November/December 2019

  • 2-Dec-2019
    November/December 2019
    In This Issue:

    - Outlook 2020

    - Oscar Contenders: 
     1917
     A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
     Joker
     Little Women
     Terminator: Dark Fate
     Ford V Ferrari

    - Restoration

    ...and much more!

Features

  • Cinematography: <I>1917</I>
    Cinematography: 1917

    It’s an impossible mission — two young soldiers during World War I are charged with delivering an important message to troops deep in enemy territory that will prevent an attack. Their success will st ...

    December 3, 2019

  • Directing: <I>Little Women</I>
    Directing: Little Women

    Writer-director Greta Gerwig may have a slim resume as an auteur, but it’s an impressive one. With her first film, Lady Bird, the acclaimed indie actress stepped behind the camera and made an assured ...

    December 16, 2019

  • Editing: <I>A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood</I>
    Editing: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

    For decades, Fred Rogers entertained young audiences with his soft voice and kind demeanor. His simple show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, always began with him singing the iconic “Won’t You Be My Neig ...

    December 16, 2019

  • Editing: <I>Ford V Ferrari</I>
    Editing: Ford V Ferrari

    It was 1966 when car designer Carroll Shelby, working closely with his test driver Ken Miles, developed a revolutionary car, and put together a team of unconventional thinkers to take on Italian racin ...

    December 2, 2019

  • VFX: <I>Terminator: Dark Fate</I>
    VFX: Terminator: Dark Fate

    Paramount Pictures released Terminator: Dark Fate on November 1st, marking the sixth installment in the franchise, which debuted in 1984. Directed by Tim Miller, the film reunites Linda Hamilton as Sa ...

    December 11, 2019

Web Exclusives

  • Cinematography: <I>Little Women</I>
    Cinematography: Little Women

    Based on the literary classic by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is the latest offering from Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig ( Lady Bird ). The film, which is set for release in theaters ...

    December 19, 2019

  • Directing: <I>Bombshell</I>
    Directing: Bombshell

    The cleverly titled new film Bombshell couldn’t be more timely. Based on the real-life Fox News scandal that erupted in 2016, it tells the story of the women — including star anchor Megyn Kelly (playe ...

    December 20, 2019

  • Editing: <I>Harriet</I>
    Editing: Harriet

    The story of Harriet Tubman is part of America’s fabric. After escaping from her master’s plantation in Maryland, she headed north to Pennsylvania, where she found temporary freedom. But rather than m ...

    January 6, 2020

  • Editing: <I>Joker</I>
    Editing: Joker

    LOS ANGELES – When the nominees for the 92nd Oscars (www.oscars.org) were announced on January 13th, Joker came out on top, receiving honors in 11 categories. In addition to Best Picture, the film is ...

    January 17, 2020

  • Oscar Contenders
    Oscar Contenders

    The 92nd Academy Awards, which take place earlier this year on Feb 9th, are almost here, and the nominations will soon be in. And as usual, the spring and summer releases and biggest box office films ...

    January 3, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: Cloud Is On The List
    Outlook 2020: Cloud Is On The List

    It’s about that time, when budgets for next year are being planned. For the average content creator, there are several items that could make 2020 a good year. Starting with that amazing new Mac Pro, t ...

    December 17, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: Free streaming & the return of the :30 spot
    Outlook 2020: Free streaming & the return of the :30 spot

    The advertising forecast for 2020 has never looked better thru our lens at Spears & Arrows. With the emergence of proprietary streaming platforms, I expect there will be many more streaming option ...

    December 19, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: How AI can automate video conform & comparison
    Outlook 2020: How AI can automate video conform & comparison

    In the late 1980s, TV studio executives had a clever, but short-sighted idea: What if they did not have to pay to cut the negative on their film-originated programs? They could save the expense of fut ...

    December 20, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: Increases in content production bring opportunities in sound
    Outlook 2020: Increases in content production bring opportunities in sound

    Mark Lanza is an award-winning sound designer and supervising sound editor based at Sony Pictures Studios (www.sonypicturesstudios.com). Here, he looks at some of the opportunities the pro audio busin ...

    January 20, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: Opportunities & threats to studios in the year ahead
    Outlook 2020: Opportunities & threats to studios in the year ahead

    Goldcrest Post (www.goldcrestpostny.com) is a leading, independent post production facility, providing one-stop creative solutions for features films, episodic television, documentaries and other proj ...

    January 10, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: Opportunities and concerns for the production music business
    Outlook 2020: Opportunities and concerns for the production music business

    Stephen Arnold, president of Texas-based Stephen Arnold Music (https://stephenarnoldmusic.com), looks some of the trends and concerns the production music industry is facing in the year ahead. While t ...

    January 20, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: Opportunities in audio post
    Outlook 2020: Opportunities in audio post

    Mike Nehs is owner of Periscope Post & Audio (www.periscopepa.com), which operates full-service sound and picture post production facilities in Hollywood and Chicago. Both facilities provide a ran ...

    January 2, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: Preparing for a fully cloud-enabled future
    Outlook 2020: Preparing for a fully cloud-enabled future

    If you asked someone five years ago about using the cloud for business, the biggest concern you’d probably hear had less to do with bandwidth limitations and more to do with security. But since 2015, ...

    January 20, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: The changing nature of relationships
    Outlook 2020: The changing nature of relationships

    At its core, our business has always been about relationships. Organizations that are able to build close client relationships grounded in collaboration and mutual trust are the organizations that suc ...

    January 8, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: The evolution of a studio
    Outlook 2020: The evolution of a studio

    I started Stept Studios a decade ago with my brother. We were making ski and snowboard films while in college at CU Boulder. We didn’t come up through the traditional method, focusing on just one role ...

    December 13, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: The future of the production music industry
    Outlook 2020: The future of the production music industry

    Whenever I’m asked to comment on the outlook for my industry (an inevitable year-end ponder), I dive deep into the vault, grab a classic episode of The Twilight Zone, and get a little retro fix…a 60-y ...

    December 13, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: The next generation of VFX collaboration
    Outlook 2020: The next generation of VFX collaboration

    There’s no denying both the volume and production standards of film, TV and streaming have reached an all-time high. In 2018, 10 out of the 10 highest grossing films in the US were either visual effec ...

    January 14, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: The ongoing evolution of HDR
    Outlook 2020: The ongoing evolution of HDR

    HDR quickly evolved from production trend to industry standard in 2019. From live broadcast and event production to film, TV and episodic post production, it’s become woven into the entire production ...

    January 13, 2020

  • Outlook 2020: The trend toward dispersed & collaborative solutions
    Outlook 2020: The trend toward dispersed & collaborative solutions

    It seems that digital and cloud-based services enable new solutions on a daily basis. While maybe not that frequent, there is a lot of technology being introduced impacting preproduction, production, ...

    December 11, 2019

  • Outlook 2020: Why Open Source?
    Outlook 2020: Why Open Source?

    Since entering the media and entertainment scene, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime have transformed and redefined the content creation landscape, most recently with original content production. Fueled b ...

    January 2, 2020

Reviews

  • Review: DPA's 4017 & 4018 microphones
    Review: DPA's 4017 & 4018 microphones

    When I mention a shotgun microphone, many of you will spontaneously think of a Sennheiser MKH 416 or perhaps a Schoeps CMIT 5. Judging from what I find when googling, not many would think of DPA Micro ...

    December 12, 2019