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.

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.

Selina Kyle’s Intended Role in Nolan’s Gotham: Part One Editor's Pick
Dec 05 2012

Selina Kyle’s Intended Role in Nolan’s Gotham: Part One

You missed something important.

During The Dark Knight Rises (2012) theatrical run, you didn’t catch the real importance of Catwoman’s appearance in the film.

What follows is a character analysis to give you a dissenting take on her place in Nolan’s Batman universe. In this part, we’ll cover some poorer interpretations and what doesn’t work about them.

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.

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight Editor's Pick

Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight

I don’t like getting into politics anymore than the next guy, but unfortunately broadcasting and politics mix once every four years in the form of …drumroll…Presidential debates.

The three Presidential debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were naturally heavily publicized and viewed by a huge number of potential voters. However, President Obama actually has around 150 challengers if you include third party candidates and recognized write-in candidates. They have once again received considerably less press.

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes Editor's Pick

Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

As a sports broadcasting professional, I thought I’d share a little insight into what it takes to broadcast a baseball game. Different networks and stadiums obviously necessitate slightly different setups. The crew needs of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball looks totally different than say that of the American Legion World Series on ESPN3. Having worked in the past with people who’ve worked on one or the other, obviously the main difference is one of scale.

MLB broadcasts easily push the number of cameras to double digits. Other broadcasts use only four or five. Regardless, the concepts behind-the-scenes are the same. It’s perhaps easier to learn about and understand these concepts by looking at the smaller scale productions and building from there.

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