Saturday, December 14, 2013

What equipment to use for making a Documentary Film?

At Binary we have been making documentary films for 25 years. We have seen the equipment change every year.  POV on PBS talked to some of the top doc. film makers and they came up with this list of equipment they are using now.  check it out:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bean to Bar a film about artisan chocolate Dec 7th 5pm

Encore screening of the film "Bean to Bar, a film about artisan chocolate" at the Pickford Film Center Dec 7th, 5pm.  Come early for a chocolate tasting of some of the best chocolate in the country in the lobby before the show!   

This show will sell out so get your tickets here:  PICKFORD FILM CENTER

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Background Rendering Not Working with Premiere or FCPX in OS X Mavericks?

This is something that you might come across that will be an issue in your rendering.  This link that explains the issue and how to deal with it is from

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lean how to be a sound person for film.

I teach classes on sound for film and studio sound design. After working on 100's of films. I think this video will give you a idea on what the job is and how to improve the quality of your skill set for a production

Sound Design Tutorial For Filmmakers: Audio Tips from Lights Film School on Vimeo.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Encore Screening of "Bean to Bar, a film about artisan Chocolate

Due to the sell out showing of "Bean to Bar, a film about artisan Chocolate" we have been asked to show the film again at the Pickford Film Center, Dec.7th 5:00 pm.  Come early for a chocolate tasting from some of the best chocolate makers in the country!  Get your tickets, this show will sell out!
Link for tickets:  PICKFORD FILM CENTER

Monday, October 28, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

"Films are like our children. It takes a village to distribute" Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix

Scilla Andreen, is a brillant women who understands what it takes for film distribution and support of the indie film makers.  She is CEO of IndieFlix which is one of the platforms that I use for my documentary's. since 2009, "American Collectors" and "Bean to Bar, a film about artisan Chocolate"

Here is a posting on her blog that I think is worth reading:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bean to Bar, a film about Artisan Chocolate, now online to watch!

Our new film is out on IndieFlix, a video on demand service that streams 1000's  of high quality videos.  It is available on Roku and XBox also.  Click on the links below.  Aside from watching the Bean to Bar film, check out our other film "American Collectors, a film about why people collect things" 
Great price, less then a DVD!
2 week free IndieFlix trial membership then $6.99 per month:
1 Year Indieflix membership:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Film about Chocolate, "Bean to Bar, a film about Artisan Chocolate"

We are showing our film "Bean to Bar a film about artisan chocolate" Oct.19th 5:30pm at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham Wa.  Come early for a chocolate tasting from some of the chocolate makers in the film!  Get your tickets now, this show will sell out. 

Produced by Bob Ridgley, Binary Recording Studio

Friday, September 20, 2013

Our new film showing at the Pickford Film Center, Bellingham Wa.

We are showing our film "Bean to Bar a film about artisan chocolate" Oct.19th 5:30pm at the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham Wa.  Come early for a chocolate tasting from some of the chocolate makers in the film!  Get your tickets now, this show will sell out. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Trailer for our new film, Bean to Bar, a film about Artisan Chocolate

Binary Studio Productions has just released a new documentary, "Bean to Bar, a film about artisan chocolate".  

This film focuses on the artisan chocolate makers renaissance in the United States.  Offering exotic tastes, textures and variety unavailable in our industrialized food industry, these artisan chocolate makers are celebrated and praised by food critics and chocolate lovers alike.
Their passion for excellence through quality over quantity and a working relationship with the famers, has led to a modern day revival of chocolate's mystery and allure.

TRAILER, "Bean to Bar, A film about Artisan Chocolate" from Binary Bob on Vimeo.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Storyboard Master Class for Film by J. Todd Anderson

Alfred Hitchcock’s films were known to be extensively storyboarded. He once commented that his films were often anticlimactic for him after they were edited, because he’d already experienced them in the storyboard. However, storyboarding helped Hitchcock plan out his films shot by shot, solidifying his vision.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Creating an Affordable Web Presence For Your Film

We all need help in marketing our indie films. "Assemble" has been building web based marketing tools for the film maker that helps in distribution.  Create, Gather and Profit!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Seven Rules of Film Making by Kevin Smith

Director, screenwriter, actor Kevin Smith, first feature "Clerks" that he made for $25,000 shares some tips that may help you in your next film project.

1. Edit while you’re still shooting. On every flick since Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, I’ve been editing while still in the midst of production. I’m not talking about some hired editor piecing together an assembly while I’m on set, either. I mean that whenever I’m not shooting, I’m in the editing room with my footage. While the crew is taking 15 minutes to an hour to set up the next shot, I’m behind the Avid, putting the flick together.
2. Chop while rolling. It’s all upside when you’re editing while you’re shooting, as you’ll know right away if there are any shots missing. More than twice over the course of Clerks II, I was able to grab cutaways or re-shoot coverage a mere 48 hours after wrapping on a particular scene, thanks to chopping while rolling. Two days after wrap, I had a fine cut of the flick because I’d spent the entire shoot editing whenever I wasn’t on set (during production I average three hours of sleep a night).
3. Show your edited footage as often as possible. Another benefit to cutting while you’re still in production is that it affords you the opportunity to share the scenes with the cast. Until they see cut scenes, the film is solely theoretical to them. Give the actors actual scenes to watch and suddenly they can see the film taking shape, too. If you’re lucky, the cast will get pumped seeing how well all their stuff is turning out and you’ll enjoy the trickle-down benefits: A freshly-inspired troop of performers who’ll come in every day and give you even better performances.
4. Include the cast (and crew) in on the editing process, too. I’m not saying they should all ride shotgun at the Avid, but once you’ve got scenes cut, roll ‘em for the cast and crew. In some cases, they might provide insight you hadn’t thought of yourself. At the very least, it will convey how collaborative you can be and foster good will amongst the people who are already eager to help you realize your vision.
5. If you’re shooting a talky picture, spare no expense on the sound recorder. Without special effects or stars, your dialogue is the selling point of your flick. Therefore, it behooves you to hire the best sound recordist/mixer you can afford. Same goes for your boom guy/girl: Don’t cheap out.
6. Never fish off the director’s pier. Don’t shag the help. Better to tug one out in your trailer than create an environment of weirdness by dipping your pen, or having your pen dipped, in company ink. After the flick has wrapped, hold a circle jerk/daisy-chain/gang-bang with the entire crew if you like. But while you’re in production, keep it all business.
7. Don’t make Jersey Girl. Trust me on this one.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Need to Bounce Some Light, Inexpensive DIY Reflector Solution

I am into cheap ways to put together some of the tools needed to shoot a scene with a small crew.
Here is a idea that Luke Neumann films has used.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to read the scopes for color correction, Premiere Pro Tutorial with Larry Jordan

At Binary we do alot of color grading for our projects and clients. Want to be a better colorist? Using the scopes within the color program are very important.  Here is a great tutorial with Larry Jordan.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

YouPix Community, Better your odds of Getting your Movie Made! posted this article about YouPix,  a community of film makers that share resources. Another way of connecting with others in the film making biz.

Sometimes it can feel like the chances of your screenplay being bought and made, or having a shot at getting paid to direct a film is 1 in a million. YouPix is a contest/community that may help up those odds — to 1 in a thousand to be more accurate. This new platform is twofold: It’s an online filmmaking community where members can upload their scripts and films, talk in forums, and follow each other’s activity (like Facebook.) It’s also a screenwriting/directing contest that awards winners up to $500,000 to make their film. More details after the jump.
YouPix was launched in late-May of this year. Founders and filmmakers Mathew Davis and Talieh Safadi set out  to offer opportunities for screenwriters and directors to both share their work with fellow members of the site, as well as compete for the chance to make their films. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Adobe Premiere 6 CC, get up to speed tutorial.

If you have not updated to the new CC version of Adobe editing tools I would. You can still have the older version in your apps but I don't think you will go back.  Some of the updates are really good and I am really enjoying some of the workflow improvements.  You do not have to worry about issues of being in the middle of a project on the older version and updating. The only thing I noticed was some of my hot keys did not transfer.

Check out this tutorial to get you up to speed on the new features.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sound Design Breakdown for a Scene from Pixar's 'Monsters University'

We do alot of sound design and audio post for film at Binary and wanted to share this short video on how they created the sounds for "Monsters University"

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

4th of July Americana, IndieFlix's

A film we at Binary produced called "American Collectors" is highlighted on IndieFlix's July 4th Americana. A film about why do people collect things. IndieFlix's is a independent film distribution company with lots of great films.

Americans devote vast amounts of money, time, and closet space to their collections. Studies show that 30% of the population of the United States collects something. “American Collectors” is a documentary that explores why people collect and the impact that collecting has on their everyday lives. “American Collectors” takes an in depth look at the psychology of collecting. In this film we meet 15 very different people with wide and varied interests. They all share a common bond, the activity of collecting. Within these interviews, we get a very personal and intimate look at collectors and their relationships with these objects of desire.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Sound Design for Superman "Man of Steel"

We do sound design at Binary and I am always interested in what goes into the design for the films we watch. Michael Coleman from SoundWorks Collection puts out mini-docs, behind-the -scenes of sound designers at work. "Man of Steel" pushes the envelop!

SoundWorks Collection - The Sound of Man of Steel from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sound remover effect in New Adobe Audition CC

We do alot of post audio for film which requires noise reduction etc..., well I am impressed with what Adobe has offered in their new update in Adobe Audition CC.  How about removing the sound of a cell phone ringing in the middle of your take?   check it out.


How to be a film director, by Vimeo Film School

A fun look at "How to be a film Director", Vimeo class 101:

Directing 101 from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Monday, June 24, 2013

6 Channel portable audio Recorder, Zoom H6

Zoom H6  is an amazing little package that has alot to offer :

  • The world’s first handy recorder with interchangeable mic system
  • XY mics capture remarkable stereo depth and clarity
  • Mid-side mics provide continuously variable stereo width
  • Four XLR/TRS inputs for external mic/line connections
  • Up to six channels of simultaneous recording
  • High-definition audio of up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • 6-in/2-out USB audio interface
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA batteries
  • Supports SDXC memory cards up to 128GB
  • Optional Shotgun mic and external XLR/TRS inputs available

Monday, June 17, 2013

Vimeo Video School

Vimeo has put together a great group of lessons, tutorials and advice for film makers for all levels.  They are calling it the "Vimeo Video School",  below are some of the category's.  Its a new service they are building with a great community of people adding content.  Check out the link and see if there is something that can add to your film making skills!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What can CD Baby do for me as an independent artist?

Many artist that record in our studio ask us "how do we get our songs on i-Tunes.  The best answer is CD Baby
CD Baby offers a number of artist services, including:

  • Worldwide physical distribution for your CDs, DVDs, and Vinyl
  • Digital distribution to our digital distribution partner companies such as iTunes™, Rhapsody, eMusic (and many, many more)
  • Download sales on
  • Free resources and informational podcasts
  • Affordable web hosting and design through
  • Short-run disc duplication
  • Download Cards customized with your album artwork
  • Access to over 2500 retailers and etailers through our distribution partnership with Super D One Stop

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

DuctTake Video Compositing from different Takes!

DuctTake is a system designed to enable practical compositing of multiple takes of a scene into a single video. Current industry solutions are based around object segmentation, a hard problem that requires extensive manual input and cleanup, making compositing an expensive part of the film making process. Our method composites shots together by ļ¬nding optimal spatiotemporal seams using motion compensated 3D graph cuts through the video volume. We describe in detail the required components, decisions, and new techniques that together make a usable, interactive tool for compositing HD video, paying special attention to running time and performance of each section. We validate our approach by presenting a wide variety of examples and by comparing result quality and creation time to composites made by professional artists using current state-of-the-art tools

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Installing Magic Lantern 5d Raw software

Here is a site that has the download and install information for using Magic Lantern software to shoot Raw video footage on your 5d Mark lll


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gumroad a platform to sell your creative content

Gumroad is providing a social based platform for selling your creative content directly to your audience.
One newcomer to the scene, Gumroad, boils the process down to a few simple steps. CEO Sahil Lavingia — a former designer at Pinterest and builder of‘s iPhone app — just raised a cool $7 million with the pitch that his startup will “democratize the ability to sell stuff online.”
Here’s how it works: Authors choose one of their digital products — a Wordpress theme, Photoshop file, or e-book — and attach a price, accompanying image, and promotional copy. Gumroad then creates a unique webpage and the budding designtrepreneur shares the address with fans via Twitter, Facebook, or any other channel where they have a following. There is no central Gumroad website to browse like Amazon; the service was designed explicitly to connect creators and fans via social media.

Production Guidelines for mixing Dolby 5.1

Here is a link put out by Dolby on the specs and guidelines for mixing 5.1 audio.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ReverbNation for networking musicians

With musicians looking for ways to distribute their music, ReverbNation provides alot of options. Aside from providing a networking format, they keep charts on local and national musicians that use the site. To view the top charted indie musicians just type in the city and state you are interested in. They also provide a basic website service to get your band up and running with stats to see how your doing.  We have had many musicians in the studio giving good feedback on their service

check them out:

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

What should you make Films about.

J.J. Abrams made a name for himself in television, but he’s become been one of the biggest film directors in Hollywood, movies like Mission: Impossible III and the Star Trek reboot. Recently he sat down with BAFTA Guru to talk about his career and his advice for aspiring filmmakers. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Digital Distribution & Marketing BitTorrent Bundle the FUTURE?

BitTorrent, a tech company whose name is commonly and incorrectly associated with pirating, has been running a legitimate business since 2004 with over 2 million pieces of licensed content in the BitTorrent download manager, which serves more than 170 million people monthly. The company is now beginning to launch a new endeavor to empower those in the content creation business. BitTorrent Bundle provide a way for creators large and small to have all the advantages of the peer-to-peer protocol while also maintaining control over their content by creating ‘gates’ that must be unlocked by the consumer. We had a chance to chat with Matt Mason, VP of Marketing at BitTorrent, who is very impassioned about what this new publishing platform could potentially mean for creators.

NFS: What are the advantages of peer-to-peer file sharing for entertainment distribution?
Matt: Because the BitTorrent ecosystem is completely distributed, peer-to-peer essentially means you can move really large files without any servers because everybody who is sharing the file is part of the processing power of storing and sending that file. The BitTorrent Bundle is the internet’s media format, it’s a format that works the way the internet works, it’s distributed by nature, it’s designed to be shared infinitely and still add value to content creators, and you can put anything inside a Bundle. It could be high-def or 4K, and you could ship that Bundle to an audience of hundreds of millions for a cost of zero dollars. It’s the most efficient way to move large files around on the internet, that’s what the BitTorrent protocol was designed for. That’s what it does. Every day the BitTorrent protocol already moves more data that everything on HTTP combined. It’s a proven technology and we wanted to build something that allows publishers and content creators to take advantage of that.
The reason Bram our founder invented BitTorrent was: he saw the future and the future was that HTTP which was designed for moving hypertext was just not gonna work for moving videos, music, large code updates — the files are getting bigger and BitTorrent was designed for that as a protocol, and now we’re at the stage that so many content creators want to publish with BitTorrent that we felt it was time to build this format that allows them to do it.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

First Music Video Shot in Space

Here’s a little bit about how it came about:

The task was in front of me. I came up with a piano part. I then enlisted my friend, producer and fellow Canadian Joe Corcoran to take my piano idea and Chris’ vocal and blow it up into a fully produced song. Drums! mellotrons! fuzz bass! We also incorporated into the track ambient space station noises which Chris had put on his Soundcloud. I was mostly blown away by how pure and earnest Chris’ singing is on this track. Like weightlessness and his voice agreed to agree.
And voila! An astronaut sings Space Oddity in space! I was so honoured to be asked to be a part of this. You wouldn’t get too many chances to make a recording like this and not only that, to make music with someone who – through his vibrant communications with kids in schools to his breathtaking photos to his always patient and good-humoured demeanour – has done more for science and space than anyone else this generation. Planet earth IS blue, and there’s nothing left for Chris Hadfield to do. Right.
Safe travels home Commander!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Raw video 24p from Canon 5D Mk lll, Magic Lantern

Magic Lantern managed to pull 24p RAW footage out of the Canon 5D Mk lll.

The test video isn't anything special in terms of content, but the difference between the RAW video and the H.264 video is huge in terms of both dynamic range and resolution. By cropping the video to 1920×817 he gets a 2.35:1 wide screen aspect ratio, resulting in 1080p RAW videos with black bars on top and bottom.
Read more at:   LINK

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Film Producer Ted Hope talks about film industry

Film Producer Ted Hope talk about some things indie filmmakers should think about.
 "I will unleash what I think is necessary to recognize about our industry if you are a filmmaker looking to survive from the work you generate."

1. Filmmaking is not currently a sustainable occupation for any but the very rare. It is not enough to be very good at what you do if you want to survive by doing what you love.
2. Presently speaking, artists & their supporters are rarely the primary financial beneficiaries of their work – if at all. Filmmakers are not sufficiently rewarded for their quality creative output under current practices.
3. The film industry’s economic models are not based on today’s reality. They are predicated on and remain structured upon antiquated principles of scarcity of content, centralized control of that content, and the ability to focus the majority of consumers towards that content.
4. Film audience’s current consumption habits do not come close to matching the film industry’s production output. America remains the top film consumption market in the world, and is thought to be able to handle only around 1% of the world annual supply – consuming somewhere between 500-600 titles of the annual output of approximately 50,000 feature films. We make far more films than we currently know how to use or consume. We drown our audiences in choices.
5. The film industry has not found a way to match audiences with the content they will most likely respond to. It doesn’t even look like this is a priority for the business. Everything is spaghetti against the wall, marketed in the same way & only to the most general demographics of race, gender, & income.
6. In order to reach the people who might respond to a film, the film industry remains dependent on telling everyone (including those who could not care less) about each new film. It is a poorly allocated dedication of resources. We spend more money telling those who will never be interested, than focusing on those who have already demonstrated support. There is no audience aggregation platform exclusively for those who love movies, no place where all people who love movies engage deeply about films – if there was, marketing costs could shrink.
7. Digital distribution is an emerging market and will continue to evolve over the next decade. The value for titles for the long-term has not been specified for digital distribution; currently only short-term value is derived – and as a result films are licensed without full understanding of future worth. We are doing a business of ignorance.
8. Predictive value of films is primarily currently determined by an incredibly imprecise method:“star value”, a concept that grows less predictive by the day. Ask anyone and they will tell you that people do not go to movies anymore to see specific stars but interesting subjects. Granted, that is not a scientific method, but we know it to be true.
9. The “fair market value” of a feature film’s distribution rights in the US that multiple buyers want has dropped astronomically: from 50% of negative costs 25 years ago, to 30% 15 years ago, to 25% 10 years ago, to 10% today.
10. International territorial licensing of American independent feature films has dropped by approximately 60% over the last decade. Major territories no longer buy product. Most have given up on “American Indies”.
11. Everything that has ever been made, has also been copied. The logic of a business based on exclusive ownership or limited access to something can not sustain. In the digital era, the duplication of data is inevitable. The unauthorized copy will never go away. People can choose to try to avoid unauthorized versions, but they will be made or shared. This does not have to always be a bad thing, either.
12. Competing options for film viewing have diminished the comparative value of theatrical exhibition. A consumer can not justify the cost of a movie ticket when that ticket costs more than the cost of a month of unlimited streaming. Home theaters’ quality surpasses many theaters, and the seats are always better. Soon, 4K Televisions will be the norm, while movie theaters are stuck in 2K.
13. The film business lacks a long-range economic model for exhibition. What is the business of movie going? Exhibition gathers people together to sell them a 15 cent bag of popcorn for six dollars. We can profit from a large group’s interest in more and more meaningful ways, but the infrastructure is not yet designed to exploit this.
14. The film industry foolishly rewards quantity over quality. Producers are incentivized to forever take on more and the films’ quality suffers as a result. The best work is not rewarded. Once upon a time, filmmakers got overhead deals and that made some difference, but those days are long gone.
15. Movies have a unique capacity to create empathy for people and actions we don’t know or have not experienced. Science has shown that the imagined releases a similar chemical response to the actual experience. If this empathic experience is virtually unique to film, can it be utilized more? I think so, tremendously so, in fact.
16. Movies create a shared emotional response amongst all those that view it simultaneously. What other product can claim that? As a unique attribute, how can you emphasize that more? Shouldn’t that be the takeaway that your audience remembers and shares?
17. There has never been a better time for most creative individuals to be both a truly independent filmmaker and/or a collaborative creative person. The barriers to entry are lower, the cost & labor time of creation & distribution are lower than ever, and there are more opportunities and methods than ever. We just need to abandon the old ways and unearth the new ways.