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Encore for Arrival: This is a PSA

Encore for Arrival: This is a PSA

  If you live in Birmingham, AL — or, I understand, in a number of other markets — you should be aware that the powers that be have sent A​rrival back into theaters to take advantage of its Oscar buzz. If you haven’t seen it, here’s what you need to know: Do. Denis Villeneuve, the […]

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Oscar Nods: Right or Wrong, the Academy is Over in La La Land

Oscar Nods: Right or Wrong, the Academy is Over in La La Land

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards have been released. A full list can be found here. Of course, a vital part of the Oscar tradition is getting together around the virtual (or physical) water cooler and whining about all the mistakes. Or, I suppose, praising the Academy for the things they get right, though […]

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The Only Art Unique To Cinema

The Only Art Unique To Cinema

Nothing new goes into a movie. Even though filmmaking is one of our newest ways to communicate, its component parts are pretty much mediums unto themselves. For instance, cinematography is basically a twist on still photography. Acting and screenwriting are theatrical traditions adopted to a new stage. Music? Hundred-year-old classical pieces still get used in […]

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"How Does an Editor Think and Feel?"

“How Does an Editor Think and Feel?”

Tony Zhou is one of those rare people who is both a skilled craftsman and a superb teacher. The reason to mention that now is because a new video just showed up on his “Every Frame a Painting” Vimeo channel. It’s called “How Does an Editor Think and Feel?” Take a look and then drop […]

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The Art of the Pre-Edit

The Art of the Pre-Edit

Three or four times a year I have the following phone conversation with a client: CLIENT: “Are you ready for me to come over to the studio and have a look at that spot you started editing yesterday morning?” ME: “No.” CLIENT: “Why Not?” ME: “Because I don’t have anything in the timeline yet.” CLIENT: […]

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Best Editing/Best VFX: Our Take on Who Should Score an Oscar

Best Editing/Best VFX: Our Take on Who Should Score an Oscar

Well, it’s nearly that time of year again. This of course refers to that magical, star-studded night where we all pretend to really care about the Oscars. As is typically the case with movieland’s most prestigious awards show, there are dozens of things we could talk about. Like wow that Best Actor slate is some […]

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Begin with the end in mind - Color begins in pre-production

Begin with the end in mind – Color begins in pre-production

Color Correction Techniques & Tutorials for Commercial Videos We describe one of the simplest color correction techniques with a recent post color editing sample for a commercial of the University of Auburn Montgomery! More than just one of the 7 habits of highly effective people*, beginning with the end in mind is a great way to arrive at […]

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Introducing Postgenie, a new approach to Post-Production

Introducing Postgenie, a new approach to Post-Production

Video Color Grading Software: BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Outpost Pictures introduces Postgenie (https://outpostpictures.tv/postgenie/), a new web-based post-production tool that makes use of an innovative a la carte approach to post-production needs. Customized shot cleanup and color grading can now be found right on the web — no office visit necessary. Decreasing costs of hardware and software in […]

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Switching From Mac to PC, Part II – Or, Media as Martial Art

Switching From Mac to PC, Part II – Or, Media as Martial Art

I’ve decided to broaden the scope of this blog a bit to include some “best practice” suggestions and some software recommendations to make a transition in Switching From Mac to PC as smooth as possible. The number one item on this list is patience. It will take some time to learn a new way. Be […]

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Outpost Blog on "The Dress" Published in Tao Colorist

Outpost Blog on “The Dress” Published in Tao Colorist

What Color Is This Dress? On Friday, Chris Tomberlin of Outpost emailed me about his take on a new internet meme, ‘what color is this dress?’ Huh, I thought, I have no idea what he’s talking about. The next morning on a conference call, all the colorists were talking about this meme. “What are they […]

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What color is this dress? Why you need a good colorist…

What color is this dress? Why you need a good colorist…

Color Correction Training & Techniques One of my first lessons as a colorist was that our eyes lie to us. Sometimes very aggressively. Where is the truth then? It is found in the various scopes that a colorist has at his disposal. For this short blog I’ll be using the vectorscope, which shows color hues […]

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Switching from Mac to PC: Confessions of a Former Apple Fan-boy

Switching from Mac to PC: Confessions of a Former Apple Fan-boy

I’d been a loyal Apple user and fan since before I started my business in 2000. A Macbook Pro and version 1.3 of Final Cut got my business off the ground. Since that time, I’ve purchased many Mac Pro towers, many laptops, some iMacs and all manner of Apple software. I loved the hardware and […]

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Outpost Welcomes New Editor

Birmingham, AL. – February 2015 Outpost Pictures is pleased to announce its recent hire of David Rice. David joined the post production team as an editor, compositor, and motion graphics artist. David graduated in 2011 from Samford University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Film Production. During his senior year, he finished […]

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Courage and Compassion Alive in Birmingham

Courage and Compassion Alive in Birmingham

In 2008, Outpost Pictures created a short film for Pathways, a local safe haven for women and children. This year we began crafting a new story for Pathways. We spent days with their staff, board members, and volunteers.  We also had the privilege of meeting some of the Pathways guests, who at some point had […]

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"It doesn't need to be that good. It's just for the web."

“It doesn’t need to be that good. It’s just for the web.”

The WORLD WIDE web?? With an audience consisting of anyone on the planet with an internet connection, a web site has a far greater potential reach than any other form of mass marketing. Yet some businesses, especially small ones, seem to think that the video they are putting on their site doesn’t require the same […]

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