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MOVIE MACHINE UPDATE
JANUARY 2015

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  Rick Young

Hello and welcome,

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition for the latest edition of the Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X (second edition). The 3 winners are:

* Paul Allen - Northern Ireland

* Malcolm Williams - Wales

* Hans Ledel - Sweden

The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X (second edition) is now shipping and available worldwide!

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Welcome to 2015! The last year has been a fantastic year in the digital video and digital cinema scene. We've seen a surge towards 4K, with plenty of choice in the HD world still on offer. We're at that wonderful moment in technology where there is tremendous choice at all levels of production, and some staggering inexpensive cameras and post production systems, making affordable production better than ever.

 
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Amazing Sci-fi film shot on BM Camera, Graded with DaVinci Resolve 11

AMAZING SCI-FI FILM SHOT ON BM CAMERA, GRADED WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE 11

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Here we see a short promo for an amazing new sci-fi film, shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and graded in DaVinci Resolve. Filmmaker Hasraf Dull explains the production and filming process, and how the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was used to produce exceptional results. Colorist, Giles Livesey, sho......

Another Night in Barcelona: filmed with BM Pocket Camera

ANOTHER NIGHT IN BARCELONA: FILMED WITH BM POCKET CAMERA

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2 years ago I shot a short film titled *One Night in Barcelona*. Filmed with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, this was test footage to see how well the camera would perform on the streets, in the bars of Barcelona, at night with only available light. Everything shot RAW, the test footage, in the contex......

In-depth look at AJA CION: 4K/2K/HD Production Camera

IN-DEPTH LOOK AT AJA CION: 4K/2K/HD PRODUCTION CAMERA

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AJA CION is now shipping. In this video piece we look at CION in-depth, talking to the people who created it, to find out what this camera is all about. CION is the new 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Shoot direct to edit-ready Apple ProRes 4444 at up to 4K 30fps, ProRes 422 at up......

The Beauty of Reflected Light - a new way of lighting

THE BEAUTY OF REFLECTED LIGHT - A NEW WAY OF LIGHTING

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The biggest beam available, the sun, sends out light that is almost perfectly parallel. In order to achieve a similar and as-close-as-possible effect, luminaires with an almost parallel beam and a homogenic light distribution is needed. The quality of the light - from hard to soft - and the precise......

Overview of Sony PXW-200 replacement for PMW-200

OVERVIEW OF SONY PXW-200 REPLACEMENT FOR PMW-200

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Interview with Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional, about the Sony PXW-200, the replacement for the highly successful PMW-200, As the successor of PMW-200, the PXW-X200 has a lot of attractive features, including dual SxS memory card slots for simultaneous recordings, ca......

 
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  Until next time  
 
Keeping the clients happy

So what next

For those us who are totally wrapped up in both the technology and the creative process, we keep our eyes open, for the next major purchase, where to spend, what will excite and inspire us to move forward with our filmmaking.

Someone said to me recently, wide eyes and listening intently: "So what's the next big thing."

The next big thing, I thought. Could it be 4K, RAW, certainly not 3D, maybe something we haven't even thought of.

The fact is there is no next big thing! It's all the same. We're doing what we were doing 40 years ago, except for the fact that we have better cameras, incredible affordable glass, wonderful lights, and much more efficient editing systems (+ amazing things like drones, colour correction software, GoPro cameras...)

Given, that I don't believe there is a "next big thing" it comes back to the "same old thing."

Cameras, lenses, audio, lighting, good quality story telling and a passion to excel in the filmmaking process.

You might be making a corporate, filming an event, a wedding, TV news, or a personal project.

Whatever it is "Love it!"

I started in television in 1989 and now over 1/4 of a century later I'm as excited to be working in this industry as when I began.

In an interview I watched recently a filmmaker stated: "It's never been easier to get into filmmaking and yet, never been harder to earn a living at it!"

So whatever you're doing in this fantastic industry, at whatever level, love it and know that we've never had it so good.

I marvel at the cameras I use, the power of the editing system at my fingertips, the magnificence that some fine-tuned lighting can bring to a scene, and the fact that I can shoot multicamera when I want, without a care for how much footage I run off (except for the fact that I have to edit it - or provide to someone else what they need to work with.)

Be inspired. We've plenty of reasons to be excited.

All the best for 2015.

Until the next time,

 
 
rick
Rick Young - Producer/Director
Editor - Movie Machine
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Filming early 1990s, W.A. Australia, with CP16 and wooden sticks