TV & Movie Appreciation Tutorials : Creative COW Creative COW Library of TV & Movie Appreciation, tips, and strategies. en-us Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:00:00 GMT PHP Script Making the Documentary ‘Ernie & Joe’ Creative COW’s Hillary Lewis sits down with Jenifer McShane at SXSW to talk about her latest documentary feature following two unique police officers who approach the mental health crisis in San Antonio, TX in a new, inspiring way. Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:07:14 GMT Gods, Marvel, & Maui: Making VFX on a Pacific Island It's safe to say that there's no other VFX vendor in the world quite like capital T, let alone one that is constantly contributing to films like Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series, American Gods. What makes capital T unique is that Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:54:44 GMT Editing The Emmy Award-Winning Phenomenon, Wild Wild Country Wild Wild Country premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim, and when it hit Netflix a few months later, it quickly became a phenomenon, going on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Series and netting editor Neil Meiklejohn an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Thu, 29 Nov 2018 01:11:32 GMT Editing Marvel's Black Panther: Debbie Berman ACE This is an epic tale spanning two decades, three countries, 12,000 miles -- and that's just the story of Debbie Berman, ACE, starting in reality TV and indie film in South Africa, making her way to Canada and then the US to edit Marvel's Spider-man: Homecoming and, most recently, Black Panther, alre Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:02:21 GMT Avengers: Infinity War - Thanos, Titan, and Weta Digital At the center of one of the biggest films in history, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War, stands Thanos, a CG character whose emotional range became a major contribution to the film's success. Creative COW Contributing Editor Hillary Lewis spoke with Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Matt Aitken about Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:50:04 GMT VFX Legion Completes Effects for SUPERFLY Remake Producer Joel Silver and Director X called on VFX Legion to tackle 100+ shots designed to amp up the impact of the raw violence in Sony’s reboot of the iconic ‘70’s film. The reboot of ‘Superfly’ puts a modern, stylish spin on the original 1972 film about a Harlem drug dealer trying to sco Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:49:28 GMT Star Wars: How Much Is Too Much? When Disney announced that they would be making a new Star Wars movie every year for at least 10 years I was both excited and a bit skeptical. In 2012 when Lucas sold his company to Disney for $4billion, he included his outlines of Episodes VII, VIII and IX. But Disney and Co. decided to discard the Thu, 31 May 2018 15:26:19 GMT Go Creative Show: The Cinematography of A Quiet Place Charlotte Bruus Christensen is the Danish cinematographer behind the lens of the horrifying and beautifully shot film A Quiet Place. Charlotte joins commercial director and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli to discuss the camera, lighting, and lensing choices for A Quiet Place, its unique sound desi Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:43:20 GMT Cate Haight ACE on Editing The Sundance Hit Indie, Puzzle Cate Haight, ACE, has edited some of the most memorable films and television shows in the last few years. Her latest indie feature Puzzle -- which tells the story of a suburban mom who discovers a passion for competitive jigsaw puzzling -- debuted at Sundance Film Festival this year. Creative COW Co Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:22:50 GMT Creating Dunkirk VR: Ingenuity, Accessibility & Adobe Tools Academy Award-nominated director Christopher Nolan has referred to his film Dunkirk in IMAX as “virtual reality without the goggles,” so when it came time to build Save Every Breath: The Dunkirk VR Experience, the team at Practical Magic knew that the stakes were higher than usual. Creative COW Tue, 27 Feb 2018 04:55:17 GMT The Long Road Home with Seth Reed Seth Reed is the Emmy®-nominated production designer for the National Geographic miniseries The Long Road Home. Seth joins Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli to discuss the challenges and benefits of shooting at Fort Hood in Texas and how he created the biggest standing set in North America. Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:01:04 GMT Robert McLachlan: Cinematographer for Game of Thrones Robert McLachlan is the cinematographer of Game of Thrones, Westworld and Ray Donovan, and he joins commercial director and Go Creative Show host Ben Consoli to share behind the scenes stories from some of his most iconic scenes including The Red Wedding and The Loot Train Battle. Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:59:38 GMT Hearing The Handmaid's Tale: Jane Tattersall's Sound Career With Emmy, BAFTA, Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel, Canadian Screen, and Directors Guild of Canada Awards among many more, Jane Tattersall shares insights into a career in sound editing entering its fourth decade with two young women just beginning their own careers in the field. Their conve Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:47:27 GMT Living The American Dream: Editing Sharknado 5 Ana Florit is your typical Los Angeles-based film editor: among other things, she grew up in the French Alps, moved to Paris, directed a one-hour movie, moved to Hollywood, and has served as the lead editor on the 2nd, 3rd, and now, the latest in the pop-culture phenomenon Sharknado franchise, Shark Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:05:41 GMT The Secret World of Foley, One of Cinema's Most Magical Arts 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 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 Shooting MTV's Mary + Jane with Panasonic VariCam 35 To shoot the ½ hour scripted comedy series for MTV, Mary + Jane, the producers at Television 360 enlisted cinematographer Charles Papert (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Key and Peele), who found that Panasonic VariCam is a great fit for moving fast and getting great images when time and resources are scarce. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:00:57 GMT FuseFX & mocha: VFX for Walking Dead, Empire, AHS & More The 100+ member team at FuseFX juggles over 30 television episodics a season, while also working on features and commercials. Current credits include: FOX's Empire, ABC's Agents of SHIELD, AMC's The Walking Dead, SyFy's The Magicians, CBS's Zoo, and FX's American Horror Story. Brigitte Bourque, Fuse Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:13:00 GMT Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards VFX Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) has shared with us that its Australian animation and visual effects studio Iloura delivered a significant suite of work for the recent "Battle of the Bastards" episode of HBO's tentpole series Game of Thrones. Working on the epic battle sequence Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:48:59 GMT 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 de Wed, 01 Jun 2016 07:40:10 GMT 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 Mon, 02 May 2016 19:12:12 GMT 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. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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 wee Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom As the first show to create a rabid, real-time internet fandom, devotion to "The X-Files" has been growing in intensity with each year since the original series finale, with a fanbase that is clever, thoughtful, and largely female. Not that there's any shortage of male X-Philes, but there' Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Peter Doyle: Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor Peter Doyle, Supervising Visual Colourist at Technicolor, shares details of his upward spiraling career. His deep technical knowledge allows for a perfect blend of creativity and productivity in equal measure. Here he talks about his career, his aspirations, and his involvement in productions right Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:00:00 GMT Introducing Ultron: Trixter Builds The Avengers' Biggest Bad 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 The Walk: Largest Use of Cloud Computing in Film History Award-winning VFX Company Joins UPP and Rodeo FX to Recapture the Legendary Walk Between the World Trade Center Towers. Lead VFX vendor Atomic Fiction needed a more efficient way to do the compute-intensive, and traditionally very expensive, processes of rendering. The company used their cloud-based Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Milk's Epic VFX For Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 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 FuseFX & Emmy-Nominated Work for American Horror Story Burbank-based effects house’s freaky work for hit FX series continues to draw accolades. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pixels: Going From 8-bits to Epic is No Game 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 VFX from a tropical paradise In today’s landscape, post-production companies are no longer restricted by geography. Husband and wife VFX team Lindsay and Jamie Hallett have based their business in Maui, while working on some of filmdom's biggest franchises and features: Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men, Ant-Man, American Sniper, and Sat, 08 Aug 2015 23:54:41 GMT Poldark: Full CG Elements and Dramatic VFX VFX is playing an increasingly important role in small screen period drama, and for the vendors has become a more demanding prospect than ever before. You just need to watch an episode of BBC's Poldark to see why. Dark, dramatic and oozing atmosphere, Poldark is top quality British drama indeed, its Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:06:02 GMT Dragons reborn: cineSync and Game of Thrones Transporting George R.R. Martin’s fertile imagination from the page to the screen is no easy task, especially when that means creating three fully-grown CG fire-breathers. Thankfully one of the shows dragon wranglers, Pixomondo, has been on the show since Season 2, and with cineSync on its side, t Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:20:07 GMT Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam A video production pioneer who shot with the first Sony Betacam camera and set up the first Betacam to 1-inch edit suite, Frank Beacham also worked with Orson Welles on Welles’ final project before passing away in 1985. Welles was exceptionally engaged with the most technical aspects of the cuttin Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT FotoKem Restores The 1965 Classic, The Sound of Music 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 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 Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies Editor Bryan Capri's shift from editing corporate training videos and independent films to crafting TV movies for SyFy and Lifetime was no accident: hard work and a positive attitude were everything as he found himself cutting films and designing workflows for major networks. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT Editor William Goldenberg on Crafting The Imitation Game Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg has cut his fair share of tension, including Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. On The Imitation Game, he crafts the story of Alan Turing's race to crack the Engima code, sharing his creative approach to constructing a scene and working with high-level directors. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:00:01 GMT Running the VFX for The Maze Runner VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe led the team from Method in creating over 500 shots as the exclusive house on The Maze Runner, an action thriller based on the post-apocalyptic dystopia YA series. Creating the ever-shifting maze itself, as well as foul organic-mechanical hybrid monsters known as Grievers, Su Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Milk Creates Half-Face Man for Debut of Doctor Who Series 8 BAFTA award winning London VFX house Milk created the stunning and beautiful visual effects for the BBC's "Deep Breath", Peter Capaldi's debut episode as Doctor Who, directed by Ben Wheatley for the eighth series of Doctor Who. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Giver Blooms with Color from Technicolor PostWorks NY The Giver centers on a boy who comes to question the colorless, utopian community he has grown up in after learning about the "real" world from an elderly man. The reawakening of the boy's memories and emotions is reflected in his growing ability to see in color. This gentle transition fro Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Stargate Studios: VFX for Television Nightmare-spawning VFX, gruesome yet realistic shots for monsters we're glad are on the other side of the television glass, heart-wrenching, but necessarily believable medical drama effects are all but part of a working day at Stargate Studios. Working a television post production schedule is a beas Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:00:00 GMT 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 th Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:30:00 GMT 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 discove Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 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. Mon, 04 Aug 2014 23:00:00 GMT The Five OTHER Peter O'Toole Movies That Thou Must See 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 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. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT