Author Archives: Bryant Frazer

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Ben Burtt on Lightsaber Sound Design

Hear the unlikely story behind the Star Wars lightsaber sound, as told by renowned sound-effects wizard Ben Burtt in this excerpt from the special features that originally appeared on the 1993 laserdisc release of the Star Wars trilogy.

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Lily Allen “As Long As I Got You”

English singer-songwriter Lily Allen wandered the grounds of the Glastonbury Festival near Somerset, England, last month, interacting with concert-goers and turning her latest music video into a spirited mini-documentary. Christopher Sweeney directed.

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HPA Slates Hollywood Symposium Leading into SMPTE 2014

In the first event to grow out of the previously announced partnership between the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) and SMPTE, the HPA will host the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, a day-long event to be held Monday, October 20, at the El … more »

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Blackmagic Adds Heads-Up Display to 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic Design is making good on its promise to provide more frequent firmware upgrades with today's announcement of v1.9 of its camera software, which adds a new, long-awaited "heads-up display" (HUD) to the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. Users of the … more »

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Washington, D.C. Silver Line Ad

The Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority debuted this TV spot in advance of this Saturday's long-awaited opening of its new Silver Line. The dance moves (set to "Escapee" by Architecture in Helsinki) were choreographed by D.C. resident Michael Stokes, … more »

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Out of Print

Watch this trailer for Julia Marchese's upcoming documentary about L.A.'s New Beverly Cinema, its clientele (including Joe Carnahan, Joe Dante, Rian Johnson, Mark Romanek, Kevin Smith, and many more), and their ongoing love affair with 35mm film.

ProMax Systems Acquires Cache-A

ProMax Systems said it has acquired Cache-A, the maker of archive appliances including Prime-Cache, Pro-Cache, and Power Cache. ProMax said it will continue to sell and support the Cache-A product line, but plans to integrate those archival tools more closely … more »

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Aaron David Gleason “Mastermind”

New York-based filmmaker Jeremiah Kipp directed this fever-dream of a music video for artist Aaron David Gleason with appearances by Chris Sarandon and Tony Award-winners Alice Ripley and Joanna Gleason. It's edited by Patrick McGowan and the DP is Kenneth … more »

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New VFX House Origin Digital Studios Opens in Burbank

It's not all bad news for VFX in Los Angeles. Today, VFX veteran Mark Miller said he is opening a new VFX house, Origin Digital Studios, in Burbank, with additional satellite studios in New York City and Albuquerque, NM. Backed … more »

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The Man Who Turned Paper into Pixels

This video essay by Adam Westbrook of Delve.tv looks at the work of Claude Shannon, "the most important man you've probably never heard of" — an information theorist who was among the first to imagine the possiblity of encoding and … more »