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    series What series are you watching?

    I’ve been watching the 2nd season of American Horror Stories as it drops (Thursdays). American Horror Story has been incredible, except the last season didn’t really snag me the way the previous seasons did. I don’t know… it just wasn’t as enthralling to me. But I binged S1 of American Horror...
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    What are you working on today? Community Blog

    I have three days off between shows. Moving from competitive baking to competitive distilling. So I’m taking the dark days to finally get off my arse and clean out the basement, which became a shoveroom of random boxes of random crap which I need to Marie Kondo like there’s no tomorrow. It’s...
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    news Warner Bros. Discovery Lost $3.4 Billion in First Quarter as Combined Company

    Yep. Lots of changes coming. They’re selling the Knoxville campus, which brings a whole lot of uncertainty since it has a fully-functioning studio that’s been consistently busy for the last few years. There aren’t any clear outlines at this point, just speculation, but if the studio goes away...
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    location-sound Outdoor Audio Recording

    Booming is an art form as much as a science, and it is not a passive process. You need to be actively holding and moving the boom to keep the mic in place and to follow the action. The only time to have a boom locked down on a stand is when the talent is standing still.
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    location-sound Outdoor Audio Recording

    Hi, Peter. A couple of things: ”Pointed directly towards the actor” doesn’t necessarily mean much. If the mic is aimed horizontally, directly in front of the actor and aimed straight, it is also pointing at anything and everything happening behind the actor. The mic should be overhead...
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    What are you working on today? Community Blog

    Today, I’m working on not sweating to death. The AC went out yesterday, and the house is currently 89º. The chilly control room at the studio was even more refreshing today. Too bad we wrapped early and I was home by 3:30…
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    What are you working on today? Community Blog

    As @indietalk said, non-linear is streaming/on-demand. Linear TV is the term for traditional broadcast/cablecast. So I've been on a string of Food Network shows, and I'm starting on a series for Discovery in August. That's linear, as these shows all go straight to the cable networks (though they...
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    What are you working on today? Community Blog

    They say linear TV is dying. It may be, but it’s still paying the bills. Current series is, apparently, one of the most popular on the network, so we’re shooting two full seasons this summer. Wrapped S11 on Friday, starting S12 this week.
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    What are you working on today? Community Blog

    Well, it’s a holiday weekend, so… But seriously, current show is dark for three days, but I don’t go back until Thursday. Location scout on Tuesday for the next series that starts in August. I’ve been pretty consistently booked since March with very little down time. Between all of that, the...
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    camera-dept Good Starting Cameras For a Broke High Schooler?

    Premiere Elements is total garbage. That’s the cheap-o, consumer-level version. Personally, I can’t stand Premeire Pro either, but I know a lot of editors who use it as their daily driver. The fact that you get Adobe (Creative Cloud, I assume?) for free through your school changes the entire...
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    camera-dept Good Starting Cameras For a Broke High Schooler?

    8GB won’t do it. 16GB might, but you need to consider first which editing platform you’re wanting to use. There are some good, free NLEs out there. DaVinci Resolve has a free version (Mac and PC), HitFilm is decent (also Mac and PC). There are also some inexpensive options, but… avoid Premiere...
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    camera-dept Good Starting Cameras For a Broke High Schooler?

    The best camera for a bunch of high-schoolers wanting to start making their own short films is the camera that you already have at your disposal. Camera support is important: a solid tripod with a good fluid head will handle much of what you need at this point, so don’t get distracted by shiny...
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    What are you listening to right NOW!

    I’m listening to four voices in my head all at once right now. The show I’m on has two mixers handling four different interviews all at once. It’s a lot to listen to… on top of three PL channels in my ear.
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    distribution Streaming services are losing members.

    Good, meaningful art makes people think. Some people don’t like thinking. That’s not to say that offending people is what qualifies meaningful art. No all good art offends people, and not all art that offends people is good. However, any time you present a deep topic, there will be haters...
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    distribution Streaming services are losing members.

    This hits exactly on my earlier comment. I mean, they want a la carte cable, but they want cable. And we have come full-circle. But there’s a problem with a la carte packaging. Network companies may have a selection of network offerings that includes a couple of successful flagship networks...
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