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FuseMedia Embraces 4K Production

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

When FuseMedia of Aspen, Colorado was founded a decade ago, it was among the first companies dedicated to the production of online video. According to production director Chris Macdonald, FuseMedia has been committed to creating "engaging, brand-specific, and emotionally packed" high definition video as a marketing tool for business across the Rocky Mountain West. Now the company has moved into 4K production.

Surviving the Night

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 09:57 -- Nick Dager

When Luke Sauer, veteran director of photography of reality television production, including Wives with Knives and I (Almost) Got Away with It, was selected to shoot the Lasso he knew it would involve a lot of night shoots. Lasso, a survive the night thriller directed by Evan Cecil, centers around senior community center workers Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs), whose lives are turned upside when they find themselves fighting to stay alive against a group of bloodthirsty cowboys from the local rodeo. Lasso is his first feature project. Currently in post-production, the film is slated for an early 2017 release.

Filming in the Trenches

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:58 -- Nick Dager

Operation Lion Claws Military Simulation Series, sponsor of the largest simulation aircraft battles in the country, hosts events that have been described as “three-day weekends where civilians and military, fathers, sons, daughters – just about anyone who wants to experience the closest thing to active duty without the concern of paying the ultimate sacrifice – are led into mock combat scenarios by retired military VIPs.” Director/DP Dave Craig, principal of Dream to Screen Productions of Los Angeles, California covers these events for his client the sponsor.

Shooting Out of the Box

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 14:29 -- Nick Dager

Director of photography Art Aldrich recently completed a 10-day shoot at the KPMG WPGA Championship in Sammamish, Washington. Aldrich, who numbers major broadcast and cable networks, Fortune 500 companies, advertising agencies and independent production facilities among his clients, is a longtime Panasonic user, and recently purchased three VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders to support his extensive video work in corporate branding.

Creating a 4K Master for Quality

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:29 -- Nick Dager

Director/DP Hal Long had a challenge. “The producers (including Bill Rogin and Cole Klapman) are committed to having a 4K master for residual use,” Long said. “And for season two, I wanted a 4K camera that would deliver better color accuracy and separation.” Long, a longtime user of Panasonic P2 cameras said that was why both seasons of Gunny Time were shot and finished in 4K with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K cinema camera/recorders.

Fast Work in Brooklyn

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:55 -- Nick Dager

Horace and Pete is a 2016 web series created, written, and directed by Louis C.K. A distinctive feature of the series is frequent references to highly topical current events during barroom discussions. This was made possible by having less than a week between the production and release of the episodes. It was also one of the reasons that the VariCam 35s were chosen for the show, according to post-production technical advisor Troy Thompson a longtime C.K. collaborator and colorist at New York’s Running Man.

Embracing the Elements On Location

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 13:13 -- Nick Dager

The Hallmark Movies & Mysteries modern day TV western JL Ranch spent this past winter shooting on location in Kentucky presenting director Charles Robert Carner and DP Kris Kimlin with an array of often-unexpected challenges. Facing snow, rain, mud, and temperatures ranging from -11°F to +50°F Kimlin relied heavily on his Cooke S4/i lens package consisting of 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm, and 100mm focal lengths on an Alexa digital camera. “We didn’t expect the elements, so we had to embrace them,” said Kimlin.

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