Building a new studio from scratch is no easy task.
Just a few years ago, if you had asked Reid Caulfield, lead Re-Recording Mixer and VP of Operations at Central Post LA, if he had any interest in starting his own facility, his answer would have been an emphatic “never again.”
But then, Reid and his business partners saw something that hadn’t happened since the DVD boom of the mid 1990’s. In his more than 30 year career as a mixer and sound editor, he has seen radical technological shifts, studio consolidations, and the ebbs and flows of the workings of the industry, he’s seen work come and go–but, he also saw a new opportunity on the horizon.
People driven by the desire to explore unknown spaces can help bring incredible new ideas and innovation to light. That desire led Gevorg Karensky to found Bipolar Studio in 2015, and in a short time, the studio has accomplished a lot.
For starters, they invented and patented the first VR stabilization tech. They also built the first nine-camera RED Dragon VR rig, partnered with Google to create a film for the Google Daydream headset launch, and won the Mobile Grand Prix at Cannes for their work on the New York Times VR campaign, where they gave away one million Google Cardboard headsets in an effort to enable journalists and filmmakers to bring their vision to a broader audience.
Since its foundation in 2004, Microsoft’s Channel 9 has produced thousands of videos aimed at empowering the community of Microsoft customers and developers.
In the beginning, Channel 9’s content served as an affordable alternative to Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, which was the main platform for customers and developers to connect with Microsoft employees in a meaningful way. Today, it’s grown into a full-blown production studio with over 3 million unique viewers every month. With a visit to their website, you’ll uncover over 2,500 pages of video content like talk shows, instructional videos, keynotes, and coverage of Microsoft’s most prominent developer events.
The team at Channel 9 is lead by Golnaz Alibeigi, Studio Manager and ringleader of creative operations. In any given week, Golnaz and her team produce at least ten different shows about a plethora of topics that range from cloud computing to machine learning, game development, and AI.
In October of 2016 Ignition Productions was awarded the contract to cover the 2017 Dakar Rally for Red Bull TV. The project was a daily behind-the-scenes show of the world’s toughest Motorsport event. They had to shoot over 13 days of competition across three countries, and in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, with temperatures ranging from 122°F to near freezing, sometimes in altitudes over 3500m, an extreme feat for even the most adventurous crews.
It’s your first day as the head of a brand new video team. You can’t wait to get to work, but when you arrive, you’re immediately greeted by a shelf of external hard drives and a small server partition provided by the university’s IT department. To some, it’d be a little discouraging. To others, it’s an opportunity to start from scratch and build the workflow of their dreams.
This is what Chris Salters found when he came to TCU to run a newly founded video production team inside the University’s athletic marketing department. He was excited to take the department in a fresh cinematic direction, and he met his challenges head on.
To say Dale Earnhardt, Jr., “races cars” is a bit like suggesting Tom Brady “throws a ball around” or Lebron James “shoots hoops.” Those are accurate statements, of course, but they capture nothing of the drama — their exceptional talent, their showmanship, their triumphs, their heart.
And in Junior’s case, taking harrowing turns at 200 MPH — hour after hour — is just one of his skills. Sure, he “races cars,” but he also voices Disney cartoon characters, authors best-selling books, performs in music videos, owns a bar, and engages in meaningful work in the community. And he owns a full-service video and content production studio — Hammerhead Entertainment.
Hyper-creative and fully charged. That’s a tagline fit for a cutting-edge production studio, an avant-garde dance company, or the newest installation at a metropolitan art museum. Or, as it turns out, for a church.
Yes… a church.
With six, south Florida campuses, including two in correctional facilities, Church by the Glades (CBG) welcomes upwards of 9,000 people to their weekend worship gatherings. Combined with their live, online experiences and television broadcast initiatives, CBG has an enormous reach to an extraordinarily diverse audience.
Montage is one of Dubai’s premier post-production facilities. Offering a vast repertoire of post services from sound design and composition to VFX, motion graphics, editing, and color grading. They provide these services to some of the largest advertising, film, and television companies in the region.
As the industry continues to push towards higher and higher resolutions, many post-production studios are finding the backend technology that keeps their shops running is becoming strained.
MasterClass is on a mission to give anyone the ability to gain the wisdom and knowledge of the world’s best creators. Since launching in 2015, thousands of students have already learned filmmaking, screenwriting, singing, acting—even tennis—from a star-studded cast of instructors. The classroom experience is stunning with luxuriously high production value, carefully crafted curricula, and intuitive website dazzle, but it’s the intimate connection with the instructor that stands out when the instructor looks you square in the eye to share the personal experiences and expert tips that helped make them who they are.
Aaron Sorkin teaches screenwriting; Christina Aguilera teaches singing; Werner Herzog teaches filmmaking—to name a few. As MasterClass says, “Our instructors are the best in the world.”