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Drones/UAV
Drone Technology: Revolutionizing Aerial Photography

Drone Technology: Revolutionizing Aerial Photography

We take an artistic, non-technical and historical view of Drones; where they've been and where they're headed.

Editorial, Feature
Liz Pekler
VR (Virtual Reality)/360º Video
VR Cinematography: Exploring How To Represent People in VR

VR Cinematography: Exploring How To Represent People in VR

Close-up VR imagery from camera-originated material is awesome but tricky, says multimedia and VR pioneer Michael Naimark. The question is, how do you actually DO it? Taking Google's collaboration with Go Pro on the Jump VR 16-camera rig as a starting point, Michael and his team began to map out the specifics of managing point of view inside a 360 degree panorama. It requires a combination of complexity (stitching this many POVs together) and simplicity (panoramic sound helps a lot!) that we're just now beginning to explore. Ready for a wild ride into the future of capturing people in the world of VR cinematography? Start here.

Editorial, Feature
Michael Naimark
Art of the Edit
Ten Ways to Avoid Editor's Block

Ten Ways to Avoid Editor's Block

Just admit it. You're afraid of the empty timeline. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who can dive right into cutting a new project. Then there are the other 99% of us for whom there’s nothing worse than that moment after you’re prepping, and you have to face it: time to start cutting something. As an editor for high-profile shows including Empire and Burn Notice, Zack Arnold has been there. Here Zack, shares 10 proven tips from his own experience for not just beating editor's block, but completely avoiding it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Zack Arnold
Art of the Edit
Taking Over the ACE Student Awards Pt 1: Advice From Grads

Taking Over the ACE Student Awards Pt 1: Advice From Grads

For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña speaks to the students -- Aneesa Mahboob, Chris Dold, and Emily Rayl -- about the first part of their journey as filmmakers, the benefits of formal education, how they see the world from here, as well as their remarkable night at their first (and surely not last) Hollywood awards banquet. Whether you're a student or a seasoned pro, read on to be inspired, challenged, and reminded why we do this.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
Taking Over the ACE Awards 2: How to Make Film School Work

Taking Over the ACE Awards 2: How to Make Film School Work

For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from a single school: the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña spoke to the students. Here in part 2, she speaks to the faculty members -- Julian Semilian, ACE, and Michael Miller, ACE -- helping students balance technique and creativity. Whether you're a student or a seasoned pro, read on to be inspired, challenged, and reminded why we do this.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Cinematography
Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond

Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond

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 depth of field in movies like Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath that forever changed what is possible for humans to do with cameras. This reprise of a classic article from the Creative COW Archives also offers a look at what Toland's approach to cinematic composition can mean for YOUR shooting.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
'Art of Post' Art Show Features Creativity After Delivery

'Art of Post' Art Show Features Creativity After Delivery

The creative folks in post-production often apply their artistic skills beyond their jobs. They sometimes even apply to it to art. This is every bit as true for technical and administrative people who don't have a specific outlet for their artistic impulses on the job. The folks at the bi-coastal visual effects and motion graphics company came up with a fantastic idea: let's put some of the work they've created in galleries. and call it "The Art of Post." Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña responded strongly. "When I saw the Art of Post event featuring art created by post production professionals in Los Angeles and New York, I knew it wasn't just a new idea, it was necessary." Learn more about the remarkable event, enjoy the work of some remarkable artists, and perhaps think more broadly about what it means to be creative.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
Creative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking Glass

Creative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking Glass

The Creative Studio's Director of CG Steve Parish led the VFX team, who first worked to bring together eighteen passes of a continuous seventy second shot as Pink moves across the chessboard in a fully CG generated environment. Meyers and Sarsfield had worked carefully to capture the motion controlled camera move, ensuring that there were no intersections between the characters, but the VFX team had a lot of clean up on the chessboard to create a clean plate before adding reflections and shadows to the floor in order to sell through the separate passes of Pink's game pieces interacting in the scene.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
Art of the Edit
What Comes After Landing that Big Editing Job?

What Comes After Landing that Big Editing Job?

Sitting in on a meeting of The Editors' Lounge can be informative to say the least, and advance your career with wise words and not only been-there-done-that-information, but a real melting pot of new information and strategy. Join in for point-by-point discussion of what to do next after landing your big editing job.

Editorial, Feature
The Editors' Lounge
Color Grading
Baselight Ka-booms in Belfast

Baselight Ka-booms in Belfast

Belfast, in Northern Ireland, doesn't have a great history in post-production. But Ka-boom, which started in 2010 as an audio facility, the specialisation of co-founder Will McConnell, quickly grew to fill the void in a city which is now rapidly becoming a major production centre.

Editorial, Feature
FilmLight
NAB Show
NAB NLEs 2016: The Revolution? No Revolutions!

NAB NLEs 2016: The Revolution? No Revolutions!

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 2016! Rock-solid releases long on increased performance, stability, and interoperability. Useful releases? THAT's revolutionary! Join Creative COW's Tim Wilson for a closer look at NLE software in particular, and the ways in which developers are delivering on the promise of truly meaningful releases.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
DaVinci Resolve
Day Three: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Day Three: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5

It's Day Three of Walter Biscardi's REAL WORLD editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and this is going to be the longest blog yet as I want to show you guys a lot of the "little things" that are making editing in Resolve a pleasure. I know there are a lot of questions still out there whether this is really a professional editor. For me it's the small things that separate the applications making life efficient and fun for the the editor.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
NAB Show
Kylee Peña's NAB 2016 Review: It's The Little Things

Kylee Peña's NAB 2016 Review: It's The Little Things

This was not an exciting year for the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas, says Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña, but that doesn't mean it wasn't important. The “exciting” stuff isn’t what affects post production workflow the most, at least not immediately. Kylee notes that we may not even know NAB 2016's most important announcements for a few more years. After all, it might have been a long time after the introduction of 4K or even HD at NABs past before those mattered to YOU. So as important as NAB is, that's why it's important not to lose sight of the things that matter the other 51 weeks of the year.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
TV & Movie Appreciation
Favreau, Technicolor & MPC Make The Jungle Book Come Alive

Favreau, Technicolor & MPC Make The Jungle Book Come Alive

Todd McCarthy, veteran film critic and historian, in his review of director Jon Favreau's new, stunning adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book declared, "...the visual effects team led by Robert Legato and (MPC's) Adam Valdez has both created sumptuous settings that look as lifelike as any CGI ever presented in a studio feature and integrated both humans and animal characters in them in seamless ways."

Editorial, Feature
Jon Favreau
NAB Show
Bob Zelin's NAB 2016 Review: Everything You Own is Obsolete

Bob Zelin's NAB 2016 Review: Everything You Own is Obsolete

Zelin Nation rejoices as the legendary Bob Zelin's legendary NAB wrap-up returns, featuring the unique insights of this industry-leading broadcast engineer into the stories that matter most. You won't find a better overview of shared storage, IO devices, converters, studio cameras, and Thunderbolt 3, because there aren't any. Check it out. Legendary.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
DaVinci Resolve
Day Two: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Day Two: Editing on DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Somebody asked Walter Biscardi, "why does editing in Resolve interest you?" Well, he states, it is my color grading tool of choice. It's completely free, and by the way, I'm cutting this project using the free version of Resolve. My Studio version sits on another machine. And having all of that extra real estate on the second monitor is a huge bonus.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Legion | Hardcore Henry breakdown reel

VFX Legion | Hardcore Henry breakdown reel

Remote post-production and visual effects studio VFX Legion has released its breakdown reel for the incendiary Hardcore Henry. The reel reveals the work that went into the first-person perspective action film, from augmenting violence to stitching shots together into one continuous sequence.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
Art of the Edit
FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant

FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant

VFX Supervisor Ted Rae and team are applying their artistry to "Tyrant," a jihadist war drama and one of the best programs on television today.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
Art of the Edit
The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels

The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels

Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? As we enter NAB 2016, Kylee Peña is looking at balancing the scales with more women on the panels.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Peña
Business & Marketing
Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

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 professional digital video revolution, all the way through the events that have shaped the world's largest community of media professionals, right here at Creative COW.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Navigating the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage

Navigating the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage

Storage and media asset management are probably the biggest category you will find on the NAB floor in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Dennis Kutchera guides you with past experience how to Navigate the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage in the Post-Production Storage Wars.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Drones/UAV
Drone Rules Suck...and Why You Want Them

Drone Rules Suck...and Why You Want Them

Rules! Why do we need so many rules for drones? Pilot, skydiver, and drone operator Douglas Spotted Eagle agrees, “Some of the UAV/drone rules and laws are not only unreasonable but downright ineffective,” but when you look more closely from a pilot’s eye view, they start to make much more sense. Starting with this principle: common sense isn’t all that common!

Editorial, Feature
Douglas Spotted Eagle
TV & Movie Appreciation
Renaissance Masters Go 3D with Nuke

Renaissance Masters Go 3D with Nuke

VFX legend Steve Wright helped Italy's Sky 3D tackle an epic project, as Italian all-3D television station set out to present the city of Florence and the masterpieces of Renaissance art housed in the Uffizi Gallery in a spectacular stereoscopic 3D movie shown in 60 countries around the world. While the majority of the film was shot stereoscopically, Steve's challenge was to use Nuke to present some of the world's most precious artworks fully dimensionalized. Here's how he pulled it off.

Editorial, Feature
Steve Wright
Boris FX
Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Boris Continuum Complete 10: A Winner For Every Creative

Walter Biscardi has been a Boris FX customer since 1995, and he calls Continuum Complete 10 a winner that belongs in every post creative's toolbox. With filters that nobody else has, customizable presets galore, multiple host support for one price, the watershed Title Studio, and the integrated power of mocha's Academy Award-winning tracking built into every filter, forget the cliche of Continuum Complete being a Swiss army knife, says Walter. Now, it's more like a cannon! Join Walter for some of the details on why you need this amazing package yourself.

Review, Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX Debates
Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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 weeks of production time in the making of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the new wartime comedy starring Tina Fey.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Authors

Zack Arnold (1)
Walter Biscardi (3)
COW News (5)
Jon Favreau (1)
Dennis Kutchera (1)
Michael Naimark (1)
Liz Pekler (1)
Douglas Spotted Eagle (1)
Kylee Peña (5)
Tim Wilson (4)
Steve Wright (1)
Bob Zelin (1)


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