Raising the Roof

Ohio based RJK roofing company has grown significantly over the last 15 years… now providing construction services to a large portion of Northeast Ohio. Increasing the demand for more staff. – RJKco.com

Roofing is a seasonal field that only becomes active during the spring and summer. It’s because of this that roofing has a high turnover rate from year to year which constantly brings inexperienced workers in that need to be trained from scratch.

“Our old way of teaching new workers just wasn’t cutting it. We needed a new way to show them the basics.” stated Greg Tomasic (Production Manager, RJK).

“RJK wanted to get away from three to four hour long orientation and training sessions that took them away from their main focus, which is being on roofs.” Remarked Producer Chris Kennedy. “We proposed an interactive eLearning course, which would allow the new hires to orient themselves and gain compliance in one of the session’s most crucial areas, Fall Protection training.”

 

Fall Protection Harness Instruction courseware on iPhone

The courseware would be available via smartphone and laptop, and once a new hire completed the course, an email is sent to Human Resources and Management for compliance.

Ladder Safety Graphic
Ladder Safety Graphic

Fall Protection training is a requirement for all new hires and workers at RJK, and the need to have attendees attest to the training is mandatory, therefore any courseware needed to include an attestation phase. “Employees would not be cleared until that phase was passed.” Stated Kennedy.

Safety Harness Demonstation
Greg Thomasic of RJK conducts Fall Protection Course

To learn more about RJK Construction, visit them at rjkco.com

To learn more about our elearning and video production services, please contact us.

ARRI debuts TOTALLY wireless camera, the SXT W

All you need to know – The ALEXA SXT W is totally wireless. Wireless Video, WiFi and wireless camera/lens control are all built in.

For those lucky enough to be able get your hands on these beauties, the candy shop is open.

ARRI has integrated a high-quality, low-latency (no delay) HD video transmitter and a WiFi radio into the new ALEXA SXT W model. Having a video transmitter built in makes the camera smaller, lighter and less cluttered than having an external transmitter. Fewer cables is nice because how many times have you rummaged through equipment cases looking for the essential one that  you just cannot find? Camera setup can now be quicker, and the AD might even thank you for saving precious production time.

ALEXA SXT W will replace all previous SXT models. Life gets simpler: there is only one version of SXT W. Existing ALEXA SXT EV and SXT Plus owners can upgrade.

Also, the ALEXA SXT W is just one part of ARRI’s jump into the world of wireless video. Anyone can benefit from ARRI’s new WVS (Wireless Video System) even if they don’t have an ALEXA SXT W or an ALEXA SXT ready to upgrade.

ARRI WVS consists of a stand-alone video transmitter to be used with other ARRI or third-party cameras. A stand-alone video receiver works both with this transmitter or the one in an SXT W.

You can read Jon Fauer’s great article over at FDTimes here or if you’d like to get info on where to rent ARRI in the Ohio area, contact Scott Handel and the guys over at Ohio HD Video

Adobe unveils major update to Creative Cloud in time for NAB 2017

Adobe unveiled enhancements to its video offerings within Creative Cloud. The “major update” for video in Adobe Creative Cloud was designed “to help filmmakers and video producers collaborate and streamline video workflows,” it said in a news release. The Creative Cloud release delivers new features for graphics and titling, animation, polishing audio and sharing assets; support for the latest video formats, including High Dynamic Range (HDR), virtual reality (VR) and 4K; new integrations with Adobe Stock; and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s AI and machine learning framework.

“One of the biggest” parts of the new enhancements include Motion Graphics Templates, which he said enables After Effects users to create content and then package it for distribution so that others can “modify it, but the core essence of your creativity is simplified and shared with the masses.”

Motion Graphics Templates “now bring the power of After Effects to Premiere Pro through easy to use templates, allowing creators to add beautiful titles, animations and lower thirds to their videos and create custom motion graphics templates” that can be shared via Creative Cloud Libraries, Adobe said in the news release.

The “areas of innovation” also include greater support for HDR and 360 VR workflows, Roberts said. Machine learning and AI, meanwhile, “are a theme running through our products and you’ll see it reflected” in the updates, he said.

Adobe provided demonstrations of some of the update highlights to reporters. As examples, Patrick Palmer, senior product manager for workflows, showed how machine learning technology used in the Essential Sound Panel helps content creators improve their audio mixes. In Premiere Pro, the Essential Sound Panel “lets users make audio mixes and sound improvements that in the past would have required a dedicated session by an audio engineer,” Adobe said in the news release.

Form more information read the entire press release here

Artist uses once forbidden martial art to change lives, starting with his own

Capoeira: Live The Game, screens at oldest film festival in United States.

Mention martial arts and most people instantly recite disciplines such as Karate, Kung Fu or various fighting styles like Wushu, Akido or Tai Chi. But mention the Afro Brazilian art form known as Capoeira and glazed eyes usually follow.

“Capoeira was born of the African slaves need to develop some sense of harmony with their environment. The need to protect themselves while hiding their true intentions by cloaking it in the only creative art form available to them… dance.” Says Director Joddy Eric Matthews.

 

Live The Game’s program director, Anthony Santo Domingo, himself was an individual who found personal harmony, despite a somewhat troubled youth, and a positive roadmap for his life in the practice of the Brazilian martial art. He now uses the tenets of the centuries old melding of dance, whirling kicks and high flying aerial displays to change the lives of Cleveland’s at-risk youth.

“Before I started the program, I was very introverted and given the neighborhood I grew up in, I struggled to stay away from those who would offer me false confidence – like gangs.” says Demetri Tye, Live The Game student.

 

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“When the kids leave the program I just want them to know that there is a community around them and their actions impact that community.” Domingo remarks.

Live the Game is directed by former MadWerkz head Joddy Eric Matthews, lensed by Yasmine Lawler and produced by CK and Obadiah Baker. The film has been officially selected for multiple film festivals across the country. The selective LA Dance Film Festival, the prestigious Columbus International Film and Video Festival and the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival are a just a few.

Interested in Live The Game? Reach Anthony Santo Domingo on Facebook

TenderHearts Crusades +(877)320-2228
www.tenderheartcrusades.com
Obadiah.baker@tenderheartcrusades.com

First Look, Canon’s C700 High-end Camera

Canon C700 Camera

The EOS C700 is Canon’s no-compromise, high-end, cinematography camera. Here’s some of the first available footage from it, shot by Brett Danton, in a spectacular fashion. Australian sun, luxury cars, shot from a speeding helicopter. What’s not to like?

Brett Danton and the fellows at RedShark have written an amazing review of Canon’s amazing C700 cinematography camera. Read the article at Redshark Canon C700

Watch the footage here:

Director Brett Danton

Autodesk serves up some eye candy

 

Autodesk posted its latest games reel in time for GDC 2017, its all AAA titles and some VR work. The usual suspects such as Halo (Wars), Creed, Deus Ex and Battlefield are there along with indie hits such as We Happy Few and Firewatch.

In game play has gotten so good that it can be included along with cinematics giving the reel a definite appeal to the gamer. Of course our focus is on the Autodesk tools and the process.

by Chris Kennedy

Read more about Autodesk’s tools for game design on their website

Building a 5X brand

MadWerkz creates branding, splash page and product labeling for S5X supplement line

AB Style agency tasked MadWerkz with creating Branding and Product Labels for the digestion aid supplement S5X.

“The agency wanted a clean style with a clear way of determining the various types of supplements in the product line, we determined that a numbering system, color varied, would do the trick.” Stated project director Christopher Kennedy.

Product Label

Joddy Eric Matthews designed the labels, then handed them off to Jay Mitchell who created them in Adobe Illustrator before they were then rendered in Photoshop. The next step was to map the labels on to a CG bottle which was done by Christopher Kennedy in Maya. The Bottle was lit and rendered, using a custom shader in Vray before being submitted to the client for approval.

 

Splash Page

Once the product designs were finished, a quick responsive splash page was mocked up using Photoshop and Adobe Experience Design. The tagline, Take 5 & Revive was added along with the product lineup and the S5X Logo. In the end, the splash page mockup was rendered and delivered to AB Style.

MadWerkz develops website for leading Cyber Security solution

MadWerkz Studios has created a custom website for cyber security solution provider Sepio Systems of Israel. The supply chain security startup is focused on protecting an organization from the effect of an attack—instead of trying to prevent it. The suite stops rogue hardware before it damages the normal operation of an organization or degrades system performance. Leveraging hardware, software and cloud technology, it protects organizations against device supply chain attacks.

MadWerkz designed a custom parallax site which incorporates the highly graphical nature of Sepio’s solution into its style. Thus making its offering highly visible and easy to understand.

Click here to view the Sepio Website and learn more about the Sepio security solution.

Seeing Tomorrow VFX – Part Two: The Making of Metal and Men

Independent Filmmaker Series

Some time ago we were approached to conduct a workshop on successful workflows in Shading and Material construction for Independent Filmmakers.

PART ONE: The following videos (see below) represent Part One of the Workshop which deals will laying a solid foundation for Independent Filmmakers to be able to follow. Part Two, which is more of an application workflow tutorial is in production now. SEE BELOW FOR PART ONE VIDEOS

  • Designed for the Filmmaker who wants basic education on Shading Next Steps
  • Foundation aspects of Shading and Material Creation
  • Role of Production Design
  • Use of Color Palette creation tools
  • Identifying Render Engines

PART TWO IS IN PROGRESS AND WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES NEXT WEEK

  • Step by Step Vray Shader Creation
  • Creation of Color Palette
  • Texture Material Creation in Photoshop and Mari
  • Diffuse, Normal/Bump, Reflection/Spec Map Creation
  • Scene Reference Linear Workflow Explained
  • HDRI Light Setup

If you have been invited to ask a question, for the workshop, please use the link here: Send Shading and Material Questions Here or Send an email with your shading question to operations@madwerkz.com subject line: IFS Shading Video Question

 

Medium Rear Shot of Communications port
Medium Rear Shot of Communications port

The IFS Price for the Video will be $34.95, follow the link belong to get the video from us at a discounted rate. If you would like to advance purchase the IFS Shading Video, go to the SideBar and Choose BUY NOW.


 

THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ARE FREE:

PART TWO IS IN PROGRESS AND WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES NEXT WEEK

The IFS Price for the Video will be $34.95, follow the link belong to get the video from us at a discounted rate. If you would like to advance purchase the IFS Shading Video, go to the SideBar (Right) and Choose IFS Shading Video and click BUY NOW.