About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

Facebook Wants To Become The New YouTube


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Facebook has a plan to kill YouTube, and it involves a death by a thousand cuts. OK, maybe not kill it, per se. With over a billion YouTube members worldwide, they'd have to fight a protracted war for years to actually cause the video portal to close its doors. But … [Read more...]

Roddenberry Entertainment Boldly Goes Into Virtual Reality


Partnership goes where no one has gone before By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Alright. Alright. Fine. But you knew I had to go there. I mean, it's Gene Roddenberry's company for pete's sake, the creator of Star Trek ... in Virtual Reality! I mean, it's the seeds of the Holodeck coming full … [Read more...]

Gravity Author Undeterred By Court Ruling On Lawsuit, Warning It Affects Every Writer


Alleges Warner Brothers Violated Contract Provisions of Credit By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When the movie Gravity came out, my thought after seeing it was, hey, bad space opera is still space opera. In other words, when even Scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson can see the plot holes in a story, you … [Read more...]

First Look: Bruce Campbell In Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Ash Vs. Evil Dead

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Bruce Campbell. Is one of the coolest guys in Hollywood. Everyone knows it. He brings along a comedic swagger to every project he's in (my personal favorite being Burn Notice on USA). And now Bruce is back with the first look at his new series Ash vs. Evil Dead on … [Read more...]

Where Can You Fly Drones Legally In Los Angeles?

Los Angeles Drones Guide

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the legal landscape for flying drones becoming more clear with proposed FAA rules, you'd think it'd be easier to know where you can and can't fly and film from the skies? Well sometimes that isn't the case, especially in Los Angeles. But CameraLends, a community … [Read more...]

RED Offers Summer Courses For EPIC Training


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) RED wants budding shooters to fit comfortably into the platform and are offering a series of seminars to teach users not only how to operate an Epic or Scarlet camera, but also how to handle the post production workflow of its massive 6K and 8K streams. Dubbed … [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2015: Movie Panel Schedules Finalized


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Even though Marvel and a host of other studios are skipping Comic-Con this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hall H leading the charge at the annual geek fest in San Diego. Here's what's coming for four exhausting and exciting days in July ... … [Read more...]

Drones 101: Tips For New Flyers


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you're just starting out with your drone, it can sometimes be an exercise in futility. We've talked about tips and advice on how to use them before, and this is yet another in an ongoing series of how to get the most out of your drone to get that great aerial … [Read more...]

Virtual Reality: GoPro & Google Want You To Test Their Jump VR 360 Camera Rig


Joint Project with Google Looking for Filmmakers to Loan to By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Are you looking to get into Virtual Reality? Want to be on the bleeding edge of shooting 360° films? Well, GoPro and Google are looking for "select creatives" to test out their Google Jump VR, their 16 … [Read more...]

Updated: IndieVice On Kickstarter, Turns Your Smartphone Into A Cinematic Camera Platform

IndieVice in action

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) UPDATE: IndieVice is now live on Kickstarter. We cover a lot of mobile filmmaking here because, well let's face it, the iPhone is an extremely powerful tool. It's the Swiss Army Knife of the tech world. And some, like Disney CCO John Lasseter, believe it could end … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding 101: Why Campaigns Fail


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When filmmakers engage in a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their next project, chances are, those first few campaigns are going to fail. Why? Well, it's largely due to mistakes made that are based on misconceptions, and according to Seed & Spark's Emily … [Read more...]

Good Movie Posters Are Important, Even If You’re Streaming


By James DeRuvo (doddleMEW) With many indies opting to stream their films online, and on demand, is it really all that important to create a movie poster? Of course it is. One, it's tradition! Two, it's still one of the best ways to get a potential audience interested in your project. And three, … [Read more...]

Filmmakers Shoots In Total Darkness With Sony α7s

Refuge Sony a7s

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Day for night: It's where you pretend to be shooting things at night while you're actually shooting during the day and then fixing it in post. It was very popular in the 60s and 70s, but lately, nobody does it. And why? Well, because you don't really have to thanks to … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Polar Pro PowerVault


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Whether you have multiple GoPro cameras or several backup batteries to get you through a busy day of action sports photography, sooner or later you're going to need to charge all your batteries. We've already talked about the benefits of being able to use the Polar … [Read more...]

Nikon D5 Rumored To Finally Get 4K

Nikon D4S

With Native Max ISO over 102,000 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In spite of some camera companies maintaining a death grip on HD video, many camera DSLR manufacturers are moving forward into ultra high definition. By now, both the Panasonic GH4 and Sony α7s are becoming seasoned played in the … [Read more...]

Vimeo Announces Cameo Mobile Video Editing App


by James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When it comes to mobile filmmaking, the mobile phone or tablet is an incredible filmmaking tool. Granted, most of the apps available are written for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, and that may be a frustrating thing for Android fans. But there's no denying that … [Read more...]

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