Painting

Joe Randeen

As with most construction projects, they take longer that we anticipate or hope. We are SO close to being ready to broadcast.  We got the main green screen hung but needed to paint for the 2nd green screen, which we started today. We are also painting a small area around the main green screen – JUST IN CASE. Studio –

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Dawn of the De-Aged Actor

Joe Randeen

The world of visual effects has grown incredibly in the last decade, even to the point of being a little scary. I came across this interesting article about how now we are making older actors look young again.  This isn’t new news but still an interesting read. While directing Will Smith in Gemini Man, in which the 51-year-old actor stars as an

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Soderbergh films movie on iPhone

Joe Randeen

Filmmakers have been using iPhones for years now.  It’s a convenient and inexpensive way to film movies.  The quality has increased as well as the availability of accessories. BeastGrip is a great resource for lenses and camera rigs. FiLMiC Pro is a fantastic phone app that will give your phone a lot of extra for filming, at the price of

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Columbia College Hollywood visits

Joe Randeen

Today we had a wonderful visit from Columbia College Hollywood, a private, nonprofit liberal arts college focused on film, television, new media, and digital arts. Students were told about the varied programs for those interested within the film, TV and advertising industries.  The college is quite impressive. Columbia College Hollywood alumni are part of a network of entertainment media professionals

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Why Final Cut Pro

Joe Randeen

So why do we, Blue and Gold Production, use Final Cut Pro X? If you have done any serious video editing, FCPX (Final Cut Pro X) probably hasn’t been the tool of choice.  Seven years ago, Apple launched version 10 and any traction they had made in the professional editing realm instantaneously blew up.  Personally, I had been editing on

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Motion Smoothing

Joe Randeen

Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema If you are a lover of movies/film, this is something you should be aware of.  Chances are, most people have not heard of Motion Smoothing.  I came across this interesting article on the subject. Motion Smoothing Is Ruining Cinema: Filmmakers hate it. Viewers do, too. So why is it the default setting on almost every

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Broadcast Studio – One Step Closer

Joe Randeen

What an amazing year it’s been.  We started off the year with our new classroom and studio not quite completed.  The walls and floor were done but that was about it. Currently, we are installing the broadcast gear.  As you can tell, by the pictures below, we still have a little ways to go, but the broadcast studio will be

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Putting It All Together

Joe Randeen

Toward the end of every year students utilize their learned skills by editing professionally shot films.  The Intro class is editing a documentary and, this year, the Intermediate class is editing a comedy. We utilize films from EditStock.com. It’s a great service as it includes unedited scenes and scripts so the students can take part in real-life editing experiences. Introduction

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How Easy Is Editing?

Joe Randeen

Far too often I run across people who think that what we do, as editors, is really easy and if you have a good software it’s even easier.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. This is probably the first thing students discover when they enter my classroom. Granted, this is a universal truth, that nothing is easy if you

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Interviews Begin

Joe Randeen

Jakob & Staff Sergeant Vasquez Today kicked off the film of the first of many interviews as the students are creating their documentaries. All five classes have formed production teams of 3 to 6, that will be producing documentaries on a wide variety of topics.  They are responsible for every aspect of the production.  The choose the topic, research, find

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