Digital Production BuZZ Producer’s Corner – July 11, 2013

I attended an LAPPG (Los Angeles Post Production Group) event last night and many in the room were talking about this “industry,” and how hard it is to find work.  The topics centered around the fact that many clients are not paying as much as they used to for our services.  However, the presentations by members during the meeting of their current work, including Philip Hodgett’s demonstration of the beta version of The Lumberjack System for logging, faded all that into the background as I thought that, “surely, this amazing creativity will rise to the top.”  And it will.  Just presevere and it will pay off! Hopefully, some of the wonderful guests we bring on to the BuZZ have information that you find interesting, useful and inspiring.
Philip Hodgetts of Intelligent Assistance demo's the Lumberjack System for on-set real-time logging.

Philip Hodgetts of Intelligent Assistance demo’s the Lumberjack System for on-set real-time logging.

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 2.12.23 PMNick Campbell of Greyscalegorilla is a Cinema 4D artist and creative force with a huge fan base , he makes iPhone apps under the BananaCameraCo moniker, teaches motion design, and we are delighted to have him on the BuZz tonight to talk about his most recent work.  He has been sharing much of his time with students and other creative types to inspire them in their quest to be more financially successful doing what they love …. and that is a very good thing.  For what better way to be happy than to make money at your craft? 

Animated mograph portrait using Cinema 4D

Animated mograph portrait using Cinema 4D

Greyscalegorrila Cinema 4D tutorial screen grab

Greyscalegorrila Cinema 4D tutorial screen grab

Talking about perseverance, Josh Mitchell’s short film, “Helen Keller Had a Pitbull,” sounds, well, pretty gripping…we have questions.  How does someone who is working in several different arenas (writer, director, actor and publicist) have the time to finish a film?  We applaud him?

Scene from Josh Mitchell's, "Helen Keller had a Pit Bull."

Scene from Josh Mitchell’s, “Helen Keller had a Pit Bull.”

I traveled to a very hip part of Culver City a couple of weeks ago to meet dynamic Ric Perez-Selsky, Technical Director at Popsugar.  He is a whiz at using the Tricaster and managing live productions, which he is doing on a daily basis. Where does he find the time to also make his own films?  Sounds creative to me!  I watched his videos and was impressed and he kindly agreed to take time to speak with us on the BuZZ.  I think you’ll like what he has to say.

Ric Perez-Selsky, Technical Director at Popsugar

Ric Perez-Selsky, Technical Director at Popsugar

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Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design has some thoughts on the recent announcements about their company’s support for Adobe and some new ways for us to use DeckLink.  

What's behind door #1?  DeckLink

What’s behind door #1? DeckLink

Blackmagic's DeckLink in action

Blackmagic’s DeckLink in action

Adobe made a formal announcement concerning, Adobe Anywhere this week.  We had seen a preview of it at NAB and have been waiting to try it out.  They are right, working long-distance is a growing problem for media producers and content providers.  Media files are getting bigger and bigger and the highway is getting crowded.  Is this our fast lane to the future?  Hope so!

Thanks for listening to the BuZZ.  I am always up for questions or suggestions for stories.  Email me to news (at) catania (dot) us and I’ll get right back to you.

Happy creating!
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Cirina Catania
Producer, Digital Production BuZZ