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Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings and the opportunities.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

It wasn't the effects and it wasn't the cast that made 1933's King Kong the enduring classic that it is (though Fay Wray got a clear shot at immortality). It was the story. The story of a big lug with a soft spot a mile wide. Here's why young filmmakers should sit at Kong's feet.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stephen Menick
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

David Klein, ASC is currently Director of Photography for two premium cable hit series: Showtime's Homeland, which returns for a third season on September 29, and HBO's True Blood. In this article, Klein speaks to Creative COW about his work on Homeland.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Klein, ASC
NEWS: People in the News
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has had on the creative people in our industry.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
IBC 2013 Wrap Up

IBC 2013 Wrap Up

Broadcast Engineer Ryan Salazar wraps up his perspective on IBC 2013, the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
Adobe After Effects
Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Lead editor Dan Dome and editors Robert Ashe, Jr., Chris Heller and David Grecu all put together OCCUPY Conan, a fan-sourced episode of the popular late night show. It's harder than it sounds, and that's why the Conan Editing Team is now up for an Emmy for Outstanding Multicam Editing for a Comedy Series.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

FX Networks' latest TV series, The Bridge, pairs a Mexican and American detective as they try to capture a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Producer Patrick Markey turned to Famous Frames to provide storyboard artists to help visualize many of the TV series' complex action sequences.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death

Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (heck...the first punk band!) and its members -- Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan -- are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino speak about the making of this surprising film.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Inside Elysium with Director Neill Blomkamp

Inside Elysium with Director Neill Blomkamp

Five journalists sat in on a round-table interview with Elysium writer-director Neill Blomkamp a week prior to the film's debut. In this intimate portrait, Neill talks about what inspired the film, how he takes an organic, artistic approach to filmmaking, and how his own history, including being a VFX artist, creates a different kind of drive as a director.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!

SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!

SIGGRAPH member Ryan Salazar highlights animation tech, visual tech featuring powerful LED and DLP projection and ultra-high resolution, provides links for keynote speeches, and first-hand looks at the Canon MREAL Mixed Reality handset. This was a must-see show, and we wrap up with a few of our COW favorites.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
Cinematography
Future of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental Houses

Future of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 2, we look at the ways that rental houses have adapted to thrive in a new digital age.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Pacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & Magic

Pacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & Magic

When director Guillermo Del Toro conceived the battle between the Kaiju monsters and human-controlled Jaeger robots, he knew the best possible VFX facility to bring this vision to reality would be Industrial Light & Magic, the company that pioneered CG creature-creation. In an unusually close collaboration between director and VFX facility, Pacific Rim gets up-close-and-personal with organic and metallic creatures that are both believable and thrilling.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
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
ARRI
The Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic Genre

The Lone Ranger: A Contemporary Style for a Classic Genre

When cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, ASC decided to shoot The Lone Ranger with 35mm film, he also realized that some of the scenes might best be served with a digital camera. Choosing the ARRI Alexa Studio for the film's anamorphic look and Codex recorders, Bazelli was able to create a filmic look in digital that seamlessly integrated with the 35mm footage.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Heuring
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
Cinematography
Iraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London Heathrow

Iraqi Filmmaking Workshop: Day One London Heathrow

In May 2013, award-winning cinematographer Bill Megalos traveled to Iraq to train young Iraqi filmmakers on behalf of a program organized by the Humpty Dumpty Institute. In this first trip, Bill blogs about guiding these filmmakers as they make short dramatic films this year. The focus in May was on their scripts, on story and character development, on working with actors, as well as giving them an overall background in production.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Art of the Edit
Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

With the rise of 4K, the film/TV industry faces a new set of challenges in acquisition, post production, distribution, media management and storage. Many executives remember all too well how the often-painful adoption of HD created upheavals in the production and post chain, and now, only a few years later, the ante is being upped to 4K.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Tom Burstyn Shoots Defiance

Behind the Lens: Tom Burstyn Shoots Defiance

We go behind the lens with Director and Cinematographer Tom Burstyn CSC, FRSA, who is a multi-award winning, Emmy-nominated DP with over 30 years experience. Tom lensed Season One of SyFy's Defiance, currently airing on SyFy in the US and other international outlets and is in the midst of shooting Season Two. He took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Creative COW about his experiences.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Thomas Burstyn
Cinematography
Douglas Trumbull Pushes HFR Cinema Higher With 3D 4K 120 FPS

Douglas Trumbull Pushes HFR Cinema Higher With 3D 4K 120 FPS

Douglas Trumbull wanted to make UFOTOG, a 10-minute short, to showcase his vision of immersive movie-going: 120 fps at 4K in 3D, on a curved screen. To shoot and present a movie in a never-before-seen format, he turned to JMR Electronics to design and build a server and storage system that could collect, manage, playback and edit the huge amounts of image data generated by 120 fps, 4K and 3D. In this story, we learn how Trumbull created an innovative pipeline and worked with JMR Electronics to come up with a tailored solution to his very demanding production needs.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
JMR Electronics Features Douglas Trumbull
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision Award

Behind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision Award

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who photographed the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale Station, was presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film (WIF) Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry. Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, tells the story of the 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who is killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman on the Fruitvale Station platform.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Rachel Morrison
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, BSC, ASC has shot an astonishing number of films that have become iconic: Privilege (the film that inspired George Lucas to ask him to shoot Star Wars), Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and every David Cronenberg film since Dead Ringers. He got his career start as a child, fascinated by the dark room work of his father, cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who shot Get Carter among his other credits, and as a very young man shooting documentaries in Latin America. Most recently, Suschitzky was the first to get his hands on Sony's new F65 cameras, to shoot After Earth.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Peter Suschitzky ASC BSC
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross Riege

Behind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross Riege

After Ross Riege completed shooting The Kings of Summer, he moved on to working on a feature-length documentary with director Greg Kohs. During that session, Ross took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Creative COW about his career path as a young cinematographer and his experiences shooting his first feature film, The Kings of Summer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ross Riege
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen

VFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen

"When we grieve Ray Harryhausen's passing, we are at least in part grieving perhaps the last living link to the earliest days of movie visual effects," says Creative COW's Debra Kaufman. She spoke to many of today's VFX giants who were inspired by Ray, including Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Jeffrey A. Okun and ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel, who says, "Ray Harryhausen's impact on an entire generation (several actually) of filmmakers cannot be overstated, each of them trying again and again to reproduce the wonder they first felt as a child watching Jason fight those skeletons."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Iron Man 3, Marvel & The Future of the Superhero

Iron Man 3, Marvel & The Future of the Superhero

Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, began her career in the early days of the digital visual effects industry. We had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Victoria about the Iron Man movies, post production's evolution, remote dailies and coloring on set, 4K & HFR, and keeping the modern superhero movie fresh.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
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