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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.



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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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    Sink or Swim In Hollywood

    No doubt about it. The first project on William (Bill) Boodell's resume is the one that people are most excited to talk about: Sharknado. But talk to Bill for five minutes and you discover a film connoisseur with a near-concerning catalog of directors, editors, and filmmaking theory in his head, an up-and-coming editor with a unique post-film path to Hollywood. Read on....



    A photo of Rodney Charters with the Dallas logo on the left


    Rodney Charters ASC, CSC on Shooting the Legendary Dallas

    When we heard that this is finally the final season of Dallas, the legendary saga that began in 1978, we thought this would be a great occasion to revisit our conversation with something of a legend himself, master cinematographer Rodney Charters, ASC. Perhaps best known for shooting 184 episodes of 24, he also shot 18 episodes for Dallas, and directed three of them. We spoke about his approach to lighting, and how he was able to create a unified look using cameras including the ARRI Alexa, the Canon C300 and C500, and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Read on....


    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....


    Hey, and got a crowdfunding project we need to know about? Need advice for a project you're working on? Be sure to let us know in our new Crowdfunding Forum!
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    We've had the opportunity to run some terrific and terrifying creature features here at Creative COW, and Halloween seems the perfect time to draw your attention back to a few of our favorite frightful entries in this Festival of Fear! Get that adrenaline racing, find your best teenage-girl-high-pitched-scream, and enter our literary Hall of Terrors. We're leading today with our tribute to Ray Harryhausen. If you haven't read up on this master of the macabre, take a look at just a small token tribute to his vast opus, and take a moment of silence to the memory of one of VFX's greatest masters.


    Now, step deeper into our Hall of Horrors and peer behind the lens of Kramer Morgenthau, ASC to visit the set of the Headless Horseman on the FOX hit show, Sleepy Hollow.


    http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kaufman_debra/Behind-the-Lens-Kramer-Morgenthau-ASC.php

    Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

    Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has shot over 60 films, including 2013's Thor: The Dark World. He has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys for his television work, and won an ASC Award for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. He also shot the pilot for the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow, which gave us an opportunity to talk to him about his work, his influences and his philosophy of lighting and camera moves.


    Vampire Diaries

    Style, Emotion & Vamping on The Vampire Diaries

    Forty hours of dailies for The Vampire Diaries get cut into 42 minutes of rapid edits, extreme angles, heightened drama, elevated emotions and, as needed, elegance. "This article by series editor Nancy Forner, ACE, is one of our all-time favorites," says Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson. "Even people who normally give a wide berth to teen vampires will be intrigued by Nancy's career arc as an editor, her dialog-centric approach to cutting, and her use of music." While we won't take (much) credit it for it, after writing this article, Nancy joined the faculty of the USC film school to teach editing. Don't miss this one.


    World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

    World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

    While perhaps not immediately what comes to mind when you hear the phrase "shooting zombies," this story about the monumental effort in creating the recent thriller World War Z is a reminder that the advantages of digital production also add additional complexity to many shoots. The outcome was worth the effort -- but it was a lot of effort!

    And of course, here's another reminder to take a look at our conversation with David Boyd, ASC on shooting the first season of AMC's monster hit, The Walking Dead!


    I, Frankenstein

    DI: I, Frankenstein, with Siggy Ferstl

    Its producers had higher hopes that I, Frankenstein would resonate with audiences, but this imaginative extension of the life of Frankenstein's monster into the realm of demons, gargoyles, and avenging angels still looks great. We also had a terrific conversation with colorist Siggy Ferstl about it that we're certain you'll enjoy.




    There's no end to the terror here at the COW during this creepy and hallowed time of year, and we've lined up just a few of our favorites for you here today. Also, don't miss our look at Disney's misunderstood monster of the year, Maleficent with exclusive interviews with Carey Villegas and Kelly Port, and from a few years back, a scary-time family favorite, ParaNorman, when we took a look at the stop-motion camera work on the ghostly tale. So, here's a toast to a spooky nostalgia, a look at the past, and some of the monsters that have frightened us into screaming like a teenage girl!
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    David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is the latest in a series of critically acclaimed films from the director, but it's the first studio feature edited with Adobe Premiere Pro, with a complex post production workflow that includes 6K acquisition and over 200 visual effects completed in house with the help of Dynamic Link and After Effects.



    A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite

    A Beginner's Guide to Building a Budget 5.1 Editing Suite: or Things I Learned the Hard Way So You Don't Have To

    As TV producer Jonathan Bird readied his first 6K feature for the fulldome-theater market, he needed to starting working with 5.1 sound. It turns out that it was trickier than just connecting his computer to a home theater receiver! Here's his trial-and-error progression to success.





    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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