ECG PRODUCTIONS BLOG

  1. BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE ARMORY’S “IF I EVER”

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    Full-body-painted aliens and rock bands: just your typical Saturday at ECG Productions. The Armory’s music video shoot was my first project with ECG Productions, and it did not disappoint. I showed up bright and early – I have an almost irrational fear of being late – and waited for the rest of the crew to arrive. The crew arrived first, then the talent, and then the band. We got right to work; when you have three girls who need paint on 100% of their bodies, there is no time to waste. As a PA, I stayed busy gathering and preparing props, sorting through gels, tending to talent and making lunch arrangements. Once the shoot began, I was given the task of taking set stills, which...
  2. A Dad’s Tale – How I Almost Got Arrested in the Middle of the Kids Section at Belk!

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    This week: A Very Special Episode of The Naked Unicorn Podcast! Jason Sirotin thought he was being an awesome Dad when he planned what he thought would be an amazing day for his four-year-old son. Little did he know that it would literally be the worst day of his life. The outing started off great, but quickly spun wildly out of control. Listen as Sirotin recounts his misadventures in parenting in this special edition of The Naked Unicorn Podcast. Jason Sirotin http                               
  3. ATLANTA MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR ROUND TABLE

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    Three Atlanta music video directors. One table that is not round. A ton of great information! There are not many people that I really follow in the Atlanta music video scene, but there are definitely two directors who’s latest work I’m always excited to check out: Video Rahim and Tim Daust.  I was lucky enough to have the guys join me at our studios in Atlanta for an honest chat about producing and directing music videos. If you are trying to break into the music video scene, whether its in LA, Atlanta or overseas, this podcast will serve as a great learning tool. Enjoy!   An open and honest discussion about making music videos in Atlanta. Episode 3 Transcript Jason Sirotin: Welcome to the Naked Unicorn Podcast....
  4. INTERVIEW WITH P-DASH ABOUT GEORGE STINNEY MUSIC VIDEO

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    Production wrapped on George Stinney music video! We recently wrapped production on a very exciting music video project for the song George Stinney written and performed by P-Dash. As co Director of Photography on this project, I got to spend a lot of time on set with P-Dash and I was very impressed with his work ethic and intellect. The video required P-Dash to perform the entire song dozens of times throughout the 2 day shoot. He gave us full energy performances every time and he was happy to do so. I told him how impressed I was by the fact that we were working him to the bone yet he never complained once. He replied by saying, “If I’m ever complaining that means I’m not learning something so that’s never even a thought.” It’s P-Dash’s...
  5. GEORGIA FILM AND TELEVISION TAX INCENTIVES DEMYSTIFIED

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    How Georgia’s Film and Television Tax Incentives Work. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE Georgia production incentives provide up to 30% of your Georgia production expenditures in transferable tax credits. The program is available for qualifying projects, including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, animation and game development. With one of the industry’s most competitive production incentive programs, the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office can help you dramatically cut production costs without sacrificing quality. So how does all this tax credit stuff work? Our conversation with Ric Reitz will demystify the Georgia film and television tax incentives universe. The facts about Georgia’s film and television tax incentives. (Naked Unicorn Podcast Transcript) Jason Sirotin: Welcome to the Naked Unicorn podcast. I’m Jason Sirotin. I’m here today with Ric...
  6. HOW SAG WORKS FOR BETTER OR WORSE

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    SAG Rules and Guidelines Revealed DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE The mysteries of SAG (The Screen Actors Guild) are revealed in this edition of The Naked Unicorn Podcast. Host Jason Sirotin sat down with SAG Atlanta Local President, Ric Reitz and entertainment attorney Scott Patterson to uncover the facts about the most powerful union in showbiz. How SAG, the actors union, works! The truth about SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and how the union works. (Naked Unicorn Podcast Transcript) Jason Sirotin: All right. Welcome to the Naked Unicorn Podcast. Today we are speaking with Rick Reitz who is the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta President. One of only 25 nationally, and I’m here with Scott Patterson, ECG Productions Entertainment Attorney and he’s with the pattersonfirm.com. Let’s chat Ric about SAG. Ric Reitz:...
  7. 10 MISTAKES INEXPERIENCED VIDEO PRODUCERS MAKE

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    It goes without saying that the best professionals make their craft look easy.  When most people watch movies, TV shows, or commercials, they automatically think they can easily produce content of the same caliber. However, executing high quality video content involves assembling the right team with years of work experience (and, sometimes, school training) that should not be underestimated.   Living in LA for nearly a decade now, I have met countless aspiring writers, directors, and producers who think that their first film or video will win an Oscar just because they put their heart and soul into it.  And… I have seen them fail in disappointment.  Here are the top 10 mistakes I’ve seen video producers make, and how you can avoid them to...
  8. VICTORIA STILWELL VISITS ECG PRODUCTIONS

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    Victoria Stilwell, of It’s Me Or The Dog fame, visited our studio to be interviewed for our Dr. Good: A Pet Rescue Mission documentary. With over 20 years of experience in training and rescuing animals, Victoria was able to provide great insight into the issues facing homeless pets in America. Victoria’s passion for animals is boundless and her solutions for identifying and eradicating the hardships surrounding the issues are pragmatic. She supports Dr. Good’s mission because it attempts to solve problems at their roots, which involves changing peoples’ mindsets and behaviors when it comes to pet ownership. We cannot thank Victoria enough for volunteering her time to be involved in our documentary project. She understands that a documentary is a great way to spread a positive message...
  9. 5 REASONS YOUR SCREENPLAY OR PILOT SCRIPT NEEDS COVERAGE & NOTES

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    5 Reasons You Need Script Coverage Script coverage is useful. Flat out, no doubt. If you have a screenplay, spec TV pilot, teleplay, radio play…whatever, you need coverage, and probably notes too. Pros have people that read their script for them, and now you do too. Here’s why you need it. 1) Your screenplay is bad. I’m sorry, but it is. Nobody’s first draft is good. Nobody’s second, third and fourth drafts are that good either. And the biggest problem is that you don’t know it yet. You need someone to tell you. Someone that knows what’s good and what isn’t. Someone who gets paid purely to tell you if your screenplay is good or not. A professional reader can do that for you. 2)...
  10. BMPC 4K Firmware Update 1.9 FPN Test Results

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    Blackmagic released the new Camera Utility 1.9 which updates the firmware for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K in the following ways: Add histogram, time remaining and audio level indicators Includes improved sensor calibration processing The histogram, audio levels, and time remaining calculations are a welcome addition to the firmware for the BMPC 4K. The improved sensor calibration processing is designed to improve the FPN (fixed pattern noise) that has plagued this camera from the onset. This new sensor calibration is what gets me most excited about this update because it could potentially mean being able to record clean shadows and a generally more pleasing image. In my experience, the BMPC 4K looks great as long as everything is exposed above 20 IRE (which can be difficult to accomplish...

 

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