Andy Stout

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

Yes, yes, we know you've heard this before, but Game of Thrones has set the bar for TV VFX up yet another notch with the climactic sequence of the end of S07E04, 'The Spoils of War'. Some pretty major spoilers after the break: you have been warned

One 48-minute long take shot on Alexa Mini

Published in Production

British medical drama Casualty has just finished its 31st series — yes, 31 — with a technically stunning 48-minute episode shot in one take on a single Alexa Mini.

RED Hydrogen: Jannard provides mini update

Published in Production

In keeping with the promise to steadily drip out information about the forthcoming Hydrogen smartphone/computing platform, RED CEO, Jim Jannard, has posting an update to the REDuser forum.

The Last Jedi & practical effects

Published in Post & VFX

Watching this well-wrapped camera operator and their equally well-wrapped camera get doused in a torrent of red liquid, you realise that the latest behind the scenes video for Star Wars Episode 8 shows that it's going to be all about the large scale practical effects.

Game of Thrones: How do you top that?

Published in Production

In a couple of hours Season 7 of Game of Thrones will debut and we'll start getting some inkling into the fate of Westeros as, after seven years of foretelling, Winter arrives with a vengeance. We'll also get to see some of the best VFX work this side of a major cinema blockbuster.

While the ability for Millennial culture to embrace retro aesthetics seemingly knows no bounds, it might struggle to be quite so enthusiastic about recreating some of the limitations that pre-digital technology imposed.

RED Hydrogen: Jannard fills in further details

Published in Production

A couple of hours after Hydrogen’s announcement, RED head honcho, Jim Jannard, took to his habitual REDUser platform to fill in some rather interesting details.

If you want a dramatic illustration of how much the industry has changed over the past few years, the free version of Avid Media Composer is as good a starting point as any.

Canon unveils two new DSLRs, including EOS 6D MarkII

Published in Production

There’s not much to excite in the way of video, to be honest, but Canon’s two new DSLRs, the EOS 6D MarkII and EOS Rebel SL2, both widen the company’s entry-level line-up and introduce innovations of their own.

Looks like RED is up to something *really* big

Published in Production

RED has always been a company that likes to play its marketing cards close to its chest, but it's latest announcement has unleashed a greater than normal torrent of speculation. Why? Because this mysterious post to the RED User forum came from none other than Jim Jannard himself.

Adobe swoops for SkyBox to ramp up 360 toolset

Published in VR & AR

While 360-degree video and VR wait to set the consumer market on fire, software companies are positioning themselves for the uptick, with Adobe’s acquisition of Mettle’s SkyBox tools the latest move.

Netflix takes TV interactive

Published in Production

One of the great holy grails of modern TV has just had an impressively large rollout as Netflix has uploaded its first interactive TV episode to its servers.

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