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Modern Videofilm Senior Colorist Natasha Leonnet most recently worked on Machete Kills, her sixth collaboration with director Robert Rodriguez. Leonnet learned to color correct in Germany and Denmark and, in the U.S., has worked at ILM and E-FILM prior to moving to Modern Videofilm in January 2013. Among the movies she's color-corrected that she's particularly proud of -- in addition to Machete Kills, of course -- are all of Rodriguez's other films she's worked on, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Arbitrage, Love and Other Drugs and the upcoming Labor Day.

"Ordinarily, my goal with color correction is to create a DI with no color signatures, something that could have just as easily gone through the lab and look just as seamless and natural," Natasha says. In Machete Kills, Robert wanted such a stylized look that it was an opportunity to use the tools to create images that were clearly affected by color correction. I won't say that never happens but it's more unusual than usual. That was exactly what he wanted. Color correction for every movie is always a collaboration. But Robert takes that to a different level.

Natasha's conversation with Creative COW's Debra Kaufman provides some of the best insights yet into the digital intermediate color grading process yet -- as well as a look at a career path that began with...still photography?!? Read more here....


And go Behind the Lens with filmmaker Nick Ryan on "The Summit"

Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

In August 2008, eleven climbers died on K2, the Himalayan peak nicknamed the Savage Mountain. In The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan delves into the mystery of what actually happened that day, in a masterful collage of footage taken by the climbers, stunning aerial shots of K2, interviews and re-enactments. Take a look behind the lens with Nick Ryan as he relates how he respectfully re-captured those tragic moments.






NEWS ANNOUNCEMENTS
Visual Effects Society Announces Business Roundtables for 2013 VES Summit

London Visual Effects Facility Union VFX Has Moved To New Soho Location

TV2/Fyn Selects Marquis’ Medway

Global Cinematography Institute’s 1st European Session at Camerimage Film Festival 2013

Cluster Studio adds FLUX Store from FilmLight

Indiecan Entertainment Acquires “Down River” By Director Ben Ratner

New Pinnacle Studio™ for iPad Makes Creative Video Editing Fast and Easy

Creative Studio Leviathan Announces Key Staff Additions and Promotions

Insight Media Hosts UHD/4K Demonstrations During SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Jane Fonda To Receive 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award

Editors’ Lounge Highlights Ease Of Post Production Workflows With Davinci Resolve 10

Sony Introduces Portable Storage Drives for Professional Use

Matrox Named to Streaming Media 100 List of Most Important Companies in Online Video

EP Melissa Beth Launches Hostage Films With Award-Winning Director Ruben Latre

Codex Desert Heat

Custom EFX Enters the U.S. Market

MASTERSFX Perfects Practical/Digital Effects Mix for Emmy Nominated TV Series "Falling Skies"

Honda's Project Drive-In Increases Support of Threatened Theaters: Delivery of Digital Projectors Raised to Nine

Director Ron Howard Takes the Helm of Maritime Action Adventure "Heart of the Sea"

LAC Group To Acquire PRO-TEK Business







Ikegami HDK-97ARRI Wins IABM 2013 Award For Design & Innovation

Technicolor - PostWorks New York Provides Finishing Services for Indie Comedy “Last Weekend”

Schweet Opens Production Offices at Hollywood Center Studios

Aéro Film Signs Directors Sue Worthy And Dan Gifford For U.S. Commercial Representation

Opus Visual Effects Produced Effects for "Metallica: Through the Never"

Vizrt presents advanced analysis tools for the 2014 World Cup at Sportel Monaco

Hungarian FilmLab Selects MTI Film’s CORTEX::Dailies for New Digital Dailies Service

Disney And Christie Sign Comprehensive Technology Supply, Support And Services Agreement For Digital Cinema

Matrox at Inter BEE 2013 — Product Preview

Shutterstock Keeps Up With the Beat for the "Sly & The Family Stone’s Everyday People" New Box Set Launch

A-Level VFX Studio Brewster Parsons Welcomes Production Maven Sybil McCarthy as Executive Producer

Engineering Emmy® awarded to iZotope RX® Audio Repair Technology

Ron Howard’s “Rush” Graded on DaVinci Resolve

Sound Devices 664 Shines On The Set Of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

New Live Action Production Company Standard Directors Launches

New Startup Disrupts Motion Graphics Industry With Unique Subscription Service

Tool Takes Home News & Documentary Emmy for ‘Clouds Over Cuba’

Facilis TerraBlock Scores High Marks for NISS

Black Toast Music Expands Advertising Industry Success by Licensing New Indie Artists to Recent Ad Campaigns

Venture 3D Used Signiant’s Media Shuttle to Meet Tight Deadlines with Ease for New “Metallica: Through the Never” 3D Movie Project









REELS & VIDEOS
demo reel
Reel '11 /Isaac Viejo/ by Isaac Viejo
My latest reel. A mixture of both commercial and personal work. Thanks for your feedback in advance!!! Music: Clint Mansell - 'Welcome...
Spain
demo reel
The N - ID spot for broadcast by Quentin Block
One of 10 ID spots for the N using voice activated animation....
United States
music video
GOLDEN SUMMER - Saïbu by Simon Paules
Music Video of the song "Golden Summer" performed by Saïbu. Directed by Simon Paules. ©baiacedez/saïbu 2009...
France
demo reel
Conscript Visual Effects Before and After by Jacob Owens
Before and After Montage of Conscript. This video shows the process we took from shooting, and the end result of the shot through compositi...
Canada
trailer
Witness 19.2.42 The bombing of Darwin by Mike Sweet
WWII Documentary 2009...
Australia






Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner * Cinematography * George Jesse Turner The UP series, directed by Michael Apted, began in 1964 with Seven UP, which interviewed 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England. Every seven years, Apted has returned to these same children to ask about the progression of their lives. The result, the UP Series, is according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life." Cinematographer George Jesse Turner has... more
Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez * Cinematography * Kyle Patrick Alvarez Based on an autobiographical comedy by acclaimed author and NPR contributor David Sedaris, "C.O.G." focuses on a summer of misadventures and growing up one young man named David [as in David Sedaris] encounters on an apple farm in Oregon. This look behind the lens of "C.O.G." with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez reveals a captivating story on both sides of the camera.... more
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Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls
by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:09:56) -- 9/29/2013

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to add logos to your title crawls, by introducing Photoshop to your Media Composer workflow. What might seem to be limitations inside of Media Composer can bypassed by unitizing the Marquee Title Tool! -


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Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look
by Kevin P McAuliffe
(00:12:14) -- 9/6/2013

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created in-camera, there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post. - Once you see how to create this effect, it will become a "go-to" effect you can keep in your back pocket for those clients whose footage needs that extra boost!


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