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Adobe After Effects
Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen

Zero VFX: Why Some Effects Are Better Unseen

Kyle 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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Imagineer Systems
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Marvel of Guardians of the Galaxy

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 this, and a sterling example of both the creative advantages that come with scale, and the richness of the Marvel multiverse.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Sink or Swim in Hollywood:Editor William Boodell & Sharknado

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 discover that he's a film connoisseur with a near-concerning catalog of directors, editors, and filmmaking theory in his head, and an up-and-coming editor with a unique post-film path to Hollywood that anyone can learn from.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
TV & Movie Appreciation
Building the Storm for Into the Storm

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 things you've not seen before.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Building The World of Hercules

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Canon Cameras
Homeland: Behind the Scenes with Canon Glass/David Klein ASC

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 Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stefani Rice
Crowdfunding
AIRDOG: A HOT KICKSTARTER FOR A COOL IDEA

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 $200,000 goal in 4 days, on their way to over $1.3 million pledged.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Shooting Trent & Isabella: Blackmagic Firmware & Indie Film

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 the raw-like images he wanted without the price of storage and processing. Less time and money spent there means more focus on the film's visual style which ranges from spaghetti western to film noir.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Contemporary Living Network: Fresh Ideas, Fresh Content

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 Walter to tell us about CLN and his crowd funding campaign for "Ice Cream Nation," one of the first series to be featured on the new network.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
House of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix Series

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 Baselight grading system for fast turnarounds with the show's 5K footage.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The NASA IMAX Project with Cinematographer James Neihouse

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 and NASA. In this feature, Neihouse reflects on experiences working with astronauts, race cars, and rocket launches, and how important choosing the best equipment is in extreme production.

Feature, People / Interview
Creative COW
Art of the Edit
Under the Dome with Encore VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet

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 range of on-set and post services, all while translating the languages of many different disciplines into a single, unified vision.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stephan Fleet
Art of the Edit
Saturday Night Live's Film Unit: Making TV Fast

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 of their toolset -- including Adobe Creative Cloud -- to hit their deadlines and bring film spots to air each Saturday night.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

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 unexpected intersection of art, technology, obsession and the Video Toaster in the wonderfully provocative documentary called Tim's Vermeer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Creative Cloud
Take Creativity Wherever You Go:Adobe Creative Cloud Updates

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Better Technology For Better Brand Engagement

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Manav Kapoor
DaVinci Resolve
The Many Colors of A Modern Family

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 been easy, but Aidan has found a way to utilize his film skills in the digital world, turning around episodes in a day using his favorite tools in DaVinci Resolve.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
GoPro Workflows for Editing Pros

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 figuring this out on broadcast deadlines, Shane offers practical advice for editors using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Apple FCPX.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Shane Ross
TV & Movie Appreciation
Jonathan Bird's Blue World

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 100, FCP, and now Premiere), camera formats (Hi-8 to 4K), computing platforms (adding HP workstations to his previously all-Mac shop), and business models -- starting with creating the TV show he'd always wanted to work on.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
Shane Ross Rebuilds His Bay with Thunderbolt

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 and his MacBook Pro.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Shane Ross
TV & Movie Appreciation
Digital Domain & The Many Layers of Maleficent

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Making Maleficent Fly

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.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The Ultimate POV Shootout

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 decisions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Art of the Edit
Distributing Creativity: The Growth of Cloud-based Workflows

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 Kylee Wall has been looking into the ways that the cloud in its many meanings is already transforming TV & film production today, and she has some ideas about where things might be going from here.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Authors

Walter Biscardi (1)
Manav Kapoor (4)
Stephan Fleet (1)
Shane Ross (2)
Douglas Spotted Eagle (1)
Kylee Wall (6)
Tim Wilson (10)


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