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Cinematography
Paperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for Leprechaun

Paperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for Leprechaun

The digital revolution was supposed to save us all from endless streams of paper but instead has spawned an even deeper addiction to the printed page. Here's how one filmmaker decided to take the road-less-cluttered and literally enter the ring of paperless production for Lionsgate and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Zach Lipovsky
Field Production
“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson ran a video production company. In one especially memorable adventure, he found himself quite literally up to his armpits in alligators. He had no idea that this was going to happen when the day began. At the time, he was focused on a brand new fear: getting sliced in half by burning underwear.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
ARRI
Behind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan Bazelli

Behind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan Bazelli

Bojan Bazelli, ASC, working with Director Gore Verbinski, designed and executed a unique look for The Lone Ranger. With a nod to the much-filmed Western genre, they made a uniquely contemporary film with a much more desaturated color palette and a grittier look to the classic locations.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bojan Bazelli, ASC
Cinematography
World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

The team that developed virtual cinematography for Avatar went even further for World War Z, creating a much more advanced system for everything from video assist to capturing lens metadata, able to stand up to eight weeks of 14 hour days, in remote locations and extreme conditions around the world.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Walter Biscardi tells us, "Once again, springtime is upon us, so of course, it's time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. Last year y'all seemed to like the before you go tips, so may I present the 2013 edition of 'Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time'."

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Cinematography
Jacob Rosenberg Directs Waiting for Lightning

Jacob Rosenberg Directs Waiting for Lightning

Waiting for Lightning is the tragic and triumphant story of legendary skateboarder Danny Way, following him from his chaotic childhood to his early talent with a skateboard through to his many professional successes. With a combination of archival footage, interviews and skateboard action, Waiting for Lightning also takes us on Danny's journey to China to jump the Great Wall on a skateboard.

Feature, People / Interview
Jacob Rosenberg
Field Production
A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

The world is full of production monitors these days, but two new models stand out thanks to their big screens that can run for hours on battery power. That alone means cameramen and producers can finally take a big monitor into the field, without giving up much mobility.

Review
Helmut Kobler
NAB Expo
Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Industry leader, visionary, and wielder of baseball bats and shotguns Bob Zelin takes a look at the world through NAB-colored glasses and sees that, from now on, anything goes.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Field Production
TV Pro Gear Builds 3D Flypack for WealthTV

TV Pro Gear Builds 3D Flypack for WealthTV

When cable/satellite network WealthTV decided to offer a 3D channel, they turned to TV Gear Pro, experts in creating flypacks, to make the first-ever 3D flypack. TV Pro Gear president Andrew Maisner, who was also the project's design engineer, tells Creative COW what's in the flypack and how it's being used so far.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: K-Tek

NAB 2012: K-Tek

K-Tek introduced several products at NAB 2012, including the rugged Shark Wireless Antenna Mount, and a range of tools designed to respond to the ergonomic needs of small form factors such as the GoPro camera and the iPhone. Also debuted was the K-Tek Tripod Mount Case for the iPhone4/4S, which turns the smartphone into a professional camera.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: Sachtler

NAB 2012: Sachtler

Sachtler debuted the Ace tripod system for the first time in the U.S. With a payload of up to 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms), the Ace tripod is ideal for smaller HDV camcorders and video-enabled DSLR cameras.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
HD High-End
NAB 2012: Vinten

NAB 2012: Vinten

Vinten introduced its lightweight Vision blue5 pan and tilt head and tripod system, the latest member of its Vinten Vision blue family. Vision blue5 has a carrying capacity range of 12.1-lb to 26.5 lb (5.5kg to 12 kg) and offers a range of other professional features.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: Petrol Bags

NAB 2012: Petrol Bags

Petrol Bags introduced four new products for audio in addition to the Liteporter for a Litepanels 1x1 LED light fixture, Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case and two new LCD monitor bags.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
JVC introduces HD 3D Production Analysis Monitor

JVC introduces HD 3D Production Analysis Monitor

JVC Professional Products Company has just introduced the DT-3D24G1U 24-inch HD 3D LCD production analysis monitor, the latest addition to the company's Vérité G Series product line, which promises to deliver precision adjustment of 3D images aimed at production and post.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
Atomos Integrates with FCPX and AVID

Atomos Integrates with FCPX and AVID

Atomos, the Melbourne, Australia-based company that creates solutions in continuous power technology and affordable digital recording to HDDs or SSDs, continues to extend its workflow-related products to more media productions and projects.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony F900 & PDW Series
Cinedeck EXTREME Enhances Sony F3 Workflow

Cinedeck EXTREME Enhances Sony F3 Workflow

The Cinedeck Extreme is an upgradeable, rugged, portable, direct-to-disk video recorder "designed and built by cinematographers for cinematographers." In recent tests, the Cinedeck EXTREME proves itself a lower-cost alternative to SR tape.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

The world is full of broadcast monitors these days, but Panasonic’s new BT-LH910 9" monitor is a standout. It's got a stunning picture, an extreme viewing angle, and a form factor that’s small enough to still work in the field, but big enough to still work in a studio. It’s also got some very unique features that 3D shooters will find helpful.

Review
Helmut Kobler
AJA Ki Pro
AJA Ki Pro Mini

AJA Ki Pro Mini

AJA started shipping its first ProRes-based video recorder, the Ki Pro, in the fall of 2009. Recording via HD-SDI in ProRes was impressive, but the Ki Pro was too big and heavy to be useful for much in-the-field work. Now AJA has shrunk the Ki Pro down to a fraction of the original’s size, added some features, taken a few away, and dropped the price in half. Viola, you have the new Ki Pro Mini.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Want to charge an Anton/Bauer battery in just about any situation, whether wall power is available or not? Anton/Bauer's small, lightweight Tandem 150 is what you need.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Lighting Design Pros
Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

There are plenty of power-sipping LED lights that you can mount atop cameras, but very few have enough punch to fill up large spaces, or cut through daylight. Litepanels finally has such a light in the Sola ENG. It's powerful, controllable, and in some cases, a little loud.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Digital Delivery - NEW !
Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

It used to be easy. A tape, an envelope, a finished delivery. Now there are many more ways for things to go wrong! Here are ways to keep your digital deliveries on track.

Editorial, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Field Production
Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

If you shoot video to solid-state cards, two products from Nexto and Panasonic make it easy to back those cards up in the field. At over $2,000, these gadgets aren't exactly cheap, but they can save a lot of time and effort. The Panasonic in particular can make a solid-state workflow feasible for just about any project.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
Shooting True First-Person Interviews

Shooting True First-Person Interviews

Tom Miller, a 20 year cinematographer, shares some of his interview secrets with Creative COW members. Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning documentary film "Fog of War", where Robert McNamara looks directly into the lens as he talks about the trials and tribulations of the Vietnam War, Tom moves to recreate this unnerving and powerful effect in his own work. Draw from Tom's vast expertise to communicate with your audience in a memorable experience.

Feature, People / Interview
Thomas Miller
Series


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