Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2013 Editor's Pick

Oscar Lineup and Predictions 2013

Other than the documentary shorts and foreign films, I’ve only missed two nominees (titles not screened are noted in the categories below).

My “Will Win” and “Dark Horse” picks were chosen based on aggregated results of various industry experts, winners of other award shows, trends from years past, and my own personal knack for such things

As for who the Academy will actually pick Sunday night, there are a lot more close races than in recent years. If I match last year’s total of 16 correct picks (or if anyone does) I’ll be more than a touch surprised.

UPDATE: 20 out of 24 – not bad at all.

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films Editor's Pick

5 Ways to Watch More Quality Films

Earlier in the week, I shared why I don’t make time to watch or re-watch as many high-quality films or as much high-quality media as I would like, opting instead for lesser fare. It’s a problem far too common among people today. I’d like to help solve that problem, as I’m sure others would like to kick the habit as much as I do. So, here are five suggested ways to fix the problem.

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film Editor's Pick

Double-Edged Sword of High Quality Television and Film

To be sure I’m 100% clear, nothing in this article should be taken as encouragement to decrease the quality of one’s content creation – but rather as an encouragement to change one’s viewing habits.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but, despite being the solid long-term approach, having the best content may actually hurt your viewership numbers in the short-term.

Top 10 Ads of Super Bowl XVII Editor's Pick

Top 10 Ads of Super Bowl XVII

Here’s my top 10 picks from the Super Bowl 2013 commercials in no particular order. Can’t say any of them are as good as some of my favorites from years past, but enjoy anyway!

Sports Television, Commercials, and Why There’s Profit to be Made (Even When It’s Not the Super Bowl) Editor's Pick

Sports Television, Commercials, and Why There’s Profit to be Made (Even When It’s Not the Super Bowl)

It’s a cultural phenomenon. Spoilers used to come out with the 11pm news or the next day’s morning paper – easy to avoid if you tried. Today, so many of us are watching sports with a second screen device – and spouting our thoughts live on our favorite social platform with zero regard for spoiler-free content.

That’s an awesome enhancement if you’re watching live too – but if you planed on watching later and the ending is already spoiled, it takes away all the fun of watching it, which means you won’t do that.

FACT: If you watch it live, the commercials are unskip-able. If you don’t see them, you’ll at least hear them.

6 Best Posts of 2012 [Editor’s Picks] Editor's Pick
Jan 02 2013

6 Best Posts of 2012 [Editor’s Picks]

Although I shared our top 6 posts by number of readers yesterday, some of the best content from the past year didn’t make the list. So, here are the six best posts of 2012, in my opinion.

The past year was one of great growth here at BrendanShick.com. As we saw our readership increase several fold during the past 12 months, many of these articles will be completely new to more recent subscribers, hence why they’ve had fewer hits.

6 Most Popular Posts of 2012 [People’s Choice] Editor's Pick
Jan 01 2013

6 Most Popular Posts of 2012 [People’s Choice]

Not surprisingly, last year’s top posts focused on some of the biggest film releases and news of 2012 – including one that I helped helm. So, here’s a look at the best of the best – the most read posts from the past year in review are listed below.

DON’T OPEN UNTIL DEC. 25TH: Video Round-Up [Christmas Cheer Edition] Editor's Pick
Dec 25 2012

DON’T OPEN UNTIL DEC. 25TH: Video Round-Up [Christmas Cheer Edition]

Three videos to get you in the Christmas spirit.

For December 25th viewing only – unless you want put on Santa’s naughty list…

Quick Followup on HFR and The Hobbit Editor's Pick

Quick Followup on HFR and The Hobbit

My commentary on the use of HFR in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) was posted last week, several hours before the public release of the film. Naturally, there were no audience reactions to include at the time.

Since the official US release last Friday most of the audience reaction I’ve heard has consisted of one of two things…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR Editor's Pick

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

With nearly every possible combination of the terms digital, IMAX, 2D, 3D, HFR, and non-HFR, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) is being released in more formats than any other film ever made. It’s also introducing a new variable that, should it become more mainstream, would cause a similar set of cinematographic problems.

“HFR” is short-hand marketer-speak for “high frame rate.” But it affects other variables that the cinematographer should be intimately controlling as well. The so dubbed HFR is the newcomer to the scene – and has been misunderstood even by many of my industry friends let alone the average moviegoer – [insert faux ‘spoiler alert’] it’s not just about the framerate.

So, here’s a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer’s mouth…errr…pen…err…whatever.

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