Thursday, April 11, 2019

The NAB Show 2019

From Wikipedia

"NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April, and has been held since 1991 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life". NAB show is the largest show for media, entertainment and technology. The NAB shows covers: broadcast TV, radio, production, post production, news gathering, streaming, cable TV, satellite TV, film restoration, data storage, data management, weather forecasting, industrial TV, FX, CGI, connected media, cybersecurity and more. NAB had 103,000 attendees from 161 countries and more than 1,806 exhibitors in 2016. There are also exhibitors in Las Vegas hotels not counted in the official convention center displays. In addition to the exhibitors' booths, there are lectures, panel discussions and workshops. In 2017, there will be over 200 of these sessions..."

From No Film School

A playlist of coverage from NAB 2019. Worth watching.


NAB Show has live streams and recorded video coverage as do many of the product manufactures.

A bit of a toy fest. I like looking at the lighting, lenses, digital cameras and gripping gear.

I do have my heart set on Arri Alexa - just saying. And I would like to get to NAB.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Gelatin Moulds

Gelatin was used during the Victorian era to make moulds used in casting plaster sculptures.

Since then various artists and model makers have come up with ways to improve this by adding Glycerine.

The resulting Gelatin/Glycerine mixture (without water) is gently melted and poured around a "master" shape to create a reusable flexible mould. The mould can later be melted down and reused many times.

I have also come across a miniature model makers recipe that added Sorbitol to the Gelatine Glycerine mix in equal 1/3 portions. However, non-food grade Sorbitol powder is impossible to obtain in NZ in bulk. It does come with 50% water added for use in the Dairy Industry in milking sheds. $600 for 200L which then has to be processed to remove the unwanted water.

So a Gelatine Glycerine mix looks to be the way to go.

Here are some links to recipes and articles


And a 2 part video...


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Art Direction Training at Pinewood Studios

Terry Ackland-Snow runs a special school based at Pinewood Studios in the UK.
It looks quite magical. and worth every penny to pay to go on these 2 courses.

As Terry explains ...

Film Design International (FDI) is an Art Direction training provider, which offers essential, industry-relevant courses for anyone who wants to work in the Film and TV art departments.

Ideally located at the internationally renowned, Pinewood Studios; both the Art Direction Course promise the student a total immersion in the film and television world, and a vitally important first step towards becoming a successful Art Director and Production Designer

We currently provide two training courses and you can find out more detail about each of them via our Courses page.

FDI was set up at Pinewood Film Studios in 2001 by Terry Ackland-Snow, to offer draughtsmanship courses for the film and television industry.

The courses are taught personally by Terry along with other professionals, so students benefit from the vast knowledge, insight, skills and techniques that he has acquired throughout his illustrious career which spans 50 years in the industry. Starting as a Junior Draughtsman in 1960, he worked on more than 80 film and television productions making his way up to being appointed as a Supervising Art Director and Production Designer. IMDB link.

Terry along with the team members are passionate about the industry that he has devoted his career to. The courses are intensely practical and designed to give comprehensive knowledge of film techniques to be used on the drawing board.




A happy hard-working student has a blog of her journey at the school.