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Oscar-nominated film editor Dody Dorn is best known for her work on films like Memento and End of Watch, with her latest film Fury involving 16 Avids across two continents. Working her way up from switchboard operator, Dody brings decades of experience to the edit, with a personal advocacy for taking career risks and accepting any opportunity.



Motion 5 titles in a welded format

Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, "Title Animation: WELD" uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS outlines, to create the photo-real impression of a title burned onto the screen with a blowtorch, complete with sparks and smoke. Part 1 covers the set-up ,including a stop in Adobe Illustrator, and Part 2 features the compositing, lighting, and filtering finesse to really make it pop.




Unbroken: Editing Angelina Jolie's War Drama

Unbroken: Editing Angelina Jolie's War Drama

Editors William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres discuss the process of co-editing Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie directed war drama, including constructing challenging sequences, working with an actor-director, and knowing when a scene feels right.
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Creative COW's Walter Soyka has been using the Boris Continuum Complete plug-ins for years, and now takes a look at BCC 9. His conclusion: it's exactly what a plug-in set should be, adding power and creative options, saving time, and a strong value. Available for every major NLE and After Effects, you'll want to take a look at Walter's experience yourself.



Title treatment with the world WELD in bold, hot-metal letters

Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, Title Animation: WELD uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS outlines, to create the photo-real impression of a title burned onto the screen with a blowtorch, complete with sparks and smoke. Part 1 covers the set-up ,including a stop in Adobe Illustrator, and Part 2 features the compositing, lighting, and filtering finesse to really make it pop.



UCLA Bruins in the background with title text

The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The 40-35 victory of the UCLA Bruins over the Kansas State Wildcats in the Valero Alamo Bowl proved to be one of the highlights of college football's bowl season, and a strong finish to a strong seasons of both the Bruins, and the remarkable show that covered them, The Drive: Pac-12 Football. produced by 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden.

Jim's 25-year career began with NFL Films, where he rose to Vice President in charge of Producers, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive producer. He brings every bit of that experience to bear on "The Drive: PAC-12 Football," which just completed its second season. It's the first show to cover an entire season, week by week, combining the classically cinematic approach Jim took to his work for NFL Films, and the all-access approach he pioneered with his work on Hard Knocks. You won't want to miss this remarkable story about full-contact TV production.
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Editors William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres discuss the process of co-editing Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie directed war drama, including constructing challenging sequences, working with an actor-director, and knowing when a scene feels right.



Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies

Editor Bryan Capri Talks Cutting Lifetime TV Movies

Editor Bryan Capri's shift from editing corporate training videos and independent films to crafting TV movies for SyFy and Lifetime was no accident: hard work and a positive attitude were everything as he found himself cutting films and designing workflows for major networks.





Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract

Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract

Adobe Extract, released in August 2014, is a feature in Photoshop 2014 CC, Dreamweaver 2014 CC and Creative Cloud that has the potential to transform the way web designers and developers work together. If the designer does have a Creative Cloud membership, it opens up a new possibility: uploading a PSD file (one received via email, for instance) to Creative Cloud and getting the assets and CSS information out to to your project.
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Editor Bryan Capri's shift from editing corporate training videos and independent films to crafting TV movies for SyFy and Lifetime was no accident: hard work and a positive attitude were everything as he found himself cutting films and designing workflows for major networks.




Photoshop and web design

Bridging Web Design and Development with Adobe Extract

Adobe Extract, released in August 2014, is a feature in Photoshop 2014 CC, Dreamweaver 2014 CC and Creative Cloud that has the potential to transform the way web designers and developers work together. If the designer does have a Creative Cloud membership, it opens up a new possibility: uploading a PSD file (one received via email, for instance) to Creative Cloud and getting the assets and CSS information out to to your project.



Boris FX and Imagineer Systems logos

Boris FX Acquires Imagineer, Building VFX Development Dynamo

Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun work on joint projects and technologies.






Editor William Goldenberg on Crafting The Imitation Game

Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg has cut his fair share of tension, including Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. On The Imitation Game, he crafts the story of Alan Turing's race to crack the Engima code, sharing his creative approach to constructing a scene and working with high-level directors.
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Boris FX, makers of VFX plug-ins and integrated workflow solutions including Boris Continuum Complete, have signed an agreement to acquire Imagineer Systems, makers of mocha Pro. The two will combine for a tremendous reach in the editing, motion graphics, and VFX communities, and have already begun work on joint projects and technologies.




Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and others from the Imitation Game


Editor William Goldenberg, ACE, on Crafting The Imitation Game


Oscar-winning film editor William Goldenberg, ACE has cut his fair share of tension, including Zero Dark Thirty and Argo. On The Imitation Game, he crafts the story of Alan Turing's race to crack the Engima code, sharing his creative approach to constructing a scene and working with high-level directors.
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Now that it has arrived for home video and streaming, we think is a great time for you to catch up with Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. Its theatrical run grossed over $750 million, and visually, Maleficent is magnificent. We came at the story from a couple of different angles, but Creative COW Editorial Manager and Acting COO Stefani Rice adds, "Maleficent was one of Disney's finest spectacles in years. Angelina Jolie's Mal could easily be termed the most gorgeous and absolutely charming and ultimately misunderstood villains of all time; and with those stunning and fully believable visual effects to enhance the performance of all the characters -- adored and reviled -- it's time to set up the home theatre system and take another enchanted look."

We had the great honor interviewing not just one, but two of the extremely talented VFX supervisors for Maleficent.

Digital Domain and the many layers of Maleficent

Digital Domain & The Many Layers of Maleficent

Digital Domain drew upon their decades of Academy Award-winning expertise to build realistic CG humans for Walt Disney's Maleficent -- including, in some scenes, Maleficent herself. VFX Supervisor Kelly Port took us inside the 2-year process of bringing it to the screen.



Arson Dogs: Editing a Web Series

Arson Dogs: Editing a Web Series

One of the most complicated projects yet undertaken by Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall: an unscripted web series called Arson Dogs, which featured massive multi-clips, 8 dog handlers, 3 trainers, and a whole lot of very enthusiastic dogs. Adding to the complexity: because it was for the web, Kylee had to come up with her own structure and pacing for the show itself, as well as the individual episodes, and still turn it around in a very tight timeframe.






The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive producer. He brings every bit of that experience to bear on "The Drive: PAC-12 Football," now in its second season. It's the first show to cover an entire season, week by week, combining the classically cinematic approach Jim took to his work for NFL Films, and the all-access approach he pioneered with his work on Hard Knocks. You won't want to miss this remarkable look at full-contact TV production.
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One of the most complicated projects yet undertaken by Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall: an unscripted web series called Arson Dogs, which featured massive multi-clips, 8 dog handlers, 3 trainers, and a whole lot of very enthusiastic dogs. Adding to the complexity: because it was for the web, Kylee had to come up with her own structure and pacing for the show itself, as well as the individual episodes, and still turn it around in a very tight timeframe.



Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources

Avid Video Mixdowns as DaVinci Resolve Sources

People have been asking advice from television online editor and frequent Creative COW contributor Scott Freeman on what to do when an Avid video mixdown is going to be used as a source for DaVinci Resolve.Here are his thoughts on how to get in on the fun of linking metadata to essence.




The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football

The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive producer. He brings every bit of that experience to bear on "The Drive: PAC-12 Football," now in its second season. It's the first show to cover an entire season, week by week, combining the classically cinematic approach Jim took to his work for NFL Films, and the all-access approach he pioneered with his work on Hard Knocks. You won't want to miss this remarkable look at full-contact TV production.
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The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive producer. He brings every bit of that experience to bear on "The Drive: PAC-12 Football," now in its second season. It's the first show to cover an entire season, week by week, combining the classically cinematic approach Jim took to his work for NFL Films, and the all-access approach he pioneered with his work on Hard Knocks. You won't want to miss this remarkable look at full-contact TV production.



Al Caudullo at the ancient ruins at Angkor

Indie Tips for 4K With Little or No Budget

4K isn't just part of some theoretical future. 4K production is here now, and there are some very affordable approaches for low- and no-budget Indie filmmakers. Veteran producer and professional limit-pusher Al Caudullo put together a piece on the heritage of Angkor, Cambodia, and for us, has put together the list of the tools he actually used for this amazing project that are quite likely well within your reach. Even the photos that accompany this story have a lot to offer!




Right Footed documentary
Help Right Footed Take Its Next Steps

Our friend Bill Megalos [read his Creative COW blog here], currently on the cinematography faculty at USC, brought us the story of Right Footed, the attitude-busting, life-changing story of Jessica Cox, who was born without arms as the result of a birth defect, but managed to become an airplane pilot -- flying with her feet. It's an inspiring movie about the power of one person to change themselves, and make a difference in the world.

We have an upcoming story about the film with Bill, who served as the film's DP, and producer-director Nick Spark, but in the meantime, we want to point you to their Indiegogo page. While primarily sponsored by the non-profit Independent Documentary Association and Creative Visions Foundation, they're still a few steps short of their goal. Take a look. We think you'll be impressed, both with the film, and with Jessica Cox's amazing story. Read on....
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With the accessibility offered by ever more affordable tools, it has never been easier to make an Indie feature. This essay by President and Co-founder of the Digital Cinema Society, James Mathers, discusses the distribution of an indie feature shot with Canon EOS Cinema Cameras and Canon glass, and how the filmmakers brought Why We Ride to life.



FCPX timeline screenshot with logo and title

Don't Fight the Magnetic Timeline!

One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.



Silhouette of a man and a woman in tug-of-war on even ground

Sexism in Post: Sometimes It's What You Think: Sometimes Not

Sexism in video production is making work environments hostile and keeping women away, but the most damaging sexist actions aren't what you think.



Right Footed documentary Help Right Footed Take Its Next Steps

Our friend Bill Megalos, currently on the cinematography faculty at USC, brought us the story of Right Footed, the attitude-busting, life-changing story of Jessica Cox, who was born without arms as the result of a birth defect, but managed to become an airplane pilot -- flying with her feet. It's an inspiring movie about the power of one person to change themselves, and make a difference in the world.

We have an upcoming story about the film with Bill, who served as the film's DP, and producer-director Nick Spark, but in the meantime, we want to point you to their Indiegogo page. While primarily sponsored by the non-profit Independent Documentary Association and Creative Visions Foundation, they're still a few steps short of their goal. Take a look. We think you'll be impressed, both with the film, and with Jessica Cox's amazing story. Read on....
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One of the biggest "issues" people coming from other NLE's still seem to have with FCP X is how the Timeline works. Magnetism! No Tracks! Weird Snorkel Things! Storylines?! It's Crazytown! If you fall into this category, we have two suggestions for you. 1) Read this article by Creative COW's Charlie Austin. 2) Don't fight the timeline! Even experienced X-ers are going to have fun with this one.



a man and woman pulling on either side of a rope in a tug of war


Sexism in Post: Sometimes It's What You Think: Sometimes Not

Sexism in video production is making work environments hostile and keeping women away, but the most damaging sexist actions aren't what you think.


woman screaming, covered with blood makeup


Thriller in the Heartland: Indie Filmmaker Zack Parker

While some would call family life in the midwest a challenge to making movies, writer/director Zack Parker has made deliberate choices in his career and has some great advice for aspiring filmmakers as his fourth feature, "Proxy", hits Netflix and DVD.


cloud asset management icon

NetApp Simplifies Hybrid Cloud Management Software

Storage and data management company NetApp announced a set of tools to enhance cloud services, including a more efficient operating system with simple tools to manage data on Amazon Cloud web services.



Right Footed documentary


Help Right Footed Take Its Next Steps

Our friend Bill Megalos, currently on the cinematography faculty at USC, brought us the story of Right Footed, the attitude-busting, life-changing story of Jessica Cox, who was born without arms as the result of a birth defect, but managed to become an airplane pilot -- flying with her feet. It's an inspiring movie about the power of one person to change themselves, and make a difference in the world.

We have an upcoming story about the film with Bill, who served as the film's DP, and producer-director Nick Spark, but in the meantime, we want to point you to their Indiegogo page. While primarily sponsored by the non-profit Independent Documentary Association and Creative Visions Foundation, they're still a few steps short of their goal. Take a look. We think you'll be impressed, both with the film, and with Jessica Cox's amazing story. Read on....







Signiant Media Shuttle


Even small companies are creating massive files, and previous transfer alternatives like Dropbox and YouSendIt simply aren't practical anymore. You can now have access to affordable, SaaS based file transfer solutions that are not only easy-to-use, but also allow you to easily transfer content with enterprise-class security and speed: up to 200x faster than your online file transfers today.

In this Creative COW educational webinar we will discuss the New Reality for Moving Large Content Files, and how it's now possible and necessary for all media professionals to have advanced file movement software as an integral their business, regardless of size.

You will learn about:

  • Three trends driving the increased need for enterprise-class file transfer solutions
  • Benefits if using SaaS-based solutions to dramatically improve business efficiency
  • Tips on evaluating the best solution for your business

    Space is limited, so register today! Click here to learn more.

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