SourceAudio | April 5, 2018

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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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


By: PACKAIR | March 28, 2018

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>>


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

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>>


By: National Association of Broadcasters | March 22, 2018


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>>


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

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®.



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>>


By: National Association of Broadcasters | March 14, 2018

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>>


By: PHANTOMFLEX4K.COM | March 9, 2018


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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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


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.


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>>


By: PACKAIR | February 28, 2018

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>>


By: Chapman-Leonard | February 28, 2018

RAIN OR SHINE we've got you covered!




** 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 **


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>>

VER with NCIS: Los Angeles

By: VER | Febraury 26, 2018

VER with NCIS: Los Angeles
Victor Hammer is a bundle of energy and its all positive. Starting his ninth season as DP on the highly successful series NCIS: Los Angeles, he is forever grateful for his days working in the rental business himself where he really got a chance to hone his skills.

"I wanted to be a cinematographer," he enthused, "so I figured the first thing you have to do is to learn the tools. Once you learn the tools, then you can be artistic about it. First you have got to do it really fast. It's got to come naturally, you can't think of any of the technical stuff at all."

It's likely that because of his technical prowess that he's never afraid of change. "I've always been really keen on using the latest technology, really testing it out. The first year we shot with Panavision's Genesis camera and the second year we went with VER and VER asked me to try the Alexa. And I said, 'it's ...READ MORE>>

1 Million USD offer to current New Media Film Festival Grand Prize Winner - The Dark & The Wounded

By: New Media Film Festival | February 2, 2018

The Dark & The Wounded
We are ecstatic beyond words that James Picard, the 2017 Grand Prize winner at the 8th Annual New Media Film Festival Los Angeles was recently offered 1 Million USD for one of his paintings that is part of The Dark & the Wounded Series.

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"My series the Dark & The Wounded has always been about helping to create a positive change on the planet. It's about dealing with our issues as individuals, as a society and as a species on the planet. It's about understanding and healing, and looking at things we've been afraid to acknowledge. By facing our reality, getting past our fears and finding freedom, it creates an understanding and compassion for others. It is an invaluable and humbling quest I have been on and it's been wonderful to see it evolve into something that is creating such ...READ MORE>>