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BlackMagic have decided to release the details of the 6K version of their Pocket Cinema Camera.

I would wonder if all those who are still on the waiting list for a 4K Version to arrive will they be changing their orders.

There are some very nice tech advancements…

KEY FEATURES

  • Active Canon EF Mount
  • Super 35-Sized HDR Sensor
  • Record 6K 6144 x 3456 up to 50 fps
  • Dual Native 400 & 3200 ISO to 25,600

However I question this one and it’s target market. I would assume the quality is superb but with a tag of over $2500 (Irish price would be more I would say), this camera now falls into a very saturated price category.

Depending on the user and their requirements for filming, is there a need from clients for 6K (at this time)? Does the client have 6K playback to maximize the viewing experience of the package?

Also with other 4K cameras, including the previous pocket cam (pictured above next to the 6k) would this be the better buy? I do however like the idea of all the EF glass now compatible with the BlackMagic pocket though, (long over due).

Here is a breakdown from Newsshooter.com which gives all the details

https://www.newsshooter.com/2019/08/09/blackmagic-design-releases-pocket-cinema-camera-6k-with-ef-mount/

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So am taking the plunge and using Avid MC 2019 for the edit of the short film, Blood Brothers, I shot last week.

So far I’m not disappointed. The ingest, sync and binning went off without any problems. Content was all linked without codec issues and there were also no problems when it came to using the Autosync option for the sound.

Yes a few things are gone like the edit selection and trim tools from the Timeline window as well as the option for using the Caps Lock for scrubbing, however all of these are available in the command pallet and are an option for a button on the keyboard as well as the tool menus.

All the fast “burger” menus are gone but again those options are there if you right click the mouse in the bins, timeline or monitor windows.

As I progress through this short film I’ll post more on my experience of using the new Avid 2019 but in the mean time I’m happy with the interface changes.

More soon.

The CAO change of mind deadline has arrived. Just one last mention about the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Level 8 Programme at the Moylish Campus. This programme, under the Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, offers a wide range of modules that cover many crafts of the Broadcast and Film industries including; camera operation, lighting techniques, sound recording, post-production editing and colour correction and many more.

With many of the lecturers still active in the industry every student gains valuable hands on experience and knowledge that won’t be found in texts or online.

Our graduates are highly skilled and sought after with opportunities for employment in the industry both here and abroad. Graduate Steve O’Carroll is currently based in New York and is editing on a new show called, ‘Battle of the 80’s Super Cars’ starring David Hasselhoff!

For more information on the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme, check out:

http://www.lit.ie/courses/LC371

Before downloading the new Avid MC check out what’s new first. There are a lot of users online complaining of install issues. Make sure your kit is setup right first.

http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/user_guide/Media-Composer-2019-Documentation?fbclid=IwAR1RFwL1I6ken6qT6WsKbmW8BZSPYFOfi7FrXZ6l38xej1D8_rj6ke6qGGI

If you get a chance and are in the Dublin area then get to the BVPS 2019 at the Aviva Stadium.

Some great kit on display with some fantastic deals only available at the event on the two days.

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Creative Broadcast & Film Production students and staff of LIT were delighted to present the LSAD Film & Media Showcase19 at the Millennium Theatre. The daylong showcase was a joyous celebration of the ingenuity, creativity, and often times intriguing work created by the students of Creative Broadcast & Film Production. Nigel Mercier dropped in on the day to offer an overview of the role of a broadcast & Film extra. Nigel’s company, “SetExtras” is the leading extras company in the West of Ireland. Providing extras since 2016 for TV Commercials, Music Videos, and local International Films. This was followed by “Scene and Heard”, directed by Eoghan Neff, Lecturer on the Music Technology and Production programme, whose students from the Interactive Audio module demonstrated live interpretations of audio recorded from a selection of short video scenes. The showcase reception kicked off with great anticipation and was created and run by first year Creative Broadcast students which ran in perfect harmony with music put together by students of Music Technology directed by lecturer Mike Gavin. The Screening itself, proudly opened by Mike Fitzpatrick Dean of the School of Arts LSAD and supported by the head of department of design James Greenslade, was a festive celebration of all things sound and vision. The energy and enthusiasm of the audience and the general camaraderie amongst the students was infectious, a glorious night of visual storytelling and jubilant entertainment was had by all. Special thanks to the film & media companies who came on board to celebrate and support the work of these talented filmmakers. It is brilliant to witness the growing film and media industry here in Limerick and their support of emerging film makers through offering work experience and supporting the showcase is remarkable.

Below are the list of the awards, the supporting Film & Media Production companies, and the winning filmmakers. Winner of the Smarter Travel Campus Awards in Multimedia Video presented by Sadbh Hanley of Smarter travel Limerick went to Mark Bergin, Edward Hannon, & Ruth Barnes for their short “Counting Steps” This was a national competition coordinated by Sharon Daly of transport Ireland. A cleverly conceived short advert directly relatable and superbly executed. The judges on the Smarter Travel educating panel we extremely impresses by the quality and professional standard of the winning film. Winner of the award for Art Direction – Selected & presented by Michelle Brassil of Troy Studios went to Amerson Fortuanto for his film “Out of time”. The award was collected on the night by fellow “Out of time” production crew members & actors Saoirse O Connor & Eoin Leen. The film also picked up the Award for Cinematography from Shane Serano of Crude Media. An outstanding film created with great detail and beautiful cinematic accuracy. A first year student of Creative broadcast & Film Production, Amerson is a DOP to watch out for in the future. The Winner of the award for Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Róisín Buckley of Piquant Media went to Sean Ó Donoghue for his film “IV” specifically for his excellent use of VFX in live action. The winner of the award for best Documentary film – Selected & presented by Cian Reinhard of The Limerick Post went to Marian Gonzalez for her brilliantly researched film “Franks Ashes”. A superbly  presented piece of factual film making based on the working life of Frank McCourt. Winner of the best Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented by Louise Cantillon of Spin South West went to Mark Bergin for his Radio Drama “Quota”, a skilfully mixed, beautifully layered audio drama which we will hopefully hear across our airways very soon. Winner of the best Original Script – Selected & presented by Diarmuid McIntire of the HearSay International Audio Festival went to Nathan Campion for his film “Psychlical”, a wonderfully scripted exploration into the art of storytelling. Finally, the Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Seb Moore went to Fiona Galvin and Adam Littlewood for their film “Caesar”, a deeply moving and touching tale of the beauty of friendship and reaching out in the face of the conformity.

Well done to all the students who submitted to the showcase and a special thanks to Louise Cantillon of Spin South west for acting as MC for the night. Thanks also to Simon McGuire Showcase technical director & projectionist, Liam MacCarthaigh live broadcast coordinator, Art O Laoire technical supervisor, Pat Carney equipment supervisor, Jamie Griffin Photographer, Mike Gavin Musical Director, Edward Hannon & Mark Bergin showcase motion graphics, and all the additional members of the showcase committee, Ruth Barnes, Nathan Campion, Róisín Quinn, Mark Griffin, Muireann De Barra, Róisín Crowley, Alyssa Fleming, Clodagh Cummins, Connor Gibbons, Donagh O Shea and Gerard Meagher as well as to Nora Ni Fhlatharta showcase coordinator.

Already planning for Showcase 2020. Hope to see you all there when Creative Broadcast & Film Production will have a whole new programme of short films for your entertainment.

Thanks again everyone.

About the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme

Creative Broadcast & Film Production is a Level 8 BSc (Hons) Film and Screen Broadcast production programme. Students explore the dynamic world of Film & Broadcast Media Production and develop the key creative, technical, and storytelling skills to succeed. This skills based programme offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of the broadcast media industry. It covers a range of disciplines across Film & TV Production, Visual Effects, editing, radio, audio mixing, photography, as well as broadcast technologies across a range of new and traditional media platforms. We offer our students a range of prospects for both academic & career progression in the broadcast, film, creative media industries, as well as extensive hands on production work experience.

If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

For more information contact Nora NÍ Fhlatharta at Nora.Nifhlatharta@lit.ie or Film@lit.ie

Creative Broadcast & Film Production students and staff at LIT are pleased to announce details of the LIT Film & Media Showcase19 on Thursday 11th April in the LIT Millennium Theatre. The daylong showcase, which is a visual celebration of short film screenings as well as film & music exhibitions, will see student’s present films ranging from fiction, documentary, and animation. This public showcase offers an exciting opportunity to view the latest work of emerging film makers working in Limerick today.

Showcase19 is generously supported by film & media production companies in Limerick who have come on board to celebrate the work of these talented filmmakers.

Below are the list of the awards and supporting Film & Media Production companies:

  • Art Direction – Selected & presented by Troy Studios
  • Cinematography – Selected & presented by Crude Media
  • Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Piquant Media
  • Documentary – Selected & presented by The Limerick Post
  • Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented Spin SW
  • Original Script – Selected & presented by HearSay Festival (Heron Media)
  • Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Richard Harris International Film Festival

A number of events will run alongside the showcase including a presentation by Nigel Mercier on how to become a Film & TV Extra. Nigel’s company, “Set Extras” is the leading extras company in the West of Ireland. Providing extras since 2016 for TV Commercials, Music Videos, and local International Films. An award winning actor, Nigel will offer an overview of the extras casting process, what casting directors are looking for, and how you can get involved. For anyone interested in TV and Film production who would like to learn more about becoming an extra this is the event for you. SetExtras.ie have some of the most experienced casting directors working in Ireland today and a large database of people in the Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, and Kerry areas. To find out more, why not pop along.

Location: Millennium Theatre

Time: 1pm – 2pm

Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/setextra-secrets-to-becoming-a-tvfilm-extra-with-nigel-mercier-tickets-56586496735

 

Following Nigel Mercier’s presentation will be a series of Music Exhibitions from 2pm – 6pm. This event, entitled “Scene and Heard” will see Music Technology and Production students from the Interactive Audio module perform live interpretations of audio recorded from a selection of short video scenes.

Location: Millennium Theatre

Time: 2pm – 6pm

Book you place at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/scene-and-heard-tickets-58488459557

 

 

About the Creative Broadcast & Film Production Programme

Creative Broadcast & Film Production is a Level 8 BSc (Hons) Film and Screen Broadcast production programme. Students explore the dynamic world of Film & Broadcast Media Production and develop the key creative, technical, and storytelling skills to succeed. This skills based programme offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of the broadcast media industry. It covers a range of disciplines across Film & TV Production, Visual Effects, editing, radio, audio mixing, photography, as well as broadcast technologies across a range of new and traditional media platforms. We offer our students a range of prospects for both academic & career progression in the broadcast, film, creative media industries, as well as extensive hands on production work experience.

If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

For CAO students hoping to attend the programme in September the showcase is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the programme, see student examples, and meet the lecturers. All welcome.

For more information contact Nora NÍ Fhlatharta atNora.Nifhlatharta@lit.ie or Film@lit.ie

 
On behalf of the students and academic staff of the Creative Broadcast & Film Production programme, LSAD,  I would like to formally invite you to attend the – Showcase19 –  screening on Thursday, April 11th in the Millennium Theatre.
The showcase is a visual celebration of short film screenings as well as film & music exhibitions. Films range from fiction, documentary, and animation presented by the students of Creative Broadcast & Film Production. The event offers an exciting opportunity to view the latest work of emerging film makers working in Limerick today.
Reception opens at 17:00, screenings & awards from 18:00.

Showcase 19′ Awards selected by our 2019 Media partners are:

  • Art Direction -Selected & presented by Troy Studios
  • Cinematography – Selected & presented by Crude Media
  • Motion Graphics & VFX – Selected & presented by Piquant Media
  • Documentary – Selected & presented by The Limerick Post
  • Original Sound Mix – Selected & presented Spin SW
  • Original Script – Selected & presented by HearSay Festival (Heron Media)
  • Richard Harris Award in Film Excellence – Selected & presented by Richard Harris International Film Festival
I look forward to chatting with you when you get a chance and hope to see you at the reception.
Here is our eventbrite page with further information.
The Story of Limerick’s Cinemas

Following the first documentary Kemmy (2017) (on the late Limerick Politician Jim Kemmy), comes David Burns’ second factual feature, ‘The Picture House‘. This hour long film documentary tells the story of the glory days of Limerick’s one-screen cinemas until their demise in the late 1980s.

We see how the cinema screen was, and is, the biggest cultural outlet for Limerick people, and look at the various venues that thrived in and around the City Centre. We get the idea of how most theatres mainly screened films but also mounted variety shows, concerts, operas, plays, and talent shows.

The documentary has three main threads:

• The main cinemas, the films, shows and their market. How the venues came and went.

• The people who worked in the cinemas, from manager to page boy. Their struggle for a proper wage.

• The cinema-going public and their stories.The attitudes of the authorities – mainly the Church.

At its height in the sixties, Limerick had seven or eight cinemas of various standards, and the documentary looks at them with regard to their history, and their impact on Limerick’s cultural social and economic life.  We see the slow demise of the city centre cinemas due to neglect, competition from television and VHS, and the rise of the profitable suburban multiplex.

The documentary uses a presenter to tour the main cinemas.  At each venue, we get a potted history of the cinema, together with photographs and adverts from the Leader, background material –reminiscences from the staff who worked there, stories about the behaviour of the clientele, the kind of films that were shown together with film posters and snatches of music, the controversies which arose, and reminiscences from patrons.

The Picture House seeks to give an overarching flavour of the history of Cinema from the first cinema in La Ciotat in 1899, the advent of talking pictures, colour, the evolution of digital cinema and the return of the city centre cinema in the 21stCentury.

Simon was on board as Editor again and screening will take place in April 2019.

See the Teaser Trailer below.

 

 

(As Per RTÉ’s Website)

RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen have announced that they are seeking submissions from writers and producers to develop new original online dramas for the new season of Storyland. Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and NI Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas available to a national and global audience on RTÉ Player.

We are seeking to commission six scripts and work closely with their script writers and producers on the development of these scripts. Writers from the worlds of television, film, theatre, literature, documentary and journalism are being sought, whether or not they have written for television or film before. Directors will then be contracted once the scripts have been further developed and are ready for final development and pre-production.

This year Storyland will develop six projects of up to twenty minutes duration and up to six dramas, each with a budget of €31,500, will be commissioned.

David Crean, Executive Producer for RTÉ Television said “The new series of Storyland will explore dramas focused around a theme of ‘revenge’. One of the key reasons for Storyland is to broaden the reach of who gets to write drama, helping new writers and producers to develop. This year we are looking for original voices with something to say about contemporary Ireland.”

Now in its ninth year, Storyland continues to offer an invaluable platform for Irish writing, directing, producing and acting talent throughout the island of Ireland. Previous Storyland commissions have gone on to be commissioned for RTÉ TV series in comedy and drama, a feature film, won numerous international awards and have generated additional opportunities, both within and outside RTÉ for the writers, directors, producers and actors.

Richard Williams, Northern Ireland Screen CEO, said “Teaming up with RTÉ on Storyland is a perfect partnership for us, allowing us to support the development of, and invest in, a new generation of talent. We can’t wait to see what great stories and new voices will be discovered through the scheme this year.”

Information on requirements and conditions can be seen on the FAQ section on the RTÉ website HERE

or for Directors who wish to send expressions of interest, email to storyland2019@rte.ie