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...]

Friday’s Funny – Marlon Webb Takes On A-Ha

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) For Friday's Funny Feature this week, I decided to go random with Marlon Webb and The Band of the Bold's Ready to Monday: Take on Me, song of course by A-Ha. Like I said, random, but really, REALLY funny. Have a great … [Read more...]

Virtual Reality: Queen’s Brian May Has Created A Cardboard Rival

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Queen's Bryan May is a genius, and not just because he's a guitar virtuoso. No, the lead guitarist of the British rock band is also a literal rocket scientist ... ok technically astrophysicist. He can now add inventor to that, as he's designed a 3D virtual reality … [Read more...]

Musicbed Film Initiative Offers $50,000 In Prizes For Your Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The music licensing service Musicbed has just launched their second Film Initiative, where they invite filmmakers to submit a passion project for a chance to win one of three prizes that total $50,000 dollars. Musicbed is a highly-curated, full-service … [Read more...]

Musicbed Relaunches, Changes How Filmmakers License Music

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It's been said that 50% of a movie is sound, and yet many independent films tend to treat it as an afterthought. Music is also an extremely important part of that, but again, it isn't usually given a high priority until deep into post-production. Musicbed is … [Read more...]

The Legendary David Bowie Has Passed Away

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) After an 18 month fight with cancer, legendary musician David Bowie passed away last night. His career spanned over five decades, and countless genres, from soul to pop to electronic. Bowie's social media accounts issued the following statement: "David Bowie … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Megadeth’s Holiday Album With Jenny Lewis

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) We ran this last year, but it's so funny, I decided it needed to come back. Famous thrash-metal band Megadeth have released a Holiday album, just in time for Christmas! And it features singer/actress Jenny Lewis. Merry Christmas and enjoy your weekend! … [Read more...]

Vevo Goes It Alone As YouTube Music Launches

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the recent launch of YouTube Music, popular YouTube music channel Vevo isn't happy to be launching with it. By creating its own independent music app, Vevo looks to strike out on its own. Can it succeed by getting out from under YouTube's shadow? … [Read more...]

New High-Res Audio Players Being Crowdfunded — Are They Worth It?

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Cyberdrive, Inc. is crowdfunding a new line of media players called Seiun Players from Cyberdrive. The major push behind the player is high resolution audio, rather than video, which has been a pretty niche market up to this point. The player will come in three … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Protecting Your Content From Copyright Infringement

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We recently ran a story about Sony going after a content creator on YouTube who had licensed his 4K video to them for a music video made me think that we really needed a Filmmaking 101 segment on how to make sure your content is protected online. What do you do … [Read more...]

Adele Becomes First Artist With Music Video Filmed In IMAX

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Ordinarily, the first word that comes to mind when I hear one of Adele's hit tunes is "smokey." Those cool, dulcet tones remind me of Shirley Bassey, and her music videos yield an even cooler vibe. But now we can add the term IMAX to Adele's musical resume, as she … [Read more...]

Hammer & Anvil Launches Line Of DSLR Audio Equipment

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) There's a great rule of thumb which is that it doesn't matter how bad your film looks, as long as it sounds great. While I never go quite that far (I am a visual person, after all), there's a definite kernel of truth to it. With that in mind Hammer & Anvil … [Read more...]

YouTube User Wins In Fair Use Case

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Remember the days before the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when the concept of Fair Use was the defacto law of the land? When you could use the music you bought without fear of being sued? That was before file sharing and the Internet of course, when the music … [Read more...]

Spire, A Free 4-Track Recorder App For iPhone

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I've been using a variety of apps recently to do my field recording, but frankly, sometimes one of the apps gets a bit finicky, and I can't offload the recordings for a few days. That's bad if you're on deadline and need it to get your post-production work flow to … [Read more...]

Apple Updates Logic Pro X, Introduces Alchemy Software

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Apple has updated Logic Pro X to include a ton of new features including the eagerly awaited Alchemy software sythesizer, which promises to give musicians and audio engineers some really cool new synths that are not only ground breaking, but also old school as well. … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Where To Find Music For Your Film For Any Budget

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Music production, like film production, has been getting cheaper and easier than ever. John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez are just two examples of filmmakers, who not only produced and directed their own films, but who also wrote the scores for them, as well. If … [Read more...]