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Katabatic Digital provides encyclopedic knowledge, vast experience and impeccable service to fuel the entire digital cinema production process. Every day, Katabatic’s staff of specialists explores, defines, and revises technology to provide the best service for digital filmmakers.

04/10/2014

Sunday's almost here, which means Mad Men drinking games are back. Ready to take a shot every time Betty's a bad mom? http://buff.ly/QaEFmE

Rejoice, Game of Thrones fans! Two more seasons for your delight! http://buff.ly/R1csQb
04/08/2014
'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Two More Seasons

Rejoice, Game of Thrones fans! Two more seasons for your delight!

http://buff.ly/R1csQb

HBO has ordered a fifth and sixth season of "Game of Thrones," HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo announced today. The immensely popular medieval-style fantasy drama based on George R.R. M...

"Creative without strategy is called 'art.' Creative with strategy is called 'advertising.'"  ~Jef I. Richards
03/31/2014

"Creative without strategy is called 'art.' Creative with strategy is called 'advertising.'"

~Jef I. Richards

Second day of spring and things are heating up.Happy Friday, everyone. Celebrate the equinox in style this weekend.
03/21/2014

Second day of spring and things are heating up.

Happy Friday, everyone. Celebrate the equinox in style this weekend.

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” ~Alfred Hitchcock(Hat-tip to our friends @FilmHistory...
03/19/2014

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.”

~Alfred Hitchcock

(Hat-tip to our friends @FilmHistoryInPics for this!)

"Eventually you get your own voice from stealing other people’s voices. I have no problem saying what I ripped off  –  y...
03/17/2014
Firsthand Advice From 12 Directors Whose Films Played at SXSW 2014 « No Film School

"Eventually you get your own voice from stealing other people’s voices. I have no problem saying what I ripped off – you put them all together and it makes something new." ~Joel Potrykus

Intriguing insight from 12 SXSW filmmakers here:

The 2014 SXSW Film Festival featured compelling work from filmmakers with all kinds different styles and backgrounds, but they all had one thing in common: they’re very talented. From Hellion‘s Kat...

Two killed at #SXSW by drunk driver, 23 injured, all in the span of one minute: So tragic. Hope all our friends are okay...
03/13/2014
2 killed when intoxicated driver plows car into crowd at SXSW, police say

Two killed at #SXSW by drunk driver, 23 injured, all in the span of one minute:

So tragic. Hope all our friends are okay. Our condolences to those affected.

Stay safe, everyone, and seriously, it's not just "friends don't let friends drive drunk." It's "no one should ever let anyone drive drunk." If you see someone intoxicated making moves to drive, intervene, whether you know them or not. Be insistent. Be persistent.

A car driven by an intoxicated man plowed into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, killing two people, police said.

Caught, cupcake-handed! That's right: it's Emery Wells' birthday today, so please join us in giving him three cheers!
03/12/2014

Caught, cupcake-handed! That's right: it's Emery Wells' birthday today, so please join us in giving him three cheers!

Big news for the video and ad world: "Twitter Hires YouTube Exec as Head of TV and Video." http://buff.ly/OiR330
03/11/2014
Twitter Hires YouTube Exec as Head of TV and Video

Big news for the video and ad world: "Twitter Hires YouTube Exec as Head of TV and Video." http://buff.ly/OiR330

Twitter has hired Baljeet Singh, a five-year YouTube veteran who led development of several key advertising projects for the Internet video site, to head up TV and video initiatives for the social-...

Big shouts to all our friends out at SXSW. Eat some BBQ for us & enjoy (bring back!) the warmth of Austin!
03/10/2014

Big shouts to all our friends out at SXSW. Eat some BBQ for us & enjoy (bring back!) the warmth of Austin!

"All television is educational television.  The question is:  what is it teaching?"  ~Nicholas Johnson
03/05/2014

"All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching?" ~Nicholas Johnson

Finally. It has arrived!(Brb. Getting our drool bibs.)
03/04/2014

Finally. It has arrived!

(Brb. Getting our drool bibs.)

If your address reads "67 UnderRock, Middle of Nowhere," we've got the list of Oscar winners for you here: http://buff.l...
03/03/2014
Oscars 2014: Winners list

If your address reads "67 UnderRock, Middle of Nowhere," we've got the list of Oscar winners for you here: http://buff.ly/1kO57MK

Hats off!

Hollywood's brightest stars converged at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year's Oscars winners.

According to USA Today, the goodies in the Oscars' swag bags are worth this dollar amount in total. Any guesses?
02/28/2014

According to USA Today, the goodies in the Oscars' swag bags are worth this dollar amount in total. Any guesses?

02/26/2014
Adam Magyar - Stainless, 42 Street (excerpt)

Grand Central stands still for a rare moment in Magyar's hauntingly beautiful, high-speed recording of the 42nd St platform: http://buff.ly/1cnDapX

We loved seeing the joy on the Asian men's faces the best. Did you spot them? Any other hidden gems?

High speed video recording in NYC at Grand Central station. full video: 10min. 49sec. 720p 50fps www.magyaradam.com Note: There is no Creative Commons…

"This is a small statement about a big subject."A beautiful, unexpected story about an elderly artist's discovery of MS ...
02/25/2014
The Pixel Painter

"This is a small statement about a big subject."

A beautiful, unexpected story about an elderly artist's discovery of MS Paint, and how it transformed his life. Get your tissues ready, folks.

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint…

If you're in surgery, the last thing you want to hear the doctor say is "Oops." So tell us: what's the one thing you nev...
02/24/2014

If you're in surgery, the last thing you want to hear the doctor say is "Oops."

So tell us: what's the one thing you never want to hear on set?

Our SEP thought she could be sneaky & hide her birthday from us. We attacked her with cake & wine. No survivors.
02/21/2014

Our SEP thought she could be sneaky & hide her birthday from us.

We attacked her with cake & wine. No survivors.

“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire -- it tells you how to desire.” ~Slavoj Žižek
02/20/2014

“Cinema is the ultimate pervert art. It doesn't give you what you desire -- it tells you how to desire.”

~Slavoj Žižek

Happy Valentine's Day from Katabatic Digital. You look delicious. Can we buy you a nice glass of Chianti? #vday
02/14/2014

Happy Valentine's Day from Katabatic Digital. You look delicious. Can we buy you a nice glass of Chianti? #vday

Another record-breaking storm hitting the south and east. We feel your pain. In honor of #TBT, warm yourself up with the...
02/13/2014
L'Agent by Agent Provocateur: Autumn Winter 2013 Campaign

Another record-breaking storm hitting the south and east. We feel your pain. In honor of #TBT, warm yourself up with the toasty heat of this Agent Provocateur commercial directed by Penelope Cruz.

Watch Penelope Cruz's directorial debut, our L'Agent AW13 campaign video staring Irina Shayk and Javier Bardem. View the collection at http://www.lagentbyap....

02/11/2014
Shirley Temple - On The Good Ship Lollipop.avi

From child entertainer who lifted countless heavy hearts during The Great Depression, to U.S. ambassador and advocate for diplomacy, Shirley Temple was a shining star in a sky all her own.

From all of us on the good ship Lollipop, we salute you, Shirley Temple (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014).

http://buff.ly/1bmi0O3

Du film Bright Eyes (1934)

“Avoid the tyranny of the reasonable voice. It will guarantee a complacency of never trying anything adventurous.”― J. M...
02/10/2014

“Avoid the tyranny of the reasonable voice. It will guarantee a complacency of never trying anything adventurous.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

17-years-old is ancient in ad years. So how has Mastercard kept their Priceless campaign alive all this time?
02/07/2014
MasterCard CMO: How We Keep 'Priceless' Fresh After 17 Years

17-years-old is ancient in ad years. So how has Mastercard kept their Priceless campaign alive all this time?

MasterCard is evolving its "Priceless" campaign with "Priceless Suprises" which will reward cardholders with unexpected pleasures.

02/05/2014
Fresh Prince: Google Translated

What happens when you run The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song through all 64 Google Translate languages?

Apricots. And whole lot of hilarity. http://buff.ly/1frObIH

CDZA co-founder Joe Sabia shows us what happens when we translate the lyrics of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air through every language in Google Translate (64 ti...

Only 10 days until Valentine's Day, but no need to panic. CVS has you covered in this latest SNL spot our own Emery Well...
02/04/2014
SNL_Valentines Day Commercial

Only 10 days until Valentine's Day, but no need to panic. CVS has you covered in this latest SNL spot our own Emery Wells graded: http://buff.ly/1k8BsAo

Because nothing says Valentine's like an old Christmas stocking.

SNL_Valentines Day Commercial

02/04/2014
'90s TV Sitcom Theme Songs

Ready to feel old? See how many of these 90's theme songs you can ID (we'll wait for you to end your game of Bop It first), then realize these tunes are now from almost 25 years ago.

http://buff.ly/1aZrRt3

Pass the Mylanta.

Sporcle Quiz •Name the '90s TV sitcom based on the theme song...All shows aired AT LEAST ONE EPISODE in the 1990's...See comments for more details http://www...

“I just give myself permission to suck. I delete about 90 percent of my first drafts … so it doesn’t really matter much ...
02/03/2014

“I just give myself permission to suck. I delete about 90 percent of my first drafts … so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds of my readers forever, because there’s a 90 percent chance I’m just gonna delete whatever I write anyway. I find this hugely liberating.

"I also like to remind myself of something my dad said in [response] to writers’ block: ‘Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block.’”

– John Green

http://buff.ly/MSnJQV

Imagine every frame of your favorite movie vertically stretched until together they become one continuous barcode of col...
01/29/2014

Imagine every frame of your favorite movie vertically stretched until together they become one continuous barcode of color. WHOA.

Zoolander, shown below, suddenly looks a lot more...artistic. Check out the rest of the beautiful series here: http://buff.ly/1fnL3zC

Would make a cool framed series for an office or home, no? Click "like" if you'd be into it, and maybe we'll do a giveaway with them!

The perfect billboard? Certainly the perfect ad campaign for an airing of American Psycho in New Zealand. An oldie, but ...
01/28/2014

The perfect billboard? Certainly the perfect ad campaign for an airing of American Psycho in New Zealand.

An oldie, but goodie, we just had to repost this after "Behind the Scenes" shared it today on Twitter.

(And if you haven't seen or read the cult classic in some time, here's the famous business-card scene for reference: http://buff.ly/1hJ2UAE.)

"...the vast majority of filmmakers shot digitally, but a few used film cameras and at least one DP even used both."Cool...
01/28/2014
How'd They Shoot That? Here's the Cameras Used By the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers

"...the vast majority of filmmakers shot digitally, but a few used film cameras and at least one DP even used both."

Cool inside-look by Indiewire. Seemed to be the common follow-up question we heard at Sundance whenever a film was brought up: "Yeah, but what was it *filmed* with?"

Do the tech specs matter to you? Or does the content of the film supersede that?

We asked this year's crop of Sundance filmmakers and cinematographers what cameras they shot on and here are their responses.

"Film is probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it." ~Banksy
01/28/2014

"Film is probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it."

~Banksy

01/28/2014

We're pleased to be a part of what the internet is calling "the best 'Her' parody yet." Color grade by Emery Wells. http://buff.ly/1hFoIxe

Did you see Spike Jonze's movie yet? How did you like it?

Move over, whipped cream. Yogurt suddenly got a lot more... *ahem* interesting. Not to mention hilarious. John Stamos ju...
01/27/2014
Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt - The Spill

Move over, whipped cream. Yogurt suddenly got a lot more... *ahem* interesting. Not to mention hilarious.

John Stamos just tweeted the leaked #SuperBowl ad for Dannon that our own Emery Wells color graded, and it had all of us at Katabatic laughing at the surprise ending. Tell us: is this too racy for a yogurt ad? http://buff.ly/1eaXlep

The problem with friends is that they're always there for you. Watch the Dannon® Oikos® Greek Yogurt 2014 Big Game commercial featuring John Stamos, Bob Sage...

A debate that continues to be relevant, especially given Netflix's first Oscar nomination yesterday, and the way on-dema...
01/17/2014
Billy Bob Thornton says TV has become more sophisticated than movies

A debate that continues to be relevant, especially given Netflix's first Oscar nomination yesterday, and the way on-demand television streaming increasingly draws big numbers.

Is TV overtaking film?

Oscar-winning star echoes sentiments of Steven Soderbergh and David Lynch ahead of US TV premiere of Fargo remake

"These nominations are not just about single achievements, but rather the collective effort of hundreds of dedicated art...
01/16/2014

"These nominations are not just about single achievements, but rather the collective effort of hundreds of dedicated artists."

~ A. Cuaron

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