Category Archives: Footage
Some great expansion work going on here from the busy team at Pond5! … Pond5 Inc have acquired Pixmac a stock imagery network based in the Czech Republic.
Over 6,000 Pixmac photographers and illustrators are expected to join Pond5, bringing with them millions of images which will be available via the Pond5 website. Pixmac artists will get a substantial raise to match their Pond5 counterparts, and will earn 50% royalties on all sales.
2013 Oscar nominee | Documentary Feature | ’5 BROKEN CAMERAS’ Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
‘As Israeli settlers begin building homes and erecting a barrier wall in the West Bank village of Bil’in, a Palestinian farm worker documents the town’s resistance to the new settlement. Over the course of several years, the townspeople clash with the Israeli Defense Force, and tensions mount as the wall remains and the building continues.’
2013 Oscar Nominees
Straight out of the box – Rick Gershon, Director of Photography at MediaStorm, was given the Canon C300 the day before he left for a shoot, a basic set up – without any heavy instruction manual reading – resulted in a smooth day’s shooting.
They say: MediaStorm’s Director of Photography, Rick Gershon, brought the C300 to Angola to shoot their documentary “Surviving the Peace,” which follows the progress of the Mines Advisory Group as they clear unexploded ordnance.
‘This is a practical review taken from my experience using the Canon C300 in the field on an actual project. This is not a technical review. I will not be discussing the in-depth minutia of the technical aspects of this camera. Rather I will be giving real world examples of both the positive and negative aspects of the camera that I experienced while using it in a documentary setting, in very difficult conditions on a very important film.’ ….
Read Rick’s full report here: MediaStorm blog
FOCAL reports: Stanley Forman, Honorary Member of FOCAL International, internationally known documentary film distributor and producer and founder of the ETV Library, died last night (February 7th) at Harrogate Hospital, Yorkshire.
For many years Stanley’s company, ETV Films Ltd., was one of the best sources for archive film about the British labour movement and the ‘socialist’ countries of eastern Europe. Those who knew him, despite any political differences, admired him and were grateful for his help and knowledge.
Full details and tributes here
Frankfurt, Germany based photo agency Picture Alliance are now exclusively licensing Associated Press photos in Germany and Austria through a brand new dedicated portal available to their registered picture buyers. The new portal called ‘AP Images’ and enables picture buyers access to 4 million AP breaking news, entertainment, sports and historical photos. The deal is part of the agreement between AP’s commercial photo unit, AP Images, and the German Press Agency dpa – owner of Picture Alliance.
“We are very pleased to distribute this outstanding partner exclusively in Germany and Austria,” said Edith Stier-Thompson, managing director of picture alliance. “AP Images’ high-quality and exceptional photos perfectly complement our contemporary and historical images. Along with the dpa-archive we are able to offer a unique selection of historical content.”
“We’re delighted to be working with dpa’s picture alliance to expand our reach in an important region of the world,” said Fernando Ferre, vice president of AP Images. “We are also very proud to represent dpa’s outstanding collection outside of Germany and Austria. This partnership furthers our mission of being a one-stop shop for all imagery needs to our clients and is among many recent efforts to expand our offerings, one of the largest collections held by a news organization in the world.”
Media makers marketplace Pond5 have released version “v2” of their website.
They say - ‘The site offers a dramatically improved experience for both customers and contributors, giving filmmakers, photographers, musicians, 3D artists, and all kinds of media makers a place to connect with fellow artists, sell their stock media, and purchase high-quality content for their productions.’
New features implemented on the site include:
• Larger, higher quality thumbnails and previews. The media is front and center, loading quickly and in high resolution. Video and audio plays back directly from search results, and watermarked previews are freely downloadable for use in mockups, rough cuts, and testing.
• Advanced Search. Media makers can quickly find what they’re looking for with granular filters for media type, resolution, duration, price, aspect ratio, etc.
• Infinite Scroll. Instead of flipping page-by-page through search results and waiting for pageloads, users are now presented with a continuously loading page of content, making the search process fast and seamless – an industry first.
• Collections. Media makers can now collect, organize and share their favorite media easily and quickly using the new Collections feature.
• Drag and Drop. In another first, users can now add content to their carts or collections using an intuitive drag and drop interface.
• Customized Artist Profiles. Contributors on Pond5 can promote their portfolios and build their brand more effectively with the ability to visually customize their artist pages.
“We’re focused on creating the fastest, most artist-friendly platform for media makers around the world to exchange creative elements, connect with other creators, and get inspired,” says Tom Bennett, co-founder and CEO. “These latest features are a big step in that direction.”
Search and license at Pond5 here
Twitter have acquired mobile phone video specialist software company Vine. Vine enables users to share short looping videos across Twitter and Facebook accounts, the iPhone App is free and available now.
They say ‘Vine: a mobile service that lets you capture and share short looping videos. Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (6 seconds or less) inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create. Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special.
Here’s the free Vine App
• You don’t need a Twitter account to use Vine (but signing up is a little quicker if you do!)
• After installing Vine on your device, you can sign up using an email address or sign in with your Twitter account.
The Huffington Post UK photo team tweeted a Vine loop reaction to Andy Murry’s tennis win here
The Associated Press has signed the Daily Mail in the UK as its latest customer for AP Video Hub, the ‘state-of-the-art’ video delivery platform for digital publishers.
The platform launched in April, offers global news, entertainment, SNTV (sports) and lifestyle video to customers. Site curators select and promote breaking news content alongside key footage from AP’s extensive video archive. And now offers customers a 24/7 live news stream so that breaking news events such as the U.S. elections and Hurricane Sandy are available for AP Video Hub customers to broadcast live on their websites.
Other customers signed to the site include the UK’s Daily Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal.