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      Looking at Oscar’s Nominated Documentaries – Feature

      By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) With the 89th Academy Awards slated for Sunday, February 26th, the Oscar buzz has officially accelerated to a roar. Naturally, the vetting and betting for the Top 6 (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay – Original and Adapted) is at its annual fever pitch -- but what about the other categories? Such as Best Documentary Feature? Well, if you've been rushing out to see the A-list contenders, you … Read More>>

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      On Set Sound – Part 1

      By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I have a habit of going off to the lesser touched aspects of film that are really really important. Most of this because I never really went to film school and learned a lot the hard way-- by massively screwing the pooch (not to be confused with screwing the massive pooch)! So with that in mind, I'm starting a series of posts on sound for production! Why Sound? I've already written about visuals a few times, … Read More>>

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      Screenwriting 101: A Look at the Hero’s Journey, Pt. 1

      By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) From filming to special effects, the Star Wars saga has set a standard by which many event blockbusters are now modeled after. And while not perfect, it draws from the classic story telling technique called The Hero's Journey, by Joseph Campbell. This tried and true storytelling method can be used for just about any story you want to write, from comedy to adventure. With that in mind, I thought we might want … Read More>>

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      Having Pioneered DSLR Video, Nikon Struggles to Compete

      By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) While everyone is looking at Canon, Panasonic and Sony for their DSLR and mirrorless camera needs, many wouldn't know Nikon was the first company to add video to their line of DSLRs. Faced with stiff competition and a fast development cycle of the digital revolution, Nikon posted a "notice of extraordinary loss" of $250 million in 2016. Now the camera company is struggling to with dropping stock, the need to … Read More>>

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Reshoots May Deal With Carrie Fisher’s Passing

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Word has come in that reshoots for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will commence in March. According to reports, the reshoots are taking place in Austria, Scotland, and Ireland. Ireland is a pretty interesting location, since the Skellig Michael island that subs in for … More>>

Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights to Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Martin Scorsese's gangster film The Irishman is on track and set to reunite him with one of his longtime muses after more than 20 years. The film is set to star Robert De Niro and based upon the 2004 novel by Charles Brandt, I Heard You Paint Houses. STX spent … More>>

Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 39: The Parametric Equalizer, Pt 3

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By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS) We continue our tutorial on the Parametric Equalizer in Premiere Pro CC 2017. Click here for part 1 and part 2. Q/Width With the Parametric Equalizer, what is even more impressive is that you can directly affect how taut or slack the rubber-band effect is by … More>>

Screenwriting 101: A Look at the Hero’s Journey, Pt. 2

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) We continue with our Screenwriting tutorial on The Hero's Journey, by analyzing Act Two of the original Star Wars. Check out Part 1 and Act One here. Act Two with his aunt and uncle dead, Luke finds new purpose, to follow Obi Wan and learn the ways of the Force, … More>>

On Set Sound – Part 2

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the key things about sound for production is choosing the right mics. There are several good brands for microphones like Audio-Technica or Sennheiser. Even better, recording technology hasn’t really changed too much over the years, so a good mic today will … More>>

Sony Announces World’s Fastest SD Card

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The memory card arms race continues to wage a hot war, and the benefit is SD cards are getting faster, sooner. This time around, Sony is claiming the mantle of "world's fastest" with a new SDXC II card that can read and write at almost 300 megabytes per second. … More>>

Looking at Oscar’s Nominated Documentaries – Feature

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) With the 89th Academy Awards slated for Sunday, February 26th, the Oscar buzz has officially accelerated to a roar. Naturally, the vetting and betting for the Top 6 (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay – Original and Adapted) is at its annual … More>>

Matt Reeves Officially Set To Direct The Batman

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) It seems that every time I write something about The Batman specifically (and the DCEU generally), I start off with something along the lines of, "One of these days I’ll write an article about only good things happening in the DCEU." That day has finally … More>>

HBO Spending Half Billion Dollars On Tom Hanks’ New World War II Mini-Series

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There are two things that Tom Hanks never seems to get out of his system, Space and World War II. Last weekend was a free HBO preview weekend, and I spent it watching Hanks' epic mini-series Band of Brothers, which may be the finest World War II drama since Twelve … More>>

Sound 101: Repurposing Old Gear Gives It New Life

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) There's a great line from Apollo 13 where the character of Gene Kranz says, "I don't care what it's designed to do, I care about what it CAN do." And that's always been my battle cry in looking at the technology we use as filmmakers. What ELSE can it do? Many sound … More>>

Fox Releases Alien: Covenant Prologue Called Last Supper

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The Alien franchise goes back almost 40 years and in that time only one great sequel was ever produced. Alien 3 was a studio mess, Alien: Resurrection was just just strange, and Prometheus saw Ridley Scott return to spearhead a prequel. The prequel was uneven at … More>>

Fujifilm Reveals Super Fast Fujinon Cine Zooms

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're looking to upgrade from using DSLR lenses, but can't afford the cost of expensive cinema primes, there is now a middle option ... a pair of super fast cine zooms from Fujinon, which promise high performance, at a budget price. … More>>

Could Tilda Swinton Be The Next Doctor Who?

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the tide shifting for the next Doctor Who to become female, Tilda Swinton has emerged as the odds on favorite to replace Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi when he regenerates next Christmas. She even has the blessing of Eighth Doctor Peter McGann to take over the … More>>

First Look at the Cast of Star Wars: Han Solo Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a Han Solo prequel Star Wars film. Even though they really took their time, Lucasfilm has finally gotten around to making one with a fantastic cast and crew. How fantastic are they? Well, feast your eyes on the … More>>

On Set Sound – Part 1

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I have a habit of going off to the lesser touched aspects of film that are really really important. Most of this because I never really went to film school and learned a lot the hard way-- by massively screwing the pooch (not to be confused with screwing the … More>>

Lytro Raises $60 Million, Releases First Virtual Reality Film

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If Virtual Reality is going to go anywhere, it's going to need a unique camera platform which can not only capture what's all around you, but also can adjust according to depth as a viewer moves around in the space. Most VR camera platforms, like the GoPro Omni can … More>>

Phantom Flex 4K High Speed Camera Gets Global Shutter

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Vision Research, the company behind the Phantom Flex 4K camera, has added a global shutter to its high speed camera rig. Though the Phantom Flex 2.5K version can deliver a jaw dropping 2500 frames per second, the new Flex 4K-GS will be capable of imaging in 4K at … More>>

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