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Best of NAB 2016 – Favorites

Every year NAB brings about excitement with new releases, new price reductions, and new… new stuff. 2016 looks to be a year where the best and brightest companies continue to expand their product lines with great new offerings at low prices! Here are a few of our favorites! This will continue to be updated over NAB week!

Ronin MX

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At $1599, this new gimbal from DJI comes in at just $200 more than the already great Ronin-M, but allows for cameras up to 10 pounds! The gimbal itself is only 6 pounds, and DJI is promoting the ability to easily switch between flight and ground modes, allowing any Ronin MX to get hooked into a drone and fly with relative ease. This is an exciting offering at such a low entry price, this is sure to shake up the market.

TrekPak

These guys make the best Pelican insert products on the planet. I was privileged to work with them early on and they helped custom fit my Red Epic into pelican cases, cramming 2-3x more gear in the same sized case! They are a must for any production gear! They’re showing their product with Pelican cases this year at NAB!

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DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Blackmagic keeps consistent with releasing great new stuff at NAB as they have in years past, and the release of Resolve 12.5 seems to be in line with a great update! According to Blackmagic’s website,

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is a massive update with over 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features that give editors and colorists dozens of new editing and trimming tools, incredible new media management and organization functions, new retiming effects, enhanced keyframe controls, on-screen text editing, new ResolveFX plug-ins and much more! The re-designed node editor is easier and more intuitive to use, there are new HDR grading tools, vastly improved noise reduction, lens distortion correction, a completely redesigned Deliver page for outputting projects and a new Fusion Connect command for round tripping visual effects shots between DaVinci Resolve and Fusion!

The great thing about Resolve is it is ready for you to try and download.

More details to come! Stay tuned!

Bladelight Flolight LED Review

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I had the chance to hang with Chris McKechnie (digitalcinemaguy.com) and review some early Flolight Bladelight LED’s, both the 18″ and the 36″. They are definitely awesome lights. VERY bright, and they allow for a clean cut shadow that most LEDs don’t, so there’s some big advantages to these lights! We put them up against my 1200w Arri Par (in a book light setup) to check color consistency and shifts. Check out this informative video to see a review Chris put together!

Shot on the Red Epic MX sensor, you’ll see that these Bladelights are pretty darn intense! I enjoyed the ability the lights offered to cut the light so cleanly. They have multiple fresnel type lenses that slide over the single line of LEDs that allow for 60 and 120 degree splits.

Check them out at Flolight

Here’s a few photos of our light setup:

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One additional note is that these lights require a ballast, which makes the thin profile a bit less sleek, but not a deal breaker. The lights feel heavier than they look, they’re built like tanks and look like they will last a long long time.

Definitely recommend checking out these lights. Great price, great features, and a solid company behind it!

Top Quality Video for Your Business

We are nothing short of thrilled to create with businesses large and small.

For over 10 years, we’ve worked on video production based in Denver, and our work has taken us many times around the world. Each project has been unique. Some have been commercials for national TV, some have been quick-turn internal videos to multi-national corporations, some have been heart-wrenching documenatries peering into life’s most challenging circumstances. In every case, our passion is to create unforgettable anthem pieces that grab the viewers attention and call them to action.

In short, our mission is to provide superb creative vision, flawless technical direction, and world-renowned execution, all inside the scope of your budget and plan.

We pride ourselves on being the absolute best for our clients. Every opportunity to serve our clients is an opportunity to make amazing. Amazing technical quality. Amazing content quality. Amazing results.

Let’s. Make. Amazing.

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Whole Foods- Unseen Bean Story

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A very cool project we got to be a part of:

From The Unseen Bean…. Gerry Leary founded The Unseen Bean in early 2003 with the intention of making the freshest, best-tasting coffee available anywhere. Leary, who is blind from birth, refused to let his sightlessness keep him from becoming a Master Coffee Roaster. He trained in San Francisco at the West Coast Specialty Coffee Company. After working as a blind mechanic for 40 years, Gerry decided it was time to trade in his toolbox for a coffee roaster. “I’m very content in the coffee profession. People are upset when their cars break down, but almost everyone is happy with a great cup of coffee.”

April Fools Camera Roundup

Lots of funny camera releases over the years… here are a few of our favorite from April fools, from 2016 and beyond!

The Canon 1DW

Canon 1DW

Canon 1DW

As seen on http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Cameras/Canon-EOS-1D-W-DSLR-Camera.aspx

Adobe’s Ansel Adams Lightroom Tutorial

Special Limited Edition X-Pro 2

X Pro 2

X Pro 2

As seen on Fujiaddict.com

Digital Cartridges for analog 35mm cameras

RE35

RE35

As seen on http://www.re35.net

Drone Taxi Service

Drone Taxi

Drone Taxi

As seen on http://www.sanwakoutsu.co.jp/special/aprilfool2016.html

A6300 Review by Erik Stenbakken


As seen on http://stenbakken.com/blog/

There are multitudes more out there, please do send over your favorites in the comments!

DJI – The Comeback

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We were privileged to work with DJI on this story of Steven McCutcheon, a snowboarder with an incredible story that is now working his way towards the next winter Olympics.

This project was shot up in Steamboat Springs Colorado with a highly talented crew of people from companies Cloudgate, Outskirt Films, and Hello Airbot.

We shot primarily on Canon C100 MK2’s and two Inspire One drones, but there was also a GH4 on a Ronin-M, and an A7s I believe captured a few shots as well.

Sports Illustrated – Athlete of the Month

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We have had the great opportunity to work with Sports Illustrated over the past years in Denver (well, Broomfield in this case) and they came back to us again to film a story on their ongoing series, “High School Athlete of the Month”. In this story, we follow Porter Milner who has an impressive soccer tactic that led his team to two state championships. Check out our work below!

Here’s the original posting link:

Video – Porter Milner High School of the Month

Shot on our Red Epic package and support by our grip truck!

Client Case Study – Stella Service and Sports Authority

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We were pleased to work with Stella Service based out of New York recently on a client case study. In the past, the category of corporate videos hasn’t always been the most exciting category, but that’s something at James Drake Films we intend to change. While we still provide a tremendous amount of information in a short time, we’ve learned countless methods to make these heavily informative videos captivating and interesting.

client case study

The video is embedded on their case study page, click here to check it out!

The marketing and executive team were very pleased with this project and we look forward to future work with them! Here’s a quick word from their marketing director
james drake films

Easy Amazing Call Sheets

studiobinder

Studio Binder is an awesome online production management tool for all film video professionals out there. Today (February 4, 2016) they just released a new update, “2.0” that adds a ton of features to their already robust platform. 

I like Studio Binder because of it is simple to read for your crew members, easy to send out, and also has tracking features to see if your crew is receiving the call sheet as well as they can click “confirm” in the call sheet and you know without a shadow of a doubt as a producer that they’ve received the information. 

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It’s also nice if you use a lot of the same crew on a regular basis as it saves their information and then creating a new project is a snap! 

You can customize each crew/cast call time individually as well as add a schedule to the day with location and scene information. 

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They offer a free version that allows you to create one call sheet per month for up to 15 people, so go check it out on their website!

Northern Colorado Credit Union TV Commercial

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We were privileged to work with Northern Colorado Credit Union on their first television spot airing in 2016!

NCCU’S mission: “Our hope is to educate the public about the difference between a bank and a credit union. At credit union’s our customers are members and part-owners, which results in fewer fees and lower rates. It also means that members come first!

Northern Colorado Credit Union has been a part of the Greeley Community since 1935 and we are dedicated to serving the people and organizations that make Northern Colorado a great place to live!”

Definitely an exciting project, we look forward to helping them enhance and grow their great brand!

Very proud of the team coming together on this spot and working hard to make it happen on a tight deadline and all with high levels of execution and with happy clients!

Contact us today if you’re considering growing your brand presence through video in Colorado or nationwide!

Successful Video Series

One of our best clients just reported back and told us that a series of 10 videos we produced in November 2015 has helped them gather and secure several huge international clients of their own! To say the least, we’re very proud to have been involved and see the success that this series has brought about for them!

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The process for putting this series of 10 videos together was to develop a strong series of content based on thought leadership in their space and point their potential clients to questions they should be asking about scaling their own businesses. Through selecting strong content and editing the series in such a way where viewers want to continue watching, we saw strong engagement and big success for this company as they successfully gathered new clients through this process. Overall, a tremendous success for them and a good reflection on us too.

Inspiration Center – Mathare Slums Kenya

We were privileged to visit a powerful ministry in December 2015. Check out this great work that the people at Inspiration Center in Kenya are doing –

They work hard to help the children there receive high quality education despite the big economic challenges facing the entire community.