President Obama Says He’s ‘Unequivocally Committed to Net Neutrality’ in Santa Monica Visit
10.10.2014 Variety

Appearing at a town hall in Santa Monica on Thursday, President Obama said he was “unequivocally committed to net neutrality,” weighing in on an issue that has triggered an avalanche of comments to the FCC as its tries to come up with the rules of the road for the Internet.

“I think that it is what has unleashed the power of the Internet, and we don’t want to lose that or clog up the pipes,” Obama said, speaking to workers at Cross Campus, a workspace for startup tech companies. Obama also said that he is opposed to paid prioritization, in which a company can pay for speedier delivery of its web traffic to consumers.

“The notion that somehow some folks can pay a little more money and get better service and more exclusive access to customers through the Internet, that is something that I am opposed to,” he said. ” I was opposed when I ran [for president in 2008] and I continue to be opposed to it now.”

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Appearing at a town hall in Santa Monica on Thursday, President Obama said he was “unequivocally committed to net neutrality,” weighing in on an issue that has triggered an avalanche of comments to the FCC as its tries to come up with the rules of the... more »
How Christopher Nolan's Crusade to Save Film Is Working
10.1.2014 The Hollywood Reporter

Christopher Nolan's campaign to save film from becoming an extinct format is paying off, thanks to his sway with Hollywood studios.

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Christopher Nolan's campaign to save film from becoming an extinct format is paying off, thanks to his sway with Hollywood studios.
5 Tips for Female Filmmakers from the NYFF's Convergence Panel
10.1.2014 Indie Wire

This article was produced as part of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy. Click here to read all of the Academy's work.

Almost every week, a new study demonstrates that women are massively underrepresented in the film industry. Most recently, research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media showed that women filmmakers only constituted 7 percent of the directors, 20 percent of the writers and 23 percent of the producers in the 11 most profitable film markets around the globe. 

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This article was produced as part of the New York Film Festival Critics Academy. Click here to read all of the Academy's work. Almost every week, a new study demonstrates that women are massively underrepresented in the film industry. Most recently,... more »
Award-winning DPs Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael and Wally Pfister Launch Online 'Film School'
9.30.2014 Indie Wire

Master cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC and Wally Pfister, ASC have launched Advanced Filmmaking, a new web site featuring an online series of instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers (which are available for rent or purchase).

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Master cinematographers Janusz Kaminski, Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC and Wally Pfister, ASC have launched Advanced Filmmaking, a new web site featuring an online series of instructional videos for aspiring filmmakers (which are available for rent or... more »
Visual Effects & Games Companies Team Up to Create New Skills Academy
9.27.2014 TES News

Some of the UK’s leading visual effects, animation and video game companies have joined forces to create a new skills academy.

The consortium, which includes James Bond producers Pinewood Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, secured almost £6.5 million from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

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Some of the UK’s leading visual effects, animation and video game companies have joined forces to create a new skills academy. The consortium, which includes James Bond producers Pinewood Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, secured almost £6.... more »
Filmmakers Get Permission to Use Drones in the U.S.
9.25.2014 Variety

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday that it will allow the restricted use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, on movie and TV locations.

The agency’s approval had been expected. It grants a waiver to six aerial photo and video production companies to use the unmanned aircraft in production. The FAA determined that the drones do not need an FAA certificate of airworthiness based on a finding that they do not a pose a threat to national airspace users or national security.

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday that it will allow the restricted use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, on movie and TV locations. The agency’s approval had been expected. It grants a waiver to six aerial photo and video... more »
CG Market Forecast To Be ~$150 Billion By 2017
9.23.2014 MCAD Cafe

At SIGGRAPH 2014 last month we saw and heard many interesting things that greatly influence the computer graphics market – hardware, software, and services. We were invited to a luncheon sponsored by our friends at Jon Peddie Research that included a presentation on the CG market, entitled “Expectations, Fact, and Fantasy.”

As usual, Jon’s comprehensive presentation covered many aspects of the CG market, but the most telling facts were his forecast that the CG market will enjoy at least 5.5% annual growth for the next few years, and that he thinks the CG market as a whole will exceed $149 billion by 2017.

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At SIGGRAPH 2014 last month we saw and heard many interesting things that greatly influence the computer graphics market – hardware, software, and services. We were invited to a luncheon sponsored by our friends at Jon Peddie Research that included a... more »
ARRI Introduces Large-Sensor 6.5K Alexa 65
9.22.2014 Studio Daily

Following the recent addition of UHD and 4K upscaling options for the Amira and Alexa, ARRI revealed the next stage of its high-resolution capture strategy with the announcement of the Alexa 65 camera system at the Cinec Munich trade show. Boasting a sensor that's slightly larger than a five-perf 65mm film frame with open-gate resolution of 6560×3102, the Alexa 65 is described by ARRI as "a scaled-up version of an Alexa XT." - See more at: http://www.studiodaily.com/2014/09/arri-introduces-large-sensor-6-5k-ale...

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Following the recent addition of UHD and 4K upscaling options for the Amira and Alexa, ARRI revealed the next stage of its high-resolution capture strategy with the announcement of the Alexa 65 camera system at the Cinec Munich trade show. Boasting a... more »
Sony Unveils Super Cartoony ‘Popeye’ CG
9.19.2014 Animation Magazine

Sony Pictures Animation has posted a first-look clip, with introduction by animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky, at its upcoming CG feature adaptation of King Features’ classic Popeye. Set for 2016, Tartakovsky (who is directing concurrently with Hotel Transylvania 2) promised to make the film “as arftul and unrealistic as possible” — and it looks like he delivered. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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Sony Pictures Animation has posted a first-look clip, with introduction by animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky, at its upcoming CG feature adaptation of King Features’ classic Popeye. Set for 2016, Tartakovsky (who is directing concurrently with Hotel... more »
The First Official Video of the Millennium Falcon
9.18.2014 You Tube

Bad Robot just released the first official video of the Millennium Falcon. It's a nice detailed sweep under the ship, which contains an Easter egg. The clip reveals a replica of the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy as a part of the Millennium Falcon!

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Bad Robot just released the first official video of the Millennium Falcon. It's a nice detailed sweep under the ship, which contains an Easter egg. The clip reveals a replica of the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy as a part... more »

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