Filming Live At Asylum

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Something is brewing over at Asylum Artists. Today we were joined ledgendary jazz singer Don Francks, and Jazz FM personality, Jaymz Bee.
For a trip back in time touching on just a small part of Don’s 60 year span in the jazz world.
Stay tuned for an exclusive show, coming to you Live from Asylum’s Jazz Lounge.

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Absolut Inspire

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Asylum just recently collaborated with the good people over at Isobar to bring you the worlds first art experiment of its kind! We had 2 Absolut artists creating street art live and all inspired by you the audience! Needless to say it was a huge success. Check out the video below for the play by play!

ABSOLUT Inspire – Live Stream from Asylum Artists on Vimeo.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/absolut-inspire

Particle Simulation Testing

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I’ve been working with water and particle simulation for some time now. It’s fascinating how computers software is able to mimic real world dynamics, and translate that to amazing visuals that sometimes wouldn’t be possible without the insane control of nodes, and rigid bodies. This was just a simple product test having the particles interact with a tabletop product. Still a work in progress, but shows potential in the amount of control that an operator has while simulating.

Agency Wars

Everyone should come check out the Agency wars!! Watch your fellow ad shops duke it out it the ring. This not-for-profit event brings both men and women, from over a dozen different ad agencies around Toronto, giving their all for three 2-minute rounds. Be there and witness my good friend Michelle ‘ Give Em Hell ‘ Repasky kick some ass!

When: Wednesday January 26, 2011
WhereArcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Simpson Tower,
8th Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
Cocktails: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
First Bout: 7:45 p.m.

Read more: http://agencywars.ca/main-event/#ixzz1B1MuTWUo

-Shereen

Post Production Workflows

We are trying to add some resources to the local community, and what better way than to share some of our workflows.

1) Canon 5d MKII Post Workflow:

Definitely one of the easier post workflows, but for on set monitoring this camera can be a bit of a pain. If you plan on just connecting an HDMI and monitoring while your DP uses the rear LCD, sorry… The camera doesn’t have enough processing power to send out two signals ( It’s a DSLR with video enabled what do you excpect? Still pretty great). So it cuts out the rear LCD to distribute the signal through the HDMI port. As a solution to this we grabbed a Blackmagic HDMI- HDSDI Mini Converter from Abel Cine. With this device you still lose the rear LCD once the HDMI is plugged in, but you can have an onboard monitor with one of the Blackmagic HD-SDI connections for camera crew, and the directors/client monitor can use the remaining HD-SDI port from the converter.

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2) RED ONE Post Workflow

This worklow has been evolving since 2008. After two years of fan boys saying it rocks, and veterans saying it will never work. The workflow of RED is one of it’s graces. To be able to shoot 35mm quality footage @ 4k, and immidietly back that up and begin cutting within minutes of wrapping a day, and having dailies to your client almost instantaneously is a real push for the RED Revolution.

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3) Arri Alexa Post Workflow:

One of the new heavy weights of Digital Cinema cameras, the Alexa gives you a high quality cinematic image, with the latitude of film, but with the ease of digital. This workflow can be done through SXS cards, or by tethering to a Tape recorder, or Digital recorder. By shooting directly to SXS you get files that are either Pro Res 422, or Pro Res 444. Which is really great for editorial, and a fast paced post process. If you want a bit more latitude in post you can record into a digital recorder that will enable ARRIRAW in post so you have the full gamut of sensor information as it was shot.

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4) Sony F35 – Post Production Workflow:

This was Sony’s first big response to the release of the RED ONE. Looking very similar to the F23, this cameras upgraded insides make it a powerhouse over its predecessor. This camera feel is much like a traditional film camera, and was a pleasure to work with, giving me a great SLog image to work with in post. The downside to this camera is having the big recording unit attached or tethered, but nothing different from a giant film mag. For hand held shots though, I may look else where.

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5) Vision Research Phantom Slow Motion Camera – Post Production Workflow:

This camera is an oddball in the sense that it was not made to be used in commercial and film, but for recording crash testing of vehicles to help with car safety. But for it’s technical ability and amazing image, it was quickly adopted by the film industry, and now the commercial advertising industry. With the ability to go to 1000 frames @ 1080p this camera allows the human eye to see things we didn’t even know occurred. This workflow can be achieved either with tethering the camera control unit to an HDCAM SR deck for tape backup, or the .CINE files from the Phantom can be stored and converted into Pro Res 444 with Final Cut Pro.

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This is an open forum so if there are any issues or comments, please leave us some feedback in the comment section below.

Happy Shooting!

-Scott

Shereen Wins in Vistek’s Capture Canada Photo Contest

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Shereen received First Prize in the Sports Photography division for her work “Determination”. Make sure to check out Shereen on Linked In.

You can see Shereen’s work and the other Winners here.

Congrats Shereen!

-Scott

“The Ripple Effect of Digital and Analog in Film”

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‘Like insects toward a bright light, humans have gravitated towards technology, quickly forgetting about the formats of the past like laser disc, beta, VHS, and now DVD. But throughout the whole process the content itself hasn’t changed. If you have a good story and plot, you’ve got yourself some potential to make a great film.  So when will we stop the great search for the next big thing in technology and how it will advance film?’

http://www.blog.filmarmy.org/2011/01/the-ripple-effect-of-digital-and-analog-in-film/

-Scott

AsylumArtists.com presents Archie Alleyne and The EOJ Ensemble @ Asylum Studio

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On December 2nd,2010 Asylum Artists held a Jazz night with Toronto Jazz Legend Archie Alleyne and his Evolution of Jazz Ensemble. Over the fall months we were busy producing, and developing a website for the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund (AASF). Through our efforts with the website, social media, and the jazz night we were able to help raise over $7000 for the fund, and help more underprivileged youth find a voice in the music community, and get the proper training that they need to get into post-secondary and to find their place in the world of music.

If you would like to help contribute to the fund visit www.aasf.ca for more information. Special thanks to all of our sponsors.

Canadian Icon: Rick Mercer

Before the holidays, we were lucky enough to have Rick Mercer drop by the studio to snap a few portraits for our on going
personal project of Canadian Icons. Thanks Rick!