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

Taurus Jr. Crane

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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Romancing Sydney (Final Critique)

All against the dramatic backdrop of the city of Sydney.

This is the third and final critique of Anoml Mishra’s Romancing Sydney. Elisa and Sachen are a couple in love; so are their friends, Alex and John, who have recently gotten engaged. Since Elisa’s visa is about to expire, Sachen has gotten the idea to propose to her so that they can stay in Australia together. But there’s one problem – Sachen has let John’s constant teasing get the better of him, and, to retaliate, Sachen has sabotaged John and Alex’s relationship in revenge. And even though…


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All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle (Equipment Review)

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Recently, Adorama has decided to launch their internal DSLR brand, Flashpoint, which makes products for DSLR users in both the still and cinema market. And because it’s being designed by a company that’s one of the most renowned photo/video sellers already, they have the ability to focus on features customers have requested, find a pricepoint that isn’t being served, and offer new innovations in a way that’s readily…


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Adobe Creative Cloud (Software Review)

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Here we go again; Adobe is unleashing its latest product line for creative types and some of the new features are going to blow your mind. HOWEVER, you have to conform to Adobe’s new content delivery standards. Gone are the days when you could purchase a software license to use as you please, for years to come if need be. Now we have gone from “buying” a license to “renting” one. Creative Cloud offers an online account that features Adobe’s vast collection of products. Subscribing allows access for a lower price than buying software outright used to be. But the option of buying the software outright is now gone…


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Photoshop CC (Software Review)

Photoshop CC

Adobe Photoshop is the Gold standard in photo editing software and over the last 15 or so years it’s also become a much more accessible program. When first introduced it probably seemed like dark magic voodoo, with the ability to bring back the old days of “yellow journalism.” What started off as simple photo manipulation has since evolved into complex tinkering with seemingly endless options. The newest version—Photoshop CC—requires…


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Gold Field (Short Critique)

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Set in the brutal Gold Rush of Australia in the 1850′s, Gold Field tells a tale of betrayal and greed. Guillaume (Dino Marnika) and his brother, Frederic (Albert Goikhman), are camping on their claim in the Australian region of Victoria. As Frederic heads off to gather more wood for the fire, Guillaume catches sight of an old acquaintance in the dark and calls out to him. Etienne (Alan King) emerges from the surrounding thicket, stripped naked with his hands tied in front of him. Guillaume invites him to the fire and….


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An Inkling of Creativity: An interview with the multimedia pioneers of Inkle Studios (Interview)

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Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey have been taking the concept of gamification and multimedia creation and turning it on its ear over there! Embracing the notions of multipath story creation that were birthed with things like Choose Your Own Adventure books and Fighting Fantasy Roleplaying books, they’ve created a toolkit that creatives can use to make amazing stories and multimedia experiences without having to know any code to…


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Make Your Story Really Stinkin’ Big (Book Review)

Make Your Story Really Stinkin' Big

Houston Howard’s book challenges screenwriters/authors to take their simple story and turn it into a complex world. The focus of Mr. Howard’s book is to incorporate a concept entitled “360 Degree StoryWeaving,” where the author of said story looks not only at the core story they want to write but looks far beyond it. These concepts not only include the past/present/future of the story being told, but to the entire universe it exists inside of. (As such, this framework can easily help you bridge into other platforms such as computer games…


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

Around The World in 80 Hours

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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