Virtual Production in Filmmaking — HBO Max goes Live & More! :: C9 Rewind Ep. 3

Virtual Production in Filmmaking — HBO Max goes Live & More! :: C9 Rewind Ep. 3

Hello everyone and welcome to this episode of C9 Rewind, your weekly source for current news in the film and tech industries.

This week, Sony announces a new camera aimed at vloggers, Filmmaking may become more virtual in a post-pandemic world, HBO Max goes live and more!

Post Pandemic Filmmaking

In a future post-pandemic world, filmmakers and studios have started thinking about ways to stay productive without cramming a bunch of people onto sets. 

Many films have delayed their release already, AMD studios must find a way to continue to move production along while adhering to safety guidelines related to the pandemic.

Virtual production does come with it’s own downfalls though, lack of experience by industry professionals can prove to be a problem especially in an age when technology is constantly evolving.

The most successful films of all time have used various aspects of virtual production (Avengers: Endgame and Avatar), there have also been box office flops such as Gemini Man (which used a younger CGI model of Will Smith) and Terminator: Dark Fate that both relied heavily on virtual production.

The main concern is finding a way to make this process more affordable and making it easier to transport the various assets involved in making this possible. 

I have a feeling this is going to become the new normal down the line as streaming services become more popular, as this isn’t something strictly limited to blockbuster films. 

The story should always be the main focus and I’m hoping large studios can incorporate these changes without destroying the integrity of the film or Tv show itself.

Uncut Gems on Netflix

Last week we talked about Adam Sandlers new movie produced by LeBron James, so it’s only right that we let everyone know that Uncut Gems is now on Netflix.

The anxiety-inducing movie does a great job capturing what is like to be a sports fan in the 21st century.  Many feel Sandler got snubbed of award nominations for his role as Howard Ratner.

Honestly, this release on Netflix isn’t surprising as Adam Sandler seems to have made a living off of Netflix films in recent years (some good, some terrible). 

I definitely get the sense that he is promoting himself for the big new blockbuster.

Sony Unveils the Zv-1

Sony recently announced a new camera aimed at content creators. The Sony ZV-1 has 20.1 MP CMOS sensor and shooks internal 4K video.

Apparently, it shoots up to 960fps even though the quality is more than likely decent at best. The lense is a 24-70 f/1.8-2.8 and the autofocus and eye tracking is reported to be surprisingly good.

Many complaints are focused on it’s lack of USB-C (what is this 2015?) and it’s high price at $799. At that price, you’re better off going with a Sony a6300 or Canon T7i, which in my opinion are better options for beginner filmmakers and vloggers. 

This is clearly geared for YouTube content creators who don’t know any better and I just really hope they didn’t take time away from the fabled A7S3 to work on this underwhelming piece of tech.

Pokemon Go AR Update

An exciting new development for Pokemon GO fans, a new June update will allow pokemon to run and hide behind real world objects, including other humans walking.

This is awesome news because after seeing this, I feel that many other game companies will start implementing this AR technology into their games. 

Apparently, level 40 and higher players will also be able to scan locations in the real world and it will improve mapping data within the game.

Pokemon GO was a huge hit with everyone when it came out back in 2016, and while diehard fans are still grinding it, this update may not only bring the mobile game back into the limelight but introduce AR occlusion technology into mobile games. 

HBO Max Goes Live!

The highly anticipated streaming srevice HBO Max officially went live on Wednesday, May 27th and raised more questions than answers about subscriptions. Like its rivals Netflix and Hulu, HBO Max offers a wide variety of hit shows and movies while offering its own originals as well.

We covered last week that HBO Max will debut the Justice League “Snyder Cut” in 2021, before that though they plam to add 11 more originals over the summer. 

The subscription process gets complicated for those who are already paying for HBO or HBO Now, some cable companies like Comcast are offering free HBO Max subscriptions for everyone with an HBO subscription. But HBO Max doesn’t have deals with most providers yet, so users will be forced to either pay twice for HBO and HBO Max or cancel their HBO subscription for HBO Max. 

For someone like me who has Netflix and uses Amazon Prime to access most HBO shows, HBO Max doesn’t entice me personally and there’s no support for my Amazon Fire TV so even if I wanted to I couldn’t watch on my most used streaming device.

Amazon actually expressed their opinion on the matter, saying quote “”With a seamless customer experience, nearly 5 million HBO streamers currently access their subscription through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels,” “Unfortunately, with the launch of HBO Max, AT&T is choosing to deny these loyal HBO customers access to the expanded catalog.

Hopefully these two companies can work something out in the near future as 70% of all streaming devices in the US are Roku or Amazon TV.

Until Next Time

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