Tim Wilson : Creative COW Library https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim Tim Wilson's library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT PHP Script webmaster@creativecow.net webmaster@creativecow.net George H.W. Bush Yelled At Me For Making Him Look Bad On TV https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Make-em-look-good-on-TV.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Make-em-look-good-on-TV.php In his earlier life as a TV producer, Creative COW's Tim Wilson had a memorable encounter with the 41st President of the United States not long after he left office, while shooting a PR piece for the local news. It's a humorous tale of meeting deadlines, meeting expectations, and meeting a man only Sat, 01 Dec 2018 21:39:52 GMT The Secret World of Foley, One of Cinema's Most Magical Arts https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/secret_world_of_foley.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/secret_world_of_foley.php The Secret World of Foley is an evocative, wordless insight into one of the cinema’s most magical arts: the creative addition of synchronized sound effects in post known as Foley. This short film is also one of the most beautiful things you've seen in a long time. We highly recommend it to any fan Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:45:47 GMT Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Behind the Scenes with RED https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol2-bts-RED.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol2-bts-RED.php Anticipation for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was already heated up when director James Gunn announced that it was to be the first feature film captured with the RED WEAPON camera using an 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor. In this marvelous behind the scenes featurette courtesy RED Digital Cinema, James di Sat, 06 May 2017 00:40:33 GMT Prince: Musician https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Prince_Musician.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Prince_Musician.php One year after the sudden passing of Prince Rogers Nelson at age 57, we wanted to revisit a wonderful story too easily lost in all the tragic stories that have emerged since then: this was a man who was all about the music, 24 hours a day. Remarkable previously unseen footage of a playful Prince at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:41:59 GMT “Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.” https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Filming-Alligators.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Filming-Alligators.php 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. As we also observe the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the US Parks Service, Tim recalls one one especially m Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:57:19 GMT All Eyes on IBC 2016 for Cameras and Lenses Galore https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/IBC_2016_Cameras_Lenses.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/IBC_2016_Cameras_Lenses.php What’s that you say? An IBC that’s not only relevant, but downright exhilarating? This used to not be news, of course. However, in recent years, IBC has too often become simply an opportunity for European audiences to see products already announced at NAB. In 2016, however, the focus swings shar Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:30:13 GMT Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Cinematic_Composition-DoF.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Cinematic_Composition-DoF.php Whenever somebody equates "shallow depth of field" and "cinematic look," it's important to remember that the opposite is also sometimes true. Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson celebrates the work of Gregg Toland, ASC, born this week in 1904 -- the first master of extreme de Wed, 01 Jun 2016 07:40:10 GMT NAB NLEs 2016: The Revolution? No Revolutions! https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/NAB_2016-NLEs.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/NAB_2016-NLEs.php While the emphasis on "revolutionary" product releases at the annual NAB Show makes for splashy demos, they can sometimes get in the way of what customers really want: improvements to the product that they already have, just making them work better. Lo and behold, that's what we got in 201 Tue, 10 May 2016 18:00:04 GMT Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Founding-Creative-COW.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Founding-Creative-COW.php 15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartphones, iPods and all the rest, back to the founding of Creative COW by Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom in April 2001. Join us for an insider's look at the earliest days of the prof Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/fcpx_whiskey-tango-foxtrot.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/fcpx_whiskey-tango-foxtrot.php Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved wee Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Editing_Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Editing_Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens.php On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and t Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:03:04 GMT A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s) https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Hunger-Games_Mockingjay-2.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Hunger-Games_Mockingjay-2.php Deciding to adapt the 'Hunger Games' finale, 'Mockingjay', as two films opened up remarkable storytelling possibilities for director Francis Lawrence, and editors Alan Bell ACE and Mark Yoshikawa ACE. We spoke with the editors about the technologies, workflows, and collaborative processes that enabl Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Ultron-Avengers.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Ultron-Avengers.php At the heart of Marvel's biggest Avengers movie yet lies their greatest threat yet: Ultron, a self-constructing robot intelligence bent on destroying all of humanity. Munich's boutique-scale Trixter Film was given the critical task of introducing this epic-scale character, which they undertook from Sun, 01 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Milk's Epic VFX For Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Jonathan-Strange_Mr-Norrell_VFX.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Jonathan-Strange_Mr-Norrell_VFX.php Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the acclaimed bestselling epic novel of magical realism set 200 years ago, was adapted by the BBC to a 7-episode miniseries that was itself quite epic, with over 1000 effects shots handled by London's Milk VFX. Creative COW's Tim Wilson spoke with Milk CEO Will Cohen a Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:06:43 GMT Pixels: Going From 8-bits to Epic is No Game https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/pixels_8-bit_epic.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/pixels_8-bit_epic.php Classic video game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong sent by aliens to destroy Earth? No worries! Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks are on the case. It turns out that integrating 8-bit characters into a world recognizable as our own is a lot harder than it looks. It was also a lot of Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:45:04 GMT FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/FotoKem-Sound-of-Music-Restoration.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/FotoKem-Sound-of-Music-Restoration.php Restoring a beloved classic requires even more finesse than usual. Fortunately, today's tools offer more power than ever, along with more finesse, to enable the film experts at FotoKem to create a truly celebratory release of 1965's The Sound of Music. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:48:54 GMT Method Studios builds a giant world for JUPITER ASCENDING https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Jupiter-Ascending.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Jupiter-Ascending.php Jupiter Ascending is the latest sci-fi epic from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the visionaries whose hallmark is creating compelling worlds that span vast reaches of time and space. We spoke to Simon Carr, the VFX supervisor for Method, about creating many of the key components in Jupiter Ascending's wor Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Imagineer-systems-BorisFX.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Imagineer-systems-BorisFX.php Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:00:00 GMT The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/The-Drive_Pro-Football-Broadcast.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/The-Drive_Pro-Football-Broadcast.php The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Marvel of Guardians of the Galaxy https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Marvel-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Marvel-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy.php 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 Building the Storm for Into the Storm https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Into_the_Storm.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Into_the_Storm.php 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 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Building The World of Hercules https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Hercules.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_Hercules.php 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 https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Five-Peter-OToole-Movies.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Five-Peter-OToole-Movies.php 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 AirDog: A Hot Kickstarter for a Cool Idea https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Kickstarter_AirDog.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/Kickstarter_AirDog.php 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 A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel.php https://library.creativecow.net/articles/wilson_tim/VFX_The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel.php 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