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Cloudy with a Chance of Production

Original publish date: October 17, 2011

With cloud computing growing ever more prevalent, Media Services is excited to be teaming with Scenios, the developer of a new cloud-based production management platform, on a special project. Over the next several months, the two organizations will collaborate on an interactive, educational seminar series titled “Producing in the Cloud.” In association with various entertainment industry groups, the seminar is being introduced in a number of markets beginning in Atlanta last Tuesday, New York on November 3, and Miami on November 10.  Plans to expand to other key markets nationwide in 2012 are underway.

“We are thrilled to team up with Scenios in presenting this new multi-session program, which is garnering a lot of interest among experienced film, TV, digital and commercial producers who want to stay ahead of the technology curve and become more productive,” says Steve Bizenov, Media Services’ vice president of sales and software development.

In addition to discussing the basics of cloud computing and risks connected to the cloud, the new educational seminar offers “how to” tips and real time demonstrations on creating and working with a virtual production office.  The seminar also looks closely at how to integrate a suite of software tools that provide producers real-time collaboration across the production team, whether in the office or on location.

Using the case study of how legendary TV program Inside the Actor’s Studio re-imagined its production process by moving into the cloud, Scenios CEO Mark Davis demonstrates how the cloud allows producers to streamline their entire production process, from pre-production through production and into post, collaborating on scripts, scheduling and budgeting as well as rough cuts and final productions.

“The launch of this seminar series provides opportunities for us to demonstrate an amazing platform that is transforming the way projects are produced and helping producers manage their projects in ways that are more effective and cost efficient,” explains Scenios CEO Mark Davis.

“Producing in the Cloud” is open to entertainment industry professionals at no cost as part of a collaborative initiative to support the local production community. The initiative is designed to educate filmmakers, industry professionals, and students about a wide range of timely topics from best practices in production payroll management and accounting to tax incentives, and the leading production software tools.

Organizations supporting the inaugural launch of seminars include the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta Film Festival 365, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) as well as local film offices.  Sponsors include Showbiz Software; Innoventive Software, LLC, creators of FrameForge3D; and Quick Film Budget.

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