Contest: Use Danny Elfman’s Special Scores In Your Next Short Film

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Admit it. Who wouldn't want Danny Elfman to score their next film? Outside of John Williams or Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead), I know he's on my personal short list. But who could afford him? Well, now you can, thanks to the Danny Elfman Project, and you can win a … [Read more...]

Doctor Who Qualifies for Emmy Consideration this Year

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We can't go a week without new Who news, can we? The British Sci-Fi series Doctor Who, could actually have a shot at winning a few Emmys this year. … [Read more...]

ILMxLab, Magic Leap Make Strides With Virtual Reality

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last year, the news broke that ILMxLab was working on real time motion capture and virtual reality that could drastically cut down the time needed to do motion capture in filmmaking. A year later, in a partnership with Weta Digital and Magic Leap (which Google is an … [Read more...]

SquibFX: Safe & Cheap Alternatives For Explosive Squibs

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SquibFX is an affordable, safe alternative to bullet hit FX in your movie. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Any indie action director knows that trying to get away with a blood splatter from a squib can be a bit dangerous — and a bit expensive. What you're doing is literally strapping an … [Read more...]

Adobe Announces New Video Tools for Creative Cloud

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Adobe announced new post production tools for filmmakers within the Creative Cloud. The new features were previewed this past April at NAB 2016, and cover enhancements for Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC, and Character Animator. Let's take a look at … [Read more...]

Mashable Buys CineFix To Expand Streaming Reach

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The multi-platform media company, Mashable, has made a huge move by acquiring CineFix. Aimed square at movie fans, both channels not only have similar shows, but have recently traded personnel. So it was only a matter of time before they became one voice. … [Read more...]

Viacom Board Shake Ups

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Earlier this year, we reported that Sumner Redstone had stepped down as head of Viacom, putting President Philippe Dauman in his place. Now the former CEO is shaking up the board again, and it's likely his heir apparent is completely out. But Dauman's not the … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: RICOH THETA S 360° Camera

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're thinking about getting into 360° video, but you aren't sure you want to invest in six GoPros, plus their new $1500 Omni housing, then you may want to look into the Ricoh Theta S 360° Camera. At a price of about $350, the RICOH THETA S is a solid entry … [Read more...]

Panasonic & Leica’s New Four Thirds Prime 12mm F1.4 Lens

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're a GH4 or even a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera user, you can rejoice, because Panasonic has joined forces with Leica to add a new Lumix DG Summilux Prime lens to its growing line of micro four-thirds primes. … [Read more...]

Panasonic Updates Firmware For VariCam 35

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Looks like this week is firmware week, as another manufacturer has come out with an update to improve camera performance. This time, it's Panasonic, which has boosted the capabilities of the VariCam 35 with ver. 6.0 of the camera's system software. … [Read more...]

Hedge For Mac Is The Fastest Offload App For OS X

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Hedge for Mac can help with offloading your camera's footage to multiple destinations By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Back-up and storage are the bane of any filmmaker's existence. While it would be nice to keep everything on one single enormous drive or solid state card, that kind of media … [Read more...]

Mini Plaster Hand Turns Any Rail Into A Tripod

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's been said before, the simplest ideas are usually the best ideas. In this case, startup company Miniorengi is looking to replace tripods with a small, pocket-sized grip called the mini Plaster Hand. Tripods tend to be big, bulky, and the last thing a … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Updates Camera Firmware To Ver. 3.3

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The semi-regular update of Blackmagic's Camera firmware is here, and it's largely just fine tuning and tweaking to squeeze out every fraction of dynamic range and color saturation. … [Read more...]

Lift-Off Is A Different Kind Of Film Festival

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I love a good film festival. I'm fortunate enough to live in Toronto that seems to have a new festival every week ,including some prestigious ones like Hot Docs and the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as some fun ones, like the Toronto After Dark Film … [Read more...]

Warner Bros.’ Emerging Directors Wants To Help Make Your Movie

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Deadline is fast approaching to submit to the new Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop. This new six-month-long seminar is designed to not only will help candidates learn skills as a director, but also provide funds to complete a short film shot right on … [Read more...]

RED Plans To Skip NAB 2017 In Favor Of Cine Gear

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When you walk into the door of the South Hall at NAB, the first thing you see are two huge "booths," vying for visual domination. And by booths, I mean sprawling showroom floors the size of a store. These two sprawling spaces are occupied by Blackmagic and RED. But … [Read more...]