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.

Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Fresh from the ashes of their failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable may have found a better suitor in Charter Communications. The proposed sale, at a reported $195 a share (approx $55B) will make Charter/Time Warner Cable a potent force in the cable and … [Read more...]

When Crowdfunding Goes Bad, Can There Be Any Recourse?


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The really great thing about crowdfunding is that if you have an idea for a product or a movie, you can harness the power of the Internet and social media to raise the capital you need to bring your vision to life. But you had better have all your ducks in a row, and … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Goes To Cannes


Award winning films shot on Cinema Cameras By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Like Sundance before it, Cannes has had a huge presence for Blackmagic Design, with over 20 films screening and in competition that have been shot on Blackmagic cameras and/or have been color corrected on DaVinci Resolve. … [Read more...]

MIT Offers College-Level Film Classes Online For Free

MIT Open Courseware

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) For every budding filmmaker, the question of whether to go to film school is almost Shakespearean. To film school or not to film school. That is the question. Some believe that going the route of Robert Rodriguez or Kevin Smith is just as good as going to film schools … [Read more...]

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Neil Patrick Harris Mickey Mouse Disneyland 60

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The rest of this week is going to be a virtual non stop party for me. That's because I managed to get invited to Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Media Event ... a three day party culminating with another of Disney's famous (or infamous) 24-hour marathon park parties. … [Read more...]

Mad Max: Fury Road Filmed With ARRI ALEXA, Codex External Recorders

DP John Seale with ARRI Alexa
Image Credit: Cinematographer

Digital desert shoot the first for cinematographer John Seale By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I gotta be honest, when I saw that George Miller was directing a new prequel chapter to the Mad Max saga, I wasn't too impressed. There was just something about it that said "meh" to me. But since Fury … [Read more...]

New FCC Rules Could Allow For Cable Price Hikes

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Cable companies. They just don't seem to learn. In light of more people cutting cable and looking to streaming to lower their entertainment costs, a recent FCC rule change proposal could lead to a rise in monthly subscription rates may be too tempting for cable … [Read more...]

MacVideo Drops Price of Boris Continuum Image Restoration


Another Boris app drops to $99 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) MacVideo Promo has put Boris Continuum Image Restoration on sale for $99. The image restoration app can fix a host of image issues from removing aliasing and jaggies to fixing blemishes and even dead pixels from a troublesome camera. … [Read more...]

RØDE Adds Lyre Suspension To VideoMic Pro

Rycote Rode VideoMic Pro

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a great, compact microphone for a DSLR or camcorder, but the main beef has been that it's rubber band like shock design has been the bane of its existence since those same rubber bands have had to be replaced due to stretching out. Now it … [Read more...]

Drone Company Gets Certification For Local ENG Coverage


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Claiming to be the first company in the United States to be certified by FAA under new commercial drone use rules, ArrowData will soon begin providing aerial ENG video recording to Las Vegas news organizations, under the country's first Section 333 exemption. We've … [Read more...]

Kickstarter Projects We Love: Camlet Mount


Turns Your Tablet A DSLR Field Monitor By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's been awhile since we have done a "Kickstarter Projects We Love" post, and not because we haven't been featuring camera products that are on Kickstarter either. However, the Camlet Mount is one of those products which, if … [Read more...]

Report: Apple Killed Off Their Television Set Plans


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One thing we've learned from Apple's denials over the years, is that they are far from final. Steve Jobs denied working on both the iPhone and the iPad before they came out, and the Apple Watch was yet another product that Cupertino demurred at. Jobs even said that … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: DIY 1000w Handheld Light For $40

Sun Blaster light

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're an indie filmmaker looking to capture a night scene, but you have a guerilla budget, a DIY 1000w portable LED light could give you tons of options for setting a moonlit scene on the go. But take head, you're DIY skills need to be turned up to 11 for this … [Read more...]

IndieVice Turns Your Smartphone Into A Cinematic Camera Platform

IndieVice in action

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) 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 up being the future of filmmaking. I don't think … [Read more...]

Video: Short Film Black Angel, Which Screened Before The Empire Strikes Back


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I remember The Empire Strikes Back premiere in 1980 like it was yesterday. I stood in line outside the AVCO Westwood for hours waiting to see the second chapter to the Lucasian epic. It was as magical as the first, and as everyone will tell you, it was even better … [Read more...]

Filmmakers Take Jetpacks & GoPros, and Buzzed Downtown Dubai


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's Friday afternoon and time for a little fun distraction, and it comes in the guise of... well, where else? YOUTUBE. It's a cool video about Dubai, shot in 4K on a GoPro HERO4, and featuring a pair of, well, completely crazy individuals having the time of their … [Read more...]

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