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Running the Sahara

Running 4300 miles across the world's largest desert sounds impossible. But once Academy Award-winning director James Moll heard that three guys were going to try, he knew he had to hear - and tell - their story. In this "Creative COW Magazine" expanded interview, James talks about the incredible journey of both the runners and the filmmakers, while also offering insights into filmmaking, storytelling, and the frame.

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South Park: TV's Longest Week

Creative Cow Magazine's "Workflow 3.0 Issue" brought you stories from some of the people truly defining the cutting edge of how the industry's top producers work. These include articles from DigitalFilm Tree's Zed Saeed on posting 3 network shows every week with a team of 9, and cinematographer Dave Stump, whose Academy Award-winning technology points the way to new ways of capturing on-set metadata for advanced VFX.

This week, we introduce you to an animated show that completes an entire episode, from writing to air, in only six days -- delivered to the network with only minutes to spare. Meet the producers and editors of Comedy Central's "South Park," winner of 3 Emmys, a Peabody Award for Excellence and many more, as they take you inside the tools and technologies that enable one of the most pressure-packed workflows imaginable.

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The Next Issue of Creative COW Magazine...

Creative COW Magazine has been gaining quite a reputation and daily we get mail with quotes like the one above from Jim Long. Thanks, Jim! Its pages are filled with rich and valuable content that has made Creative COW Magazine a keeper. You won't find pandering reviews or content fit to line bird cages, but what you will find are in-depth looks at important topics that will feed both your creative and business sides.

The magazine is available in both print (for those in the United States) or PDF (for our international members and those who prefer a PDF edition). It's free for qualified subscribers and we invite you to sign up now so that you do not miss another great issue.

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ADR: Hollywood Dialogue Recording Secrets

At Creative COW, many of our audience work in the field of film, from those working with small budget indie films that have been entered (and won) festivals like Sundance, all the way up to major films like Hollywood blockbusters that have graced both the library and magazine here at Creative COW.

Correcting dialogue is one of the most important parts of the old saying, "fix it in post." They're part of a process called ADR -- Additional Dialogue Recording, or Automated Dialogue Replacement -- that has been going on since movies had audio, and is still being done today, from the smallest indie films to the biggest blockbusters. Here's an overview of the world of ADR, some of the Cows who are working in this field, and where to go when you are ready to ADR to your own productions.

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Creative COW Podcasts

All of us here at the COW are delighted to see the popularity of our new Adobe Flash podcast, which today is sitting at #8 in the iTunes Store's Hot 100 in the Technology/Software How-To category. Yesterday, it was at #7. It has been in the Top 10 for over a week, and we haven't even pushed the show until today's newsletter. Why has the show taken off so quickly? Host, Tony Ross, is one of the most articulate Flash educators on the planet and his clear and practical lessons on Flash will help demystify what many believe is Adobe's deepest and most powerful tool. If you have missed this newest COW podcast, check it out at http://podcasts.creativecow.net

We have also been excited to see that depending on the day, there have been as many as 11 of our podcast channels in the Software How-To category's Hot 100 simultaneously. Today, there are currently 8 channels in the Hot 100.

Our podcasts are becoming some of the most popular programs available here at the COW. If you have missed them, take a little time and get to know the Creative COW Podcasts.
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Business Advice for Tough Times

Sound business advice is more precious than ever, and you can find TONS of it from the businesspeople at Creative Cow. Our very own Cowdog has gathered some of the best tips for building your business from around the Cow, including getting deadbeat clients to pay you, creating strong contracts, protecting your onscreen talent from accidental explosions...and a reminder that, as far as the client is concerned, everything is YOUR fault.

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Focus on Controlling Depth of Field with Depth of Field Converters

Cinematographer and Creative Cow leader Todd Terry has shot countless television commercials and industrials using both 35mm film and depth-of-field converted video. In this Creative Cow Magazine Extra, from The Visual Effects Issue, learn how depth of field converters allow you to attach 35mm lenses even to video cameras with fixed lenses, how they work, and which one might be right for you.

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The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this Creative Cow Magazine Extra, join us for a wide-ranging conversation, as John cuts through the intentional obfuscation of marketing pixels, and considers the range of options that are becoming available to digital filmmakers.

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21st Century Cinema: An indie look at Digital Cinema

You may have heard that digital cinema is coming, and that it will be big. Both are true, and Creative Cow leader Russell Lasson is one of the people making it happen. Here is a look at how digital cinema works, and how one indie company is building their business around it. Also, a closer look at professional-strength Windows on Mac workflows. Read more...
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Nuke - An Introduction for After Effects Users

Nuke, the new compositing tool from The Foundry, is rapidly becoming a favorite in high-end film production. Its price also offers an easy entry for indie producers who want to create better work, faster and more powerfully. Film compositor Pete O'Connell offers this guided tour of Nuke for AE users, along with tips for leveraging your AE experience in the brave "Nuke" world of VFX creation. Read more...
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