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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

Having Pioneered DSLR Video, Nikon Struggles to Compete

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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, … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the Avengers: Infinity War Featurette

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) To say that I'm looking forward to Avengers: Infinity War is a massive, massive understatement. In 2008, Marvel Studios launched something that was completely new in film, and began putting together a single cohesive universe where characters from each film could … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Trapcode Suite 13 For After Effects, Part 2

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By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) In our last article, in our review of the Trapcode Suite 13 (TS13), we talked about the price, and the first three effects - Shine, Star Glow and Sound Keys. In this lesson, I want to finish up talking about the other effects inside of the TS13, including Tao, … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Trapcode Suite 13 For After Effects, Part 1

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By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) I’m going to be honest right off the top of this review: There are very few plugins out there that are worth purchases “a-la-carte,”meaning on a single plugin basis. Most of them are a lot of money, and are really a one trick pony that can be used in very … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Unveils New Products For Live Streaming

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With live streaming one of the hottest things via YouTube and Facebook Live, Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty went live on YouTube today to introduce several products that will help service the live webcast market. … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: GoPro Karma Grip

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by James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When GoPro made the decision to recall the Karma Drone, the action camera company was faced with a dark cloud that could over shadow sales of the new HERO5. But there was a silver lining in the Karma Grip, and it proved to be a life preserver (and the drone is back and … [Read more...]

GoPro Karma Drone Is Back and Ready For Sale

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Having solved the power failure issues of the long awaited, but temporarily short-lived Karma Drone System, GoPro is relaunching their UAV and is now available for sale. … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Blackmagic 4K Video Assist Monitor-Recorder

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) A few months back, we reviewed the Blackmagic Video Assist Monitor-Recorder, and I said that I found it to be an ideal entry level monitor recorder for 1080p HD recording. That opinion hasn't changed. But what has changed is that Blackmagic has released a larger, The … [Read more...]

doddleREVIEWS: Martini QuickShot Creator For NLE’s

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Martini QuickShot Creator is for editors By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) If you’re an editor, there’s probably been countless times in the edit suite when you’ve found yourself looking for just the right shot that you realize, you just don’t have. The edit needs to continue, but … [Read more...]

KitSplit Buys CameraLends, Now Largest Online Rental Portal

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The online camera equipment rental business just witnessed an 800 pound gorilla being born as CameraLends was bought by KitSplit to become the largest online camera rental portal. … [Read more...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Official Title For Episode: VIII

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Today, Lucasfilm has announced the official title for Episode VIII, written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi! The film will star Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Bodega and Carrie Fisher in her final role as Leia. It is an interesting … [Read more...]

VOD Review: Cameraperson

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By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) The title "I Am a Camera" refers to John Van Druten's critically acclaimed 1951 Broadway play. Yet this title is also an apt summation of Kirsten Johnson's cinematic memoir documentary, Cameraperson. Over a twenty-five-year career, Johnson has been the … [Read more...]

HDR: The Difference Is Visceral, Part 1

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HDR – What’s it all about? (The non-technical version) By Andrew Devis (doddleNEWS) It seems that we’re confronted with the next ‘must have’ technological revolution in TV every couple of years, but as you probably know, many of these ‘wonders’ have ended up as being little more … [Read more...]

The Best of CES 2017: Panasonic GH5, Razer’s 3-Screen Laptop and More

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) CES 2017 is now a memory, but there was a ton of cool stuff to see. From fishing drones to self driving cars and plenty a virtual reality rigs. What was the best? Well, Engadget has their official 'Best Of' awards, and we have ours. And for film and video … [Read more...]