Sundance 2020: Insightful Portrait Of A Music Icon In “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana”

The documentary is a revealing portrait of a musical megastar who begins to discover her inner voice
A still from “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” by Lana Wilson, an official selection of the Documentary Premieres program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute. There’s a moment in the documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” where you see the pop music star sitting on her couch, draped in comfy, baggy clothes.... Read more

Sundance 2020: Video Of Taylor Swift Arriving At The “Miss Americana” Premiere

We caught the music pop star greeting her devoted fans at this year's Sundance Film Festival
We were able to catch mega pop-music star, Taylor Swift, as she arrived at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to see the premiere of the film “Miss Americana,” a documentary about the pop star. Check out our video of her meeting and greeting her devoted fans at the festival:   Read More → Read more

Sundance 2020: Editing A Horror Movie Like “Scare Me” Can Cut Both Ways

We speak with Patrick Lawrence about editing a horror film—where only your workstation can hear you scream
Aya Cash and Josh Ruben appear in “Scare Me,” by Josh Ruben, an official selection of the Midnight program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Brendan Banks  The movie “Scare Me” is a clever hybrid: It’s a metafictional horror-comedy that rides the line between being a classic ‘80s slasher movie... Read more

Sundance 2020: The Importance Of Editing In “Boys State”

Film Editor Jeff Gilbert, ACE, discusses how to define what makes a good edit
Editor Jeff Gilbert, ACE working at the edit bay in Adobe Premiere Pro on the documentary, “Boys State” With the Sundance Film Festival 2020 opening today, we decided to take a closer look at the “Boys State” screening in the U.S. Documentary Competition, a work that promises to be a political, coming-of-age film examining the well being... Read more

Sundance 2020: What To Expect At This Year’s Film Festival

Here’s a taste of some of the 188 notable feature films premiering
María Mercedes Coroy and Mara Teln appear in “La Llorona,” a film by Jayro Bustamante, which is also an official selection of the Spotlight program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers, from returning directors to up-and-coming artists, submitted a record of 5,100 submissions this year to Sundance 2020 across its program, with... Read more

The C In CES

The C is CES came from Consumer
Previously, I mentioned that CES isn’t supposed to be called the Consumer Electronics Show. That’s according to the Consumer Technology Association, the entity that puts on the show every year in Las Vegas. It’s now just CES. I thought about this as I walked the exhibit floors and passed booths showcasing TV displays that are bigger than most... Read more

CES 2020

Finding answers at CES in Las Vegas
Every year, I make the trek to the desert to join 170,000 other attendees so I can walk nearly 3 million square feet of exhibits presented by about 4,400 exhibitors at CES, the technology show put on by the Consumer Technology Association. (They don’t call the show the Consumer Electronics Show since not all technology is electronic, I guess.) It’s... Read more

Standing Up For Post

Standing up for yourself during pre-production conversations
I’ve often joked that projects I work on are never finished, they just run out of time and money. In the past, that was more of a joke, but with the ever-pressing need to produce more and more content with less and less resources, the humor in that statement is somewhat diluted. The challenge in post is being able to match the edit to everyone’s... Read more

Making Proxies That Work, Part 2

Getting proxy settings right
The proxy workflow designed into Adobe’s Premiere Pro is a great way to work when you deal with footage that taxes your computer during playback. When set up properly, a click of a button underneath the source or program monitor windows toggles between normal and proxy playback. Since the original footage is available with a simple click on a button,... Read more

Autofocus For Everyone!

The evolution of autofocus technology
Autofocus For Everyone
Fujinon just demonstrated their UA 107×8.4 AF Outside Broadcast Lens with Auto Focus at InterBEE 2019, the first box lens with stand-alone AF technology. The Box Lens Goes Autofocus? The past couple of years in camera technology have been kind of amazing if you look at the tools we’re now using objectively. One area that has grown in leaps and... Read more