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.

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.

News & Link Round-up [November 2012] Editor's Pick

News & Link Round-up [November 2012]

In this edition of news and link round-up: a theater avoids a ticket tax by selling carrots, Redbox announces their most popular rental titles, The Dark Knight Rises (2012) enters Oscar contention, and learning to slate for aspiring camera assistants.

Speculating on the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars – 3 Directors on my Shortlist Editor's Pick
Nov 19 2012

Speculating on the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars – 3 Directors on my Shortlist

I thought it would be fun to publicize my own director shortlist. These are my personal choices for who I’d like to see given a shot at Episode VII.

Naturally, if I actually had a say in that decision making process, I’d be under the strictest NDA known to man and wouldn’t be writing this post at all. So don’t blame me if none of these choices gets the job.

Clarifying the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars for $4 Billion Editor's Pick
Nov 13 2012

Clarifying the News: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Star Wars for $4 Billion

In case you somehow haven’t heard, George Lucas recently sold his independent, San Francisco-based, LucasFilm to Disney to the tune of $4 billion dollars. Among a long line of other assets, this includes most of the rights to the Star Wars franchise as well as some to Indiana Jones (see below).

I feel qualified to share about this for two reasons: First, I’ve been an ardent Star Wars fan since the second grade. Having seen the movies countless times & making a respectable foray into the Expanded Universe, Star Wars is the reason I got into the industry in the first place – so I’ve got some odd knowledge others don’t know about the situation.

Second, a well-placed friend and industry contact in the Bay Area alerted me to the news moments after it broke. Thus, we were able to join the conference call between Disney’s board members and investors when few people knew yet that anything was happening at all.

News & Link Round-up [March 23rd, 2012] Editor's Pick

News & Link Round-up [March 23rd, 2012]

In this edition of News & Link Round-up: the Best Picture nominees as infographics, is the a “correct” winner in each category, & some must see short ranging from trailer mash-ups to tire commercials.

News & Link Round-up [March 9th, 2012] Editor's Pick
Mar 09 2012

News & Link Round-up [March 9th, 2012]

News & Link Round-up is a regular column where I showcase the Vimeo shorts, film news, and other online content that’s caught my eye over the past couple weeks, but for whatever reason (time, importance, amount of content, etc.) didn’t make the blog sooner.

In this edition: Canon 5DMkIII announced, Wally Pfister gets feature directorial gig, Ralph McQuarrie dies, and a couple must see shorts

Oscar Recap: The Results Are In Editor's Pick
Feb 27 2012

Oscar Recap: The Results Are In

If you kept up with my posts last week, then you’re familiar with my article on the predicted winners from last night’s Academy Awards. How did I do?

Academy Awards: How to Fill Out Your Ballot Editor's Pick

Academy Awards: How to Fill Out Your Ballot

Entering a contest to guess the most Academy Awards winners this year? I’m entering at least one. Here are my picks for the most likely winners in every category.

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