NAB 2013. Model of Black Magic’s new 4K Camera.
Last year I attended NAB — the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Black Magic announced it would deliver a Cinema Camera with 4K resolution for $3,999. Well, it has taken them almost one year to deliver this camera to the folks who want it. It is a great camera for a very low price. The marketing talk was “4K for 4K (four thousand dollars) but Black Magic did themselves one step better. It’s now 4K for a ridiculously low price of $2,999. And it includes their hi-end post production color timing tool Resolve.
This Sunday night is the Academy Awards. Who will win? Who will lose? But in truth everyone nominated is a winner.
Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Grammys
I enjoyed last Sunday’s Grammy Awards Ceremony that featured the reunion of former Beatles members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, they both have their chops, and watching them performing together brought back so many fond memories.
Today Sir Paul McCartney is a very wealthy man. Forbes Magazine estimates his net worth at around $650 million.
I remember back in the 1960′s when the Beatles visited Los Angeles and stayed in a rented house in Coldwater Canyon that hordes of young people caused a massive traffic jam – I witnessed this first hand because I was working as a newsreel camera for KHJ-TV, channel 9, in Los Angeles.
Green Screen Shoot on 12/30/13
This year is ending on a high note for me. Yesterday, December 30th I directed a green screen shoot with actor Martin Bell at Prestige Studios in Hollywood, California. This shot is VFX 1 and the actor standing at the podium behind the camera slate will be digitally composited with the stage of Miami Auditorium at it would have looked during the Miami Beach High School graduation ceremony in 1956.
Director John Orland telling actor Martin Bell how to wave cashiers check in the air. Note the American Flag has only 48 stars because this scene takes place in 1956
I am always the first person to arrive at a location and the last one to leave, and yesterday was no different. So, for me, it was a 15 hour day. No complaints, though, because I love to make movies.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It’s been a tough couple of months with the passing of two dear friends. First, a while back, was Lew Weitzman who was my literary agent, on and off, for more years than I care to mention. However, I will mention that Lew was one of the kindest, most mannered, honest, caring men I’ve ever known. I attended his memorial at the Directors Guild Theatre in Hollywood, which was filled to capacity with family and friends. He founded the Preferred Artists Agency, which is now being headed by his son Paul Weitzman.
Just last Sunday Syd Field passed away. We worked together back in the day at David L. Wolper Productions. The show, which ran for 33 weeks, was Hollywood and the Stars on the NBC Television Network. Syd then wrote a “how to” book for screenwriters that sold over one million copies. He went on to write several other best selling tutorials, and he is acknowledged by his peers as the most effective teacher of screenwriting — Ever!
November 7th, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California.
November 7th, 1963 I was a newreel cameraman for KHJ-TV in Los Angeles. The occasion was the world première of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” in a theatre based on a geodesic dome developed by R. Buckmaster Fuller. This premier marked the dawn of “single lens” Cinerama.
Photo of the Cinerama Dome on November 7, 1963
Directed by Stanley Kramer, the cast was outstanding: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, and a host of other stars including legendary Buster Keaton.
I have been asked to speak at the monthly meeting of the Screenwriters Association of Santa Barbara at Brooks Institute in early September. The title of my presentation will be LIFE IN THE TRENCHES and the official announcement will be made in the next few days by Lisa Angle.
As the need arises, I will continue to update this Blog.
On July 10, James L. Loper, a founder and former president of KCET Channel 28 who helped build the public broadcasting station into one of the nation’s leading noncommercial outlets, has died. He was 81.
Loper, who went on to oversee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, died Monday at his Pasadena home, his family said. No cause was announced.
An Arizona transplant, Loper was a doctoral student at USC in the early 1960s when he joined a small group, the Committee for Educational Television, that was trying to establish a public broadcasting station in Los Angeles.
When KCET went on the air in 1964, Loper was director of educational television. About two years later, he took charge of the station, first as vice president and general manager and then as president from 1971 to 1983.
He “left an indelible mark on the history of KCET and public television,” Al Jerome, chief executive of KCETLink, as the former PBS outlet is now known, said in a statement. “Jim launched several national productions that aligned the Hollywood entertainment community with the newly emerging national program service PBS.”
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Clete Roberts, popular Los Angeles TV Reporter
TV Reporter Clete Roberts was a close friend of James Loper and did many public affairs segments for KCET, and I was the 16mm newsreel cameraman.