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Piracy Has No Boundaries

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

A new report from content protection specialist Nagra, entitled Piracy Has No Boundaries, claims that thieves steal tens of billions of dollars of content value annually and that more than 80 percent of content theft is attributable to streaming. In addition, the report says, eight percent of U.S. households subscribe to illicit internet protocol services for an estimated $1 billion in illegal subscription revenue every year. The report uses Disney and Marvel Studio’s Black Widow as an example of how things can go wrong when feature films are streamed and estimates that the film lost between $50-$70 million because the movie lacked an exclusive theatrical window over its first ten days of release.

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Measuring the Mix

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 08:58 -- Nick Dager

A 15-year veteran of the film and TV business, freelance re-recording mixer Alexandra Fehrman loves to get creative with her projects. Nominated for a 2021 Sound Mixing Emmy for her work on Amazon’s drama The Boys, Fehrman works with Formosa Group, a post-production facility in Los Angeles, as well as from her home studio. Fehrman, like many audio pros, started her career in music as a teenager and has been pursuing sound mixing ever since. Her specialties include streaming and TV series, as well as feature and independent films.

Getting the Band Together

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:08 -- Nick Dager

The film We Are Lady Parts is Nida Manzoor’s anarchic and irreverent music comedy about a Muslim female punk band – called Lady Parts – who are on a mission to find a lead guitarist and maybe, just maybe, get a proper gig. It was the first time she and cinematographer Diana Olifirova had worked together, but Olifirova described all the people on board for the series as a dream team.

Traveling Light

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 10:58 -- Nick Dager

A cinematographer, executive producer, and whiskey aficionado, Johnny Derango was corresponding with the owner of The Bottle Haus, an online liquor retailer, who it turned out was looking for someone to create a series of commercials to promote their business on social media. “The directive given to me was to do a commercial that gives the bottles personality, as well as be funny,” said Derango. “It was very open ended, so I had to conceptualize that.”

SMPTE 2021 ATC Begins in November

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 11:16 -- Nick Dager

SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that registration is open for its annual technical conference, SMPTE 2021 ATC, a virtual event with daily four-hour sessions offered November 9-11 and November 16-18. The society's annual technical conference is the world's premier peer-reviewed forum for media and entertainment technology, and this year's format and schedule, including a day of sessions presented in APAC-friendly time zones, are designed to make participation more convenient for busy industry professionals everywhere.

Making Mayday

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

“When you’re preparing a film you can indulge in dreamy conversations –– it’s an essential part of the process that gets infused into the work,” says cinematographer Sam Levy. “But once you’re on set, and the clock is ticking, you find yourself a passenger on a moving train. Sometimes it’s a slow-moving train, but that train is moving. This was very much the case when we shot Karen Cinorre’s new film Mayday.”

Adobe Acquires Frame.io

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 11:10 -- Nick Dager

Adobe has completed its acquisition of Frame.io, the cloud-based video collaboration platform. The combination of Adobe’s video editing offerings—including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects—with Frame.io’s cloud-based review and approval functionality will radically accelerate the creative process and deliver an end-to-end video platform, the companies said.

Draken Film Launches Bad Movie Index

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 11:55 -- Nick Dager

What happens if you compare the streaming giants’ top movies with their ratings on major movie rating sites? The Bad Movie Index, created by Draken Film, the Swedish streaming service for quality cinema, was created to inspire people to broaden their film taste with what the service believes is the first-ever moving subscription price.

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