David Schonauer

Insight, 1: The Epic Making of Music Doc "Wrecking Crew"

MovieMaker   Thursday March 26, 2015

The long struggle to make The Wrecking Crew, a documentary about a group of session musicians who played on many of the biggest and most enduring hits of the 1960s and ’70s, involved everything from the digital camera revolution to music-licensing problems to creative fundraising. But the story behind the film is really all about family: At MovieMaker, filmmaker Denny Tedesco explains how he decided to make the documentary after his father, Tommy Tedesco, who was one of the studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1996. It took 19 years to complete what Tedesco calls “the world’s most expensive home movie.”     Read the full Story >>

Insight, 2: How To Pitch BTS Videos to Your Clients

Fstoppers   Thursday March 26, 2015

Behind-the-scenes videos have become important marketing tools for photographers and filmmakers alike. Beyond that, they’re also valuable to your commercial clients—when you shoot a spot for a brand, the BTS video of your work is a double-dip of promotion for its products. Therefore, declares Fstoppers, you should be able to justify pitching BTS videos as an add-on service. The website offers insights on how to do this. Start by learning about your clients’ social-media marketing strategies.   Read the full Story >>

MAP Spotlight: JJ Sulin Looks at the Birds of Brooklyn

Vimeo   Thursday March 26, 2015

Last summer, after seeing a newspaper article about pigeon flying in NYC, Brooklyn-based photographer and filmmaker (and MAP reader) JJ Sulin  started investigating and found himself in a pet store in the Bushwick area—one of the very few left, he notes, that sell birds. The result is his three-and-a-half minute documentary The Birds, now at Vimeo. The video isn’t really about birds, however—it’s about humans and how we create our personal identities and build our worlds, Sulin notes.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Gear for the New Indie Broadcaster

HDVideoPro   Thursday March 26, 2015

A decade ago there was a huge gap between the gear used to shoot big-budget films and TV shows and the gear available to low-budget indie broadcast productions. Now, thanks to digital cameras and the insatiable demand for Internet motion content, the playing field has been leveled. HDVideo Pro has a rundown of new gear optimized for the indie broadcaster, from Panasonic’s AJ-PX800 camcorder to the Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K, the world's first Ultra HD 4K production switcher.   Read the full Story >>

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