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Tight (Very Tight) Shots: Cameras in the Cockpit for “7500”The tense mid-air disaster movie “7500” was shot almost entir...
06/22/2020

Tight (Very Tight) Shots: Cameras in the Cockpit for “7500”

The tense mid-air disaster movie “7500” was shot almost entirely in the cockpit of an Airbus A320 airliner. Cinematographer Sebastian Thaler explains how it was done.

“7500” stars Joseph Gorden-Levitt as Tobias, an American co-pilot on a routine flight from Berlin to Paris. Shortly after take-off, the plane is hijacked, leaving Tobias and his pilot Michael to fend them off while trying to make an emergency landing.

Apart from an introductory series of shots from the perspective of airport terminal surveillance cameras, the directorial feature debut of Patrick Vollrath, takes place entirely in the plane’s cockpit. This stylistic exercise recalls Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” or even Joel Schumacher’s “Phone Booth” that used claustrophobic locations to squeeze maximum dramatic tension.

“For ‘7500,’ Patrick wanted to achieve a documentary-like approach. All the dialogue was improvised save for some of the technical air traffic commands and we keep the camera running for long uninterrupted takes.”

Similarly, Vollrath decides not to shoot any material from outside the cockpit looking in. “The camera was to always stays locked in with the actors,” Thaler says.

Thaler’s fly-on-the-wall camera work is unobtrusive and all the more remarkable since there were at least three actors, and at times more, with him in the confined space of the cockpit for takes up to 50 minutes in length.

“The most important thing for me, was to give the actors the confidence that they can move freely in the cockpit without being disturbed by the camera,” Thaler reports. “At the same time, I had to make myself as ‘invisible’ as possible despite the spatial confinement in order to allow the actors the space for emotional development.”

Read more: https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/tight-very-tight-shot-cinematography-in-a-cockpit-for-7500

Registration is now open for our free webcast June 25: Has Remote Production Changed Production… Forever?Most production...
06/17/2020

Registration is now open for our free webcast June 25: Has Remote Production Changed Production… Forever?

Most production now has by necessity become remote production, but what does that look like? And even more importantly, what will it look like next?

Join a panel of industry experts for a conversation on how remote production has transformed the media and entertainment industries, broadcasting and newsgathering, streaming, education, enterprise, and events.

We’ll discuss technologies that make remote production possible, new advances that are enabling better connections and workflows and how media professionals are adapting.

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/register-now-for-our-webcast-june-25-has-remote-production-changed-production-forever

Making “The Vast of Night,” a Micro-Budget Sci-Fi Miracle“The density of the story and the number of plot twists was ver...
06/11/2020

Making “The Vast of Night,” a Micro-Budget Sci-Fi Miracle

“The density of the story and the number of plot twists was very intentional,” says director Andrew Patterson. “The idea was to make you care more about something than you normally would have. Trying to build characters that invited involvement and desire for their goal to succeed.

“And when you do that, you don’t have to be real twisty. You don’t have to jerk the rug out from underneath the viewer to get them to feel something. I’m not a fan of just overstuffing the narrative sausage. I don’t like jamming too much into a story. The game plan was to make you care more about something very specific and two people at the center of it.”
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/making-the-vast-of-night-a-micro-budget-sci-fi-miracle

Watch: “From Screening to (Live) Streaming,” Davide Rapp’s (Very Entertaining) Video Essay“Film entertainment is more an...
06/08/2020

Watch: “From Screening to (Live) Streaming,” Davide Rapp’s (Very Entertaining) Video Essay

“Film entertainment is more and more streaming-oriented,” writes Davide Rapp. “The movie theatre’s widescreen, initially resized to a TV, is now further fragmented into ever smaller windows, from tablet to smartphone. Even its horizontal format is questioned, as we are getting used to the vertical format of our smartphones.

“In the era of social distancing, a direct consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, our daily life has also become similar to streaming content: our homes have turned into our sets from which we broadcast our daily routines live through video calls, distance learning and online conferences,” he continues. “[My] ’From streaming to (live) streaming’ series aims to tell this social phase with a cinephile’s approach, using a language halfway between video essay and provocation.

“The selected movies scenes acquire a new meaning once re-framed into the contemporary apps and devices:”
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/watch-from-screening-to-live-streaming-davide-rapps-very-entertaining-video-essay

Registration is now open for our free webcast June 25: “Has Remote Production Changed Production… Forever?”Most producti...
06/07/2020

Registration is now open for our free webcast June 25: “Has Remote Production Changed Production… Forever?”

Most production now has by necessity become remote production, but what does that look like? And even more importantly, what will it look like next?

Join a panel of industry experts for a conversation on how remote production has transformed the media and entertainment industries, broadcasting and newsgathering, streaming, education, enterprise, and events.
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/register-now-for-our-webcast-june-25-has-remote-production-changed-production-forever

Editing “Da 5 Bloods:” How to Mix Materials and Deliver a Message That’s More Relevant Than Ever“The problem we had—whic...
06/07/2020

Editing “Da 5 Bloods:” How to Mix Materials and Deliver a Message That’s More Relevant Than Ever

“The problem we had—which is part of the reason for telling this story—is that most of the material showed white GIs. News footage of the time was very white oriented. When we needed to show the experience of black Vets coming home and being hugged by their families, we had to dig deeper.”

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/editing-da-5-bloods-how-to-mix-materials-and-deliver-a-message-thats-more-relevant-than-ever

A number of major video productions have managed to continue successfully despite having their workflows disrupted by CO...
06/06/2020

A number of major video productions have managed to continue successfully despite having their workflows disrupted by COVID-19 and the restrictions lockdown measures enforce. One of the main reasons some producers endure is because their teams have been able to adapt to working in the “new normal” by utilizing a combination of emerging technologies and time-tested IP transport solutions.

Yet these are not simply band-aid solutions, but instead are examples of an acceleration in the evolution of production workflows taking place across the media and sports industries. This transition to IP infrastructure has exposed new capabilities not available through traditional satellite, and is proving to be a framework on which to build solutions that will overcome the challenges facing the media industry today and in the future.

Reliably transporting video over the internet using intelligent networks, harnessing cloud solutions to enrich video acquisition and working with machine learning applications to curate content are just some of the ways media companies have adapted their production workflows.

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/archive/the-genius-workarounds-productions-have-been-using-during-lockdown

“The Painter and the Thief:” When the Story You’re Telling is Unimaginable, Unforgettable… and TrueBenjamin Ree’s latest...
06/03/2020

“The Painter and the Thief:” When the Story You’re Telling is Unimaginable, Unforgettable… and True

Benjamin Ree’s latest documentary, “The Painter and the Thief,” traces the story of an unlikely friendship between an artist and the man who stole two of her paintings from a gallery in Oslo.

Finding herself unable to feel anger towards Karl-Bertil Nordland following his arrest, the artist, Barbora Kysilkova, asked if she could paint him. The fourth time they met, Ree brought in cameras and began to capture a surprising relationship.

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/the-painter-and-the-thief-when-the-story-youre-telling-is-unimaginable-unforgettable-and-true

The InfoComm Best of Show Special Edition Awards deadline has been extended through Monday, June 8th. After an overwhelm...
06/03/2020

The InfoComm Best of Show Special Edition Awards deadline has been extended through Monday, June 8th. After an overwhelming response from the AV industry, the entry deadline has been extended to accommodate the added complexities of working in the current climate.

This year’s Special Edition of InfoComm Best of Show Awards, presented by Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology, Digital Signage, Rental & Staging Systems, Installation, Pro Sound News, Mix, Tech & Learning and Government Video. These awards are intended to honor — and help promote — outstanding products launching during these unprecedented times.
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/infocomm-best-of-show-special-edition-deadline-extended

For those who insist that viewers only want escapist programming during the pandemic, HBO's miniseries “I Know this Much...
05/31/2020

For those who insist that viewers only want escapist programming during the pandemic, HBO's miniseries “I Know this Much is True” demonstrates that compelling filmmaking and powerful storytelling will always have a place.

The six-part dramatization of Wally Lamb's bestselling novel presents Mark Ruffalo in the dual role of twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey. Thomas, diagnosed as "paranoid schizophrenic" has always been a burden to Dominick throughout their lives and, as the first episode kicks off, a shocking act by Thomas intensifies the brothers’ troubles.

Director Derek Cianfrance brought his naturalistic approach to the series, eschewing rehearsals and much of the planning that often goes into narrative filmmaking in favor of experimenting on set, which meant VFX supervisor Eric Pascarelli had his work cut out for him for the shots where both Birdsey brothers share the shot, and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes had to work without the blocking and marks that generally guide lighting and camerawork.
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/i-know-this-much-is-true-shooting-derek-cianfrances-series-like-a-documentary

“The Painter and the Thief:” When the Story You’re Telling is Unimaginable, Unforgettable… and TrueBenjamin Ree’s latest...
05/31/2020

“The Painter and the Thief:” When the Story You’re Telling is Unimaginable, Unforgettable… and True

Benjamin Ree’s latest documentary, “The Painter and the Thief,” traces the story of an unlikely friendship between an artist and the man who stole two of her paintings from a gallery in Oslo.

Finding herself unable to feel anger towards Karl-Bertil Nordland following his arrest, the artist, Barbora Kysilkova, asked if she could paint him. The fourth time they met, Ree brought in cameras and began to capture a surprising relationship.

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/the-painter-and-the-thief-when-the-story-youre-telling-is-unimaginable-unforgettable-and-true

“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered:” How to Make a Crime Documentary That’s More Than a Crime Documentary“The level of arch...
05/27/2020

“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered:” How to Make a Crime Documentary That’s More Than a Crime Documentary
“The level of archives that we were able to dig into and bring to the fore brought the viewer, literally, back into an unfolding story. We’re not using the archive as sparingly as we can as a punctuation point visual. We had the opportunity to really spend six to 10 months gathering archive in a significant way.” https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/atlantas-missing-and-murdered-how-to-make-a-crime-documentary-thats-more-than-a-crime-documentary

What is Work Going to Look Like Post Pandemic? “Digital Transformation”… and More Dogs Society as a whole has undergone ...
05/26/2020
What is Work Going to Look Like Post Pandemic? “Digital Transformation”... and More Dogs - Creative Planet Network

What is Work Going to Look Like Post Pandemic? “Digital Transformation”… and More Dogs

Society as a whole has undergone radical changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the most significant was the transition from in-office to remote work across various industries all over the world. The sudden surge in remote work created a cause for global discussion regarding best practices for bringing workforce teams together from afar.

While many businesses already started adapting to remote work pre-pandemic, for others, it’s still a brand-new concept they are having to navigate while they adhere to social distancing measures. This evolution puts a spotlight on how remote work and meetings can be adapted for the future of business continuity. Business leaders are now being challenged with adjusting their office culture for when the pandemic subsides. Below are a few best practices for the future of work post-pandemic and beyond.

https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/resource-center/expertise/what-is-work-going-to-look-like-post-pandemic-digital-transformation-and-more-dogs

The sudden transition has created many lessons learned and developed best practices for the most efficient ways to implement remote work policies.

Learn the Essentials of Camera Framing TechniquesSC Lannom at StudioBinder created a great, instructional post, “Camera ...
05/26/2020

Learn the Essentials of Camera Framing Techniques

SC Lannom at StudioBinder created a great, instructional post, “Camera Framing Techniques: Frame Shots Like a Master Filmmaker.”

“You’re looking for a list of the different types of camera shot framing in film,” he writes, “but you also want great examples that come with clear explanations of when and why to use specific shot frames.”
https://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/news-features/howto/learn-the-essentials-of-camera-framing-techniques

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