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The "Enhance Video" Cliché Mash-Up.

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If you've ever watched a detective movie or a police show or anything like that, you've probably witnessed a scene inside a forensic laboratory or government surveillance office where someone is looking at some security camera footage and says that cliché line: "Zoom in and enhance that." It's a Hollywood cliché invented by screenwriters who think it's a…
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Digital Producer Magazine: Java Post's Caffeine Fueled Success with DaVinci Resolve

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Digital Producer Magazine - the online resource for news, tools and techniques for content creation - recently published an article about Java Post Production and our use of Blackmagic Design production tools, specifically the DaVinci Resolve colour grading platform. Our founder, president, and head colourist Jack Tunnicliffe shared his thoughts and a few before and after examples of the kinds of…
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Dedicated to all the tech engineers: "Percussive Maintenance."

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This video is dedicated to all the technical engineers and repair people out there. Video by Duncan Robson.
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The Science of Camera Sensors.

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When you press the record button on your film or digital camera, exactly what kind of magic is happening underneath the hood? In this video from FilmmakerIQ.com, you'll learn about the fascinating science behind film and electronic camera sensors.
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Java Post animator's brush with Academy Award Winner

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Of the the hundreds of millions of people watching the 2016 Academy Awards broadcast around the world, one of our very own Java Post Production animators, Tomás Ibar, had a special reason to cheer for an Oscar winner. Director/Animator Gabriel Osorio - whose film Bear Story took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film - was Tomás' instructor back in his home country of Chile.…
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For one day each year, the best film school in North America is at the Yorkton Film Festival.

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For one day each year, the best film school in North America is in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada. Some of Canada's most experienced directors, cinematographers and editors attend the Yorkton Film Festival. They lead small groups of high school students through one intensive, hands-on day of learning. It's a fun and challenging day for students to learn the magic of film making. Find out…
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How Motion Pictures became the Movies - 13 years that changed World Cinema.

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Cinephiles, film students, fans of motion pictures, and history buffs will enjoy this very in-depth look at the 13 years that changed world cinema. David Bordwell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison delves deeply into the time period between 1908 and 1920, when motion pictures became "the movies," and how techniques and approaches developed during those years still resonate in the…
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Through the looking glass: The History and Science of Camera Lenses

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 "F-Stop! In the name of love!" (That was the alternate parody title for this post, but we weren't sure how many people would get the reference to the Supremes' song.) Without lenses, cameras are expensive paperweights filled with film or digital sensors. Lenses bring the world into focus. So let's stare down the barrel and join FilmmakerIQ.com as they zoom in on the…
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Getting blood from a stone. Or an actor. The history of fake blood in the movies.

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We've heard it said that there is too much blood in movies today. Well, that's not a modern phenomenon. Blood has long been a part of theatrical and cinematic presentations. In this video by FilmmakerIQ.com, you'll learn the cinematic history of fake blood. Recipes included!  
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Go Big or Go Home: The History of CinemaScope.

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Described at the time as "the modern miracle you see without glasses," CinemaScope was an epic-sized film format made for epic-sized productions. In this video, David Bordwell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison takes an interesting and in-depth look at the history of the CinemaScope movie experience, how the technology of this extremely wide-screen format affected the creative…
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Whirrrrrr! Zip! Bleep! It's the Sounds of Star Wars!

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So, there's this little sci-fi genre film out right now that seems to be getting some buzz, called Star...something. Anyway, we hear it's pretty popular. We also hear it has some pretty cool sounds, created by the multiple Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Burtt. This video, compiled by Rishi Kaneria, celebrates the sounds that, since 1977, have become part of our collective…
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A visual essay on the Dissolve in filmmaking.

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There's an old video editor saying that goes: "If you can't solve it, dissolve it." Meaning that if you're having a challenging time making a cut between two shots or two scenes work, just put in a dissolve. Obviously, that saying is a rather glib and amusing phrase, as the judicious use of dissolves can be a very effective visual tool in film making. This video by Kevin B.…
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Eye versus Camera: What's the Difference?

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Your eyes don’t always capture the world exactly as a video camera would. But the eyes are remarkably efficient organs, the result of hundreds of millions of years of co-evolution with our brains. In this video - part of the TEDEducation series -  Michael Mauser and animator Nick Hilditch outline the similarities and differences between your eye and a video camera.  
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"Corner Gas: The Movie" teaser trailer!

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It's here! It's the Corner Gas: The Movie teaser trailer! The movie hits theatres December 3rd. Java Post Production is proud to be the Saskatchewan producer of this movie.
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Java Post's Doug Russell reminisces on the 60th Anniversary of CTV Regina-CKCK-TV

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Courtesy of CTV Regina Morning Live, this is an interview from July 29, 2014, on the 60th Anniversary of CKCK-TV (CTV Regina). A trio of former CTV Regina employees - including Java Post Production's own Doug Russell - chat with host Molly Thomas about their memories of working at CKCK-TV over the years.
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