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BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO Posted: 27/05/2020
BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO

Bubble Agency, the global PR, marketing and events specialist for the media and entertainment technology and services sectors, today announced the appointment of Melanie Webb, as a PR and marketing consultant. Melanie brings to Bubble over 15 years of experience working in the production and distribution end of the broadcast sector at agencies including Premier PR and Franklin Rae.

Melanie has held various positions within production, including TV producer, further exemplifying her strong expertise in managing and delivering corporate publicity for TV, film, media companies and brands, as well as consumer programme publicity for a range of broadcasters, independent production companies, distributors and content providers. Her client experience includes: Rough Cut, A&E Networks, Edinburgh TV Festival, Independent Films, Women in Film & Television Awards, DRG and more.

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Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight Posted: 15/04/2020
Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight

There is No Evil and Delete History prize winners completed at Optical Art in Germany and Color in Paris

 

At the 70th Berlinale, the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear was won by There is No Evil, directed by Mohammed Rasoulof; the Silver Bear special prize went to Delete History, directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kerven. Both movies depended on detailed grading and finishing on Baselight.

 

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight | Berlin Film Festival | colourist | colour grading | Berlinale | Golden Bear | Mohammed Rasoulof | Silver Bear | Benoît Delépine | Gustave Kerven | Jochen Hinrichs-Stöldt | MKM Marketing Communications
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Sundance Nominee This is Not a Burial, Its a Resurrection Edited in DaVinci Resolve Posted: 07/02/2020
Sundance Nominee This is Not a Burial, Its a Resurrection Edited in DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio was used to edit, grade and finish Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese's fiction feature debut, “This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection.”

The film, which has its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition. Global sales rights have now been picked up by Memento Film's cinema arthouse label, Artscope.

"This project was very personal to me, as it drew on real events from my grandmother’s life in southern Africa for inspiration," explains Lemohang, who directed, edited and delivered the feature in just six months.

Normally based in Berlin, he traveled to his birth country of Lesotho to complete production, before finalizing the edit at Uhuru Productions in Cape Town. The grade was then delivered by colorist Nic Apostoli, at nearby Comfort and Fame Studios.

“Using Lesotho as a location was wonderful, but it did bring its own set of challenges. Largely made up of locals, most of the cast had never been in front of a camera, and there was no electricity or other infrastructure to speak of," said Lemohang.

To get around this, Lemohang and his assistant acquired a generator for power and set up a temporary edit suite on location using quad core Mac Pros. It was here that they transcoded all of the rushes, and assembled a rough cut.

“With no electricity or working infrastructure to speak of, we really put DaVinci Resolve through its paces. It's testament to the software's overall stability that we didn't experience any performance related issues while on set. I also like how modern and fresh the UI is; it actually makes the process of editing fun.

"Going into post production, I had so many ideas, and Resolve made the job of pulling together the cut, so much simpler. I was then able to shape the story once back in Cape Town, using the NLE and retiming tools in Resolve to finesse the story’s narrative, building in tension subtly.

"A few years ago, I'd actually stopped editing altogether," Lemohang concludes. "My previous NLE had become too difficult to use, and very prone to crashing. When I tried DaVinci Resolve for the first time, I rediscovered my passion and enthusiasm for editing. It's a whole other world! Being able to complete post production using a single piece of software makes so much more sense to me creatively. I haven't looked back since."

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | Sundance | Film Festival | DaVinci Resolve | Editing | NLE | Post Production
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2019 Concerts and Music Festivals Delivered with Blackmagic Design Posted: 20/12/2019
2019 Concerts and Music Festivals Delivered with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that live production workflows, featuring its products for acquisition, control and delivery, have been used on some of this year's biggest music festivals and concert tours.

 

Artists and events included Little Mix, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Fall Out Boy and Andrea Bocelli, as well as Festival Beauregard, Rocking the Daisies, Aftershock Festival and Sweden Rock.

 

As broadcast and AV workflows continue to converge, more and more rental and staging companies are now standardizing their video offerings to festivals and touring artists based on hardware solutions from Blackmagic Design. Not only has the amount of video demanded by the entertainment market increased in 2019, so too has the amount of 4K production for IMAG.

 

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Live Production | Concerts | Festivals | Live Switching | Cameras | Acquisition | IMAG
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Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA Posted: 18/12/2019
Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA

Clarity, ease of use and the ability to match the colour of the microphone to different skin tones were all good reasons why Toby Chevis, Director of UK live events company Patch Productions, chose DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphones to amplify speakers at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival.

During the 10 day event, the company used a total of 40 6066 Headsets across eight venues, including Cheltenham’s Montpelier Gardens and Town Hall sites. Among the famous participants who happily wore DPA were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Louis Theroux, Rob Drydon and Graham Norton.

“The festival was keen to be as inclusive as possible this year, so being able to offer a microphone with varying colours option, but the same audio quality, was fantastic,” Toby Chevis explains. “I’ve been a big fan of DPA Headset Microphones for eight years now and Patch Productions owns a number of 4000 Series Headsets, but for this event we bought additional microphones.”

The Cheltenham Literature Festival was broadcast on Sky Arts, which took a mixed feed straight from Patch Productions’ desk. Audio quality was very important as it was imperative that the audience could hear every word spoken by the authors on stage.

Tags: DPA Microphones | Cheltenham Literature Festival | 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone | Patch Productions
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Blackmagic Design Cameras and Switcher Power South Africas Rocking the Daisies Posted: 03/12/2019
Blackmagic Design Cameras and Switcher Power South Africas Rocking the Daisies

Blackmagic Design today announced that South African music festival, Rocking the Daisies, was powered by an end to end Blackmagic Design workflow, featuring Blackmagic URSA Broadcast and ATEM Constellation 8K.

Held at the Cloof Wine Estate in Cape Town and incorporating comedy, music, art and film, Rocking the Daisies (RTD) is one of the country’s biggest festivals. Live production for the three day event’s diverse international lineup, which included The 1975, Russ, Tash Sultana and Nasty C, was delivered by production company Bad Weather.

The main stage featured three central LED screens, making up one canvas, the middle being a 6 x 6 meter square and each outer screen 3.6 x 6 meter high. There were two 5.4 meter wide by 8.4 meter high IMAGs stage left and right. “With both side screens essentially being portrait, we had to be careful with how we framed our shots, making sure that everything was centered,” reveals live director Simon Wilkes.

“We used the URSA Broadcast for acquisition; front of house we had a single camera with a very long lens and a supplementary Micro Studio Camera 4K locked off just next to the sound desk,” he explains. “In front of the stage we had a jib mounted URSA Broadcast, and another on a dolly. On stage was a roaming camera op and a handful of the micro cameras positioned in key positions for additional cutaways.”

Bad Weather’s Jonathan Bandli adds: “The image quality of these cameras was something that the festival had never experienced before; good in low light and they handled the dynamic range of a large stage with heavy contrast so elegantly. Our solution just completely changed the perception of the festival organizer’s previous experience with live camera systems.”

Tags: Blackmagic Design | BMD | Blackmagic | Live Production | Festival | IMAG | URSA Broadcast | ATEM Constellation | ATEM PPU
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[FUTURE OF FILM] SUMMIT ANNOUNCES BRAND CREATE PITCH Posted: 07/11/2019
[FUTURE OF FILM] SUMMIT ANNOUNCES BRAND CREATE PITCH

[Future of Film] Summit 2019 has announced today Brand / Create Pitch. The first ever [Future of Film] Brand/Create Pitch is a unique opportunity for filmmakers and storytellers to pitch their story idea (across film and any medium) to a panel of leading brand-funding experts who will provide immediate live feedback.

Brand / Create Pitch is part of [Future of FIlm] Summit’s wider focus to empower storytellers to unlock the opportunities of brand funded filmmaking and will take place during the Summit at BFI Southbank on 26th November 2019.

As well as the opportunity to hone their project with immediate expert feedback, the winning team will have the unique opportunity to take their project to the next level through exclusive 1-2-1 development and brand-funding mentoring with Ad Age’s Production Company of the Year, UNIT9.

The winner will also receive a year's subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps (worth £600) and all entrants shortlisted for the Pitch will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Summit (worth £179).

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ATEM Constellation 8K Used For Live Production At Country Musics WE Fest Posted: 07/11/2019
ATEM Constellation 8K Used For Live Production At Country Musics WE Fest

Blackmagic Design today announced that its ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher was used as part of an Ultra HD 12G-SDI and fiber live production workflow at WE Fest, the largest country music festival in the United States and the longest running in the world.

Now in its 37th year, the three day festival took place in Detroit Lakes, MN, in August 2019 with performances from stars such as Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn, LeAnn Rimes and more.

The ATEM Constellation 8K is the heart of a new flypack from Pennsylvania based full service video production company Upstage Video, which also includes Blackmagic Design’s Smart Videohub 12G 40x40 router, ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel and more. Built specifically for the concert touring and music festival industry, the Ultra HD 12G-SDI and fiber flypack was responsible for switching and video distribution for WE Fest’s two 17’ x 27’ on stage screens and 12’ x 21’ front of house screen, as well as for closed circuit distribution and simulcasts in the VIP campsites and vendor areas.

“What’s unique about this flypack is that its modular design allows it to break into three racks with the director’s rack sitting front of house,” explained Upstage Video’s Project Manager Greg Brown. “In the U.S., most directors are typically set up backstage, while U.K. directors typically sit front of house so they can see lighting, etc. However, in the U.S., we’ve been seeing a trend where more and more directors prefer front of house because they want to have the energy from the show and the audience, which is hard to get backstage. It was important for us to develop a flypack that could easily provide a front of house director position with engineering backstage.”

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | BMD | Live Production | Festival | ATEM Constellation | Ultra HD Flypack | WE Fest | ATEM
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Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019 Posted: 29/10/2019
Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019

At the 27th Edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (EnergaCAMERIMAGE) held in Toru, Poland from 9-16 November 2019, Cooke Optics will be showcasing the best in cinematography with its latest full frame and prime lenses. This will give cinematographers the opportunity to see for themselves just what is meant by “The Cooke Look®”.

The first of three lenses to be highlighted at EnergaCAMERIMAGE will be the new S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 prime lenses — available in focal lengths of 16,18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135mm and 180mm. The S7/i Full Frame Plus features superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. Its cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments, while its modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability.

The Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus T2.3 prime lenses brings full frame capture capabilities to those shooting large format with the anamorphic characteristics cinematographers expect, including flare and oval bokeh. Avaliable in 40, 50, 75 and 100mm focal lengths in both Standard and Special Flare (SF) versions. This initial set of Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses will be joined by the 32, 135 and 180mm later this year.

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Love Is in the Air for Riedels Artist Intercom at the Electric Love Festival in Austria Posted: 20/08/2019
Love Is in the Air for Riedels Artist Intercom at the Electric Love Festival in Austria

Riedel Communications supplied an extensive Artist-based communications backbone and provided on-site support for the Electric Love Festival, held in Austria July 4-6. Integrated with the Artist infrastructure, a Bolero wireless intercom system ensured clear communications for all mobile staff before, during, and after the four-day event. The festival, which has been held at the Salzburgring race course since 2013, is one of the largest electronic dance music events in Europe, this year hosting over 180,000 visitors and featuring nearly 160 artists.

Tags: Artist Intercom | Electric Love Festival | Riedel Communications | Bolero wireless | RSP-2318 SmartPanel | 2300-Series SmartPanel
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Blackmagic Design Live Production Workflow Captures Festival Beauregard Posted: 19/08/2019
Blackmagic Design Live Production Workflow Captures Festival Beauregard
Blackmagic Design today announced that a multicamera SMPTE fiber solution, featuring the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast with ATEM Camera Control Panel, was deployed across the main stage at this year's Festival Beauregard, and delivered live coverage of performances by Fatboy Slim, Interpol, Disclosure and more.
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URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Delivers Ultra HD Coverage for Defqon.1 Dance Festival Posted: 06/08/2019
URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Delivers Ultra HD Coverage for Defqon.1 Dance Festival
Blackmagic Design today announced that Dutch hardstyle dance festival Defqon.1 relied on a live production workflow featuring the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K for Ultra HD live production.
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Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Posted: 05/08/2019
Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
The latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, took the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by storm. The film visits late 60’s Los Angeles with colour and vitality realised by cinematographer Robert Richardson.
Tags: FilmLight | colourist | Yvan Lucas | Quentin Tarantino | Oce Upon A Time... In Hollywood | Cannes Film Festival | Robert Richardson | Baselight | colour grading | Éclair | Matt Tomlinson | Elodie Ichter | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Manchester International Festival Powered by Blackmagic Design Posted: 30/07/2019
Manchester International Festival Powered by Blackmagic Design
Since 2007, the biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF) has been the launchpad for pioneering new pieces across theatre, music, art and dance. In addition to events hosted across the city of Manchester, festival organizers also make that content available globally, through livestreams and broadcast.
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Sci Fi Short Zero Shot on URSA Mini Pro Gets Tribeca Film Festival Premiere Posted: 20/05/2019
Sci Fi Short Zero Shot on URSA Mini Pro Gets Tribeca Film Festival Premiere
Blackmagic Design has today announced that “Zero,” a new science fiction short from acclaimed British writer director duo The Brothers Lynch, was shot on the URSA Mini Pro. Starring Game of Throne’s Bella Ramsey, “Zero” has premiered in New York as part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival lineup and will have a European release at SciFi London.
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