Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! This is the first episode of ON THE COUCH from Cine Gear 2014 here from the Paramount Pictures Studios lot here in Hollywood, California. Thanks to our sponsor G-Technology we were able to welcome Alex Buono, director of photography at the Saturday Night Live film unit, and his colleague Adam Epstein who’s the editor on the show. We talked about the incredible turn-around times these guys have to deal with when producing the show every week. Alex and Adam and the entire team behind SNL have brought a high quality film style to the show for a lot of the sketches that air every week. The incredible thing about them is that they have to work in the shortest time frames to get these done – with preproduction done on Thursday, production on Friday and editing on the Saturday right before the show airs every Saturday evening at 11:30 pm. We also touched on the right equipment choices for these setups and how everything regarding technology, cameras and lighting has changed since Alex started working on SNL about 15 years ago. They went from film stock to Mini DV and then through the whole “DV revolution” and then the “HD revolution” and DSLRs until where we are today, where we have basically all the choices available. I found it interesting to hear that despite their crazy turn around times, they shoot on all kinds of cameras that produce all kinds of different data rates and codecs – so it is a process that needs to be adjusted every week depending on the piece they shoot. To watch all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here.Read more
To watch all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here. On the go? Subscribe to the Cinema5D ON THE COUCH audio and video podcasts on iTunes! We are happy to announce that we are about to start recording the 2nd season of ON THE COUCH, our talk show format that we premiered only two months ago at NAB 2014. Together with Johnnie Behiri, our friend Misa Garcia and sound man Mike Jarzabek I am now here in Hollywood floating between the Cine Gear 2014 venue (Paramount Studios) and the W Hollywood Hotel – on both locations we will record a number of new shows for our audience. Thanks to our dear sponsors G-Technology, Rode Microphones, Vitec Videocom, Post Magazine and OWLS Media, we are able to bring you another season of our talk show. There are two special shows that will be shot on the Paramount Studios lot in a presentation suite, and you can be part of the audience – just stop by!! Here’s the schedule and guest list for the public recordings: • Friday, June 6, at 02:45 pm – Alex Buono & Adam Epstein (DP & editor at Saturday Night Live – Film Unit) Location: Presentation Suite No. 5 – Sherry Lansing Theater (see map below) • Saturday, June 7 at 03:00 pm – Shane & Lydia Hurlbut (DP of Need for Speed 7, Deadfall, Terminator Salvation …) Location: Presentation Suite No. 5 – Sherry Lansing Theater (see map below) Here are the other shows that we are going to record at our suite at the W Hollywood (massive thanks to G-Technology for organizing this location!!) • Tom Guilmette & Kessler Crane’s Chris Beller • Jeff Cree, SOC & Randy Wedick • Michael Artsis, David Linstrom, Vitec Videocom: Sherry Fragomeni, Ali Ahmadi, Andrew Butler • Post-Production session (sponsored by POST MAGAZINE): The Voice & Discovery Studios: Robert M. Malachowski, Jr., Supervising Editor and Grant Masson, the Associate Online Editor, Justin Bloch, manager of media for Discovery Studios • Jem Schofield (speaking also for sponsor RODE) PLEASE feel free to send us questions you might have for any of our guests, we will do our best to ask all of them! Either comment on this post or drop me an email via nino[at]cinema5D.com. Watch out for the new episodes to be posted over the course of the next days. To watch all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here.Read more
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