Free Seminar-Showbiz Software & IL Production Tax Credits

Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios will be hosting a Free, Film Production Budgeting & Tax Incentive seminar this Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

The evening will kick off with a brief intro by Chicago-based entertainment attorney Jim Pesoli, who will be discussing the preliminary steps to developing a film or television project in Illinois. He will discuss the legal requirements surrounding application process for the Illinois production tax credits.

Next, Join us for a Showbiz Budgeting & Actualization Workshop Including a preview of Showbiz Budgeting version 9 PLUS a demonstration of Media Services’ new applications for iPad and Android devices: Showbiz Directory, Showbiz Forms, & Showbiz Labor Guide, followed by questions and answers with Steve Bizenov, VP of Sales & Marketing at Media Services.

We will conclude with a Q&A on the process of utilizing the IL Production Tax incentives with Cesar Lopez,  from the IL Film Office who is the Manager of the IL Tax Credit program and Independent Producer Marty Murray, who will talk about his experiences having packaged numerous Feature Film productions utilizing state tax credits throughout the country- the most recent being the horror film “Caretaker” produced here in Illinois.

There will be software prize giveaways, light refreshments and Free parking.

Please R.S.V.P. in advance as seating is limited and reservation is required.

(312) 649-1800

Hope to see you here.

1501 N. Magnolia Avenue, Chicago (enter through black gate on north side of building- just 300′ south of Home Depot at North Avenue)

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f-stop solution for Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Atomic Imaging’s Director/DP, Ari Golan, who received the first Blackmagic Cinema Camera in Chicago, has spent the last several months running the extraordinarily anticipated RAW image capture device through its paces.

A lot has been written recently regarding this game changing product, which is still in its infancy, including several complaints about the lack of current functionality.

One such topic is the absence of any indication of what the iris is set to with the electronic lenses.

Although most of these issues will be addressed in forthcoming firmware updates, in the interim, Golan has devised a simple method for determining the actual f-stop for several of what he considers to be the most common and practical lenses for that camera. There is a free download below:

Black Magic Cinema Camera Lens Aperture Chart (click image to preview)

Download PDF Black Magic Cinema Camera Lens Aperture Chart

Halloween 2012

Happy Halloween everyone!

Earth’s mightiest monsters assemble at our 27th annual Halloween Party.

Eventbrite - Adaptive Adventures Presents, The Revengers Halloween Party 2012!

The fate of the party rests in their claws.

Trust a few. Fear the rest.

Adaptive Adventures

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Cordially invites you to the
27th Annual – Fundraiser

Halloween Party

Not your mama’s Halloween Party…

Want the most unique and awesome Halloween experience ever? Revengers assemble at our Haunted Ice-Factory 5-building warehouse compound and experience Chicago’s largest, longest running and most highly rated Halloween Event. 3-Stages featuring Un-Dead Music by The Hey Jimmy Band and 290 East Project, 9-DJs, Haunted Exhibits, Dancing, Costume Contest with prizes and All-Inclusive Food & Beverage package (Open Bar).

This is nothing like your typical nightclub or hotel party- it’s got the vibe of a house party, except it takes place in a haunted factory. Come see why guests every year travel from as far as Budapest and Buenos Aires.

Get your tickets online by Oct. 26th and save $10 off the regular price.

For more info, and/or Ultra R.I.P. Tables with Exclusive Lounges call: (312) 649-1800

Location: Golan Studios/Atomic Imaging
1501 N. Magnolia Ave., Chicago IL
(North Ave. & the Chicago River)
8PM-3AM Saturday, October 27th

Undead Music by:

Hey Jimmy
290 East Project with Special Appearance by Shirley King
& Mystery guest performers
+ DJ’s: Karl Almaria, Corduroy Mavericks, DJ Alena, Johnboy, DJ Chris Grant, Le Sprite, Andre Emil, Funk Shui, Christopher Lynn & Jimmy James, ECF

All Inclusive Food & Beverage (Open Bar)

$75 donation per Corpse in advance  ($85 at the door)
R.I.P. $150 in advance ($175 at the door)
Dancing, Costume Contest with Prizes

All Proceeds Benefit Adaptive Adventures

Costume and ID Required
More Info: 312.649.1800

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Ski, Waterski, Kayak, Cycle: Creating life changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

Eventbrite - Adaptive Adventures Presents, The Revengers Halloween Party 2012!

Atomic adds Teradek wireless broadcast solutions

Atomic Imaging is the premier rental provider and reseller in the USA for the Teradek Cube/Bond wireless video and bonded cellular technology based ENG devices.

    Wireless video direct to iPad/iPhone for monitoring via WiFi
    ENG Video Back Haul to replace OB Vans and Satellite Trucks
    Hardware encoding and real-time streaming direct to Web


Rent or Purchase.


Bonded Cellular Streaming Package

Stream HD Video Over Multiple Cellular Networks
The Atomic Action Wireless Bonded Cellular Streaming Package connects to any HD camera using either HD-SDI or HDMI and enables HD video contribution from any location with cellular data coverage. The AAW-BCSP supports up to five 3G or 4G USB modems simultaneously from most cellular carriers worldwide.

Compact & Affordable
The AAW-BCSP system is the smallest and most affordable cellular bonding solution on the market today. Forget about heavy backpacks. The BCSP weighs in at under 7oz. and is about the size of a deck of cards.

Send Your Content Anywhere Confidently
Whether you are streaming directly to the Internet, back to your control room, into a video switcher, or displayed on a large screen, the AAW-BCSP system will transmit video to nearly any platform to audiences worldwide. Our revolutionary Adaptive Internet Streaming technology constantly adjusts the video bit rate and buffering in real time to adapt to varying network conditions. This ensures that your content is delivered reliably and at the highest quality possible.

Sputnik is the server designed to recombine the various video feeds from the Bond into a cohesive stream that can then be sent to an H.264 decoder or played back online.
(Note: Use of our Sputnik server is included at no charge with our AAW-BCSP system.)

WiFi Streaming Package

Stream Directly to iOS Devices
Directors, Producers, clients and others on set can monitor every shot live on their iPads and iPhones. Instead of running long, cumbersome cables to bulky monitors, the AAW-WiFi SP’s ability to turn iOS devices into mobile wireless monitors liberates cinema crews from wired tethers and cluttered studios. View shots live from camera platforms never before possible – Helicopters, Boats, Chase Cars & Motorcycles, Libra head Cable Cams, etc.

Broadcast Live to the Internet
With a simple press of the “Stream” button, you can stream directly to your Website, Facebook page, or a content delivery network (CDN) of your choice. The AAW-WiFi SP supports multiple transport protocols including RTMP, RTP/RTSP, RTP Push, MPEG-TS, HLS and ZiXi, which makes it the most versatile compact video encoder available.

Wireless Video Assist & Review

Stream Directly to iPads and Apple TV Connected Monitors
Directors, Producers, Script Supervisors, VFX Leads, Sound Dept, clients and others on set can not only monitor every shot live on their iPads, but immediately replay and review any shot instantaneously – and without disrupting the Camera Dept! In addition, each user can make comments, quickly tap user-definable preset notation buttons and even record audio dictation notes.

Watermarks and Options for Content Security
Every user can be assigned their own unique watermark to prevent unauthorized distribution of content. Each user can determine where on screen the watermark will appear and quickly reposition it at will. Users can be assigned a variety of unique permissions, including the ability to view the footage after leaving the set and generating simple playlists to check for continuity.

Generate Reports
At the end of the shoot day, the operator can generate and email a report in .PDF, Final Cut XML or Avid XML format. The report contains a comprehensive amount of production information and meta-data, including thumbnail images and timecode for each shot, along with an aggregation of all user’s notes and comments from the shoot day.

Green Screen Intensive for Directors & DPs

Atomic Imaging and Hollywood Camerawork launch their “Green Screen Intensive for Directors & DPs” seminar series in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London and Amsterdam.

The seminar provides Directors and DPs the competence to work on a high-level green screen shoot.


If you want to use green screen in your productions, it’s critical that you understand the entire process.

The seminar takes you through full virtual set production with camera moves, set extensions and lots of green screen solutions to live-action problems. We’re doing full shots in the seminar, working with every aspect, from the choices we’re making on the set (camera moves, markers, lighting, exposure etc.), to post-production (tracking, matchmoving, keying, compositing etc.).

After the seminar, you will feel secure in making big decisions on a green screen, and you’ll be able to confidently steer your productions towards techniques that give spectacular results without busting your budget, as well as avoid the catastrophic pitfalls that happen regularly on many productions. You will also get all the footage from the seminar.


The seminar is equally designed for techs and non-techs because the seminar centers around the shooting process, which is the area most people struggle with. When you understand how the computer sees the shot, it becomes abundantly clear exactly what we need to do on the set.

Tech-minded people will be able to get completely hands-on, so if you’re a matchmover, a compositor or an animator, bring your laptop (or even your camera), and there will be plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty.

Non-techs will have a more conceptual experience. In the beginning, there are a lot of technical things to embrace, but you’ll quickly find that you’re fully capable of understanding this, and that you’re able to make real decisions about green screen. There are real “aha”-moments to be had when you see shots fall apart because of shooting problems, and it will become clear exactly why we do the things we do.

Some of the things we’re exploring at the seminar include:

* Full virtual set with matchmoving.
* Close-shots on a virtual set.
* Giant camera moves.
* The critical difference between tracking and matchmoving.
* Framing for a set you can’t see.
* Interaction with the virtual set that actually works.
* Set extensions, matchmoving window replacements etc.
* Getting perfect green screen exposure easily and cheaply.
* And much, much more.


The seminar is $895. You’ll get 2 1/2 days of industry-leading training on a high-end green screen stage, and you’ll be ready to shoot high-level green screen productions.

Click Here to Register

Atomic Imaging announces “Tweet-Mag©

Tweet-Mag© is a Hardware & Software based system that allows attendees at any live event to TXT or Tweet messages to
I-Mag screens, monitors and/or projection systems live in real-time. Tweet-Mag© is perfect for Concerts, Sporting Events, Corporate Meetings, Medical Symposiums, Awards Ceremonies, Social Gatherings and any other event containing viewers with something to say.

Tweet-Mag© displays messages in either full screen mode or keyed (super imposed) over your video feed similar to a Character Generator. It works in all formats of HD-SDI and Standard Def, NTSC and Pal. The formatting of fonts, colors, static/scrolling/fading or flipping text are all easily customizable, as is the addition of logos, backgrounds and other custom branding.

Tweet-Mag© is the only Broadcast quality solution. Unlike other low-res products that merely output a computer’s browser blown up to a TV screen, Tweet-Mag© rasterizes (re-renders) the text data stream as a true television video signal perfectly formatted to the exact resolution of your system.

An additional iPhone/iPad/smartphone Web browser based control is available to client/producers to enable triggering graphic events remotely from anywhere in the venue or world* (with Internet access). Among other possibilities, these events can include fading logo bugs in and out or shuttering (blacking out and resuming) the text stream.

Tweet-Mag© is available for either rental or purchase exclusively from Atomic Imaging. Atomic also offers Tweet-Mag© as a turn-key package/service including delivery, set-up and on-site technicians to operate the system for the duration of your show.

For more information about Tweet-Mag© call Candice at (312) 649-1800 x5703.

* Off-site remote control requires a static public IP address be provided at the event/venue location.