EDIT: The recorded webinar is now available for free to stream on the Sony Pro Europe website. Head over to watch the 1-hour conversation in its entirety! Ever since the heydays of MTV in the 80s, music videos have been a creative experimental outlet for musicians and filmmakers alike. Budgets vary incredibly, probably more than in any other field of film/video production, but financial constraints can sometimes even spur creativity. I will be hosting and moderating a webinar discussion live from Sony’s Pinewood Studios facility in London on July 6 (in about two weeks), and the guests will be independent DOP Tom Swindell who has been busy shooting many music videos over the years, and Mike Marchlewski, who is an in-house DOP and project manager for Sony Music’s production team. from our music video production “Those Goddamn Hippies – Drift” – photo by Tony Gigov The format is not unlike our ON THE COUCH talk show series, with the difference that it will be streamed live and the audience will be able to take part in the discussion via live questions to the panel. Sign up here on the Sony site to join in on July 6 at 14:00 (BST) / 15:00 (CET) / 9 am (EST) or to gain access to the recording afterwards (this will be available only about a week after the recording). The discussion will last a total of 1 hour. Here is what we will be covering in the webinar: • Look like a million dollars: shoot attention-grabbing music videos on real-world budgets • From storyboard to screen: conveying your artist’s vision • Master your art: which cameras and lenses work best • Telling a musical story: schedules, locations and shot lists • Capture a great performance: taking care of lighting and audio • Making the cut: break into the industry and get your work noticed Last but not least, here are three music videos from Mike Marchlewski (Sony Music), Tom Swindell and myself: Music Video: ‘Florrie – Real Love’, Sony Music Music Video: ‘Kes – People’, provided by Tom Swindell Music Video: “Those Goddamn Hippies – Drift” – directed by Nicola von Leffern, DP: Nino LeitnerRead more
IBC 2013, the second-largest show for filmmaking and broadcasting technology in the world, is drawing to a close. Like at NAB, Teradek streamed a lot of great insightful interviews with industry people about various topics on their website, and they are putting them up online afterwards for anyone to see.Read more
Edit up to four streams of uncompressed 8-bit 1080p HD video. I didn’t think I’d post about the Apple keynote that was held today, but they just announced and released the ultimate editing machine, a laptop that trashes most desktop PC’s, presented in a video that is brainwash-grade well made and heavily targets the indie filmmaker and all kinds of HDSLR shooters. I must admit I can’t stand to hear “the best … we’ve ever built” anymore. Anyway here are the most interesting specs: – 15″ LED Retina Display Resolution: 2880×1800 px – Fast 500GB flash hardddrive (500MBps) – 2 Thunderbolt, 2 USB 3.0 connectors – Fast GPU (Graphics) & CPU – can add 2 additional 2560×1600 screens – hdmi connector – lighter and thinner than the 13″ MBP With a very strong emphasis on video editing Apple shows off that their new Macbook Pro is really powerful while at the same time being extremely portable. The possibility to edit at Full HD resolution on a 15″ screen and still have room for the timeline and other windows in Final Cut is not only intriguing, it opens up a new kind of convenience for the editors among us, freeing us from our editing cage, provided you have accepted iMovie Pro of course. I’m sure Premiere will do just as good though. When I see these Apple product ads I’m always surprised about how well they work. I think any commercial filmmaker can learn something here, not by imitating it (like I did once), but by seeing how they created a wonderfully simplistic video around an Apple product by establishing strong and clear limits and rules to their creation and how they drive this style to perfection, just like the Apple products themselves. What do you think about these videos as a source of inspiration? Even though they’ve long overdone it I think they do a very good job at getting these ads right and making a great, enjoyable sales pitch. Talking about the sales pitch, yes you can already buy the new MacBook Pro. B&H confirmed it will start shipping in the next couple of days. It’s $2200: There’s a version with more storage and more CPU power for $2800Read more
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