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Happy 60th Anniversary, CTV Regina CKCK-TV.

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The gang at Java Post Production wants to wish a very happy 60th anniversary to CTV Regina (also known as CKCK-TV). Today marks 60 years of broadcasting from the little television station on the eastern outskirts of Regina, Saskatchewan. There are dozens of former CKCK-TV/CTV Regina employees working in the broadcasting, advertising, production and film industries across Canada. In fact, there are…
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Amazing Flo-Motion Hyperlapse Video of Barcelona, Spain

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To paraphrase the old Three Dog Night song: "Well, I've never been to Spain, but I kinda like this video." Described by its creator, UK-based filmmaker Rob Whitworth, as "a fast moving short film," this video is really something to see. It involved 75 hours of logistics and travel time, 31 hours of location scouting, 78 hours of shooting, and 179 hours of post…
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Java Post Contributes Aerial Shots To New Tourism Regina Video

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Tourism Regina has just released a new video promoting the City of Regina, set to the music of the band Fly Points performing their song "Always Do." As part of this promo video, Java Post Production was happy to contribute several gorgeous high-definition aerial shots of Regina, shot with our "Javacopter." Java Post Production has recently become one of only a few…
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Saskatchewan Costume Designer, Brenda Schenher, Wins Best Costume Design at B.C.'s Leo Awards

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Congratulations to our colleague and good friend, Saskatchewan costume designer Brenda Schenher, who won a Leo Award for Best Costume Design in a Television Movie. The Leo Awards are the awards for the British Columbia film and television industry. Brenda's award-winning costume design was for the television movie Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story. We Vancouver has a nice article about…
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Amazing Face Lighting Video

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This is an amazing example of how lighting can change the appearance and mood of a person's face. This is actually a teaser video for the song "Sparkles and Wine" by the artist Opale. There are no special post-production effects here...just rapidly changing lighting angles and colours. Note how the look of the actor's face changes quite dramatically with each change in lighting…
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Java motion graphics lay down the law for SGI.

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This is one of a series of 30-second motion graphics television spots Java Post Production recently completed for SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance). Each of the commercials explains an upcoming change to provincial traffic laws and how the public will be affected. This particular commercial deals with changes to the law concerning speeding.  Agency: Phoenix Group
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"In A World..." - The History of the Movie Trailer

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Have you ever wondered why something called a movie "trailer" runs BEFORE the movie? Learn the reason why (and many more things) in this fascinating movie history lesson from the good folks at www.filmmakeriq.com.
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Amazing technology! Changing camera position in post with "freeD."

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This is pretty amazing technology. A company called Replay Technologies has developed something they call "freeD" - Free Dimensional Video. In brief, they are able to move a virtual camera around a set or a sports arena and view the actors or athletes from any angle. The video above shows the technology being used at at tennis tournament.  Currently, when the virtual freeD camera moves to a…
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What is the Resolution of the Eye?

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This is for all the film, video and science buffs out there...or for anyone who is just plain curious about stuff. This brief video delves into the resolution of the coolest video capture system ever...and the best part is almost everyone has a couple of these handy every day. It's the human eye.
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The Oscar-Winning 3D Effects of "Gravity."

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At the Academy Awards last Sunday night, the space movie "Gravity" was awarded the Oscar for visual effects. In this 5-minute video, you get an in-depth (pardon the 3D pun) look at one brief shot from the movie, illustrating the complexity of combining live-action camera footage, computer-generated images and mathematics to create a final, believable three-dimensional shot. The computer guys…
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The History of Television...sort of.

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On this mid-week Wednesday hump day, it's time to take a few minutes and have some fun with the puppets from Glove and Boots - Fafa, Mario and the Gorilla - as they take us on an amusing musical journey through...the History of Television!
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Brilliant Trojan Marketing (as in the horse, not the other Trojan thing).

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Java Post Production works with a lot of great advertising agencies throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada. So we've learned to appreciate really clever advertising. Recently, we learned of an extremely clever marketing initiative done by the international shipping and courier company, DHL. This has been described as "Trojan" marketing, as in "Trojan Horse." Watch the video above to see…
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How Popcorn Became The Standard Snack of Hollywood.

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You love it, you can't get enough of it, you pay waaaaaay too much for it...yes, we're talking about movie theatre popcorn! Those puffy kernels of butter-coated delight have been a part of our movie-going experience for as long as we can remember. But it wasn't always that way. In fact, there was a time when popcorn was considered far too "low class" to be served in fancy-schmancy movie…
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Hollywood's History of Faking It.

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Whether you're in the film/video business or just a fan of films - particularly big-time action films - here's an entertaining and informative video we ran across from FilmmakerIQ.com, explaining the history of one of the most common special FX methods: greenscreen compositing.
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The History of Aspect Ratios (now in CINEMASCOPE!)

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4:3. 16:9. 1.37. 1.85. Academy ratio. 2.20. 2.35. Letterbox. Pillarbox. Cinemascope. Anamorphic. And so forth and so on. Throughout the history of projected and broadcast visual entertainment, aspect ratios - that is, the ratio between how wide an image is compared to how tall it is - have constantly changed. And, if you've ever sat in your parent's living room, trying not to rip the TV remote…
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