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BluRay launches 3 documentaries for 2009

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I'm really happy to report publicly for the first time that we'll be providing all post production for 3 feature length documentaries that are currently destined for major film festivals and network HD broadcast in 2009 and 2010.   We can trace at least part of this announcement to our investment in BluRay and in-house self-publishing of the high definition discs.

Yesterday a sample 9 minute version of the first of the three proposed documentaries was presented to the Carter Center here in Atlanta.   Among the people present were both hollywood executives and an executive of an international television network and most importantly, President Jimmy Carter.  It has been Mr. Carter's mission to eradicate major diseases to impoverished areas of the world and in this particular presentation, the story was Guinea worm and its debilitating effect on people, especially the very young.   I'm going to be very honest and say that for the first week I had a very difficult time cutting the piece and had to walk out of the suite multiple times a day to get away from the screams of the little girl who serves as the primary focus of this presentation.  It was a natural sound story told through the stories of the man who oversees the eradication program for the Carter Center and the volunteers on the ground.  All in all, it presents a very powerful emotional punch.

In order to present the project properly, we authored and created a BluRay disc and the production company purchased a Panasonic DLP HD projector for the event.  Actually that part is kind of cool because now we have full access to a large format DLP HD projector anytime we need one.    In addition to the presentation disc, we duplicated 20 BluRay and 30 DVD copies for all the board and associated personnel to take home.  All packaged in proper DVD and BluRay cases with full four color sleeves designed in Photoshop and printed on our own laser printer.  The discs themselves were printed on our new FlexWriter IV DVD duplicator / printer.

The fact that we were able to deliver and present the project on BluRay made an immediate impression before the viewing even began.  At the conclusion of the presentation, the accolades for both the story and technical quality of the presentation were overwhelming.   We will most likely debut at least one of the documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival and it is very likely that all three documentaries will appear on a major international H.D. network in 2009 or 2010.  The narrator will be a major hollywood star or potentially several stars, talks are already underway.

What we were able to accomplish by not only jumping in to the BluRay authoring realm, but also the duplication and finishing was to allow our client to look incredibly good in front of a very demanding audience.  It's because of this ability to not only tell the story on screen, but deliver it in the highest possible quality anytime, anywhere, that we were granted the offer to be a part of these three documentaries and essentially have one edit suite already fully booked for 2009.

BluRay self-publishing is here and it works.

Equipment used:

Apple Final Cut Pro, AJA Kona 3, Apple Compressor 3, Adobe Encore CS3, FastMac BluRay Burner, Panasonic BluRay Duplicator, FlexWriter IV DVD Printer, HP LaserJet 3000 Printer .

 

 

 




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Re: BluRay launches 3 documentaries for 2009
by Lea Dimitrakoudis
what video camera do you use?


Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.

 




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