Guadalupe Island, Mexico: A shark being lifted onto a boat after it has taken a buoyed bait. The crew will take measurements and attach a tracking antenna to the dorsal fin before returning it to the water unharmed.

Guadalupe Island, Mexico: A shark being lifted onto a boat after it has taken a buoyed bait. The crew will take measurements and attach a tracking antenna to the dorsal fin before returning it to the water unharmed.

by Dara Klatt

A hundred sixty miles off the coast of Baja California, science and sport fishing join forces for an unprecedented research effort. A team of world-class anglers will land one of the most challenging fish imaginable: the great white shark.

Unlike any other catch ever attempted, they’ll lift an SUV-sized shark out of the water onto a platform, mount a long-lasting tracking tag by hand, take measurements and DNA samples while pumping water into the shark’s mouth to keep it alive and release it unharmed … all within minutes, like a NASCAR race pit stop. It’s all captured in high definition for the National Geographic Channel special Expedition Great White.

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November 20th, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,

Geyser nicknamed Old Faithful.

Geyser nicknamed Old Faithful.

by Bob Fisher

Yellowstone: Land to Life was produced for display at the renovated theater in the Canyon Visitor Education Center at the national park. The 20-minute film premiered on Memorial Day in 2009. The poetic imagery ushers audiences on a journey through the ecosystem that created the park, which stretches over some 3,400 square miles of Wyoming, including mountain ranges, the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful and animal life. A 30-minute version aired in HD format on PBS in September.

The project had special meaning for John Grabowska, who has been producing films for the Harpers Ferry Center of the National Park Service since 1991. His parents visited Yellowstone on their honeymoon and took him camping there during his youth. Grabowska and his wife also spent part of their honeymoon at the park.

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1) Using the spatula, apply some Pros-Aide cream in the center of the scar.

by Bradley M. Look

Since writing the article Stuck On You (Jan/Feb 2008), that demonstrated how to apply transfer scars, many people have asked me to write how the 3-D appliances are made in the first place.

First, you will need the following items which are available in many of the theatrical makeup beauty suppliers: Frekote #1711 silicone spray, cream Pros-Aide, flocking fibers (used to color the Pros-Aide if desired), silicone scar mold (for this demonstration I am using the S.O.S. silicone molds from MEL Products), permanent marker, metal spatula, transfer plastic and paper, as well as a wooden tongue depressor.

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November 20th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,

Saying NO to dual lens 3D system, Sony recently launched a Single Lens 3D Camera at CREATE.

Saying NO to a dual lens 3D system, Sony recently launched a Single Lens 3D Camera at CREATE.

by Steven Sechrist

“Smoke and mirrors” never had much of a positive connotation but, sans the smoke, Sony is looking to a unique mirror technology to get beyond some of the core image capture problems with recording 3D. The company announced a new single lens 3D camera technology. They claim its “capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter [by combining] a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D cameras which captures the left and right images simultaneously, together with existing high frame rate (HFR) recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming.”

The single lens system splits the incoming light into two optical paths with pick-up sensors (CMOS) for left and right eye. This approach removes the zoom and focus issues of “existing half-mirror 3D camera systems” that use two separate lenses for the left and right eyes – the company claims.

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Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave and Luke Wilson on the set of the cult classic Bottle Rocket.

Owen Wilson, Robert Musgrave and Luke Wilson on the set of the cult classic Bottle Rocket.

by Brian Cali

Cinematographer Barry Braverman, the Director of Photography for the original, 13-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short that was the basis for filmmaker Wes Anderson’s 1996 cult classic, recently shot The Making of Bottle Rocket for the Blu-ray release (Criterion Collection) of the feature with the Panasonic VariCam 2700 P2 HD VariCam. The original behind-the-scenes documentary features interviews with Anderson, producer James L. Brooks, actors James Caan and Luke and Owen Wilson, among others, and revisits the Texas locations where the film was shot.

Bottle Rocket is a lovingly detailed, visually witty and warm portrait of three young misfits, best friends Anthony (Luke Wilson), Dignan (Owen Wilson), and Bob (Robert Musgrave). The trio stage a wildly complex, mildly successful robbery of a small bookstore, then go “on the lam,” where they befriend a real thief, Mr. Henry (Caan). Martin Scorsese has called Bottle Rocket, the film that put Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and the Wilson brothers on the map, “a picture without a trace of cynicism, that obviously grew out of its directorís affection for his characters in particular and for people in general… a rarity.”

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The host of Popular Sciences Future Of - Baratunde Thurston is photographed on the set with the car bot during taping on the Stanford University campus.

The host of Popular Science's Future Of - Baratunde Thurston is photographed on the set with the car bot during taping on the Stanford University campus.

by Andrew Scafetta

In five, ten or 25 years, our lives will be significantly different. Advances in the way we play sports, live in our homes, connect with others, fight wars or take vacations will feel as commonplace in the future as viewing highdefinition television or driving to work seem to us today.

But there are astonishing scientific and technological innovations being developed today by entrepreneurs, researchers and maverick scientists all over the world that are destined to shape every aspect of our lives tomorrow. Science Channel and Popular Science magazine have partnered to bring audiences an extraordinary glimpse at how important characteristics of human life will fundamentally change in the near future with the all-new series Popular Science’s Future Of.

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September 15th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
Sean Fairburn on his front porch.

Sean Fairburn on his front porch.

by B. Sean Fairburn, SOC

Even though your skills may be sharp and you’re available for hire, work is often hard to come by for many. One of the most effective ways to get work is to recommend others that you respect and know can handle the job. You might say that sounds completely backwards, but I challenge you to look at it a different way.

Recommending someone else accomplishes far more good for you than you think. First it shows you’re mature and confident enough in your work that you can recommend others. Second it shows the client that you care more about them than yourself. Third as you spread goodwill toward others it will always come back to you multifold.

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Cinematographer Wally Pfister/The Dark Knight.

Cinematographer Wally Pfister/The Dark Knight.

by Bob Fisher

Wally Pfister, ASC, likens two commercials that he recently directed and shot to 30-second documentaries with cinematic values that make an emotional connection with the audience. He credits Ty Baker and Alonso Davila, creative directors for Momentum, the advertising agency that developed the concept for their client Anheuser-Busch.

“Every successful commercial campaign begins with an appreciation for the lifestyles and tastes of potential customers,” Pfister emphasizes. “The product was Rolling Rock beer. The theme was ‘Born in a small town.’”

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September 15th, 2009 | Tags: , , ,
Master control for Studio A.

Master control for Studio A.

by Erik Arneson

SPEED, Fox Cable’s motor sports and automotive cable television network, decided to make the transition to HD last year. “We knew our viewers’ appetite for HD programming was rabid,” said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Production & Network Operations. “A lot of our guys are early adopters of new technology — these are cutting edge technology guys.”

So the first thing the SPEED team, led by Miner, SPEED VP of Finance Francois McGillicuddy, FOX Network Engineering & Operations and an outside architect, did was determine what the new facility needed to be able to do – How would SPEED operate? How many studios? How many edit rooms? How would workflow be structured?

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September 15th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
The last televised interview with legendary oral historian, Studs Terkel.

The last televised interview with legendary oral historian, Studs Terkel.

by Mike Mian

When we started, nobody wanted to hear it,” says Andrea Kalin, producer and director of Soul of a People: Writing America’s History.“ Kalin’s film has an unsettling modern-day resonance. It tells the story of America during a time of unemployment epidemic, widespread home eviction, and economic turmoil. A time, too, when hopes centered on a new president and his ideas for change.

Soul of a People tells the little-known story of one of those ideas: the Federal Writer’s Project (FWP). This noodle in the alphabet soup of the Works Progress Administration tasked over 6,600 individuals with documenting America in the 1930’s. The results were incredible: an unprecedented series of 48 state guides written, nearly 4,000 life histories recorded, and some of America’s finest writers molded. Out of crisis emerged a powerful portrait of our nation.

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