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#1 John Sprung

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 01:21 PM

Have a look:

http://www.savethebiz.org/



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#2 Saul Rodgar

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for posting John. Here are my thoughts:

Technically really well done, except for one minor detail -the director says "check the gate" and the 1st AD yells "we are moving on" immediately after that. :blink:

However, despite what the narrator says, there are other huge issues lurking beneath the surface, so the video is over simplifying the issue a bit: It makes it sound like the film industry's worst enemy currently is the strike.

Sure it is a big one, but there are many more forces in play. The proverbial perfect storm: In addition to the strike, there is the fact that movie productions are perennially outsourced to cheaper locales (here in New Mexico or Michigan, etc there is always somewhere else cheaper to film); the financial global flop has dried up funds for productions outright; and the fact that many movies tank at the box office BECAUSE there are too many movies competing for the attention of fewer viewers (as current movie theaters' ticket prices and the novelty of "home theaters") to name but a few.

Certainly, the industry's death blow could be the SAG strike. But even if the SAG strike is averted, the industry as we know it is in great danger because the socioeconomic model it is based on is painfully outdated.

Cost is a big one. The main reason why movies are not being shot in LA is purely economic. One can make the same movie here in NM for half the amount that it would cost in LA. Also, the fact that movies most of the time cannot recoup the production cost at the movie theater is crippling the industry. Piracy and internet distribution conundrums are not helping matters. And it used to be that big name stars, huge SFX and incredibly over-sized budgets alone would draw big audiences to the movie theaters, not so much anymore.

Yes, the movie industry is under siege, but SAG strike or not, there are some BIG issues at play that put this "troubled giant" in serious peril for the foreseeable future. In order to guarantee the long-term viability of the movie industry these other issues need to be addressed as soon as possible, otherwise the industry as we know it will disappear or be continually in danger of going under, IMO.
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#3 monday sunnlinn

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:12 PM

was that a red logo as a wallpaper on the screens of the guys working in the green screen area?
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:27 PM

It could very well be. Some of the gear was provided by Keslow, which is a major Red rental house.




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Posted 12 January 2009 - 05:27 PM

I was wondering about that myself, shooting film but using RED software ? . .

Best of both worlds!
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#6 Andrew Brinkhaus

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Posted 12 January 2009 - 06:16 PM

This spot was shot on RED, and the monitors in back are indeed RED logos, it's the DIT's actual station, a bit of a cameo appearance, his name is Dino Georgopoulos. You can find more details about the BTS here.

http://reduser.net/f...ead.php?t=24646
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