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Industry News: CNN Buys Casey Neistat's Beme Video App

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   Friday December 2, 2016

Recently, Casey Neistat announced that he was ending his popular daily vlog, but didn’t say what he would be doing next. Now we know: Earlier this week CNN disclosed that it was acquiring Beme, a social-media app launched last year by Neistat. CNN reportedly paid $25 million for the app. Beme itself will be going away, but the team behind it, led by Neistat, will be launching a new video brand under the CNN umbrella, notes PetaPixel. “While the deal will bring the app’s video technology to CNN, it will also allow the news company to tap into Neistat’s large, young digital audience,” notes the Wall Street Journal.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Kinotehnik Practilite 600 - Portable LED Lighting for $799

CINEMA 5D   Friday December 2, 2016

LED technology has been improving dramatically over the years — the struggle now is creating high-output LED lights at a price point that makes sense, notes Cinema 5D, which spotlights the new Kinotehnik Practilite 600, a portable LED light priced at $799. The light promises an output equivalent to a 300- to 450-watt tungsten unit. Despite being cheaper than the Practilite 602, the 600 has an output 20 percent higher in flood mode, according to the manufacturer.   Read the full Story >>

Animation: An Anthology About "Strangers"

Vimeo   Friday December 2, 2016

Animation all-star collective Late Night Work Club (including Nicolas Menard, Alex Grigg and Loup Blaster) has debuted its latest compilation of short films, all of which focus on the theme of strangers. The films tackle subjects ranging from the refugee crisis to online romance and employ a variety of animation techniques, from more traditional paper-drawn approaches to live community animation experiments, notes Short of the Week. All original work was done between 2014 and 2016.   Read the full Story >>

Resources: MovieMaker's Motion Picture Production Guide 2017

MovieMaker   Friday December 2, 2016

MovieMaker has brought back its annual guide to making movies, now featuring 25 resources for getting your film project made faster, cheaper and better. It includes everything from screenwriting apps and camera rental companies to studio facilities, grip and lighting companies, and post-production services.   Read the full Story >>

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