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'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film
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'Pagan Holidays' Transforms from a Small, Independent Project to a True Feature Film
Clifton Holmes knows you have to be ready for anything. Just because one opportunity doesn't work out, it doesn't mean you can't leverage what you already have and turn it into an even greater one. It's all about being flexible. It's how he came to direct "Pagan Holidays," the first official project from Basic Elements, a Chicago based entertainment production company aimed at creating reasonably budgeted feature length productions, both narrative and documentary, which Clifton founded in 2012. Read More

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Monika Sawyer has specialized in creating the feather and fur on animated characters for many years. She first carved out this very unique position working as a fur and feathers specialist on a variety of animal characters for such animated films as the Ice Age series, Rio and Horton Hears a Who!, where she first met and worked with Free Birds director Jimmy Hayward. From Relativity Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, Free Birds is the first theatrical full-length computer-animated film to be made at the award-winning Reel FX studios in Dallas, Texas. Free Birds tells the story of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who much put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history -- and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The film opens nationwide on November 1st. Read More
A Look Inside Free Birds 3D Production
A Look Inside Free Birds 3D Production
It was no simple "turkey trot" for the Free Birds crew that was tasked with bringing feathered characters to life for the big screen. First and foremost, the challenge was to make turkeys - which are not typically considered the most attractive of birds -- look appealing. Writer/director Jimmy Hayward contends, "It was important for the audience to care about our turkeys and believe that they could actually be thrown into a big sci-fi adventure. But first we had to make sure the audience would want to look at them for the length of a feature film." Read More
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Film "20 Feet From Stardom" Casts the Spotlight on Background Singers
For many backup singers, the tale is all too familiar. Despite earning spots singing backup for well known musical acts, so many talented background singers never quite receive the success and recognition they want. Using Blackmagic Design's Teranex 2D Processor and DaVinci Resolve color correction, Tremolo Productions has transformed the plight of the background singer into an awe inspiring documentary called "20 Feet From Stardom." The film focuses on several former backup singers whose voices were famous even if their names were not, including Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega and Jo Lawry. In addition to interviews with these singers and with music legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder, the film includes a combination of archival footage from old television appearances and studio sessions, as well as live concert footage, new interviews and even footage from YouTube. Read More
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What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
News spotlighting the struggles within the visual effects industry, as well as comments from professionals and independents within the entertainment industry, inspired me to write an article based on my own work experience. I've been in front and behind the camera, along with the back-end of post-production, and many places in between. I feel compelled to write about what I currently see happening to the visual effects industry along with the production and post-production worlds, and why the industry is going through rough times.
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Monsters run Rampant
Monsters run Rampant
Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. Read More

Autodesk acquires Shotgun Software
In a blog post today , Don Parker first reminds us that SHOTGUN SOFTWARE IS NOT GOING AWAY. It's just going to get better.  If you're consid Read More
NABShow 2014: International
One of the things that makes NABShow so great is the ability to come together with 1,000s of friends at a time in a single spot! Sure, it'd be Read More
NAB 2014 NABShow is PEOPLE
People have argued about the necessity of big trade shows.  Why travel from halfway around the world to see a presentation that might be availabl Read More
NAB 2014: Plugin Pavilion
At NABShow, there are many exhibitors who return year after year, providing broadcasters with the latest news from their company.  And, year after Read More
MODBOOK. macbook+wacom
Modbook is back. But is it more than it's previous incarnation? I reviewed the original modbook a few years ago.  It was a new concept then, and Read More

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