• 19 Sep 2021 11:27 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    This month, a few stories about filmmaking caught my eye.

    The Drone Awards issued this challenge for their 2021 video competition: “...Rediscover the beauty of nature, wildlife, and cities. A new world will appear when you look at it from different angles.”  In the award-winning films, filmmakers captured the structure of water, ice, trees and empty urban areas during the pandemic.

    A happy little documentary? Actor Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, found out that the life of their subject - and the legacy he left behind - was more complex than they knew or expected.

    In this NPR interview, the filmmakers share what they learned while making Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, which is showing on Netflix.  

    In June 2020, Maya Cade created a Twitter thread attempting to list every Black film released between 1910 and 1959 that is available to stream.

    The result: Black Film Archive, an evolving archive dedicated to making historically and culturally significant films accessible through a streaming guide with cultural context.

    The current iteration has expanded to now include films through 1979.

    See you at our meeting on Wednesday, September 29th.

    Jane

    Jane Hare
    President, SD Media Pros

    Thank you to our Board of Directors and volunteers!

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  • 19 Aug 2021 10:49 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.

    Hybrid event - it’s a term you’re likely hearing everywhere. The mix of remote and in person attendees means the right production infrastructure, including technology and people, is needed. Crew staffing agency Crews Control is offering a free download of their White Paper titled  The Future of Hybrid Events is the Future of Corporate Gatherings.

    Want to be a superstar on set? Writer Marci Liroff from Backstage interviewed some (celebrity) actor friends and here’s the practical advice they shared if you want to shine.


    "Ladies and gentlemen, rock 'n' roll." Were you watching when MTV went on the air on August 1, 1981 and changed music forever?

    This story from NPR links to a playlist of the first 100 MTV videos. 


    Jane

    Jane Hare
    President, SD Media Pros

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  • 19 Jul 2021 11:06 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.

    How black is black? What do you get using a backdrop made with one of the blackest materials available to the public? Photographer Mathieu Sterndocumented an experiment he did for photography.

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    Whether your film is set in the past, present, or future, costume designers use a number of strategies to get a sense of authenticity on screen. Here’s a panel discussion with the designers for some HBO and HBO Max series

    And finally, an obituary. In 1960, in his first year in practice, Chicago lawyer John F. Flannery obtained the original patent for the first videotape recorder, which revolutionized TV by allowing live show images to be stored on magnetic tape instead of the lengthy processing required with film.

    Jane

    Jane Hare
    President, SD Media Pros

    Thank you to our Board of Directors and volunteers! Contact us via mailto: Jane Hare with your thoughts, ideas and questions!

  • 12 May 2021 11:16 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.

    I saw Noah Kadner speak about LED walls and virtual production at a webinar in January and immediately knew we needed to book him for an SDMP meeting. I made these screen grabs as he was doing his presentation.

    Noah has a demo LED wall that, in combination with a high-powered gaming computer, allows him to create moving virtual backdrops.

    In one example, he’s standing in the middle of a busy London city street. Keep in mind, this is moving HQ video of buses and cars behind him.

    Add lighting and audio of street noises, and the whole scene comes to life.

    Then, he talked about virtual backdrops like those you might see on The Mandalorian and how the addition of props, background and foreground elements add to the reality of the setting.

    From the side though, his set is as simple as this:

    To learn a little more, check out these articles:

    User Friendly: New Options for Shooting In-Camera Effects

    I had an opportunity to work with a 10x12’ LED wall for a TV broadcast shoot in San Diego in April. It took two technicians four hours to unload, assemble and wire, plus time for technical and playback tests. And it looked fabulous behind our talent! Have you worked with an LED wall yet?  Check the!  

    Jane

    Jane Hare
    President, SD Media Pros

    Thank you to our Board of Directors and volunteers! Contact us via email with your thoughts, ideas and questions!

  • 19 Apr 2021 11:22 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.

    If you’re part of the production team or involved in COVID compliance, this Producers Guild of America panel is a great one to watch with insights about practical application of the protocols on set. I saw it live and it was definitely worth the time!

    Do you visualize a script on your first read? Many cinematographers say they do not. Instead, they will distill the script to the essence or heart of the story. Five ASC members offer insight on their process in American Cinematographer.

    Ava DuVerney launched Array Crew to offer productions access to qualified but underrepresented below-the-line crew members for hiring searches. “After I went through the period of being on every panel and being in every article about diversity, I stopped doing that.” She continued, “I had to create and be a part of the change that I wanted to see.” Array Crew currently covers Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami, Washington DC and Chicago, with plans to expand soon. Deadline has the details on the high profile participants and contributors.

  • 16 Mar 2021 10:48 PM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.

    I was reviewing photos recently to include on the SD Media Pros website and to add to our SDMP photo archives. Of the hundreds of photos I reviewed, here’s what struck me most: I miss you. We miss you.


    The photos I have taken document the hundreds of people who have attended our events over the few years. SDMP meetings with 50 people in attendance; some with nearly 90 in attendance. Familiar faces. New faces. Shaking hands. Sharing knowledge. Passing business cards. 

    Here are a few moments I came across: (add some photos as available) 

    Director Michael Bruggemeyer dressed in cowboy gear on the floor at our Media Pro Camp on Cinematography

     

    Our editing “shoot out,” where three video editors armed with the same footage cut their version of a conference recap video

    Melissa Street wow’ing us with special effects makeup

    Period lighting and effects with gaffer Tommy Brown (creating the look of firelight) 

    David Raines and Christine Gatlin chasing a “mouse” at our Media Pro Camp on audio production 

    SDMP transitioned to the current Zoom format because we had to. None of could have predicted it would last this long and no one knows how long we will continue.  We have talked about doing some hybrid meetings when we can, when we know it’s safe. There is nothing to replace the hands-on and in person learning that we were doing at our monthly meetings and our Media Pro Camps. 


    Another thing I noticed: we haven’t seen some of you for a while! If you haven’t joined us by Zoom, please know we continue to offer our educational meetings monthly. Great topics, solid agendas and speakers, and our News You Can Use segment has reached a new level of creativity and timeliness! And as long as we are online, ALL meetings are FREE. 

    If you aren’t familiar with Zoom, and need some coaching, we are happy to give you a primer on the basics. And bonus: it’s super EASY. 

    So far this year, we’ve had meetings about the growth of livestreaming and getting back to work with COVID safety in mind. We have your ideas for meetings from our recent survey and we are always looking for more of your input. Feel free to reach out to our board members. Our email addresses are below. 


  • 15 Feb 2021 12:47 AM | Jeff Troeber (Administrator)

    Short Takes

    A compilation of production topics that caught the eye of Jane Hare, SDMP President, this month.


    How did video editing add tension to blockbuster “The Queen’s Gambit”? Hollywood Reporter says, “Michelle Tesoro was new to the game herself, but she treated the matches at the center of the Netflix series as if she were cutting dialogue scenes, with the scripted moves speaking for themselves.”

    The growth of streaming of films and TV series is hitting actors and producers in the wallet. In this article, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at how no theatrical release can mean no residuals from DVD sales and TV showings.

    Love animation? Here’s a look at 21 Emerging Women Animation Directors to Watch in 2021 from Zippy Frames, an animation news online magazine for European and independent animation worldwide. 


    How did video editing add tension to blockbuster “The Queen’s Gambit”? Hollywood Reporter says, “Michelle Tesoro was new to the game herself, but she treated the matches at the center of the Netflix series as if she were cutting dialogue scenes, with the scripted moves speaking for themselves.”

    The growth of streaming of films and TV series is hitting actors and producers in the wallet. In this article, Bloomberg Businessweek looks at how no theatrical release can mean no residuals from DVD sales and TV showings.

    Love animation? Here’s a look at 21 Emerging Women Animation Directors to Watch in 2021 from Zippy Frames, an animation news online magazine for European and independent animation worldwide. 

    Jane 

    Jane Hare
    President, SD Media Pros

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