Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT PHP Script Blackmagic DaVinci Goes up to 11 Colorist Joseph Owens has been in the heart of postproduction for over 30 years, and has used one form or another of DaVinci Resolve for a large part of that. In his look at the latest release of what he calls the gold standard for color correction, he both covers new features, and considers the pos Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT Post Production: Protect Yourself Before You Sign a Contract In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at, Walt tells us what post production pros need to know and ask before taking on that big post project. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:00:00 GMT Put Post First: Save Time & Money in Production! In this trailer for a Business & Marketing training series at, Walt tells us to Put Post First! Save time and money by starting with post. In the series, you'll learn what producers and content creators need to know to save time, money and create a better end product. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT Quick Tip: Square vs. Anamorphic Pixels In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi Jr. clears up the confusion between square and anamorphic pixels and why he recommends always working in square pixel timelines. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT Adobe Streamlines Workflows with Creative Cloud Updates Adobe has announced updates to the professional video tools in their Creative Cloud, featuring timesaving enhancements to media and project management, increased support for new codecs and display technologies, and refinements to everyday editorial tasks in response to some long-standing user reques Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:30:31 GMT HP's New Workstations: Powerful, Expandable, and Compatible Expanding its Z-series line, HP announced major updates to desktop and mobile workstations focusing on expandability, reliability and compatibility - and specifically targeting disappointed Mac users that may not have considered the PC world before. With the key word for creative professionals being Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:45:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for The Positive Side of Change Through humour and anecdotes, Walter Biscardi Jr. shows how to embrace the risk that comes with change - both in business and in life. This clip previews the new series at WalterBiscardi.Com. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 GMT WalterBiscardi.Com Preview for Production Budget Basics In this production budgeting basics preview for a series on, Dana Popoff, Producer for "Good Eats" and "Feasting On Asphalt" with Alton Brown for the Food Network, shares what insights she will guide viewers through in this new professional production instructi Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT Milk Creates Half-Face Man for Debut of Doctor Who Series 8 BAFTA award winning London VFX house Milk created the stunning and beautiful visual effects for the BBC's "Deep Breath", Peter Capaldi's debut episode as Doctor Who, directed by Ben Wheatley for the eighth series of Doctor Who. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 03:40:00 GMT Shot Lister App teams up with FilmAid International in Sudan Shot Lister, the successful shotlisting and scheduling app, is teaming up with FilmAid International to raise funds for their South Sudan Refugee Emergency Response Team. To encourage filmmakers to support FilmAid, Shot Lister is dropping the price of their app from $13.99 to $1.99 for 10 days from Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:45:00 GMT The Giver Blooms with Color from Technicolor PostWorks NY The Giver centers on a boy who comes to question the colorless, utopian community he has grown up in after learning about the "real" world from an elderly man. The reawakening of the boy's memories and emotions is reflected in his growing ability to see in color. This gentle transition fro Thu, 04 Sep 2014 04:00:00 GMT Television VFX:A Different Kind of Beast at Stargate Studios Nightmare-spawning VFX, gruesome yet realistic shots for monsters we're glad are on the other side of the television glass, heart-wrenching, but necessarily believable medical drama effects are all but part of a working day at Stargate Studios. Working a television post production schedule is a beas Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen Kyle Andal and Gerard Andal, lead compositors at Zero VFX, bring invisible post-production magic to several films - including 2014 Academy Award-winning "American Hustle," in which the team helped transform 2013 Boston to 1978 New York - and also several commercial shots with mocha Pro. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT The Marvel of Guardians of the Galaxy Big companies can't be nimble? Don't tell Sony Pictures Imageworks. They turned around 88 shots for Marvel's instant classic, Guardians of the Galaxy -- plus a complete digital character -- in just two months. VFX Supervisor Pete Travers says it's the fastest they've ever worked on a project like th Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:30:00 GMT Going from Aperture to Lightroom? Put it in the Cloud! Why Wait for Apple Photos? Adventurer and editor Jigs Gaton takes us through some easy steps for migrating your photo library from Apple's Aperture and iPhoto into Adobe Lightroom. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:30:00 GMT Sink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & Sharknado When editor William (Bill) Boodell came to LA, he didn't expect to ever be associated with a shark tornado -- I mean, who is? And now Sharknado (the first one), is a part of mainstream pop culture even a year later and his best known work to date. If you talk to Bill for five minutes, you'll discove Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:00:00 GMT Building the Storm for Into the Storm If you're going to build the storm for a movie called Into The Storm, you better be on top of your game -- especially if it's an unprecedented mile-wide monster of a tornado. Method Studios created the storm and its aftermath, building on the kinds of things you expect from a tornado, to create some Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:25:00 GMT Building The World of Hercules Hercules achieved an epic look on a relatively modest budget through careful and clever CG environments. Together, Method Studios and Milk VFX are two of the companies that helped create a full, realistic world for Hercules, from the sky, to the Acropolis, to the sea. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 23:00:00 GMT The Five OTHER Peter O'Toole Movies That Thou Must See Peter O'Toole (August 2, 1932 - December 14, 2013) is most remembered for his supernova performance in Lawrence of Arabia, but in fact some of his most highly-regarded, even Oscar-nominated, performances are all but forgotten in the praise of that one. Here are five more movies to set the record str Sat, 02 Aug 2014 17:00:00 GMT Homeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASC David Klein, ASC, who is nominated for a 2014 Best Cinematography Emmy® Award for his work on Homeland, first AC Dominik Mainl, and B camera operator Bob Newcomb break down what's in their tool kit: an ARRI Alexa mounted with Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses, a RED Epic, a Canon Cinema EOS 1D C, and a Cano Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:41:43 GMT AIRDOG: A HOT KICKSTARTER FOR A COOL IDEA An auto-follow, gyro-stabilized GoPro drone that goes where you go, including skydiving and surfing, that you can operate hands-free -- sounds cool, right? It's called AirDog, and whether or not the product is for you, you can learn a lot from their very hot Kickstarter campaign: they reached their Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film Paul Del Vecchio is a filmmaker with an independent spirit. When he had the chance to beta test Blackmagic's new firmware on the Cinema Camera while serving as director of photography on the indie film "Trent & Isabella," he found that the new debayer process became a huge asset to getting Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:45:00 GMT Expert Tips for Crowdfunding Success Film projects are the most unsuccessfully funded of any Kickstarter category -- but producer and crowdfunding consultant Diana Ward Roark has worked on a number of campaigns for independent films that have exceeded their goals. She has the real-world advice you'll need to succeed, including where yo Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:50:00 GMT Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen As America's Test Kitchen enters its 15th season on PBS, they've made the switch to Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Post-production Supervisor and director Herb Sevush has been with the show from the beginning, and confessed some trepidation moving away from FCP 7, but has found it to be a great fit fo Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 GMT A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' In his third time working with Wes Anderson, LOOK Effects VFX Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez helped implement the director's singular vision on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT CSNY 74: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Epic Tour Revisited Meet CSNY 74, wherein Messrs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young make a definitive 3-hour, 3-set, 40 song, case, supported by 8 video clips and 188 pages of written and photographic evidence, for being one of the world's very biggest and best rock and roll bands, working at the very top of their game. Cre Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:30:00 GMT Contemporary Living Network: Fresh Ideas, Fresh Content Longtime Creative COW Contributor, Walter Biscardi, Jr. recently announced the upcoming launch of Contemporary Living Network, a digital network focusing on positive lifestyle edutainment. For him, it's a natural progression from production to creating a new home for all original content. We asked W Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:00:00 GMT House of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix Series Season 2 of the pioneering Netflix series "House of Cards" brought a number of changes, including new Lead Colorist Laura Jans-Fazio. She spoke to us about her approach to this visually distinctive show, her remote collaboration with Executive Producer David Fincher, and her use of the Bas Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:30:00 GMT The NASA IMAX Project with Cinematographer James Neihouse James Neihouse, the large format cinematographer renowned for his work on projects from shuttle launches to volcanic eruptions, and newly-minted Academy member, finds himself working around the globe, literally, shooting the IMAX 3D film, Earth 2.0 (working title) co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT Interlude's Treehouse: Interactive Video Authoring "Welcome to a new world of storytelling," invites Treehouse's Interlude, an early player in the world of online authoring and delivery of interactive videos. In this review, Jerry Hofmann finds an impressive and easy-to-use service for creating "smart video" for more engaging con Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:30:00 GMT Milk Explodes All Over London For “24” Milk is working with Fox as the lead VFX studio on "24: Live Another Day" -- currently airing on Sky 1 in the UK and around the world -- to create a mix of CG and effects work for the heart-stopping series, as it celebrates its debut year in business. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:30:06 GMT Under the Dome with Encore VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet Visual effects are at the heart of Under the Dome, a hit CBS drama based on a novel by Stephen King, about a town trapped under an invisible dome that isolates it from the rest of the world. Read how Encore VFX created the dome itself for Season One, and other effects, as well as providing a full ra Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:00:00 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial Part TWO with New Feature LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his newly modified After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The modified script with the new feature, which adds the ability to enable individual light colors through a checkbox in the effect control panel, is available as a fr Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:30:00 GMT Saturday Night Live's Film Unit: Making TV Fast Saturday Night Live's film unit produces a pre-taped segment for every live show, with nearly all of production and post happening within a 48 hour period. Director of Photography Alex Buono and editor Adam Epstein rely heavily on communication, improvisational filmmaking skills and the flexibility Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:02:27 GMT The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer The inventor of the NewTek Video Toaster was certain that he figured out the secret behind the uncanny realism of one of the world's greatest painters, and certain he could use the same methods to duplicate it. Really? Yes, really. Join us for a conversation with NewTek founder Tim Jenison on the un Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:54:48 GMT Green Screen Billboard Compositing This After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to simulate augmented reality centered around a city billboard by compositing green screen footage and editing it into the scene. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:00:01 GMT After Effects Handwriting Tutorial This tutorial will show you how to create an animation of a marker writing out a logo or a few words, followed by a slick reveal to an actual logo. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:00:00 GMT Take Creativity Wherever You Go:Adobe Creative Cloud Updates Blending desktop apps and mobile devices for a "creativity on the go", Adobe announced the availability of 14 newly updated Creative Cloud desktop apps, four new mobile apps, and new Adobe-branded hardware tools for iPad. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:30:00 GMT Better Technology For Better Brand Engagement Whisper Media is a Singapore-based advertising company specializing in post-production branding and product placement. With incredibly tight deadlines, and massive files to move, Whisper used Signiant Media Shuttle to reduce transfer times from 24 hours to less than 30 minutes. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:00:00 GMT The Many Colors of A Modern Family Sometimes it might seem that colorists are all about stylized treatments and extreme color correction, but Aidan Stanford's work on season five of Modern Family is all about maintaining realism and hiding all the tricks in the background. Making the jump from film color timing into digital hasn't be Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT GoPro Workflows for Editing Pros GoPro footage is making its way into nearly every broadcast project that editor Shane Ross has been working on. It's even showing up in feature film production, so no matter what you're cutting, you're going to work with GoPro soon, if you're not already. Drawing on his real-world experience figurin Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jonathan Bird's Blue World Jonathan Bird's Blue World is an underwater adventure series co-produced by the titular Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and naturalist, and the Oceanic Research Group. This epic conversation with Jonathan covered his trajectory across over 20 years in the industry, through NLEs (from Avid, Media Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT Shane Ross Rebuilds His Bay with Thunderbolt Broadcast editor and longtime Creative COW leader Shane Ross was onlining a series for MSNBC on Avid Symphony, and noticed a funny thing: his MacBook Pro was outpacing his Mac Pro tower. Follow his adventures as he uses a variety of new products to rebuild the heart of his suite around Thunderbolt a Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT Digital Domain & The Many Layers of Maleficent Digital Domain drew upon their decades of Academy Award-winning expertise to build realistic CG humans for Walt Disney's Maleficent -- including, in some scenes, Maleficent herself. VFX Supervisor Kelly Port took us inside the 2-year process of bringing it to the screen. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:00:00 GMT Making Maleficent Fly Maleficent's Oscar-nominated Visual Effects Supervisor Carey Villegas speaks to us about his work creating the world of the iconic Disney villain, coordinating multiple effects houses on every one of over 1500 shots, and the challenges of creating realistic effects. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:55:00 GMT LightGrid Script and Demo Tutorial LightGrid Script creator Brian Charles demonstrates his After Effects script for rigging lights in grids and circles. The script is available as a free download in the Project Files folder. Thu, 29 May 2014 19:00:00 GMT The Ultimate POV Shootout Douglas Spotted Eagle has a broad experience base with POV cameras designed for action shots. Rather than choosing one catch-all, must-buy cam, he will provide information about which action-camera is best suited for specific criteria which can be then used to help you make informed purchasing decis Thu, 22 May 2014 20:30:00 GMT mocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Street With multiple VFX Oscars (Hugo and Titanic, plus a nomination for Apollo 13) plus a couple of Emmys (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) under his belt, the most remarkable thing about Rob Legato's latest VFX extravaganza is that it doesn't appear to have any VFX at all! M Mon, 19 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT Distributing Creativity: The Growth of Cloud-based Workflows The cloud can mean a lot of things, and in some cases, it can mean nearly nothing. This can make it hard to even know what we're talking about. The "real" parts are getting more real all the time, though, for everything from collaboration to computation. Creative COW Contributing Editor Ky Mon, 12 May 2014 23:00:00 GMT Screenvision & The Show Before The Show So you get to the movie a little early. Chances are good that you'll be seeing the work of Screenvision, who builds a combination of trailers, interviews, promos and music videos to create a self-contained show. We spoke to Screenvision Creative Supervisor Brian Mason for our own look behind the sce Sat, 10 May 2014 05:56:11 GMT