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November 29, 1990 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Lights, camera, action!" If you ever wanted to write, direct or star in your own television program, it's not too late. Senior citizens can have fun while creating programs and public service announcements for nonprofit clubs or volunteer organizations. And they don't need a million dollars or a degree in film or video production. There are people to help teach the basics--and it's free of charge.
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March 7, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Timothy Hollingsworth, the 33-year-old chef de cuisine at the French Laundry , is moving to Los Angeles. But don't get your hopes too high. He doesn't have a restaurant planned - not yet, anyway. Hollingsworth announced in November that he would be leaving the Laundry in spring. At the time he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Paolo Lucchesi that he was playing with an idea of opening a more casual and popular type of restaurant, maybe even a spin on Mexican. He's still thinking about doing something like that, but first he's going to be working in video production.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 1993 | JILL BETTNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vidcom Post Inc. in Burbank, once a well-regarded video post-production company, came to an inelegant and messy end last Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles. Judge Geraldine Mund approved the sale of Vidcom's assets--mainly leases on high-tech video-editing equipment--to the only bidder, Pacific Media Associates, a closely held Rolling Hills Estates production firm, for $65,000 cash. The new company, to be called PMA Post Inc., will keep Vidcom's Burbank offices.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Build-a-Bear Workshop was introducing a line of stuffed animals called smallfrys and wanted to reach moms through Facebook. One video used in the online promotion showed a woman pulling up to a fast-food window. Her young daughter requests "a smallfry. " When her mom suggests a fruit cup or celery sticks, the daughter says, "Mom, order me a curly-haired bunny in a purple sequined bathing suit. " The 45-second smallfrys spot came not from a traditional advertising agency but from Poptent Inc., a "crowdsourced" video production studio that has built a global community of 50,000 writers, directors, cinematographers and animators to create commercials for Build-a-Bear, American Airlines, Dell, Intel, Jaguar, General Mills and others.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Build-a-Bear Workshop was introducing a line of stuffed animals called smallfrys and wanted to reach moms through Facebook. One video used in the online promotion showed a woman pulling up to a fast-food window. Her young daughter requests "a smallfry. " When her mom suggests a fruit cup or celery sticks, the daughter says, "Mom, order me a curly-haired bunny in a purple sequined bathing suit. " The 45-second smallfrys spot came not from a traditional advertising agency but from Poptent Inc., a "crowdsourced" video production studio that has built a global community of 50,000 writers, directors, cinematographers and animators to create commercials for Build-a-Bear, American Airlines, Dell, Intel, Jaguar, General Mills and others.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 1985
Fullerton College has received a $185,000 contract for the training of video production operators and engineers from the California Employer Based Training Initiative administered by the Chancellor's Office of California Community Colleges. The college's radio-television program will use the money to offer two 16-week training courses in portable video production and professional video production-editing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
Time Warner offers a video production class at no cost to individuals who live or work in the city. Participants can learn how to use video cameras and sound, lighting and editing equipment. Information: (714) 903-4175.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2002 | Jeff Leeds
Music-video companies are expected to sign a deal today providing pension and health benefits to unionized crew members who work on their productions. After representatives of the Music Video Production Assn. and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ink the deal, individual video production firms would have up to three months to decide whether to sign on, cut separate deals with the union or use nonunion labor.
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January 14, 2000 | Andre Briscoe, (714) 966-5848
The city's Cable Television and Technology Commission is presenting a video production contest for students in grades one through 12. Entries will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31. Contest winners will be selected in four grade categories; first through third, fourth through sixth, seventh and eighth and ninth through 12th. All facets of video production, including writing, filming and editing, must be done by the students themselves. Group or individual projects are accepted.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Holly Myers, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The courtyard in front of Joshua Callaghan's studio, in a small complex of studios along a gritty stretch of San Fernando Boulevard near Elysian Park, looks like a Department of Transportation graveyard, cluttered with what appear to be abandoned parking barriers: short, cylindrical posts of varying widths, coated in sloppy layers of paint and grime. They're called bollards, he points out, though few people know this ? which is part of why he finds them so compelling. "Really they have no name," he says.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2003 | Jeff Leeds, Times Staff Writer
In her recent music video, rapper Ms. Jade is swerving on a dark city street to the beat of her song "Ching Ching." She's behind the wheel of a sparkling, tank-sized Hummer H2, as is a rival racing alongside. The Hummers seem to get as much screen time as Ms. Jade. That bit of product placement cost the Hummer's manufacturer, General Motors Corp., some $300,000 -- more than half the expense of the video produced by Interscope Records.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2002 | Jeff Leeds
Music-video companies are expected to sign a deal today providing pension and health benefits to unionized crew members who work on their productions. After representatives of the Music Video Production Assn. and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ink the deal, individual video production firms would have up to three months to decide whether to sign on, cut separate deals with the union or use nonunion labor.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2001 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employment in movie, television and video production in Los Angeles has fallen to a four-year low, as industry jitters following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have exacerbated an already strange economic year for Hollywood. Cutbacks and delayed projects by the major film companies are now trickling down through the industry, leading to a spate of layoffs at small firms that provide myriad services and equipment.
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October 9, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like so many Americans, Steve Hill was appalled when he saw newspaper reprints of two World Trade Center terrorists as they passed through airport security the morning of Sept. 11. The sight of Mohamed Atta and Waleed M. Alshehri as captured on a video camera in Portland, Maine, was shocking enough. But Hill had another, deeply visceral reaction. "Professional pride," he explained. "I saw these rotten-looking images in the newspaper, and thought, 'We can do better.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2000 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
Time Warner offers a video production class at no cost to individuals who live or work in the city. Participants can learn how to use video cameras and sound, lighting and editing equipment. Information: (714) 903-4175.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1993
Silicon Graphics to Unveil Low-Price Multimedia PC: The $5,000 Indy system will come equipped with a built-in video camera and will be able to view and edit audio and visual data and graphics. Indy, which will be available in September, is aimed at those who work with advanced graphics in computer-assisted design, chemical and engineering modeling, as well as film and video production.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With his deep, rich baritone, Rob Constantine can make a humble voicemail message sound like a promo for a Hollywood epic. That's a good thing, because Constantine, a 36-year-old video producer, hopes to break into the voice-over business. He has already narrated a few corporate videotapes and audio magazines, but he knows the road ahead is tough.
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January 14, 2000 | Andre Briscoe, (714) 966-5848
The city's Cable Television and Technology Commission is presenting a video production contest for students in grades one through 12. Entries will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 31. Contest winners will be selected in four grade categories; first through third, fourth through sixth, seventh and eighth and ninth through 12th. All facets of video production, including writing, filming and editing, must be done by the students themselves. Group or individual projects are accepted.
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