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Creative COW's Brand New News Dept. Features and Functions

Creative COW's Brand New News Dept. Features and Functions

Creative COW's co-founders have been quietly at work cleaning up and rebuilding the Creative COW News section. While they've been at work, they've been adding new features and functions that will make the news department much more useful in the days ahead. If it's been a while since you've visited the news section, visit it soon but read this short introduction to what it is and how things are working. We hope these new changes make your research and keeping on top of industry news much more productive.

Editorial, Feature, Business
Ronald Lindeboom
Business & Marketing
12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish I'd Known at 25

12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish I'd Known at 25

12 Things I Know About Business at 55 That I Wish Id Known at 25 appeared in Creative COW Magazine and was one of our most popular articles. It is a true timeless classic in which COW leader, contributing editor, and Senior Business Adviser to Creative COW, Nick Griffin shares wisdom he's learned the hard way in over 30 years in business. His experience will help you to avoid mistakes, manage clients, and prepare yourself to achieve your greatest success.

Editorial, Feature, Business
Nick Griffin
RED Camera
Don Burgess aligns with Light Iron and Panavision for ALLIED

Don Burgess aligns with Light Iron and Panavision for ALLIED

Don Burgess, ASC trusts Light Iron. His last seven films can attest, so Burgess chose Light Iron to support him again with digital dailies and post finishing services on Allied. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, the World War II-set film sees an intelligence officer's romance with a French Resistance fighter tested when high command thinks a double agent might be in play.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Business, Project
COW News
Autodesk Maya
ZERO FX: The Magic You Won't See In The Magnificent Seven

ZERO FX: The Magic You Won't See In The Magnificent Seven

ZERO FX takes Creative COW readers inside the invisible effects used to create the powerful vistas and settings used in The Magnificent Seven. But the real magic is in what you don't see.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Project
Kayla Millhouse
Art of the Edit
More Than One Path to Success: Senior Editor Mae Manning

More Than One Path to Success: Senior Editor Mae Manning

We talk a lot about things like “accessible tools” and the “democratization of video production” -- what has this meant for the emerging talent whose creative development has taken place largely, or even entirely, within this democratized landscape? Mae Manning is one such editor, who taught herself to edit music videos, and caught the eye of a local production company. Several years later and now their Senior Editor, she cuts corporate and industrial training videos, promotional videos, sketch comedy, short films, and everything else that gets thrown her way. Mae’s story is an inspiration for anyone that thinks there is only one path to success in the industry.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
How To Create Better Live Surgical Broadcasts

How To Create Better Live Surgical Broadcasts

Greg Ondera produces, directs, and edits medical video programs specializing in surgical procedures. From his wide ranging experience in the medical sciences and broadcast arts, Greg shows you how to create better surgical broadcasts.

Editorial, Tutorial, Feature, Business
Greg Ondera
Art of the Edit
Being an Advertising Editor: The Ins & Outs of Agency Work

Being an Advertising Editor: The Ins & Outs of Agency Work

Katie Toomey takes Creative COW members inside the world of the advertising editor, where being a generalist means you are often not only a video editor, but a designer and audio editor, problem solver, as well as tech support professional. Join Katie as she takes you inside her world.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Katie Toomey
Microsoft Surface Studio: Does It Out-Mac the Mac?

Microsoft Surface Studio: Does It Out-Mac the Mac?

The day before Apple was set to announce their big news for the year, Microsoft introduced their own big news and for some Mac users -- no, not all but at least some -- it seemed to recall feelings and dreams of old. This is a Microsoft that few saw coming and in their swing for the fences, they have gotten many things right. Will it be enough to plant their flag on the mountain that Apple has long been king of? We'll see.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Ronald Lindeboom
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. As we also observe the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the US Parks Service, Tim recalls one one especially memorable adventure to Everglades National Park, wherein 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
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
Authors

Zack Arnold (1)
Walter Biscardi (2)
FilmLight (5)
Jon Favreau (1)
Nick Griffin (1)
Ronald Lindeboom (2)
Michael Naimark (1)
Greg Ondera (1)
Liz Pekler (1)
Katie Toomey (1)
Kylee Peña (5)
Tim Wilson (3)
Bob Zelin (1)


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