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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
Indie Film & Documentary
Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited

Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited

When Denton Adkinson and Bryan Williams told us the story of their documentary, In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen, back in 2011, we were amazed. It was one of the most popular stories we published that year, not just because of the inspiring subject matter, but for the remarkable way it came together as a project, and in post. In the years since then, the film has taken on a life of its own, including national DVD distribution, becoming part of high school curricula, NFL celebrations, museum presentations, and more. Now in 2016, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, their film will be presented as a live event on over 200 screens across the US. To get there, though, Denton and Bryan had to update their SD original for the big screen, add a surround mix, and prep it for digital distribution. This is a story of faith, fortitude, upres, ProRes, and the power of positive phone calls that you won't want to miss.

Denton Adkinson
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, who received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Dykstra, ASC
COW: The Community Speaks
SOPA Initiative

SOPA Initiative

If you are a USA citizen, help us protect the internet from the control and regulation that legislators are trying to implement under two ill-conceived bills that would effectively destroy the internet as we have known it. These bills are being referred to as SOPA and PIPA.

Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom
Art of the Edit
VFX Soup: Luma Pictures Builds The Destroyer and Thor's VFX

VFX Soup: Luma Pictures Builds The Destroyer and Thor's VFX

Marvel Entertainment's epic adventure Thor has dominated the box office in the last few weeks, with a worldwide gross of $357.6 million. In this cinematic version of the super hero tale, the powerful but arrogant mighty Thor is exiled from the mystical realm of Asgard to live on earth, in punishment for his reckless actions that have reignited an ancient war. Forced to live among humans, Thor's powers are tested when The Destroyer, a monstrous suit of living armor, is sent to earth. In the process, Thor learns how to be a true hero. This fantastical action-adventure was helmed by renowned British actor/director Kenneth Branagh and stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the ancient Norse god; Tom Hiddleston as Loki, his chaotic brother; Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Thor's love interest and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, the father of Thor and Loki. In this article in the Creative COW Library, Luma Pictures takes us inside the building of The Destroyer and the Bifrost arrival to earth, the mystical storm that delivers the gods to the other worlds. Let Creative COW's Debra Kaufman take you to the realms of mythology and VFX possibility.

Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

We've often been asked to tell the story behind our beginnings. It's Bessie's 10th birthday, and so here it is dear readers, Bessie's very own story.

Tim Wilson
Letters to the COW Team
People of an interconnected world

People of an interconnected world

Creative COW is truly a worldwide body of interconnected people that reaches around the globe. What can any of us say except that our thoughts, hopes and prayers are with the Japanese people.

Ron Lindeboom
DaVinci, Our 3rd Most Trafficked Forum?

DaVinci, Our 3rd Most Trafficked Forum?

DaVinci is our third most trafficked forum? What other surprises are in store for you at the COW? Ronald Lindeboom addresses inspiration from the great masterminds -- if one creative mind joins with another creative mind, they create an übermind, and Non-Linear Creativity.

Ron Lindeboom
Business & Marketing
Are you sure that this is a good idea?

Are you sure that this is a good idea?

When we started with Creative COW Magazine, we mostly knew what we didn't want to do: the tutorials and reviews that were the hallmark of other magazines. Why bother? We already had literally thousands of them online. Instead, we made the same choice that had made such a difference online: focus on people. In fact, we've asked over 120 of them to tell us their stories since we started. Most have never written anything for public consumption before, but their expertise and their passion spring off the page.

Editorial, People / Interview, Project
Tim Wilson
Letters to the COW Team
How to Create a COW FAQ

How to Create a COW FAQ
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In this Creative COW quick tip, Abraham Chaffin shows how to create a FAQ in the Creative COW Forums.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Abraham Chaffin
HD High-End
Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

These days, many video-oriented trade shows are struggling with declining attendance, reduced scopes and the nagging fear of irrelevance when customers can get so much information online. So how has the Band Pro One World managed to attract big-name vendors and over 500 attendees? Helmut Kobler attends and shares with COW members his experience at what felt like more of a "friendly mixer" where you can easily talk to vendors and friends, and see great products close up.

Review, Editorial, Project
Helmut Kobler
Business & Marketing
If You Fail to Plan, You're Planning To Fail

If You Fail to Plan, You're Planning To Fail

Read Ron Lindeboom's case study in why Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum is one of our Top 5 most visited forums.

Editorial, Business
Ron Lindeboom
How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

When it comes to shooting, David Allison's experience in the editing room has helped him develop parameters that lead to better footage that embodies the sensible values of an efficient shooter.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Allison
Event Videographers
World-Class Aerials for The World Cup

World-Class Aerials for The World Cup

The world's most popular and prestigious sporting event added aerial coverage for the first time in its illustrious history -- and they turned to partners Helifilms and Helimedia to make it all possible.

Feature, People / Interview
Matt Downey
Digital Delivery - NEW !
Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

It used to be easy. A tape, an envelope, a finished delivery. Now there are many more ways for things to go wrong! Here are ways to keep your digital deliveries on track.

Editorial, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Apple Final Cut Server
Managing Assets to Maximize Impact

Managing Assets to Maximize Impact

Automating workflow with Final Cut Server, and creative engineering that utilizes the latest technologies, allows these broadcasters to put their ministry's resources where they matter most.

Feature, People / Interview
John Pipes
Business & Marketing
Good post is good post

Good post is good post

Tim Wilson says, "I'm always going to place my bets on the people trying to get it right, rather than the people who say it shouldn't be done at all." Creative COW Magazine's editor extraordinaire relates his musings on the latest technology and our reasons for always forging ahead into new innovations.

Tim Wilson
COWmunications feedback


Every now and then, a hype word comes along that actually means something... Divergence is fun for us as media consumers. It’s a nightmare for us as media makers, though. The trick is to embrace the delight consumers find in all this divergence, and to let it soothe the stabbing pain between our eyes as producers. No problem, right? Right.

Tim Wilson
Telestream Episode
The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

ABC has been the first network on virtually every new platform. Here is how their workflow has evolved to reach viewers, wherever and however they’re watching.

Feature, People / Interview
Robert Longwell
Field Production
Shooting True First-Person Interviews

Shooting True First-Person Interviews

Tom Miller, a 20 year cinematographer, shares some of his interview secrets with Creative COW members. Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning documentary film "Fog of War", where Robert McNamara looks directly into the lens as he talks about the trials and tribulations of the Vietnam War, Tom moves to recreate this unnerving and powerful effect in his own work. Draw from Tom's vast expertise to communicate with your audience in a memorable experience.

Feature, People / Interview
Thomas Miller
DSLR Video
DSLRs for Digital Cinema: Their Potential, Your Responsibility

DSLRs for Digital Cinema: Their Potential, Your Responsibility

Dave Stump ASC explores the innovations and limitations of DSLR cameras and offers his insights into how and when to work with them successfully.

Feature, People / Interview
Dave Stump, ASC
Stereoscopic 3D
5D 3D

5D 3D

A South African team applies the robotic motion-control expertise it has gained in live-action production to stop-motion shooting of stereographic motion plates on a 14:1 miniature set.

Feature, People / Interview
Peter Constan-tatos
Letters to the COW Team
Divergence in Broadcast Distribution

Divergence in Broadcast Distribution

Read Ron Lindeboom's Back 40 Column from our Divergence Issue, in which he explores the rapidly changing face and pace of broadcast television programming distribution.

Ron Lindeboom


Professional editing goes open source: top editors describe a powerful editing tool being unleashed on the public.

Review, People / Interview
David Battistella
Letters to the COW Team
Why We've Avoided Tradeshow Awards Until Now

Why We've Avoided Tradeshow Awards Until Now

There's a long list of reasons that we've avoided doing a Tradeshow Awards Issue... We have a unique perspective on awards, because we are not exactly magazine people, and at times it shows, but we hope it shows in some good things like new ways of fresh thinking, too.

Tim Wilson

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