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John Schneider’s Louisiana studio:
58 acres, edit suites and more
By Randi Altman

Long before he ever stepped into Hazzard County or behind the wheel of the General Lee, John Schneider was a kid from Mount Kisco, New York, who was making movies with a Super 8 camera and cutting them the old-fashioned way
— with razors and tape. And while he loved acting, starting in theater at the age of eight, the art of filmmaking was his real passion.

“Acting was a diversion… Dukes of Hazzard was a diversion,” shares actor/writer/director/editor John Schneider, who is probably best known for his iconic role as Bo Duke on the popular TV series that ran from 1979-1985, as well as for playing Superman’s dad on Smallville. “I was a kid, shooting 50 feet of film at a time and waiting a week or more for it to be developed at my local Caldor. I was cutting footage together on a shag carpet with, basically, a razor blade, and I put it together with what was essentially Scotch tape.”

Schneider started on Dukes — what he refers to as a “fantastic time”  when he was 18, but the filmmaking bug that he caught so early never left. “I would watch movies and study the good ways to tell stories, the bad ways to tell stories and the better ways to tell stories. It occurred to me during that time that it had more to do with writing and editing than it had to do with acting.”

I recently spoke to Schneider as he sat in an edit suite at his John Schneider Studios (JSS) in Louisiana, which is equidistant between the Baton Rouge and New Orleans airports. JSS offers 58 acres to shoot on, with such varied locations as a river, a lake, a swamp, a baseball field, an Olympic-size swimming pool and five acres of Southeast Asia-like bamboo forest.

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Digging Deeper: Dolby Vision
at NAB 2016

By Jonathan Abrams

Dolby, founded over 50 years ago as an audio company, is elevating the experience of watching movies and TV content through new technologies in audio and video, the latter of which is a relatively new area for their offerings. This is being done with Dolby AC-4 and Dolby Atmos for audio, and Dolby Vision for video. You can read about Dolby AC-4 and Dolby Atmos here. In this post, the focus will be on Dolby Vision.

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Long Nights Short Mornings
editor Bryan Gaynor

By Cory Choy 

The narrative lineup at March’s SXSW was strong. So strong, in fact, that in addition to the 10 movies in competition for the Jury Award, there was also a Narrative Spotlight category. One of the films in that category was director Chadd Harbold’s Long Nights Short Mornings, featuring the main character James, who is sowing his wild oats but also finding out what it’s like to be an adult.

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Watch our video interviews from NAB 2016!

Talking storage with
LaCie at NAB

By Isaac Spedding

NAB 2016: VR/AR/MR and light field technology
By Greg Ciaccio

Colorist Tom Russell joins LipSync in London

Quick Review: Cartoni
Focus 8 tripod

By Isaac Spedding

Fusion launches at NAB 2016 with 4K OLED display

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