Indie Spirit in Hollywood: Fire in the Mirror (Editorial)

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I hope that filmmakers everywhere will take notice of the upcoming feature film version of Oculus, from micro-budget-birthed director, Mike Flanagan, which will be coming to theaters nationwide on April 11th! (If you missed out, we did a fun reprint of the original critique of his 2006 Oculus short last week!) And it’s not just to support one of our own that I would encourage you to check out the film in the theaters, it’s that Flanagan’s filmmaking deserves to be seen on the big…


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3D Horizons: Autodesk 2015 (Preview)

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The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for 2015 boasts more refinements to their group of programs that offer equal parts innovation, stability, and ease of use. With an eye to the ever growing and evolving entertainment industry, Autodesk 2015 has added various software options and feature sets that creatives can leverage to develop their properties with greater efficiency. Depending on the production needs, digital artists who are working on a small budget film will find the new suite offerings and subscription model a helpful solution to keeping costs down.


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Red Giant Unveils New Universe (Industry Press Release)

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“It’s rare we get to introduce technology that is entirely new,” said Sean Safreed, Red Giant’s co-founder and CTO who has been working with his team, behind the scenes, on Universe for the last year and a half. “Universe is an entirely new foundation for tools. It marries the simplicity of Javascript with the power of the GPU to deliver speedy renders and pixel-perfect results. Users are going to love how quickly we offer new plug-ins.”


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Corel’s Video Studio X7 Breaks the 64-Bit Barrier (Industry Press Release)

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“VideoStudio has built a reputation for innovation by bringing users of all skill levels cutting-edge tools like 4K support, motion tracking, HTML5 authoring and a wide variety of creative editing tools in one affordable package,” said Greg Wood, Senior Product Manager, Digital Media. “But first and foremost, we strive to provide a program that is fast and easy and that addresses the growing enthusiasm for video in every walk of life, from personal, to sports, to school, to business, and the best way to ensure this is to go straight to the source” added Wood.


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Reallusion Debuts CrazyTalk Animator 2 (Industry Press Release)

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Reallusion announces a new era in 2D animation inviting anyone that ever dreamed of animating to wake-up their imagination inside CrazyTalk Animator 2. CrazyTalk Animator 2 is a revolutionary animation suite with all the necessary tools to easily create pro-level animation. New powerful features have opened new possibilities for freely editing 2D motions and viewing them from any angle with a single click. In addition to HumanIK motion editing and seamless mix-and-match character customization, CrazyTalk Animator 2 also…


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Reliving Childhood Memories on the Big Screen (Press Release)

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There are always a handful of movies that people hold near and dear to their hearts. These films, after a brief stint in the theater, are sent to video where they’re usually bought because of their sentimental value, but rarely re-watched. The gang at The Retro Dome believes some films are just meant to be seen on the big screen and wants to give guests the opportunity to relive those unforgettable theater experiences: a first date or kiss with that special someone, or a memorable night with friends, or maybe it’s simply a film that has been viewed hundreds of times, but can’t live up to that magical experience of seeing it in the theater.


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ARRI HOSTS NEBRASKA & MONUMENTS MEN EVENT (Industry Press Release)

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Reflecting its long-running association with the Berlin International Film Festival, yesterday ARRI hosted a well-attended Berlinale event at the city’s famous Hotel Adlon with cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC, who recently used ARRI ALEXA cameras and the ARRIRAW format to shoot the anamorphic feature films Nebraska and The Monuments Men. Stephan Schenk, ARRI’s General Manager – Business Unit Camera Systems, and Henning Rädlein, Head of Digital Workflow Solutions, led…


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ProAm USA Adds the Taurus Jr. Crane to Lineup (Industry Press Release)

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ProAm USA, a manufacturer of production equipment for film and video enthusiasts and professionals, today announced the Taurus Jr. camera crane/jib. A heavy-duty, dual-arm jib system, the Taurus Jr. extends three feet from the fulcrum and supports camera rigs up to 20 pounds. It offers an auto-leveling design that features a tilt brake and a built-in bearing base. Users can also manually tilt loads up to 10 pounds. The Taurus Jr. is made entirely of high strength aluminum, offering exceptional durability in a sleek, professional package…


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Adobe Photoshop CC Update Brings 3D Printing to the Design World (Industry Press Release)

Designs like these by Paul Liaw can now be created in Photoshop and printed on 3D Printers.

New 3D printing capabilities integrated in Photoshop CC enable Creative Cloud members to easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs, setting the stage for explosive growth in the 3D printing market. The new 3D printing capabilities also help creatives to design in 3D from scratch or refine an existing 3D model and produce beautiful, print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools. Automated mesh repair and support structure generation ensure models will be produced reliably, while accurate previews allow creatives to submit print jobs with confidence.


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Around the World in 80 HOURS?? Kickstarter turns Jules Verne on his Head (Press Release)

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Here is a production from one of our microfilmmakers that combines filmmaking, literature, adventure and technology into what promises to be an exciting short documentary. Andy Yardy is a passionate filmmaker that has built a career on telling stories in some of most unlikely places around the world. This film sets out to see if it is possible to make it around the world in just 80 hours using commercial travel. On paper it looks possible but really if you have ever been stuck in an airport waiting…


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MicroBudget Firsts: First “Live” Animated Talk Show Debuts on Halloween (Press Release)

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This Halloween marks the debut of the DarkestGoth Original Series, The Silas & Ami Show. The Silas & Ami Show features a unique approach in which an entire animated show is recorded in a “live radio” format, permitting a much more reactive and avant garde style than is normally achieved in animation. With a flair that has reminded some of The Howard Stern Show or…


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Vanity and Art: Creating Art From Selfish Desires (Article/Crowdfunding)

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Anyone who has gone to film school would immediately see my quest as folly and be able to list dozens of reasons why a one character film was a poor cinematic choice. What’s great is that I never went to film school. What’s even greater is that once I decided on a one character film, I thought “what if I make a one location film?”
“What if it was an entire film that was one setup, a single shot with multiple angles?”
“How, by narrowing a story to its simplest could I explore greater creativity?”
This is also the point where I crossed feature-length off the list.
This idea of painting yourself into a box…


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