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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/22/13 01:07:40 PM

Encoder Decoded: Sorenson Squeeze 9 Is Faster, Smarter

Sorenson Media’s Squeeze encoder has always been at the top of the market for encoding features and quality. The software, now in its ninth generation, offers standard, pro and premium versions. Sorenson Squeeze 9 Standard and Pro are Mac and Windows desktop applications, while Premium is designed to run on Windows servers. The difference between Standard and Pro is that Squeeze 9 Pro supports the encoding of Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes (Mac only) codecs.

07/23/13 10:07:58 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/19/13 10:07:25 AM

Video Artist Diana Thater's Dreamlike Displays

The annual Armory Show at piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan offers a chance for the world’s leading galleries to show off their most stunning contemporary and modern art. At this year’s edition, gallery owner David Zwirner resisted the temptation to pack his booth with as many artists as possible. Instead, he gave the entire white-walled space to video artist Diana Thater. In turn, Thater assembled four nine-monitor video walls (each in a 3 x 3 configuration) that served as canvases for haunting, deep blue-tinted videos of flowers. The series of works was called Day for Night.

07/19/13 10:07:25 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/17/13 03:07:59 PM

Night and the City: Location Production for the AMC Crime Series 'Low Winter Sun'

This summer’s record-setting heat wave is enhancing storylines in Low Winter Sun, a 10-part AMC series shot in Detroit that premieres August 11. The show is a co-production of Endemol Studios and AMC Studio. The ensemble cast includes Mark Strong (Zero Dark Thirty) and Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Jericho).

08/20/13 12:08:51 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/15/13 12:07:48 PM

'We Steal Secrets:' Alex Gibney Follows the Formation of WikiLeaks

Julian Assange and the story of what came to be called WikiLeaks inspires strong opinions. It’s a tale that includes so many threads: our secretive government, operating in a democracy whose lifeblood is the free flow of information; the controversial wars waged since the September 11 attacks; the interrelated information and internet revolutions. Some say Assange is a hacker hero, a peace-loving truth-teller, and an icon and martyr for freedom of speech. Others are sure he’s a villain, a sociopath and a thief who could have followed journalistic convention and released information in a way that didn’t endanger good people around the world.

07/15/13 12:07:48 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/15/13 12:07:20 PM

Camera Movement and Conversation: Capturing the Loosely Scripted Series 'Family Tree'

Christopher Guest’s latest project, the HBO original series Family Tree, features many of the hallmarks of the other “mockumentary” films he’s directed, including This Is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman and For Your Consideration. All of these comedic films feature actors playing unselfconsciously funny characters with sincere, if somewhat ridiculous, aspirations. Guest’s modus operandi often involves improvised scenes, ensemble casts and Super 16 film. The latter three films were made with the same cinematographer: Roberto Schaefer, ASC.

07/18/13 11:07:14 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/12/13 12:07:33 PM

Spotlight: Katherine Fairfax Wright, Director, 'Call Me Kuchu'

The documentary film Call Me Kuchu presents the harrowing stories of gay rights activists in Uganda and the anti-homosexuality politics they are up against. Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall joined forces in making the documentary and running all aspects of production as a crew of two. David Kato How did you approach Call Me Kuchu?

07/12/13 12:07:33 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/09/13 03:07:11 PM

Cinema for the 'Post-Theatrical' Era: Director Paul Schrader's Crowdsourced, Micro-Budget Experiment

Paul Schrader has been a major force in filmmaking since the early 1970s as the screenwriter of films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Temptation of Christ, and as director on quite a few others, including American Gigolo, the epic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and the Bob Crane biopic Auto Focus. So it was news when he and bestselling author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) announced they were using Kickstarter to try to raise about $100,000 to make a micro-budget feature.

07/11/13 10:07:46 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/08/13 11:07:41 AM

Airs on CNN in August: 'Our Nixon'

As the filmmakers were putting the finishing touches on their documentary Our Nixon, something very unexpected happened.

07/08/13 11:07:41 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,07/02/13 04:07:00 PM

'Anna Nicole' Director Mary Harron and the Balance Between Exploration and Exploitation

The Lifetime feature Anna Nicole, which aired on the cable channel toward the end of June, attracted as much attention for its director—Canada’s Mary Harron—as it did for its lurid portrayal of the model/tabloid star and her prodigious assets.

08/20/13 12:08:26 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/28/13 10:06:00 AM

Multimedia 'Mirror' Installation Reflects and Responds in Real Time

Multimedia artist Doug Aitken is not intimidated by large spaces. When he was commissioned by art patron and philanthropist Bagley Wright to create an outdoor installation for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), Aitken responded with a 12-story LED display that wraps around the northwest corner of the museum’s façade in downtown Seattle.

06/28/13 10:06:00 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/25/13 03:06:49 PM

Neighborhood Watch: Su Friedrich Follows the Evolution (and Devolution) of Brooklyn for 'Gut Renovation'

In the late 1980s, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg was a working class neighborhood populated by small manufacturers, family-owned butchers and auto repair shops. The city’s bohemians—artists, writers and filmmakers—began to filter into the area, establishing themselves in commercial loft spaces built out with DIY ingenuity and old-fashioned elbow grease. Williamsburg landlords turned a blind eye, and an artistic community blossomed and thrived. Then, in 2005, the neighborhood began to change.

06/25/13 03:06:49 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 01:06:10 PM

July 2013 Digital Video Online Index

update yU+co Develops Art Installation T.I.N.Y. Shapeshifter Locks Down Post for Arrested Development One Direction Goes Live with Blackmagic Gear

06/20/13 04:06:47 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 12:06:15 PM

Low Power, Lots of Performance: Shooting with Litepanels’ Sola 4 and Inca 6

Fresnels have been around for quite a while. They have evolved with increasing efficiency, reaching a pinnacle of lighting achievement with Litepanels’ Sola 4 and Inca 6. These two Fresnels, distinguished by their size, color temperature and output, are miserly LED fixtures that combine all the features that make LED lights great. Sola 4

06/20/13 12:06:15 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 12:06:13 PM

Good Price, Even Better Imagery: JVC’s GY-HM70 Is A Low-Cost, Highly Capable Camcorder

The JVC GY-HM70 proves conclusively that the under-$2,000 camcorder market is alive and well. While DSLRs and large-sensor cameras seem to get most of the hype these days—users flock to them, and for very good reason—there are many shooting scenarios in which the conventional video camera may actually be the better tool for the job.

06/20/13 12:06:13 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 12:06:43 PM

Pure Imagination: The Mind and Methodology of Digital Artist Kurtis Hough

Based in Portland, Oregon, Kurtis Hough (@kurtishough on Twitter) is a digital artist and filmmaker who has been making experimental time lapse films for more than a decade. Hough’s interest in the rhythms of the natural world is evident in his work, which combines the visual style of a nature documentary with CG animation to create a dreamlike, otherworldly feel.

06/20/13 12:06:43 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 11:06:31 AM

The Beauty of Noah Baumbach’s Black-and-White New York: Using the Canon 5D to Capture 'Frances Ha'

Sam Levy, best known for his sensitive cinematography on Kelly Reichardt’s hit Wendy and Lucy, recently turned his eye to Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha. Shot in subdued black and white and co-written by Baumbach and lead actor Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha follows an amateur dancer as she tries to hold on too tightly to her best friend and her youth. Greta Gerwig as Frances and Mickey Sumner as Sophie Baumbach, whose resume includes Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, and Margot at the Wedding, was introduced to Levy by the late Harris Savides, ASC.

06/20/13 11:06:31 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/20/13 11:06:02 AM

Doing Time: Inside the Netflix Original Series 'Orange Is the New Black'

As its title suggests, Orange Is the New Black is not exactly a typical women-behind-bars TV series. Based on Piper Kerman’s 2010 prison memoir and executive produced by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the show is a dark comedy. It’s also the latest in the growing list of Netflix original series rollouts, which means all 13 episodes of the first season will be made available simultaneously, albeit only via streaming, to Netflix’s 37 million subscribers in 40 countries.

06/20/13 11:06:02 AM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/19/13 05:06:15 PM

Evolution in the Edit Bay: Post on the Political Thriller 'The East'

Director Zal Batmanglij’s The East caught the buzz at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals. It was produced by Scott Free Productions with Fox Searchlight Pictures. Not bad for the young director’s sophomore outing.

06/19/13 05:06:15 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/19/13 04:06:47 PM

Removing the Audio Layers for 'Revolution:' Sound Design for the Show's Postapocalyptic Setting

Life is full of noise, most of it produced by the electrical devices in motion all around us. So what does a world without electricity sound like? Fans of NBC’s Revolution hear it every week, though they have to use their electric television sets to do so.

06/19/13 04:06:47 PM

Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,06/19/13 04:06:11 PM

Production Diary: Searching for Silverman: And “The Cat Stays in the Picture”

It’s Friday morning and the phone is ringing. “Howard here. I need a 10-minute video about my new product. Can you do it?” “Sure, how about 10 tomorrow. I’ll shoot it greenscreen.” Greenscreen is a quick fix. If I’m an expert in anything, it’s fast, painless greenscreen. We do it in our living room. From normal domestic family room to greenscreen deluxe studio—voilà, 15 minutes flat! The Lowel Rifa light goes here, the chair and mic here. The Dedolight greenscreen light right behind the speaker; the greenscreen itself, at the back of the room. I’ll add a touch of Dedo backlight on hair or skimming the dark side of the face. Softgels

06/19/13 04:06:11 PM