Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 GMT PHP Script 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 Post Production: Pixel vs. DPI for Graphics In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter explains why pixel size matters over dpi when you create graphics for video. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Post Production: What Is A Raid? In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi, Jr. gives a very simple introduction to the media arrays which are often used in Post Production for high performance media storage and playback. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future A film scanner being released in 2014 is kind of a strange thing, but not when you get the full Ultra HD story. Blackmagic Design's new Cintel Film Scanner can create Ultra HD content in real time for a fraction of the price of older scanners, and many movies and television shows over the last thirt Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Unbreakable Conform for Avid Symphony & DaVinci Resolve There's nothing easy about roundtripping MXF files between Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve, especially if you want to keep handles intact. Longtime online editor Scott Freeman has come up with a way to actually make it easy, while automatically taming media management beasts. Best of all, the time Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT The Black Diamond Run for Filmmakers Warren Miller Entertainment keeps on thrilling audiences with breathtaking athletics, brilliant production, and Adobe video apps. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 03:00:00 GMT We'd Like to Introduce You to Training Welcome to and the home of the craft and business of media production brought to you not by professional trainers, but by working Creative Professionals. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter shows how taking just a few moments to rename your editing audio and video tracks in your NLE can pay big dividends for organization, collaboration, finish and revisions later in your production cycle. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K The clients Bob Zelin's clients facility systems design business don't care about hype. They only want to hear the same thing you do: "Does this thing really work, and is it cheap?" The two aren't always compatible. Sometimes cheaper tech makes business harder, and hype is always in the wa Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:00 GMT After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT The Social Media at NAB Finding the latest gadgetry and innovative technological advances at NAB Show is a great reason to converge with 98,000 or so of your closest friends and colleagues. Tech aside (and there was some COOL tech), social media has made a tremendous impact on the way we visit NAB - a subject that Walter B Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Divergent Method Studios was selected as the lead VFX vendor, who ultimately proved to provide 381 shots for Summit Entertainment's Divergent. Set in a dystopian Chicago, one hundred years in the future, the film demanded seamless and invisible VFX to create a believable world of complex environments using se Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah To add new dimensions to the soundscapes of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan took advantage of the new Dolby Atmos mixing stage at Deluxe New York to place movie audiences in the middle of the storm. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Cool Workflow Tools for the Post Production Pipeline Lots of neat stuff was introduced to the video production world this month, so I decided to put together a few bits of the coolest of the stuff. You may or may not have a use for all of these things now, but what they represent for workflow efficiencies for the future -- in prepping dailies, live pr Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT