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

    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)

    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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